Merkel: Greece doesn’t need German money
Germany

Merkel: Greece doesn’t need German money

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that Greece does not need financial aid at present and that the stability of the eurozone was "assured," after talks with Prime Minister George Papandreou.

Roma duped into seeking Swedish asylum
Sweden

Roma duped into seeking Swedish asylum

An estimated 1,000 Roma people, primarily from Serbia, have been lured this year alone into travelling to Sweden in the vain hope of securing residence permits, the Swedish Migration Board has said.

Ice breakers struggle to clear harbours
Germany

Ice breakers struggle to clear harbours

Ice breakers on Friday were working non-stop to clear northern Germany's frozen harbours following a return to frigid temperatures in recent days.

Dresden opens chamber of Turkish delights
Germany

Dresden opens chamber of Turkish delights

Saxon kings both feared and admired the Ottoman Empire. Andrew Curry heads to Dresden to explore Germany’s long fascination with Turkish art, culture and military prowess.

Hesse to let buyers hunker down in old bunkers
Germany

Hesse to let buyers hunker down in old bunkers

The state of Hesse is selling 20 bunkers from World War II and the Cold War to the highest bidder, the Institute for Federal Real Estate (BImA) said on Friday.

‘Inflexible welfare model keeping young Swedes out of work’
Sweden

‘Inflexible welfare model keeping young Swedes out of work’

An excessively rigid labour market is at the root of Sweden's high youth unemployment and helps explain the recent proliferation of young people in early retirement schemes, argues Nima Sanandaji, CEO of the Captus think tank.

Stockholm institute honours Michael J Fox
Sweden

Stockholm institute honours Michael J Fox

Actor Michael J Fox is to receive an honorary doctorate from Stockholm's Karolinska Institutet in recognition of his work with Parkinson's disease.

JFK letters to Swedish sweetheart sold
Sweden

JFK letters to Swedish sweetheart sold

Passionately tender correspondence written by John F Kennedy to his Swedish sweetheart has fetched more than $100,000 at an auction in the United States.

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Sweden

Gabriel, 13, died after Stockholm tunnel tour

The teenage boy found dead at the bottom of a ventilation shaft by Slussen in central Stockholm on Thursday paid 200 kronor ($28) for a clandestine "tunnel tour" and it is now suspected that he was abandoned by his guide, according to a report in the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Ships freed from Baltic Sea ice
Sweden

Ships freed from Baltic Sea ice

Dozens of ships have been freed from thick ice in the Baltic Sea on Friday after iuce breakers worked diligently to end the ordeal of of thousands of passengers and crew stranded in freezing conditions off the Swedish coast.

Catholic abuse scandal hits famous boys’ choir
Germany

Catholic abuse scandal hits famous boys’ choir

The child sexual abuse scandal in Germany’s Catholic Church continued to spread on Friday as a spokesperson confirmed abuse at Regensburg’s cathedral school for their famous boys' choir, the Domspatzen.

Brüderle: Germany won’t give ‘one cent’ to Greece
Germany

Brüderle: Germany won’t give ‘one cent’ to Greece

German Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle on Friday said Berlin will "not give one cent" to help Greece out of its debt crisis, as Chancellor Angela Merkel prepared to meet Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou.

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Sweden

Siblings could face jail for incest

A pair of siblings in Kalmar in south east Sweden have been charged with incest and risk facing up to a year each in prison if found guilty.

German budget heading for record deficit
Germany

German budget heading for record deficit

Germany is set for a record deficit of €80.2 billion after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition agreed on its first budget early on Friday morning.

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Sweden

Investor buys big in defence concern Saab

The Wallenberg-family controlled firm Investor has purchased 11.2 million b-shares, 10.2 percent of the capital, in defence concern Saab. The price tag comes in at 1.1 billion kronor ($150 million), according to a statement.

Techno’s not dead: Berlin’s club scene in the easyJet era
Germany

Techno’s not dead: Berlin’s club scene in the easyJet era

Techno music is not dead in Berlin, music journalist Tobias Rapp argues. Exberliner magazine's Seymour Gris sat down with him to discuss the changing landscape of club culture in the German capital.

Deutsche Bahn faces infrastructure funds gap
Germany

Deutsche Bahn faces infrastructure funds gap

German national rail operator Deutsche Bahn doesn’t have enough money to complete 46 high-priority planned construction projects, a media report said on Friday.

Bayern Munich looking to cement top league ranking
Germany

Bayern Munich looking to cement top league ranking

Bayern Munich will be looking to cement their newly gained place at the top of the Bundesliga this weekend as second and third-placed Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke snap at their heels.

German high court gets youngest leader ever
Germany

German high court gets youngest leader ever

Germany’s highest court got a new leader on Friday. The institution’s Vice President Andreas Voßkuhle will take over as his predecessor Hans-Jürgen Papier leaves following 12 years of service.

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Sweden

Legal council says no to drug tests for kids

Sweden's Council on Legislation (Lagrådet) has ruled against a government legislative proposal to allow drug tests on children below the age of 15.

Swedish rapper gets life for Hollywood killing
Sweden

Swedish rapper gets life for Hollywood killing

A Los Angeles court on Thursday sentenced 35-year-old Swedish hip-hop artist David Moses Jassy, aka Monopoly, to 15 years to life imprisonment for the murder of a jazz pianist in Hollywood in November 2008.

Thousands stuck in Baltic Sea freeze
Sweden

Thousands stuck in Baltic Sea freeze

The Baltic Sea was dotted with around 50 ships stuck in the ice on Thursday, including one large passenger ferry carrying around than 1,000 people. Many will remain where they are until Friday, Swedish maritime authorities said.