Six injured in motorway collision
Sweden

Six injured in motorway collision

Three people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a crash involving four cars on the E4 motorway just south of Stockholm.

State premier Böhmer warns against East German nostalgia
Germany

State premier Böhmer warns against East German nostalgia

In light of the upcoming 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall next year, the premier of Saxony-Anhalt warned on Monday against adopting a rose-tinted view of communist East Germany.

Steinbrück: Germany can overcome crisis
Germany

Steinbrück: Germany can overcome crisis

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück said on Monday there were signs Europe’s largest economy could come through the global financial crisis largely unscathed.

Munich Re says natural disasters deadlier and costlier in 2008
Germany

Munich Re says natural disasters deadlier and costlier in 2008

Natural disasters killed over 220,000 people in 2008, making it one of the most devastating years on record and underlining the need for a global climate deal, the world's number two reinsurer Munich Re said Monday.

Schoolyard teasing spurs 6-year-old to change his name
Germany

Schoolyard teasing spurs 6-year-old to change his name

A German boy who was given the name Sabsudin by his Afghani father in 2002 will from now on be known as Sebastian. Pestering at school led the mother to apply for the name change, against the dad’s wishes.

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Sweden

Police hunt attacker after brutal car jacking

Police on Monday were busy looking for an attacker who assaulted a man with a wrench before making off with his car outside of Norrköping in eastern Sweden.

New Year’s freeze expected
Germany

New Year’s freeze expected

New Year’s Eve revellers in Germany should bundle up if they plan to ring in 2009 outside – the German Weather Service (DWD) in Offenbach on Monday warned that an icy wind will cause temperatures plunge on Silvester night.

Swedish singles shun New Year revelry
Sweden

Swedish singles shun New Year revelry

Swedish singles prefer a quiet night in on New Year's Eve while their Danish neighbours plump for a night on the tiles, a new survey of European attitudes to pleasure has shown.

Germans put trust in the euro 10 years on
Germany

Germans put trust in the euro 10 years on

A decade after its introduction, three-quarters of Germans have confidence in the stability of the common European currency, the euro, a survey by the polling firm Forsa has found.

Public health insurers face potential cash crunch in 2009
Germany

Public health insurers face potential cash crunch in 2009

Germany’s public health care system could come up short of cash in 2009. If the economy tanks, the new universal premium set by the government might not be enough, Health Minister Ulla Schmidt said on Monday.

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Sweden

Dramatic rise in reports of child abuse

The number of cases of child abuse reported to the police has increased dramatically over the past year, new statistics from the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå) show.

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Sweden

Police in firing line as turbulence continues

Swedish police experienced the latest in a series of busy nights on Sunday as gangs of youths created disturbances in the suburbs of Stockholm and Malmö.

Merkel blames Hamas for Gaza violence
Germany

Merkel blames Hamas for Gaza violence

German Chancellor Angela Merkel blames Hamas for the escalation of violence in Gaza because of the firing of rockets into Israel and the abandonment of its ceasfire, her spokesman said on Monday.

Thousands lose their jobs at Christmas
Sweden

Thousands lose their jobs at Christmas

Over 8,500 Swedes were added to the ranks of the unemployed during the Christmas week, new figures from the public employment agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) show.

Expert warns climate change quickening
Germany

Expert warns climate change quickening

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, the German government’s expert for climate change, warned on Monday the process of global warming was occurring much faster than is widely known.

Migration Board pays off pro-Israel employee
Sweden

Migration Board pays off pro-Israel employee

Sweden's Migration Board has elected to pay over a million kronor in compensation to a demoted employee who maintained a pro-Israeli blog instead of following a court order to reinstate him.

Currency woes hit Swedish wallets
Sweden

Currency woes hit Swedish wallets

The recent devaluation of the Swedish krona has made the nation poorer. If the currency's 15 percent decline against the euro stands there is a risk of Sweden dropping down the OECD wealth league table, analysts predict.

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Sweden

Man with ECG monitor threatens golf club bombing

A 59-year-old man scared the wits out of golfers at a Lerum country club in western Sweden by bearing his ECG monitor and declaring that it was a bomb. The man has now been ordered back into rehab for his persistent alcohol abuse.

General says more support for Afghanistan mission needed
Germany

General says more support for Afghanistan mission needed

German Gen. Reinhard Kammerer on Monday said the Bundeswehr’s mission in Afghanistan needed greater political backing in Berlin.

Swede detained by US forces in Iraq
Sweden

Swede detained by US forces in Iraq

Swedish authorities have confirmed that a 40-year-old man from Norrköping is being held prisoner at a US detainment camp in Iraq.

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Germany

Boy dies after falling through ice

A five-year-old boy died after he and two companions fell through the thin ice covering a pond in the German state of Lower Saxony on Sunday.