Germany to host G20 conference to tighten leash on financial markets
Germany

Germany to host G20 conference to tighten leash on financial markets

Germany is to host a conference on regulating the financial markets ahead of the next G20 summit, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said in an interview to be published Sunday.

Former East German athlete wants name removed from record
Germany

Former East German athlete wants name removed from record

Former East German sprinter Gesine Tettenborn has asked the German Athletics Federation to remove her name from Germany's 4x400m relay record after admitting to doping, according to a report.

Bag lady Sahlin photo stirs moral debate
Sweden

Bag lady Sahlin photo stirs moral debate

Social Democrat party leader Mona Sahlin has stirred opinion pages without saying a word. Her morals have been questioned after she was pictured with political peers clutching a 6,000 kronor ($828) designer bag.

Berlin reportedly keeping all nuclear plants online
Germany

Berlin reportedly keeping all nuclear plants online

Utility companies and the government have agreed to allow all of Germany's 17 nuclear power plants to keep operating, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday, even two which were scheduled for closure soon.

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Sweden

Spyker boss to Sweden over Saab future

Negotiations between General Motors and Dutch luxury car maker Spyker over the future of Saab were believed to have moved to Stockholm on Friday, with media reports stating Spyker CEO Victor Muller paid a visit to the capital.

Leftist chief Lafontaine to step down
Germany

Leftist chief Lafontaine to step down

The head of Germany's socialist party The Left, Oskar Lafontaine, will give up his leadership position and his Bundestag seat, party sources said on Saturday. The 66-year-old underwent cancer surgery last year.

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Sweden

Baptism of fire for ‘horny’ church’s new name

Church leaders in Storuman, northern Sweden, are facing a barrage of protests from local worshippers after deciding a sexual connotation linked to the name Kåtakyrkan was no longer fitting and should be changed after 30 years.

Fake bomb sent to Hesse state premier Koch
Germany

Fake bomb sent to Hesse state premier Koch

A fake pipe bomb was mailed to the office of Roland Koch, the conservative premier of Hesse. The group taking responsibility for the threat said they were protesting remarks Koch made about tightening welfare rules.

Jobless rate for college grads jumped in 2009
Germany

Jobless rate for college grads jumped in 2009

On the employment front, last year was not a good one for German university graduates. The jobless rate increased 11.3 percent over the course of 2009.

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Sweden

Pornstar cap ‘no attire for nursery worker’

Headgear emblazoned with the label 'Pornstar' has cost a nursery worker his job after parents caught sight of the man wearing it on a Facebook photo.

SPD: No additional troops for Afghanistan
Germany

SPD: No additional troops for Afghanistan

Germany's opposition Social Democrats have said they are against increasing the number of troops serving in Afghanistan following reports the Defence Minister Guttenberg might call for more soldiers.

Heartless thieves steal Haiti cash
Sweden

Heartless thieves steal Haiti cash

Robbers broke into a the premises of the Red Cross in Laholm, western Sweden, and made a swift exit with the safe containing around 20,000 kronor ($2,762) collected for earthquake victims in Haiti.