Stasi informant loses court privacy battle
Germany

Stasi informant loses court privacy battle

An informer for the Stasi, East Germany's once dreaded secret police, lost a legal bid on Tuesday to keep his identity from being made public.

Euro hits record high against US dollar
Germany

Euro hits record high against US dollar

Europe’s single currency the euro cracked through the $1.60 level for the first time ever on Tuesday, raising fears for Germany’s export-led economy.

‘Mobile porn’ funded by Swedish state
Sweden

‘Mobile porn’ funded by Swedish state

A short film collection shot on mobile phones by female directors seeking to create queer and feminist pornography is set to receive 350,000 kronor ($59,000) in Swedish cultural subsidies.

Police investigate two baby deaths in Saxony
Germany

Police investigate two baby deaths in Saxony

Police on Tuesday were investigating the death of a baby found in a recycling centre, the second child to be found dead since the weekend in the eastern German state of Saxony.

The new smoking generation
Sweden

The new smoking generation

A smoking ban in Sweden's cafés and restaurants has redefined the lives of smokers and non-smokers alike, writes Peter Vinthagen Simpson.

German military official says fight in south Afghanistan unwinnable
Germany

German military official says fight in south Afghanistan unwinnable

The head of the German Armed Forces Association said on Tuesday Germany was right not to send combat troops to southern Afghanistan because the battle against the Taliban in the region could not be won.

Åland considers setting clocks to Swedish time
Sweden

Åland considers setting clocks to Swedish time

A member of Åland’s parliament has proposed that the islands, technically an autonomous part of Finland, adopt the same time zone as Sweden.

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Sweden

EU’s upcoming troika make climate change pledge

Sweden, France and the Czech Republic pledged on Tuesday to make real progress on combatting global warming during their successive EU presidencies and pave the way for a worldwide deal to fight climate change.

Another German bank is hit by US subprime-sparked woes
Germany

Another German bank is hit by US subprime-sparked woes

Düsseldorfer Hypothekenbank has become the latest German bank to run into trouble amidst the global financial market crisis, the German banking association BdB said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Rare victory for doctors accused of dismemberment

Two doctors accused of dismembering the body of a murdered prostitute in 1984 have achieved their first legal victory in a long quest to clear their names.

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Sweden

Swedish woman murdered in Paris

French police believe a charred body found in a forest at the weekend is that of a 19-year-old Swedish student who went missing on her way home from a Paris nightclub, an official said Tuesday.

German bank wants Mugabe’s guns
Germany

German bank wants Mugabe’s guns

Germany’s KfW development bank reportedly wants to impound the cargo of a Chinese ship – a horde of weapons and ammunition intended to bolster the Robert Mugabe’s authoritarian regime in Zimbabwe.

Reporter behind faked Hitler diaries now on the dole
Germany

Reporter behind faked Hitler diaries now on the dole

The former star reporter behind one of Germany's biggest press scandals, the faked Hitler diaries published in Stern magazine 25 years ago this week, now lives on welfare in a cluttered Hamburg flat, Bild newspaper reported in an interview on Tuesday.

German Navy scares off Somali pirates
Germany

German Navy scares off Somali pirates

Somali pirates have been thwarted in their attempt to seize a Japanese oil tanker in the Gulf of Aden after a German naval vessel intervened.

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Sweden

Sweden should look to US for welfare solutions

Sweden has a lot to learn from the United States when it comes to reducing welfare dependency, writes Nima Sanandaji of the Captus think tank.

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Sweden

Handelsbanken profits down 21 percent

Svenska Handelsbanken AB posted a first-quarter operating profit of 2.92 billion kronor ($494 million), down 21 percent from a year earlier, hit mostly by losses on financial items at fair value, with costs also rising at a double-digit rate.

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Sweden

Ikea expansion in China moves ahead

Swedish furniture giant Ikea plans to invest $60 million to set up a new outlet in northern China to cash in on the fast growing Asian market, China’s state media reported on Tuesday.

German companies foresee China visa problems
Germany

German companies foresee China visa problems

German companies expect tightened visa restrictions because of the Olympic games in China to cause problems for business, according to a German trade board survey released on Tuesday.

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Germany

Verdi continues strike at Deutsche Post

Some mail across Germany is expected to go undelivered on Tuesday as trade union Verdi continues limited strikes at the Deutsche Post.

Schenström refuses to attend parliamentary hearing
Sweden

Schenström refuses to attend parliamentary hearing

Ulrica Schenström, formerly Prime Minister Reinfeldt's closest aide, has refused to show up for a hearing of the parliament's constitutional committee (Konstitutionsutskott - KU).

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Sweden

Abused girl awarded 200,000 kronor

A girl who lived with her violent and sexually abusive father for six years is to be awarded damages of 200,000 kronor ($33,000) by Vetlanda council in southern Sweden.

VW shareholders to tangle over VW Law
Germany

VW shareholders to tangle over VW Law

For the first time since Porsche made it clear it wanted to take over Volkswagen, all key players will gather on Thursday for a general assembly of shareholders where fireworks are foreseen.

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Sweden

Eklund tried to wipe out DNA evidence

Anders Eklund, the 42-year-old man who has admitted to killing 10-year-old Engla Juncosa Höglund, tried to cover his tracks by setting fire to his victim's body, news agency TT has learned.