Wulff urges Turkey to respect Christians
Germany

Wulff urges Turkey to respect Christians

German President Christian Wulff on Tuesday urged Turkey to respect the religious freedoms of Christian minorities and offered a conciliatory message to Turks living in Germany.

Britain to remove troops from Germany by 2020
Germany

Britain to remove troops from Germany by 2020

Britain will withdraw all of its 20,000 troops based in Germany, a legacy of the Cold War, within the next 10 years, Prime Minister David Cameron said Tuesday as part of a major defence review.

Swedish weather agency issues snow warning
Sweden

Swedish weather agency issues snow warning

The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) warned Swedes to brace for snow and heavy winds across much of the country on Tuesday evening and Wednesday.

Deutsche Bahn hails ‘new age’ of rail travel after Chunnel crossing
Germany

Deutsche Bahn hails ‘new age’ of rail travel after Chunnel crossing

The head of German rail firm Deutsche Bahn said Tuesday that transport was on the cusp of a new age, after the first German train sped between France and Britain through the Channel Tunnel.

Cops find huge weapons cache in Berlin flat
Germany

Cops find huge weapons cache in Berlin flat

Police in Berlin said on Monday they had found a huge cache of nearly 80 guns and 15,000 rounds of ammunition after searching a flat in the city's Kreuzberg district.

Turkish hackers attack CDU websites
Germany

Turkish hackers attack CDU websites

Two regional websites for Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) were hacked on Tuesday by unknown perpetrators claiming to be Turkish following controversial comments by her conservatives on immigration.

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Sweden

Ex-royal bodyguard’s rape sentence tossed out

A Swedish appeals court overturned the conviction of a Swedish Security Service and former royal bodyguard on Tuesday.

Justice Minister slams Guttenberg’s paedophile-hunt TV show
Germany

Justice Minister slams Guttenberg’s paedophile-hunt TV show

Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger on Tuesday blasted a new TV show in which Stephanie zu Guttenberg, the wife of the Defence Minister, helps expose alleged child abusers via the internet.

MTG stock falls despite profits hike
Sweden

MTG stock falls despite profits hike

Swedish media concern Modern Times Group (MTG) has reported a pre-tax profit of 499 million kronor ($75 million) for the third quarter 2009.

Iran grants consular access to detained Germans
Germany

Iran grants consular access to detained Germans

Iran said it granted consular access to two arrested Germans who reportedly interviewed the son of a woman sentenced to death by stoning, as an activist said the son was to appear before judges Tuesday.

Swedish forces present report on Afghanistan
Sweden

Swedish forces present report on Afghanistan

The supreme commander of the Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) stressed the importance of the troops' work in Afghanistan to parliamentary defence and foreign affairs committees on Tuesday as the country mourned the loss of a soldier this weekend.

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Sweden

Man charged over trainee naked dance request

A man employed as a kitchen supervisor at a restaurant in Borås in western Sweden has been charged with sexual molestation after a series of approaches directed towards a female teenage trainee.

School bus crash leaves 40 children injured in Bavaria
Germany

School bus crash leaves 40 children injured in Bavaria

About 40 children were injured on Tuesday when their school bus collided with a car in Lenting, Bavaria, police reported.

Sweden’s SKF snaps up US firm on heels of strong results
Sweden

Sweden’s SKF snaps up US firm on heels of strong results

Sweden's SKF, the world's biggest maker of industrial bearings, announced strong third quarter results on Tuesday, as well as the purchase of US-based engineered lubrication systems maker Lincoln Industrial.

Immigration about skills, not faith, minister says
Germany

Immigration about skills, not faith, minister says

Recognition of foreigners’ professional credentials could be a key to promoting integration, Education Minister Annette Schavan said Tuesday, as she pushed a plan to attract 300,000 skilled migrants.

Agency slams Swedish maths teaching
Sweden

Agency slams Swedish maths teaching

The teaching of mathematics in Swedish high schools (gymnasium) has been broadly criticised by the Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) in a new report published on Tuesday.

US lawsuit could delay VW takeover of Porsche
Germany

US lawsuit could delay VW takeover of Porsche

US lawsuits brought by pension funds might delay but not prevent Volkswagen's takeover of the luxury German sportscar maker Porsche, VW CEO Martin Winterkorn, said Tuesday.

End to military conscription could overwhelm universities
Germany

End to military conscription could overwhelm universities

Germany’s planned end to military conscription and its alternative Zivildienst public service could burden universities with up to 50,000 additional students next year, experts warned on Tuesday.

Jobless rate already seen below key three-million mark
Germany

Jobless rate already seen below key three-million mark

Unemployment in Germany has already sunk well below the political and psychological milestone of 3 million people out of work – the first time it has done so in 18 years – a leading economic institute said Tuesday.

Sweden has ‘no time frame’ for state sell offs
Sweden

Sweden has ‘no time frame’ for state sell offs

Sweden's new financial markets minister Peter Norman was on Monday unwilling to promise that share holdings in Nordea, SBAB and Telia, would be sold off during the current mandate period.

Sweden ‘legally bound’ to seek Dawit Isaak release
Sweden

Sweden ‘legally bound’ to seek Dawit Isaak release

Lawyers and activists argued on Monday that Sweden and the EU are legally bound to work harder to secure the release of Dawit Isaak, an Eritrean-Swedish journalist who has been held in Asmara for nearly a decade without trial.

Wulff condemns ‘blanket judgement’ of Turks
Germany

Wulff condemns ‘blanket judgement’ of Turks

President Christian Wulff on Tuesday attempted to tone down Germany's simmering integration debate, slamming “blanket judgement” of Turkish immigrants at the start of his state visit to Turkey.

Germany, France agree on EU deficit penalties
Germany

Germany, France agree on EU deficit penalties

Germany has struck a compromise deal with France to avoid future Greek debt-style crises by toughening the punishment for European Union members who let their deficits spiral, media reported Monday night.

Federer arrives in Stockholm for ATP event
Sweden

Federer arrives in Stockholm for ATP event

Roger Federer arrived in Stockholm on Monday afternoon determined to add the Stockholm Open title to his long list of tennis achievements.