CDU and FDP consider U-turn on hotel tax
Germany

CDU and FDP consider U-turn on hotel tax

More government politicians have come out in support of overturning the reduction in sales tax on hotel stays. The tax has received considerable criticism from economic experts, party members and the opposition.

Train hits snow-clearing vehicle
Germany

Train hits snow-clearing vehicle

A regional train collided with a snow-clearing vehicle in Lübeck in the state of Schleswig-Holstein on Sunday, in a weekend of traffic chaos caused by snowstorms across northern Germany.

Merkel got bad marks for Marx
Germany

Merkel got bad marks for Marx

Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly got poor grades in her obligatory Marxism-Leninism course during her doctoral studies in communist East Germany.

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Sweden

Derailed train causes Gothenburg delays

A derailed train outside Gothenburg in western Sweden is causing long delays in and out of the city.

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Sweden

Record cold snap to stay

The Swedish Met Office (SMHI) has issued a weather warning for mountainous northern areas and says extreme cold and snowy weather conditions will continue next week.

Westerwelle gives Greece verbal support in debt struggle
Germany

Westerwelle gives Greece verbal support in debt struggle

Greece has the "full support" of Germany and other European Union peers as it struggles to beat back a mountain of debt and a runaway public deficit, Germany's foreign minister told a Greek daily Sunday.

‘No sex ring links to ex-police chief’
Sweden

‘No sex ring links to ex-police chief’

Media reports of a sex ring link to a former police chief suspected of rape and plotting to rape minors are untrue, according to the police officer leading the investigation.

Ministers bicker over Davos breakfast
Germany

Ministers bicker over Davos breakfast

Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle was riled at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Saturday when Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg had breakfast with 20 economic leaders.

Fatal shooting in central Malmö
Sweden

Fatal shooting in central Malmö

A 26-year-old man was shot dead in Malmö in southern Sweden early on Sunday morning.

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Sweden

Referee killed by ice hockey puck

An ice-hockey referee died on Saturday when he was hit by a puck during a game.

Bayern regain top spot with home win
Germany

Bayern regain top spot with home win

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal said his side's 3-0 win over Mainz on Saturday was their best home performance of the season as the giants went back to the top of the German league.