Lufthansa to invest heavily in Munich hub
Germany

Lufthansa to invest heavily in Munich hub

German airline Lufthansa and Munich Airport said Wednesday they will invest heavily to raise capacity at the carrier's hub in southern Germany by more than 40 percent from 2015.

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Sweden

Murder victim’s penis cut, stuffed down throat

A 33-year-old man was charged on Tuesday for the brutal murder of a man with a meat cleaver, during which the suspect cut off the victim's penis and stuffed it down his throat, newspaper Kvällsposten reported on Wednesday.

France’s Veolia wins Bavarian train routes
Germany

France’s Veolia wins Bavarian train routes

The French engineering group Veolia said Wednesday that it had won a contract to operate three passenger train lines in Bavaria worth more than one billion euros over 12 years.

Swedish firm sets new record property price
Sweden

Swedish firm sets new record property price

Swedish property concern Vasakronan has purchased the entire Blåmannen block in central Stockholm for 4.35 billion kronor ($639.51 million), setting a new price record for a commercial property in the country.

Westerwelle and the FDP: Unloved yet irreplaceable
Germany

Westerwelle and the FDP: Unloved yet irreplaceable

It's understandable that some of the Free Democratic Party's (FDP) rank-and-file want to replace their beleaguered leader Guido Westerwelle. But a putsch ahead of next year's state elections would only be counterproductive. An analysis by ZEIT ONLINE’s Michael Schlieben.

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Sweden

State funds fail to cut violence against women

Violence against women remains at the same level in Sweden as three years ago despite a 1 billion kronor ($147 million) government push to address the problem, a new report published on Wednesday has concluded.

Bandits beat and rob Catholic priest
Germany

Bandits beat and rob Catholic priest

Three masked bandits dragged a 47-year-old Catholic priest from his bed and beat him severely on Tuesday night during an armed robbery in the state of Hesse, police have announced.

Swedish scientists study ice man bacteria samples
Sweden

Swedish scientists study ice man bacteria samples

A team of scientists are currently examining specimens of stomach bacteria from Ötzi the Iceman, who lived about 5,300 years ago, at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute (KI).

Self-operated tanning salons set to be banned
Germany

Self-operated tanning salons set to be banned

“Self-service” tanning salons are set to be banned in Germany amid fears of rising skin cancer rates, media reported Wednesday.

Sweden best for Nordic cancer care: study
Sweden

Sweden best for Nordic cancer care: study

Sweden offers the best care and chance of survival against cancer in the Nordic countries, according to a new study published in The Lancet medical journal.

Belarus warned of ‘isolation’ for crackdown
Germany

Belarus warned of ‘isolation’ for crackdown

Germany said Wednesday it had summoned Minsk's ambassador to express its concerns over a brutal crackdown of post-election protests, as Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle warned that Belarus faced "isolation."

Guttenberg demands Ronald Reagan memorial in Berlin
Germany

Guttenberg demands Ronald Reagan memorial in Berlin

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Wednesday called on Berlin to honour Ronald Reagan by naming a square or a street after the late US president.

Heckler & Koch probed over Mexico arms sales
Germany

Heckler & Koch probed over Mexico arms sales

Police have searched the premises of renowned German gun maker Heckler & Koch on suspicion that the firm was breaking a ban on weapons sales to parts of Mexico that are plagued by bloody drug gang warfare.

Sweden to close five embassies
Sweden

Sweden to close five embassies

The Swedish government on Wednesday announced the closure of embassies in Buenos Aires, Brussels, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur and Luanda.

Wahlroos set to take over as Nordea chair
Sweden

Wahlroos set to take over as Nordea chair

Swedish bank Nordea has announced that Chairman Hans Dalborg will retire next year, adding that it has put forward vice chairman Björn Wahlroos' name to take over for Dalborg.

Transport freeze begins to thaw
Germany

Transport freeze begins to thaw

As the clock ticks down to Christmas, the winter transport chaos that has gripped Germany began to settle down Wednesday with airlines gradually resuming normal schedules and Deutsche Bahn deploying extra trains.

Guiding your celestial way on the longest night
Sweden

Guiding your celestial way on the longest night

Looking for something to keep you busy on the longest night of the year? Contributor Tom Callen offers a guide to reading the stars above Sweden during the winter solstice.

Nurse investigated for child abuse
Germany

Nurse investigated for child abuse

A male nurse is under investigation for sexually abusing at least three young boys in the intensive care ward of a Berlin hospital and filming the attacks, prosecutors announced late Tuesday.

Transport agency at the ready as snow rolls in
Sweden

Transport agency at the ready as snow rolls in

Sweden's Transport Administration has allocated extra resources to ensure transport alternatives continue to function as London air traffic is expected to return to normal, easing the passage of stranded Swedes.

Deutsche Bank settles tax fraud case with €420m payment
Germany

Deutsche Bank settles tax fraud case with €420m payment

Deutsche Bank has struck a deal with US prosecutors to pay $553.6 million and admit criminal wrongdoing to settle a long-running probe into tax shelters that allowed customers to dodge billions of dollars in US taxes.

Agency to wise up on religious minorities
Sweden

Agency to wise up on religious minorities

Following recent criticism of the Sweden's decision to deport Christian Iraqis to Iraq, the government is set to demand that the Migration Board expand its knowledge of the conditions faced by religious minorities, reported Sveriges Radio's Ekot news programme on Wednesday.

Guest workers forced into ‘slave-like’ employ
Sweden

Guest workers forced into ‘slave-like’ employ

Foreign guest workers are being tricked into coming to Sweden and forced to work under slave-like conditions, according to a new report which identifies the trade as a lucrative part of international organised crime.

‘White Christmas’ likely across much of Germany
Germany

‘White Christmas’ likely across much of Germany

Despite erratic weather that will bring rain and temperatures as warm as 10 degrees Celsius in southern Germany this week, much of the nation can expect a “White Christmas,” the German Weather Service (DWD) predicts.