EU tells Germans salty pretzels not threatened
Germany

EU tells Germans salty pretzels not threatened

The European Commission on Tuesday sought to reassure anxious German bakers that their favourite salt-rich bread and pretzels were not under threat from new nutritional information requirements for consumers.

Berlin court rules supermarket cashier rightfully fired over €1.30
Germany

Berlin court rules supermarket cashier rightfully fired over €1.30

A Berlin court ruled on Tuesday that a former cashier for the Kaiser’s supermarket chain was rightfully fired after allegedly taking €1.30 in bottle deposits, but she maintains the termination was because of her union activities.

No second beer please, we’re German
Germany

No second beer please, we’re German

Tuesday may be the last day for zealous Karneval goers to drink themselves into frothy oblivion before the onset of Lent, but new figures show Germans are only moderate consumers of beer – averaging as little as one bottle per day.

Sweden to back Volvo’s European loan bid
Sweden

Sweden to back Volvo’s European loan bid

Volvo Cars is likely to get support from the Swedish government in its request for a substantial loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

HSH Nordbank gets €3-billion state bailout
Germany

HSH Nordbank gets €3-billion state bailout

Hamburg and the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein on Tuesday bailed out the beleaguered HSH Nordbank with a fresh capital injection of €3 billion and guarantees totalling €10 billion.

Schumi donates to bring Poldi back to play for Cologne
Germany

Schumi donates to bring Poldi back to play for Cologne

Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher has paid €875 towards the €10 million ($12.7 million) transfer deal to bring Germany striker Lukas Podolski from Bayern Munich back to Cologne.

German media welcomes royal engagement
Sweden

German media welcomes royal engagement

The engagement of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling is big news in Germany, where newspapers take a close interest in the activities of the Swedish royals.

Showbiz lawyers: ‘we’ve used The Pirate Bay’
Sweden

Showbiz lawyers: ‘we’ve used The Pirate Bay’

Attorneys representing the four men charged in The Pirate Bay trial spent Monday afternoon challenging antipiracy lawyers about their knowledge of how the popular file sharing site works.

Profile: Popular Crown Princess Victoria
Sweden

Profile: Popular Crown Princess Victoria

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria, whose engagement to her former gym teacher was announced on Tuesday, is a popular and respected royal known for her easy-going style, poise and intelligence.

Daniel ‘wasn’t sure of a yes’
Sweden

Daniel ‘wasn’t sure of a yes’

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria has announced her engagement to Daniel Westling, according to a statement from the Royal Court.

Sweden ‘excited’ for royal wedding
Sweden

Sweden ‘excited’ for royal wedding

With the announcement of the engagement between Sweden’s Crown Princess Victoria and boyfriend Daniel Westling, excitement is growing for Sweden’s first royal wedding in more than 30 years.

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Sweden

Nude Swedish cops back in action

A group of nine newly trained riot police who posed naked with service weapons in their hands at a graduation party have been allowed to return to active police service.

Economic crisis cooking course conjures €3 meals in Cologne
Germany

Economic crisis cooking course conjures €3 meals in Cologne

An adult education centre in Cologne is offering a cooking course where students can learn to conjure a five course meal for just €3, Cologne daily Express reported on Tuesday.

Avalanche danger closes Bavarian roads
Germany

Avalanche danger closes Bavarian roads

German authorities closed several motorways in the state of Bavaria on Tuesday after heavy snow increased the danger of avalanches, auto club ADAC reported.

Business confidence reaches all-time low
Germany

Business confidence reaches all-time low

German business confidence hit an all-time low in February, the closely watched Ifo indicator revealed Tuesday, as leaders in the manufacturing sector reported deeper gloom in Europe's biggest economy.

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Sweden

Cyanide found in drinking water near Sandvik plant

Elevated levels of cyanide in the water near Sandviken in eastern Sweden caused toolmaker Sandvik to warn its employees not to drink the water on Monday.

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Sweden

Man fined over clothing store masturbation

A man from Grums in western Sweden has been fined by the authorities for soiling a jacket after masturbating in a Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) store.

Fire fighter strike halts air traffic in Berlin
Germany

Fire fighter strike halts air traffic in Berlin

Airport fire fighters began a temporary strike at 6 am on Tuesday, forcing air traffic to a complete halt in Germany’s capital city.

Berlin ready to help Opel survive
Germany

Berlin ready to help Opel survive

The German government is set to give auto maker Opel credit to survive the global slump and financial distress at Opel's US parent, General Motors (GM), a press report said on Tuesday.

Thousands evacuated for late-night bomb clean up
Germany

Thousands evacuated for late-night bomb clean up

Some 15,000 Celle residents had to evacuate their homes on Monday evening while police defused a massive bomb from the Second World War, police in the state of Lower Saxony reported.

Agencies slam FRA-law revisions
Sweden

Agencies slam FRA-law revisions

Changes to Sweden’s wiretapping law have been met with stinging criticism in a new round of comments by two government agencies.

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Sweden

Reinfeldt: multinational approach for eastern Europe aid

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Monday urged the International Monetary Fund to take a leadership role in helping eastern European countries weather the current financial crisis.

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Sweden

Israel tennis match to remain in Malmö

Officials in Stockholm announced Monday night that there was not enough time for the city to make arrangements to host Sweden’s upcoming Davis Cup tennis match against Israel.