New drugs ‘often no better’ than old ones
Germany

New drugs ‘often no better’ than old ones

New drugs available in Germany do not have to be better than those already on the market – but cost the statutory health system millions of euros more each year, doctors say.

Sweden to review CIA rendition case
Sweden

Sweden to review CIA rendition case

The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) has announced that it plans to conduct a new security assessment of Ahmed Agiza, who was flown out of Sweden to Egypt by the CIA in 2001 where he remained imprisoned until August 2011.

Christian Democrats in sex change law u-turn
Sweden

Christian Democrats in sex change law u-turn

The Christian Democrats have fallen into line with their Alliance coalition partners in favour of scrapping laws requiring compulsory sterilization for people undergoing gender reassignment surgery.

New president ‘could be found by Wednesday’
Germany

New president ‘could be found by Wednesday’

Germany’s political parties said on Saturday they expected to find a candidate for President within the next few days, following Christian Wulff's resignation on Friday. Former East German pastor Joachim Gauck is said to be a favourite.

Another week of freezing nights ahead
Germany

Another week of freezing nights ahead

Saturday may have been the warmest day of the year so far, but high pressure is set to return, knocking down temperatures and bringing snow and rain over the coming week, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

Strike paralyses Berlin’s public transport
Germany

Strike paralyses Berlin’s public transport

Berlin’s underground, tram and bus network ground to a halt on Saturday causing chaos for at least 1.8 million people as public transport workers went on strike for higher wages.

Run Lola Run to become opera – Sing Lola Sing?
Germany

Run Lola Run to become opera – Sing Lola Sing?

One of Germany’s best-known film exports, Run Lola Run, starring Franka Potente and Moritz Bleibtreu, is being taken to the stage – as an opera.

Swede saved after months in snowed-in car
Sweden

Swede saved after months in snowed-in car

A middle-aged Swedish man has been found alive after having sat snowed under in his car for the past two months, with only ice and snow to keep him alive.

Carousing at Cologne carnival – now in English
Germany

Carousing at Cologne carnival – now in English

Help is now at hand for English speakers – and some Germans – who find it impossible to understand Cologne's traditional drinking songs being sung by Carnival revellers. A German-American couple has published translations.

Syria blocks Swedish mobile video site: report
Sweden

Syria blocks Swedish mobile video site: report

Swedish mobile live video streaming site Bambuser said Friday its services had been blocked in Syria shortly after a user had broadcast a bombing in Homs thought to have been carried out by President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

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Sweden

Rwandan journo emerges from Sweden hiding

An exiled Rwandan journalist in Sweden critical of the regime of Rwandan President Paul Kagame has emerged after a month in hiding after fearing attack, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.