‘How do you like it here in Sweden?’
Sweden

‘How do you like it here in Sweden?’

As an immigrant to Sweden there will be many difficulties to overcome -- but there are few questions on earth more dastardly than this, writes Paul Jackson.

German women still earn less than men
Germany

German women still earn less than men

German woman continue to earn less than their male counterparts and, although the pay gap widens with age, the disparity is less acute in the states of the former East Germany.

Climbers killed in Mont Blanc avalanche from southern Germany
Germany

Climbers killed in Mont Blanc avalanche from southern Germany

Three of the eight mountaineers killed this Sunday in an avalanche on Mont Blanc in the French Alps were from southern Germany, officials announced Tuesday – but the fourth German remains unidentified.

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Germany

German police investigate discovery of limbless torso

The discovery of a mutilated woman’s corpse in Füssen has unsettled residents of the idyllic alpine town as local police search for the missing arms, legs and head.

Merkel calls Russian decree on Georgian regions ‘unacceptable’
Germany

Merkel calls Russian decree on Georgian regions ‘unacceptable’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday condemned Russian recognition of independence for the breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

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Sweden

Swedish household wealth declines

Swedish households have seen their accumulated wealth decline for the fifth consecutive quarter, new figures from Statistics Sweden show.

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Sweden

Woman sentenced to five years for rape

A 33-year-old Swedish woman has been sentenced to five years imprisonment for the aggravated rape of a 60-year-old woman in her home.

Cat survives seven weeks behind neighbour’s bathtub
Germany

Cat survives seven weeks behind neighbour’s bathtub

It’s no secret cats hate baths, but at least one feline in central Germany now has a good reason – Bonny was sealed behind her neighbour’s bathtub for seven weeks.

Bildt: Russia ‘violating international law’
Sweden

Bildt: Russia ‘violating international law’

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has accused Russia of violating international law and jeopardizing stability in Europe over its decision to recognize the independence of two Georgian provinces.

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Germany

Amateur films flaming plane at Munich airport

A smoking Air Dolomiti plane aborted take off this weekend at the Munich airport – an event the airline said was “not alarming” at the time. But amateur videos of passengers leaping from the flaming plane have scandalized the German media on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Ahmad and James on Swedish bank’s blacklist

Swedish bank Skandiabanken has come under fire for a black list that hinders customers with Arabic names from using routine banking services.

German woman found guilty of murdering Swedish children
Germany

German woman found guilty of murdering Swedish children

A Swedish court has ordered a German woman suspected of the brutal murder of two toddlers to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, an indication that the court finds her guilty as charged.

Court: German woman ‘guilty of murder’
Sweden

Court: German woman ‘guilty of murder’

A Swedish court has ordered a German woman suspected of the brutal murder of two toddlers to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, an indication that the court finds her guilty as charged.

German corporations, consumers sceptical about economy
Germany

German corporations, consumers sceptical about economy

German economic prospects took two big hits on Tuesday, raising fears of recession as both business sentiment and consumer confidence were reported to be falling further in Europe's biggest economy.

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Sweden

Stockholm University ends Steiner teacher training

Stockholm University has decided to wind up its Steiner-Waldorf teacher training. Steiner science literature is 'too much myth and too little fact', the university's teacher education committee has ruled.

Hooligan scandal at Stockholm derby
Sweden

Hooligan scandal at Stockholm derby

The Stockholm derby match between AIK and Hammarby on Monday evening was plagued by hooliganism and rioting for the second consecutive year.

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Sweden

Moderates reject ‘misguided benevolence’ for immigrants

Sweden's Moderates want to see a tougher line on asylum seekers. Government reforms are positive, but employment should be a priority, a parliamentary group argues.

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Germany

Drunk riverboat captain arrested while manning Weser tour

The captain of a tourist riverboat was arrested on the job after they found he was extremely intoxicated, police in the German state of Saxony reported Tuesday.

Armed gang rob German financiers on yacht off Corsica
Germany

Armed gang rob German financiers on yacht off Corsica

An armed gang targeted a luxury yacht off a Mediterranean island with German financiers in a daring heist, officials said Monday. Masked gunmen stormed aboard the yacht off the French island of Corsica, overpowered crew and guests and made off with €138,000 ($204,000) from its safe.

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Sweden

Castro in show of solidarity with disgraced taekwando star

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Monday defended the former Olympic taekwando champion who kicked a Swedish referee in the head at the weekend.

Michelle Obama sings praises of Swedish women
Sweden

Michelle Obama sings praises of Swedish women

Michelle Obama was caught slightly off guard on Monday by a reporter who asked her for a message for Swedish women, who are apparently among her biggest fans.

German suspect ‘should get life sentence’
Sweden

German suspect ‘should get life sentence’

A German woman charged with the murder of the two children and the attempted murder of their mother in Arboga in central Sweden should be awarded a life sentence, a prosecutor argued as the case wound up on Monday, news agency TT reports.