Gorbachev receives Dresden award for nuclear disarmament
Germany

Gorbachev receives Dresden award for nuclear disarmament

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was awarded the inaugural Dresden Prize on Sunday in recognition of his role in bringing the Cold War to a peaceful end.

Banks forced to tell customers about risks
Germany

Banks forced to tell customers about risks

Under threats of intervention from the government, Germany’s big banks are scrambling to hand out consumer information packs explaining the risks of various accounts and investments, a report revealed Sunday.

A little brighter, and plenty slipperier: this week’s weather
Germany

A little brighter, and plenty slipperier: this week’s weather

Eastern parts of Germany can expect some sunshine early this week but Karneval revellers in the Rhineland may have to celebrate Rose Monday in snow, the German Weather Service (DWD) said Sunday.

Westerwelle removes gloves in welfare debate
Germany

Westerwelle removes gloves in welfare debate

Vice Chancellor Guido Westerwelle stepped up his attacks on the welfare system Sunday, calling for a complete overhaul and warning that workers were fast becoming “the nation’s suckers.”

Artist Banksy keeps Berlin guessing
Germany

Artist Banksy keeps Berlin guessing

Elusive British graffiti artist Banksy is due to walk the red carpet Sunday when he presents his directorial debut in Berlin but organisers said he would stay incognito throughout the high-profile event.

Army ritual abuse scandal spreads
Germany

Army ritual abuse scandal spreads

The hazing scandal in the German army, in which young recruits have reportedly been forced to eat raw animal liver until they vomited, has snowballed with more soldiers blowing the whistle on ugly rites of passage, reports said Sunday.

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Sweden

Moderates knew of election list fraud: report

Highly placed leaders of the Moderate Party (Moderaterna) have known for weeks that electoral fraud was being committed within the local organization in Stockholm, according to a media report.

Ikea hit by strikes in France
Sweden

Ikea hit by strikes in France

Strikers protesting at an inadequate pay offer hit 16 of the 26 Ikea stores in France Saturday but only one was forced to close, the Swedish retail giant said.

Leading conservative calls for more immigrant naturalisation
Germany

Leading conservative calls for more immigrant naturalisation

The president of Germany’s federal Parliament, Norbert Lammert, called on Sunday for the country to work together to raise the immigrant naturalisation rate, singling this out as the best path to greater integration.

Defence firm Saab returns to profitability
Sweden

Defence firm Saab returns to profitability

Loss-making Saab Automobile in Sweden, solely owned by General Motors, is best known for its mid-range cars, and has been up for sale. The prospective buyer is Spyker Cars in Holland, producer of tailored luxury cars.

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Sweden

Teenage bus drivers proposed by government

The Swedish Government wants to lower the age to 18 for obtaining a license to drive a bus or taxi. The idea is to attract younger people into the profession.

Snow halts trains in southern Sweden
Sweden

Snow halts trains in southern Sweden

It’s been snowing off and on for weeks. Combined with freezing temperatures, travel has slowed throughout Sweden.

Neuner takes silver in Olympics biathlon
Germany

Neuner takes silver in Olympics biathlon

German biathlete Magdelene Neuner missed out on gold by a narrow margin at the winter Olympics in Canada on Saturday, instead taking silver to give Germany its first medal.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrats could enter parliament: poll

A small but significant surge in support for the nationalist political party Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna, SD) means they could enter parliament after general elections later this year, if current trends continue.