Berlin day care centres to fingerprint parents
Germany

Berlin day care centres to fingerprint parents

Seventeen day care centres from by the Lutheran Church in Berlin are considering requiring parents or designated caregivers to have their fingerprints scanned before they can pick up their kids.

Passengers wait out airport delays
Sweden

Passengers wait out airport delays

An estimated 6,000 to 7,000 passengers have been affected by delays at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport on Monday as a major snow storm hit the capital and left only one runway in use.

‘Nationalize Volvo and Saab’: professor
Sweden

‘Nationalize Volvo and Saab’: professor

Rolf Wolff, dean of the school of business at Gothenburg University, called on the government to nationalize Volvo Cars to safeguard the pool of knowledge on which the Swedish auto industry is based.i

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Sweden

Swede owns ‘most expensive home in the world’

A sprawling estate near Beverly Hills, California owned by Swedish socialite Suzanne Saperstein and valued at $125 million dollars, has landed at the top of Forbes magazine’s list of the most expensive homes.

Podolski planning to transfer teams
Germany

Podolski planning to transfer teams

Bayern Munich's Lukas Podolski announced Monday he wanted to find a new club in the January transfer window.

‘I guess it’ll be a cold cement floor for me tonight’
Sweden

‘I guess it’ll be a cold cement floor for me tonight’

Scores of travellers at Stockholm’s Arlanda Express train station were confronted with the news of widespread delays and cancellations for flights leaving from Sweden's largest airport on Monday.

German model wrecks Amy Winehouse’s marriage
Germany

German model wrecks Amy Winehouse’s marriage

Press reports say that Amy Winehouses's marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil is over. He has left her for German model Sophie Schandorff. According to one paper, Winehouse said she and her husband were only together for sex.

German business climate hits 15-year low
Germany

German business climate hits 15-year low

A key survey of Germany's corporate mood on Friday showed manufacturers and retailers, faced with a slowing economy and the global financial crisis, are gloomier than they have been in 15 years.

No word from Citibank Sweden on rescue plan’s effects
Sweden

No word from Citibank Sweden on rescue plan’s effects

Officials from Citigroup’s subsidiary in Sweden are staying tight lipped about how a US government stabilization plan announced on Monday might affect the US bank’s Swedish operations.

Ex-RAF terrorist Klar granted parole
Germany

Ex-RAF terrorist Klar granted parole

Christian Klar, a former leader of the Red Army Faction terrorist group who was convicted of multiple murders, will be released early next year after 26 years in prison, a Stuttgart state court has ruled.

Germany denies secret agents involved in Kosovo bombing
Germany

Germany denies secret agents involved in Kosovo bombing

Germany said Monday it was "absurd" to think it was involved in an attack on the EU envoy's office in Kosovo but declined to say whether its nationals held in the case worked for its secret services.

Success for Henrik Larsson in floorball debut
Sweden

Success for Henrik Larsson in floorball debut

Henrik Larsson showed that his athleticism is not limited to the football pitch when the star footballer came off the bench to help his team to victory on Sunday during his first match in Sweden’s top floorball league.

Sweden to offer all girls free cervical cancer vaccines
Sweden

Sweden to offer all girls free cervical cancer vaccines

Sweden will offer vaccines against cervical cancer to all primary school girls as part of the country's free vaccination programme, the National Board of Health and Welfare said on Monday.

Artist gets Sweden all wired up
Sweden

Artist gets Sweden all wired up

For every Local reader there's a Local Story. This month Jonquille Okhiria introduces an artist who has carved out a niche for himself in Sweden.

First Christmas markets open
Germany

First Christmas markets open

The trees are decorated, the ferris wheels are rolling and the smell of mulled wine and roasted nuts are in the air - hard times are ahead for scrooges as the first batch of Christmas markets open across Germany on Monday.

Double-decker bus flips on icy road
Germany

Double-decker bus flips on icy road

Fifteen people were injured when a double-decker shuttle bus full of BMW workers crashed early on Monday morning after the intoxicated driver lost control on a snow-packed road in Bavaria, police in Straubing reported.

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Sweden

Man with axe stuns Stockholm congregation

Worshippers at the All Saints Church in Stockholm panicked on Sunday when a man wielding an axe and a can full of gasoline interrupted the pastor during services.

Absolutely abstract: Munich’s major Kandinsky retrospective
Germany

Absolutely abstract: Munich’s major Kandinsky retrospective

Awash in colour and form, Ben Knight saddles up for ride through Munich’s major Kandinsky retrospective.

Klinsmann demands Bayern win over Steaua
Germany

Klinsmann demands Bayern win over Steaua

Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann has insisted his side focus solely on beating Steaua Bucharest on Tuesday to guarantee their place in the first knock-out round of the Champions League.

Özdemir says schools should teach Turkish language
Germany

Özdemir says schools should teach Turkish language

Germany’s new Green party new leader Cem Özdemir has said that schools should offer more Turkish language lessons, daily Bild reported on Monday.

KfW to report more losses after ‘catastrophic’ autumn
Germany

KfW to report more losses after ‘catastrophic’ autumn

Germany's state-owned development bank KfW is expecting further losses in its final-quarter 2008 results, following losses in the first three quarters of the year, the bank's chief said on Monday.

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Sweden

More Swedes favourable toward the euro: poll

Support for the euro in Sweden is increasing, although a majority of Swedes would still vote to retain the krona if a referendum on the matter were held today, according to a new poll.

Winter storm blows over Sweden
Sweden

Winter storm blows over Sweden

Traffic problems, flight delays and power outages were left in the wake of Sweden’s first major winter storm, which headed out to the Baltic Sea early on Monday morning boasting hurricane force winds.