Consumer group urges users to ditch Facebook
Germany

Consumer group urges users to ditch Facebook

Anti-Facebook feelings in Germany grew Wednesday as a major consumer group urged people to abandon the social networking website unless it scraps planned changes to its privacy policy.

Bilingual schools give kids the edge
Sweden

Bilingual schools give kids the edge

How do you raise a bilingual child? The most effective method is to immerse them in the language from the youngest age possible. As Nic Townsend discovers, this is exactly what Futuraskolan, a company operating seven Swedish schools and preschools, strives to do.

‘Don’t separate elderly couples’: Minister
Sweden

‘Don’t separate elderly couples’: Minister

Public health minister Maria Larsson has called for a new law forcing local councils to jointly house older couples following a spate of high profile cases in which people requiring elderly care have been separated from their partners.

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Sweden

Trains delayed by porn-surfing rail worker

A 52-year-old rail worker reprimanded two years ago for visiting pornographic websites at work has escaped with just a second warning despite repeatedly causing trains to be delayed in eastern Sweden.

Two men charged for Iran missile parts exports
Germany

Two men charged for Iran missile parts exports

German prosecutors said on Wednesday they have charged two men for exporting equipment to Iran intended for use in making long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

Ten-year-old pulls knife on police officers
Germany

Ten-year-old pulls knife on police officers

A 10-year-old boy pulled a knife on federal police officers in the southern German town of Bad Bellingen on Wednesday after they tried to lecture him for making mischief near train tracks.

Daimler launches alliance with Renault and Nissan
Germany

Daimler launches alliance with Renault and Nissan

German carmaker Daimler on Wednesday launched a new partnership with France's Renault and Japan's Nissan aimed at saving billions of euros and accelerating sales of environmentally friendly electric cars.

Swedish couples pay the price of marriage
Sweden

Swedish couples pay the price of marriage

Some 48,000 Swedes tied the marital knot in 2009, with most couples footing the bill themselves, a new report from Synovate shows.

Taxman rakes in hundreds of millions thanks to stolen bank data
Germany

Taxman rakes in hundreds of millions thanks to stolen bank data

Germany is still raking in hundreds of millions of euros from tax dodgers thanks to stolen Liechtenstein bank information purchased in 2008, just as new Swiss data is scaring droves of offenders to turn themselves in.

Larsson cools talk of Celtic switch
Sweden

Larsson cools talk of Celtic switch

Henrik Larsson, the former Sweden and Celtic striker, has played down talk linking him to the vacant manager's position at the Glasgow club.

The Best of the Rhineland in April
Germany

The Best of the Rhineland in April

This month Rhine-online, the Rhineland’s leading English-language website, gazes at the Moon in the Ruhrpott, celebrates style on the streets of Cologne, and dances a little Flamenco in Düsseldorf.

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Sweden

Swedes return to restaurants and cafés

Turnover at Swedish restaurants and cafés increased by 3.2 percent and 6.8 percent respectively in February as the economy continues to show signs of recovery, according to a new report from Statistics Sweden (SCB).

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Sweden

Man arrested over Kosovo war crimes

A man has been arrested in western Sweden on suspicion of aggravated war crimes, with an alternative charge of murder, in connection with the Kosovo war in 1999.

What’s on in Germany: April 8 – 14
Germany

What’s on in Germany: April 8 – 14

This Week's Highlights: A night of opera and theatre in Berlin, a festival of light in Frankfurt, and the circus comes to Cologne.

‘We thought he was sleeping,’ corpse smugglers say
Germany

‘We thought he was sleeping,’ corpse smugglers say

Two German women arrested in Britain after allegedly trying to smuggle a dead relative onto a flight to Berlin have insisted they thought the man was simply asleep.

BMW unveils plans for US carbon-fibre plant
Germany

BMW unveils plans for US carbon-fibre plant

The world's leading luxury car company, BMW, is to join with the SGL Group to build a high-tech carbon fibre factory in the US state of Washington to supply material for electric cars.

Suspect remanded for Landskrona killing
Sweden

Suspect remanded for Landskrona killing

The 23-year-old man suspected of the fatal beating of a 78-year-old woman in a Landskrona car park last week has been remanded into custody on charges of aggravated involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.

Experts attack health minister’s plan to rope in rural doctors
Germany

Experts attack health minister’s plan to rope in rural doctors

Health Minister Philipp Rösler came under heavy criticism on Wednesday for his suggestion to create a university quota to encourage medical students to become country doctors in rural areas struggling to treat their populations.

New test reveals risks for pregnant women
Sweden

New test reveals risks for pregnant women

Swedish researchers have discovered a new way of establishing at an early stage which women run the risk of toxaemia (pre-eclampsia) during pregnancy.

Police moot online version of 110 emergency call service
Germany

Police moot online version of 110 emergency call service

In the face of growing internet crime, Germany’s professional police association (BDK) wants to create an online emergency call system, a media report said on Wednesday.

Westerwelle calls US nuclear policy ‘brave’
Germany

Westerwelle calls US nuclear policy ‘brave’

The new more restrictive US policy on the use of nuclear weapons is a courageous step towards disarmament, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said late on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Sleeping baby found on snowmobile trail

A couple were out on their snowmobile near Ammarnäs in northern Sweden on Tuesday when they stumbled upon a six-month-old baby laying fast asleep on the track in front of their vehicle.

Auschwitz theft suspect extradited ‘this week’
Sweden

Auschwitz theft suspect extradited ‘this week’

Former Swedish neo-Nazi Anders Högström is to be extradited to Poland this week to answer charges in connection with the theft of the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign from the Auschwitz death camp, a prosecutor said on Tuesday.