Top women’s volleyball team prove work is a beach
Germany

Top women’s volleyball team prove work is a beach

Spending the day at the beach can be hard work if you’re Europe’s top-ranked volleyball players. Jeff Kavanagh catches up with Laura Ludwig and Sara Goller.

White Christmas likely as temperatures plunge
Sweden

White Christmas likely as temperatures plunge

Blowing snow and frigid temperatures are expected to sweep down from northern Sweden on Wednesday, bringing the first taste of winter weather to much of the southern half of the country.

placeholder image
Sweden

Allow Afghan women to give massages: army adviser

A Swedish army gender adviser in Afghanistan has taken the Armed Forces to task for only employing local men to perform massages on troops stationed in Mazar-E-Sharif.

Deep freeze extends icy grip on Germany
Germany

Deep freeze extends icy grip on Germany

Frigid weather that rolled into Germany over the weekend is here to stay for another week with snow likely on the way, German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Monday.

placeholder image
Sweden

Ikea sees profits fall in Sweden

While customers continue to stream into Sweden’s Ikea stores, the weak krona has taken a bite out of the Swedish operations of the home furnishing giant.

placeholder image
Sweden

‘Sweden treats foreign researchers unfairly’

Sweden isn’t doing enough to ensure equal working conditions for foreign researchers pursuing doctoral studies at Swedish universities, students and teachers rights groups claim.

Controversial new ID cards coming in 2010
Germany

Controversial new ID cards coming in 2010

The German Interior Ministry confirmed on Monday that new identification cards containing radio-frequency (RFID) chips will be introduced starting November 1, 2010 - but some data protection experts are critical of the decision.

Ex-Nazi guard Demjanjuk probed for fatal 1947 car crash
Germany

Ex-Nazi guard Demjanjuk probed for fatal 1947 car crash

John Demjanjuk, already on trial for Nazi-era war crimes, is also under investigation for allegedly intentionally killing someone with his car in 1947, German prosecutors said Monday.

Head of German drug watchdog resists pressure to step down
Germany

Head of German drug watchdog resists pressure to step down

The head of Germany’s independent drug watchdog has criticised the pharmaceutical industry for allegedly trying to muzzle his institute for its often critical stance on drug companies.

Opposition poll lead ‘very worrying’: Reinfeldt
Sweden

Opposition poll lead ‘very worrying’: Reinfeldt

Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has admitted he is concerned by poll results showing the opposition in a commanding lead over the centre-right coalition government.

Henrik Larsson steps into club management
Sweden

Henrik Larsson steps into club management

Star Swedish footballer Henrik Larsson, who recently gave up his playing career, has been confirmed as new head trainer of Landskrona in Sweden’s second division, Superettan.

Nationalisation of Austria’s HGAA costs Bavaria €3.75 billion
Germany

Nationalisation of Austria’s HGAA costs Bavaria €3.75 billion

The Austrian government on Monday nationalised real estate financier Hypo Group Alpe Adria (HGAA), costing the German state of Bavaria an estimated €3.75 billion.

Deutsche Bahn to cut 14,000 jobs
Germany

Deutsche Bahn to cut 14,000 jobs

German national rail provider Deutsche Bahn plans to lay off some 14,000 employees in the next five years, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Monday.

BAIC confirms purchase of Saab assets
Sweden

BAIC confirms purchase of Saab assets

Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co. (BAIC) of China confirmed on Monday it has reached an agreement with Saab Automobile to buy the intellectual property rights for certain assets of the struggling Swedish carmaker.

Sweden heads toward new wine sales record
Sweden

Sweden heads toward new wine sales record

More than 170 million litres of wine are expected to fly off the shelves of Sweden’s state-owned alcohol monopoly Systembolaget by the end of 2009, setting a new record.

Guttenberg refuses to resign over air strike
Germany

Guttenberg refuses to resign over air strike

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has ruled out resigning amidst accusations that he lied about what information was available to him following a controversial and deadly air strike in Afghanistan.

TeliaSonera launches 4G mobile broadband in Stockholm
Sweden

TeliaSonera launches 4G mobile broadband in Stockholm

New 4G mobile services are now available for customers of Nordic telecom operator TeliaSonera in Stockholm and Oslo, the company announced on Monday.

Referee’s CPR saved hockey player’s life
Sweden

Referee’s CPR saved hockey player’s life

A quick thinking referee saved the life of a Swedish ice hockey player after the player’s heart stopped during a match on Sunday.

G77 accuse Merkel of blocking climate strides
Germany

G77 accuse Merkel of blocking climate strides

As the second week of negotiations at the climate conference in Copenhagen began on Monday, developing nations accused German Chancellor Angela Merkel of blocking progress with stingy financial contributions.

Retiree makes emergency call for more toilet paper
Germany

Retiree makes emergency call for more toilet paper

A Bochum woman in here nineties called emergency services this weekend regarding a delicate matter – she was out of toilet paper, police reported.