Mystery car wrecks send 13 to hospital
Sweden

Mystery car wrecks send 13 to hospital

Thirteen people were taken to hospital following a series of serious but seemingly unrelated car accidents on the E6 motorway in western Sweden on Saturday.

Socialist class warriors divided over leaders’ posh hotel rooms
Germany

Socialist class warriors divided over leaders’ posh hotel rooms

Members of the German socialist party The Left (Die Linke) have been complaining that two of their most prominent leaders stayed in four-star hotels during a trip to France while the rest of the delegation made do in two-star accommodation.

Thousands stranded as Spanish air traffic controllers strike
Germany

Thousands stranded as Spanish air traffic controllers strike

Thousands of travellers were stranded at airports across Germany and the rest of Europe at the weekend after Spanish air traffic controllers went on a surprise wildcat strike.

Warmer temperatures and rain expected to produce black ice
Germany

Warmer temperatures and rain expected to produce black ice

Drivers are being warned of black ice on the roads over the weekend as temperatures rise, leading to rain which will freeze on contact with the cold ground, producing treacherous conditions.

Anti-nuclear demonstrations planned for Monday in 50 cities
Germany

Anti-nuclear demonstrations planned for Monday in 50 cities

Anti-nuclear campaigners are organising demonstrations and rallies in 50 cities across Germany on Monday, to show opposition to the transports of radioactive waste due to travel through the country in the middle of December.

Beckenbauer suggests playing Qatar World Cup in January
Germany

Beckenbauer suggests playing Qatar World Cup in January

German football legend Franz Beckenbauer has suggested that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar be held in January to avoid the searing summer heat in the Persian Gulf country.

Westerwelle makes surprise visit to Iraq
Germany

Westerwelle makes surprise visit to Iraq

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle made a surprise visit to Baghdad Saturday and held talks with Iraqi leaders to promote trade and voice concern over attacks against minority Christians.

Munich Church hid abuse allegations for decades
Germany

Munich Church hid abuse allegations for decades

A report on abuse by clergy in Pope Benedict’s former Archbishopric of Munich shows that at least 159 priests were suspected of sexual or physical abuse while the actual number is thought to be considerably higher.

Top Social Democrat to US: party ‘lacks ideas’
Sweden

Top Social Democrat to US: party ‘lacks ideas’

The Social Democrats' foreign policy spokesperson Urban Ahlin criticised his party's lack of ideas in meetings with officials from the US embassy, according to US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.

Spider smuggler caught in US sting operation
Germany

Spider smuggler caught in US sting operation

US authorities have arrested a German man for smuggling hundreds of tarantulas and other spiders into the country, after mounting a sting operation to catch him.

Swedish agency rules on first Icelandic ash cloud claims
Sweden

Swedish agency rules on first Icelandic ash cloud claims

Two airlines and one travel agency should pay full compensation to travelers whose flights were cancelled because of the Icelandic ash cloud last spring, a Swedish agency has ruled.

Reinfeldt and Borg top Sweden power rankings
Sweden

Reinfeldt and Borg top Sweden power rankings

Prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and finance minister Anders Borg are Sweden’s two most powerful people for the second year in a row, according to a new ranking published on Friday.

Medicine Nobel winner bows out of ceremony
Sweden

Medicine Nobel winner bows out of ceremony

Neither China's ambassador to Sweden nor the 2010 Nobel laureate in medicine will not attend the December 10th Nobel Prize award ceremony in Stockholm, the Nobel Foundation announced in a statement on Friday.