Court rules adulterous Church organist unfairly fired
Germany

Court rules adulterous Church organist unfairly fired

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Thursday found that an employee of the German Catholic Church dismissed for adultery had received inadequate treatment by German courts.

Appeal filed as final voting tally announced
Sweden

Appeal filed as final voting tally announced

All the ballots in the Swedish election have now been counted and the results certified, but a complaint has already been filed contesting the results.

Deutsche Bahn starts €330-million quality campaign
Germany

Deutsche Bahn starts €330-million quality campaign

German national rail provider Deutsche Bahn plans to put €330 million towards improving its service quality over the next five years, CEO Rüdiger Grube announced on Thursday.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrat leaves party after winning seat

A Sweden Democrat candidate who won a seat on the local council in Gällivare in northern Sweden has resigned from the party after reading its manifesto.

ThyssenKrupp abandons Iran
Germany

ThyssenKrupp abandons Iran

ThyssenKrupp on Thursday became Germany's latest corporate giant to announce it was pulling out of Iran as part of Western pressure on the Islamic republic over its nuclear programme.

Reunification ‘solidarity tax’ stays for now, high court rules
Germany

Reunification ‘solidarity tax’ stays for now, high court rules

Just ahead of the 20th anniversary of German reunification, the country’s top court on Thursday rejected an attempt to abolish the long-term use of the “solidarity tax,” which was introduced to fund reconstruction of its formerly communist eastern half.

‘Don’t let the far-right dominate the debate’
Sweden

‘Don’t let the far-right dominate the debate’

As the Sweden Democrats prepare to take their seats in the Riksdag next month, contributor Ruben Brunsveld hopes Sweden's politicians can learn from the mistakes made by their Dutch counterparts in dealing with the far-right.

Swedish stripy clothing firm opens US store
Sweden

Swedish stripy clothing firm opens US store

Polarn O. Pyret, a Swedish children's clothing firm known for its trademark functional striped attire, has announced the opening of its first US store, located in Greenwich, Connecticut

Westerwelle wants UN seat for disarmament
Germany

Westerwelle wants UN seat for disarmament

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said on Thursday that Berlin would make global disarmament and nuclear non-proliferation priorities should Germany gain a seat on the UN Security Council.

‘Monster’ truck makers flaunt green credentials
Germany

‘Monster’ truck makers flaunt green credentials

European drivers should be afraid, very afraid. If vehicle makers at a major trade fair opening in Germany on Thursday get their way, "monster trucks" are soon coming to the continent's motorways.

Swedes vote for Harry Potter, James Bond and Your Mum
Sweden

Swedes vote for Harry Potter, James Bond and Your Mum

As the Alliance government stands to miss out on an overall majority by a whisker, handwritten ballots for parties such as Joy Division, Pull Yourself Together and Djingis Cat have had an unlikely impact on Swedish politics.

Ballot irregularities keep Sweden on edge
Sweden

Ballot irregularities keep Sweden on edge

Sweden’s political landscape remained unsettled on Thursday following reports of ballot irregularities in several parts of the country.

What’s On in Sweden: September 24th – 30th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: September 24th – 30th

What’s on in Sweden: Ardal and Arj stand up in Stockholm, Bookworms get reading in Gothenburg and The Mystery Jets jet to Malmö.

Electrolux announces a change at the top
Sweden

Electrolux announces a change at the top

Sweden's Electrolux, the world's second-largest home appliance manufacturer, has announced that Keith McLoughlin will succeed outgoing Hans Stråberg as the company's new president and CEO.

Filmmaker to post archive of Holocaust survivor interviews online
Germany

Filmmaker to post archive of Holocaust survivor interviews online

Prize-winning German documentary filmmaker Loretta Walz is making 50 of her interviews with female survivors of the Ravensbrück concentration camp available on the internet this Friday.

What’s on in Germany: September 23 – 29
Germany

What’s on in Germany: September 23 – 29

This Week's Highlights: Goldfrapp comes to Cologne, Hamburg celebrates Paul Graham's photography, and a Bavarian Farmer's Market stretches for a mile in Munich.

Sweden wakes up to a new reality
Sweden

Sweden wakes up to a new reality

When the people of Sweden woke up on Monday morning, they faced a radically changed political landscape. To the Social Democrats, the party that defined modern Sweden, voters had handed the worst election result for nearly a century. For Fredrik Reinfeldt's centre-right Moderates these were the best results since full democracy was introduced. Yet this country that prides itself on tolerance and equality had also let in an anti-immigrant populist party, which now holds the balance of power in Sweden's parliament.

Heaven and Earth: Gliding and hiking in the Rhön
Germany

Heaven and Earth: Gliding and hiking in the Rhön

The picturesque Rhön Mountain region is Germany’s mecca for gliders, but as Alannah Eames discovers, the surrounding UNESCO Biosphere Reserve offers plenty of great hiking and other activities.

Masked person throws ‘pie’ at Trittin
Germany

Masked person throws ‘pie’ at Trittin

Green party parliamentary group leader Jürgen Trittin fell victim to a pie attack during a podium discussion in Hannover on Wednesday night. City police have no leads on the masked perpetrator.

Two arrested in beating of Centre Party MP
Sweden

Two arrested in beating of Centre Party MP

Two men have been arrested for the attack on Centre Party parliamentarian Fredrick Federley, who was beaten and robbed outside his home in Stockholm last week.

Von der Leyern defends welfare changes
Germany

Von der Leyern defends welfare changes

German Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday defended her proposed changes to the country’s Hartz IV welfare benefits against criticism from the opposition, which has said the plans are still too vague.

Steelworkers strike
Germany

Steelworkers strike

Steelworkers in northwestern Germany went on strike Thursday in an attempt to increase pressure on employers to provide raises and equal pay across the industry.

Reinfeldt misses out on overall majority
Sweden

Reinfeldt misses out on overall majority

The centre-right Alliance gained one extra seat in the Riksdag after Wednesday's count of advance and overseas ballots bringing it up to 173 seats, still two short of an overall majority.

Dortmund takes second place as Schalke wins first game
Germany

Dortmund takes second place as Schalke wins first game

Dortmund moved up to second in the German Bundesliga Wednesday, hammering Kaiserslautern 5-0 while bottom side Schalke 04 ended their point famine with a 2-1 victory at Freiburg.

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Sweden

‘Tattoo’ filming on hold as star injured: report

Rooney Mara, the actress cast to play the role of Lisbeth Salander in the US remake of Stieg Larsson's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, has been injured in Stockholm, forcing a delay in filming.

Abba stars sue Denmark’s far-right
Sweden

Abba stars sue Denmark’s far-right

Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, the Abba stars behind the hit musical Mamma Mia have instructed their lawyers to contact the Danish People's Party after the far-right party used and changed one of their songs to honour its leader.