Retail sales post biggest drop since euro launch
Germany

Retail sales post biggest drop since euro launch

German retail sales fell by 1.8 percent last year, final figures released Tuesday by the national statistics service showed, the biggest decline since euro notes and coins were introduced in 2002.

Berlin to buy stolen Swiss tax dodger data
Germany

Berlin to buy stolen Swiss tax dodger data

Germany said Tuesday it would pay for data on some 1,500 suspected tax dodgers with funds stashed in Swiss accounts, waving aside concerns that the allegedly stolen material would not stand up in court.

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Sweden

Peak prices for Swedish mountain holiday homes

Mountain lodges in a prime Swedish ski resort have grown in value by a whopping 153 percent since 1991, new figures show.

Social parasites with Swiss bank accounts
Germany

Social parasites with Swiss bank accounts

The German government should have no qualms about buying stolen Swiss information on rich tax dodgers, argues Ludwig Greven from Zeit Online.

Paying for info on tax dodgers is immoral
Germany

Paying for info on tax dodgers is immoral

Buying stolen Swiss information on rich tax dodgers is wrong and puts Germany on shaky moral ground, argues Kai Biermann from Zeit Online.

Kurdish-German fights Iranian Interpol listing
Germany

Kurdish-German fights Iranian Interpol listing

An Iranian-born German citizen is fighting to have his name removed from Interpol’s most-wanted list after allegedly being placed there by Iran for his work with Kurdish activists opposed to the regime in Tehran.

German film ‘The White Band’ nominated for two Oscars
Germany

German film ‘The White Band’ nominated for two Oscars

German film Das weiße Band, or “The White Band,” has been nominated for two Oscars in 2010, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Arrest warrant for Swede over Auschwitz sign theft

Police in Poland have issued a warrant for the arrest of Anders Högström, a former neo-Nazi recently indicted over the theft of the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign from the Auschwitz death camp.

Introducing… Anna Anka
Sweden

Introducing… Anna Anka

Introducing... is The Local's guide to the Swedish celebrity. In this week's installment Malin Nyberg profiles Anna Anka, the conservative trophy wife Sweden loves to hate.

Profile: Sweden’s new EU minister Birgitta Ohlsson
Sweden

Profile: Sweden’s new EU minister Birgitta Ohlsson

Birgitta Ohlsson was named as Sweden's new EU minister on Tuesday. An outspoken advocate of feminism, equality and civil liberties issues, as well as a keen supporter of Nato membership, Ohlsson also harbours dreams of a top UN human rights post.

Siemens unveils ‘green’ investment in India
Germany

Siemens unveils ‘green’ investment in India

German industrial group Siemens said Tuesday it would spend 16 billion rupees ($346 million) in India, mainly in renewable energy, as part of a drive to step up investment in the country.

Sweden and Poland push for nuclear arms cuts
Sweden

Sweden and Poland push for nuclear arms cuts

Sweden and Poland's foreign ministers have joined forces in calling on the United States and Russia to sharply reduce their nuclear weapons arsenals in Europe.

Germany grapples with relentless winter weather
Germany

Germany grapples with relentless winter weather

Unrelenting winter weather forced the evacuation of a Baltic Sea island and caused hundreds of traffic accidents in Germany on Tuesday, as another storm threatened to dump more snow across much of the country.

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Sweden

‘Asylum kids have a right to free schooling’

A government report has recommended that children of all asylum seekers should be given the right to attend pre-schools and schools, bringing Sweden closer into line with UN conventions.

Brit arrested for filming onboard plane
Sweden

Brit arrested for filming onboard plane

A 37-year-old British citizen has been arrested in Sweden after staff on a Ryanair plane claimed they spotted him secretly filming their security procedures.

French court examines deadly Concorde crash
Germany

French court examines deadly Concorde crash

Ten years after a fiery crash ended the dream of supersonic travel, a French court will Tuesday try to determine who was to blame for the Concorde disaster that killed 113 people – including 97 Germans.

Jesuit school sex abuse scandal spreads through Germany
Germany

Jesuit school sex abuse scandal spreads through Germany

The scope of a child sex abuse scandal that was uncovered at an elite Berlin Catholic school last week has spread to other parts of Germany and beyond, the provincial superior for the country’s Jesuit order Stefan Dartmann has revealed.

Sky darkens over Spyker-Saab funding
Sweden

Sky darkens over Spyker-Saab funding

Spyker CEO Victor Muller is missing a third of the funds required to complete the purchase of Saab from GM as questions mount over the secret financiers rumoured to be backing the deal, according to the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

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Sweden

Ex-boyfriend charged with brutal assault

A 21-year-old man has been charged with the brutal assault of his 19-year-old ex-girlfriend in Kristianstad in southern Sweden in November.

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Germany

Dead infant found abandoned in Saarland snow

A dead baby has been found abandoned in the the snow in the southwestern German state of Saarland, the German Red Cross (DRK) and the police confirmed late on Monday.

Ohlsson defies critics to claim EU minister post
Sweden

Ohlsson defies critics to claim EU minister post

Birgitta Ohlsson has been named as Liberal Party colleague Cecilia Malmström's successor as Sweden's EU minister despite the initial reservations of party leader Jan Björklund.

Munich Re profits soar thanks to fewer natural disasters
Germany

Munich Re profits soar thanks to fewer natural disasters

The world's biggest reinsurer, Munich Re, reported Tuesday that net profit soared 62 percent last year, exceeding the group's own forecast owing to a sharp decline in natural disasters.

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Sweden

Swedish rapper guilty of Hollywood murder

A Los Angeles court has found 35-year-old Swedish hip-hop artist David Moses Jassy, aka Monopoly, guilty of the murder of a jazz pianist in Hollywood in November 2008.

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Sweden

Swede dies after Malaysian jellyfish sting

A 45-year-old woman from Småland in southern Sweden has been killed by a jellyfish while on holiday in Malaysia, writes the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Cities face dire finances
Germany

Cities face dire finances

German cities and municipalities say they have reached an emergency financial situation with soaring deficits following the worst recession since the Second World War.