German couple offer baby on Ebay
Germany

German couple offer baby on Ebay

A young Bavarian couple has offered their baby for sale on the internet auction site Ebay, prompting a police investigation.

Heirs to Scandinavian thrones to meet in Arctic
Sweden

Heirs to Scandinavian thrones to meet in Arctic

The heirs to Scandinavia's thrones will meet in Norway's Arctic archipelago of Svalbard in June as part of International Polar Year, the Norwegian royal palace announced Friday.

What’s on in Sweden: May 23 – May 29
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: May 23 – May 29

What’s on this week in Sweden: Eurovision, speedway and Paul Potts.

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Germany

Deutsche Bank reportedly eyeing Citigroup German unit

Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest bank, is in talks to buy the German subsidiary of US banking giant Citigroup, Citibank, WirtschaftsWoche magazine reported on Friday.

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Sweden

Teen fined for online porn pic

A 15-year-old boy has been sentenced to pay a 7,000 kronor ($1,186) fine for putting a pornographic picture on a social networking page belonging to his then 14-year-old former girlfriend.

Italian rubbish arrives in Germany
Germany

Italian rubbish arrives in Germany

Fifty-six containers full of rubbish from Naples arrived by train in Hamburg on Friday as part of a deal between Germany and the southern Italian city to tackle its trash crisis, officials said.

Billionaire Abramovich docks in Stockholm
Sweden

Billionaire Abramovich docks in Stockholm

Russian billionaire and Chelsea football team owner Roman Abramovich docked his stupendous yacht Pelorus in Stockholm city centre on Thursday morning, business news site Affärsvärlden reports.

German zoo investigated for killing tiger cubs
Germany

German zoo investigated for killing tiger cubs

Prosecutors are investigating whether the Magdeburg Zoo's decision to kill three tiger cubs because they were not pure-blooded violated animal welfare laws.

Nathalie: still no trace
Sweden

Nathalie: still no trace

Fears mount as 20-year-old Nathalie Johansen is still missing one week after disappearing in Alingsås, western Sweden.

Berlin public transit wage dispute ends
Germany

Berlin public transit wage dispute ends

Protracted wage negotiations between trade union Verdi and Berlin public transport operator BVG finally ended on Friday with a compromise.

Single Swedish women earn more
Sweden

Single Swedish women earn more

Single Swedish women earn more than their married and co-habiting sisters according to a study done by the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations (SACO).

Frankfurt gets flexible over working hours
Germany

Frankfurt gets flexible over working hours

More and more Germans are working the hours that suit them best. Kasia Dawidowska explores the ‘flexitime’ phenomena in the region around Germany’s business mecca Frankfurt.

German and Russian railways mulling cross holdings
Germany

German and Russian railways mulling cross holdings

The German and Russian railways Deutsche Bahn and RZD are holding talks that could lead to a cross shareholding as both companies prepare for partial privatizations, a press report said Friday.

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Sweden

Employment agency sued for discrimination

The Ombudsman against Ethnic Discrimination (DO) is suing the Swedish Employment agency for 160,000 kronor ($27,000) in damages to a Muslim man who lost his benefits after refusing to shake a woman's hand during an interview.

Engineers convicted in maglev accident
Germany

Engineers convicted in maglev accident

Two German engineers were convicted of manslaughter on Friday for their part in a 2006 maglev train accident that killed 23 and injured 11 passengers.

EU treaty approval shows Berlin schism
Germany

EU treaty approval shows Berlin schism

The upper house of the German parliament approved the European Union's Treaty of Lisbon on Friday in a vote that exposed fault lines within Berlin's local government.

Princess Victoria’s advisor quits Swedish royalty
Sweden

Princess Victoria’s advisor quits Swedish royalty

Princess Victoria's court marshal and right-hand Elisabeth Tarras-Wahlberg has quit her services to the Royal Swedish family after 32 years. She is due to start a new life as an international relations consultant to a Qatar oil emir.

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Germany

EU official slams ‘irresponsible’ executive pay

The EU’s top economic official slammed salaries earned by some European business leaders, joining those who have called for action on the socially sensitive issue.

Sweden eases into Eurovision final
Sweden

Sweden eases into Eurovision final

Sweden's Charlotte Perrelli has qualified for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, due to be held in Belgrade on Saturday.

Ryanair flight makes emergency landing in Bremen
Germany

Ryanair flight makes emergency landing in Bremen

A Ryanair flight made an emergency landing in Bremen early on Friday morning after a passenger suffered a heart attack.

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Sweden

Teachers: ‘Go back to state schools’

Eight out of ten teachers would like the state to exert more influence over Sweden's schools, a new study has shown.

German rents to reach record increases
Germany

German rents to reach record increases

In the next year Germans can expect the biggest jump in rent prices the country has experienced in a decade, reported German daily Bild on Friday.

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Sweden

Top Social Democrat open to coalition

Marita Ulvskog, party secretary for the Social Democrats, has said she believes her party will form a coalition government with the Green Party and the Left Party if the current opposition wins the 2010 election.