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Sweden

Stockholm restaurant secures second Michelin star

Stockholm restaurant Frantzén/Lindeberg has been awarded a precious second Guide Michelin star just two years after serving its first meal.

Electricity prices to rise for every fifth household
Germany

Electricity prices to rise for every fifth household

Every fifth German household will face rising electricity prices in the coming weeks, a consumer report said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Carnegie traders charged over price fixing

Three former traders at Carnegie have been charged with illegal price manipulation carried out in the years before the Swedish investment bank's forced nationalization.

Deutsche’s Ackermann pockets €10 mln for 2009
Germany

Deutsche’s Ackermann pockets €10 mln for 2009

Deutsche Bank announced on Tuesday the 2009 compensation package for CEO Josef Ackermann was nearly €10 million ($14 million), but 70 percent of this would depend on future performance.

Dutch populist Wilders ‘unwelcome’ in Eifel town
Germany

Dutch populist Wilders ‘unwelcome’ in Eifel town

The Dutch anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders has been told he is “not welcome” in the western German town of Monschau after he spent the weekend in the Eifel region.

Spring is (hopefully) on the way
Germany

Spring is (hopefully) on the way

Spring is finally on its way to Germany after a particularly long and brutal winter. Warm winds could raise temperatures to a balmy 20 degrees Celsius by the end of the week, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

Republicans call for elk to dethrone cash king
Sweden

Republicans call for elk to dethrone cash king

The Swedish Republican Association (Republikanska Föreningen) has called on the central bank to ditch the royals on the country's coins and bank notes in favour of majestic beasts and giants of science and literature.

Popular Passion play bad for Bavarian barbers
Germany

Popular Passion play bad for Bavarian barbers

Once every 10 years, the Bavarian village of Oberammergau crucifies Jesus all over again and local hairdressers nearly go out of business.

Student expresses regret over massacre threat
Sweden

Student expresses regret over massacre threat

A 33-year-old man arrested in connection with a massacre threat at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm on Monday has expressed "deep regret" over his actions.

Röttgen could strip authority of nuclear waste storage duties
Germany

Röttgen could strip authority of nuclear waste storage duties

German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen is reportedly considering stripping the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) of its nuclear waste duties to expedite storage at the controversial Gorleben site.

Sahlin seeks clarification on Sweden’s NATO ties
Sweden

Sahlin seeks clarification on Sweden’s NATO ties

Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin has demanded clarification from the government over Sweden's relationship to the NATO military alliance.

US rage as Clinton opts for Swedish crystal
Sweden

US rage as Clinton opts for Swedish crystal

Swedish glass maker Orrefors Kosta Boda has landed a $5.4 million contract to supply fine crystal stemware to US embassies worldwide.

Doctor shortage alarms military commissioner
Germany

Doctor shortage alarms military commissioner

Reinhold Robbe, Germany’s outgoing parliamentary commissioner for the Bundeswehr, on Tuesday raised alarm over a shortage of military doctors and lacking equipment for the country's soldiers.

SPD attacked over Hartz IV proposals
Germany

SPD attacked over Hartz IV proposals

Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen blasted the opposition Social Democrats’ proposals for reforming Hartz IV welfare benefits Tuesday as a “backward” vision that aimed to make recipients “as comfortable as possible.”

Court rejects pub ban on biker gang logos
Sweden

Court rejects pub ban on biker gang logos

A Swedish court has rejected as unconstitutional a ban on the wearing of biker gang emblems in bars and pubs, Sveriges Radio reports.

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Sweden

Sweden offers refuge to exiled Iranian activist

Iranian journalist and women's rights activist Parvin Ardalan has accepted Sweden's offer of refuge after she was sentenced to several jail terms in her native country.

Germany slaps down France over trade claims
Germany

Germany slaps down France over trade claims

Germany hit back on Tuesday at French claims that Berlin was squeezing salaries to boost its trade surplus at the expense of eurozone partners.

Church suspends priest whom Benedict helped
Germany

Church suspends priest whom Benedict helped

The Catholic priest at the centre of a paedophilia scandal that has embroiled Pope Benedict XVI was suspended from duty late Monday amid revelations he was still working with children 25 years after he was convicted of sexual abuse.

Abba joins Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame
Sweden

Abba joins Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame

Swedish pop group Abba were among an eclectic slew of artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York on Monday.

Two remanded over cartoon murder plot
Sweden

Two remanded over cartoon murder plot

Two men arrested in Ireland last week in connection with a plot to murder Swedish artist Lars Vilks were remanded into custody on Monday.