Merkel prepared to join Opel negotiations
Germany

Merkel prepared to join Opel negotiations

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is prepared to take a personal role in the talks over the takeover of General Motors' embattled subsidiary Opel, her spokesman said on Wednesday.

Many Swedish students failing maths: report
Sweden

Many Swedish students failing maths: report

More than one in ten Swedish school pupils fall below minimum standards for entering high school, according to new statistics from the Swedish Board of Education (Skolverket).

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Sweden

Sweden pledges aid money to Palestinians

Sweden has agreed to pay direct support of 50 million kronor ($6.9 million) to the beleaguered Palestinian Authority, the foreign ministry announced on Wednesday.

East German Trabant revs up for comeback
Germany

East German Trabant revs up for comeback

One of the most iconic products of communist East Germany, a little car called the Trabant, will make a comeback at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt this September. And this time it’s electric.

Smacking kids is never acceptable: Swedish politician
Sweden

Smacking kids is never acceptable: Swedish politician

Thirty years have passed since Sweden banned parents from smacking their children. But Liberal Party MP Helena Bargholtz is dismayed to learn that New Zealand is holding a referendum to reintroduce the practice.

Tragic Berlin Wall tunnel heroes honoured
Germany

Tragic Berlin Wall tunnel heroes honoured

Nearly 20 years after the Berlin Wall fell, two men who tried to spirit their East German families to freedom in the West were honoured in a moving ceremony on Wednesday. AFP's Deborah Cole reports on a daring escape attempt and tragic love story.

Father of starved toddler refuses to talk
Germany

Father of starved toddler refuses to talk

The father of a three-year-old girl who died of starvation in Bavaria this week has refused to talk with the authorities and remained silent before a judge on Wednesday, as he was accused of negligent manslaughter.

Police clear animal rights protestors from lab site
Germany

Police clear animal rights protestors from lab site

Police in Hannover on Wednesday removed 26 protestors from a site where a pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim is slated to build a lab to test animal vaccinations.

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Sweden

Baby girl died of massive overdose

The baby which died in an alleged mercy killing at Astrid Lindgren's Children's Hospital in Stockholm was given a massive overdose of pain killers, a new report by the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) has concluded.

Poisonous plant found in Plus market salad
Germany

Poisonous plant found in Plus market salad

A customer purchasing rocket salad at German supermarket Plus was surprised to find a poisonous plant in the package as well, the discount chain confirmed to The Local on Wednesday.

Economy Ministry under fire for outsourcing bank law
Germany

Economy Ministry under fire for outsourcing bank law

German politicians lambasted the Economy Ministry on Wednesday for outsourcing a draft legislation to a law firm, calling it “suspicious” and “unprofessional,” news magazine Der Spiegel reported.

Madonna aftermath: ‘People were vomiting and fights broke out’
Sweden

Madonna aftermath: ‘People were vomiting and fights broke out’

Madonna's concert in Copenhagen on Tuesday finished in tumultuous scenes as Swedish fans tried to return home by train.

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Sweden

Skindeep, Humlegårdsgatan 5

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Sweden

T-Shirt Store, Virkesvägen 3


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Sweden

Hattbaren, Götgatan 39

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Sweden

Swedish property market at ten-year low

The Swedish commercial property market has ground to a halt with completed deals continuing to decline. The private residential market has returned to normal however.

Golfer’s wet ball prompts revealing underwear challenge
Sweden

Golfer’s wet ball prompts revealing underwear challenge

Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson's recent golf course strip show has prompted underwear maker Björn Borg to pick up the pace in its photographic hunt for international pant-wearing “Swedish exports”.

Space official backs German moon mission
Germany

Space official backs German moon mission

Germany should send an unmanned mission to the moon by 2015, according to government aerospace coordinator Peter Hintze, who will present his plan to the cabinet on Wednesday.

Luxury designer Escada filing for insolvency
Germany

Luxury designer Escada filing for insolvency

German luxury fashion group Escada will have to file for insolvency this week due to €70.3 million in debt and falling sales, the company announced in Munich.

‘Elk explosion’ in southern Sweden
Sweden

‘Elk explosion’ in southern Sweden

Hunters in the south of Sweden have reported an 'explosion' in the elk population in the wake of winter storm Gudrun that swept through the region in 2005.

SAS slashes workforce to save cash
Sweden

SAS slashes workforce to save cash

Scandinavian airline SAS has announced cuts of 1,000 to 1,500 jobs as part of a new austerity programme to shave 2 billion kronor ($274 million) off its outgoings.

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Sweden

Healthy pupil forced to endure special school

A pupil in Hässleholm in southern Sweden spent seven years in a special school despite not having an intellectual disability. The pupil's parents tried to get their son moved to a regular school but were refused.

World Cocktail Championship shakes up Berlin
Germany

World Cocktail Championship shakes up Berlin

"No naked flames or juggling props,” and "garnishes to consist only of edible fruits, vegetables and herbs,” were just two of the rules at the 35th World Cocktail Championships that climaxed late on Tuesday in a hail of ice, bottles and shakers.

Berlin threatens to pull plug on free WiFi plan
Germany

Berlin threatens to pull plug on free WiFi plan

A plan to provide free wireless internet across Berlin is on the verge of being taken offline, daily newspaper Berliner Morgenpost reported this week.

Signed copy of Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ up for auction
Germany

Signed copy of Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ up for auction

A signed, early edition of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" is expected to sell for up to 20,000 pounds (€23,000) when it goes under the hammer in Britain Thursday, auctioneers said.

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Sweden

‘Hijackers could remain on board’: coastguard

A group of masked men alleged to have hijacked the ship the Arctic Sea off the coast of Sweden last month could have remained on board the vessel when it passed through the English Channel, the British coastguard has claimed.