FDP must pay €3.5-mln fine for illegal donations
Germany

FDP must pay €3.5-mln fine for illegal donations

A court on Tuesday said Germany’s pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) must pay almost €3.5 million in fines for illegal political donations collected in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Barbro Holmberg rushed to Florida hospital
Sweden

Barbro Holmberg rushed to Florida hospital

Tiger Woods' Swedish mother-in-law Barbro Holmberg is reported to be in a stable condition after being admitted to a Florida hospital in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Foreign grads run threefold jobless risk
Sweden

Foreign grads run threefold jobless risk

Having a university degree is no guarantee for immigrants hoping to succeed in the Swedish labour market, a new study shows.

Former Nazi SS hit man admits to Dutch murders
Germany

Former Nazi SS hit man admits to Dutch murders

One of the last alleged Nazi war criminals to stand trial, 88-year-old Dutchman Heinrich Boere admitted in court on Tuesday to killing three of his countrymen as a hit man for the Waffen-SS in 1944.

Bluish-green fireball sighted over northern Germany
Germany

Bluish-green fireball sighted over northern Germany

Several eyewitnesses reported seeing a bluish-green fireball over northern Germany on Monday night – possibly a large meteor burning up in the Earth’s atmosphere, according to experts at the German Aerospace Centre (DLR).

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Sweden

Ericsson announces major Swedish lay-offs

Swedish telecom equipment manufacturer Ericsson has announced a wave of redundancies which will affect nearly 1,000 workers in Sweden.

Five festive pointers for the perfect Swedish Christmas
Sweden

Five festive pointers for the perfect Swedish Christmas

It’s that time of year when people are starting to flippantly use the C-word. Or Jul as it is known in Sweden. But what are the secret ingredients to the perfect Swedish Christmas? Ben Kersley investigates.

Retailers report merry sales for holidays
Germany

Retailers report merry sales for holidays

Holiday shoppers are digging deeper into their wallets than expected this year despite the tough economy, a German retailer association said on Tuesday.

Daimler to keep EADS stake at 15 percent
Germany

Daimler to keep EADS stake at 15 percent

Daimler will keep its holding in the European aerospace group EADS at 15 percent and will not retrieve a 7.5-percent stake from German banks, the carmaker's finance director said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Thousands of Iraqis granted Swedish asylum

Sweden granted protection to 8,700 asylum seekers in 2008, with Iraqis accounting for almost half the total, according to new figures from EU statistics office Eurostat.

Swedish group renames hymen ‘vaginal corona’
Sweden

Swedish group renames hymen ‘vaginal corona’

A Swedish sexual rights group unilaterally proclaimed a new English term for what it considers one of the most misunderstood parts of the female anatomy.

Banned Pechstein gets permission to compete
Germany

Banned Pechstein gets permission to compete

Germany’s five-time Olympic champion speed skater Claudia Pechstein will be allowed to compete at the World Cup events in Salt Lake City despite her doping ban, following a surprise decision from a Swiss court on Tuesday.

Whip-happy jockey fined for animal cruelty
Sweden

Whip-happy jockey fined for animal cruelty

Swedish star jockey Robert Bergh has been fined the equivalent of 40 days' wages for excessive use of his whip at a harness race in November 2007.

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Sweden

Terrified Swede in rental car snake escape

A Swedish driver abandoned his German hire car in terror on Monday as a snake slid out from behind the dashboard and onto the steering wheel, police in Hamburg said on Tuesday.

Hamburg pastor probed for child porn
Germany

Hamburg pastor probed for child porn

Prosecutors in Hamburg are investigating a Protestant pastor for suspicion of possessing child pornography and possibly abusing children, daily Die Welt reported on Tuesday.

Lower Saxony gives in to Merkel’s tax cuts
Germany

Lower Saxony gives in to Merkel’s tax cuts

Lower Saxony’s state premier Christian Wulff said Tuesday he would back Chancellor Merkel’s controversial fiscal package – a plan that many of her own conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) have threatened to torpedo over major losses in state tax revenues.

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Sweden

Volvo suitor Geely resumes trading

Chinese automaker Geely resumed trading of its Hong Kong-listed shares on Tuesday afternoon following confirmation of strong sales figures announced on Monday.

Three bodies found in plane crash near Frankfurt
Germany

Three bodies found in plane crash near Frankfurt

Rescue workers have located the charred bodies of three men aboard a small plane that crashed near Frankfurt on Monday afternoon, police said.

Health workers’ nitrous oxide stunt no laughing matter
Sweden

Health workers’ nitrous oxide stunt no laughing matter

Five health sector employees from Östersund in northern Sweden may lose their jobs following a staff party last week that got out of control.

Archaeologists uncover evidence of ancient cannibal rituals
Germany

Archaeologists uncover evidence of ancient cannibal rituals

More than a thousand people died gruesome deaths in cannibalistic rituals according to traces uncovered at an ancient site in Germany, a report in the scientific review Antiquity revealed this week.

German tourist caught smuggling lizards in his underwear
Germany

German tourist caught smuggling lizards in his underwear

A German tourist has been caught trying to leave New Zealand with 23 geckos and 20 skinks hidden in his underwear, a court heard on Monday.

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Sweden

Gap widening between rich and poor: study

The gap between the rich and poor in Sweden has grown considerably in recent years, according to a new report from the country's largest labour group.

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Sweden

Geely halts trading in wake of Volvo comments

Chinese automaker Geely suspended trading of its Hong Kong-listed shares on Tuesday to clarify statements it made about Volvo Cars the previous day.