Bayern’s Klose hits World Cup form
Germany

Bayern’s Klose hits World Cup form

Germany's number one striker Miroslav Klose looks set to again terrorise his team's opponents at this summer's World Cup after the Bayern Munich star admitted he is recapturing his best form.

Berlin seen raising 2010 growth forecast
Germany

Berlin seen raising 2010 growth forecast

The German government will raise its growth rate forecast for 2010 from 1.2 percent to 1.5 percent in its annual economic report, according to the weekly Der Spiegel.

FDP under fire for large donation from hotel magnate
Germany

FDP under fire for large donation from hotel magnate

The Free Democratic Party (FDP) received more than €1 million from one single donor – a baron whose company will profit from the reduction in value added tax on hotel bills recently enacted by the new government.

SBAB attacked over commission hand-outs to estate agencies
Sweden

SBAB attacked over commission hand-outs to estate agencies

State-owned mortgage lender SBAB is reportedly using a loophole in the law to encourage estate agencies to recommend their services to new house-owners.

More snow expected on Sunday
Germany

More snow expected on Sunday

Meteorologists are forecasting more snow for much of Germany on Sunday, although they also warn it could turn into rain and then possibly freeze to produce black ice on roads.

‘Terror-pisser’ killed neighbour’s garden with night-time golden showers
Germany

‘Terror-pisser’ killed neighbour’s garden with night-time golden showers

A couple in Hamburg have finally got to the bottom of why the plants in their front garden keep turning brown and dying – their neighbour has been urinating on them at night.

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Sweden

Social Insurance Agency ‘too generous’: report

Sweden's Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) has labelled itself too generous in handing out early retirement pensions on grounds of sickness since tougher rules were introduced in 2008.

Temperance society slams proposal for new alcohol laws
Sweden

Temperance society slams proposal for new alcohol laws

Restaurants serving cold food, such as sushi, will be able to obtain alcohol licenses if a proposal for new alcohol laws is accepted. The move has been branded deplorable by Sweden’s temperance society.

World Bank says Germany most efficient exporter
Germany

World Bank says Germany most efficient exporter

Germany emerged top and Singapore second in a new World Bank logistics survey that measures how efficiently countries trade their goods around the world.

Doctor convicted after lemon juice used on operation wounds
Germany

Doctor convicted after lemon juice used on operation wounds

A doctor who used lemon juice instead of antiseptics to treat his patients’ operation wounds, has been given a suspended sentence of 15 months for the death of one of those concerned.

German mobile hospital heads for Haiti
Germany

German mobile hospital heads for Haiti

A German plane carrying a mobile hospital, three all-wheel-drive vehicles and 200 crates of medical supplies, as well as several volunteers and a doctor, left for Haiti on Saturday, according to the German Red Cross (DRK).

Swede gives millions to help Haiti children
Sweden

Swede gives millions to help Haiti children

Swedish businessman Roger Akelius is to donate 100 million kronor over a 25-year-period to a children’s charity in the wake of Haiti’s devastating earthquake.

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Sweden

War crimes suspect remanded in custody

A Bosnian-born Swede was remanded in custody by a Stockholm court on Friday, suspected of committing war crimes against Serbs in 1992 during the Bosnian war.