What’s on in Germany: June 2 – 8
Germany

What’s on in Germany: June 2 – 8

This Week's Highlights: Chekhov in Frankfurt, short films in Hamburg, and an exhibition on container architecture in Düsseldorf.

Germany home to growing ‘super rich’ class
Germany

Germany home to growing ‘super rich’ class

Germany is now second only to the United States when it comes to "super rich" households worth more than $100 million (€70 million), according to a study published this week.

Norwegian set to launch Stockholm-New York flights
Sweden

Norwegian set to launch Stockholm-New York flights

Budget airline Norwegian is planning to launch direct flights from Stockholm to New York from the end of 2012 or beginning of 2013, the company has confirmed.

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France

Unemployment falls slightly

France's unemployment rate fell slightly from 9.3 to 9.2 percent of the active population in the first quarter of 2011, the state statistics agency INSEE announced Wednesday.

Super-fast mobile internet set to expand
Germany

Super-fast mobile internet set to expand

Mobile internet surfing in Germany is set to become much faster with the construction of fourth-generation mobile networks beginning this year in over 100 cities, Deutsche Telekom announced Wednesday.

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France

Ferry: child sex ‘hushed up by officials’

Still digesting news of sex assault charges against a presidential contender and allegations against a minister, French voters are now confronted with rumours of a high-level paedophile cover-up.

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France

French windfall for Hong Kong consulate

The home of France's top diplomat in Hong Kong, located in one of the Chinese territory's glitziest districts, has sold for a whopping €51.6 million, the consulate said Wednesday.

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Switzerland

UBS faces French tax probe – report

French authorities have opened a preliminary probe into the business practices of Swiss banking giant UBS, a judicial source said Wednesday.

Government rules out royal truth commission
Sweden

Government rules out royal truth commission

The Swedish government has rejected calls for the establishment of a truth commission to investigate the King, his friends and their alleged contacts with the criminal underworld.

Alarm spreads as E. coli cases rise sharply
Germany

Alarm spreads as E. coli cases rise sharply

The number of E. coli cases has risen dramatically in northern Germany, authorities announced Wednesday, with at least 180 new cases emerging in the past 24 hours in Hamburg and Lower Saxony alone.

Warm and sunny weather set for Ascension Day
Germany

Warm and sunny weather set for Ascension Day

The Ascension Day holiday on Thursday should bring warm and cheery weather to Germany, with the German Weather Service (DWD) forecasting sunny skies and temperatures of up to 25 degrees Celsius for much of the country.

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Sweden

Three men held for human trafficking

Police in Gothenburg have detained three men on suspicion of trafficking Romanian women.

‘Danish Marmite ban, be damned’: British ex-pat
Sweden

‘Danish Marmite ban, be damned’: British ex-pat

The news that Denmark has recently banned Marmite caused widespread panic among British ex-pats there, leaving UK native and Marmite lover Tim Harvey wondering whether the decision may have even more far-reaching consequences.

Charges filed against sex chamber suspect
Sweden

Charges filed against sex chamber suspect

The 47-year-old man suspected of holding a woman prisoner in an underground sex-chamber in western Sweden was charged on Wednesday of kidnapping and aggravated rape.

Drugged-up bodybuilder causes road carnage
Switzerland

Drugged-up bodybuilder causes road carnage

A Swiss amateur bodybuilder has caused a series of accidents as he drove on the wrong way down a motorway in the Czech Republic.

 

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Switzerland

Swiss weatherman not guilty of rape

A Swiss weatherman who is one of Germany's best-known television personalities was acquitted of raping a girlfriend Tuesday in a case that riveted the country and raised questions about media coverage of high-profile trials.

Spain threatens to sue Hamburg for E. coli scare
Germany

Spain threatens to sue Hamburg for E. coli scare

Spain threatened Wednesday to sue Hamburg for damages after health officials in the northern German city pointed to Spanish cucumbers as the source of a lethal E. coli outbreak.

IMF warns of Swedish house price decline
Sweden

IMF warns of Swedish house price decline

Sweden's housing market shows signs of a bubble and is on the verge of a sustained price decline, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned in a new report.

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Switzerland

Two Britons die in Swiss motorbike crash

Two British citizens were killed in a motorbike pile-up in southern Switzerland that involved nine vehicles, reports have said.

 

Swedish woman dies after ambulance no show
Sweden

Swedish woman dies after ambulance no show

A Swedish woman died in hospital after being forced to call for an ambulance four times, according to a report filed with the National Board of Health and Welfare.

Football boss calls for Qatar bribery probe
Germany

Football boss calls for Qatar bribery probe

The head of Germany's football federation, Theo Zwanziger, called on Wednesday for FIFA to re-examine the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar over bribery allegations.

China’s Lenovo to buy PC firm Medion
Germany

China’s Lenovo to buy PC firm Medion

The Chinese computer giant Lenovo announced Wednesday it was planning to take over German electronics firm Medion – best known for making low-budget PCs for supermarket chain Aldi – for about €629 million.

Experts cast doubt on Bergman DNA claims
Sweden

Experts cast doubt on Bergman DNA claims

The Swedish experts who carried out the DNA tests used as a basis for the claim that deceased film director Ingmar Bergman was switched at birth, have disputed the conclusions, according to a report in the Ny Teknik weekly.

King Carl XVI Gustaf: the complete interview
Sweden

King Carl XVI Gustaf: the complete interview

The denials offered by King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in an interview on Monday night have much of the country talking about the future of the King and the monarchy. See and read the interview and form your own opinion.

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Sweden

Swedish school in million kronor bullying lawsuit

A school in western Sweden has been sued for almost a million kronor ($160,000) by four families who claim that not enough has been done to help bullied children.

Pressure grows on Left over anti-Semitism
Germany

Pressure grows on Left over anti-Semitism

Pressure is growing within Germany's Left party to take decisive action against alleged anti-Semitic tendencies among the socialists.

Gang rivalry leading to more violence: police
Sweden

Gang rivalry leading to more violence: police

An increase in the number of criminal gangs in Sweden is behind a rise in violent crime in the last two years, according to police.

Kachelmann case sparks backlash against media
Germany

Kachelmann case sparks backlash against media

Weatherman Jörg Kachelmann’s acquittal on rape charges has prompted a backlash against the German media, with some politicians demanding journalists police themselves or face stricter regulation.

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Sweden

Man found shot near isolated pedestrian path

A man in his fifties with life-threatening gunshot wounds was found lying near a walking path in south central Sweden late Tuesday night in what police have classified as attempted murder.

German faces stiff competition for US language students
Germany

German faces stiff competition for US language students

With Spanish dominating US language instruction and Chinese classes on the rise, are American schoolchildren still bothering to learn German? Miriam Widman reports.

Alleged King pics to be released: ex-gangster
Sweden

Alleged King pics to be released: ex-gangster

Ex-porn club owner and reputed gangster Mille Markovic said on Tuesday he plans to publish compromising pictures of Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf he claims to have in his possession.