Beer sales continue their gradual slide
Germany

Beer sales continue their gradual slide

Beer sales continued their slow decline in Germany last year, dropping another 2.9 percent with the average person drinking a sip or two over 100 litres of the liquid gold.

Minister: turn off lights to save on electricity bills
Sweden

Minister: turn off lights to save on electricity bills

Sweden’s energy minister responded to concerns about sky-high electricity bills by advising homeowners to turn off their lights and install new windows, prompting a homeowners group to call the advice “a provocation”.

Hip cat: Tiger gets landmark artificial joint operation
Germany

Hip cat: Tiger gets landmark artificial joint operation

A tiger in Germany has become the world's first to be given an artificial hip after a three-hour-operation by a team of vets that she only barely survived, Leipzig University said on Thursday.

Stieg Larsson’s last letter to his brother
Sweden

Stieg Larsson’s last letter to his brother

Less than three weeks before his death in 2004, Swedish author Stieg Larsson sent an email to his brother Joakim.

Survey reveals priciest places to live
Germany

Survey reveals priciest places to live

People living in the Munich area are paying double the national average for real estate and residential rentals, according to a survey that reveals massive property price differences across the country.

Police find missing boy Mirco’s body
Germany

Police find missing boy Mirco’s body

Four months after his disappearance, police have found the body of missing 10-year-old Mirco, North Rhine-Westphalia public prosecutors announced on Thursday. The discovery followed the arrest of a suspect by police in Mönchengladbach.

Sweden unveils tougher penalties for buying sex
Sweden

Sweden unveils tougher penalties for buying sex

Swedish sex buyers too often get away with fines, according to Justice Minister Beatrice Ask, who has now proposed toughening penalties for those who are convicted to up to a year in prison.

Stieg Larsson brother publishes ‘last letter’
Sweden

Stieg Larsson brother publishes ‘last letter’

Joakim Larsson, the younger brother of Millennium author Stieg Larsson, has published the full text of the last correspondence received from his sibling in an attempt to counter allegations that they had little contact.

EU acts to stop Swedish wolf hunt
Sweden

EU acts to stop Swedish wolf hunt

The European Commission on Thursday formally reported Sweden’s wolf hunt for violating European Union environmental laws.

Copenhagen terror suspects kept in custody
Sweden

Copenhagen terror suspects kept in custody

The three men from Sweden who are suspected of planning a terrorist attack against Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in Copenhagen will remain in custody for at least another four weeks.

Paper planes launched from ‘edge of space’ above Germany
Germany

Paper planes launched from ‘edge of space’ above Germany

A team of hobby scientists has launched 200 paper planes from 37 kilometres above Lower Saxony in a bid to create a new paper plane flight distance record.

Roma Holocaust survivor pleads for better treatment in Europe
Germany

Roma Holocaust survivor pleads for better treatment in Europe

A Roma man was for the guest of honour at official Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations for the first time in Germany on Thursday and made a poignant call for better treatment of his people in Europe.

Gorch Fock captain used ship to water ski
Germany

Gorch Fock captain used ship to water ski

Gorch Fock commander Norbert Schatz has been replaced as scandalous revelations about the famed navy training ship continue to emerge. But on Thursday, new allegations about gaffes by his successor also surfaced.

H&M stock dips on profits fall
Sweden

H&M stock dips on profits fall

Swedish retailer Hennes & Mauritz on Thursday reported a fall in fourth quarter profits on the back of rising cotton prices and the weak euro.

Baby food can contain arsenic: Swedish study
Sweden

Baby food can contain arsenic: Swedish study

Certain types of baby food may contain elevated levels of manganese, arsenic, and cadmium, a new Swedish study shows.

What’s on in Germany: January 27 – February 2
Germany

What’s on in Germany: January 27 – February 2

This Week's Highlights: Dennis Hopper in Cologne, a rock version of "Spring Awakening" in Hamburg, and a new festival for digital art in Berlin.

Police arrest suspect in missing boy case
Germany

Police arrest suspect in missing boy case

Police have arrested a suspect in the case of the missing 11-year-old Mirco almost four months after the boy's disappearance, the authorities announced late on Wednesday.

AstraZeneca posts profits hike
Sweden

AstraZeneca posts profits hike

Anglo-Swedish drugs giant AstraZeneca on Thursday announced net profits for 2010 of more than $8.0 billion, a seven percent rise on the previous year on the back of higher sales of its cholesterol treatment Crestor.

Sex abuse victims reject Church payout offer
Germany

Sex abuse victims reject Church payout offer

Victims of sexual abuse at Jesuit schools in Germany said Thursday that the Catholic Church’s offer of €5,000 in compensation is too low.

US must give access to student terror suspect, says Polenz
Germany

US must give access to student terror suspect, says Polenz

The head of the German parliamentary committee on foreign affairs on Thursday called for the US to grant access to a student being held on suspicion of planning terror attacks in Kabul.

Bayern Munich scores win despite losing captain van Bommel
Germany

Bayern Munich scores win despite losing captain van Bommel

German Cup holders Bayern Munich booked their semi-final berth on Wednesday with a comfortable 4-0 win at second division Alemannia Aachen as the Bavarian giants began life without Mark van Bommel.

More Swedish embassies set for closure: report
Sweden

More Swedish embassies set for closure: report

A slew of Swedish embassies and consulates are set for closure as the the foreign ministry prepares to cut costs after having its budget reduced, according to a media report.

Princess Madeleine wins German libel award
Sweden

Princess Madeleine wins German libel award

Sweden's Princess Madeleine is set to receive damages in excess of the equivalent of 3.5 million kronor ($540,000) from a slew of German newspapers for libel and intrusion in her private life.