Energy companies put UK nuke investments on hold
Germany

Energy companies put UK nuke investments on hold

German energy giants EON and RWE said Tuesday they would wait for London to rule on the future of its nuclear power industry before going ahead with investments in new power plants in Britain.

Exec at children’s TV station Kika jailed for embezzling millions
Germany

Exec at children’s TV station Kika jailed for embezzling millions

A former executive for the German children’s TV channel Kinderkanal (Kika) was sentenced on Tuesday to more than five years in jail for stealing millions from the public broadcaster.

Peace, love and ‘the delirium of existence’
Sweden

Peace, love and ‘the delirium of existence’

Ever wondered what a small Swedish town looks like when 50,000 music lovers invade its streets? Borlänge’s Peace & Love festival 2011 is your answer. Topping the locality’s agenda for all of last week, Peace & Love proved to be many a spectacular display.

National Debt Office approves Saab deal
Sweden

National Debt Office approves Saab deal

The Swedish National Debt Office (Riksgälden) decided to approve Saab's request to sell shares in Saab Automobile.

Manhole rescue proves too much for plucky squirrel
Germany

Manhole rescue proves too much for plucky squirrel

An elaborate attempt to rescue a Hamburg squirrel stuck in a manhole cover ended in tragedy after the wayward rodent died, authorities said on Tuesday.

Peru sues Swedish city over ‘stolen’ artifacts
Sweden

Peru sues Swedish city over ‘stolen’ artifacts

Peruvian President Alan Garcia said Monday that the country planned to sue the southwestern Swedish city of Gothenburg, on charges of being an accomplice in the theft of more than 100 colourful Paracas culture textiles.

Summer returns, though with some rain
Germany

Summer returns, though with some rain

Summer temperatures and periods of sunshine will return to Germany this week, though some rain and storms are still expected, the German Weather Service (DWD) saidTuesday.

Swiss party lashes out at PowerPoint presentations
Switzerland

Swiss party lashes out at PowerPoint presentations

A new Swiss political party, founded by a self-styled flip-chart aficionado, has set itself the ambitious goal of ridding the world of tedious PowerPoint presentations.

Top court hears challenge to EU bailouts
Germany

Top court hears challenge to EU bailouts

Germany's Constitutional Court opened new hearings Tuesday on challenges to the legality of Berlin's involvement in debt rescue loans for Greece and other struggling eurozone countries.

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Switzerland

Dip in number of Swiss teen abortions

The number of Swiss teenagers having abortions has declined, a new report said.

 

Egyptian seeds firm up as E.coli suspect
Germany

Egyptian seeds firm up as E.coli suspect

The European Food Safety Agency on Tuesday strengthened its claim that a batch of fenugreek seeds imported from Egypt was likely behind the deadly E. coli outbreak that killed 50 people, most of them in Germany.

Merkel under fire for Saudi tank deal
Germany

Merkel under fire for Saudi tank deal

Germany's centre-right coalition on Tuesday came under increasing fire from both the opposition and Angela Merkel's own conservatives for a controversial arms deal to supply 200 Leopard tanks to Saudi Arabia despite its questionable human rights record.

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France

Man kills ex over new love, then himself

A phys ed teacher killed his ex-girlfriend and then himself in Marseille after she announced she was leaving him. Their young daughter in the next room was unharmed.

 

Parents guilty of Högsby ‘honour’ killing: court
Sweden

Parents guilty of Högsby ‘honour’ killing: court

The parents of the 23-year-old man previously convicted of the murder of 20-year–old Abbas Rezai, are guilty of the crime, according to Göta Court of Appeal, sentencing them both to ten years in prison.

Germany’s humble strength
Germany

Germany’s humble strength

Germany was once a strong yet evil country. Then it was weak but good. Today it's both strong and good, making the innate caution of its leaders more important than ever, argues Malte Lehming from Der Tagesspiegel.

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Switzerland

Man injured by egg thrown from speeding car

A passer-by in Basel suffered a serious eye injury after he was hit by an egg thrown from a speeding car, the latest in a series of similar attacks, a report says.

 

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France

Teenager drowns over video games

A 14-year-old boy drowned on Monday night in a canal in Valenciennes. Despite not being able to swim, he jumped into the water after a dispute with a group of boys over video games.

 

Spaniards flock to Germany as eastern Europeans stay away
Germany

Spaniards flock to Germany as eastern Europeans stay away

Germany’s economic upswing is attracting more highly skilled workers from Poland and southern European countries like Spain, while low-skilled workers from eastern Europe are avoiding the country.

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Sweden

Kidnapping mum faces four years in prison

An eight-year-old, kept hidden in the Dominican Republic from her Swedish father for four years, is back with her family in Sweden.

Swedish Ship to Gaza express ‘grief and dismay’ at Greek authorities
Sweden

Swedish Ship to Gaza express ‘grief and dismay’ at Greek authorities

The Swedish-based Ship to Gaza rights group on Monday expressed "grief and dismay" at Greece's decision to block the humanitarian flotilla from sailing to the Palestinian territory.

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Sweden

Sweden’s Riksbank raises interest rates

The Swedish central bank, Riksbanken, has decided to raise the repo rate by 0.25 percentage points to 2.0 per cent, the bank announced on Tuesday.

Strauss-Kahn to sue attempted rape accuser
France

Strauss-Kahn to sue attempted rape accuser

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn plans to sue for slander a 32-year-old French woman who said she will file an attempted rape complaint against him, his lawyers said on Monday.

Swedish teens drink less alcohol
Sweden

Swedish teens drink less alcohol

The percentage of Swedish 15-year-olds who drink alcohol has dropped to the lowest level in decades.

Tough clash expected as Germany face impressive France
Germany

Tough clash expected as Germany face impressive France

Germany will be looking to flex their muscles and demonstrate their title credentials when they take on France in their final women's World Cup group game on Tuesday.

Pensioners are falling behind, ministry admits
Germany

Pensioners are falling behind, ministry admits

Germany’s 20 million pensioners are going to find life increasingly tough with the government confirming for the first time that benefit payments are rising at well below the pace of inflation.

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Sweden

Ambassador met with jailed Swedes in Ethiopia

On Monday evening the Swedish ambassador was permitted to visit the two Swedish journalists currently being held in custody in Ethiopia.

Greenpeace unveils Rainbow Warrior III in Germany
Germany

Greenpeace unveils Rainbow Warrior III in Germany

Greenpeace unveiled a new, German-built weapon in its campaign against environmental destruction on Monday - €23 million ship dubbed the Rainbow Warrior III.

Swedish model slashes multiple-birth risk in IVF pregnancies
Sweden

Swedish model slashes multiple-birth risk in IVF pregnancies

Swedish doctors on Monday presented a new method they said dramatically reduces the risk of multiple births from in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) without affecting chances of having a baby.

State minister calls for Denmark holiday boycott
Germany

State minister calls for Denmark holiday boycott

With Denmark poised to reintroduce customs checks at its borders after decades of unfettered travel in Europe, a German state minister has called for people to boycott holidays to the Scandinavian country.

Growing demands for Ohly to step down
Sweden

Growing demands for Ohly to step down

A growing number of leading Left Party members want to see the party's head, Lars Ohly, step down before the next election in 2014.