Teenagers jailed for ’20 cent’ beating death
Germany

Teenagers jailed for ’20 cent’ beating death

Two teenagers were sentenced to more than three years in jail on Thursday for beating a man in a Hamburg train station to death after he declined to give them €0.20 in pocket change.

Disgraced Habo Finans CEO gets 5 years in jail
Sweden

Disgraced Habo Finans CEO gets 5 years in jail

The CEO of disgraced Habo Finans was sentenced to five years in prison for aggravated fraud and aggravated accounting fraud by Jönköping district court on Thursday.

Swedish police to renew Assange arrest warrant
Sweden

Swedish police to renew Assange arrest warrant

Swedish police on Thursday confirmed that a new international arrest warrant will be issued for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, conceding that the first could not be applied in Britain due to a procedural error.

Biden: Berlin ‘dropped the ball’ in Afghanistan
Germany

Biden: Berlin ‘dropped the ball’ in Afghanistan

Confidential US documents published by Wikileaks have revealed that Vice President Joe Biden believes Germany has completely failed to train Afghanistan's new police force properly.

Judge removed from bench for sparing speeders
Germany

Judge removed from bench for sparing speeders

A judge in North Rhine-Westphalia refusing to prosecute speeders has been removed from the bench on the grounds that he is biased in favour of traffic violators.

Bid to reform Swedish political donations fails
Sweden

Bid to reform Swedish political donations fails

Donations to political parties in Sweden will remain unregulated after the centre-right Alliance government remained unified against calls by the opposition for increased transparency for political party financing.

Swedish city traces source of water parasite
Sweden

Swedish city traces source of water parasite

Tests on the water system of Östersund in northern Sweden have revealed an area with high levels of the Cryptosporidium parasite which has left thousands of people ill and the city's water undrinkable.

Swedish companies spend less on R&D
Sweden

Swedish companies spend less on R&D

Swedish enterprises are spending less on research and development, with the majority of spending concentrated in the country's metropolitan areas.

Goalie Angerer reveals she is bisexual
Germany

Goalie Angerer reveals she is bisexual

While the subject of homosexuality remains taboo in men's football, Germany's veteran goalkeeper Nadine Angerer has revealed she is bisexual as she prepares to win a record third World Cup next year on home soil.

What’s on in Germany: December 2 – 8
Germany

What’s on in Germany: December 2 – 8

This week's highlights: A singing Christmas tree in Frankfurt, a record sale in Cologne, a bluegrass jamboree in Munich, and a tattoo convention in Berlin.

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Sweden

Rail and air travel suffer widespread disruption

Sweden's train service remained interrupted for the third straight day, the country's national rail operator announced on Thursday, as traffic delays extended to flights in Stockholm and Malmö.

President Wulff becomes honorary godfather to neo-Nazi baby
Germany

President Wulff becomes honorary godfather to neo-Nazi baby

According to tradition, Germany's president becomes the honorary godfather for each family’s seventh baby. But President Christian Wulff's decision to sponsor the spawn of alleged neo-Nazis has sparked outrage.

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Sweden

Swedish supreme court rejects Assange appeal

Sweden's supreme court will not take up the appeal of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, while Swedish police denied that an administrative error on their part had hampered the Australian's arrest.

Women who sunbathe live longer: study
Sweden

Women who sunbathe live longer: study

Women who sunbathe regularly live longer and enjoy health benefits which outweigh the risk of skin cancer, according to research presented at the Swedish Society of Medicine's annual conference in Gothenburg.

Surgeon to operate on Swedish football trophy
Sweden

Surgeon to operate on Swedish football trophy

A former national team doctor will perform keyhole surgery on the Allsvenskan football championship trophy to examine whether its creator left behind a pledge of allegiance to his beloved Stockholm club.

Labour Ministry to remove hurdles for some foreign workers
Germany

Labour Ministry to remove hurdles for some foreign workers

German Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Thursday she plans to remove job market restrictions for foreign workers in those sectors desperately needing qualified workers, including engineers and doctors.

What’s On in Sweden: December 3rd – 9th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: December 3rd – 9th

What’s on in Sweden: Balkan punks rip it up in Stockholm, Sir Elton John comes to Gothenburg, and Detroit DJ Mike Huckaby spins discs in Malmö.

Germany’s image suffers in EU amid debt crisis
Germany

Germany’s image suffers in EU amid debt crisis

Alarm bells are ringing in Berlin as Germany's image suffers across the European Union, where it has increasingly been seen as a bully imposing its views on its partners during the eurozone debt crisis. AFP's Patrick Rahir reports.

Swedish teen poisoned mum with mushrooms
Sweden

Swedish teen poisoned mum with mushrooms

A 19-year-old girl in Sundsvall in northern Sweden who is alleged to have poisoned her mother over a period of months with a combination of pills and mushrooms has been charged with assault.

Snow wallops Germany
Germany

Snow wallops Germany

Germans woke up to heavy blanket of snow and widespread traffic chaos on Thursday, with police reporting the most problems in the states of Saxony and Bavaria.

E-mobility efforts stuck in low gear
Germany

E-mobility efforts stuck in low gear

Germany might be known for its high-quality cars, but without billions of euros in investment, the country is likely to lose the international race to develop electric vehicles, according to a government e-mobility initiative.

Southern Swedes told to stay off the roads
Sweden

Southern Swedes told to stay off the roads

Snowfalls and a slew of road accidents in southern Sweden, has led to calls from the authorities for drivers to leave their cars at home.

US embassy: ‘Sweden no longer neutral’
Sweden

US embassy: ‘Sweden no longer neutral’

USA's Sweden ambassador has reported that Sweden is a "strong and pragmatic partner", whose official non-alignment does not reflect reality, according to US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks this week.

Assange evades arrest after Swedish error
Sweden

Assange evades arrest after Swedish error

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains on the loose in the UK after Swedish authorities made an administrative blunder when completing his arrest warrant, according to a report in The Times.

Germans less tolerant of Islam than neighbours, study finds
Germany

Germans less tolerant of Islam than neighbours, study finds

Germans are more critical of Islam and less tolerant of building mosques than their neighbours in France, Denmark, the Netherlands and Portugal, a new survey has found.