Germany aims to cut solar power subsidies
Germany

Germany aims to cut solar power subsidies

The German government wants to slash its support to the solar energy industry to prevent the market from overheating, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) said on Tuesday.

Top Protestant bishop caught driving drunk
Germany

Top Protestant bishop caught driving drunk

Bishop Margot Käßmann, the leader of Germany’s Protestant church, has reportedly been caught driving under the influence of alcohol by Hannover police.

Young boy sparks huge search after setting off ‘to find gold’
Germany

Young boy sparks huge search after setting off ‘to find gold’

An adventurous nine-year-old boy sparked a large-scale police search operation in Bavaria this week after he decided to set off to find gold in Italy.

Once upon a time in Goslar
Germany

Once upon a time in Goslar

The fairytale town of Goslar makes a great base for exploring northern Germany’s Harz region. Campbell Jefferys visits the popular UNESCO World Heritage site in Lower Saxony.

Spyker completes Saab deal
Sweden

Spyker completes Saab deal

Spyker and General Motors have completed the final paperwork to seal the Dutch luxury car maker's purchase of Saab Automobile.

Privacy official calls for review of Google’s ‘monopoly’
Germany

Privacy official calls for review of Google’s ‘monopoly’

Germany’s federal data protection commissioner Peter Schaar on Tuesday called for a review of internet search engine company Google’s market dominance.

Swedish army called in to clear rail tracks
Sweden

Swedish army called in to clear rail tracks

The Swedish Rail Administration (Banverket) has requested emergency assistance from the army as snow continues to cause havoc on the tracks.

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Sweden

AstraZeneca settles UK tax claim

Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca reported on Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with the UK tax authority to pay £505 million ($786 million) to settle a long-standing tax dispute.

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Sweden

Sacked employee took revenge on grave of boss’s daughter

A 44-year-old woman in southern Sweden who was fired from her job took revenge on her former boss by desecrating her daughter's grave.

Bundeswehr hazing scandal widens
Germany

Bundeswehr hazing scandal widens

The parliamentary commissioner for the German armed forces confirmed on Tuesday that an army hazing scandal involving young recruits forced to take questionable rites of passage is much more widespread than initally thought.

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Sweden

Nightclub ordered to pay for ethnic discrimination

The Svea Court of Appeal has ordered Elite Hotels to pay compensation to six men after finding that they were denied entry to a Stockholm nightclub due to their ethnicity.

Harsh winter freezes business confidence
Germany

Harsh winter freezes business confidence

Data on Tuesday showed German business confidence unexpectedly sliding for the first time in nearly a year, raising fears that the path to recovery for Europe's top economy will be long and bumpy.

‘Saab purchase delayed’: Spyker CEO
Sweden

‘Saab purchase delayed’: Spyker CEO

The purchase of Swedish car maker Saab by Spyker, scheduled to be completed on Tuesday, could be delayed by another day, the Dutch firm's CEO Victor Muller said on Tuesday.

Belarus declares Rammstein an enemy of the state
Germany

Belarus declares Rammstein an enemy of the state

Not content to oppress the country’s democratic opposition or rail against Western imperialism, the autocratic regime of Belarus has declared the German industrial rock band Rammstein to be an enemy of the state.

Commerzbank posts €4.54 billion in losses for 2009
Germany

Commerzbank posts €4.54 billion in losses for 2009

Germany's second largest bank, Commerzbank, on Tuesday reported sharp losses for the fourth quarter and all of 2009, but still voiced cautious optimism for this year.

State warns of housing boom and bust
Sweden

State warns of housing boom and bust

The National Housing Credit Guarantee Board (BKN) has warned that Sweden stands on the precipice of a house price crash. Record low interest rates and loose credit has expanded borrowing to unsustainable levels, the board argued in a new report.

Minister accuses church of blocking child sex abuse investigation
Germany

Minister accuses church of blocking child sex abuse investigation

German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger on Tuesday accused the Catholic Church of failing to cooperate with officials in the investigation of alleged child sexual abuse at Jesuit schools in the 1970s and 1980s.

Swedish pensioner hid drugs in porcelain dog
Sweden

Swedish pensioner hid drugs in porcelain dog

A woman in Malmö is suspected of trying to boost her pension by selling drugs. When police raided her home they found two kilogrammes of amphetamines hidden in a porcelain dog, according to a report in Metro Skåne.

German women take gold in cross country relay
Germany

German women take gold in cross country relay

Germany claimed the women's cross country team sprint title on Monday with a battling performance as favourites Sweden took the silver while Russia claimed bronze at the Winter Olympics.

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Sweden

Swedish transport mayhem continues

Hard-hit commuters can expect more of the same on Tuesday with snow causing delays, cancellations and limited services across the country.

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Sweden

Swedes claim silver in cross country sprint

Sweden claimed a valiant silver behind Germany in the women's cross country team sprint event at Vancouver Winter Olympics on Monday, the team's fifth medal in the sport.