All but one of shooter’s victims were female
Germany

All but one of shooter’s victims were female

All but one of the nine pupils killed and seven injured in a German school massacre on Wednesday were girls, a local official said. The three slain teachers were also women.

Teen gunman killed after murdering 15
Germany

Teen gunman killed after murdering 15

A teenage gunman who shot dead 15 people, including nine students and three teachers at his former school in southwestern Germany, killed himself after a shoot-out with police on Wednesday.

German school massacre sparks call for consequences
Germany

German school massacre sparks call for consequences

Germany was in shock on Wednesday after one of the country’s deadliest school shootings ever left sixteen people dead. Chancellor Angela Merkel called the tragedy “incomprehensible.”

Germany issues arrest warrant for Sobibor’s ‘Ivan the Terrible’
Germany

Germany issues arrest warrant for Sobibor’s ‘Ivan the Terrible’

German authorities issued an arrest warrant on Wednesday for John Demjanjuk, 88, the alleged Nazi war criminal ‘Ivan the Terrible’ suspected of killing tens of thousands of Jews in a World War II death camp.

Toymaker Brio wards off bankruptcy
Sweden

Toymaker Brio wards off bankruptcy

Swedish wooden toy maker Brio announced on Wednesday that it had proposed a financial restructuring to ward off bankruptcy.

Malmö elephant dies after sit down protest
Sweden

Malmö elephant dies after sit down protest

Malmö emergency services had to break off their attempts to coax a lying elephant back on to its feet on Wednesday afternoon - the elephant refused and had to be put down.

UK couple searches for clues about daredevil Swede
Sweden

UK couple searches for clues about daredevil Swede

More than 45 years after losing contact, a British couple are hoping the Swedish public can help them learn the fate of a long-lost daredevil sweetheart.

Sweden wants fossil fuel-free driving by 2030
Sweden

Sweden wants fossil fuel-free driving by 2030

The Swedish government on Wednesday laid out the key proposals in its energy and climate bill.

Continental closes tyre factories, Daimler cuts work hours
Germany

Continental closes tyre factories, Daimler cuts work hours

In a dark day for German auto workers, it was announced on Wednesday that tyre giant Continental is to close a factory with the loss of 780 jobs, while Daimler is to put a further 18,000 of its workers on shorter hours.

Gunman kills 15 in school shooting
Germany

Gunman kills 15 in school shooting

Police have sealed off a small town in southwestern Germany near Stuttgart and are hunting down a gunman who they say shot dead 15 people and injured many more before fleeing into the streets.

Publisher releases Koran in German as audio book
Germany

Publisher releases Koran in German as audio book

A German publishing house is releasing a full-length German translation of the Koran in audio book form on Thursday, coinciding with the opening of the Leipzig book fair.

What’s your view of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen?
Sweden

What’s your view of Sweden’s Melodifestivalen?

Every week, we ask a regular panel of readers to discuss a particular aspect of life in Sweden. This week: Melodifestivalen.

Swedish labour model talks collapse
Sweden

Swedish labour model talks collapse

Talks between Sweden's main employers' and employees' associations on a major revision to the agreement which has governed Sweden's labour relations for seven decades, collapsed on Wednesday.

Opel dealers ‘prepared to buy 20 percent stake’
Germany

Opel dealers ‘prepared to buy 20 percent stake’

Desperate Opel dealers have suggested taking a stake in the struggling car company, by funnelling €225 million a year from sales profits into a holding company which would invest in the manufacturer.

Swedish study finds sweaty jocks harm the environment
Sweden

Swedish study finds sweaty jocks harm the environment

Figure-hugging, labelled training clothes have long been de rigueur in the gyms and sports clubs of Sweden. Some even promise to eliminate the smell of sweat but, as a new report shows, at a cost to the environment.

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Sweden

Swedish auto firms secure European loans

Swedish car maker Volvo Cars, and truck makers Volvo Trucks and Scania, have secured loans totalling €1 billion ($1.26 billion) from the European Investment Bank (EIB), it was announced on Wednesday.

Layoffs hit Sweden’s schools
Sweden

Layoffs hit Sweden’s schools

Teachers are in danger of losing their jobs in roughly one third of Sweden’s 290 municipalities, a sign that the weak economy is now set to take its toll on the country’s schools.

Heavy snow catches Sweden off guard
Sweden

Heavy snow catches Sweden off guard

Heavy snow took drivers in parts of southern and central Sweden by surprise on Tuesday, causing more than 100 accidents in Stockholm county alone.

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Sweden

‘Workplace suicide is contagious’: Swedish study

Swedish researchers have concluded in a new study that suicide in the workplace is contagious.

Merkel: Germany facing worst crisis since 1945
Germany

Merkel: Germany facing worst crisis since 1945

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday warned Germany was facing the worst economic crisis since 1945, but said the country was in better position than most to cope.

Disturbed Finnish woman living at Berlin’s Tegel airport
Germany

Disturbed Finnish woman living at Berlin’s Tegel airport

An apparently mentally disturbed woman from Finland has lived at Berlin’s Tegel airport for months, according to police.

Bayern smashes Sporting to book Champions League quarter-finals
Germany

Bayern smashes Sporting to book Champions League quarter-finals

Germany striker Lukas Podolski struck twice on Tuesday night as Bayern Munich hammered Sporting Lisbon 7-1 to set a new Champions League record on their way to the quarter-finals.

5,000-year-old sandal found near Constance
Germany

5,000-year-old sandal found near Constance

German archaeologists have uncovered an amazingly well-preserved 5,000-year-old sandal in mud under Lake Constance, or Bodensee, close to the Swiss border, authorities said Tuesday.

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Sweden

Prosecutor urges genocide suspect’s extradition to Rwanda

Sweden’s top prosecutor has said she sees no reason to stop the extradition of a man suspected of having a role in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

Berlin athletics meet to allow UK’s Chambers to compete
Germany

Berlin athletics meet to allow UK’s Chambers to compete

Controversial British sprinter Dwain Chambers has said he is delighted to hear the organiser of Berlin's IAAF Golden League meet is prepared to accommodate him for June's star-studded event.