Sweden’s got talent: life beyond Eurovision
Sweden

Sweden’s got talent: life beyond Eurovision

With the whole of Sweden seemingly trembling with excitement about the Eurovision song contest, outsiders coming in could be forgiven for thinking that Swedish music was all sequins, spandex and euro cheese.

State workers get wage increase while VW cuts 16,500 jobs
Germany

State workers get wage increase while VW cuts 16,500 jobs

Negotiations over pay for public employees working for the federal states in Germany finished successfully on Sunday with an agreement that the 700,000 workers would receive a five percent increase over two years.

Thynell claims third Vasaloppet crown
Sweden

Thynell claims third Vasaloppet crown

Swedish skier Daniel Thynell has won the Vasaloppet cross-country ski race in Mora on Sunday in 4 hours 10 minutes and 55 seconds.

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Sweden

Woman forgets life savings on Gothenburg tram

An elderly Swedish woman lost her 500,000 kronor ($56,000) life savings when she left them on a Gothenburg tram on the way to the bank.

Freelancers could lose 400,000 jobs during recession
Germany

Freelancers could lose 400,000 jobs during recession

Around 400,000 freelance workers in Germany could lose their work during the recession, the association of freelancers has warned.

Siegfried and Roy take to stage with tiger for last hurrah
Germany

Siegfried and Roy take to stage with tiger for last hurrah

One of Germany’s most enduring and kitschy duos – Siegfried and Roy – have finally played their last-ever gig, more than five years after an on-stage tiger attack nearly killed Roy.

German students increasingly unpolitical and reactionary
Germany

German students increasingly unpolitical and reactionary

Germany’s students are less politically-engaged and more reactionary than ever before, according to a study conducted by the University of Constance for the Ministry of Education.

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Sweden

Swedish ‘euro support highest since 2002’: poll

Swedish support for the introduction of the euro is at its highest level since 2002 as the June EU parliamentary elections approach. Both the Moderates and the Social Democrats are tipped for election success.

CeBIT fair promises green tech despite economic slump
Germany

CeBIT fair promises green tech despite economic slump

The world’s biggest high-tech fair kicks off this week in Hannover, offering cutting-edge solutions promising to beat the economic crisis as well as climate change.

Demo against police racism in Malmö
Sweden

Demo against police racism in Malmö

Over one hundred demonstrators marched in Malmö on Saturday in protest against police racism.

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Sweden

Two Swedes die in New Zealand car crash

Two Swedish women have died in a car crash while on holiday in New Zealand. The women, both in their early twenties, were from Jönköping in southern Sweden.

Victims deliver alleged fraudster to police
Germany

Victims deliver alleged fraudster to police

A suspected swindler wanted by the French authorities was kidnapped in Germany by victims who then left him out for the police - tied up on the side of a road - investigators confirmed this weekend.

Agnes and Malena win Eurovision heat
Sweden

Agnes and Malena win Eurovision heat

The fourth and final Melodifestivalen heat in Malmö in southern Sweden on Saturday was won by one hot favourite, soul queen Agnes, and one surprise, opera queen Malena Ernman.