Thousands of Swedes trapped in flight chaos
Sweden

Thousands of Swedes trapped in flight chaos

Thousands of Swedes heading home by plane are currently stuck at airports across Europe, with London and Heathrow causing the greatest headaches for travellers.

Berlin blocks Bulgaria, Romania from Schengen
Germany

Berlin blocks Bulgaria, Romania from Schengen

France and Germany decided Tuesday to block Bulgaria and Romania from joining Europe's borderless 25-nation Schengen area next year, a move denounced by the Romanian president as discriminatory.

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Sweden

Swedish GDP growth nears record high: report

Sweden's GDP growth is currently at levels that have been outpaced only four other times since World War Two, according to a finance ministry agency on Tuesday.

Police raid neo-Nazi youth group
Germany

Police raid neo-Nazi youth group

Police in Germany staged nationwide raids Tuesday on members of a far-right group suspected of trying to organise a camp to train young extremists, seizing neo-Nazi material.

Helmut Schmidt slams ‘foolish’ US pursuit of Wikileaks
Germany

Helmut Schmidt slams ‘foolish’ US pursuit of Wikileaks

Former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt has blasted as “foolish” the United States’ pursuit of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Malmö shooter remanded again as charges mount
Sweden

Malmö shooter remanded again as charges mount

The 38-year-old suspected Malmö serial shooter had been ordered to remain in custody as suspicions against him widened to three murders and 10 attempted murders.

European court bolsters fathers’ rights
Germany

European court bolsters fathers’ rights

The European Court of Human Rights granted a Nigerian man access to his children on Tuesday, overturning a series of German court rulings and potentially strengthening unmarried fathers’ rights.

Sweden could be a ‘catalyst of understanding’ after attack
Sweden

Sweden could be a ‘catalyst of understanding’ after attack

While Sweden is left asking why after experiencing its first suicide bombing, Fulbright scholar and US Muslim Dr. Abdul-Majeed Azad calls on the country to deploy its history of neutrality to build bridges across Europe to defeat the radicalisation of Muslim youth.

Bilfinger Berger unloads Aussie construction unit
Germany

Bilfinger Berger unloads Aussie construction unit

German construction firm Bilfinger Berger said Tuesday it would sell Australian unit Valemus to development group Lend Lease for €801 million.

Harsh winter set to cost €3 billion
Germany

Harsh winter set to cost €3 billion

The brutal start to winter is set to cost Germany’s recovering economy billions of euros as industries such as construction and logistics slow down or even grind to a halt.

Raising a toast to a Hamburg icon
Germany

Raising a toast to a Hamburg icon

The Local’s series Made in Germany presents the best the country has to offer, including Hamburg’s celebrated beer Astra.

Swedish accusers in ‘tizzy’ for STDs: Assange
Sweden

Swedish accusers in ‘tizzy’ for STDs: Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange alleged on Tuesday that the Swedish women who accused him of sexual assault got into a "tizzy" about possibly contracting a sexually transmitted disease from him.

TeliaSonera appeals Russian court ruling
Sweden

TeliaSonera appeals Russian court ruling

Swedish telecom firm TeliaSonera confirmed on Tuesday that it has filed an appeal against a Russian court decision blocking the merger of its stakes in two mobile phone operators with Moscow-based Altimo.

Bombing was an attack on Swedish society: PM
Sweden

Bombing was an attack on Swedish society: PM

Sweden's prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt used his Christmas speech to condemn the suicide bombing in Stockholm as "an attack on Swedish society", praising Muslim leaders for standing up for freedom and openness.

US ‘pressured’ Sweden on Afghanistan
Sweden

US ‘pressured’ Sweden on Afghanistan

Sweden was pressured by the United States to increase its commitment in Afghanistan, documents released by WikiLeaks reveal.

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Sweden

Man fined after demanding sex refund from teen’s dad

A 57-year-old man has been fined by a Swedish court for grooming a 13-year-old girl for sex after he approached the girl's father for a cash refund when she declined to show up as agreed.

Total lunar eclipse visible over Sweden
Sweden

Total lunar eclipse visible over Sweden

On Tuesday morning, the beginning of a total lunar eclipse was visible over Sweden, with viewing best in the northern parts of the country.

Swedish mass murderer gets four more years
Sweden

Swedish mass murderer gets four more years

Swedish mass murderer Mattias Flink, convicted of killing seven people, is set to be released in 2019 after the appeals court confirmed a lower court decision.

Man beats neighbour to death with snow shovel
Germany

Man beats neighbour to death with snow shovel

A dispute over snow-clearing reached a tragic end when a man beat his neighbour to death with a snow shovel in North Rhine-Westphalia, police said Tuesday.

Westerwelle under pressure to resign
Germany

Westerwelle under pressure to resign

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is under mounting pressure to step down as head of his Free Democratic Party (FDP), as the latest poll showed the party scoring an abysmal 3 percent approval.

Rail chaos continues as snow record awaits
Sweden

Rail chaos continues as snow record awaits

Train services in the south of Sweden remained in disarray on Tuesday with problems set to extend over the Christmas period with record snowfalls forecast.

Snow briefly shuts down Frankfurt Airport
Germany

Snow briefly shuts down Frankfurt Airport

Germany’s transport chaos deepened Tuesday morning with the temporary suspension of all flights in and out of the key hub of Frankfurt Airport.

US tightens security at Stockholm embassy
Sweden

US tightens security at Stockholm embassy

The US embassy in Stockholm has increased its security, according to a statement on its homepage.

Gentle and effective treatments for prostate cancer patients
Germany

Gentle and effective treatments for prostate cancer patients

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men - and one of the most deadly. However, the prognosis for prostate cancer patients has improved significantly in recent years thanks to an early detection.