The Warsaw-Berlin connection
Germany

The Warsaw-Berlin connection

Berlin lies a mere 90 kilometres from the Polish border, and German railway operator Deutsche Bahn offers an affordable Berlin-Warsaw Express route. The Local’s Sarah Roberts hopped on board to discover a vibrant city still recovering from a troubled history between the two countries.

Merkel under fire for economy ahead of CDU congress
Germany

Merkel under fire for economy ahead of CDU congress

German Chancellor Angela Merkel presides Monday over her party's annual congress ahead of a federal election next year, with the conservatives deeply divided over her response to the global recession.

German military attache targeted in Afghanistan
Germany

German military attache targeted in Afghanistan

A suicide attack on a German diplomatic vehicle in Afghanistan's capital Sunday killed two Afghan civilians and wounded at least three, including the driver, Kabul police and the German government said.

Singing Santas square off
Germany

Singing Santas square off

Dozens of not-so-secret Santas squared off against each other Saturday, in a competition for Germany's best Santa Claus that included singing, hauling presents on a sleigh and calming excited children.

Merkel against withdrawing troops from Afghanistan
Germany

Merkel against withdrawing troops from Afghanistan

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is against a withdrawal of German soldiers from Afghanistan, saying that such a move would only boost forces keen on destabilizing the country.

‘Frozen River’ wins Stockholm film festival prize
Sweden

‘Frozen River’ wins Stockholm film festival prize

US film "Frozen River" by Courtney Hunt was awarded the 16 pound Bronze Horse by the jury of the 19th edition of the Stockholm International Film Festival on Saturday.

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Sweden

Swedish yacht wins second leg of Volvo yacht race

Sweden's Ericsson 4 won the second leg of the around the world Volvo Ocean Race on Sunday morning, cruising into India's Kochi port three days ahead of schedule.

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Sweden

Teenage girl kidnapped in northern Sweden

Police in Sweden and Finland are looking for a 16-year-old girl feared kidnapped in Haparanda in northern Sweden on Saturday morning.

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Sweden

Blow-up doll behind Halmstad bomb scare

High jinks at a stag night led to an area of central Halmstad being cordoned off on Saturday night as police responded to a bomb scare. The stag's false nose and a blow-up doll were found at the scene.

Sweden’s Elmander piles pressure on Keane
Sweden

Sweden’s Elmander piles pressure on Keane

Sweden striker Johan Elmander claimed an opportunist's double as Bolton humiliated Sunderland 4-1 in front of their own supporters and piled the pressure on to Black Cats boss Roy Keane.

Germany reverses position over ‘naked’ scanners
Germany

Germany reverses position over ‘naked’ scanners

A German plan to begin lab tests of 'naked' security scanners provoked howls of protest over privacy Saturday, as the government reversed its earlier rejection of the devices.

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Germany

Bavarian man killed in police shootout

A 50-year-old man died in southern Germany on Saturday after a shootout with police, who had been called to his home because of a domestic dispute.

Economic stimulus plan ‘ineffective populism’
Germany

Economic stimulus plan ‘ineffective populism’

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück has defended Berlin's refusal to back a proposed multi-billion-euro economic stimulus plan, dismissing it as "ineffective populist measures".