Man kills son and self with chainsaw
Germany

Man kills son and self with chainsaw

A German man murdered his three-year-old son with a chainsaw before killing himself in an apparent custody dispute, police in Bonn said on Thursday.

0% on Balance Transfers from MBNA Platinum Visa Credit Card
Sweden

0% on Balance Transfers from MBNA Platinum Visa Credit Card

Life in Britain is now more expensive than ever. The cost of everything from petrol to food, electricity to train tickets continues to rise, while pay packets remain the same and our wallets continually squeezed.

Sweden seeks to cut crime with shared DNA
Sweden

Sweden seeks to cut crime with shared DNA

The Swedish government has proposed new legislation that would enable the country’s law enforcement agencies to sift through the DNA registers, fingerprint archives and vehicle databases of several other European countries.

US troops ordered not to wear uniforms
Germany

US troops ordered not to wear uniforms

US troops in Germany have been banned from wearing their military uniforms in public in the wake of the Frankfurt Airport shooting that left two American airmen dead and two seriously injured.

Merkel ‘regrets’ rejection of Portugal austerity plan
Germany

Merkel ‘regrets’ rejection of Portugal austerity plan

Ahead of an EU summit to bolster the euro, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Portugal's political parties on Thursday to stick to deficit reduction targets after the country's prime minister resigned over parliament's rejection of his austerity plan.

Sweden expects Tuesday Libya mission call: Bildt
Sweden

Sweden expects Tuesday Libya mission call: Bildt

Foreign minister Carl Bildt believes Sweden may receive a formal request for assistance in the ongoing Libya conflict at an international summit due to be held in London next Tuesday, news agency TT reports.

Doctors forget 16-centimetre clamp in woman’s belly
Germany

Doctors forget 16-centimetre clamp in woman’s belly

For months a woman in Lower Saxony complained of excruciating pain, and this week her doctors found a 16-centimetre surgical tool left in her abdomen during a previous operation, the hospital confirmed Thursday.

Radiation checks offered to travellers from Japan
Germany

Radiation checks offered to travellers from Japan

Travellers returning from Japan can be checked for radioactive contamination by authorities, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) announced Thursday.

Saab backer Antonov to open Swedish bank
Sweden

Saab backer Antonov to open Swedish bank

Vladimir Antonov has revealed plans to set up a bank in Sweden, and the Russian financier says he is ready to make a major investment in Swedish automaker Saab, business daily Dagens Industri reports.

Prostitution sting nets hundreds of suspects
Sweden

Prostitution sting nets hundreds of suspects

Police have identified more than 400 men suspected of paying for sex in Sweden’s biggest ever prostitution sting after a 40-year-old man was convicted of acting as a pimp for five women, including his wife.

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Sweden

TeliaSonera in new Turkcell legal fight

Swedish telecom firm TeliaSonera has opened legal action against the chairperson of Turkcell, a firm in which the firm has a 38 percent stake, over a dispute regarding the make up of the Turkish telecom operator's board.

Swiss farmers: dog poo is poisoning our cows
Switzerland

Swiss farmers: dog poo is poisoning our cows

Some farmers northern Switzerland are concerned that dog poo left on grass is dangerous for their cows as it can transmit deadly parasites.

Germany fails to close gender wage gap
Germany

Germany fails to close gender wage gap

Germany made no progress last year on its yawning gender wage gap, with women earning 23 percent less in gross pay than men – the same as 2009, official figures showed Thursday.

Breakthrough in giant Alpine tunnel
Switzerland

Breakthrough in giant Alpine tunnel

Excavation work on the Gotthard Base Tunnel has been completed, bringing Switzerland one step closer to the realization of the world’s longest rail link in the heart of the Alps. 

Mother finds two daughters dead
Germany

Mother finds two daughters dead

Police are investigating the deaths of two girls, aged eight and 11, whose bodies were found at home by their mother early Thursday morning in the Bavarian town of Krailling.

Westerwelle mulled ‘No’ to Libya UN resolution
Germany

Westerwelle mulled ‘No’ to Libya UN resolution

The German government is fending off embarrassing claims that Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle nearly caused a diplomatic disaster by directly opposing the UN vote for a “no-fly zone” in Libya.

Radiation reaches Sweden from Japan
Sweden

Radiation reaches Sweden from Japan

Radioactivity from Japan’s earthquake-hit nuclear power plants has reached Sweden, but the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten) says the levels recorded do not pose any danger to people or the environment.

Beer in Sweden: Looking beyond the lager
Sweden

Beer in Sweden: Looking beyond the lager

In this month's column on what some enthusiasts like to call the amber nectar, blogger Darren Packman reminds us that brews come in all colours and that staying loyal to one is like having the same meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Automakers nervous as Japanese delivery delays persist
Germany

Automakers nervous as Japanese delivery delays persist

The disaster in Japan has cut deeply into the global economy, and now Germany is feeling the effects too. Car manufacturers suffering from delivery delays are considering scaling back workers’ hours, a media report said Thursday.

Navigating the pitfalls of job etiquette
Germany

Navigating the pitfalls of job etiquette

Knowing German workplace etiquette can make or break your career. Jeff Kavanagh spends a day on the job.

Secret Swedish Cold War ops exposed
Sweden

Secret Swedish Cold War ops exposed

A top-secret Swedish air force unit with ties to NATO members Denmark and Norway operated through the Cold War and remained in operation until 1997, a new book reveals, casting fresh doubt over the country’s long-standing claims to neutrality.

Watchmakers upbeat at Basel luxury fair
Switzerland

Watchmakers upbeat at Basel luxury fair

Watchmakers gave upbeat forecasts for 2011 at the industry's largest fair on Wednesday, although the Japan earthquake and instability in the Middle East cast a shadow.

Court rules prisoner smoking ban illegal
Sweden

Court rules prisoner smoking ban illegal

Prisoners in Swedish prisons can not be forbidden from smoking in their cells with reference to fire risk or safety reasons, the Supreme Administrative Court (Högsta förvaltningsdomstolen) has ruled.

Swedish musicians to ‘Jam For Japan’
Sweden

Swedish musicians to ‘Jam For Japan’

Several Swedish musicians have agreed to take part in “Jam for Japan”– a Sunday-afternoon jam session being organized to raise money for Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief, contributor Anita Badejo discovers.

What’s on in Germany: March 24 – 30
Germany

What’s on in Germany: March 24 – 30

This week's highlights: Land art in Berlin, Lithuanian film in Frankfurt, and Munich's Philharmonic Choir sings Mozart's Requiem to raise money for Japan.

Brüderle admits nuclear reversal electioneering
Germany

Brüderle admits nuclear reversal electioneering

Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle has reportedly admitted that the government coalition’s recent decision to reverse its nuclear energy policy was made simply to gain votes in upcoming state elections.

Vattenfall board in corruption unit probe
Sweden

Vattenfall board in corruption unit probe

Sweden's National Anti-Corruption Unit (Riksenheten mot korruption) is to investigate whether to open a case against the board of energy firm Vattenfall, after revelations of the 12 million kronor ($1.9 million) golden parachute payment to the former CEO.

Old National Gallery celebrates 150 years with Romantics
Germany

Old National Gallery celebrates 150 years with Romantics

A historic collection of Romantic-era paintings opened this week at Berlin’s Old National Gallery this week to mark its 150th anniversary.

Swedes join NATO Baltic air exercise
Sweden

Swedes join NATO Baltic air exercise

Swedish fighter aircraft took part in a NATO led exercise over the Baltic states on Wednesday, marking a new level in the formally non-aligned country's ties with the military alliance.

Tough state elections loom for Merkel’s conservatives
Germany

Tough state elections loom for Merkel’s conservatives

Chancellor Angela Merkel's party has ruled Baden-Württemberg since 1953, but the political fallout in Germany from Japan's nuclear crisis could spell the end in a key state election Sunday.