New state programme to aid struggling companies
Germany

New state programme to aid struggling companies

German Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has announced a plan to create a €10 billion state fund to help companies in credit difficulties, news magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

Bayern sign Real’s Robben
Germany

Bayern sign Real’s Robben

Bayern Munich announced on Friday they have completed the signing of Real Madrid winger Arjen Robben for a rumoured fee of €25 million.

Charity mud-games begin in Schleswig-Holstein
Germany

Charity mud-games begin in Schleswig-Holstein

The Wattolümpiade, Schleswig-Holstein's annual charity sports festival, begins on Saturday in the mudflats at the mouth of the river Elbe on the North Sea coast.

Merkel rules out raising sales tax
Germany

Merkel rules out raising sales tax

Chancellor Angela Merkel Saturday ruled out raising VAT, or sales tax, should her Christian Democrat party win next month's general election.

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Sweden

15-year-old remanded into custody for murder

A 15-year-old boy suspected of shooting to death a 19-year-old woman in Sjöbo in southern Sweden was remanded into custody on Friday afternoon. The woman was murdered at the beginning of August.

Qatar buys into VW
Germany

Qatar buys into VW

The Gulf state of Qatar has taken a 6.78-percent stake in Europe's biggest carmaker Volkswagen as part of a plan to take over around 17 percent of the company, Volkswagen said on Friday.

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Sweden

Sweden ahead of our neighbours: Borg

The Swedish economy can recover and reach surplus and a balanced budget before other European countries, according to Swedish Minister of Finance Anders Borg.

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Sweden

Serial rapist sentenced to prison

An 18-year-old man was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison for assaulting and raping two young women in northwestern Stockholm.

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Sweden

Firemen injured by projectile rocks

Disturbances related to several fires continued on Friday night in Gothenburg in western Sweden.

Fuglesang lifts off
Sweden

Fuglesang lifts off

After three previous attempts this week, the Discovery space shuttle has finally blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida with Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang and six Americans on board. This is Fuglesang's second space mission.

State elections may shock CDU
Germany

State elections may shock CDU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives will likely take a hit in three state polls Sunday, but she still looks set to cruise to victory in next month's general election.