Jobless man must repay funds for taking Swedish
Sweden

Jobless man must repay funds for taking Swedish

A Northern Irishman who studied in a Swedish class for immigrants while unemployed has been ordered to repay nearly 200,000 kronor ($30,000) in benefits after incorrectly filling out a form.

Three new stars confirmed in ‘Tattoo’ film
Sweden

Three new stars confirmed in ‘Tattoo’ film

Three more actors have joined the cast of the Hollywood version of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," which began shooting in Sweden this month.

Merkel promises German help in Cyprus impasse
Germany

Merkel promises German help in Cyprus impasse

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she would visit Cyprus in January to offer Germany's help in resolving an impasse holding up security cooperation and Turkey joining the European Union.

240 rescued as Baltic ferry catches fire
Germany

240 rescued as Baltic ferry catches fire

Some 240 people were rescued from a ferry in the Baltic Sea in the early hours of Saturday after an explosion on the ship set it on fire.

Sharia law being used in Germany in Muslims’ domestic disputes
Germany

Sharia law being used in Germany in Muslims’ domestic disputes

A leading law professor has contradicted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s statement that Sharia law was not practiced in Germany, saying a variety of Sharia-based rulings were being made all the time.

Sharks top Jackets in Stockholm NHL opener
Sweden

Sharks top Jackets in Stockholm NHL opener

The National Hockey League's (NHL) San Jose Sharks and Columbus Blue Jackets opened their 2010-11 season in Stockholm on Friday night, with the Sharks edging the Jackets 3-2.

Removal of nukes from Germany not on NATO agenda
Germany

Removal of nukes from Germany not on NATO agenda

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has failed to get the removal of tactical nuclear weapons from German soil onto the agenda of this coming week’s NATO ministerial meeting, according to Der Spiegel magazine.

Most children have integrated friendship groups say researchers
Germany

Most children have integrated friendship groups say researchers

Young children have lessons to teach their parents in making friends with people from other ethnic backgrounds, a study of first-graders has shown.

Swedish papers praise Peace Prize winner Liu
Sweden

Swedish papers praise Peace Prize winner Liu

Swedish newspapers praised the choice of Liu Xiaobo as this year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate, saying that as China's role in the world grows, it is important to continue to put oneself on the line to criticise the lack of freedom of expression.

Stuttgart 21 fight benefits Greens, mediator says work will stop
Germany

Stuttgart 21 fight benefits Greens, mediator says work will stop

The fight over the Stuttgart 21 rail project is lifting support for the Green Party in Baden-Württemberg to record levels, with the latest poll suggesting it could push the conservatives out of government in next March’s election.

Obama congratulates Reinfeldt on re-election
Sweden

Obama congratulates Reinfeldt on re-election

US President Barack Obama called Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt to congratulate him on his re-election on Friday and discuss the threat posed by Al-Qaeda and its allies to Europe.