Berlin Philharmonic catches fire
Germany

Berlin Philharmonic catches fire

Berlin’s famed Philharmonic caught fire on Tuesday afternoon, sending huge clouds of smoke into the sky over the German capital.

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Sweden

Man found hanged on Stockholm island

A man was found hanging from a tree on the island of Långholmen in Stockholm at lunchtime on Tuesday with a plastic bag over his head.

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Sweden

Ferry boat captains set to expand strike

The Swedish Ship Officers' Association (SSOA) has given notice that a further 27 ferry boats, primarily in the Stockholm archipelago, are due to be hit by the ongoing labor dispute between the union and the Almega employers association.

German MPs kybosh unpopular pay raise
Germany

German MPs kybosh unpopular pay raise

German lawmakers have rejected a proposal that would have seen their salaries increase 16.4 percent over three years, the parliamentary leaders of the two main parties said on Tuesday.

Sweden prepares for Alpine adventure
Sweden

Sweden prepares for Alpine adventure

Reigning champions Greece aside, Group D at the Euro 2008 finals could be summed up as the group of underachievers with Sweden being one of the foremost offenders.

Firefighters feel the heat for Hitler Youth t-shirt slogan
Germany

Firefighters feel the heat for Hitler Youth t-shirt slogan

Volunteer firefighters from the eastern German city of Cottbus issued an apology this week for using Adolf Hitler's famous exhortation to Nazi youth as a t-shirt slogan.

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Sweden

Swedish soldier dies in shooting accident

A Swedish conscript has died after being shot in a military exercise in the Stockholm archipelago on Tuesday afternoon.

China warns Germany over Dalai Lama visit
Germany

China warns Germany over Dalai Lama visit

China warned Germany on Tuesday that it must firmly oppose the Dalai Lama's "separatist activities" after Tibet's exiled spiritual leader met officials in Berlin.

State pharmacy places trust in lust
Sweden

State pharmacy places trust in lust

Sweden’s state run pharmacy Apoteket is buzzing at the prospect of selling a new range of vibrators and other sex toys.

Eurovision a winner for TeliaSonera
Sweden

Eurovision a winner for TeliaSonera

Sweden’s domestic qualifying competition and the Eurovision song contest finals which follow are big cash cows for TeliaSonera, regardless of who wins.

Police call off hunt for gunman at Berlin school
Germany

Police call off hunt for gunman at Berlin school

A four-hour search for an armed man in a Berlin trade school ended on Tuesday without a sign of the reported gunman.

Bildt: sub findings inconclusive
Sweden

Bildt: sub findings inconclusive

Foreign minister Carl Bildt remains convinced that Soviet submarines entered Swedish waters in 1982 despite Monday's revelations that sounds recorded in the Stockholm archipelago may actually have emanated from a Swedish charter boat.

German investor confidence slips in May: ZEW
Germany

German investor confidence slips in May: ZEW

Analysts and investors turned gloomier in May about prospects for the German economy, the biggest in Europe, because of rising prices and rise of the euro, the ZEW institute's monthly indicator showed on Tuesday.

‘That’s not me, a floozie with big boobs’
Sweden

‘That’s not me, a floozie with big boobs’

Swedish athletics star Carolina Klüft has expressed her displeasure with arrangers Scottishathletics for combining her likeness with a caricature of Pippi Longstocking for a press conference promoting an upcoming competition.

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Germany

News Corp. raises stake in German pay-TV Premiere

US media giant News Corporation said on Monday it has raised its stake in German pay-television operator Premiere to 25.01 percent, the second increase since buying into the firm in January.

German-Afghan jailed for knifing rabbi in Frankfurt
Germany

German-Afghan jailed for knifing rabbi in Frankfurt

A court in Frankfurt sentenced a German man of Afghan origin to three and a half years for a knife attack on a rabbi in Frankfurt last September.

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Sweden

Immigrants and the young: Left behind by Swedish left?

Sweden's political left should embrace free market reforms if it is to achieve its goals for a more equitable society, writes Nima Sanandaji of the Captus think tank.

German producer prices jump by 5.2 percent in April
Germany

German producer prices jump by 5.2 percent in April

German prices at the factory gate jumped by 5.2 percent in April, the biggest 12-month increase since August 2006, figures from the national statistics office showed on Tuesday.

Merkel wraps up Latin America tour with Mexico visit
Germany

Merkel wraps up Latin America tour with Mexico visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has wrapped up a four-nation tour of Latin America with talks on investment and the environment on a brief visit to Mexico.

Edberg set to come out of retirement
Sweden

Edberg set to come out of retirement

Sweden's former men's world number one Stefan Edberg, who has not played competitive tennis since he retired 12 years ago, could be set to face old rival Pete Sampras after agreeing to play two events on the Tour of Champions.

German army may open commando unit to women
Germany

German army may open commando unit to women

The German army’s elite anti-terror commando unit may soon open its doors to women, a German newspaper reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

UN torture committee criticizes Sweden

The United Nations Committee against Torture has criticized Sweden for taking too long to begin investigating allegations of torture in conjunction with a peacekeeping mission in Congo.

Osnabrück to host dialogue with Muslims: report
Germany

Osnabrück to host dialogue with Muslims: report

A small city in the German state of Lower Saxony where Christians negotiated to end a religious war in the 1600s should be a centre for Christian-Islamic dialogue today, the state premier told a newspaper on Tuesday.

Swedish royal wedding ‘would benefit economy’
Sweden

Swedish royal wedding ‘would benefit economy’

Crown Princess Victoria has no need to worry about the cost for the taxpayer of an eventual wedding date with her boyfriend Daniel Westling, a new report has shown.