WestLB expects profits but warns of job cuts
Germany

WestLB expects profits but warns of job cuts

The head of beleagured Düsseldorf-based bank WestLB said he expected it to turn a profit in 2010, based on figures that suggest the bank remained operative in 2009 without the need for restructuring.

Fleeing man drives car into house
Germany

Fleeing man drives car into house

A man being chased by the police drove his car into a house at full speed on Saturday night. Police found drug utensils on him.

Merkel plans major tour of US in April
Germany

Merkel plans major tour of US in April

Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning a long tour of the US in April in order to improve strained relations between the US and Europe, according to a magazine report. She will also attend a nuclear weapons security summit.

FDP wants unemployed to shovel snow
Germany

FDP wants unemployed to shovel snow

FDP boss and vice-chancellor Guido Westerwelle again sharpened his rhetoric against the unemployed on Sunday by declaring that those young and healthy enough should be forced to do community work.

Transport hit as snowstorms ravage Sweden
Sweden

Transport hit as snowstorms ravage Sweden

Sweden came to a near standstill over the weekend when wind-packed snowstorms blanketed a nation still recovering from earlier snowfalls. Citizens were advised to remain homebound when possible, until railway tracks and highways were cleared.

Nordic governments back SAS for now
Sweden

Nordic governments back SAS for now

The Norwegian and Danish Governments told the news agency Reuters at the weekend they would financially support the cash-strapped carrier but wanted to eventually privatize it.

Westling learns how to become Prince Daniel
Sweden

Westling learns how to become Prince Daniel

The Swedish Court has announced that Daniel Westling, fiancé of Swedish Crown Princess Victoria, is participating in a program to enhance his understanding about “the ceremonies and culture inheritance that is linked to the history of the monarchy.”

Bayern’s winning streak comes to shock end
Germany

Bayern’s winning streak comes to shock end

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal said he was chasing trophies, not records, as the German giants' 13-game winning streak came to a shock end on Saturday with a 1-1 draw against local rivals Nuremberg.

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Sweden

Pärson sets sights on slaloms

Riesch and Pärson both came away from the downhill and super-G medal-less,

Swedes dominate in men’s cross-country
Sweden

Swedes dominate in men’s cross-country

Sweden's Marcus Hellner made up for just missing out in the 15km race when he powered away from his rivals in the home stretch to claim gold in the men's

Polanski and Turkish film win Berlinale prizes
Germany

Polanski and Turkish film win Berlinale prizes

The 60th Berlin Film Festival wrapped up Sunday after crowning Roman Polanski best director for the political thriller "The Ghost Writer" and giving the Golden Bear top prize to a Turkish family drama.