Merkel backs EU stimulus measures
Germany

Merkel backs EU stimulus measures

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday backed a €200-billion EU economic stimulus target as Berlin faced pressure to contribute more to the package at a summit in Brussels.

Court: ‘Ivan the Terrible’ can be tried in Germany
Germany

Court: ‘Ivan the Terrible’ can be tried in Germany

A former death camp guard known as "Ivan the Terrible" can be tried in Germany for his alleged role in murdering at least 29,000 Jews during World War II, a federal court said Thursday.

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Sweden

Dutch woman barred from borrowing books

A Stockholm-area library is being sued by Sweden’s Ombudsman against Ethnic Discrimination (DO) for refusing to let a Dutch woman check out more than two books because she wasn't Swedish.

Ancient Roman battlefield excavated in Lower Saxony
Germany

Ancient Roman battlefield excavated in Lower Saxony

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient Roman battlefield from the third century near Göttingen that will rewrite history, Lower Saxony's department for preservation of historical monuments said on Thursday.

Swiss-German border controls end Friday
Germany

Swiss-German border controls end Friday

There will no longer be checks on the German-Swiss border after Switzerland joins the Schengen Agreement on Friday.

Rahman fight just part of Klitschko’s masterplan
Germany

Rahman fight just part of Klitschko’s masterplan

World heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko admits he has one eye on the future ahead of his fight against challenger Hasim Rahman on Saturday night in Mannheim.

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Sweden

ABB under investigation in EU cartel probe

The European Commission is investigating Swedish-Swiss Engineering group ABB as part of a large-scale investigation into alleged anti-competitive practices, the company revealed on Thursday.

‘Finanzkrise’ German word of the year
Germany

‘Finanzkrise’ German word of the year

Finanzkrise, or "financial crisis," was crowned the German word of the year by the Society for German Language (GfdS) on Thursday in Wiesbaden.

Refugee advocate is ‘Swede of the Year’
Sweden

Refugee advocate is ‘Swede of the Year’

Anita Dorazio, a 72-year-old advocate who pioneered health clinics for refugees in hiding, has been named Swede of the Year for 2008 by the weekly news magazine Fokus.

Ifo sees recession through 2010
Germany

Ifo sees recession through 2010

Germany's export-oriented economy will be dragged down by the financial crisis next year and contract by 2.2 percent, the Ifo economic institute forecast on Thursday.

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö
Sweden

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö

With Christmas fast approaching, it's high time to get in the spirit with a weekend of hectic club and concert activity.

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, Dec 12
Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, Dec 12

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, Dec 13
Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, Dec 13

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, Dec 13
Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, Dec 13

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, Dec 12
Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, Dec 12

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

What’s on in Sweden: December 12 – 18
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: December 12 – 18

What's on in Sweden: December 12th - 18th. Lucia and Lykke Li in Stockholm; Harlem Gospel and Streetdance in Gothenburg; world class jazz in Malmö

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Sweden

Flasher suspect claims public masturbation was ‘groin massage’

A 60-year-old Swedish man who says he was massaging his groin is on trial for sexual harassment after three teenage girls claim they saw him masturbating at a public pool.

Steinbrück slams ‘crass’ UK stimulus plan
Germany

Steinbrück slams ‘crass’ UK stimulus plan

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück has launched a highly unusual attack on Britain's economic stimulus package, saying it will not fend off recession but will leave the next generation saddled with debt.

Sweden to launch car industry aid package
Sweden

Sweden to launch car industry aid package

The Swedish government announced plans on Thursday to launch a 28 billion kronor ($3.42 billion) aid package for the country's beleaguered car industry.

Snow causes numerous accidents in Bavaria
Germany

Snow causes numerous accidents in Bavaria

Wintery street conditions in Bavaria caused several accidents overnight in what could be just the beginning of traffic chaos in Germany, as more snow is expected in the coming days.

Swedish property slump rumbles on
Sweden

Swedish property slump rumbles on

House and apartment prices continued to drop in Sweden during November, though prices fell at a slower rate than previously, according to a new market analysis.

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Sweden

Man stuck in tree after botched cat rescue

A man in northern Sweden got stuck attempting to rescue his cat from a tree, eventually needing the fire department to bring both him and his cat down safely.

Perez Hilton labels Tokio Hotel’s US tour a scam
Germany

Perez Hilton labels Tokio Hotel’s US tour a scam

Tokio Hotel’s recent live shows in America might not have been as "live" as their fans thought, if celebrity tattletale Perez Hilton is to be believed. Has the German glam rock band been faking its performances?

Bayern book Champions League knock-out spot with Lyon win
Germany

Bayern book Champions League knock-out spot with Lyon win

Goals by Miroslav Klose and Franck Ribery sealed Bayern Munich's 3-2 win at Lyon on Wednesday night which gave the German giants their best-ever start to a Champions League campaign.

Siemens close to deal with US over scandal charges
Germany

Siemens close to deal with US over scandal charges

German industrial giant Siemens is close to reaching agreement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on a fine in connection with a corruption scandal, a press report said on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: December 11 – 17
Germany

What’s on in Germany: December 11 – 17

BERLIN

Hamburg inaugurates new airport express train
Germany

Hamburg inaugurates new airport express train

After decades of planning and building, Hamburg‘s new S-Bahn train between the city centre and airport opens on Thursday.

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Sweden

Refugees adapt better when they decide where to live

Refugees who choose where they want to live are able to adapt to Swedish society more quickly than those who are assigned housing by the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket), a new study finds.

Resident in elderly living facility found dead after six weeks
Sweden

Resident in elderly living facility found dead after six weeks

A 67-year-old woman is believed to have been lying dead for up to six weeks in an apartment in a living facility for the elderly located in Karlskrona in southern Sweden.

Violent mental patient escapes clinic and kidnaps woman
Germany

Violent mental patient escapes clinic and kidnaps woman

A psychologically ill man escaped from a clinic in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia wielding a kitchen knife and kidnapped a woman in her car, police reported on Thursday.

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Sweden

Sweden gives support to Latvian economic plan

Speaking on behalf of a group of Nordic and Baltic countries, Sweden said on Wednesday that Latvia’s economic structuring programme was credible and ambitious.