New weekly to republish Nazi-era news
Germany

New weekly to republish Nazi-era news

Nearly seventy years after the start of the Second World War, a new British editorial project has begun republishing Nazi-era newspaper clippings accompanied by historic analysis.

Commerzbank to be partially nationalised
Germany

Commerzbank to be partially nationalised

Germany's second biggest private bank, Commerzbank, will be partially nationalised, it said on Thursday.

Teen girl escapes kidnapping in Leipzig
Germany

Teen girl escapes kidnapping in Leipzig

Police on Thursday said a man attempted to kidnap a teenage girl in Leipzig close to where another girl was murdered last August.

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Sweden

Palme Prize to doctor for help of Congolese rape victims

The 2008 Olof Palme Prize was awarded on Thursday to Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege for his work to help women victims of rape and war crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Three-quarters of German households wired for the internet
Germany

Three-quarters of German households wired for the internet

Germans are hopping on the information autobahn: already three-quarters of households have access to the internet, according to figures released by the Bitkom techology association on Thursday.

Mogul’s losses could cost Handelsbanken millions
Sweden

Mogul’s losses could cost Handelsbanken millions

The stock deals by finance and real estate tycoon Maths O. Sundqvist which brought down the Carnegie investment bank may also end up costing Handelsbanken close to one billion kronor ($127 million).

Alphabet soup: Sweden’s many languages
Sweden

Alphabet soup: Sweden’s many languages

Learning Swedish is a noble pursuit. When in Rome and all that. But mastering the majority mother tongue is only the beginning, as many more languages loom large on the horizon, writes Alec Forss.

Berlin and Paris call for world financial reforms
Germany

Berlin and Paris call for world financial reforms

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Thursday for new rules to govern world finance in the wake of the global economic collapse.

Bildt: isolation of Gaza ‘morally indefensible’
Sweden

Bildt: isolation of Gaza ‘morally indefensible’

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said Thursday that the only way to halt the smuggling of weapons into Gaza is to stop the fighting and end Gaza’s economic isolation.

Home-grown cannabis flourishes in Sweden
Sweden

Home-grown cannabis flourishes in Sweden

Marijuana in Sweden is increasingly being grown domestically rather than smuggled into the country, and police suspect Vietnamese crime networks are behind the proliferation in cannabis growing operations.

Women only gym zones ‘not discriminatory’
Sweden

Women only gym zones ‘not discriminatory’

Sweden's Equal Opportunities Ombudsman (Jämställdhetsombudsmannen - JämO) has ruled against a man from Malmö who disputed the right of a local gym to reserve a section for women only.

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Sweden

More than 200 jobless following UIQ’s bankruptcy

The recent demise of Swedish mobile phone software company UIQ has kept bankruptcy administrators busy and led several former employees to start their own firms.

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Germany

Commerzbank launches state-backed bond issue

Commerzbank, the second-biggest German bank, launched a bond issue on Thursday worth more than €1 billion ($1.36 billion), a spokeswoman said, the first to be underpinned by state guarantees.

What’s on in Sweden: January 9 – 15
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: January 9 – 15

What's on in Sweden: January 9th - 15th. The Stranglers and Lindy Hop in Stockholm; Manfred Mann and Belgian electronica in Gothenburg; Future Cop! in Malmö.

Presidential candidate Sodann says media should ‘just shoot me’
Germany

Presidential candidate Sodann says media should ‘just shoot me’

Peter Sodann, former TV cop and presidential candidate for the hard-line socialist Left party has blamed the German media for his bad image in an interview published by weekly magazine Stern on Thursday.

Clean sweep for Kleerup at Swedish Grammies
Sweden

Clean sweep for Kleerup at Swedish Grammies

Stockholm musician Kleerup claimed three awards at Wednesday night's Grammis Gala, one more than the evening's other big winner, singer-songwriter Anna Ternheim.

Germany gripped by third day of record cold
Germany

Germany gripped by third day of record cold

Germany marked record low temperatures for the third day in a row on Thursday, with meteorologists measuring a frosty -33.4 degrees Celsius (-28 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Bavarian Alps in the early morning hours.

Exports plunge as global recession bites
Germany

Exports plunge as global recession bites

German exports plunged in November at their sharpest rate since 1990, data showed Thursday, as the global recession pulled the plug on demand for goods from the world's biggest exporter.

What’s On In Germany: January 8 – 14
Germany

What’s On In Germany: January 8 – 14

Children’s commission wants to ban lawsuits against kid noise
Germany

Children’s commission wants to ban lawsuits against kid noise

Head of the parliamentary commission for children Diana Golze wants to limit lawsuits against playgrounds and other children’s facilities, daily Berliner Zeitung reported on Thursday.

Deutsche Bahn ICE train brakes freeze
Germany

Deutsche Bahn ICE train brakes freeze

A German ICE train’s brakes froze on Wednesday evening, jamming rail traffic and forcing some 300 passengers to disembark, national rail operator Deutsche Bahn said Thursday.

Berlin centre offers web therapy for traumatized Iraqis
Germany

Berlin centre offers web therapy for traumatized Iraqis

The US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and its violent and chaotic aftermath left behind not just blood, death and destruction, but also deep psychological scars for many.

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Sweden

Man arrested for lighting fires at Stockholm petrol station

A 55-year-old homeless man was arrested early Thursday morning for starting several small fires near a petrol station in Tullinge south of Stockholm.

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Sweden

Family members appeal axe attack verdicts

Members of the family convicted for their roles in a shocking axe attack in a village outside of Haparanda in northern Sweden earlier this year have decided to appeal the judgments.

Court rules SS veteran too old for Nazi war crimes trial
Germany

Court rules SS veteran too old for Nazi war crimes trial

An 87-year-old former Nazi SS soldier of Dutch origin is too old and too ill to stand trial in Germany for the murder of three Dutch resistance fighters during World War II, a court ruled Wednesday.

Sundin’s debut helps Vancouver to victory
Sweden

Sundin’s debut helps Vancouver to victory

Mats Sundin made his long anticipated debut for the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday as his new National Hockey League club posted a win with the Swedish star in its lineup.