Merkel slams dearth of female executives
Germany

Merkel slams dearth of female executives

Chancellor Angela Merkel called the dearth of women executives at German companies a “scandal” on Tuesday, as she oversaw the signing of a charter aimed at improving “family-friendly” working conditions.

Priest charged with embezzling over €1 mln
Germany

Priest charged with embezzling over €1 mln

A former Catholic priest in Bavaria is awaiting trial following after being charged with embezzling Church funds totalling over €1 million.

Mild weather expected to last most of the week
Germany

Mild weather expected to last most of the week

Spring-like conditions are expected to last across much of Germany through Thursday, according to the German Weather Service (DWD). But winter could return to the eastern part of the country this weekend.

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Sweden

Sweden mulls raising retirement age

Sweden's social insurance minister has announced that the government has appointed a new committee to investigate whether the country should consider raising the retirement age from the current 65.

Swedish judiciary ‘independent’: Reinfeldt
Sweden

Swedish judiciary ‘independent’: Reinfeldt

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Tuesday said the description of Sweden's judiciary system presented by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's defence lawyers was untrue.

Speed skater Pechstein set on Olympics despite doping ban
Germany

Speed skater Pechstein set on Olympics despite doping ban

German speed skater Claudia Pechstein has said she is determined to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, although technically she remains banned after serving a two-year suspension for doping.

Cologne residents weary of Karneval craziness
Germany

Cologne residents weary of Karneval craziness

Cologne may be the traditional heartland of Germany’s Karneval festivities, but city residents these days are looking a little less kindly on its booze-fuelled shenanigans. Some are even saying the Rhineland has lost some of its renowned tolerance.

Swedbank bounces back into the black
Sweden

Swedbank bounces back into the black

Swedish bank Swedbank surprised analysts on Tuesday with 2010 figures showing that the country's fourth largest bank was back in profit.

Outrage over Swedish teens’ sex dream essays
Sweden

Outrage over Swedish teens’ sex dream essays

A class of grade eight students in southern Sweden was asked to write essays about their sexual fantasies and experiences for a school assignment.

Wolf hunt saves animals from inbreeding: minister
Sweden

Wolf hunt saves animals from inbreeding: minister

Swedish Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren defended the licensed wolf hunt in Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, on Tuesday, claiming that it would help bring in new wolves and save the wolf population from inbreeding.

Lawyers: no need for Assange to go to Sweden
Sweden

Lawyers: no need for Assange to go to Sweden

Lawyers representing WkiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a British court on Tuesday that there was no need to extradite the Australian to Sweden as he could just as well be interviewed over rape allegations by videolink.

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Sweden

Cocaine killed Swedish beer dynasty heir: father

Jon Spendrup, of the Spendrup brewing dynasty and personal friend of Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria, died last week of a cocaine overdose, his father has confirmed.

Support grows for hosting Mubarak
Germany

Support grows for hosting Mubarak

More German politicians are supporting allowing Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to come to Germany for medical treatment in the hopes it might calm the turmoil his country. But a human rights activist is preparing to press charges against him.

Volkswagen agrees to 3.2 percent pay hike
Germany

Volkswagen agrees to 3.2 percent pay hike

Carmaker Volkswagen said Tuesday it had agreed to a 3.2 percent wage hike with trade union IG Metall, setting a key benchmark for Germany's booming economy.

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Sweden

Assange: Swedish rape case ‘an empty black box’

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is on Tuesday to face his second day in a British court to continue his fight against extradition to Sweden over allegations of rape and molestation.

US state issues alert over Swedish email scam
Sweden

US state issues alert over Swedish email scam

The historic ties between Sweden and the US state of Minnesota play a central role in a new email scam targeting Swedish citizens.

Meet the 2011 Berlin Film Festival jury
Germany

Meet the 2011 Berlin Film Festival jury

The Berlinale jury, this year led by Isabella Rossellini, decides who takes home the Golden Bear, Silver Bears and the Alfred Bauer Prize in the competition. Meet the members, who are often as quirky as the films they choose to honour.

Swedish girl crushed to death in hospital bed
Sweden

Swedish girl crushed to death in hospital bed

A six-year-old girl has died after she became trapped in a hospital bed at a health care clinic in western Sweden.

Sailor who died on Gorch Fock was unfit for duty, report says
Germany

Sailor who died on Gorch Fock was unfit for duty, report says

The 25-year-old female cadet who died after falling from rigging on the German training ship Gorch Fock was unfit for duty because of her weight, according to a media report on Tuesday.

Tourist forced to buy laptops for Filipino police
Germany

Tourist forced to buy laptops for Filipino police

Five policemen in the Philippines forced a German tourist to buy them laptop computers by threatening him with false drug and terrorism charges, a police chief said Tuesday.

Art-house 3D to feature at Berlinale
Germany

Art-house 3D to feature at Berlinale

Art-house cinema in 3D, Ralph Fiennes' directorial debut and new thrillers starring Liam Neeson and Kevin Spacey will headline the 61st Berlin film festival starting Thursday.

United Nations wants more German soldiers
Germany

United Nations wants more German soldiers

United Nations General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon has called on Germany to provide more soldiers for its international peacekeeping missions.

New protests erupt over Stuttgart 21 rail project
Germany

New protests erupt over Stuttgart 21 rail project

Police and opponents of the Stuttgart 21 rail project clashed early Tuesday morning as work began to transplant trees to make way for a new building. Police used force to remove demonstrators who blocked equipment.

Swedish preschooler left asleep in snowdrift
Sweden

Swedish preschooler left asleep in snowdrift

A five-year-old was left unnoticed in a snow drift for several hours at a pre-school in Norrköping in eastern Sweden, while a four-year-old boy managed to walk home by himself from a pre-school in central Gävle on Monday.

Power cut as storms batter southern Sweden
Sweden

Power cut as storms batter southern Sweden

Stormy weather swept across southern Sweden on Monday night, blowing trees onto roads and leaving over 35,000 customers of electricity utility Eon in Skåne, Blekinge, Halland and Kronoberg without power.

SVT reporter: I could have been killed
Sweden

SVT reporter: I could have been killed

Bert Sundström, the Sveriges Television (SVT) reporter who was stabbed, beaten and dumped in a Cairo hospital, talked yesterday evening for the first time of his harrowing ordeal.