Strike ends as Lufthansa and pilots resume talks
Germany

Strike ends as Lufthansa and pilots resume talks

German airline Lufthansa and pilots agreed late on Monday to resume talks, ending a one-day strike that grounded almost half of all flights at Europe's biggest airline.

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Sweden

Guru’s guide: The best beers in Sweden right now

With so many unconventional Swedish and imported beers currently filling the shelves at your local Systembolaget it’s sometimes difficult to know what bottles to buy and try. Darren Packman, one of Sweden’s leading beer experts, give his tips on what you should (and should not) be pouring into your beer glass.

Top Catholic bishop apologises for child abuse scandal
Germany

Top Catholic bishop apologises for child abuse scandal

Robert Zollitsch, the head of the German Bishop’s Conference (DBK), made a formal apology on Monday to the victims of widespread child abuse at Catholic schools and said there would be consequences.

Suspected ‘German’ Mossad killer probed
Germany

Suspected ‘German’ Mossad killer probed

Prosecutors in Cologne are investigating how a suspected Israeli assassin applied for and received a German passport used while he worked for a Mossad killing squad.

Reinfeldt dismayed by transport freeze
Sweden

Reinfeldt dismayed by transport freeze

Swedish prime minster Fredrik Reinfeldt has expressed disappointment at the inability of the country's infrastructure to cope with snow and cold weather. "Winter is after all one of the four seasons in this country," he pointed out on Monday.

Rhineland CDU official resigns over influence peddling affair
Germany

Rhineland CDU official resigns over influence peddling affair

Hendrik Wüst, general secretary for the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) in North Rhine-Westphalia, resigned on Monday following revelations the party offered meetings with state premier Jürgen Rüttgers in exchange for sponsorship money.

Hard rocking beer man: ‘I brew in A Major’
Sweden

Hard rocking beer man: ‘I brew in A Major’

“That’s the Way I Wanna Rock and Roll” is a track from Sigtuna Brygghus head brewer Mattias Hammenlind’s favourite hard rock band AC/DC. It also sums up nicely his approach to brewing beer, writes Darren Packman.

Giving English the big kiss-off
Germany

Giving English the big kiss-off

Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, doesn’t lament the end of Deutsche Bahn’s troubled romance with the English language.

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Sweden

Ambulances getting stuck in deep snow

Sweden's ambulances have not escaped the problems brought by heavy snow, and the switch from four-wheel-drive Volvo's to rear-wheel drive Mercedes vehicles is now under review in Borås in western Sweden, according to a Sveriges Television (SVT) report. Similar problems were also reported earlier this month by health authorities in Västernorrland in northern Sweden.

Futuristic solar yacht set for voyage around the world
Germany

Futuristic solar yacht set for voyage around the world

An innovative new solar-powered yacht will be unveiled in Germany this week ahead of plans to take the craft on a trip around the world.

EU should dole out stricter penalties after Greece, Berlin says
Germany

EU should dole out stricter penalties after Greece, Berlin says

The European Union will have to mull stricter penalties against member states over budget deficits, Germany said on Monday, in the wake of the Greece crisis that has knocked confidence in the euro.

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Sweden

Ikea forecasts ‘flat’ profits for 2010

In a rare comment on Swedish furniture giant Ikea's financials Monday, the firm's CEO reported flat profits for 2009 with more of the same forecast for 2010.

Female students awarded discrimination damages
Sweden

Female students awarded discrimination damages

Lund University in southern Sweden has agreed to pay compensation to 24 women denied admission to the university's psychology programme because of their gender.

Dope smoker reports psychedelic hash to police
Sweden

Dope smoker reports psychedelic hash to police

A man walked into a police station in southern Sweden last week to complain about the quality of the hash that he had been sold, asking for a lump to be tested for traces of LSD.

Porsche faces hefty fines from US fuel efficiency law
Germany

Porsche faces hefty fines from US fuel efficiency law

German sports car manufacturer Porsche could soon face severe fines in the United States thanks to a proposed law meant to encourage greater fuel efficiency, daily Financial Times Deutschland reported on Monday.

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Sweden

Record year in hunt for benefit cheats: agency

The Swedish Social Insurance Agency has reported a record year in its hunt for benefit cheats, reclaiming 930 million kronor ($130 million) in stolen and saved benefits.

Naked sled race draws 14,000
Germany

Naked sled race draws 14,000

A naked sledging event in Germany’s Harz region created a logistical nightmare over the weekend after 14,000 people showed up to watch 30 men and women strip before sliding down the mountain.

German bobsledder Lange takes fourth career gold
Germany

German bobsledder Lange takes fourth career gold

Germany 1 pilot Andre Lange won his fourth Olympic bobsleigh gold medal Sunday after seeing off Germany 2 and Russia 1 in the two-man event at Whistler Sliding Centre.

Grenades found at Royal Palace in Stockholm
Sweden

Grenades found at Royal Palace in Stockholm

A routine inspection of the Royal Palace of Stockholm in early February uncovered two decorative grenades. The explosive devices could have been lying gathering dust for over four decades, according to a military report reviewed by The Local.

Neuner to sit out final Olympic biathlon relay
Germany

Neuner to sit out final Olympic biathlon relay

Just hours after winning her second Olympic gold medal on Sunday, German biathlete Magdalena Neuner made the surprise announcement that she would not compete in the relay event on Tuesday.

Swedes beat Finland to reach hockey last eight
Sweden

Swedes beat Finland to reach hockey last eight

Sweden clinched a place in the last eight of the Vancouver Winter Olympic

Six dead after German tour bus crash in Austria
Germany

Six dead after German tour bus crash in Austria

Six people are dead and 20 injured after an accident involving a German tour bus in Austria early on Monday morning, police reported.

Airports reel as Lufthansa pilots strike
Germany

Airports reel as Lufthansa pilots strike

Lufthansa pilots scared of losing their jobs began a crippling four-day strike on Monday, grounding two-thirds of flights at Europe's biggest airline and all but emptying Germany's normally busy airports.

Snowfalls cause widespread travel chaos
Sweden

Snowfalls cause widespread travel chaos

The harsh snowy weather continues to cause widespread disruption to train and public transport services on Monday.

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Sweden

Sweden and Norway in sprint clash

Old antagonists and neighbours Sweden and Norway will meet in both the men's and women's team sprints to decide who gets the cross-country bragging rights at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic games.