Loreen takes home Melodifestivalen win
Sweden

Loreen takes home Melodifestivalen win

Sweden’s contribution to the Eurovision Song Contest this year has been decided. The winner of 2012 year’s Swedish music fest Melodifestivalen is Loreen, with the song “Euphoria”.

Berlin mayor admits taking free holiday
Germany

Berlin mayor admits taking free holiday

Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit has come under pressure to clarify his relationship to controversial event manager Manfred Schmidt – who was at the centre of the scandal surrounding ex-President Wulff.

McDonald’s drops German chicken provider
Germany

McDonald’s drops German chicken provider

McDonald's Germany has stopped all deliveries of chicken products made by the country's biggest poultry producer after complaints over hygiene.

Pregnant Swedes in labour gas ban outrage
Sweden

Pregnant Swedes in labour gas ban outrage

Use of laughing gas during labour may soon be no more than a memory for women giving birth in Sweden. Gävleborg hospital, in northeastern Sweden, is first to cut off the use of nitrous oxide as pain relief.

Greek Nazi Merkel photos ‘trivialise’ holocaust
Germany

Greek Nazi Merkel photos ‘trivialise’ holocaust

Yaakov Hadas-Handelsman, the new Israeli ambassador to Germany, has condemned photos of Chancellor Merkel and other German politicians in Nazi uniform that appeared in Greek newspapers last month.

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Sweden

Teen girls held captive in prostitution ring

Swedish police uncovered what appears to be a prostitution ring in Fittja, a suburb south of Stockholm, arresting two men on suspicion of kidnapping.

Merkel defends nuclear phase out
Germany

Merkel defends nuclear phase out

German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her country's decision to phase out nuclear power on Saturday, speaking on the eve of the first anniversary of Japan's Fukushima disaster. But Germany has its work cut out if it is to reach ambitious national targets.

‘Miracle’ identical quads home at last
Germany

‘Miracle’ identical quads home at last

Identical quadruplet sisters born prematurely in January in Leipzig have been allowed home from hospital after two months in incubators. The miracle babies’ parents now have their hands full - with a household of seven.

‘If I was Pärson I would’ve quit long ago’: Lindsey Vonn
Sweden

‘If I was Pärson I would’ve quit long ago’: Lindsey Vonn

For her eleventh World Cup win of the season, American skiing sensation Vonn beat out her Swedish counterpart Anja Pärson by nearly six seconds and says that if she were in Pärson's shoes, she would've quit long ago.

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Sweden

Swedish company sent Swastikas to Germany

A Swedish paper manufacturer made an unpleasant discovery recently, when they found that someone had been drawing swastikas on the company's paper rolls - later exported to a major client in Germany.

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Sweden

Swedish teen girl offered job as ‘man-eater’

A teenage girl looking for work updated her CV at the Swedish National Employment Office (Arbetsförmedlingen), and was offered a job as "man-eater" at a Swedish call center.

German investors ‘could sue Greece’
Germany

German investors ‘could sue Greece’

The German association of small investors SdK said it was considering legal action against Greece after Athens activated clauses to force creditors to accept an unprecedented debt swap.