‘Sexist’ Left Party politician in Women’s Day row
Sweden

‘Sexist’ Left Party politician in Women’s Day row

The Left Party in Gävle was forced to make a last minute change to its International Women’s Day programme when complaints surfaced that one of the scheduled speakers had sent threatening messages to a female colleague in the party.

Former hardline judge Schill caught snorting cocaine
Germany

Former hardline judge Schill caught snorting cocaine

Hamburg state prosecutors are investigating a video of former Hamburg interior minister Ronald Schill allegedly snorting cocaine in Rio de Janeiro.

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Germany

Merkel to address election flaws on Russia visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will raise concerns about flaws in the Russian election in talks with President Vladimir Putin and his elected successor in Moscow on Saturday, a spokesman said.

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Sweden

Tattoo artist fined for signing own name on woman’s body

A tattoo artist from Halland in western Sweden has been convicted for writing his own name on the stomach of a 19-year-old female customer.

German railway braces for major strike
Germany

German railway braces for major strike

Germany's national railway operator Deutsche Bahn said on Friday it had an emergency plan to deal with a major strike by train drivers next week.

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Sweden

Immigrant girls and sex education – who knows best?

Parents, students, or the state: who knows best? David Landes looks at the thorny issue of sex education and editorial reactions to a Liberal Party proposal aiming to bar parents from exempting their children, particularly girls, from classes.

SPD’s Ypsilanti abandons bid to become premier in Hesse
Germany

SPD’s Ypsilanti abandons bid to become premier in Hesse

Andrea Ypsilanti, the leader of Hesse's Social Democrats, has abandoned her bid to become the German state’s premier after a renegade MP torpedoed her attempts to form a government with the support of the hard-line socialist Left Party.

Wallström laments lack of women named for top EU jobs
Sweden

Wallström laments lack of women named for top EU jobs

Only men's names have been put forward for top positions being created in the European Union, Commission Vice President Margot Wallström lamented on Friday, the eve of International Women's Day.

Theatre and science collide in Berlin museum
Germany

Theatre and science collide in Berlin museum

What happens when an experimental theatre troupe runs loose in Berlin’s Natural History Museum? Daniel Miller suits up for a taxonomic safari in the urban jungle.

Court clears Skandia bosses
Sweden

Court clears Skandia bosses

The Stockholm District Court has cleared former Skandia directors Lars-Eric Petersson and Ulf Spång from charges of tax evasion.

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Sweden

Boys’ faces slashed in knife attack

Two boys in their late teens were attacked and had their faces slashed by a gang of teenagers at Odenplan in central Stockholm on Friday afternoon.

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Germany

Social Democratic MP balks at leftist coalition in Hesse

Attempts by the Social Democrats in Hesse to form a minority government are on the brink of failure as state parliamentarians balk at the possibility of working with the socialist the Left Party.

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Sweden

Stockholm club guide

Looking to go clubbing in Stockholm this weekend? Here are five weekend club and concert tips from Kalendarium (Click links for more information)

Arrests follow recovery of Strindberg painting
Sweden

Arrests follow recovery of Strindberg painting

Two people have been arrested in the theft of a valuable painting by Swedish author and dramatist August Strindberg, which was recovered by police Thursday night.

German wage talks collapse
Germany

German wage talks collapse

German public sector employers have announced the official collapse of wage negotiations with trade union Verdi. Mediators are now stepping in to try to avoid extended strikes.

Bayern’s Kahn revisits roots as career end nears
Germany

Bayern’s Kahn revisits roots as career end nears

Never one for sentimentality, Bayern Munich captain Oliver Kahn will expect nothing less than three points on Saturday when his side faces Karlsruhe, the club where he began his goalkeeping career.

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Sweden

Sweden’s budget surplus surpasses forecasts

The Swedish central government had a surplus in payments of 56.2 billion kronor in February, the highest monthly surplus since June of 2000.

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Sweden

Government wants to help criminals get jobs

The Swedish government believes that even convicted criminals should be eased back into the labor market through “new start” jobs.

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Germany

Afghanistan suicide bomber came from Germany

A suicide attack that killed two NATO soldiers in eastern Afghanistan earlier this week was carried out by a Turk who had come from Germany, a group that monitors Islamist websites reported Thursday.

Stolen Strindberg painting recovered
Sweden

Stolen Strindberg painting recovered

A painting by Sweden's most famous author and dramatist has been found in a Stockholm suburb two years after it was stolen from the Strindberg Museum, Upsala Nya Tidning (UNT) reports.

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Germany

German industrial orders drop 1.5 percent

German industrial orders fell a greater-than-expected 1.5 percent in January from December, according to official figures released Thursday.

German monk caught stealing porno DVDs
Germany

German monk caught stealing porno DVDs

A Benedictine monk is under investigation for stealing some 40 DVDs from a German sex shop.

Sister of barred Iranian feminist accepts Palme prize
Sweden

Sister of barred Iranian feminist accepts Palme prize

Iranian feminist Parvin Ardalan's sister accepted a major Swedish rights award, the Olof Palme Prize, on her behalf on Thursday after she was prevented by Tehran from attending the ceremony.

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Sweden

Swedish socialite jailed in Australia

A Swedish-born socialite was jailed in Australia for nearly four years Friday for plotting to murder two witnesses in her boyfriend's drug trial.