Stockholm University: at the forefront of Chemistry research
Sweden

Stockholm University: at the forefront of Chemistry research

With four Nobel Chemistry Prize winners through history and leading research in many fields of science, Stockholm University provides a unique environment for chemistry researchers and students.

Das Kranzbach: Escape the City
Germany

Das Kranzbach: Escape the City

Feel the need to recharge your batteries? An exquisitely situated spa hotel in an Arts & Crafts country house in Bavaria could be just the ticket.

Two Swedes among Paris fire victims
Sweden

Two Swedes among Paris fire victims

Four female students from the US, Australia and Sweden were among those killed in a massive fire in a Paris apartment block last week, their university and a source close to the matter said on Tuesday.

Shots fired as rival circus clans brawl in double booking row
Germany

Shots fired as rival circus clans brawl in double booking row

A dust-up between two warring circus clans in the southern German city of Regensburg left six people injured - one with a bullet wound - police said on Tuesday.

Stomach bug strikes second Swedish town
Sweden

Stomach bug strikes second Swedish town

The drinking water in Skellefteå in northern Sweden has been contaminated by the same intestinal parasite that sickened thousands of residents in Östersund earlier this winter.

EnBW warns nuclear moratorium to hit profits
Germany

EnBW warns nuclear moratorium to hit profits

Germany’s third biggest electricity supplier EnBW has warned of dramatically reduced profits for this year in the wake of the moratorium on the country’s nuclear power plants.

Woman arrested for burgling homes during funerals
Germany

Woman arrested for burgling homes during funerals

Police have arrested a 50-year-old woman suspected of having a role in burgling mourners' homes while they were at their loved ones' funerals in the northwestern German city of Münster.

Maypole guards step up watches as big day approaches
Germany

Maypole guards step up watches as big day approaches

Little villages across rural Germany have set up watch shifts, with doughty citizens taking turns to protect local pride against attempts at theft by their neighbours. As maypole season gets under way, villages are on alert.

Cigarettes price rise set to leave smokers fuming
Germany

Cigarettes price rise set to leave smokers fuming

Smokers are set to cough up an average of 20 cents more per pack from the beginning of next month, the tobacco industry has announced, blaming rising costs and government taxes.

Digestion disaster warning as barbecue season begins
Germany

Digestion disaster warning as barbecue season begins

As the warm weather tempts people to dust off their barbecues and head for the parks for the Easter break, medics are warning that half-cooked hamburgers and barely-warmed-through bratwursts can cause digestion disaster.

Dating site singles out Swedish prince as ‘most beautiful’ royal
Sweden

Dating site singles out Swedish prince as ‘most beautiful’ royal

Sweden's Prince Carl Philip has been named at the head of list of "the top ten most beautiful royal men", while his sister Madeleine had to settle for seventh on the female equivalent.

Svanberg defends BP over Gulf oil spill
Sweden

Svanberg defends BP over Gulf oil spill

BP has emerged as a safer company from last year's massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg insisted Tuesday, defending the British company's widely-criticised handling of the crisis.

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Switzerland

Novartis profits down in first quarter

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis saw its first quarter net profit fall 4.0 percent to $2.82 billion, the company announced on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Lund students in ‘slave auction’ outrage

Two student associations at Lund University in southern Sweden have been reported for hate speech after a party featuring the sale of "slaves" complete with blackened faces and ropes around their necks.

Sony Ericsson reports profits slump
Sweden

Sony Ericsson reports profits slump

Swedish-Japanese mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson on Tuesday reported a steep decline in net profits, explained by the impact on sales of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Volkswagen unveils new, macho Beetle
Germany

Volkswagen unveils new, macho Beetle

Volkswagen unveiled a new “bolder, more dynamic and masculine” model of its iconic Beetle this week – the third generation of the classic German car of which more than 20 million have been sold.

Germany’s imperfectly balanced reunification
Germany

Germany’s imperfectly balanced reunification

Germany's planned gigantic seesaw commemorating reunification perfectly symbolizes the country's failure to come to terms with its unity properly, says Christian Bangel of ZEIT ONLINE.

Stinking flower to attract hundreds in Basel
Switzerland

Stinking flower to attract hundreds in Basel

A gigantic specimen of the world’s largest - and most malodorous - flowering plant is expected to bloom this week in Basel.

Örebro rapist found guilty
Sweden

Örebro rapist found guilty

The 24-year-old man charged with attacking 15 women in Sweden's to date largest serial rape case was found guilty on Tuesday at Örebro district court.

Atomic village bucks anti-nuclear trend
Germany

Atomic village bucks anti-nuclear trend

Yellow and red badges bearing the slogan "Nuclear Power? No Thanks" have again become ubiquitous in Germany since Japan's nuclear disaster.

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Switzerland

Child’s raft in Swiss lake mystifies locals

Locals near Bern say they are mystified by the discovery of a small raft with children toys floating in a lake near Bern.

TeliaSonera lowers forecast as profits dip
Sweden

TeliaSonera lowers forecast as profits dip

Nordic telecoms giant TeliaSonera on Tuesday posted a small drop in its first quarter net profit and sales and revised down its full-year sales expectations due to slower growth and currency fluctuations.

Pro-footballer arrested over casino robberies
Germany

Pro-footballer arrested over casino robberies

A professional football player was among six men arrested over a series of violent robberies at Berlin poker machine halls in February, daily Berliner Morgenpost reported Tuesday.

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Sweden

Wave of car fires in Gothenburg suburb

Youth gangs were responsible for a number of fires in the Gothenburg suburb of Västra Frölunda on Monday night, with several cars set alight and police attacked with stones.

Penalties handed out to jobless soar
Germany

Penalties handed out to jobless soar

A record number of long-term unemployed people were slapped with penalties for breaches such as failing to turn up to job agency appointments, media reported Monday.

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Sweden

Top Sweden Democrat faces sack after criticism

One of the Sweden Democrats most high profile local politicians is facing expulsion from the party after criticising the leadership.

Politicians driving ‘climate killer’ cars
Germany

Politicians driving ‘climate killer’ cars

Despite Germany‘s recent tilt towards clean energy, most politicians are still being ferried around in gas-guzzling government cars, according to a survey by environmentalists which grades individual leaders.

Swedish film crew to return from Azerbaijan
Sweden

Swedish film crew to return from Azerbaijan

A Swedish film team arrested in Azerbaijan at the weekend while working on a documentary about freedom of speech are set to return to Sweden, the foreign ministry has confirmed.