Party seeks quick ruling on Sahlin’s future
Sweden

Party seeks quick ruling on Sahlin’s future

As support for party leader Mona Sahlin continued to waver on Friday, regional Social Democratic party chiefs called for the party to hold its congress as soon as possible to end speculation about who is best suited to lead the party.

Indian official calls German cars ‘criminal’
Germany

Indian official calls German cars ‘criminal’

India’s Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh attacked German automakers on Friday, saying driving big-engined luxury models from BMW and Mercedes-Benz in his country was “criminal.”

Borg critical of possible eurozone bank bailouts
Sweden

Borg critical of possible eurozone bank bailouts

Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg sharply criticised senior politicians in the EU for bringing up the issue of whether private lenders should take a hit if financially strapped eurozone countries ask for help.

Löw warns of Turkish ‘aggressive’ recruitment
Germany

Löw warns of Turkish ‘aggressive’ recruitment

Germany coach Joachim Löw warned Friday against the "aggressive" approach of the Turkish football federation in its efforts to recruit German-born and trained Turks to its national team.

Site ‘stole’ pics to rank Swedish teen girls
Sweden

Site ‘stole’ pics to rank Swedish teen girls

A brash website allowing users to rate Swedish teenage girls as "ugly" or "hot" based on the unauthorised use of pictures from their Facebook accounts has been reported to the police.

‘I don’t feel at home here, it’s clear I’ll remain a foreigner’
Germany

‘I don’t feel at home here, it’s clear I’ll remain a foreigner’

The Local’s series The New Berliners explores the lives of immigrants from around the world in Germany’s capital. For the eighth installment, Julia Lipkins spoke with Turkish bridal shop owner Sahes Tascioglu.

Parliament passes health insurance premium hikes
Germany

Parliament passes health insurance premium hikes

Premiums for statutory health insurance will rise beginning in 2011 following Friday’s parliamentary approval of sweeping reforms meant to keep Germany's creaky health system solvent.

Births hit record low
Germany

Births hit record low

The number of children born in Germany hit a record low in 2009, official statistics showed on Friday, with Europe's largest country facing a demographic crisis as its birth rate continues to plunge.

Can Swedes kick the fake-bake habit?
Sweden

Can Swedes kick the fake-bake habit?

Finding a cure for Sweden's lack of winter sunlight is a constant challenge. But as contributor Emy Gelb discovers, a trip to the tanning salon may not be as popular as it once was.

‘Alcolocks’ for all new cars: Social Democrats
Sweden

‘Alcolocks’ for all new cars: Social Democrats

The Social Democrats have proposed that all new cars sold in Sweden be equipped with ignition locks to prevent a vehicle from starting if the driver is intoxicated.

The Best of Berlin in November
Germany

The Best of Berlin in November

Exberliner, Berlin’s leading English-language magazine, in November visits the Adolf exhibition, gets its fill of veggie cuisine, and discovers where to get vintage rock wear.

Containers proposed as student housing solution
Sweden

Containers proposed as student housing solution

Officials in Stockholm have come up with a novel solution to address the student housing shortage afflicting university towns across the country: converting cargo containers into student residences.

Jewish doctor refuses to operate on Nazi patient
Germany

Jewish doctor refuses to operate on Nazi patient

A Jewish doctor in the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Paderborn has reportedly walked out of a surgery after discovering a Nazi tattoo on the arm of a patient.

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Sweden

Sweden helps world’s poor most: study

Sweden has topped the rankings of a study evaluating the countries with the world's best policies that benefit the developing world for the second straight year.

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Sweden

Sweden ‘threatens the global economy’: study

An American think tank has criticised Sweden for maintaining a constant current account surplus and urged the country to undertake measures to stimulate domestic demand.

Storm ‘Carmen’ capsizes boat, fells trees and dumps snow
Germany

Storm ‘Carmen’ capsizes boat, fells trees and dumps snow

The storm system “Carmen” ripped through Germany on Thursday night, bringing high winds, heavy rain and some snow in the first big storm of autumn.

Booming economy cools slightly in third quarter
Germany

Booming economy cools slightly in third quarter

Germany's economic expansion has slowed slightly in the third quarter, official data released on Friday showed, as Europe's top economy decelerated as expected from record growth.

Merkel denies cabinet reshuffle report
Germany

Merkel denies cabinet reshuffle report

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday denied a media report claiming that she had plans to reshuffle her cabinet following the rumoured resignation of Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble.

Obscenities spoil search site’s publicity stunt
Sweden

Obscenities spoil search site’s publicity stunt

An unexpected flood of obscene words forced Swedish internet search service Eniro to shutter a publicity campaign in downtown Stockholm on Thursday shortly after it was launched.

Hesse suggests searching for alternative nuclear waste sites
Germany

Hesse suggests searching for alternative nuclear waste sites

Germany must search for alternative storage facilities for nuclear waste in the event that the site at Gorleben is deemed unsafe, Hesse's state premier Volker Bouffier said Friday.

Bond market jitters misplaced, Germany says
Germany

Bond market jitters misplaced, Germany says

Germany was among the EU heavyweights that issued a joint declaration Friday insisting that bond market jitters over a future bailout fund are misplaced as Ireland suffers a debt crisis.

Acne linked to suicide risk: Swedish study
Sweden

Acne linked to suicide risk: Swedish study

Severe acne can increase the risk of suicide, Swedish researchers have found, but a drug used to treat the condition may not be the main culprit.

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Sweden

Lack of interpreters threat to asylum process

Sweden’s lack of qualified interpreters with specialized skills in legal terminology poses a threat for those seeking asylum in the country, warns the head of the Swedish Bar Association (Advokatsamfundet).