This Week's Highlights: Henrik Ibsen in Berlin, Icelandic music in Frankfurt, and a salsa Silvester in Hamburg
The German Navy said on Thursday it had foiled a hijack attempt by Somali pirates on an Egyptian bulk carrier that left one crewman wounded on the merchant ship.
Germany’s two main Christian churches used traditional Christmas sermons to lambaste unbridled greed and an inhumane capitalist system for supposedly leading to the global financial crisis this year.
Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf urged listeners to dwell on the positive in a world plagued by climate problems and recession, in his traditional radio speech on Christmas Day.
Police were on Thursday searching for an unidentified gunman who left three people nursing gunshot wounds after he opened fire when refused entry to the Casino Cosmopol in central Stockholm on Christmas Eve.
As usual millions of Swedes tuned in to the traditional "Donald Duck and his friends wish you all a Merry Christmas" show on national television on Christmas Eve. The irascible duck's popularity has however waned in recent years.
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Weather forecasters in Sweden are warning drivers of icy and treacherous conditions on Christmas morning.
A huge fire destroyed student housing in Umeå in northern Sweden on Christmas Eve. Fire services had a busy night as a wave of arson attacks were reported across the country.
A man was found murdered early on Christmas Eve at an apartment in a refugee centre in Sundsvall in northern Sweden. Another man sustained stab wounds in the attack.
In what could be a novel way to protect crops from pests, German scientists have found out that caterpillars and other hungry crawlers get scared when they sense the buzz of approaching wasps and bees.
Austrian police said a German teenage girl was abducted in southern Germany and forcibly taken across the border in the boot of a car before being raped.
It was not too long ago that little Hoffenheim were languishing in the dark dungeon of Germany's eighth division, worlds away from the glamour boys of the top flight like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
Three people were shot and injured by an unidentified gunman shortly before midnight on Christmas Eve at Casino Cosmopol in central Stockholm.