Chipmaker Qimonda to stop production in April
Germany

Chipmaker Qimonda to stop production in April

The distressed German memory chip maker Qimonda faces liquidation and will halt production April 1, an insolvency administrator said on Friday.

Merkel rejects calls for new stimulus package
Germany

Merkel rejects calls for new stimulus package

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated Friday that she did not favour a new package of economic stimulus measures US officials have called for as world leaders prepare for a G20 meeting in London.

Gunman’s internet threat probably a hoax
Germany

Gunman’s internet threat probably a hoax

German authorities said on Friday they would need another two days to work out whether an internet threat from the teenager who went on a deadly rampage at his old school this week was a hoax.

Arboga murderer appeals conviction a second time
Sweden

Arboga murderer appeals conviction a second time

Christine Schürrer, the German woman found guilty of murdering two children in Arboga, has appealed her life sentence.

Five million crocuses bring a touch of spring to the Rhineland
Germany

Five million crocuses bring a touch of spring to the Rhineland

The banks of the Rhine River near Düsseldorf have taken on an extra dash of springtime colour, after an initiative planted five million crocus bulbs along the water.

Wannabe model cast off show for insulting mighty Heidi
Germany

Wannabe model cast off show for insulting mighty Heidi

Heidi Klum has thrown one of her most promising candidates off the current series of Germany’s Next Top Model for showing her the finger in front of the cameras.

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Sweden

Sweden to reward quick learning immigrants

The Swedish government has announced the launch of a performance-related bonus for immigrants pursuing state-funded language courses.

Mineral water in plastic bottles contaminated with hormones
Germany

Mineral water in plastic bottles contaminated with hormones

Scientists at Frankfurt University have shown that mineral water in plastic bottles is contaminated with chemicals which act like female hormones in the body.

McDonald’s wins right to serve beer at Stockholm airport
Sweden

McDonald’s wins right to serve beer at Stockholm airport

Weary world travellers will soon be able to wash down their Big Mac with a strong beer following a court decision to grant fast-food chain McDonald's an alcohol licence for its Stockholm Arlanda restaurant, reports Christian website Dagen.

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Sweden

Swedish hairdresser behind youth drugs ring

Swedish police on Thursday carried out raids against 447 suspected drugs buyers across the entire country.

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Sweden

High court ruling could hit Sweden’s tax revenues

A corporate taxation ruling by Sweden's Supreme Administrative Court (Regeringsrätten) could lead to the Swedish state missing out billions of kronor in tax revenues.

Telekom spy scandal investigators raid executives’ houses
Germany

Telekom spy scandal investigators raid executives’ houses

Authorities investigating the spying scandal at Deutsche Telekom confirmed on Friday that they have raided properties owned by former Deutsche Post chief Klaus Zumwinkel and former Telekom boss Kai-Uwe Ricke.

Sweden braces for warm spring weather
Sweden

Sweden braces for warm spring weather

The wintry conditions and snowfalls of recent weeks are set to give way to sunny skies and spring temperatures, according to Sweden's meteorological agency (SMHI).

Politicians demand better gun club checks and a video game ban
Germany

Politicians demand better gun club checks and a video game ban

Two days after the school massacre in the state of Baden-Württemberg, German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries has called for gun clubs to put tighter restrictions on their members. Others are demanding a ban on violent video games.

A million Germans home sick from work on Friday the 13th
Germany

A million Germans home sick from work on Friday the 13th

Today’s supposedly unlucky date of Friday the 13th should be taken seriously by employers, with up to five times as many German people staying off work sick as on other Fridays.

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Sweden

Swedish study links stress to childhood obesity

Swedish researchers have found a link between stress within the family and obesity among children, according to a doctoral thesis published on Friday.

Gucci loses Swedish trademark battle
Sweden

Gucci loses Swedish trademark battle

The global fashion emporium Gucci has lost its bid to register its trademark in Sweden. Its emblem - two Gs face to face - is already owned by a firm in Gothenburg.

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Sweden

‘Sweden doesn’t need more universities’: Leijonborg

The government has said it plans to reject applications from Swedish colleges (högskolor) interested in upgrading their status to full-fledged universities.

Second body retrieved from collapsed Cologne archive
Germany

Second body retrieved from collapsed Cologne archive

Rescue workers have retrieved the body of a second victim from the rubble of Cologne’s historic archive more than a week after the building collapsed.

Police make second arrest in Duisburg mafia hit case
Germany

Police make second arrest in Duisburg mafia hit case

The suspected mafia hit man accused of six slayings in Duisburg in 2007 has been arrested, police said on Friday.

Police probe gunman’s internet threat
Germany

Police probe gunman’s internet threat

German police said late on Thursday they were probing whether a supposed internet threat from the teenager who went on a deadly rampage at his old school this week might be fake.

Reversal in defence policy reforms
Sweden

Reversal in defence policy reforms

The government has decided against disbanding army units as a part of Sweden’s ongoing defence policy reform process, electing instead to create a new ground combat reserve group.