Munich Olympic bid hit as Bogner resigns
Germany

Munich Olympic bid hit as Bogner resigns

Munich's bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games suffered a fresh blow on Monday as Willy Bogner, president of the bid's organising committee, stepped down for health reasons.

Bank association warns capital regulations could throttle lending
Germany

Bank association warns capital regulations could throttle lending

German banks may be forced to reduce their lending activity in order to drastically increase their capital base under proposed new regulation, Germany's private banking federation warned on Monday.

‘Frankenfood’ potatoes turn up in Swedish field
Sweden

‘Frankenfood’ potatoes turn up in Swedish field

The discovery of genetically modified potatoes in a field in Sweden has led to the European Commission on Monday issuing a summons on German chemical giant BASF.

EU summons BASF over ‘illegal’ Swedish GM potatoes
Germany

EU summons BASF over ‘illegal’ Swedish GM potatoes

Europe slapped a summons on German chemical giant BASF on Monday after a "blunder" allowed seed from a new genetically modified potato to remain in a field in Sweden.

Cheap Berlin tourism sends luxury hotel prices into spiral
Germany

Cheap Berlin tourism sends luxury hotel prices into spiral

Berlin tourism is booming, but increasing investment in the luxury hotel market is proving problematic as five-star hotels struggle to compete for new guests in one of Europe’s most affordable tourist destinations.

Sky needs years to become ‘sustainable’
Germany

Sky needs years to become ‘sustainable’

The head of Sky Deutschland, Brian Sullivan, said on Monday the beleaguered German pay-TV station would need another two to three years to become “a company with sustainable future.”

Left Party’s Ohly rebuked for ‘breast pump’ advice
Sweden

Left Party’s Ohly rebuked for ‘breast pump’ advice

Left Party leader Lars Ohly has been slammed by breastfeeding experts and Red-Green coalition colleagues for advising nursing mothers to pump milk out of their breast so that they can go back to work earlier.

Introducing the Red-Greens
Sweden

Introducing the Red-Greens

Here's a look at the centre-left Red-Greens, who hope they can move from opposition to Sweden's governing coalition.

Stuttgart 21 activists try to block train station construction
Germany

Stuttgart 21 activists try to block train station construction

Opponents of the controversial Stuttgart 21 train station redevelopment project temporarily blocked the construction site on Monday morning, forcing police to physically remove activists who had parked tractors and chained themselves to a truck the entrance.

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Sweden

Greece ‘unfit’ for asylum reviews: Swedish court

The Migration Court (Migrationsdomstolen) in Malmö has halted the transfer of five asylum seekers to Greece even though EU rules stipulate the applications should be reviewed there.

In-home cameras to aid supervision of elderly
Sweden

In-home cameras to aid supervision of elderly

A home-help service in western Sweden has placed surveillance cameras in the homes of elderly clients to allow the service to monitor its clients from afar.

Swedes expect higher house prices: report
Sweden

Swedes expect higher house prices: report

Around half of Swedish households expect house prices to continue to rise with only a fifth expecting a fall, according to a new survey published on Monday.

Conservatives demand sanctions against problem immigrants
Germany

Conservatives demand sanctions against problem immigrants

As the integration debate stoked by Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin continues to smoulder, conservatives have begun calling for heavier sanctions against immigrants they deem unwilling or unable to become part of German society.

No run on deposits as HQ Bank reopens
Sweden

No run on deposits as HQ Bank reopens

Fears of widespread withdrawals at HQ Bank proved unfounded when it reopened its doors on Monday morning.

Stockholm football club coach quits after threats
Sweden

Stockholm football club coach quits after threats

Michael Borgqvist has resigned his post as head coach of Stockholm football club Hammarby IF after receiving a number of anonymous threats.

Introducing the Alliance
Sweden

Introducing the Alliance

Here's a look at the centre-right Alliance, which is looking to win another term as Sweden's ruling coalition.

Teens jailed in Munich S-Bahn murder trial
Germany

Teens jailed in Munich S-Bahn murder trial

A court on Monday handed lengthy jail sentences to two teens for the murder of businessman Dominik Brunner on a Munich commuter train platform almost one year ago.

Social Democrats back law on contributions
Sweden

Social Democrats back law on contributions

The Social Democrats have changed course and have proposed a law requiring all political parties to disclose from where they receive private contributions.

Trial against weatherman Kachelmann postponed
Germany

Trial against weatherman Kachelmann postponed

The trial against Germany's high-profile TV weatherman Jörg Kachelmann was postponed on Monday morning in Mannheim after his defence team asked for two judges to be recused. The 52-year-old is accused of threatening his long-time girlfriend with a knife and raping her.

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Sweden

Student wearing niqab begins teacher training

A student wearing the niqab has begun attending a teacher training course in Stockholm, more than one and a half years after another woman reported a school that would not allow her to wear the headscarf in class.

One dead, 38 injured in air show crash
Germany

One dead, 38 injured in air show crash

One woman is dead and 38 other people injured after an antique biplane crashed into a crowd of air show spectators near Nuremberg on Sunday afternoon.

Germany to extend life of nuclear reactors
Germany

Germany to extend life of nuclear reactors

Germany said Monday it would extend the life of its nuclear reactors by an average of 12 years after marathon talks on the controversial issue that will shape the energy policy of Europe's top economy.

Vilks arsonists face appeals court trial
Sweden

Vilks arsonists face appeals court trial

Two brothers sentenced to prison for firebombing the home of Swedish artist Lars Vilks in mid-May will appear in court on Monday to appeal the ruling.