Merkel warns next year will be full of bad economic news
Germany

Merkel warns next year will be full of bad economic news

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned in an interview released Saturday that 2009 could be “a year of bad news” for the economy but that government action had stabilised the financial markets.

Russians accused of radioactive murder fear German justice
Germany

Russians accused of radioactive murder fear German justice

One of the two men accused of the radioactive poisoning murder of Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko would go to London to talk to prosecutors – but is scared of being turned over to German detectives investigating a Hamburg connection.

Wowereit brings 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards to Berlin
Germany

Wowereit brings 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards to Berlin

Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit has persuaded MTV to hold its 2009 Europe Music Awards show in Berlin, according to a report in Saturday’s Tagesspiegel newspaper.

Bill Gates in Sweden for high society wedding
Sweden

Bill Gates in Sweden for high society wedding

Microsoft billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates is in Gothenburg this weekend to attend the wedding of billionaire Charles Simonyi and Swedish socialite Lisa Persdotter.

Trio of Germans arrested in Kosovo ‘are secret agents’
Germany

Trio of Germans arrested in Kosovo ‘are secret agents’

Diplomatic relations between Germany and the new state of Kosovo have been put under strain by the arrest of three German secret service agents near the site of a bomb attack on the European Union representative office in the capital Pristina.

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Sweden

Poll: Social Democrats at lowest level since election

The Social Democrats continue to lose voter support, a new opinion poll from Novus has shown. Support for the party has declined by 3.6 percentage points in a month to 37.2 percent.

Winter hits across Germany with deadly force
Germany

Winter hits across Germany with deadly force

The winter weather claimed several lives across Germany at the start of the weekend, with road accidents in icy conditions.

Sorenstam misses cut as glorious career comes to a close
Sweden

Sorenstam misses cut as glorious career comes to a close

Swedish golf superstar Annika Sörenstam missed the cut in her final event in Florida on Friday, ending a 15-year glorious career on the American ladies golf tour.

Banks start to receive billions in government loan guarantees
Germany

Banks start to receive billions in government loan guarantees

HSH Nordbank announced it had obtained up to €30 billion ($38.5 billion) in loan guarantees from the German government as part of a national rescue plan for the banking sector.

Post Office CEO to work for no pay
Sweden

Post Office CEO to work for no pay

Lars G Nordström, President and CEO of the Swedish post office (Posten), has announced that he will forgo his salary.

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Sweden

Migration Board sets new principle in Congo ruling

The Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has established a new guiding principle in an asylum case involving a woman from DR Congo. The Board approved the woman's application for permanent residency despite lacking the normal grounds required for protection.