Flat of suspected ex-Nazi death camp guard raided
Germany

Flat of suspected ex-Nazi death camp guard raided

German police on Thursday raided the flat of an 88-year-old man suspected of having helped murder hundreds of thousands of Jews and others while a guard at the Nazi death camp Belzec.

Germany continues to shrink
Germany

Germany continues to shrink

Official figures on Thursday showed Germany's population shrank for the seventh year in a row in 2009, defying Chancellor Angela Merkel's bid to boost the country's birth rate.

Stockholm swells with millionaire men
Sweden

Stockholm swells with millionaire men

Stockholm-area men dominate the ranks of the roughly 40,000 Swedes who earn more than one million kronor ($139,000) per year, fresh statistics show.

Parliamentary probe into Kunduz affair begins
Germany

Parliamentary probe into Kunduz affair begins

Germany's parliamentary defence committee on Thursday began its investigation into a deadly air strike called by a Bundeswehr officer in Afghanistan and the subsequent cover-up that forced top officials to resign.

Body scanner firm sees security worries boosting business
Germany

Body scanner firm sees security worries boosting business

Tighter security at airports may be an inconvenience to passengers, but for one firm near Frankfurt, Europe's third-largest hub, it is a once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity.

Four years in jail for Indian smuggling ring
Sweden

Four years in jail for Indian smuggling ring

A 38-year-old man has been jailed for four years for his part in running a smuggling ring specialized in spiriting Indians through Sweden to other countries in Europe.

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Sweden

Holocaust survivor can keep pension: court

A Holocaust survivor living in Gothenburg in western Sweden will not have her Swedish pension cut because of compensation payments she receives from the German state, a Swedish court has ruled.

Sun kisses Berlin for first time in 16 days
Germany

Sun kisses Berlin for first time in 16 days

The sun briefly came out in Berlin for the first time in 16 days on Thursday afternoon, breaking a 46-year record for depressing winter weather in the capital city.

FDP mulls breaking up Deutsche Post to spur competition
Germany

FDP mulls breaking up Deutsche Post to spur competition

The pro-business Free Democrats are considering breaking up Germany's national postal service Deutsche Post, according to classified parliamentary documents published on Thursday.

‘Vast differences’ in Swedish schools: study
Sweden

‘Vast differences’ in Swedish schools: study

Some of Sweden’s best primary schools ('grundskolor', ages 7-16) can be found in municipalities along the southeastern coast of the country, according to a new ranking.

Opel to shut down its Belgian plant this year
Germany

Opel to shut down its Belgian plant this year

German car company Opel will close its plant in Antwerp, Belgium this year, GM Europe announced on Thursday.

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Sweden

Sweden in major embassy shake-up

Sweden announced on Thursday it will shutter six embassies by the end of the year, while at the same time opening ten new embassies to help carry out its foreign aid programmes.

Starbucks picks Arla for European drinks deal
Sweden

Starbucks picks Arla for European drinks deal

Scandinavian dairy producer Arla Foods has signed a contract with Starbucks to produce and sell ready-to-drink beverages under the US coffee giant’s brand throughout Europe.

The Best of Berlin in January
Germany

The Best of Berlin in January

This month Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, hits the catwalk for Fashion Week, uncovers the art of being tacky and helps you brush up your German skills.

Exhibition gives first peek at restored masterpiece ‘Metropolis’
Germany

Exhibition gives first peek at restored masterpiece ‘Metropolis’

Film lovers can catch a preview of the restored German silent film legend “Metropolis” at a new exhibition in Berlin beginning on Thursday – one month ahead of the film’s debut at the Berlin International Festival.

Swedish dads spending more time at home: study
Sweden

Swedish dads spending more time at home: study

Dads in Sweden are taking greater advantage of the country’s generous parental leave, a new report shows.

Church archive rediscovers curious 1676 papal document
Germany

Church archive rediscovers curious 1676 papal document

A rediscovered 334-year-old papal charter written by Pope Innocent XI is on display in Bautzen after the rare document went unnoticed for decades in the church's archives.

Police moot better airport security after breach
Germany

Police moot better airport security after breach

As the search continued on Thursday for a man who disappeared after traces of explosives were found on his laptop at Munich airport, Germany’s police union called for an inquiry into the country's security standards.

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Sweden

Murder suspect crashes victims’ memorial service

A 35-year-old man suspected of a double murder unexpectedly showed up at a memorial service arranged by the family of the victims, both of whom were recovered from a burned out vehicle in western Sweden.

Berlinale announces star-studded schedule
Germany

Berlinale announces star-studded schedule

New movies starring Ben Stiller, Julianne Moore, Gerard Depardieu, Jessica Alba and James Franco will headline the 60th Berlin film festival next month, organisers said this week.

Frings dropped from German national team
Germany

Frings dropped from German national team

German midfielder Torsten Frings has been informed that his international career is over after national coach Joachim Löw said the Werder Bremen star will play no part in his World Cup plans.

Sweden to prescribe exercise to battle youth obesity
Sweden

Sweden to prescribe exercise to battle youth obesity

School nurses in Uppsala in eastern Sweden will soon begin prescribing children exercise in order to combat increasing obesity among teenage boys.

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Sweden

Sweden shifts priorities for resettling UN refugees

Sweden plans to give priority to refugees from Somalia and Eritrea in its efforts to resettle an estimated 1,700 to 1,900 United Nations (UN) refugees this year.