Allianz predicts economic boom in 2010
Germany

Allianz predicts economic boom in 2010

Germany's insurance giant Allianz foresees a massive recovery for the country's economy this year, with growth exceeding official forecasts and unemployment rising only marginally, a report said Friday.

Winter keeps its grip on Sweden into the New Year
Sweden

Winter keeps its grip on Sweden into the New Year

It will be a cold and wintry start to 2010, says Sweden’s national meteorological agency, SMHI.

Bavarian interior minister wants Left party watched
Germany

Bavarian interior minister wants Left party watched

Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann has declared his intention to continue having the Bavarian Left party observed by Germany's constitutional protection office.

Swede hit with 10 month jail sentence in Turkey
Sweden

Swede hit with 10 month jail sentence in Turkey

A Swedish citizen was sentenced to 10 month’s prison by a Turkish court on New Year’s Eve on charges of spreading Kurdish propaganda on behalf of a prohibited political party.

Westerwelle against new anti-terrorist laws
Germany

Westerwelle against new anti-terrorist laws

Germany's vice-chancellor and leader of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) Guido Westerwelle has declared himself against the introduction of new anti-terrorism laws, following a sharpening of airport security throughout Germany.

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Sweden

Four-year-old girl missing in Malmö

A four-year-old girl disappeared just after midnight from a New Year’s Eve party in Gustav Adolf Square in central Malmö. Police have mobilised a large number of officers to search for the girl, according to new agency TT.

Left-wing violence on streets of Hamburg
Germany

Left-wing violence on streets of Hamburg

Left-wing extremists erected a street barricade in the St. Pauli district of Hamburg on New Year's Eve, while around 180 others gathered around a police remand centre and smashed its gate.

School destroyed in suspected case of arson
Sweden

School destroyed in suspected case of arson

A fire broke out overnight in the premises of the Culture School in Stenkullen, in the county council of Lerum, near Gothenburg. Police have classified the incident as arson, and efforts to extinguish the blaze were ongoing on New Year’s morning, according to news agency TT.

Nearly a million celebrate New Year in Berlin
Germany

Nearly a million celebrate New Year in Berlin

Frosty temperatures and thick snow did not stop a million people from taking to the streets of Berlin to celebrate the start of 2010 on New Year's Eve.

Sweden starts 2010 in typically messy fashion
Sweden

Sweden starts 2010 in typically messy fashion

The early hours of 2010 were marked by fights, drunkenness, and fires in many parts of Sweden, as a well as traffic accidents and stray rockets.

Troubled Toni returns to Italy
Germany

Troubled Toni returns to Italy

Bayern Munich's Italian World Cup winner Luca Toni is being lent to Serie A club AS Roma for the rest of the season, the German football giants have announced.