Germany clashes with Switzerland over tax info
Germany

Germany clashes with Switzerland over tax info

Germany and Switzerland clashed openly on Monday over the Alpine state's cherished banking secrecy after Berlin said it might buy the names of suspected tax-dodgers from a whistle-blower.

TripAdvisor ranks Germany’s top 25 hotels
Germany

TripAdvisor ranks Germany’s top 25 hotels

Users of the popular travel website TripAdvisor have ranked Germany's top 25 hotels, with the winners ranging from glamorous towers in Berlin to family-oriented establishments near amusement parks.

Berlinale announces complete line-up for 60th anniversary
Germany

Berlinale announces complete line-up for 60th anniversary

The star-studded 60th Berlin Film Festival starting next week will go back to its roots bridging East and West, organisers said Monday, this time uniting hot Hollywood fare with fresh Asian releases.

Bafin lifts ban on short-selling
Germany

Bafin lifts ban on short-selling

German financial market regulators on Monday lifted a ban on short-selling, where investors bet on a company's share price losing value, saying the chaos the practice had caused in 2008 had subsided.

Doctor charged over baby’s death
Sweden

Doctor charged over baby’s death

The paediatrician suspected of the alleged mercy killing of a baby at Astrid Lindgren's Children's Hospital in Stockholm in September 2008 has been charged with manslaughter.

Swedish car sales on the rebound
Sweden

Swedish car sales on the rebound

Sales of cars in Sweden increased by 37.4 percent in January compared to the same month last year, while truck sales climbed for the first time since July 2008, new statistics from industry group BIL Sweden show.

Cops bill owner after running over dog
Germany

Cops bill owner after running over dog

A German woman has hired a lawyer after discovering the police had sent her a hefty bill for damage to a patrol car that was used to deliberately run over her beloved dog.

Jilted hubby exacts mousy revenge
Sweden

Jilted hubby exacts mousy revenge

A 59-year-old man has been arrested for using his ex-wife's musophobia to wreak cruel revenge for their break up after he pushed 19 mice through her letter box on Sunday morning.

Germany to hunt down fines for EU traffic violations
Germany

Germany to hunt down fines for EU traffic violations

The German government is reportedly preparing to hunt down drivers guilty of traffic violations in other EU countries in order to collect a potential windfall in fines.

Booze-related violence on the rise among youths
Germany

Booze-related violence on the rise among youths

The number of alcohol-fuelled acts of violence by youths in Germany has seen a stunning increase over the last decade, a new study released on Monday showed.

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Sweden

‘Volvo production to remain in Sweden’: Geely

Chinese car maker Geely has declared its intention to keep Volvo production in Sweden after completing the purchase of the company from US auto giant Ford, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

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Sweden

Stockholm mum charged over Polish ‘slaves’

A 46-year-old mother of four has been charged with trafficking and other offences after keeping her Polish nannies and cleaner under "slave-like" conditions in her Solna home.

Software glitch renders parking ‘verboten’ at UK garage
Germany

Software glitch renders parking ‘verboten’ at UK garage

Drivers attempting to park at a central Birmingham garage have been frustrated by a ticket dispenser that switches to German when the car park is full.

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Sweden

Snow removal worker killed by train

A person employed to clear snow off the tracks was killed on Monday morning after being hit by an X2000 high speed train.

Politicians renew calls for NPD ban
Germany

Politicians renew calls for NPD ban

Seven years after Germany’s high court refused to ban the neo-Nazi NPD party, a growing number of politicians are advocating a renewed attempt to end their legitimacy.

Taxes and jobs dominate party leader debate
Sweden

Taxes and jobs dominate party leader debate

Sunday's televised debate between the five leaders of Sweden's major political parties was dominated by taxes and labour market policy, while exposing divisions within the opposing blocs.

Snow causes traffic havoc in western Sweden
Sweden

Snow causes traffic havoc in western Sweden

Snow falls caused extensive traffic problems on Sunday night and into Monday morning. Several accidents occurred in western Sweden while no fatalities were reported.

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Sweden

Sweden’s Karlsson wins Qatar Masters

Swedish golfer Robert Karlsson claimed a three shot win over Spaniard Alvaro Quiros to win the $2.5 million Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club on Sunday.

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Sweden

Margot Wallström lands top UN job

Sweden's Margot Wallström is set to become the UN special representative tasked with combating sexual violence against women and children in conflicts, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced on Sunday.

Leverkusen back on top after quick victory over Freiburg
Germany

Leverkusen back on top after quick victory over Freiburg

Bayer Leverkusen took over for Bayern Munich as Bundesliga leaders for the second week running after blitzing Freiburg with three goals in four minutes on their way to a 3-1 win on Sunday night.

Longest snowy period in 30 years set to end soon
Germany

Longest snowy period in 30 years set to end soon

The longest snowy period in the last 30 years could end next week, meteorologists from the German Weather Service (DWD) reported over the weekend.