A man deliberately caused an accident while driving along a motorway in an attempt to kill his wife and himself on New Year's Day. Only extremely lucky circumstances meant they both walked away unharmed, police said.
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has attracted scorn from rival parties for his apparent threat to boycott the Afghanistan NATO conference in London late January.
The New Year ushered in a tax relief package in Germany worth several billion euros, the first realisation of a campaign pledge made by Chancellor Angela Merkel's new government.
The German state foreign broadcasting network Deutsche Welle (DW) was the target of a deliberate jamming signal originating in Iran, according to a report in news magazine Der Spiegel.
The fifth anniversary of the introduction of the social welfare reforms known as Hartz IV is no cause for celebration, Left party vice-chairman Klaus Ernst said Saturday. The Federal Labour Agency also admitted there was room for improvement.
The recovery of the Swedish economy is also evident in the creation of new companies. Although the number of new firms dropped significantly in 2009 as a whole, the final months of the year showed signs of improvement.
The Swedish National Agency for Education's (Skolverket) new method for calculating funding for independent high schools (friskolor) means that the institutions risk losing millions of kronor every year.
Swedish tennis star Robin Söderling made the final at the Capitala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi by beating world number one Roger Federer 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/1), 6-2 in his semi-final on Friday.
Despite a massive search, a four-year-old girl who disappeared on New Year's Eve in Malmö in southern Sweden is still missing. Her mother claims she was kidnapped by two men and was being taken to her father, who lives abroad.
Austrian Gregor Schlierenzauer, the defending World Cup champion, won the second leg of the Four Hills ski jump event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria on Friday. Germany's top-placed finish was Pascal Bodmer in 16th.
As of New Year's Eve evening, police had no suspects for an attack against a mosque in Malmö earlier in the day when shots had been fired through the window of the building.