Armed robbers stick up Berlin poker tournament
Germany

Armed robbers stick up Berlin poker tournament

Armed robbers on Saturday struck at Germany's largest poker tournament, stealing hundreds of thousands of euros in prize money and injuring gamblers, police said.

Abuse scandal hits elite progressive school
Germany

Abuse scandal hits elite progressive school

Pupils at a progressive private boarding school in Hesse were regularly sexually abused, the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper reported Saturday. The news follows a series of revelations about Catholic schools in Germany.

Avalanche warning for northern Sweden skiers
Sweden

Avalanche warning for northern Sweden skiers

Ski resorts in northern Sweden have been put on high alert for avalanches in areas popular with off piste skiers.

Health Ministry plans drug market reform
Germany

Health Ministry plans drug market reform

Philipp Rösler's Health Ministry is planning a radical restructuring of the billion-euro German pharmaceutical market, aimed at lowering the cost of new drugs.

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Sweden

Sweden to outlaw card payment charges

Charges for using credit and debit cards for small purchases will be abolished under new proposals from the government.

German tabloid tells Greeks to get up earlier
Germany

German tabloid tells Greeks to get up earlier

Tabloid Bild newspaper has written an open letter to Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, telling him he was visiting a country where, unlike his own, people "get up early and work." Merkel condemned "negative emotions" as "unhelpful."

Germany brokers deal on A400M transport
Germany

Germany brokers deal on A400M transport

After an arduous negotiation process in Berlin, Germany and six other European nations finally struck a deal with EADS late on Friday for completing the development of the Airbus A400M military transport plane.

Record support for Greens: poll
Sweden

Record support for Greens: poll

Support for the Green Party has increased by three percentage points to 10.6 percent according a new poll, which shows a majority of voters support Sweden's Left-Green alliance.

Egypt’s Mubarak undergoes surgery after visiting Merkel
Germany

Egypt’s Mubarak undergoes surgery after visiting Merkel

Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif temporarily took over the reins of the Egyptian government as President Hosni Mubarak on Saturday underwent surgery in Germany to remove his gall bladder, news agency MENA said.

Swedish Armed Forces cuts troops and bases
Sweden

Swedish Armed Forces cuts troops and bases

The Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) has proposed to scale down the country's domestic defences, closing at least one air force base, eliminating one troop regiment and halving training resources for home defences.

Baltic ferries slammed for ‘Titanic Syndrome’
Sweden

Baltic ferries slammed for ‘Titanic Syndrome’

The Swedish Maritime Administration (Sjöfartsverket) has sharply criticized ferry companies in the Baltic Sea for ignoring warnings and failing to change routes to avoid thick ice sheets.

New snowfall causes series of road accidents
Germany

New snowfall causes series of road accidents

Dogged winter weather caused a slew of road accidents across Germany overnight and clogged several motorways with traffic jams.