US soldier in Grafenwöhr to be tried for fatal beating
Germany

US soldier in Grafenwöhr to be tried for fatal beating

The US military said on Wednesday that a private is to be tried over the death of Army Sergeant Juwan Johnson, beaten to death by a gang in Germany in July 2005.

Hitting Berlin’s streets for Obama
Germany

Hitting Berlin’s streets for Obama

It’s no surprise most Germans favour US presidential candidate Barack Obama over his conservative rival John McCain, but as Brittani Sonnenberg reports, some young activists are even teaming up with Americans in Berlin to rally support for the Democrat.

Exberliner Magazine picks the best of bilingual Berlin
Germany

Exberliner Magazine picks the best of bilingual Berlin

This October, Exberliner, the German capital's leading English-language magazine, picks the best places to buy tickets online in English, take yoga if you're voluptuous, and send your kids to bilingual kindergarten.

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Sweden

Swedes tight-fisted in quest for love

Financial crisis or not, Swedes are much less inclined to spend vast sums in their efforts to find a mate in comparison to their European counterparts, a new study reveals.

Stockholm – the rat capital of Scandinavia?
Sweden

Stockholm – the rat capital of Scandinavia?

Sleek design, spotless sidewalks and vast colonies of rats: It can only be Sweden, as Christopher Seymour finds out.

Left Party snubbed by Sahlin and Greens
Sweden

Left Party snubbed by Sahlin and Greens

Social Democratic party leader Mona Sahlin confirmed on Wednesday that Sweden’s Left Party was not welcome at the table as her party and the Greens announced plans to deepen their cooperation.

Riksbank lowers repo rate by half point
Sweden

Riksbank lowers repo rate by half point

The Riksbank decided on Wednesday to cut Sweden’s benchmark interest rate, the repo rate, by 0.50 percentage points to 4.25 percent as a part of a coordinated effort by several central banks.

ECB joins concerted worldwide rate cuts
Germany

ECB joins concerted worldwide rate cuts

The European Central Bank cut its main lending rate by half a percentage point to 3.75 percent on Wednesday in a concerted effort with the world's leading monetary authorities to stem the growing global financial crisis.

German teen injured making internet bomb
Germany

German teen injured making internet bomb

A 15-year-old German boy has been injured while attempting to build a bomb with plans from the internet, German police in Anklam reported on Wednesday.

World’s first double arm transplant patient lauds results
Germany

World’s first double arm transplant patient lauds results

The world's only transplant recipient of two full arms appeared in public on Wednesday to talk about the success of the procedure, calling being whole again an "indescribable" feeling.

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Sweden

Aid agency Sida hit by spending scandals

Swedish development aid organization Sida has been shaken this week by allegations of corruption and questionable spending habits.

Germany planning to make stay in terror camps a crime
Germany

Germany planning to make stay in terror camps a crime

German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble told the Wednesday edition of the Münchner Merkur that the government will soon make a stay in terrorist training camps a punishable offence.

Three chemists awarded Nobel Prize
Sweden

Three chemists awarded Nobel Prize

The 2008 Nobel Prize for Chemistry has been awarded jointly to US scientists Osamu Shimomura, Martin Chalfie and Roger Y Tsien "for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP".

Berlin boasts brilliant fall leaves and a hefty cleanup bill
Germany

Berlin boasts brilliant fall leaves and a hefty cleanup bill

This year’s weather is making for particularly colorful autumn leaves in Berlin, daily Bild reported on Wednesday, but the beauty costs money – the city pays €27 for each of the 18,000 tonnes of leaves they remove.

DAX plunges under 5,000 points
Germany

DAX plunges under 5,000 points

Germany’s leading stock index the DAX plunged below the psychologically important 5,000 mark in early trading on Wednesday, as investor flight from equities continued.

Volvo slashes 3,300 jobs
Sweden

Volvo slashes 3,300 jobs

Volvo cars has announced plans to lay off more than 3,000 staff, including 2,000 factory workers and 700 office workers in Sweden.

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Sweden

Exchange plummets in early trading

The Stockholm stock exchange plunged five percent in the first 20 minutes of trading on Wednesday, in line with trends in Asia and the United States.

German Nobel winner criticizes big pharma
Germany

German Nobel winner criticizes big pharma

German Nobel Prize winner Harald zur Hausen discovered that a virus causes cervical cancer, and now he has criticized pharmaceutical companies for charging too much for the new vaccine against the virus.

Demand for gold exceeds supply as Germans seek safe haven
Germany

Demand for gold exceeds supply as Germans seek safe haven

German gold dealers aren’t taking any more orders as demand for the commodity intensifies due to the global financial crisis, daily Berliner Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

Riksbank offers help to Icelandic subsidiary
Sweden

Riksbank offers help to Icelandic subsidiary

The Riksbank on Wednesday announced it was offering loan assistance of up to 5 billion kronor ($695 million) to the Swedish subsidiary of Iceland’s Kaupthing Bank.

Larsson to miss World Cup qualifier against Portugal
Sweden

Larsson to miss World Cup qualifier against Portugal

The captain of Sweden's national side, Henrik Larsson, will miss Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Portugal in Stockholm, due to a strain in his right thigh muscle, the Swedish Football Association said Tuesday.

Germans believed dead in Nepal plane crash
Germany

Germans believed dead in Nepal plane crash

A small passenger plane crashed on landing Wednesday morning in Nepal’s Everest region, killing 18 people believed to be mostly German tourists, Nepalese officials said.

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Sweden

Reinfeldt’s handling of banking crisis under fire

Former Social Democratic Prime Minister Ingvar Carlsson has criticized current Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and his centre-right government for its management of the current banking crisis.