Swiss MP compares Steinbrück to Nazis
Germany

Swiss MP compares Steinbrück to Nazis

Angered over German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück's uncompromising push to stamp out international tax havens, the normally staid Swiss have dubbed him the most hated man in Switzerland. And now one Swiss politician has even compared him to the Nazis.

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Sweden

Hunter charged over toilet seat shooting

A hunter from western Sweden has been indicted on charges of endangering human life after accidentally shooting a toilet seat rather than the goose at which he had taken aim.

Driver tells of harrowing hours as teen’s hostage
Germany

Driver tells of harrowing hours as teen’s hostage

As the state and federal German officials remembered the victims of the Winnenden school massacre on Wednesday, a hostage held by the teen killer for two hours revealed details of his terrifying experience to newsmagazine Stern.

RWE to sell chunk of German gas grid
Germany

RWE to sell chunk of German gas grid

Energy company RWE is selling its German gas grid following a formal complaint by the European Commission on Wednesday.

Currywurst museum coming to Berlin
Germany

Currywurst museum coming to Berlin

The Currywurst – Germany’s answer to the hotdog – will soon receive the acknowledgement it deserves after a museum dedicated to the sausage treat opens in Berlin this summer.

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Sweden

Sony Ericsson divorce imminent: report

Swedish mobile equipment maker Ericsson may soon be pulling out of its mobile handset partnership with Japanese electronics giant Sony, according to media reports.

BMW blames crisis for failure to come up with 2009 forecast
Germany

BMW blames crisis for failure to come up with 2009 forecast

German luxury car maker BMW said Wednesday the current economic crisis prevented it from giving a detailed 2009 outlook but insisted that its medium-term targets were achievable.

Music industry demands Germany fight internet piracy
Germany

Music industry demands Germany fight internet piracy

The German music industry on Wednesday called for the German government to combat internet piracy.

Space tourist flights from Sweden ‘by 2012’
Sweden

Space tourist flights from Sweden ‘by 2012’

Potential space tourists eager to blast off from northern Sweden will soon be able to purchase tickets at the country’s Ice Hotel for launches set to start in 2012.

Sex offender website reported to police
Sweden

Sex offender website reported to police

Sweden’s Data Inspection Board (Datainspektionen – DI) has filed a complaint with the police about a website which posts information about sex offenders run by the Original Gangsters criminal gang.

Three East German authors named for National Prize
Germany

Three East German authors named for National Prize

Three authors from formerly communist East Germany have been named to receive the German National Prize in 2009, which marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Sweden

Somali insurgent group led by a Swede

A Swedish citizen of Somali origin previously held in Sweden on terror financing suspicions has returned to his homeland to assume a leadership position in a newly created armed insurgent movement.

Swimsuit rules ‘sexist’: Swedish swimmer
Sweden

Swimsuit rules ‘sexist’: Swedish swimmer

Swimmer Therese Alshammar has slammed as 'sexist' new rules preventing swimmers from wearing two swimsuits, which led to the Swede being stripped of a new world record on Tuesday.

Berlin’s Charité hospital downplays organic Viagra claim
Germany

Berlin’s Charité hospital downplays organic Viagra claim

Berlin’s Charité Hospital on Wednesday told The Local it has distanced itself from a medical student who claimed earlier this week that one of its institutes had developed an organic alternative to Viagra.

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Sweden

Nurse gets injury payout after 36 years

A Swedish nurse who contracted Hepatitis C after coming into contact with an infected needle has had the cause of her sickness recognized by the authorities as a workplace injury after a 36 year wait.

Tram driver fined for sending photos of his genitals to passengers
Germany

Tram driver fined for sending photos of his genitals to passengers

A court in the southwestern German city of Karlsruhe has fined a tram driver €1,800 for sending pictures of his genitals to passengers in his train via Bluetooth.

Majority of Germans support stricter gun control
Germany

Majority of Germans support stricter gun control

One week after the deadly school massacre in Winnenden, a poll released on Wednesday shows an overwhelming majority of Germans support stricter gun control.

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Sweden

Liberal Party looking to reduce Migration Board’s influence

A working group within the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) wants to strip the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) of its power to appoint legal representatives to asylum seekers.

Record high voter confidence for Reinfeldt: poll
Sweden

Record high voter confidence for Reinfeldt: poll

Confidence in Fredrik Reinfeldt has climbed by more than 10 percentage points in the last 12 months, with a record high 52 percent of voters supporting the Swedish prime minister.

Hertha tops league amid history of bankruptcy, bombs and bribery
Germany

Hertha tops league amid history of bankruptcy, bombs and bribery

The German capital's leading football club Hertha Berlin has overcome its colourful history of bankruptcy, bombs and bribery to find itself in the unusual position atop the Bundesliga this season.

Xenophobia widespread among German youth
Germany

Xenophobia widespread among German youth

A new study released this week shows xenophobic attitudes are widespread among German youth and many of the country’s teenagers have far-right extremist and anti-Semitic leanings.