Uncertain future after bank liquidation
Sweden

Uncertain future after bank liquidation

The administrator of the collapsed HQ Bank has said he wants to find a new owner who can keep the business running.

Ikea to sell second-hand furniture online
Sweden

Ikea to sell second-hand furniture online

Retailing giant Ikea will launch a section to sell used Ikea products with Swedish online classified ad site Blocket.

Love Parade firm posts surveillance video online
Germany

Love Parade firm posts surveillance video online

Organisers of the Love Parade in Duisburg have posted surveillance camera footage of the tragedy that killed 21 people on the internet in an effort to vindicate themselves – but the move has sparked a fresh war of words with the police.

‘Egalitarian’ Stockholm rents feed black market
Sweden

‘Egalitarian’ Stockholm rents feed black market

A charming one-bedroom apartment in one of Stockholm's trendiest neighbourhoods for a mere €410 rent-controlled (3,900 kronor, $520) a month: too good to be true? It was for Johannes, writes AFP's Marc Preel.

Synthetic corneas restore sight: Swedish study
Sweden

Synthetic corneas restore sight: Swedish study

A Swedish study has revealed that biosynthetic corneas can help regenerate and repair damaged eye tissue and improve vision in humans, the Science Translational Medicine reported last week.

Court forces early Schleswig-Holstein vote
Germany

Court forces early Schleswig-Holstein vote

Voters in Schleswig-Holstein will be heading to the polls early after the northern German state top court ordered that elections to be brought forward because electoral law breached its constitution.

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Sweden

Lunch prices climb to record high

Average lunch prices in Sweden have climbed to above 75 kronor ($10) for the first time, while prices vary greatly across the country, a new report by Gastrogate published on Monday shows.

Hungry elephant slings woman across field
Germany

Hungry elephant slings woman across field

A woman in the eastern German city of Jena was flung across a field by a hungry elephant looking for a snack in her purse, according to the police on Monday.

Ibrahimovic blames coach for Barça exit
Sweden

Ibrahimovic blames coach for Barça exit

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has blamed Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola for his premature exit from club.

Isabella Rossellini to lead Berlinale jury
Germany

Isabella Rossellini to lead Berlinale jury

Italian-American actress and director Isabella Rossellini will head the international jury at the 61st Berlin Film Festival from February 10-20, organisers said on Monday.

Holly Hunter to lead Stockholm film fest jury
Sweden

Holly Hunter to lead Stockholm film fest jury

American actress and Academy Award winner Holly Hunter has been appointed to lead the jury at this year's Stockholm International Film Festival, responsible for choosing the winner of the world's literally heaviest film award - the 7.3 kilogramme Bronze Horse.

Clas Ohlson to open up to 200 stores in UK
Sweden

Clas Ohlson to open up to 200 stores in UK

Swedish hardware chain Clas Ohlson is planning to launch an aggressive expansion campaign across the UK of up to 200 stores.

Nordea upbeat on Swedish economy
Sweden

Nordea upbeat on Swedish economy

Sweden's economic recovery is gathering pace and the economy is now close to a return to a normal economic cycle, Nordic bank Nordea has stated in an upbeat new report.

August was rainiest on record
Germany

August was rainiest on record

Germany has experienced its wettest August on record, the German Weather Service (DWD) announced Monday, capping an unsettled summer that also included a sizzling July followed by storms and tornadoes.

Stuttgart 21 protestors arrested for occupying digger
Germany

Stuttgart 21 protestors arrested for occupying digger

Police used a cherry-picker crane Monday morning to pluck three demonstrators from the top of an earth-moving machine where they had been protesting against the controversial Stuttgart 21 rail project.

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Sweden

No rule change despite organ donor decline

The number of organ donors in Sweden has declined for the second consecutive year, and is now at an eight year low, new statistics from the Swedish Council for Organ and Tissue Donation show.

Infineon sells wireless unit to Intel for $1.4 bln
Germany

Infineon sells wireless unit to Intel for $1.4 bln

German chip maker Infineon said Monday it had sold its wireless division to US technology giant Intel in a deal valued at approximately $1.4 billion (€1.1 million).

Sarrazin: Muslims not compatible with Germany
Germany

Sarrazin: Muslims not compatible with Germany

Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin reiterated his criticism of Muslim immigrants on Monday, saying the vast majority were not fit to integrate into German society. Meanwhile the Social Democrats prepared to kick him out of the party.

Doctors reject call for relaxed organ donor rules
Germany

Doctors reject call for relaxed organ donor rules

Doctors have spoken out against calls within the conservative Christian Democrats party to relax organ donation rules, claiming on Monday that such a move would damage the image of organ donation and do more harm than good.

Inter boss plays down rival’s Ibra signing
Sweden

Inter boss plays down rival’s Ibra signing

Rafael Benitez, Inter Milan's new coach, has said that AC Milan's signing of former Inter favourite Zlatan Ibrahimovic from Barcelona would have little long-term effect on the title race.

HQ Bank announces involuntary liquidation
Sweden

HQ Bank announces involuntary liquidation

Swedish investment bank HQ has failed to find a solution to enable it to continue trading and the process of involuntary liquidation has been set in motion, the bank confirmed in a statement.

Merkel flags 15 years for nuclear extension
Germany

Merkel flags 15 years for nuclear extension

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday night that the lifespan of the nation's nuclear power plants should be extended by 10 to 15 years beyond the planned phase-out starting in 2021.