Schäuble says German deficit to surge in 2010
Germany

Schäuble says German deficit to surge in 2010

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble warned on Thursday Berlin's deficit will exceed 5.0 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) next year, as the country's public borrowing balloons to €145 billion ($213 billion).

Pomp aplenty as winners gather for Nobel gala
Sweden

Pomp aplenty as winners gather for Nobel gala

Nobel season reaches its pinnacle on Thursday evening as the 2009 laureates receive their awards from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and dignitaries gather for the banquet of the year at City Hall in Stockholm.

Merkel calls taxing bankers’ bonuses a ‘charming’ idea
Germany

Merkel calls taxing bankers’ bonuses a ‘charming’ idea

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that plans to tax the bonuses of London bankers was a "very charming idea" but did not say whether Berlin was prepared to heed a Franco-British call to adopt the policy.

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Sweden

Bildt berates Iran over treatment of laureate

As Stockholm gears up for Thursday's Nobel banquet, the foreign ministers of Sweden and Norway have lashed out at Iran for its treatment of 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, who says Iranian authorities confiscated her medal.

Daimler: Sindelfingen jobs safe until 2020
Germany

Daimler: Sindelfingen jobs safe until 2020

German luxury car maker Daimler has told 37,000 workers in Sindelfingen, Baden-Württemberg that their jobs are safe until 2020 and that the group will create about 2,000 new ones.

Retirees Germany’s most generous charity donors
Germany

Retirees Germany’s most generous charity donors

Thoughts turn to giving during the holidays and pensioners are among Germany’s most generous donors to charity. But the country's seniors are increasingly demanding to know exactly where their money is going.

Victim says axe attack ‘politically motivated’
Sweden

Victim says axe attack ‘politically motivated’

A politically active business-owner from Södertälje south of Stockholm is recovering from an axe attack he claims was carried out on the orders of a political rival.

Hamburg unveils world’s most powerful weather supercomputer
Germany

Hamburg unveils world’s most powerful weather supercomputer

Scientists in Hamburg on Thursday unveiled the world's most powerful weather supercomputer that they hope will provide critical data on global warming for international efforts to combat climate change.

Stuttgart 21 rail project approved despite soaring costs
Germany

Stuttgart 21 rail project approved despite soaring costs

Officials in Baden-Württemberg on Thursday approved a controversial rail project in Stuttgart despite concerns about its impact and a hefty price tag of more than €4 billion.

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Sweden

Riksdag sets tougher limits for sick benefits

The Swedish parliament on Wednesday passed controversial new limits on sickness benefits designed to get more people back into the workforce.

Rate fears put freeze on Swedish housing market
Sweden

Rate fears put freeze on Swedish housing market

A wintery chill has swept over Sweden’s previously sizzling real estate market, with prices for both houses and apartments dropping in November, new statistics show.

What’s On in Sweden: December 11th – 17th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: December 11th – 17th

What’s on in Sweden: Dubstep comes to Stockholm, Alice Cooper pays a visit to Gothenburg and Elvis has been spotted in Malmö.

Baby care bible restores father’s faith
Sweden

Baby care bible restores father’s faith

If proud pop Joel Sherwood ever had and doubts about Sweden's ability to keep kids occupied, a chance encounter with a baby-friendly booklet was enough to answer all his prayers.

KSK special forces involved in Kunduz strike
Germany

KSK special forces involved in Kunduz strike

Members of the German military’s elite KSK special forces played a key role in a NATO air strike in Afghanistan that killed scores of civilians, daily Bild reported on Thursday.

Reinfeldt calls on US to raise climate targets
Sweden

Reinfeldt calls on US to raise climate targets

Swedish Prime Minster Fredrik Reinfeldt implored the United States on Wednesday to implement more ambitious goals for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Germany

Experts warn parents of ‘fainting game’ after teen death

Experts are warning of a dangerous trend among German youth after a 14-year-old Brandenburg boy died experimenting with a "self-strangulation game," daily Berliner Morgenpost reported on Thursday.

Online Advent calendars collecting children’s personal information
Germany

Online Advent calendars collecting children’s personal information

German consumer protection advocates on Thursday warned parents to beware of online Advent calendar games for children that promise prizes to collect their personal information.

Swedish ‘tsunami’ message mystifies Irish beachcomber
Sweden

Swedish ‘tsunami’ message mystifies Irish beachcomber

A mysterious bottle that washed up on the shores of Ireland with a cryptic Swedish message inside has a local woman wondering if the note may have been authored by a Swede whose children perished in the 2004 tsunami.

Sweden Democrats score five percent in major poll
Sweden

Sweden Democrats score five percent in major poll

The far-right Sweden Democrat party enjoys the support of 5.1 percent of the electorate, according to a major new survey from Statistics Sweden.

Students protest uni reform meeting
Germany

Students protest uni reform meeting

Thousands of students plan to demonstrate on Thursday as state education ministers meet to discuss university reforms in Bonn.

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Sweden

Swede held in Pakistan on terror suspicions

A Swedish national is reportedly among five terror suspects arrested in Pakistan on suspicions of plotting a militant attack, Pakistani authorities said on Wednesday.

Winter weather weekend on the way
Germany

Winter weather weekend on the way

Wintry weather is on the way for the weekend as a high pressure system from Scandinavia brings a blast of cold air, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Thursday.

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Sweden

Sweden denied funds to host Euro 2016

Sweden has scrapped its bid to co-host the Euro 2016 football championships with Norway after the governments of both countries refused to provide financial support for the joint bid, the Swedish Football Federation (SvFF) announced on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Sweden pledges billions in climate aid

Sweden has agreed to provide the EU with 8 billion kronor ($1.12 billion) to help developing countries cope with the effects of climate change, the government announced on Wednesday.

Stuttgart make Champions League final 16 with new coach
Germany

Stuttgart make Champions League final 16 with new coach

Christian Gross admitted he was delighted to begin his tenure as Stuttgart coach with a 3-1 win over Romania's Unirea Urziceni which sealed his new team's Champions League last 16 berth.