Swedish concern over EU maternity leave bill
Sweden

Swedish concern over EU maternity leave bill

Swedish politicians on the left and right expressed dismay on Wednesday over the EU parliament’s approval of a new maternity leave directive.

Defence concern Saab lowers annual forecast
Sweden

Defence concern Saab lowers annual forecast

Swedish aerospace and defence concern Saab reported higher net income for the third quarter, but warned that operating income will be lower for the year as it embarks on restructuring to cut costs.

Sweden: a world away from the World Series
Sweden

Sweden: a world away from the World Series

As Sweden hunkers down to face the onset of winter, contributor Joshua Gregory explains how fans of America’s favourite pastime cope with having their remedy for the winter blues remain a world away.

From cleaning woman to doctor: Brandenburg recruits foreign physicians
Germany

From cleaning woman to doctor: Brandenburg recruits foreign physicians

As a noisy debate about immigration grips Germany, the country is hoping new plans to recognise diplomas gained abroad will lure highly qualified foreign professionals looking for a new home.

Hunters given permission to shoot marauding panther
Germany

Hunters given permission to shoot marauding panther

Officials in the western German state of Rhineland-Palatinate on Wednesday gave hunters permission to shoot an escaped panther that has been on the loose near the Belgian border for almost a year.

Barefoot through Germany’s tidal flats with a mailbag
Germany

Barefoot through Germany’s tidal flats with a mailbag

Meet Germany’s most singular postal worker: Over the last nine years Knud Knudsen has gained a following for his twice-weekly barefoot treks across the country's North Sea tidal mudflats to deliver letters to a lone island couple.

Germany gets two new Catholic cardinals
Germany

Germany gets two new Catholic cardinals

The Bishop of Munich and Freising, Reinhard Marx, and Bavarian Church historian Walter Brandmüller have been appointed cardinals, the Vatican announced on Wednesday.

Police arrest 20 women in child porn raids
Sweden

Police arrest 20 women in child porn raids

Swedish police on Wednesday raided a series of locations across the country, arresting 23 people on suspicion of serious child pornography offences.

Malmö shooter targeting immigrants: police
Sweden

Malmö shooter targeting immigrants: police

Police in Malmö now believe that more than a dozen unexplained shootings which have taken place in the city this year may be connected.

Anna Lindh’s care to be reviewed: agency
Sweden

Anna Lindh’s care to be reviewed: agency

Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) will review the care former foreign minister Anna Lindh received after she was stabbed in central Stockholm in September 2003.

Handelsbanken profits up as loan losses fall
Sweden

Handelsbanken profits up as loan losses fall

Sweden’s Handelsbanken reported 12 percent increase in net profits for the third quarter on Wednesday, as reduced losses on lending activities made up for falling net interest income.

UK troop withdrawal shocks communities
Germany

UK troop withdrawal shocks communities

A day after UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced the early withdrawal of all British forces from Germany, officials in North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony on Wednesday tried to assess the potentially devastating impact on their communities.

Alstom sues to block Eurostar purchase of Siemens trains
Germany

Alstom sues to block Eurostar purchase of Siemens trains

French engineering giant Alstom is suing to block cross-channel rail company Eurostar from buying trains made by its German competitor Siemens, an Alstom spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Body Shop hemp ad falls foul of Swedish authority
Sweden

Body Shop hemp ad falls foul of Swedish authority

The use of hemp leaves in an advert commissioned by ethical cosmetics chain The Body Shop, has been condemned by a Swedish municipality, which has claimed that it hampers work to tackle youth drug use.

Rising star Guttenberg outshines Merkel
Germany

Rising star Guttenberg outshines Merkel

Nearly a quarter of voters believe the conservative rising star Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg would make a better chancellor than the embattled Angela Merkel, a poll published Wednesday found.

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Sweden

Three injured in Malmö shootings

A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder for the shooting of two men in Malmö as police continue to investigate two other shootings, all of which occured within two hours of each other on Tuesday night.

Dreams of ‘röda stugor’ lead to move to Sweden
Sweden

Dreams of ‘röda stugor’ lead to move to Sweden

For many northern Europeans, the dream of owning a traditional "röd stuga," or red cottage, in the countryside ranks highly as an ideal way to live. This idea is spreading across northern Europe, with more German and Dutch immigrants moving to Sweden looking for more nature and less stress.

US Senate candidate lauds deadly East German border control
Germany

US Senate candidate lauds deadly East German border control

The United States could learn from East Germany's deadly effectiveness in sealing its border with the Berlin Wall during the Cold War, according to an Alaskan politician seeking election to the US Senate.

Bayern set to enter Champions League round of 16
Germany

Bayern set to enter Champions League round of 16

Bayern Munich are on the verge of the Champions League's Round of 16 after Tuesday's 3-2 win over CFR Cluj as striker Mario Gomez scored his fifth goal in three games.

Helsingborg celebrates ‘the art of becoming king’
Sweden

Helsingborg celebrates ‘the art of becoming king’

It is exactly 200 years since Jean Baptiste Bernadotte set foot on Swedish soil to found the royal dynasty that bears his name, and the southern Swedish city of Helsingborg plans to celebrate his remarkable journey.

Wulff wins praise for bridge-building speech
Germany

Wulff wins praise for bridge-building speech

President Christian Wulff has won praise from Turkish leaders and German politicians for his Ankara speech about integration, while Education Minister Annette Schavan broke ranks and called for more optimism on the issue.

Dead soldier returns home to Sweden
Sweden

Dead soldier returns home to Sweden

The body of Kenneth Wallin, the 22-year-old Swedish soldier killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, returned home to Sweden on Tuesday evening.

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Sweden

Man imprisoned after setting himself alight

A 28-year-old man who set himself alight last year after having his application for asylum rejected, sustaining serious injuries, has been convicted of arson.

Energy firms rake in massive profits
Germany

Energy firms rake in massive profits

German energy firms continued to rake in massive profits despite the recent financial crisis, with the three biggest companies making profits of €23 billion last year, media reported Wednesday.