Swedish unis suffer drop in foreign admissions
Sweden

Swedish unis suffer drop in foreign admissions

Since the government introduced fees for non-EU students last year, many of Sweden’s prominent universities have seen a significant drop in the interest from international students.

MP says Portugal should sell its gold to save itself
Germany

MP says Portugal should sell its gold to save itself

Portugal, the third eurozone country to ask for a financial bailout, should first sell its gold reserves, a German member of parliament suggested on Thursday.

Assange right to slam Swedish courts: lawyers
Sweden

Assange right to slam Swedish courts: lawyers

Nearly one third of lawyers in Sweden, including best-selling author and lawyer Jens Lapidus, believe that criticism directed at the country's legal system by WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange is warranted, according to a new survey.

Charges filed in Berlin metro beating case
Germany

Charges filed in Berlin metro beating case

Two weeks after a brutal attack at a Berlin metro station, the main 18-year-old suspect has been officially charged with severely assaulting the victim.

State won’t let welfare recipients bet on sport
Germany

State won’t let welfare recipients bet on sport

A court in Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, on Thursday confirmed a ruling banning people on the dole from betting on sporting events.

Facebook gives kissing women film ad the boot
Sweden

Facebook gives kissing women film ad the boot

A Swedish film distributor's attempt to use an image of two women kissing in a Facebook advertising campaign has been rejected by the popular social networking website.

Scientology struggles to find followers amid recruitment drives
Germany

Scientology struggles to find followers amid recruitment drives

The Church of Scientology is losing members in Germany but is campaigning to recruit more followers and increase its size, the German government says.

Germany reportedly mulling e-car subsidies
Germany

Germany reportedly mulling e-car subsidies

The German government is reportedly considering splashing out billions of subsidies for e-mobility efforts in order to help meet its goal of getting a million electric cars on the nation's streets by 2020.

Embassy doubts over Saab’s Chinese saviour
Sweden

Embassy doubts over Saab’s Chinese saviour

Saab's new partner Hawtai has inflated its production figures and changed chief executives numerous times over the past years, the Swedish embassy in Beijing warned in an internal report quoted by a Swedish daily on Thursday.

Murder suspect sent 10,000 texts from jail
Sweden

Murder suspect sent 10,000 texts from jail

A 31-year-old man recently convicted of stabbing a man to death used a smuggled mobile phone to send more than 10,000 text messages from inside his cell in a Swedish jail.

Yusuf set to give Sweden a Cat Stevens ‘homecoming’
Sweden

Yusuf set to give Sweden a Cat Stevens ‘homecoming’

Yusuf Islam, known to many as singer-songwriter Cat Stevens, is set to kick off his first European tour in 35 years in Sweden, a country he cites as instrumental in shaping his career, contributor Oliver Gee discovers.

What’s on in Germany: May 5 – May 11
Germany

What’s on in Germany: May 5 – May 11

This Week's Highlights: A Long Night of Museums in Frankfurt, a birthday party for a harbour in Hamburg, and drawings from the Museum of Modern Art are on display in Berlin.

First Nord Stream gas pipeline completed
Germany

First Nord Stream gas pipeline completed

The first of two Nord Stream gas pipelines, due to pump gas from Russia to Germany by way of the Baltic Sea, bypassing Eastern Europe, has been completed, the consortium building it announced on Thursday.

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Sweden

Immigrants often stuck in the ‘wrong’ job: study

Foreigners with university degrees that accept an unskilled job when they arrive in Sweden often get stuck in it for several years, a new study from white collar trade union Jusek shows.

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Switzerland

Natural disasters take toll on Swiss Re

The Japan and New Zealand earthquakes and the Queensland floods have led global reinsurance giant Swiss Re to report a big first-quarter loss.

Giant flower stinking of rotting flesh set to bloom
Germany

Giant flower stinking of rotting flesh set to bloom

Staff at Berlin’s botanical gardens on Thursday were eagerly awaiting the blooming of a rare giant flower smelling of rotting flesh.

Alarm as measles cases skyrocket
Switzerland

Alarm as measles cases skyrocket

Almost 400 cases of measles have been registered in Switzerland over the last six months.

 

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Switzerland

Safety flaws found in Swiss nuclear sites

 

An investigation into the safety of Swiss nuclear power plants has uncovered a number of security flaws, according to media reports.

 

Sweden’s Afghan forces face increased threat
Sweden

Sweden’s Afghan forces face increased threat

The threat facing Swedish troops stationed in Afghanistan has been ratcheted up following a call by the Taliban for a spring offensive against foreign troops.

Massive fire leaves KTH student body reeling
Sweden

Massive fire leaves KTH student body reeling

The fire that raged though the School of Architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm on Wednesday have left the student body in the lurch with the loss of vital workshops.

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Sweden

Skanska posts profits fall

Swedish construction firm Skanska has reported a pre-tax profit of 451 million kronor for the first quarter of 2011, less than half the 936 million kronor posted in the corresponding period of 2010. 

Free Democrats losing members, money
Germany

Free Democrats losing members, money

Germany's Free Democratic Party (FDP), Chancellor Angela Merkel's junior coalition partner, is reportedly losing members and revenue.

Riesch’s row with Vonn simmers on
Germany

Riesch’s row with Vonn simmers on

An ongoing row between alpine ski stars Maria Riesch of Germany and Lindsey Vonn of the US hit more bumpy terrain Wednesday when Riesch's manager and husband accused the American of lying.

Christian Democrats sign up for Stockholm Pride
Sweden

Christian Democrats sign up for Stockholm Pride

The Christian Democrats plan to set up camp at the Stockholm Pride festival for the first time this August.

Swedes thrash US to claim hockey top spot
Sweden

Swedes thrash US to claim hockey top spot

Sweden clinched top spot in Group C at the world hockey championships in Slovakia on Wednesday after comfortably beating the United States 6-2.

Berlin’s legendary boulevard Ku’damm turns 125
Germany

Berlin’s legendary boulevard Ku’damm turns 125

Berlin on Thursday kicks off celebrations for the 125th anniversary of Kurfürstendamm, the German capital’s answer to the Champs-Élysées. Special events will highlight the history of the legendary boulevard all summer long.