High-tech pollen forecasting aims to help allergy sufferers
Germany

High-tech pollen forecasting aims to help allergy sufferers

Itchy eyes and runny noses herald the start of what could be a brutal allergy season this spring. Michael Dumiak reports on the German Weather Service’s new high-tech pollen forecasting that will let you know exactly why you’re sneezing.

Couple that abandoned kids in Italy found
Germany

Couple that abandoned kids in Italy found

Italian police have reportedly found the German couple that abandoned three young children earlier this week. The two were picked up alive in a nearby forest.

Young Germans driving spike in English-language book sales
Germany

Young Germans driving spike in English-language book sales

More Germans than ever before are reaching for English-language books - too impatient to wait for the release of German translations and driven by a desire for authenticity.

Man gets off for sleeping with underaged prostitute
Germany

Man gets off for sleeping with underaged prostitute

A Berlin court acquitted a 44-year-old man this week of charges that he sexually abused a 14-year-old girl because she had already been working as a prostitute for three years.

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Sweden

Swedish unemployment rises to 8.3 percent in March

Sweden's unemployment rate climbed to 8.3 percent in March, the fifth consecutive monthly rise and up from 8.0 percent in February, Statistics Sweden (SCB) said on Thursday.

Eating healthy to look fit for summer
Sweden

Eating healthy to look fit for summer

Sponsored article: With the sun shining and beach holidays on the way, Keith Moore looks at the Swedish foods to embrace and avoid to help look svelte in your swimming costume this summer, in association with Planet Fitness.

Fiat preparing to take the wheel at Opel
Germany

Fiat preparing to take the wheel at Opel

Italian carmaker Fiat could sign next week a letter of intent to take control of Opel, a unit of troubled US auto maker General Motors, the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported Thursday.

Protestors block nuclear power plant entrance
Germany

Protestors block nuclear power plant entrance

Activists blocked the entrance to controversial nuclear power plant Neckarwestheim with an 8-metre wall on Thursday.

Police in moonshine raid on Uppsala farm
Sweden

Police in moonshine raid on Uppsala farm

Police raided a farm in Uppland in central Sweden on Wednesday and seized a large quantity of illegal moonshine.

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Sweden

Swedish power grid monopoly faces EU competition probe

Sweden's state-owned power grid operator is to be subjected to an antitrust probe over suspicions that it abused its monopoly, the European Commission announced on Thursday.

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Sweden

Swedish police in major paedophile sting

A man in Uppland in central Sweden is suspected of raping a minor and exploiting more than 70 young girls who were coerced into exposing themselves on the internet. The police investigation has been described as the largest of its kind in Sweden to date.

Home brewers could save Germany’s sacred beer tradition
Germany

Home brewers could save Germany’s sacred beer tradition

The declining variety of German beers is encouraging many people to make their own at home, online brewing retailer Brauen.de reported in honour of Beer Day on Thursday.

Germany facing worst slump since WWII
Germany

Germany facing worst slump since WWII

Germany's economy is poised to shrink by a record six percent this year – the worst recession since World War II – a group of top economic institutes said on Thursday.

Sweden gifts palace to Victoria and Daniel
Sweden

Sweden gifts palace to Victoria and Daniel

The Swedish government announced on Thursday that it is to hand over the use of Haga Palace near Stockholm to Crown Princess Victoria.

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Sweden

Protesters arrested at Malmö anti-Iran demo

Several people were arrested by police at a demonstration against the Iranian regime held in Malmö on Thursday morning.

VW mulling reverse takeover of Porsche
Germany

VW mulling reverse takeover of Porsche

Volkswagen is mulling a takeover of the automotive business of luxury sports car maker Porsche, which would add a new twist in the German industrial saga, press reports said on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: April 23 – 29
Germany

What’s on in Germany: April 23 – 29

This week's highlights: Polish films in Berlin, a night of museums in Frankfurt, and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra rolls through Hamburg.

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Sweden

Swedbank reports huge first quarter losses

Major Swedish bank Swedbank has reported an operating loss of 3.36 billion kronor ($400 million) for the first quarter. The huge losses caused the Stockholm bourse to drop in early trading.

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Sweden

Swiss-Swedish ABB reports profits slump

Swiss-Swedish engineering giant ABB reported a 35 percent slump in net profits during the first three months of this year.

Pirate Bay lawyer calls for retrial
Sweden

Pirate Bay lawyer calls for retrial

A lawyer representing one of the men convicted in the Pirate Bay trial has called for a retrial after reports that the judge was a member of the same copyright protection organisations as several of the main entertainment industry representatives.

Terrorists free elderly hostage after 3 months
Germany

Terrorists free elderly hostage after 3 months

A 77-year-old German tourist has been released by terrorists in Mali after spending almost three months as their captive, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Wednesday evening.

Werder Bremen goalie takes team to cup final
Germany

Werder Bremen goalie takes team to cup final

Goalkeeper Tim Wiese held his nerve to make three consecutive saves as Werder Bremen beat 10-man Hamburg 3-1 on penalties in their German Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Mother of two held over Gamla Stan shooting

The ex-wife of a Swedish aristocrat has been arrested on suspicions that she hired a gunman in an attempt to have her former husband and his new girlfriend killed, Aftonbladet reports.