Snow destroys Schalke stadium roof
Germany

Snow destroys Schalke stadium roof

The roof of the Arena aufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, stadium of Bundesliga football club Schalke 04, collapsed under the weight of fresh snow at the weekend, forcing the cancellation of an indoor biathlon event.

SPD calls for 2011 Afghanistan withdrawal
Germany

SPD calls for 2011 Afghanistan withdrawal

The leader of the main opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD) Frank-Walter Steinmeier has set conditions for his party's agreement to extending Germany's military operation in Afghanistan.

White Christmas causes nightmare travel conditions
Germany

White Christmas causes nightmare travel conditions

Christmas Day saw snow and ice causing mass chaos on roads and railways throughout Germany, with the northern and eastern regions worst affected.

Berlin scrutinizes Khodorkovsky trial
Germany

Berlin scrutinizes Khodorkovsky trial

Germany is following the second trial of jailed Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky very closely, and the verdict will be a test of the rule of law, Berlin's ambassador in Moscow said on Saturday.

Light bulb ban threatens artworks, says curator
Germany

Light bulb ban threatens artworks, says curator

The director of the Kunsthalle art gallery in Bremen says the European Union's ban on light bulbs poses a threat to our cultural heritage. Many artworks from the 1960s used light bulbs, he pointed out.

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Sweden

Swedish bureaucracy watchdogs ‘inefficient’

Two offices that often criticise Swedish agencies for long wait times have their own problems with efficiency.

Westerwelle demands Iran allow family to see German prisoners
Germany

Westerwelle demands Iran allow family to see German prisoners

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has called on Iran to allow two imprisoned German journalists to see their relatives.

Swedes send four million fewer festive text messages
Sweden

Swedes send four million fewer festive text messages

Christmas Eve is no holiday for telephone operators. Over the past years the record-high Christmas telephone and text messaging traffic are beaten only by New Year’s Eve.

Swedish travel woes refuse to go on holiday
Sweden

Swedish travel woes refuse to go on holiday

Sunday is expected to be an intense traffic day, as many return home from holiday celebrations, but the weather may cause trouble for travelers along the coast of Norrland, in northern Sweden.

Coldest December in Sweden in 110 years
Sweden

Coldest December in Sweden in 110 years

The last few days of the year look to be very cold throughout Sweden, according to a forecast by the Swedish meteorological agency SMHI.

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Sweden

Swedish jails filled with drunken revelers

Swedish police officers have had a busy Christmas night, with plenty of drunkenness and assault reported throughout the country.

Suspected Serbian war criminal held in Germany
Germany

Suspected Serbian war criminal held in Germany

A member of a Serbian paramilitary group alleged to have committed war crimes in Kosovo has been detained in Germany and is fighting extradition, according to a Justice Ministry spokesman.