Left’s Lafontaine tipped for comeback after cancer surgery
Germany

Left’s Lafontaine tipped for comeback after cancer surgery

The socialist Left party chairman Oskar Lafontaine is planning a return to politics after he recovers from recent prostate cancer treatment, the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper reported Sunday.

Police focus on neo-Nazis and collectors in Auschwitz case
Germany

Police focus on neo-Nazis and collectors in Auschwitz case

Polish police revealed on Sunday they still had no idea who stole the infamous “Arbeit macht frei” sign from the gates of Auschwitz concentration camp, despite their having increased the reward to about €28,000.

Yuletide greetings from China
Germany

Yuletide greetings from China

Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, gets in the Christmas spirit with toxic Chinese toys and Yuletide pawnshops.

Weather forces airport closures, cancellations
Germany

Weather forces airport closures, cancellations

Icy conditions and heavy snowfalls forced the closure on Sunday of Düsseldorf airport – Germany’s third largest – and also caused havoc at the key transport hub of Frankfurt.

Bayern ready to give Luca Toni away – at no charge
Germany

Bayern ready to give Luca Toni away – at no charge

Bundesliga heavyweight Bayern is prepared to give away its mercurial striker Luca Toni for nothing, club president Uli Hoeneß told the sport television station Deutsches Sport-Fernsehen on Sunday.

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Sweden

Spyker renews Saab bid

Dutch sports car maker Spyker has submitted a fresh bid for Saab Automobile despite GM's decision to shut down its Swedish unit.

Union demands €100bn stimulus investment
Germany

Union demands €100bn stimulus investment

The powerful IG Metall union called on the federal government on Sunday to put €100 billion into a future investment programme that would bolster technological innovation by German industry.

Becker to Woods: I feel your pain
Germany

Becker to Woods: I feel your pain

German tennis great Boris Becker, no stranger to scandal himself, has come out in support of Tiger Woods, saying he sympathises with the golf star whose life is in disarray after his infidelity was exposed.

Merkel puts brave face on future climate talks
Germany

Merkel puts brave face on future climate talks

Looking to salvage some hope from the maligned Copenhagen climate conference, Chancellor Angela Merkel called on critics on Sunday to stop “badmouthing” the summit’s outcome and look to the future.

Let’s talk to the Taliban, says Guttenberg
Germany

Let’s talk to the Taliban, says Guttenberg

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg called on Sunday for greater dialogue with moderate Taliban where possible, as part of a reassessment of Germany’s strategy to stabilise Afghanistan.

Anger simmers in Demjanjuk’s home village
Germany

Anger simmers in Demjanjuk’s home village

A kind-hearted farm boy is how villagers recall suspected Nazi-era war criminal John Demjanjuk in his native Ukraine where his trial has provoked outrage among those who knew him.

Saab closure sad but expected: Swedish media
Sweden

Saab closure sad but expected: Swedish media

Weighing in over the weekend about the closure of Saab auto manufacturer, the Swedish media expressed regret but not surprise over General Motor's decision to wind down its Swedish operations.

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Sweden

Swedish police produce pepper spray at refugee’s wedding

A wedding on Saturday in Malmö in southern Sweden came to an abrupt halt as police arrested the 24-year-old groom at the city hall, using pepper spray on him in the process, according to Sydsvenskan newspaper.

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Sweden

Swedish police tackle child sex abuse abroad

Swedish police are working on measures to make it easier to report Swedes who have sexually assault children abroad. Police will soon have a form on their website that will make it easier for individuals who are overseas and suspect that a Swedish citizen has sexually abused a minor.

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Sweden

Drivers urged to stay off icy Skåne roads

A major snowstorm has hit Skåne in southern Sweden, blanketing roads and causing snow drifts, primarily in the Söderslätt area. Majors efforts are being taken to plough the roads, but the Swedish Road Administration (Vägverket) encourages drivers to stay off the roads on Sunday morning.

North Korean jeans label opens pop-up shop in Stockholm
Sweden

North Korean jeans label opens pop-up shop in Stockholm

After PUB department store in Stockholm yanked NoKo Jeans from its shelves at the beginning of December, the North Korean jeans label opened its own pop-up shop on Saturday.