The sea around the north-eastern coast of Germany is too calm for surfing in the summer, but come fall the waves pick up and the area becomes a surfers' heaven. Not even the bitter winter cold deters the tough Baltic brahs.
The two Nordic nations will explore building the first rail connection from a European Union member state to an Arctic Ocean port. The link would cost around around 2.9 billion euros ($3.6 billion).
In a special winter edition, euromaxx visits windswept beaches on the Baltic Coast, samples culinary delights in the Austrian Alps and takes a scenic train ride in Switzerland.
Russia says the West is spreading nasty stories about it and that it's damaging relations between the two sides, but is there any basis to them? Fiona Clark takes a look.
Eager to take over the EU Council's rotating presidency, Estonia has said it can help bridge divides among EU members. A digital pioneer, the Baltic nation has much to contribute to the bloc's cyberdefense.
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