placeholder image
Sweden

UNHCR criticizes Sweden’s Iraqi refugee policy

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Tuesday criticized Sweden's policy of deporting rejected Iraqi asylum seekers to the southern and central regions of their home country.

Irish tourist missing in Stockholm
Sweden

Irish tourist missing in Stockholm

Police in Stockholm are looking into the disappearance of a 32-year-old Irish man, who was last seen leaving a restaurant in the city on Saturday night.

placeholder image
Sweden

Computers owners to face TV licence fees

Sweden's television licensing agency Radiotjänst is preparing to push through measures requiring computer owners to pay the annual television license fee of around 2,000 kronor ($327).

Merkel: Shoah binds Germany and Israel forever
Germany

Merkel: Shoah binds Germany and Israel forever

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday pledged Germany's unwavering support for Israel in a landmark address to parliament, as she wrapped up a visit 60 years after the Jewish state was founded in the wake of the Nazi Holocaust.

placeholder image
Germany

Germany to start blind football league

Germany is starting a football league for blind and partially sighted players at the end of the month – just two years after the sport was first introduced to the country.

Catholics hang condom ban on Fulda pharmacy
Germany

Catholics hang condom ban on Fulda pharmacy

A pharmacy in the centre of the German city Fulda has been forbidden from selling condoms since the local Catholic diocese owns the building and does not want to soil the Church’s image.

placeholder image
Sweden

‘Swedish feminists should embrace free markets’

Swedish feminists could well secure more support if they decided to embrace free markets rather than left wing ideologies, argues Nima Sanandaji of the Captus think tank.

placeholder image
Sweden

Telia Sonera ‘not concerned’ over telecom regulator powers

The government wants to give telecom regulator PTS greater powers in order to increase competition in the market for high speed internet services, a move which may have immediate consequences for Finnish-Swedish telecom operator Telia Sonera.

Government to consider Swedish language law
Sweden

Government to consider Swedish language law

Everyone who lives in Sweden should have access to the Swedish language and the position of Swedish as a first language ought to be regulated by a language law, according to a recently submitted proposal to the government.

Court upholds German school ban on Muslim headscarf
Germany

Court upholds German school ban on Muslim headscarf

Rejecting the complaint of a convert to Islam, a German court on Tuesday announced it has upheld a regional ban on teachers wearing the Muslim headscarf in public schools in Baden-Württemberg.

placeholder image
Sweden

Father sentenced for drunken driving lesson

A 46-year-old Swede has been sentenced to a month in prison for drunk driving even though he wasn’t behind the wheel when police stopped the vehicle.

placeholder image
Germany

Lovesick pensioner ‘blew up’ woman’s car

A 56-year-old woman sustained minor injuries in Kulmbach after a small explosion in her car.

placeholder image
Germany

BMW motors ahead despite strong euro

German luxury car maker BMW said on Tuesday it was aiming for higher profits this year despite the strong euro and weak US economy, which could crimp export earnings.

placeholder image
Germany

German retail giant Metro to drop Kaufhof chain

Just a few months after a major shakeup in leadership, German retail giant Metro has announced it will separate from its department store chain Galeria Kaufhof.

Supreme Court: commercial breaks violate copyright laws
Sweden

Supreme Court: commercial breaks violate copyright laws

Sweden’s Supreme Court has ruled in favor of two film directors who had sued TV4 for copyright infringement after the channel ran extended commercial breaks during the directors’ films.

placeholder image
Germany

Hamas says Merkel blind to Israeli ‘Holocaust’

The radical Islamist movement Hamas on Tuesday slammed German Chancellor Angela Merkel for closing her eyes to what it labelled as Israel's "holocaust" against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Huge blaze at Cologne plant extinguished
Germany

Huge blaze at Cologne plant extinguished

A fire that broke out at the Ineos chemical plant in Cologne, in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Monday night has been put out.

placeholder image
Germany

Social Democrats reach all-time low

A poll released on Tuesday by German weekly Stern reveals that the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) continue to lose popularity, reaching an all-time low for the second time in two weeks at 22 percent.

Germany objects to EU milk ruling
Germany

Germany objects to EU milk ruling

EU farm ministers on Monday agreed to allow European farmers to increase milk production by two percent, despite opposition from Germany, in the face or higher demand and dairy prices.

placeholder image
Sweden

Brawl breaks out at Karolinska maternity ward

Police were called to break up a fight in the maternity ward at Stockholm’s famed Karolinska Hospital Monday night.

Bromma airport’s future safe for three more decades
Sweden

Bromma airport’s future safe for three more decades

Stockholm’s Municipal Council decided on Monday night to renew the lease on Bromma airport for another 30 years.

Father arrested for brutal child murders
Sweden

Father arrested for brutal child murders

Two children, aged 1 and 3, have been stabbed to death at a house in Arboga in central Sweden, according to a statement from Örebro University Hospital.

placeholder image
Sweden

Swedish cities set their own climate targets

Municipalities in Sweden aren’t waiting for the government to set up the country’s climate goals--they’re moving ahead with their own plans instead.