Siemens wins huge US wind turbine order
Germany

Siemens wins huge US wind turbine order

German engineering group Siemens said Tuesday it has won a contract that could be worth some €600 million ($790 million) to supply 258 wind turbines to a US power company.

Swedish watchdog slams home builder contracts
Sweden

Swedish watchdog slams home builder contracts

Sweden's consumer watchdog has criticised 15 small house builders for unfair contract terms, the agency announced on Tuesday.

Bitter cold brings danger of freezing deaths
Germany

Bitter cold brings danger of freezing deaths

With bitter cold expected Tuesday night in Germany’s east, police have warned of a high danger that people will freeze to death, especially the homeless.

Celtic tomb hailed as great archaeological find
Germany

Celtic tomb hailed as great archaeological find

In a discovery described as a “milestone of archaeology,” scientists have found a 2,600-year-old aristocratic burial site at the Celtic hill fort at Heuneburg in Baden-Württemberg.

Sweden home to more than 1,600 centenarians
Sweden

Sweden home to more than 1,600 centenarians

Slightly more than 1,600 individuals in Sweden are more than a 100 years old, Sweden's statistics agency reported on Tuesday.

Lahm says Bayern not yet out of title race
Germany

Lahm says Bayern not yet out of title race

Bayern Munich may be 14 points behind Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund, but Germany defender and World Cup captain Philipp Lahm said Tuesday that the season isn't over yet.

Unions fret eastern Europeans will hit wages
Germany

Unions fret eastern Europeans will hit wages

Trade unions are threatening major protests unless Angela Merkel’s coalition government introduces a minimum wage for temporary jobs in Germany to prevent foreign workers undercutting salaries.

Swedish household loan growth continues to slow
Sweden

Swedish household loan growth continues to slow

Growth in lending to Swedish households by banks and mortgage institutions continued to slow last month, Sweden's statistics agency revealed on Tuesday.

Smuggled Swede sweets eat away Danish tax take
Sweden

Smuggled Swede sweets eat away Danish tax take

An estimated 300 million kronor ($44.18 million) worth of illegally smuggled sweets and chocolate from Sweden are sold in Denmark every year, the Danish tax authority announced on Tuesday.

Kindergartens told to pay up before singing
Germany

Kindergartens told to pay up before singing

A group representing German musicians found itself accused of Scrooge-like meanness on Tuesday after pressing kindergartens to pay up for singing songs that are protected by copyright.

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Sweden

Murdered mum with dog leash, sentenced to life

A 33-year-old woman from Värnamo in western Sweden has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering her mother and a friend in what has been described as a "bizarre killing".

Airports demand racial profiling to fight terror
Germany

Airports demand racial profiling to fight terror

The incoming head of Germany’s main airport lobby group is demanding the nation’s transit authorities use racial profiling to weed out terrorists at security checks.

Swedish FM’s blog posts racy ads after hack
Sweden

Swedish FM’s blog posts racy ads after hack

Recent hacks on Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt's blog have resulted in the site briefly displaying ads for Russian wives, Danish capital advisers and motivational speakers.

Blinded Stuttgart 21 protestor wants apology
Germany

Blinded Stuttgart 21 protestor wants apology

A man blinded by a water cannon during a Stuttgart 21 demonstration – and whose image became a rallying point for protestors – is demanding an apology from Baden-Württemberg state premier Stefan Mappus.

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Sweden

Swede deported from Colombia

A Swedish citizen has been deported from Colombia to Sweden, suspected of serious drugs offences and of being the leader of a cocaine smuggling ring.

Electricity grossly overpriced, study finds
Germany

Electricity grossly overpriced, study finds

Electricity customers will be forced to pay up to €2 billion too much for their power next year, a study commissioned by the environmentalist Greens party has found.

Families given access to jailed journalists in Iran
Germany

Families given access to jailed journalists in Iran

Two German journalists detained in Iran since October have met their families, an official said on Tuesday, as Germany's foreign minister thanked his Iranian counterpart for his help.

Reinfeldt riding wave of Swedish confidence
Sweden

Reinfeldt riding wave of Swedish confidence

More than seven out of ten Swedes have high or very high confidence in Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, according to a survey by Aftonbladet/Sifo published on Tuesday.

‘Freddie Ljungberg is a very famous player – and I like his underwear’
Sweden

‘Freddie Ljungberg is a very famous player – and I like his underwear’

South Korean international Cha Du Ri admitted on Monday that he's a fan of Celtic target Freddie Ljungberg's fashionable choice of underwear as well as the Swede's stylish game.

Swedish teen girls pop pills for ‘everything’
Sweden

Swedish teen girls pop pills for ‘everything’

Around 15 percent of teenage girls in Stockholm take non-prescription painkillers every week or several times a week - to combat stress, pain, sleeping disorders and to lose weight, according to a survey by the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) daily.

Snowiest December in a century in Berlin
Germany

Snowiest December in a century in Berlin

More snow has fallen on Berlin than in any December for at least a century, according to the German Weather Service (DWD). But bitter cold could soon follow the brutal start to winter.