Big-boned in Berlin
Germany

Big-boned in Berlin

Faced with post-holiday bloat, Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, parses the decision by German women’s magazine Brigitte to stop using skinny models.

Peres begins Holocaust remembrance trip
Germany

Peres begins Holocaust remembrance trip

Israeli President Shimon Peres arrived in Germany on Monday at the start of a visit set to culminate in a historic speech in parliament to mark the Holocaust.

Extra fees for state health insurance seen by 2011
Germany

Extra fees for state health insurance seen by 2011

A German health insurance official on Monday said additional fees for statutory insurance are likely to be implemented nationwide by 2011 at the latest.

Teens beat man with club in Munich S-Bahn
Germany

Teens beat man with club in Munich S-Bahn

A 29-year-old man has been brutally beaten by a group of teenagers in a Munich S-Bahn commuter train, police reported on Monday.

Randy Rostock burglar steals pinup girl calendars
Germany

Randy Rostock burglar steals pinup girl calendars

A burglar breaking into a workshop outside of Rostock chose not to steal the construction company’s expensive equipment – opting instead for calendars of scantily clad women.

Police raid uncovers Aladdin’s cave of stolen goods
Sweden

Police raid uncovers Aladdin’s cave of stolen goods

A police raid in southern Sweden has led to the discovery of a dazzling array of stolen goods, including boat engines, vehicles, heat pumps, weapons, musical instruments, psalm books, lamps, computers, glass objects, fittings for an entire kitchen, and a spiral staircase.

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Sweden

Tourist wounded in Malmö shooting

A foreign tourist and a local teen were shot in in the Sofielund neighbourhood of Malmö in southern Sweden on Sunday night.

Deutsche Bahn picks Siemens as ‘preferred bidder’ for train order
Germany

Deutsche Bahn picks Siemens as ‘preferred bidder’ for train order

Germany's rail operator Deutsche Bahn Monday said it had selected industrial giant Siemens as its "preferred bidder" for a record order of 300 trains worth up to €6 billion.

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Sweden

Prison guard pregnant after affair with rapist

A convicted rapist considered to be one of Sweden’s most dangerous repeat sex offenders is set to become a father following a secret romance with a female prison guard, one of several inmate-guard love affairs reported to have taken place at a prison in central Sweden.

Sweden wraps up for more wind and snow
Sweden

Sweden wraps up for more wind and snow

Fresh falls of snow and biting winds are expected to hit Sweden later this week as a low pressure belt makes its way across the country.

Higher tobacco taxes push smokers to contraband cigarettes
Germany

Higher tobacco taxes push smokers to contraband cigarettes

An increasing number of German smokers are turning to contraband cigarettes in response to higher tobacco taxes, according to research published on Monday.

Saab deal not yet done: General Motors
Sweden

Saab deal not yet done: General Motors

General Motors and the Swedish government have both poured cold water on rumours that Saab has been sold to Dutch sports car maker Spyker.

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Sweden

Moderates add feminist touch to policy platform

The Moderate Party is making an election year play to increase its appeal to feminist voters, promising to take on gender-based pay disparities and ranking schools according to gender equity, among other proposals.

Arrest warrant issued for ex-Argentine dictator
Germany

Arrest warrant issued for ex-Argentine dictator

German justice authorities said Monday they have ordered an international arrest warrant for ex-Argentine military dictator Jorge Rafael Videla over the killing of a German citizen while he was in power.

Alice and Lucas top Swedish name list
Sweden

Alice and Lucas top Swedish name list

Alice and Lucas have topped the list for the most popular names given to newborns in Sweden in 2009. It was a dark year for Jennifer and Johan, however, two previous favourites that have dropped out of the top 100.

Taste for cheap eats worries German food producers
Germany

Taste for cheap eats worries German food producers

Is the German penchant for cheap eats threatening more than the country's miserly gullets? AFP's Frederic Happe reports on how the trend towards budget victuals is affecting food producers.

Women touted to replace ailing Lafontaine
Germany

Women touted to replace ailing Lafontaine

A woman should take over the top position for the socialist party The Left after Oskar Lafontaine’s resignation this weekend, the party’s parliamentary group deputy chairman Bodo Ramelow suggested on Monday.

Dutch billionaire could save Saab: report
Sweden

Dutch billionaire could save Saab: report

Dutch billionaire businessman Marcel Boekhoorn has upped his investment in Saab suitor Spyker Cars of the Netherlands, trade union newspaper Dagens Arbete reports.

More layoffs at Ericsson as profits plunge
Sweden

More layoffs at Ericsson as profits plunge

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson on Monday reported a 92 percent drop in net profits for the fourth quarter, adding that it would now cut 6,500 jobs under its restructuring plan.

Snow and ice snarl roads and air traffic
Germany

Snow and ice snarl roads and air traffic

Snow and ice caused havoc on German roads and disruptions at the country’s largest airport in Frankfurt on Monday. Meteorologists expect the deep freeze to continue all week.

Kroos takes Leverkusen back to top of Bundesliga
Germany

Kroos takes Leverkusen back to top of Bundesliga

Rising star Toni Kroos was both chief playmaker and goalscorer on Sunday in Leverkusen's 3-0 win over Hoffenheim that knocked his parent club Bayern Munich off the top of the table.

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Sweden

Swede gives millions to German anti-Islam party

Swedish far-right businessman Patrik Brinkmann has announced he will pour €5 million ($7.1 million) into the coffers of Pro NRW, an anti-Islam populist party based in Cologne, Germany