Bremen firm wins EU’s Galileo satellite deal
Germany

Bremen firm wins EU’s Galileo satellite deal

The European Commission on Thursday awarded Germany's OHB Technology a €566-million contract for 14 satellites for its Galileo navigation system.

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Sweden

Air scare passenger will not face jail

A Latvian passenger whose drunken mid-air antics plunged a Ryanair flight into turmoil last summer has successfully appealed against an eight month jail term.

Westerwelle urges Turkey to pursue EU reforms
Germany

Westerwelle urges Turkey to pursue EU reforms

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle urged Turkey Thursday to press ahead with reforms to bring it closer to the European Union and denied Berlin was blocking Ankara's bid to join the bloc.

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Sweden

Electricity prices soar as temperatures plummet

Electricity prices in Sweden continue to rise in the wake of the prolonged spell of subzero temperatures across much of the country.

Ex-Nazi: ‘I was Auschwitz sign middleman’
Sweden

Ex-Nazi: ‘I was Auschwitz sign middleman’

A Swede suspected of involvement in the theft of the "Arbeit Macht Free" sign from Auschwitz has spoken out about his role in the raid on the former Nazi death camp.

Retail sales resist dire downturn in 2009
Germany

Retail sales resist dire downturn in 2009

German retail sales fell by around 2.0 percent in 2009 from the previous year, an official estimation said Thursday as consumption fared better than Europe's biggest economy in general.

The Best of the Rhineland in January
Germany

The Best of the Rhineland in January

This month Rhine-online, the Rhineland’s leading English-language website, finds gourmet food in Gladbach, admires art in Düsseldorf, and tells you where to get your drink on in Bonn.

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Sweden

Give young transsexuals special ID cards: doc

Young Swedes who suspect they are transsexuals ought to be issued special ID cards allowing them to hide their undesired gender during their trial phase as the opposite sex, according to one of the country’s most respected child psychiatrists.

First World Cup stage win for Swede Daniel Rickardsson
Sweden

First World Cup stage win for Swede Daniel Rickardsson

Swedish cross-country skier Daniel Rickardsson registered his first World Cup win on Thursday as he edged out the competition at Toblach in Italy in the fifth stage of the gruelling Tour de Ski.

Snow bounty boosts Germany’s most northern ski slope
Germany

Snow bounty boosts Germany’s most northern ski slope

Germany’s most northerly ski lift is seeing an unprecedented rush of business amid unusually wintry conditions this season, operators said on Thursday.

What’s On in Sweden: January 8th – 14th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: January 8th – 14th

What’s on in Sweden: Borderless clowns in Stockholm, pampered pooches in Gothenburg and the English National Symphony Orchestra does ABBA in Malmö.

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Sweden

Luxembourg bidder in late burst to buy Saab

Luxembourg-based investment firm Genii Capital has joined the race to buy Saab Automobile from US owner General Motors, according to Swedish media reports.

Berlinale to screen restored ‘Metropolis’ at Brandenburg Gate
Germany

Berlinale to screen restored ‘Metropolis’ at Brandenburg Gate

The restored lost cut of Fritz Lang’s legendary 1927 silent film “Metropolis” will be beamed onto the Brandenburg Gate for the public as it premieres at the Berlinale, the film festival's organisers said on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: January 7 – 13
Germany

What’s on in Germany: January 7 – 13

This Week's Highlights: Dinosaurs in Cologne, a dance festival in Berlin, and Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" in the middle of winter in Hamburg.

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Sweden

Man charged for sex with door-to-door saleswomen

A 36-year-old Gothenburg businessman has been charged with paying for sex after three young women knocked on his hotel room door and offered him their bodies in return for cash.

Conservatives and FDP agree to coalition ‘crisis meeting’
Germany

Conservatives and FDP agree to coalition ‘crisis meeting’

The heads of the three parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition will hold what the German media had termed a "crisis meeting" after a shaky start marked by infighting, it emerged on Thursday.

High court orders retrial in asylum-seeker death
Germany

High court orders retrial in asylum-seeker death

The case of an asylum seeker from Sierra Leone who burned to death in a Dessau jail cell must be retried, the Federal Court of Justice (BGH) ruled on Thursday – the five-year anniversary of his death.

Official says kidnapped family still alive in Yemen
Germany

Official says kidnapped family still alive in Yemen

Five Germans, including three children, and a British national who have been held by kidnappers in Yemen for the past six months are still alive, a top official said on Thursday.

‘Naked’ scans at airports supported
Germany

‘Naked’ scans at airports supported

A majority of Germans support the use of so-called “naked” scanners at airports in the wake of failed attempt to blow up a US-bound flight on Christmas day, according to a poll published on Thursday.

Spyker to submit third Saab bid: report
Sweden

Spyker to submit third Saab bid: report

Dutch luxury car maker Spyker is planing to approach General Motors on Thursday with a third bid for the US car maker's Swedish unit Saab Automobile, according to media reports.

Criticism soars as Sweden’s wolf hunt ends
Sweden

Criticism soars as Sweden’s wolf hunt ends

Sweden's first wolf hunt in 45 years came to an end on Tuesday after hunters met their quota of 27 kills in just four days, as ecologists blasted the hunt as rushed and cruel and slammed the government's decision to allow the cull.

Two bodies found in trunk of burning car
Sweden

Two bodies found in trunk of burning car

Two dead bodies have been found in the trunk of a burned out car near Getinge between Halmstad and Falkenberg in western Sweden, prompting police to launch a murder investigation.

Bank card bug turns Germans back to cash
Germany

Bank card bug turns Germans back to cash

German shoppers hit by a "Year 2010" computer bug that has bitten 30 million bank cards fell back this week on a proven means of payment – cash.

Germany mulling Afghan police training to avoid more troops
Germany

Germany mulling Afghan police training to avoid more troops

The German government is planning to counter US demands to send more troops to Afghanistan by offering to increase police training, the Financial Times Deutschland reported on Thursday.

Three in Sweden sought for Auschwitz sign theft
Sweden

Three in Sweden sought for Auschwitz sign theft

Prosecutors in Poland said on Wednesday they are interested in questioning three Swedish residents about the theft of the iconic "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign from the former Auschwitz Nazi death camp.

Deal to save Saab unlikely: GM head
Sweden

Deal to save Saab unlikely: GM head

The CEO of General Motors (GM) expressed doubts on Wednesday about the likelihood of a last-minute deal to save Saab Automobile from being shut down.

71-year-old ‘murders’ grandson in Florida
Germany

71-year-old ‘murders’ grandson in Florida

A 71-year-old German woman has been arrested in Florida for murdering her grandson to keep him from growing up with divorced parents in the United States.