Lufthansa hopes final talks will avert strike
Germany

Lufthansa hopes final talks will avert strike

German airline Lufthansa and its pilots said Saturday they were prepared to hold last-ditch talks to avert a crippling strike after an appeal by Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer.

Hamburg politician resigns for de-icing affair
Germany

Hamburg politician resigns for de-icing affair

The president of Hamburg's city parliament resigned on Saturday following a scandal over his abuse of the city's de-icing services to clear his own street.

Germany prepares for floods as big thaw looms
Germany

Germany prepares for floods as big thaw looms

Several regions around Germany are preparing for floods in the next few weeks as rising temperatures are expected to melt masses of snow accumulated over a long, cold winter.

Facebook comes under German law
Germany

Facebook comes under German law

The internet social network Facebook can now face prosecution in Germany in the case of privacy violations, the country's data protection commissioner Peter Schaar confirmed Saturday.

Deutsche Bank criticises German export fixation
Germany

Deutsche Bank criticises German export fixation

The new chief economist of Deutsche Bank has criticised Germany's dependence on exports at the expense of domestic demand, saying that other western countries had done better in the last 20 years.

Tito Beltran swaps jail for home bracelet
Sweden

Tito Beltran swaps jail for home bracelet

Swedish-Chilean opera singer Tito Beltran has been granted the right to exchange his prison cell for an ankle monitor and serve out the remainder of his sentence for rape in the comfort of his own home.

Favourites chew their nails as Berlinale reaches climax
Germany

Favourites chew their nails as Berlinale reaches climax

Roman Polanski's political thriller "The Ghost Writer" and gritty dramas from Romania and Russia were tipped as favourites to win the Golden Bear top prize Saturday at the 60th Berlin Film Festival.

Germany to be nuclear-power-free by 2030
Germany

Germany to be nuclear-power-free by 2030

Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen predicted on Saturday that Germany would be free of nuclear power by 2030, eight years later than originally planned.

Hundreds of rabbits hit as roof caves in
Sweden

Hundreds of rabbits hit as roof caves in

A roof collapsed on Sweden's largest rabbit show in the early hours of Saturday morning leaving more than a thousand furry animals trapped inside the building.

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Sweden

Snow strains buildings to breaking point

Heavy snowfall in southern and central parts of Sweden has caused several roofs to cave in, while rail authorities have called a halt to a number of train services amid continuing extreme weather conditions.

German bobsleighers set to reclaim gold
Germany

German bobsleighers set to reclaim gold

While all the talk has been of a tough, dangerous track, German bobsleigh pairs reigning champions Andre Lange and his brakeman Kevin Kuske have been quietly getting into the groove.

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Sweden

Spectacular crash ends Järbyn’s Olympics

Veteran Swedish skier Patrik Järbyn saw his Olympic career come to an abrupt end on Friday as he crashed out of the super-G at the Vancouver Olympics.