Fierce storm turns deadly
Germany

Fierce storm turns deadly

A massive storm lashing Europe killed at least three people in Germany on Sunday as winds gusting up to 110 kilometres (68 miles) per hour battered the western part of the country.

Cologne puts metro flooding plan on hold
Germany

Cologne puts metro flooding plan on hold

Plans to flood a Cologne city centre metro tunnel in an attempt to prevent it collapsing after investigations revealed serious errors in its construction have been put on hold.

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Sweden

Gang leader climbs out of police lock-up

The leader of a criminal gang arrested in Nörrköping in eastern Sweden on drug charges walked free on Saturday when police left him unattended in an exercise yard.

SPD launches NRW election campaign with optimism
Germany

SPD launches NRW election campaign with optimism

Ten weeks ahead of the state election in Germany’s most populous state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the political parties have been rallying supporters, with the Social Democrats suddenly feeling optimistic about their chances.

H&M Bangladesh deaths under scrutiny
Sweden

H&M Bangladesh deaths under scrutiny

A fire at a H&M factory in Bangladesh last week was not the first to have broken out at the site and the company is investigating allegations that 21 workers who died in the blaze were locked in at the time.

Two million government workers to get pay raise after long talks
Germany

Two million government workers to get pay raise after long talks

Around two million government employees will receive a pay rise of 2.3 percent over the coming two years, with improved conditions for older workers and trainees, after a mammoth night of negotiations.

Housekeeping tax relief divides opposition
Sweden

Housekeeping tax relief divides opposition

Sweden's Moderate Party is launching a campaign today to make housekeeping a major issue in the country's upcoming elections and exploit divisions in the opposition left-green coalition.

CeBIT tech fair to open with 3D and smart gadgets
Germany

CeBIT tech fair to open with 3D and smart gadgets

The world's biggest high-tech fair kicks off in Germany on Tuesday, with a focus on ‘smart’ gadgets as well as "Avatar"-inspired 3D products to make consumers' lives easier - and more fun.

Berlin wall restoration handed over to experts
Germany

Berlin wall restoration handed over to experts

Berlin’s love-hate relationship with the former wall has meant that while it is a symbol of horror and hatred, it is also a huge tourist attraction, yet in many places has either disappeared completely or is in a state of terrible disrepair.

Sweden grabs slalom bronze
Sweden

Sweden grabs slalom bronze

André Myhrer took Sweden's tenth Winter Olympics medal in Vancouver on Saturday, finishing third place in the mens slalom following an impressive spurt in the final leg of the race.

Germany’s women speed skaters take gold – just
Germany

Germany’s women speed skaters take gold – just

Germany edged out Japan to win the Olympic Games women's speed skating team pursuit title on Saturday, but only after golden girl Anni Friesinger-Postma had crawled comically across the line in the semi-finals.