Environment ministers gather in Bonn to save climate talks
Germany

Environment ministers gather in Bonn to save climate talks

More than three dozen environment ministers are to meet near Bonn this weekend in a bid to revive global climate talks left mangled and moribund after the UN summit in Copenhagen.

Swedish pavilion at Expo aims to strengthen country’s brand
Sweden

Swedish pavilion at Expo aims to strengthen country’s brand

The Swedish Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo, which opens on Saturday in Shanghai, aims to both increase Sweden's visibility in China and promote trade in the country.

Bergström and Prince Charles invited to royal wedding pre-party
Sweden

Bergström and Prince Charles invited to royal wedding pre-party

Two unexpected names have cropped up on the invitation list to the official pre-party for royal wedding couple Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling: Jonas Bergström, Princess Madeleine's former fiancé, and Emma Pernald, who dated Prince Carl Philip until a year ago.

Facing a century: 100 German portraits
Germany

Facing a century: 100 German portraits

A new book of portraits features the storied faces and fascinating tales of 100 German centenarians who participated in a genetics study. Kristen Allen spoke with photographer Andreas Labes about putting a human face on science.

Police save 15-year-old girl from forced marriage
Germany

Police save 15-year-old girl from forced marriage

Police saved a 15-year-old Hamburg girl from a forced marriage this week, freeing her from the family home of her husband-to-be, a spokesman told The Local on Friday.

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Sweden

Nightmare start for BP chairman Svanberg

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a tough start for Swedish BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg, who started in January.

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Sweden

Officials threatened over wolf hunt

Almost half of the public officials working with wild animal control in the five counties that permit wolf hunting have received death threats or other forms of harassment, according to a report by the Sveriges Radio Kaliber programme.

Swedish monarchy losing support: poll
Sweden

Swedish monarchy losing support: poll

A increasing number of Swedes want to see an abolition of the monarchy and an elected head of state, a new Novus Opinion report published on Friday shows.

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Sweden

May in Sweden: A nation back in bloom

The Year in Sweden - May: Journalist Kim Loughran sketches a month by month account of the country he has called home ever since his accidental migration in 1966.

Schäuble to urge banks to join Greek bailout
Germany

Schäuble to urge banks to join Greek bailout

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble wants to meet over the weekend with private German bank directors to encourage them to contribute to a Greek financial rescue plan, a press report said on Friday.

‘Die Fremde’ takes top honours at Tribeca Film Festival
Germany

‘Die Fremde’ takes top honours at Tribeca Film Festival

New German film “Die Fremde,” or “When We Leave,” took home two top awards for Best Narrative Feature and Best Actress on Thursday night at the ninth annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

Retailer Metro’s profits edge higher as economy improves
Germany

Retailer Metro’s profits edge higher as economy improves

Germany's third largest global retail chain Metro said Friday that its first quarter sales and pre-tax profit edged higher owing to a pick-up in many of its markets.

Pensioner fined €14,000 for ‘ass bombing’ pool
Germany

Pensioner fined €14,000 for ‘ass bombing’ pool

A pensioner from the state of Rhineland-Palatinate has reportedly been fined €14,000 for repeatedly doing Arschbomben, or “ass bombs,” the German equivalent of cannonballs, at a public swimming pool.

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Sweden

Bribery scandal rocks Gothenburg

Sweden's anti-corruption unit has opened an investigation into allegations of aggravated bribery against several officials in Gothenburg after revelations by Sveriges Television (SVT) concerning a construction magnate.

Upping the Antifa: Leftist riots feared for May Day
Germany

Upping the Antifa: Leftist riots feared for May Day

A recent surge in politically motivated violence by leftist radicals has German authorities holding their breath ahead of May 1, the traditional day of worker protest. David Wroe reports on the simmering anger on the far left.

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Sweden

Web TV use hits new heights

Swedes are increasingly turning their backs on the traditional television set in favour of online and mobile sources, a new report from Mediavision shows.

Teen expelled from Catholic school for leaving Church
Germany

Teen expelled from Catholic school for leaving Church

A 17-year-old girl has been expelled from her Catholic high school in the Bavarian town of Illertissen because she chose to leave the Church.

Bayern Munich edges toward treble dream
Germany

Bayern Munich edges toward treble dream

Bayern Munich hope to take another step closer to a historic treble on Saturday when they face relegation-threatened Bochum in the Bundesliga.

Minister: Catholic Church should investigate
Sweden

Minister: Catholic Church should investigate

After a series of reports of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church of Sweden, Bishop Anders Arborelius wants the state to investigate, but the church minister has expressed reluctance, arguing that the church can manage on its own.

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Sweden

Police dismiss robbery in progress as ‘stag night’

When police received a call about an ongoing robbery at a shopping centre in Norrköping in eastern Sweden they dismissed the report as stag night antics and declined to send a unit, according to the local Norrköpings Tidningar daily.

Opposition pulls away in new poll
Sweden

Opposition pulls away in new poll

The left-green opposition has increased its lead over the Alliance government to 8.1 percentage points, a new voter survey by Synovate shows.