Merkel slams China for jailing dissident
Germany

Merkel slams China for jailing dissident

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hit out at the Chinese goverment on Friday after a Beijing court jailed Chinese dissident and human rights campaigner Liu Xiaobo for 11 years.

Economic experts blast tax cut plans
Germany

Economic experts blast tax cut plans

The presidents of Germany's five major economic research institutes have increased pressure on the German government over its controversial tax cut plans. They have called on the chancellor to balance the country's books.

Five dead in Christmas Day fire
Germany

Five dead in Christmas Day fire

At least five people died after a pre-dawn Christmas Day fire in a house in the German town of Unna in North Rhine-Westphalia, the police said on Friday.

Student sit-ins continue through Christmas
Germany

Student sit-ins continue through Christmas

Students in Berlin and Potsdam have continued their occupation of university auditoriums over the Christmas holidays, a spokesman for the protestors said Friday.

Protestant leader calls for Afghan withdrawal
Germany

Protestant leader calls for Afghan withdrawal

The leader of the German Protestant church Margot Käßmann has called the military operation in Afghanistan "unjustified" and has demanded a complete troop withdrawal.

UNHCR criticises Germany’s refugee policy
Germany

UNHCR criticises Germany’s refugee policy

The United Nations' refugee agency has expressed praise and criticism for Germany's refugee policy. Although Germany took in more than 2,000 Iraqi refugees from Syria and Jordan in 2009, Romani were deported to Kosovo.

GM to press ahead with Saab shutdown: report
Sweden

GM to press ahead with Saab shutdown: report

Saab will be still shut down, announced US auto giant General Motors as it said it would not consider 's renewed bid for its Swedish business.

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Sweden

Calm weather expected for Christmas Day

A yuletide calm settled over Sweden on Christmas Eve, both on the roads and in the skies, with only a few accidents reported on Christmas Eve afternoon.

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Sweden

Christmas spirit moves robber to turn himself in

An 18-year-old robber caught an unusual case of the Christmas spirit on Wednesday night, turning himself in to the police in Västervik on Sweden’s east coast.

Swedish media sceptical over Volvo sale to Geely
Sweden

Swedish media sceptical over Volvo sale to Geely

Ford's Wednesday announcement that it would sell its Swedish auto brand Volvo to China's Geely met a chilly reception in the Swedish media this week.

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Sweden

Swimmers flock for Christmas dip

The traditional Christmas swim in the sea near Halmstad, a city on the southwest coast of Sweden has becoming an increasingly popular yuletid event. More than 100 people jumped into the freezing ocean at exactly 11am on Christmas Eve – with even more spectators watching from shore.

The Local’s guide to Christmas in Germany
Germany

The Local’s guide to Christmas in Germany

If you need a nudge to get into the Yuletide spirit or want a break from bingeing on baked goods, be sure to take a look at The Local’s special Christmas coverage this holiday season.