SPD members approve Merkel coalition deal
Germany

SPD members approve Merkel coalition deal

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats overwhelmingly approved the formation of a "grand coalition" government under Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday, removing the final obstacle to her third term.

Christmas card warning after thief nabs postbox
Sweden

Christmas card warning after thief nabs postbox

Swedish police have warned well-wishers not to send cash in Christmas cards after a man was arrested for having swiped a postbox.

Morocco seizes hashish headed to France
France

Morocco seizes hashish headed to France

Moroccan police said Friday they had seized 10 tonnes of hashish hidden in a truckload of tomatoes headed to France, according to the MAP news agency.

Falcao not on Real Madrid radar: Ancelotti
Spain

Falcao not on Real Madrid radar: Ancelotti

Monaco's €60 million ($82m) striker Radamel Falcao is not on Real Madrid's shopping list, according to the Spaniards' coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Report: Schäuble to stay German finance minister
Germany

Report: Schäuble to stay German finance minister

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has been tapped to stay on in the job during Chancellor Angela Merkel's third term, a regional newspaper reported Friday citing party sources.

French troops stage anti-rebels push in Mali
France

French troops stage anti-rebels push in Mali

The French army is staging a large operation against Islamist fighters in the Timbuktu region of northern Mali ahead of weekend parliamentary elections, military sources said Friday.

Government exempts Monaco from 75 percent tax
France

Government exempts Monaco from 75 percent tax

The French government on Friday performed a u-turn and exempted Monaco from paying the 75 percent tax on earnings over €1 million ($1.37m) that will be introduced in 2014.

Ryanair slashes Sweden routes
Sweden

Ryanair slashes Sweden routes

Irish low cost airline Ryanair has cut several routes from Swedish airports, including Gothenburg, Nyköping and Västerås.

Ikea issues lamp warning after toddler death
Sweden

Ikea issues lamp warning after toddler death

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea on Friday issued a safety warning regarding one of its lamps, involved in the death of a toddler in the UK who was strangled with its cord.