Troubled billionaire Merckle takes own life
Germany

Troubled billionaire Merckle takes own life

German billionaire Adolf Merckle, who was in talks with banks to save his troubled industrial empire, has committed suicide by stepping in front of a train.

Commerzbank mulls state-backed bond issue
Germany

Commerzbank mulls state-backed bond issue

Germany's second biggest bank, Commerzbank, may raise fresh funds via what would be the first government-backed German bond issue within the framework of a banking sector rescue package, a spokeswoman told AFP on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Marseille ditch Larsson loan plans

French top flight side Marseille said on Tuesday they have given up on attempts to sign Swedish veteran Henrik Larsson on loan in the transfer window.

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Germany

2008 marks worst year for new car sales since reunification

Last year was the worst for Germany's auto sector since the country was reunified in 1990, with sales down very sharply in the later months, the auto manufacturers federation VDA said Tuesday.

Give Gaza hope
Germany

Give Gaza hope

The international community must help avert a humanitarian disaster in the Gaza Strip, argues Wolfgang Gehrcke, the parliamentary foreign policy expert of German political party The Left.

Berlin to host talks on Russia-Ukraine gas row
Germany

Berlin to host talks on Russia-Ukraine gas row

A minister from the Czech Republic, current holder of the EU presidency, will hold talks in Berlin with Gazprom's vice-president Tuesday on an escalating gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine, a diplomatic source said.

Record number of sexist ads
Sweden

Record number of sexist ads

Scantily dressed women in soft drink ads and satisfied wife guarantees from a drill manufacturer are just some of a record number of adverts to fall foul of Sweden's Trade Ethical Council against Sexism in Advertising (ERK) in 2008.

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Sweden

Criminal gang takes over sex offender website

Criminal organization Original Gangsters (OG) has assumed control of a Swedish website that exposes the identity of sex offenders, Crime News reports.

Dutch museums to root out Nazi-looted art
Germany

Dutch museums to root out Nazi-looted art

The Netherlands Museums Association (Museumvereniging) has announced it will take on a final effort to root out artwork in its collections that was confiscated from Jews by the Nazis.

Famed East German MZ motorcycle factory to close
Germany

Famed East German MZ motorcycle factory to close

Cult East German motorcycle manufacturer MZ is shutting down after 86 years of production, daily Sächsische Zeitung reported on Tuesday.

Drinking buddies save 220-kilo man stranded for a week on floor
Germany

Drinking buddies save 220-kilo man stranded for a week on floor

An overweight diabetic man was saved by his drinking buddies after lying helpless on the floor for seven days, police in Mannheim reported on Tuesday.

Steinmeier calls for memorial to German unity in Leipzig
Germany

Steinmeier calls for memorial to German unity in Leipzig

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Tuesday called for a memorial to German reunification in the eastern city of Leipzig – the scene of mass demonstrations leading to a peaceful revolution in communist East Germany.

Porsche obliged to bid for Scania
Sweden

Porsche obliged to bid for Scania

German sports car maker Porsche is obliged to place a bid for Swedish truck firm Scania after acquiring more that fifty percent of the voting stock in Volkswagen (VW).

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Sweden

Violent night in Stockholm

A spate of violent crimes was reported on Monday night in Stockholm. Two stabbings and a serious assault occurred as Sweden prepared for the Eve of Epiphany holiday.

Marseille close in on Larsson loan
Sweden

Marseille close in on Larsson loan

Marseille coach Eric Gerets on Monday said he was confident of landing Swedish veteran Henrik Larsson on loan in the transfer window.

Porsche takes over Volkswagen
Germany

Porsche takes over Volkswagen

Germany wakes up to coldest day of winter
Germany

Germany wakes up to coldest day of winter

After getting pummelled with snow on Sunday and Monday, Germany experienced its coldest night of the winter so far, with temperatures dipping to -26 degrees Celsius (-14.8 degrees Fahrenheit) on Tuesday in the state of Saxony.

Passau police chief headed back to work after neo-Nazi stabbing
Germany

Passau police chief headed back to work after neo-Nazi stabbing

Passau police chief Alois Mannichl will return to duty on Wednesday after almost three weeks after what appears to have been an attack by a neo-Nazi in December, city officials have announced.