Passengers stuck in transit prepare for third night in limbo
Germany

Passengers stuck in transit prepare for third night in limbo

Around 800 air passengers are stuck in transit at Frankfurt airport – with no visa for the European Union they are not allowed to leave the building, but no planes are allowed to take-off, leaving them stranded.

Bayern’s ‘cissies’ deliver 7-0 victory
Germany

Bayern’s ‘cissies’ deliver 7-0 victory

Dutch winger Arjen Robben said Bayern Munich's 7-0 hammering of Hannover sets up the German giants for Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, first leg, against Lyon.

Nearly half of Germans say nuclear power stations should run longer
Germany

Nearly half of Germans say nuclear power stations should run longer

Nearly half of Germans support the idea of allowing nuclear power stations to operate longer than planned in order to provide electricity, according to a new survey.

Pirate Party sees membership slashed
Sweden

Pirate Party sees membership slashed

Sweden's Pirate Party is shedding members rapidly as enthusiasts who signed up in conjunction with last year's high profile Pirate Bay case fail to renew their membership.

Merkel misses Kaczynski funeral but Westerwelle takes helicopter
Germany

Merkel misses Kaczynski funeral but Westerwelle takes helicopter

Chancellor Angela Merkel has cancelled her planned trip to Poland to attend Sunday’s funeral service for President Lech Kaczynski and his wife Maria.

Jet cleared for landing in northern Sweden
Sweden

Jet cleared for landing in northern Sweden

Swedish aviation authorities have reopened a corridor of airspace in the far north of the country, enabling a private US jet plane to land at Kiruna airport.

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Sweden

Bus convoys carry stranded tourists home

Hundreds of Swedish tourists have begun arduous bus journeys home from southern Europe as volcanic ash from Iceland continues to render air travel impossible.

German airlines question extended flight ban
Germany

German airlines question extended flight ban

Germany's two largest airlines have questioned the sense of the flight ban - now extended until 8 pm on Sunday as a cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland continues to occupy European air space.

Swedish flights grounded until Monday
Sweden

Swedish flights grounded until Monday

Scandinavian airline SAS said on Saturday all its flights in the region would remain grounded until after the weekend with the exception of a handful of domestic flights in northern Norway.

Opposition retains opinion poll initiative
Sweden

Opposition retains opinion poll initiative

With the general election just five months away, Sweden's centre-right coalition government has closed the gap on the left-green opposition to 3.5 percentage points, according to a new Sifo opinion poll published in Svenska Dagbladet.

Air travel ban extended into Sunday evening
Germany

Air travel ban extended into Sunday evening

German airspace has been closed until at least Sunday 8 pm, as the weather continues to blow the ash from the Icelandic volcano over mainland Europe, halting practically all air travel.

Priest says he was bullied into taking fall for Pope in abuse scandal
Germany

Priest says he was bullied into taking fall for Pope in abuse scandal

The church official who initially said it was his fault that a paedophile priest was given succour in Pope Benedict XVI’s former diocese has broken ranks, alleging he was bullied into taking responsibility to protect the pontiff.

Man shot in Malmö as gang war intensifies
Sweden

Man shot in Malmö as gang war intensifies

A 24-year-old man with ties to Malmö's criminal underworld was shot and injured in the southern part of the city on Saturday evening as police fear a fresh escalation of violence.