Authorities scramble to improve winter driving conditions
Germany

Authorities scramble to improve winter driving conditions

Winter is setting in, with more snow and sleet expected in coming days, meanwhile authorities scramble to secure de-icing salt supplies and tighten lax winter tyre rules.

German foreign ministry summons North Korean ambassador
Germany

German foreign ministry summons North Korean ambassador

The German foreign ministry said Wednesday it had summoned Pyongyang's ambassador, following North Korea's bombardment of a South Korean border island which killed two marines and two civilians.

BASF pledges no job cuts until 2015
Germany

BASF pledges no job cuts until 2015

Germany's BASF, the world's largest chemicals company, said on Wednesday it has pledged to the 33,000 workers at its main plant at Ludwigshafen not to make any redundancies until 2015.

Merkel attacks ‘obstructionist’ Greens
Germany

Merkel attacks ‘obstructionist’ Greens

A fiery Angela Merkel went on the offensive during the parliamentary budget debate Wednesday. As her centre-right coalition’s poll numbers lag, the Chancellor took aim at the increasingly popular Greens.

H&M completes Cheap Monday acquisition
Sweden

H&M completes Cheap Monday acquisition

H&M has acquired the remaining 40 percent of the shares of Swedish fashion concern FaBric Scandinavien, which runs the store chains Weekday and Monki as well as the Cheap Monday brand.

Swedish parliament votes in new constitution
Sweden

Swedish parliament votes in new constitution

Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, voted for the most sweeping changes to the country's constitution since 1974 on Wednesday, confirming Sweden's place in the EU among a raft of other amendments.

Swedish court rejects Assange appeal
Sweden

Swedish court rejects Assange appeal

A Swedish court ruled on Wednesday to reject WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange's appeal against an arrest warrant for rape, meaning that the Australian remains wanted worldwide.

German business confidence highest since reunification
Germany

German business confidence highest since reunification

German firms are the most optimistic they have been since reunification in 1990, a key indicator showed Wednesday, raising hopes Europe's powerhouse could drag the debt-wracked eurozone from the abyss.

Swedish universities suffer enrollment drop
Sweden

Swedish universities suffer enrollment drop

The number of first-time students at the country's universities declined in the autumn session overall, but the number of new students from other countries increased ahead of the introduction of tuition fees for non-EU students next year.

British MEP punished for Nazi slogan
Germany

British MEP punished for Nazi slogan

A British eurosceptic member of the European Parliament was booted from the chamber on Wednesday morning for hurling Nazi comparisons at a German MP.

Ex-police chief given lighter sentence
Sweden

Ex-police chief given lighter sentence

The court of appeal has cut the penalty served to former Uppsala police chief Göran Lindberg to six years for a series of serious sex offences.

‘People call our harmonies mediaeval, strange inversions that aren’t normal’
Germany

‘People call our harmonies mediaeval, strange inversions that aren’t normal’

Tipped as one of London’s hottest new acts, The Smoke Fairies play Germany this week. Arsalan Mohammad spoke to band member Katherine Blamire about playing live, formative influences, New Orleans and burgers.

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Sweden

Swedish banks join fight against child porn

Cooperation between Swedish banks and police to stop the purchase of child pornography images over the internet has proved effective, the national banking association announced on Wednesday.

Court hikes penalty for car park killing
Sweden

Court hikes penalty for car park killing

A court of appeal has increased the penalty for the 24-year-old man convicted of manslaughter in death of a 78-year-old woman who was assaulted during a parking lot dispute in southern Sweden in March.

New arrivals need more than a ‘pat on the head’
Sweden

New arrivals need more than a ‘pat on the head’

With Sweden just days away from enacting the most sweeping reform of its integration policy in 25 years, newly installed Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag of the Liberal Party explains how the new policies will help confront Sweden's integration challenge.

German embassies to remove portraits of Nazi ambassadors
Germany

German embassies to remove portraits of Nazi ambassadors

Germany's Foreign Ministry has instructed all its overseas embassies to take down portraits of pre-1951 ambassadors to remove any association with the Nazi era.

Swedish military called in to battle winter storm
Sweden

Swedish military called in to battle winter storm

Temperatures as low as -36 degrees Celsius have been recorded in Sweden as snowfalls and storm winds play havoc with transport services.

Teen murder suspect close to confession
Germany

Teen murder suspect close to confession

The suspect in the murder of two teenagers in Bodenfelde plans to confess, his lawyer reportedly said Wednesday, as police revealed he had the ''potential to be a serial killer.''

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Sweden

Refugee child denied care by Swedish hospital

A hospital in central Sweden refused to perform an operation on a 16-year-old unaccompanied refugee boy because the doctor didn't think the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) would pay for the procedure.

Minister floats minimum wage for temp workers
Germany

Minister floats minimum wage for temp workers

Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen called on Wednesday for a minimum wage for temporary jobs in Germany to prevent foreign workers undercutting salaries.

Somali militia issues Lars Vilks death threat
Sweden

Somali militia issues Lars Vilks death threat

A Swedish fighter with al-Shabaab, a Somalian milita with ties to Al-Qaeda, has urged Muslims to kill an artist from Sweden who depicted the Prophet Mohammed as a dog, US monitoring group SITE said Tuesday.

SAP hit with record fine for copyright infringement
Germany

SAP hit with record fine for copyright infringement

A US jury has ordered German software giant SAP to pay US rival Oracle $1.3 billion in damages in a record-setting copyright infringement award.

Zlatan strike ensures Milan advance in Champions League
Sweden

Zlatan strike ensures Milan advance in Champions League

AC Milan booked their place in the Champions League knockout phase after goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ronaldinho earned them a 2-0 win at an obdurate Auxerre on Tuesday.