Underdogs capture Swedish dance band title
Sweden

Underdogs capture Swedish dance band title

The Larz Kristerz orchestra waltzed away as champion of the hard-fought Dansbandskampen talent show on Saturday night, effectively claiming the title of Swedish dance band of the year.

Qimonda secures €325-million bailout package
Germany

Qimonda secures €325-million bailout package

Struggling German memory-chip company Qimonda announced on Sunday a €325-million rescue package by its parent company Infineon, the Saxon regional government, and a Portuguese state bank.

Inter coach praises Ibrahimovic as ‘ideal’ footballer
Sweden

Inter coach praises Ibrahimovic as ‘ideal’ footballer

Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic is better than Portuguese sensation Cristiano Ronaldo, despite the latter being crowned champion of England, Europe and picking up the Ballon d'Or as Europe’s best footballer, said Inter Milan coach Jose Mourinho.

Calls for ban on neo-Nazi NPD grow
Germany

Calls for ban on neo-Nazi NPD grow

The recent stabbing of Passau police chief Alois Mannichl has renewed the political pressure in Germany to introduce a ban on the neo-Nazi NPD party.

Madman bites off woman’s nose
Germany

Madman bites off woman’s nose

A 62-year-old newspaper delivery woman had the tip of her nose bitten off by a young man in Neumünster on Sunday morning.

SPD backs state-level deals with leftists
Germany

SPD backs state-level deals with leftists

Social Democratic Party Chairman Franz Müntefering on Sunday gave his blessing to controversial state-level coalitions with the hard-line socialist Left party.

Bundesliga 2008: Bayern churn as Hoffenheim live the dream
Germany

Bundesliga 2008: Bayern churn as Hoffenheim live the dream

Bayern Munich started and finished the year in their customary position amongst the league's top sides, but the real story of the Bundesliga in 2008 was the fairytale rise of new boys Hoffenheim.

Customs employees given ‘pirated’ iPods for Christmas
Sweden

Customs employees given ‘pirated’ iPods for Christmas

The iPod-esque MP3 music players given to Swedish Customs (Tullverket) employees for their annual Christmas failed to impress the rank and file – and may be illegal.

Riots in Hamburg after Greek solidarity display
Germany

Riots in Hamburg after Greek solidarity display

A riot broke out late on Saturday in Hamburg after a demonstration of about 1,000 people attempting to show solidarity with recent protests in Greece descended into violent scuffles with police.

Steinmeier tells ships worried about pirates to fly German flag
Germany

Steinmeier tells ships worried about pirates to fly German flag

German-owned ships should fly Germany's flag if they want full protection from pirates off Somalia, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in an interview published on Sunday.

Chocolate-wielding Germans target Santa
Germany

Chocolate-wielding Germans target Santa

Santa beware! Activists in Germany are waging an international campaign to do away with old Father Christmas and say they are gaining ground thanks to the global economic meltdown.

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Sweden

Woman held captive for five days in southern Sweden

A 47-year-old man is suspected of holding a 41-year-old woman prisoner for five days in his apartment in Sölvesborg in southern Sweden.

Head of Swedish Academy to step down
Sweden

Head of Swedish Academy to step down

Horace Engdahl has announced he is stepping down as the permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, the body which awards the Nobel Prize for literature.