What’s On In Germany: December 25 – 31
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What’s On In Germany: December 25 – 31

This Week's Highlights: Henrik Ibsen in Berlin, Icelandic music in Frankfurt, and a salsa Silvester in Hamburg

German warship foils pirate attack on vessel
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German warship foils pirate attack on vessel

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.

Clergy blames global financial crisis on capitalist greed
Germany

Clergy blames global financial crisis on capitalist greed

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.

King dwells on positives in Christmas speech
Sweden

King dwells on positives in Christmas speech

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.

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Police hunt for casino gunman

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.

Future safe for Donald Duck despite viewer decline
Sweden

Future safe for Donald Duck despite viewer decline

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.

The Local’s guide to Christmas in Germany
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The Local’s guide to Christmas in Germany

Need to take a break from holiday reruns on TV and gorging on Granny’s Yuletide goodies? Check out all of The Local’s special Christmas coverage.

Icy road warning on Christmas Day
Sweden

Icy road warning on Christmas Day

Weather forecasters in Sweden are warning drivers of icy and treacherous conditions on Christmas morning.

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Violent fire destroys Umeå student housing

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.

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Man murdered at Swedish refugee centre

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.

Scientists discover buzzing bees can be used to protect crops
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Scientists discover buzzing bees can be used to protect crops

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.

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Teen girl abducted at Austrian border

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.

Hoffenheim becomes Hopp’s gift to German football
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Hoffenheim becomes Hopp’s gift to German football

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 shot at Stockholm casino
Sweden

Three shot at Stockholm casino

Three people were shot and injured by an unidentified gunman shortly before midnight on Christmas Eve at Casino Cosmopol in central Stockholm.