Christmas driver parks on Swiss train platform
Switzerland

Christmas driver parks on Swiss train platform

A Swiss man allegedly picked an unusual parking spot after celebrating Christmas Eve, when police say he maneuvered a car through a narrow pedestrian passage and parked it on a train platform.

‘2012 was the best year ever’: Zlatan
Sweden

‘2012 was the best year ever’: Zlatan

The Swedish star striker talks about his highlights of the year and why he chose not to comment on the scandal surrounding the Sweden Democrats.

Swedish king sends green Christmas greeting
Sweden

Swedish king sends green Christmas greeting

In his traditional Christmas Day speech, Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf said that more must be done to combat climate change.

Rösler plans to sell off state-owned firms
Germany

Rösler plans to sell off state-owned firms

Economy Minister Philipp Rösler is planning a sell-off of state-owned companies such as Deutsche Telekom and Deutsche Bahn, according to a position paper from his ministry.

Most sterilizations performed on women
Sweden

Most sterilizations performed on women

In Sweden, more women are choosing to get sterilized than men, according to figures from the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

Truckers ‘should keep a tax toilet log book’
Germany

Truckers ‘should keep a tax toilet log book’

Germany's 1.5 million truck drivers should start to keep a 'log book' for the tax office of how often and for how long they go to the toilet, it was reported recently.

Rents could increase by 10 percent in 2013
Germany

Rents could increase by 10 percent in 2013

This coming year could be particularly expensive for people renting their flats or houses in Germany, the renters' association warned on Christmas Day, with increases of up to ten per cent.

Syria warns Swedes: don’t join rebels
Sweden

Syria warns Swedes: don’t join rebels

Syria News, a regime-run television station, has warned Swedes against fighting in the Syrian civil war, reports Sweden's TV4 News.

Last minute shoppers give high street boost
Germany

Last minute shoppers give high street boost

The German retail industry received a much needed last minute boost this year, as panicking present-hunters logged off from the Internet and flocked to the shops in the week before Christmas.

Christmas Day: snow, wind and traffic jams
Sweden

Christmas Day: snow, wind and traffic jams

Swedes woke up to heavy snowfall, freezing rain and strong winds on Christmas Day, with traffic disruptions expected across the country.

British troop withdrawal info ‘due in January’
Germany

British troop withdrawal info ‘due in January’

British troops could be leaving Germany earlier than planned - Lower Saxony state premier David McAllister said he was expecting a new announcement in January.

Gauck: solidarity the greatest Christmas gift
Germany

Gauck: solidarity the greatest Christmas gift

President Joachim Gauck has called for more solidarity in society, saying in his Christmas speech that Germany must become more caring and generous if it is to prosper.