Lars Vilks attacked during lecture
Sweden

Lars Vilks attacked during lecture

Artist Lars Vilks, who caused controversy by drawing cartoons that depicted the prophet Muhammad as a dog, has been attacked while giving a lecture at Uppsala University.

Euro membership a distant prospect
Sweden

Euro membership a distant prospect

In September 2003 the Swedish electorate voted by a resounding majority against surrendering the krona in favour of the euro; six and half years later as the eurozone economies have been forced to underwrite a €750 million bailout of Greece, this popular opposition remains strong, and apparently at odds with the mainstream political establishment.

ECB resumes dollar loans to eurozone banks
Germany

ECB resumes dollar loans to eurozone banks

The European Central Bank in Frankfurt on Tuesday resumed loans of US dollars following an agreement with the US Federal Reserve that is part of a massive EU plan to save the euro.

Libeskind extension for Berlin Jewish Museum unveiled
Germany

Libeskind extension for Berlin Jewish Museum unveiled

Berlin's Jewish Museum on Tuesday unveiled an extension to its striking building by Star US architect Daniel Libeskind, which will be used in its growing role in teaching people about the Holocaust.

Shoe fetishist fox plundering townsfolk’s footwear
Germany

Shoe fetishist fox plundering townsfolk’s footwear

A fox famous for stealing hundreds of shoes from homes in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate is on the prowl once again this spring, regional authorities reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Rental shortage in large parts of Sweden

Demand for rental apartments has continued to outstrip supply in large parts of Sweden, according to a new report.

Saab to rehire laid-off workers
Sweden

Saab to rehire laid-off workers

Swedish carmaker Saab Automobile has said it will rehire 187 people laid off last April, following negotiations with unions.

Bundeswehr lacks chaplains for Muslim and Jewish soldiers
Germany

Bundeswehr lacks chaplains for Muslim and Jewish soldiers

The German military is becoming increasingly multicultural, but the Bundeswehr reportedly has yet to provide chaplains for its growing ranks of Muslims and Jews.

Teens accused of raping girl on London class trip
Germany

Teens accused of raping girl on London class trip

British authorities have arrested two Lübeck students after the teenagers allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl and filmed the incident on a cell phone while attending a class trip in London, a media report said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Stolen Milles statue found in woods

A bronze statue by Swedish sculptor Carl Milles, which was stolen from outside Gothenburg's Sahlgrenska University Hospital five years ago, has been found in the woods outside nearby Kungsbacka.

Palace guards in uniform pants appeal
Sweden

Palace guards in uniform pants appeal

The Royal Court has sought the help of the Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) to lend appropriate attire for the guards at the new Haga Palace home of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling, as their trousers have not yet arrived.

Naked and pregnant Claudia Schiffer adorns Vogue
Germany

Naked and pregnant Claudia Schiffer adorns Vogue

The German edition of fashion magazine Vogue has devoted its entire June edition to ageing supermodel Claudia Schiffer – adorning the cover with a naked portrait just weeks before she is expected to give birth to her third child.

Stockholm markets recoil on debt crisis concerns
Sweden

Stockholm markets recoil on debt crisis concerns

The Stockholm stock exchange followed markets across Europe and Asia downwards on Tuesday morning after a day of significant gains on Monday and indicating that the recent turbulence remains.

Free Democrats plumb new poll depths
Germany

Free Democrats plumb new poll depths

The pro-business Free Democrats, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partners, on Tuesday hit a new approval rating low following a bitter defeat in a key state poll in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Deutsche Post Q1 profits surge
Germany

Deutsche Post Q1 profits surge

Deutsche Post, the world's biggest postal and logistics company, said Tuesday that its first quarter net profit leapt by 80 percent to €1.7 billion.

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Sweden

Monster: job vacancies up in April

The number of jobs advertised in Sweden rose in April for the third month running, according to the Monster Employment Index. The number of vacancies was up 17 percent on April last year.

Berlin backs EU aid fund after Obama prodding
Germany

Berlin backs EU aid fund after Obama prodding

Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet on Tuesday approved Germany's share of a trillion-dollar rescue package of loan guarantees for crisis-hit European countries amid reports she had been prodded by US President Barack Obama to take action.

Kurt Ove, 73, lands rare giant herring
Sweden

Kurt Ove, 73, lands rare giant herring

Kurt Ove Eriksson, a 73-year-old fisherman living in Bohuslän in western Sweden, made an unexpected discovery when he went down to his hut by the harbour - a 3.50 metre Giant Oarfish, last seen in Swedish waters 131 years ago.

Brüderle accused of blocking minimum wage for care workers
Germany

Brüderle accused of blocking minimum wage for care workers

Public workers’ union Verdi on Tuesday accused Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle of blocking a new deal to provide a minimum wage for those who care for the sick and elderly.

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Sweden

Swedes fantasize about group sex: study

Swedes are least satisfied with their sex lives while they fantasise the most about group sex, according to a new survey of sexually active people in four Nordic countries.

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Sweden

Britain’s euro bailout stance ‘unrealistic’: Borg

Sweden's Finance Minister Anders Borg argued on Monday that the UK has a clear self-interest in helping to back the European Union bailout fund as London would be hit hard by a bank financing failure.