Unemployment falls below key 3-million mark
Germany

Unemployment falls below key 3-million mark

The number of unemployed has dropped below the key three million level in Germany, Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday, helped by a mix of government measures and reforms.

Anti-Islam praise from Wilders provokes Merkel
Germany

Anti-Islam praise from Wilders provokes Merkel

The Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders on Wednesday angered German Chancellor Angela Merkel by provocatively praising her recent attack on multiculturalism.

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Sweden

Moderate party secretary criticised for oil firm trip

The Moderate Party’s new party secretary Sofia Arkelsten came under fire on Wednesday for accepting an all-expenses paid trip to the south of France from Dutch oil company Shell.

Base-jumper critically injured in luxury hotel fall
Germany

Base-jumper critically injured in luxury hotel fall

A thrill-seeking man was in a critical condition Wednesday after trying to ''base-jump'' from the 118 metre-high roof of the half-finished Waldorf-Astoria hotel building in Berlin.

Swedish mums seek more kids time: study
Sweden

Swedish mums seek more kids time: study

Swedish mums would like to spend more time with their kids, half think that other mums would like to be housewives if they could, while six of ten feel that fathers take a greater share of the responsibility in the home, a new survey has shown.

Zugspitze kicks off German ski season
Germany

Zugspitze kicks off German ski season

Germany’s ski season will begin a bit early, as ample snowfall allows operators to open the slopes on country’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, this weekend.

Merkel defends Franco-German deficit plan
Germany

Merkel defends Franco-German deficit plan

Chancellor Angela Merkel Wednesday rode to the defence of a controversial Franco-German plan to toughen Europe's fiscal rules, saying the EU faced political gridlock without Paris and Berlin.

War crimes judge receives death threat
Sweden

War crimes judge receives death threat

A Stockholm district court judge overseeing an ongoing trial against a Bosnian suspected of aggravated war crimes during the Balkan conflict has received a death threat.

Swedish far right not welcome at Nobel dinner
Sweden

Swedish far right not welcome at Nobel dinner

Sweden Democrats' (SD) leader Jimmie Åkesson is the only parliamentary party leader not invited to the Nobel banquet in Stockholm City Hall in December, with the Nobel Foundation citing the values expressed in Alfred Nobel's will.

Sweden opens online student visa service
Sweden

Sweden opens online student visa service

The Swedish National Migration Board (Migrationsverket) will allow visiting students to apply online for their entry visas and residence permits, as well as pay their fees on its website.

VW profits race ahead
Germany

VW profits race ahead

Volkswagen, the biggest European automaker, said on Wednesday that its third-quarter net profit leapt more than 10-fold to €2.2 billion ($3.0 billion) on strong demand and strict cost controls.

Architect seeks to rebuild historic core of Königsberg
Germany

Architect seeks to rebuild historic core of Königsberg

An architect in the Russian enclave Kaliningrad is trying to rally support for plans to restore the historic centre of what was once the East Prussian city of Königsberg to its pre-war splendour.

The failure of Sweden’s Red-Green alliance
Sweden

The failure of Sweden’s Red-Green alliance

The uneasy alliance between Sweden's Social Democrats, Greens, and Left Party was doomed from the start, argues former Social Democratic politician and communications consultant Niklas Nordström.

Sweden to extend police powers on data access
Sweden

Sweden to extend police powers on data access

The Swedish government wants to extend the powers of police and prosecutors to access personal details from internet service providers in cases of less serious offences such as file sharing, libel and grooming.

EON takes big charge for devalued EU assets
Germany

EON takes big charge for devalued EU assets

The biggest German power company, EON, said on Wednesday it would book charges worth €2.6 billion ($3.6 billion) for devalued assets in France, Italy and Spain.

SAP disappoints despite profit increase
Germany

SAP disappoints despite profit increase

SAP, the professional software giant, posted on Wednesday a third quarter net profit of €501 million ($690 million), a gain of 12 percent from the same period a year earlier.

Germany becomes tax haven for the Swiss
Germany

Germany becomes tax haven for the Swiss

Switzerland's banks have long been popular among German tax dodgers, but it turns out that an increasing number of Swiss citizens are hiding their money at southern German financial institutions, according to a media report on Wednesday.

Deutsche Bank books loss from Postbank buy
Germany

Deutsche Bank books loss from Postbank buy

Germany's largest bank, Deutsche Bank, posted Wednesday a sharp third-quarter loss linked to its purchase of Postbank, although underlying results were not quite as bad.

Electrolux CEO upbeat despite profits fall
Sweden

Electrolux CEO upbeat despite profits fall

Swedish home appliance maker Electrolux reported a 15 percent slump in third quarter profits on Wednesday, due to lower sales in Europe and the United States and exchange rate losses.

Billions more needed to rid housing shortage
Sweden

Billions more needed to rid housing shortage

A national government agency has estimated that another 19 billion kronor ($2.81 billion) are needed to "build away" Sweden's housing shortage every year.

Nordea profits hike surprises analysts
Sweden

Nordea profits hike surprises analysts

Nordic banking giant Nordea on Wednesday reported a third quarter jump in profits of 14 percent, far in excess of analyst forecasts.

Swedish charity pays millions to telemarketer
Sweden

Swedish charity pays millions to telemarketer

A national association dealing with child custody issues paid over 80 percent in overhead costs totalling nearly 34 million kronor ($5 million) to a telemarketing company from the donations it received from two campaigns last year.

Chancellor’s stalker sees himself as a peace activist
Germany

Chancellor’s stalker sees himself as a peace activist

The man detained by German authorities for stalking Chancellor Angela Merkel sees himself as a peace activist and was trying to share his plan for peace in the Middle East, he said in an interview on Wednesday.

Sweden loses battle over Baltic fishing quotas
Sweden

Sweden loses battle over Baltic fishing quotas

Sweden will decrease its herring and salmon catch quota in the Baltic Sea next year, a departure from years of wrangling over cod fishing.

Government takes aim at forced marriages
Germany

Government takes aim at forced marriages

The German cabinet on Wednesday backed several proposed changes to immigration laws including cracking down on forced marriages by making them a punishable offence and offering better protection for victims.

Schweinsteiger puts Bayern Munich into third round of German Cup
Germany

Schweinsteiger puts Bayern Munich into third round of German Cup

A double by German international midfield star Bastian Schweinsteiger saw holders Bayern Munich beat Werder Bremen 2-1 on Tuesday and reach the third round of the German Cup.