Winners accept prizes in Nobel week climax
Sweden

Winners accept prizes in Nobel week climax

The 2010 Nobel laureates in literature, economics, physics and chemistry received their prizes on Friday from Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf at a gala ceremony in Stockholm.

Police kill bank robbers in shoot-out
Germany

Police kill bank robbers in shoot-out

Two bank robbers were killed in Karlsruhe on Friday during a shoot-out with police, while one officer was seriously injured.

German troops stationed in France for first time since WWII
Germany

German troops stationed in France for first time since WWII

A battalion of German combat troops was officially stationed in eastern France on Friday for the first time since Nazi forces ended their occupation at the end of World War II.

Sweden to stop asylum expulsions to Greece
Sweden

Sweden to stop asylum expulsions to Greece

Sweden's refusal of entry of asylum seekers from Greece violates the alien act, the country's migration court of appeal has ruled, ordering an end to Swedish expulsions and forcing the review of asylum applications in Sweden instead.

Authorities reject ‘Heatballs’ attempt to skirt EU light bulb ban
Germany

Authorities reject ‘Heatballs’ attempt to skirt EU light bulb ban

German authorities on Friday rejected a satirical attempt by a businessman to import and sell EU-banned incandescent light bulbs by calling them “Heatballs” - thousands of bulbs shipped from China will be confiscated by customs.

Merkel and Sarkozy team up against eurobonds
Germany

Merkel and Sarkozy team up against eurobonds

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday presented a common front against eurobonds as a way out of the eurozone crisis, a week before an EU summit.

Importing talent for an export-driven future
Germany

Importing talent for an export-driven future

A new law should help 300,000 foreigners in Germany have their qualifications recognised. But as David Wroe reports, much more needs to be done to safeguard the German economy from a looming demographic implosion.

Husband of slain Swedish bride out on bail
Sweden

Husband of slain Swedish bride out on bail

A British businessman wanted in South Africa over the murder of his Swedish bride on their honeymoon was granted bail at the High Court in London on Friday.

Swedish teacher keeps job after racist remarks
Sweden

Swedish teacher keeps job after racist remarks

Political leaders in Landskrona in southern Sweden have condemned racist remarks made by a local teacher at one of the city's schools two years ago. However, the teacher continues to teach in the municipality.

Osnabrück Zoo celebrates orangutan artist
Germany

Osnabrück Zoo celebrates orangutan artist

A zoo in Lower Saxony has discovered an unexpected artistic talent: “Buschi” the orangutan is selling paintings for up to €200 to support environmental protection projects.

Budget cuts to force embassy closures: Bildt
Sweden

Budget cuts to force embassy closures: Bildt

Foreign minister Carl Bildt described as "stupid, dangerous and harmful" the passage of a bill slashing the budget of Swedish Government Offices (Regeringskansliet), warning that several Swedish embassies will be shuttered as a result.

Suspected dirty cops collude with Hells Angels
Germany

Suspected dirty cops collude with Hells Angels

Police in the German state of Hesse conducted raids on Friday morning for an investigation focusing on the alleged collusion of several high-level law enforcement officials with the Hells Angels biker gang.

Pricey power threatens Swedish industry: CEO
Sweden

Pricey power threatens Swedish industry: CEO

The head of a Swedish pulp manufacturer forced to shut down production has slammed the country's high energy prices, citing Sweden's lack of energy policy as a threat to the industry.

Nobel breakthroughs require sustained investment: UK minister
Sweden

Nobel breakthroughs require sustained investment: UK minister

As the 2010 Nobel Laureates prepare to receive their prizes in Stockholm on Friday, UK Science Minister David Willetts highlights the importance of UK-Swedish research collaboration.

Majority of Germans want to keep the euro
Germany

Majority of Germans want to keep the euro

The majority of Germans want to keep the euro as their currency despite the current financial woes of several European Union countries, a new poll revealed on Friday.

Robyn: leading a new generation of pop
Sweden

Robyn: leading a new generation of pop

With a trifecta of newly released albums and a Swede Of The Year Award under her belt, Swedish singer Robyn may find 2010 hard to top. But as the AFP’s James Pheby discovers, one should never underestimate Sweden’s reigning pop sensation.

What’s on in Germany: December 9 – 15
Germany

What’s on in Germany: December 9 – 15

This Week's Highlights: An Agatha Christie play in Munich, storytime on board a ship in Hamburg, and two new art exhibitions in Cologne.

Swedish smuggler’s appeal met by stiff sentence shocker
Sweden

Swedish smuggler’s appeal met by stiff sentence shocker

A 57-year-old Swedish man who recently appealed his conviction for narcotics offences might now wish he had accepted his original sentence.

Swedish communications firm Com Hem up for sale
Sweden

Swedish communications firm Com Hem up for sale

Swedish television and internet company Com Hem is up for sale and expected to fetch 13 billion ($1.89 billion) to 18 billion kronor, newspaper Dagens Industri (DI) reported on Friday.

Malmö shooter probed in additional incident
Sweden

Malmö shooter probed in additional incident

Police are investigating whether 38-year-old Peter Mangs, who is in detention for murder and six attempted murders in Malmö, may also have been involved in a shooting four years ago.

‘Integration a fiasco’: Gothenburg official
Sweden

‘Integration a fiasco’: Gothenburg official

Gothenburg municipal officials described Sweden's integration policy as a "fiasco" to the US embassy, according to a document published by WikiLeaks.

Winter travel havoc persists
Germany

Winter travel havoc persists

Winter weather continued to wreak havoc on German air travel on Friday, with more snow, sleet and freezing temperatures forcing airports to cancel flights across the country.

Baby snatcher wanted to raise newborn
Germany

Baby snatcher wanted to raise newborn

A newborn abducted from a Frankfurt hospital has been found and returned to her mother. The woman responsible wanted to raise it as her own after suffering a miscarriage.

Dortmund dismisses title talk as Bayern tries to regain form
Germany

Dortmund dismisses title talk as Bayern tries to regain form

Runaway leaders Dortmund take on erratic Werder Bremen on Saturday with coach Jürgen Klopp dismissing any title talk, while Bayern Munich try to bring their Champions League form to the Bundesliga.