Oliver Kahn fined €125,000 for tax evasion
Germany

Oliver Kahn fined €125,000 for tax evasion

Former Germany goalkeeper Oliver Khan has been fined €125,000 ($182,223) in court for failing to declare more than €6,000 of luxury clothing he bought on a trip to Dubai.

Ignored ambulance call fatality ‘a tragedy’
Sweden

Ignored ambulance call fatality ‘a tragedy’

The nurse who refused to send an ambulance to a 23-year-old Stockholm man who later died had been reported several times prior to the incident.

‘Crap job’ remark lands politician in hot water
Sweden

‘Crap job’ remark lands politician in hot water

Social Democrat Karin Wanngård, who will take over after Carin Jämtin as the party's top name in Stockholm City Hall, has landed herself in hot water after calling sales a ‘crap profession’.

Islamist preacher ordered to leave Germany
Germany

Islamist preacher ordered to leave Germany

A radical Muslim preacher has been ordered by German authorities to depart the country immediately. The move comes after he attended an Islamist rally in Frankfurt that took place despite the objections of city leaders.

Councils with liquidity problems leave swimming pools out to dry
Germany

Councils with liquidity problems leave swimming pools out to dry

As people head outside for the Easter weekend, many would-be bathers may find they packed their swimming stuff in vain – as municipal councils across Germany close down swimming pools in a desperate attempt to cut costs.

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Sweden

Swedish cadets groped by female officer

A female officer at the Swedish Military Academy (Militärhögskolan) has been suspended after being accused of groping five junior cadets at a spring dance.

‘EIB behind Saab property deal delay’
Sweden

‘EIB behind Saab property deal delay’

Beleaguered Swedish carmaker Saab Automobile remains in limbo pending confirmation of a deal to sell property holdings to raise cash, as the European Investment Bank (EIB) is seeking further assurances, according to a report in the Dagens Industri (DI) daily on Thursday.

Dresden art director to take over London’s Victoria and Albert
Germany

Dresden art director to take over London’s Victoria and Albert

The art gallery director who organised the controversial Art of the Enlightenment exhibition of German art currently on display in Beijing is leaving his post in Dresden to take over the British Victoria and Albert Museum.

World of Warcraft boosts users social skills: Swedish study
Sweden

World of Warcraft boosts users social skills: Swedish study

Computer games are traditionally seen as an escape from the mundane and repetitive, an outlet from the dreariness of everyday life – but a new thesis shows that in the case of the popular online role playing game World of Warcraft that is far from the truth.

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Sweden

Climate change muddles Swedish abortion debate

The abortion issue, long largely dormant in the Swedish popular discourse, reemerged as a point of contention recently after researchers called for a review of legislation framed in the 1970s.

Racism whistleblower faces ‘negro slave’ taunt
Sweden

Racism whistleblower faces ‘negro slave’ taunt

The man who reported two Lund University student groups over a party featuring guests dressed as "slaves" to be sold at auction has since been subjected to racial slurs at his workplace.

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Switzerland

Kosovo war crimes suspect arrested

A former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army accused of war crimes has been arrested in Switzerland on a Serbian extradition request, the Swiss justice ministry said Wednesday.

Duty-free shopping to be allowed on arrival
Switzerland

Duty-free shopping to be allowed on arrival

Passengers arriving at Swiss airports will in future be able to make purchases at duty-free shops, the government has decided.

 

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Switzerland

Public to vote on paedophile ban

Swiss voters are set to decide in a referendum whether to ban convicted paedophiles from working with minors.

 

Business confidence takes another dip
Germany

Business confidence takes another dip

Business confidence in Germany suffered a second monthly fall in a row, the closely watched Ifo indicator showed on Thursday, but the setback was roughly in line with

Construction accidents delay on major rail routes
Germany

Construction accidents delay on major rail routes

The major rail links between Hannover and Berlin and Nuremberg and Bamberg were closed down on Thursday, delaying thousands of travellers across the country amid fears the problems could affect Easter traffic.

Sweden slams on-court skirt demand
Sweden

Sweden slams on-court skirt demand

A demand that female badminton players don skirts when taking to the court in international competition has rubbed the sport's Swedish supporters the wrong way.

Police hunt father of bludgeoned boy
Germany

Police hunt father of bludgeoned boy

Police are hunting the father of a 12-year-old boy who was found bludgeoned to death in the cellar of his house in Berlin late on Tuesday night.

Sweden’s Vasa: 50 years above the waves
Sweden

Sweden’s Vasa: 50 years above the waves

It's been 50 years since the centuries-old Vasa warship was hoisted up from the depths of Stockholm harbour, but as contributor Elizabeth Dacey-Fondelius discovers, preserving this national treasure has been the Vasa's greatest battle.

What’s on in Germany: April 21 – 27
Germany

What’s on in Germany: April 21 – 27

This week’s highlights: An Easter bonfire in Berlin, Shakespeare in Munich and Swabian festivities in Stuttgart.

Drivers warned of Easter traffic and fuel misery
Germany

Drivers warned of Easter traffic and fuel misery

Drivers preparing to travel during the Easter break are being warned that German roads are likely to be choked with traffic over the next few days, while increased petrol prices could add to their misery.

Pervy penguin falls in love with keeper’s rubber boots
Germany

Pervy penguin falls in love with keeper’s rubber boots

A persistently perky penguin in Konstanz who fell in love with his keeper's black and white boots has been forced to turn to his own kind for amorous attention after his keeper started wearing blue shoes.

Youngest surviving premature baby released from hospital
Germany

Youngest surviving premature baby released from hospital

The youngest surviving premature baby in Europe and possibly the world, was released from a German hospital on Wednesday and sent home with her parents after more than four months in an incubator.

Swedish Red Cross suffers member exodus
Sweden

Swedish Red Cross suffers member exodus

The Swedish Red Cross lost 44,000 members in 2010, equating to every fifth, according to a report from Sveriges Radio's Ekot news programme.

Easter in Sweden: when the witches come out to play
Sweden

Easter in Sweden: when the witches come out to play

Brightly coloured feathers in blues, reds, yellows and glaring pinks tied to long willowy twigs sold beside daffodil buds tip off the arrival of the Easter season in Sweden.

Parties agree Stuttgart 21 price cap and vote
Germany

Parties agree Stuttgart 21 price cap and vote

People in Baden-Württemberg will get a vote on whether to go ahead with the controversial Stuttgart 21 train station construction project, it was agreed on Wednesday night – but the cost of the project will be capped at €4.5 billion.

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Sweden

Zlatan on target as red card appeal is rejected

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has lost his appeal for a reduction of a three match ban.

Over 1,500 people hit by water parasite
Sweden

Over 1,500 people hit by water parasite

As many as 1,500 inhabitants in the municipality of Skellefteå in northern Sweden have confirmed in a survey that they have experienced stomach flu symptoms probably caused by a parasite outbreak.