Bonuses are back for Opel managers
Germany

Bonuses are back for Opel managers

Top managers at the beleaguered carmaker Opel will once again be eligible for bonuses, sparking anger from company workers facing layoffs, the head of the staff association said Saturday.

Football chief wants to keep Löw
Germany

Football chief wants to keep Löw

Germany football boss Theo Zwanziger insisted Saturday he wants Joachim Löw to remain as coach of the national side, despite contract negotiations being delayed until after the World Cup in South Africa.

Munich S-Bahn victim may have thrown the first punch
Germany

Munich S-Bahn victim may have thrown the first punch

The two youths who allegedly beat to death businessman Dominik Brunner at a Munich S-Bahn station had been drinking but it was Brunner who threw the first punch, news magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

Give ‘no nukes’ a chance, says Westerwelle
Germany

Give ‘no nukes’ a chance, says Westerwelle

Germany would champion a “decade of disarmament” in an effort to bring about a “world without nuclear weapons,” Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Saturday.

Neo-Nazi party given green light to target school children
Germany

Neo-Nazi party given green light to target school children

The neo-Nazi National Democratic Party will be allowed to distribute CDs outside schools with interviews and music by party members because authorities have no legal grounds to stop them, a report said Saturday.

Swiss data to be bought this weekend: report
Germany

Swiss data to be bought this weekend: report

German tax investigators were in France this weekend to buy the now-notorious stolen Swiss bank data on 1,500 alleged tax cheats, magazine Focus reported Saturday.

Conservatives taking a battering on atomic energy, minister warns
Germany

Conservatives taking a battering on atomic energy, minister warns

Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen has intensified his calls for a quick nuclear energy phase out, warning conservative colleagues the issue was politically damaging, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported Saturday.

At least 94 Catholic abuse cases suspected: report
Germany

At least 94 Catholic abuse cases suspected: report

The abuse scandal in Germany’s Catholic Church has continued to widen with at least 94 clerics and laypeople suspected of committing sexual abuse since 1995, news magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

Kalla shows Olympic form in Nordic skiing win
Sweden

Kalla shows Olympic form in Nordic skiing win

Sweden's Charlotte Kalla has outclassed overall World Cup champion Justyna Kowalczyk in the women's 10km freestyle Nordic skiing race in Canmore, Canada.

Iran nuclear deal inches closer in Munich
Germany

Iran nuclear deal inches closer in Munich

Progress in the stand-off over Iran’s nuclear ambitions got a shot in the arm Friday when Iran’s Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, told the Munich Security Conference a "final" deal to swap uranium with the West was close.

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Sweden

‘Sweden has worst railway maintenance in Europe’: SJ CEO

Swedish state railway firm SJ was making all-out efforts today to tackle huge problems resulting from the recent cold snap.

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Sweden

Flight crews warned off the booze

Tighter drinking-and-flying regulations for airline crews are set to be introduced by the Swedish government.

Royal court decries report on Westling ‘illness’
Sweden

Royal court decries report on Westling ‘illness’

The Royal Court has decried a media report that Daniel Westling, fiancé of the Swedish Crown Princess, was seriously ill a few days ago and in the care of a doctor.

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Sweden

Winter chill means scorching electrical bill

Swedish homeowners with electrical heating can expect a whopping bill for January for up to around 2,000 kronor ($280) higher than if the weather had been “normal”.