Germany praises Czech leader Havel, dead at 75
Germany

Germany praises Czech leader Havel, dead at 75

German Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed the late former Czech president Vaclav Havel on Sunday as a "great European" who fought tirelessly for freedom on the continent.

Retailers expect strong last-minute sales
Germany

Retailers expect strong last-minute sales

Retail sales have increased slightly this past week over the past two weeks and stores are expecting further increases heading into the final shopping days before Christmas, the German trade association said Sunday.

Man found shot on Ludvika street
Sweden

Man found shot on Ludvika street

A 28 year-old man was found shot in the stomach on the streets of Ludvika, in central Sweden, on Saturday afternoon. Another 28 year-old is in custody, suspected of attempted murder.

German pediatric heart device receives FDA okay
Germany

German pediatric heart device receives FDA okay

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a first mechanical cardiac assist device for children that can help keep patients alive as they await a transplant.

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Sweden

Swedish krona the new ‘safe haven’: prediction

Will Sweden become the new Switzerland next year? According to Saxo Bank, it just might be so.

Wulff faces increasing attacks from all sides
Germany

Wulff faces increasing attacks from all sides

President Christian Wulff is coming under increased attacks from across the political spectrum, as politicians feel Germany's head of state has not fully explained a 2008 loan he received while serving as premier of Lower Saxony.

Zwanziger could quit DFB before spring
Germany

Zwanziger could quit DFB before spring

Theo Zwanziger said Sunday he plans to step down as president of the German Football Federation (DFB) before spring 2012.

Sweden to Denmark subway line suggested
Sweden

Sweden to Denmark subway line suggested

Ever-growing numbers of commuters between Malmö, Sweden's southern-most large city, and the Danish capital, Copenhagen, require new infrastructure solutions.

Most Germans won’t go to church this Christmas
Germany

Most Germans won’t go to church this Christmas

Most Germans do not plan to go to church over the Christmas holidays, a poll from TNS-Emnid research institute, conducted for the news magazine Focus, showed.

Sweden’s Greens continue to climb in polls
Sweden

Sweden’s Greens continue to climb in polls

Sweden's Green Party climbed to yet another record-high result in in research institute Sifo's December polls, while the Social Democrats hit a new low.

Zschäpe lawyers may seek her release
Germany

Zschäpe lawyers may seek her release

Defence lawyers for Beate Zschäpe, a key neo-Nazi suspect in a series of 10 murders, largely against foreign-born German residents, told Focus magazine that they may move to get her released from jail.

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Sweden

Passenger saves bus from full-on collision

When a bus driver took suddenly ill on Saturday, causing the vehicle to cross over into the wrong lane, passenger Patricia Claesson quickly grabbed hold of the wheel and drove the bus into a ditch, thereby avoiding a full-on collision.