Study uncovers 205 cases of Jesuit abuse
Germany

Study uncovers 205 cases of Jesuit abuse

At least 205 children suffered sexual or physical abuse at Jesuit-run German institutions in recent decades, often with those in charge aware, according to a study released Thursday.

Deutsche Bank chief warns against labelling bankers immoral
Germany

Deutsche Bank chief warns against labelling bankers immoral

The head of Germany's biggest bank said Thursday it was dangerous to paint banks as immoral institutions that do not contribute to the economy.

US demands Germany boost EU economy
Germany

US demands Germany boost EU economy

US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told German officials in talks in Berlin on Thursday that Europe could no longer expect US consumers to support the global economy alone.

Flagellating the Fatherland
Germany

Flagellating the Fatherland

The New York Times on Thursday blasted Germany for its reaction to the Greek debt crisis. But the paper’s criticism of Berlin is naïve and flawed, argues The Local’s Marc Young in an editorial rebuttal.

Köhler under fire for ‘economic war’ remarks
Germany

Köhler under fire for ‘economic war’ remarks

German President Horst Köhler sparked a political storm on Thursday by suggesting Germany’s military involvement in Afghanistan was partly motivated by its economic interests rather than solely to guarantee its security.

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Sweden

Spotify boost for Swedish music firm coffers

Swedish online music service Spotify is starting to become a major revenue stream for Swedish music companies as digital sales are forecast to account for 25 percent of income in 2010.

Armed men hit Stockholm auctioneers
Sweden

Armed men hit Stockholm auctioneers

The Bukowski auction house in central Stockholm was raided on Thursday lunchtime with the thieves reported to have made off with 12 million kronor ($1.5 million) in looted jewellery.

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Sweden

Strike grounds Swedish domestic flights

Thousands of passengers on Swedish internal flights are facing delays and cancellations after 230 pilots working for four regional airlines went on strike on Thursday morning.

Organic food neither healthier nor tastier, watchdog finds
Germany

Organic food neither healthier nor tastier, watchdog finds

Organic food, widely assumed to be healthier than conventional groceries, usually have no nutritional advantage at all, according to a comprehensive study released Thursday by German consumer organisation Stiftung Warentest.

Daimler announces electric car joint venture with China’s BYD
Germany

Daimler announces electric car joint venture with China’s BYD

German luxury carmaker Daimler announced on Thursday it was starting a joint venture with Chinese auto group BYD (Build Your Dreams) to mass produce electric cars in China.

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Sweden

Mankell joins Swedish ‘Ship to Gaza’

The author Henning Mankell is among eleven Swedes on the Ship to Gaza - a flotilla of small ships heading to Gaza over the Mediterranean aiming to raise awareness and show solidarity for the Palestinian people.

Mysterious property tycoon chokes in own hotel
Germany

Mysterious property tycoon chokes in own hotel

A publicity-shy German hotelier worth a reported €600 million choked to death on a piece of meat in Hamburg's luxury Atlantic Hotel, police confirmed Thursday morning.

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Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: May 28th – June 3rd

What’s on in Sweden: Irish theatre in Stockholm, monster trucks in Gothenburg and Chris Isaak croons in Malmö.

Daniel could be made HRH: report
Sweden

Daniel could be made HRH: report

Crown Princess Victoria’s fiancé Daniel Westling could be granted the title His Royal Highness, according to reports.

Brandenburg on alert as floodwaters rise
Germany

Brandenburg on alert as floodwaters rise

Fears the swollen Oder River could burst its banks following massive flooding in Poland intensified Thursday morning, with Brandenburg authorities announcing the maximum threat level.

Sweden sacks aid agency chief in major overhaul
Sweden

Sweden sacks aid agency chief in major overhaul

The Swedish government has sacked the director-general of the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), Anders Nordström, and announced a major overhaul of the sternly criticised public authority.

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Sweden

Poll blow for Social Democrats

A new poll shows Sweden’s opposition Social Democrats have fallen to their lowest level of support since the 2006 election.

What’s on in Germany: May 27 – June 2
Germany

What’s on in Germany: May 27 – June 2

This week's highlights: Film Festivals in Berlin, Frankfurt, and Hamburg, zoo history in Cologne and Polaroids in Düsseldorf.

Greens moot scaling down German military
Germany

Greens moot scaling down German military

Germany needed to consider reducing the size of its armed forces, the opposition Greens said on Thursday.

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Sweden

Swedes depart church in droves

Swedes continue to turn their backs on the Church of Sweden with new figures indicating that the longer term fall in members has now started to hit baptisms and weddings.

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Sweden

Warhol work ‘missing’ from Stockholm museum

Stockholm's Moderna Museet has been roundly criticised by the Swedish National Audit Office (Riksrevisionen) for inadequate control of its collections, after it emerged that a work by US pop artist Andy Warhol has disappeared, the Svenska Dagbladet daily reports.

Lahm to lead Germany in World Cup
Germany

Lahm to lead Germany in World Cup

Bayern defender Philipp Lahm will lead Germany in the football World Cup in South Africa in the wake of captain Michael Ballack’s injury, media reported Thursday.

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Sweden

Liberals propose state unemployment insurance

The Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) has reiterated its call for a state-run unemployment insurance fund, party leader Jan Björklund has confirmed.

Delays expected amid Berlin airport strikes
Germany

Delays expected amid Berlin airport strikes

Delays were expected at Berlin’s airports Thursday morning after some ground staff went on strike as a warning shot over failed wage negotiations, the trade union has announced.