Eurovision scores make star of ‘hot’ runner up
Sweden

Eurovision scores make star of ‘hot’ runner up

Sweden’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest might have disappeared without trace in last week’s competition, but now a runner-up is belatedly rescuing Swedish pride by becoming a European sensation - thanks to a one-minute appearance during the music jamboree.

ECB heavyweights tangle over bond purchases
Germany

ECB heavyweights tangle over bond purchases

The French head of the European Central Bank on Monday differed sharply with his possible German successor over a radical switch of ECB policy to buy up government bonds which critics say could stoke inflation.

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Sweden

University in quest to return Sami bones

A major project is underway at Uppsala University to try and return the remains of Sami people used for racial biology research.

Horst Köhler profile: The modest but outspoken president
Germany

Horst Köhler profile: The modest but outspoken president

Horst Köhler, whose resignation as Germany's president Monday shocked the nation, was rarely shy of expressing an opinion on political issues - a trait that eventually brought him down.

Saab unveils new Saab 9-5 to journalists
Sweden

Saab unveils new Saab 9-5 to journalists

After many months of waiting, 250 foreign journalists visited Trollhättan on Monday to test Saab Automobile's new flagship vehicle, the new second-generation Saab 9-5.

Hardware stores beat crisis as Germans take to nesting
Germany

Hardware stores beat crisis as Germans take to nesting

Overall retail sales in Germany may have dropped by almost 2 percent for 2009 following the financial crisis, but most hardware stores actually increased their sales by 0.7 percent, a media report said on Monday.

Deadly Israeli commando raid shocks Merkel
Germany

Deadly Israeli commando raid shocks Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday said Israel's deadly raid on an aid convoy bound for the Gaza Strip had left her shocked and concerned about the fate of six Germans including two MPs.

Mankell status unknown after aid convoy attack
Sweden

Mankell status unknown after aid convoy attack

The whereabouts of Swedish author Henning Mankell and the other ten Swedish activists onboard ships in the Gaza aid flotilla attacked by Israeli troops in international waters, remained unknown as the ships began to dock on Monday afternoon.

President Köhler resigns
Germany

President Köhler resigns

German President Horst Köhler announced his surprise resignation on Monday after appearing to suggest the country's unpopular Afghanistan mission was partly motivated by commercial interests.

Four dead after small plane crash in North Rhine-Westphalia
Germany

Four dead after small plane crash in North Rhine-Westphalia

Four people are dead after a small airplane crashed into a forest near Bielefeld in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, police there reported on Monday.

Red Cross chief appeals fraud conviction
Sweden

Red Cross chief appeals fraud conviction

Johan af Donner, the former communications chief of the Swedish Red Cross sentenced to five years in prison for swindling the organization out of millions of kronor, has appealed the district court sentence.

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Sweden

Swedes confident despite debt crisis

Swedish businesses and consumers remain confident about the prospects for the economy, despite the debt crisis in the eurozone, according to a new report.

Shopping baskets flunk hygiene test
Sweden

Shopping baskets flunk hygiene test

Next time you head to the supermarket, make sure that baguette doesn't touch the side of the basket - a new study has shown that many shopping baskets have almost the same bacteria levels as the store floors.

Tauss leaves Pirate Party after child pornography conviction
Germany

Tauss leaves Pirate Party after child pornography conviction

Former parliamentarian Jörg Tauss, the most prominent member of the German Pirate Party, has resigned from the party following his conviction for possessing child pornography last week.

40,000 welcome Eurovision winner Lena in Hannover
Germany

40,000 welcome Eurovision winner Lena in Hannover

A crowd of 40,000 welcomed home Lena Meyer-Landrut, Germany’s winner of the Eurovision song contest, in Hannover on Sunday afternoon, as her musical mentor Stefan Raab suggested she could defend her title next year.

Swedish town hopes for Russian revival
Sweden

Swedish town hopes for Russian revival

Sorsele, a town in the far north of Sweden, is hoping to attract highly-qualified Russian immigrants in a move aimed at arresting depopulation and ensure the municipality's future.

Labour minister moots community service for long-term jobless
Germany

Labour minister moots community service for long-term jobless

Federal Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Monday presented a new plan to give community service jobs to some 33,000 unemployed with “miserable” placement chances.

FDP open to Rhineland ‘traffic light’ coalition
Germany

FDP open to Rhineland ‘traffic light’ coalition

The pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) have expressed a new willingness to form a so-called “traffic light coalition” with the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and the environmentalist Greens in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, a media report said on Monday.

Sweden calls on Israel to clarify aid convoy attack
Sweden

Sweden calls on Israel to clarify aid convoy attack

Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt has summoned the Israeli ambassador to explain reports that Israeli armed forces have boarded the Freedom Flottila ships heading to Gaza, killing at least ten people.

Federer wary of Swede Söderling
Sweden

Federer wary of Swede Söderling

Despite a 100 percent career record, world number one Roger Federer says it would be a fatal mistake to under-estimate Robin Söderling in their French Open quarter-final.