‘More pro-democracy aid to Russia’: Bildt
Sweden

‘More pro-democracy aid to Russia’: Bildt

Sweden is mulling a resumption of its aid programme in support of democratic forces in Russia.

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Sweden

Reinfeldt’s wife takes post on newspaper board

Filipa Reinfeldt, a Moderate Party politician and wife of Sweden’s Prime Minister, has been named to the board of a minority owner in one of the country’s major daily newspapers.

Bavarian hotel offers a field of dreams
Germany

Bavarian hotel offers a field of dreams

Welcome to the Bad Kissingen hotel: No room service, no bed, no wi-fi - no room at all in fact. Here in what is officially one of Germany's weirdest hotels, you sleep in a field.

Karstadt department store chain to cut 450 posts
Germany

Karstadt department store chain to cut 450 posts

The German department store Karstadt will cut up to 450 administrative posts at its headquarters in western Essen, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.

Online banking fraud at all-time high in Germany
Germany

Online banking fraud at all-time high in Germany

Victims of internet password fraud rose significantly in the last year, with so-called online "phishing" up by 25 percent, the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM) reported on Tuesday.

Islamists charged in anti-US terror plot
Germany

Islamists charged in anti-US terror plot

German federal prosecutors charged on Tuesday three men accused of planning attacks on US citizens and interests, including US military installations.

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Germany

Drugged up Danes kill one in naked Frankfurt driving rampage

A naked 28-year-old Dane high on drugs and his twin brother led police on a wild high-speed chase through Frankfurt on Tuesday after killing a cyclist and injuring several others.

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Sweden

Spiritualist group severs ties with jailed former president

A UK-based spiritualist organization has formally kicked out its disgraced former president, more than a year after he was sentenced to five years in prison in Sweden for child rape.

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Sweden

Swedish study links bipolar disorder to older fathers

Children of older fathers run an increased risk of suffering from bipolar disorder, a study by researchers at the Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet has found.

Japan’s Onward snaps up fashion label Jil Sander
Germany

Japan’s Onward snaps up fashion label Jil Sander

Japan's Onward Holdings Corp. has agreed to buy German luxury fashion label Jil Sander for €167 million ($243 million) in a bid to expand globally, a company spokesman said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Leadership change at Volvo Cars

The head of Volvo Cars, Fredrik Arp, is being replaced by Stephen Odell, the current head of marketing Ford Europe.

Fran Healy from Travis: ‘Berlin is where it’s happening’
Germany

Fran Healy from Travis: ‘Berlin is where it’s happening’

Travis frontman Fran Healy talks to Exberliner’s Julie Colthrope about the Scottish band’s new album and his fondness for Berlin – his new home.

Til Schweiger joins cast of new Tarantino film
Germany

Til Schweiger joins cast of new Tarantino film

German heartthrob Til Schweiger has been added to the list of German actors who will be in Quentin Tarantino's upcoming World War II film, “Inglorious Basterds.”

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Germany

Dead baby boy found in Andernach bio-waste bin

A 29-year-old mother has confessed to hiding her newborn baby boy in a Andernach restaurant bio-waste skip, according to police in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate on Tuesday.

Fan files consumer complaint against football club
Sweden

Fan files consumer complaint against football club

An extended winless streak by one of Sweden’s biggest football clubs has caused a disgruntled fan to report AIK to the Swedish Consumer Agency (KO) for misleading marketing practices.

Sharp rise in Swedish Nazi groups
Sweden

Sharp rise in Swedish Nazi groups

Locally-based violent groups of Nazis are sprouting up in more and more places around Sweden, new figures show.

Social Democrats demand leftward lurch
Germany

Social Democrats demand leftward lurch

Leading members of Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats are demanding the party tack to the left on economic issues in light of the continuing success of the hard-line socialist Left Party.

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Germany

Man killed, woman injured in Düsseldorf street shoot out

A man was killed and a woman injured during a street shoot out on Tuesday morning in Düsseldorf, police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia reported.

Colombian flower power reaches Sweden
Sweden

Colombian flower power reaches Sweden

Contrary to popular misconceptions, Columbian isn't all about Scarface, FARC and kidnapping, writes David Bartal.

Fashion outlet sets up shop in Swedish countryside
Sweden

Fashion outlet sets up shop in Swedish countryside

Last week saw the grand opening in a small Swedish town of Lager 157, a bargain clothing retail chain that sells brand names at half price or less. Local resident Stephanie Simon, who has lived in the town for a year since her move from Germany, was there to join in the spirit of optimism as the store brought new life and job opportunities to the town’s foundry, which had remained unoccupied since the owners went bust in 1997.

Swedes help find genetic link to men’s relationship problems
Sweden

Swedes help find genetic link to men’s relationship problems

A team of researchers from Sweden and the United States claim to have uncovered a genetic link to help explain the cause of broken relationships between men and women.

Swedish lesbian couple sues over fertility treatment rules
Sweden

Swedish lesbian couple sues over fertility treatment rules

The ombudsman against discrimination due to sexual orientation (HomO) is taking the case of a lesbian couple from northern Sweden who claim they don’t have equal access to artificial insemination procedures.

Man sells his tattoo to German collector for €150,000
Germany

Man sells his tattoo to German collector for €150,000

A Swiss man has sold an elaborate Virgin Mary tattoo on his back to a German collector, with the understanding it can be exhibited three times yearly, a Zurich gallery said Monday.

Bridge collapse kills worker, fire engine kills bystander on the way
Germany

Bridge collapse kills worker, fire engine kills bystander on the way

Part of a bridge under construction near Ilmenau collapsed on Monday evening, killing one worker and injuring three. Meanwhile an emergency vehicle ran over and killed a man in a wheel chair while racing to the scene, according to police on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Escaped criminals back at mental clinic

Two violent criminals who escaped from Säter psychiatric clinic in central Sweden on Monday returned to the facility voluntarily on Tuesday morning, Sveriges Radio reports.

Wagner’s great-granddaughters win Bayreuth succession battle
Germany

Wagner’s great-granddaughters win Bayreuth succession battle

Two of Richard Wagner’s great-granddaughters were chosen Monday to run the annual Bayreuth Festival devoted to the composer’s music, ending a bitter succession battle—for now at least.