Ash floating thousands of kilometres from an erupting volcano in Iceland has forced the closure of airports in Berlin, Hamburg and other northern German cities overnight.
Cancelled departures have left Stockholm-Arlanda airport thronged with disappointed passengers after a cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland caused aviation authorities to shut down Swedish airspace.
Four Bundeswehr soldiers were killed and five injured during a Taliban attack in northern Afghanistan on Thursday, the German government said in a statement.
In the face of security gaps and overstretched police, the mounting threat of radical political violence could explode on the traditional protest day of May Day and possibly lead to deaths and hundreds of injuries, the head of the police union warned Thursday.
More than 20 years after Germany’s reunification, a Stuttgart labour court ruled on Thursday that former East Germans - known by the pejorative "Ossi" - are not an ethnic group and cannot therefore sue for discrimination.
Swedish national rail operator SJ is trying to increase seats on its trains as demand rockets following a decision to close almost all of Sweden's airspace from 6pm on Thursday as a cloud of volcanic ash spreads across Scandinavia.
Swedish-Finnish telecom firm Telia Sonera has landed in a tax battle in Georgia after its Geocell subsidiary was served with a 450 million kronor ($63 million) penalty by local tax authorities.
Germany offered other countries information on how to run their economies in a more efficient fashion on Thursday with the online publication of documents in English on the "German job miracle."
Continental Europe and Britain are likely to see more unusually cold winters like last season due to low solar activity, according to a new study by British and German researchers published on Thursday.
Most Swedish airspace is to be shut down from 6pm on Thursday as volcanic ash continues to drift eastward from Iceland, the Civil Aviation Authority, LFV, has said.
English Catholic Bishop Richard Williamson wanted to appear in court to fight Holocaust denial charges in Bavaria this week, but was ordered to stay away by his ultra-conservative Saint Pius X Society, his lawyer told The Local Thursday.
The left-green opposition has criticised the spring fiscal policy proposal represented by the government on Thursday, calling for more money for new jobs and a shoring up of municipal finances.
A school in Karesuando in northern Sweden has been criticised by the National Agency for Education (Skolverket) for holding prayer and psalm readings during classes after children from a conservative Lutheran offshoot joined the school.
A new museum devoted to Adolf Hitler's murderous SS has opened in a mysterious castle designed to be the spiritual home of the Nazi global empire after World War II. AFP's Richard Carter reports.
Germany's honey bee population is being threatened by a killer parasite and intensive farming practices, both of which have destroyed up to 200,000 bee colonies in recent months, a Thursday media report said.
Sweden's population increased by 84,000 people in 2009 and is set to grow by 600,000 over the next ten years, passing the 10 million mark in 2021, according to a new forecast from Statistics Sweden (SCB).
What’s on in Sweden: New Young Pony Club (pictured) in Stockholm, Muslim comedy in Gothenburg and African poverty in Malmö.
This week's highlights: Slow food sizzles in Stuttgart, Wanda Jackson charms Berlin, and a photo albums from the Second World War go on display in Frankfurt.
The Federal Environment Agency is backing a nationwide road toll that would charge motorists depending on how far they drive, a media report said Thursday.
Sweden's finance minister Anders Borg presented the spring fiscal policy proposal on Thursday and announced a cut in the GDP growth forecast to 2.5 percent in 2010, 3.9 percent in 2011 and 3.5 percent in 2012.
A 15-month-old baby boy has died after he was knocked down on Monday by a reversing car at a farm near Gnesta, south of Stockholm.
Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Wednesday night in Los Angeles she wanted to boost Germany’s relationship with California and use the west coast of the United States as a gateway to Asia.
The speedy upgrade to Bundeswehr weaponry in response to the bloodshed of Good Friday in Afghanistan continues with Germany set to fast-track an order for 60 new Swiss-made armoured cars, according to a Thursday media report.
The launch of a new web page with details of the royal marriage of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling on June 19th has caused a stir of interest in Sweden.