This Week's Highlights: Berlin hosts a Japanese festival, Cologne celebrates design and Frankfurt resounds with Italian arias.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Thursday that the lending capacity of the euro crisis mechanism should be increased, but that the overall size of the fund should remain steady.
Despite looming legal action from the European Commission and complaints about the size of the quota, 6,500 Swedish hunters are set to go after 20 wolves in Sweden's second annual wolf hunt.
A Swedish high-stakes poker player has made his identity public after successfully playing under online moniker for over a year, and may now risk a hefty Swedish tax bill.
Starting Friday at midnight, cash machines in Germany will display the extra fees customers of rival banks are charged when making withdrawals, allowing them to abort the transaction.
Nearly a third of passenger trains in Sweden were delayed in December, according to the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) on Thursday, as a betting company announced it will start calculating the odds on train delays.
The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has for the first time awarded Germany full marks in its annual "report card" on investigation and prosecution of war criminals, it said on Thursday.
A plan by a landlord in northern Sweden to pay tenants to report neighbours who violate a building's no-smoking policy and then evict offenders has been slammed by a tenants rights group.
Police are investigating a Hamburg plastic surgery clinic after a German porn actress named “Sexy Cora,” made famous by the TV show Big Brother, suffered a heart attack during a breast enhancement operation.
Sweden's television and radio licence fee system may appear confusing to new arrivals to the country, especially to those who come from countries that collect revenue for public broadcasting through taxation.
Commerzbank, the second-biggest German bank, said on Thursday it would raise its capital by 10 percent to strengthen core capital in line with tougher international regulations.
The European Court of Human Rights delivered another blow to Germany’s controversial “preventive detention” system on Thursday, ruling that four convicted sex offenders’ rights to freedom have been breached.
Eva Gabrielsson, the longtime partner of Swedish author Stieg Larsson, as said she could complete the unfinished fourth volume of the wildly-successful Millennium crime trilogy if she could secure the rights.
The Culture Ministry of Lower Saxony has launched a song competition to promote Low German, or Plattdeutsch, in a bid to keep the regional language alive among younger people.
A substantial increase in housing costs and higher prices for electricity and food raised Sweden's inflation rate to the unexpectedly high level of 2.3 percent in December, exceeding the central bank's, the Riksbank's, target.
The German naturalization of the notorious Iraqi informant “Curveball,” who provided false intelligence on Saddam Hussein's weapons programme prior to the US-led invasion, has sparked a flurry of questions in the state of Baden-Württemberg.
The 37-year-old man being held in Sweden on suspicions of plotting a terror attack on a Danish newspaper is a "normal Muslim," his wife has told a Swedish newspaper on Thursday.
Sweden’s integration minister Erik Ullenhag is meeting on Thursday with representatives from the Swedish Muslim community to develop a strategy for combating Islamophobia in the wake of the Stockholm suicide bombing.
Sweden has a reputation for strong unions and generous labour laws. Now a course has been specially designed to help foreign managers in Sweden weave their way through the maze of regulation.
Middle-aged Swedes take more interest rate risks than both their younger and older counterparts, a new study conducted by state-owned mortgage lender SBAB revealed on Thursday.
A tanker ship carrying 2,400 tonnes of sulphuric acid has capsized on the Rhine River near the rocky point known as the Loreley. Two crew members are missing.
A German firm is poised to launch software allowing users to have photos uploaded to websites such as Facebook, MySpace and Flickr erased automatically after a certain time.
Sweden's Robin Söderling is poised to make a major breakthrough at the upcoming Australian Open, which begins on Sunday local time, despite a woeful record at the season's first major.
Coming on the heels of an unwanted debate about communism, the embattled leader of The Left has rejected criticism of his supposedly opulent lifestyle, saying the socialist party was in danger of becoming “as attractive as a cow pie.”