Southern Sweden faces airspace shutdown
Sweden

Southern Sweden faces airspace shutdown

A new airspace shutdown has been announced for southern parts of Sweden from 8pm on Monday.

The Ark pulls tax trick with music magazine
Sweden

The Ark pulls tax trick with music magazine

Swedish glam band The Ark has taken a novel approach to combating music industry monetary woes by releasing its new album as a magazine freebie.

Deutsche Bahn in advanced talks for Arriva takeover
Germany

Deutsche Bahn in advanced talks for Arriva takeover

British transport operator Arriva on Monday said it was in advanced talks over a possible takeover by Germany's national rail company Deutsche Bahn worth 1.54 billion pounds (€1.75 billion).

Bayern Munich’s Ribery faces probe over prostitution scandal
Germany

Bayern Munich’s Ribery faces probe over prostitution scandal

One of Bayern Munich’s star footballers, Frenchman Franck Ribery, may be charged over alleged relations with an underage call girl, but says he did not know she was a minor, a judicial official said on Monday.

Sweden’s nurse Freddy ‘better than Paul Potts’
Sweden

Sweden’s nurse Freddy ‘better than Paul Potts’

Opera-singing nurse Freddy Amigo is being billed as Sweden's answer to Paul Potts after a show-stopping performance on talent show Talang 2010.

Konrad who? Unsung computer pioneer remembered
Germany

Konrad who? Unsung computer pioneer remembered

The inventor of the computer was a little known German engineer named Konrad Zuse, according to a new museum exhibition that seeks to revive the unsung hero’s notoriety.

British expat voter registration deadline looms
Germany

British expat voter registration deadline looms

British citizens living in Germany still have time to register for the upcoming general election – but they should hurry. The deadline to apply for postal or proxy voting is 5 pm GMT on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Court clears Shell for Sweden gas drilling

UK-Dutch energy firm Royal Dutch Shell has received the retroactive backing of an environmental court over its test drilling for natural gas in Skåne in southern Sweden.

Tuesday deadline for UK expat voter registration
Sweden

Tuesday deadline for UK expat voter registration

Britons abroad have until Tuesday April 20th to register to cast their vote by post or proxy in next month's UK general election.

Long winter shrivelled German economy, central bank says
Germany

Long winter shrivelled German economy, central bank says

The German economy, Europe's biggest, shrank slightly in the first three months of the year due mainly to a viciously cold winter, the country's central bank, the Bundesbank, forecast on Monday.

Flight ban now stretched to early Tuesday
Germany

Flight ban now stretched to early Tuesday

Germany's DFS air safety agency has extended until 2 am Tuesday the shutdown of its air space because of volcanic ash.

Merkel to defend Afghanistan mission
Germany

Merkel to defend Afghanistan mission

Following the deaths of seven German soldiers in Afghanistan within two weeks, Chancellor Angela Merkel will deliver a speech to the parliament robustly defending the war, a top official announced Monday.

Riksbank chief misses rate meeting
Sweden

Riksbank chief misses rate meeting

Swedish Riksbank head Stefan Ingves missed a key monetary policy meeting on Monday morning as he was travelling overland from Spain due to a Swedish airspace shutdown.

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Sweden

Foreign cars build up at Swedish rental firms

With much of Europe's airspace remaining closed on Monday, Swedish car hire firms are battling with the logistics of foreign-registered cars in need of repatriation.

Aussie rules in world’s tallest volleyball team
Sweden

Aussie rules in world’s tallest volleyball team

Billed as the world's tallest volleyball team, Linköping went into this weekend's Swedish title decider knowing its mix of local lads and gigantic Australians would need to put in a towering performance to see off gutsy Falkenberg. Ben Kersley followed the action.

Transport Minister defends flight ban
Germany

Transport Minister defends flight ban

Federal Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer has defended extensions to the flight ban against mounting criticism from the airline industry that decisions are being made on insufficient data.

Merkel stays cool despite odyssey home
Germany

Merkel stays cool despite odyssey home

Even the world’s most powerful woman couldn’t do a damned thing against the volcano chaos this weekend. Between the geological force of the earth’s mantle and the bureaucratic power of aviation authorities, Chancellor Angela Merkel was as helpless as the hundreds of thousands of other travellers stuck far from home this weekend.

SAS planes grounded until Tuesday
Sweden

SAS planes grounded until Tuesday

Scandinavian airline SAS has confirmed that almost all its flights would remain grounded on Monday except for flights from the US and a few from Norway.

Cooler temperatures expected after sunny weekend
Germany

Cooler temperatures expected after sunny weekend

The balmy weekend weather is set to end on Monday as a Scandinavian cold front moves in with cooler temperatures, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported.

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Sweden

Winter chill causes home heating headache

The cold winter in Sweden has left every fifth household struggling to pay their electricity bills, according to a new survey published in the Dagens Industri daily.

Two Germans kidnapped in Nigeria
Germany

Two Germans kidnapped in Nigeria

Germany’s government said Monday it believed two of its citizens were abducted in Nigeria and said that diplomats were working to secure their release.

Air traffic ban extended through Monday
Germany

Air traffic ban extended through Monday

Germany’s air safety agency DFS has once again extended its ban on air travel until 8 pm on Monday due to volcanic ash from Iceland that has crippled flight schedules across Europe since Thursday.

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Sweden

Body found after months by railway line

A person was found dead on Sunday afternoon by a train driver by the tracks near Kristianstad in southern Sweden.

Major Swedish airports reopen
Sweden

Major Swedish airports reopen

Arlanda and Landvetter and Bromma airports have reopened for air traffic on Monday morning, the Civil Aviation Authority (Luftfartsverket - LFV) has confirmed.