Berlin favours possible ECB capital increase
Germany

Berlin favours possible ECB capital increase

German government sources said Tuesday they would be in favour of a possible European Central Bank capital increase to shore up confidence amid an ongoing crisis in eurozone bond markets.

Sweden appeal keeps Assange in prison
Sweden

Sweden appeal keeps Assange in prison

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange won bail from a British court Tuesday over sex crimes claims but must stay in jail for at least another night after Swedish prosecutors appealed against the decision.

Beckenbauer says FIFA damaged by World Cup vote
Germany

Beckenbauer says FIFA damaged by World Cup vote

Franz Beckenbauer, a member of FIFA's executive committee, said Tuesday he has lost some confidence in football's governing body after Russia and Qatar were awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups respectively.

Islamist groups raided in three German cities
Germany

Islamist groups raided in three German cities

German authorities on Tuesday mounted raids against two Islamist groups suspected of seeking to overthrow the government and establish a religious state, the Interior Ministry said.

Sweden Democrats urge Islam debate after blast
Sweden

Sweden Democrats urge Islam debate after blast

The far-right Sweden Democrats demanded on Tuesday a debate in Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, on Islamic extremism following Saturday's twin blasts in Stockholm which were likely aimed at Christmas shoppers.

Pensioner shoots dead teen intruder
Germany

Pensioner shoots dead teen intruder

A 77-year-old pensioner shot and killed one of five masked intruders in his Lower Saxony home, police said on Tuesday. The other four burglars remain on the loose.

Swedish euro support remains weak: survey
Sweden

Swedish euro support remains weak: survey

A survey reveals that Swedish support for the euro remains weak in November, Statistics Sweden announced on Tuesday.

Ryanair scales back service over flight tax
Germany

Ryanair scales back service over flight tax

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair said Tuesday that it would make further cuts to its services in Germany owing to a new tax on flights to be levied next year.

Porn-themed shirt lands Swedish pastor in hot water
Sweden

Porn-themed shirt lands Swedish pastor in hot water

A Stockholm-area pastor has been reported for misconduct after posting pictures of himself on Facebook wearing a t-shirt referencing a famed Swedish porn film while he was supervising a group of Swedish teens.

The royal Guttenbergs
Germany

The royal Guttenbergs

Not used to glamorous politicians, Germans are both dazzled and dismayed by Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg and his wife Stephanie. But Der Tagesspiegel’s Malte Lehming believes that might be changing.

Social Democrats u-turn on Säpo surveillance
Sweden

Social Democrats u-turn on Säpo surveillance

A leading Social Democrat has proposed restoring the ability of Swedish security service Säpo to request signals intelligence in order to make it easier to follow terrorist groups.

Stockholm boosts police presence
Sweden

Stockholm boosts police presence

Police and transit system security guards beefed up their presence in Stockholm on Tuesday as investigators looked for possible accomplices of a suicide bomber who narrowly missed causing mass casualties in the Swedish capital on Saturday.

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Sweden

Man jailed for illegally circumcising young boys

A Swedish court has sentenced a man to prison for performing illegal circumcisions, the first-ever conviction under the country's laws on the circumcision of boys.

Farmers dig in against Munich Olympics
Germany

Farmers dig in against Munich Olympics

Munich’s bid for the 2018 Winter Olympics faces fresh threats of derailment with 59 farmers categorically refusing to let their land be used for the games, media reported Tuesday.

Stem cell hair follicle creates hope for the bald, lab animals
Germany

Stem cell hair follicle creates hope for the bald, lab animals

Berlin researchers have grown the world’s first hair follicle using stem cells, giving hope to both the bald and animal rights activists around the world, a media report said Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedish apartment prices hit ‘all-time high’

Prices for apartments in Sweden have climbed to their highest levels ever in the last quarter, a property agency has revealed.

Bildt pays tribute to diplomat Holbrooke
Sweden

Bildt pays tribute to diplomat Holbrooke

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt praised US diplomat Richard Holbrooke, with whom he helped negotiate the 1995 Dayton peace accords, following his death on Monday.

Federal police merger faces growing opposition
Germany

Federal police merger faces growing opposition

The recently announced decision to merge Germany’s federal police forces is encountering a growing chorus of opposition. Lower Saxony’s interior minister said Tuesday that the country's states would block the reorganization.

Russia’s ex-oligarch Khodorkovsky receives human rights prize
Germany

Russia’s ex-oligarch Khodorkovsky receives human rights prize

Former oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man, now imprisoned for fraud and awaiting the verdict in a second trial, was in the spotlight in Berlin Monday for a different reason - a human rights prize.

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Sweden

Second bail hearing for WikiLeaks’ Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is expected to appear in a British court on Tuesday in a second attempt to secure bail after his arrest over allegations of sex crimes in Sweden.

More snow to come amid transport chaos
Germany

More snow to come amid transport chaos

Germany faced renewed waves of snow in the coming days as dismal weather wreaked havoc across swathes of the country on Tuesday.

‘Mass casualties’ narrowly avoided: Bildt
Sweden

‘Mass casualties’ narrowly avoided: Bildt

A suicide bomber who blew himself up in Stockholm at the weekend was just minutes away from wreaking carnage among Christmas shoppers, said Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt.

Bombings an ‘attack on democracy’: Vilks
Sweden

Bombings an ‘attack on democracy’: Vilks

A Swedish artists who has faced death threats since depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a dog said on Monday that a bomb attack targeting Christmas shoppers was aimed at destroying freedom of expression.

Guttenberg slammed for Afghanistan trip
Germany

Guttenberg slammed for Afghanistan trip

After enduring snipes from the opposition for his supposed publicity stunt trip to Afghanistan with his wife, Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Tuesday suffered an attack from his own coalition colleagues.

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Sweden

FBI bomb experts heading to Stockholm

The US agency FBI is sending seven bomb experts to Sweden to help investigate the weekend suicide attack claimed by an Islamist group, Sweden's intelligence agency said Monday.