Top economist forecasts solid 2011 growth
Germany

Top economist forecasts solid 2011 growth

The head of the Munich-based Ifo Institute for Economic Research is forecasting steady growth of 2.4 percent for the German economy next year.

McClaren gets stay of execution
Germany

McClaren gets stay of execution

Former England coach Steve McClaren received the dreaded vote of confidence from the board of struggling Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg on Thursday.

Major rail link down as travel chaos continues
Germany

Major rail link down as travel chaos continues

Germany's pre-Christmas travel chaos shifted from airports to roads and railways Friday. Frozen overhead wires caused the suspension of the Berlin-Hannover rail link, while ice caused several motorway accidents.

Assange: transparency is ‘not for individuals’
Sweden

Assange: transparency is ‘not for individuals’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has lashed out at a British daily for publishing parts of a Swedish police report detailing the rape allegations against him.

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Sweden

Santas steal gun from Swedish palace guard

One of the guards at Royal Palace in Stockholm was robbed of his weapon on Thursday night.

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Sweden

Fake bomb empties Stockholm metro station

The Kungsträdsgården metro station in Stockholm was evacuated on Thursday night after a train driver alerted authorities to a suspicious package.

Hungary defies Merkel’s criticism of new press laws
Germany

Hungary defies Merkel’s criticism of new press laws

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán has played down German criticism of his government's controversial new media laws, saying Hungary was conforming to European Union rules.

Skåne residents encouraged to stay home
Sweden

Skåne residents encouraged to stay home

Train schedules are back on schedule on Christmas Eve after public transportation across Sweden was plagued by delays on Thursday, according to the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket), which responsible for the country’s transport infrastructure.

Swedes turn to candles to thwart the darkness
Sweden

Swedes turn to candles to thwart the darkness

In a country shrouded in darkness almost 24 hours a day, Swedes light up the Christmas darkness as candles appear in the windows of homes, shops, offices and cafes throughout the country.

Brüderle rejects French eurozone ideas
Germany

Brüderle rejects French eurozone ideas

German Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle has rejected proposals by French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde for eurozone economic governance.

Germany gets a slushy Christmas Eve
Germany

Germany gets a slushy Christmas Eve

Fresh snow, wind and rain are likely to make Christmas Eve quite slushy for many Germans as relatively mild weather takes hold. But temperatures will drop over the holiday weekend.