‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ goes to German gynaecologist
Germany

‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ goes to German gynaecologist

German gynaecologist Monika Hauser was awarded an “Alternative Nobel Prize” on Wednesday for her work with third world victims of violent sex crimes.

Elderly German divorcées protest east-west benefit gap
Germany

Elderly German divorcées protest east-west benefit gap

On the eve of German Unity Day, a group of divorced women from the former East Germany (GDR) plans to demonstrate in Leipzig against the government's failure to recognize their right to equal social benefits after reunification.

Deutsche’s Ackermann calls for European financial safety net
Germany

Deutsche’s Ackermann calls for European financial safety net

Europe should prepare a financial markets safety net similar to one being cobbled together in the United States, the head of the biggest German bank, Deutsche Bank, said on Wednesday.

Bildt’s behaviour has Russians seeing red
Sweden

Bildt’s behaviour has Russians seeing red

Comments comparing Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler, and a decision to have dinner in Ukraine have put Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt on Russia's black-list.

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Sweden

Sweden pays man after sex with 14-year-old

A Swedish man acquitted of rape charges after he filmed himself having sex with a 14-year-old girl is set to receive 157,000 kronor ($22,500) in compensation for being wrongly accused.

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Sweden

Swedish tax money benefits Scientology

Swedish taxpayers have been indirectly supporting the Church of Scientology though local government contracts given to front organizations with ties to the group.

‘Are they baby-eating monsters or what?’
Sweden

‘Are they baby-eating monsters or what?’

Pirates, pioneers, or petty thieves? Majsan Boström meets Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij, two of the leading figures from file-sharing giant The Pirate Bay.

The Panel: Nabeel Shehzad
Sweden

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The Panel: Marcus Cederström
Sweden

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The Panel: Claudia Tenenblat
Sweden

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The Panel: Athanassia Fourla
Sweden

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Swedish Academy rep slams US literature
Sweden

Swedish Academy rep slams US literature

Swedish Academy supremo Horace Engdahl has shocked the global literary establishment by denouncing the cultural "ignorance" of authors from the United States.

The Panel: Igor Trisic
Sweden

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The Panel: Graeme Newcomb
Sweden

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The Panel: Daniel Nyström
Sweden

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‘Alternative Nobel’ to Indian, US, Somali and German activists
Sweden

‘Alternative Nobel’ to Indian, US, Somali and German activists

Four social activists from India, the United States, Somalia and Germany have been named as this year's winners of the annual Right Livelihood Prize by the Sweden-based foundation.

The Panel: Emma Chataway
Sweden

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The Panel: Nicolas Belloni
Sweden

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Bavarian premier Beckstein resigns
Germany

Bavarian premier Beckstein resigns

Günther Beckstein, the embattled premier of Bavaria, resigned on Wednesday following the disastrous showing of his party in Sunday’s election in the southern German state.

Video: Understanding Sweden’s signals intelligence law
Sweden

Video: Understanding Sweden’s signals intelligence law

The Swedish social media experts at Urban Lifestyle gauge reactions from prominent bloggers and politicians to the country's controversial new signals intelligence law.

The Panel: Sanna Holmqvist
Sweden

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The Panel: Robert Flahiff
Sweden

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The Panel: Tiffany Hoffman
Sweden

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Sweden

Court lowers award to Malmö night club discrimination victims

Sweden’s Supreme Court has reduced the compensation to be paid to four men who were discriminated against by a Malmö night club.

Police struggling to find evidence against Cologne terror suspects
Germany

Police struggling to find evidence against Cologne terror suspects

The two men arrested at the Cologne-Bonn airport on September 26 under suspicion of terrorist intentions may be released because police have failed to find adequate evidence against them, according to Cologne daily Express.

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Sweden

Upstart Swedish stock exchange loses licence

Financial authorities in Sweden said on Wednesday they were withdrawing the licence of the NGM Stock Exchange for actions which have violated the “trust and confidence” of the agency.

The Panel: Katarina Johnsson
Sweden

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Sweden

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German retail sales jump
Germany

German retail sales jump

German retail sales posted a surprise jump in August as energy prices eased, but analysts were divided over whether the boost would prevent Europe's biggest economy from falling into recession.

Edeka recalls contaminated spice
Germany

Edeka recalls contaminated spice

The German supermarket group Edeka has recalled a contaminated spice from its shelves after it was found to contain pesticides.

Swedish Muslim finds Muhammad in a mango
Sweden

Swedish Muslim finds Muhammad in a mango

Rubina Sheikh from Helsingborg in southern Sweden believes she’s received a message from God – in a rotten mango.

Financial crisis seen pushing Germany into recession
Germany

Financial crisis seen pushing Germany into recession

Deutsche Bank’s chief economist Norbert Walter told daily Stuttgarter Nachrichten on Wednesday that Germany and Europe would not be able to avoid recession in light of the ongoing global financial crisis.

Germany meets Russia for first time since Georgia crisis
Germany

Germany meets Russia for first time since Georgia crisis

Germany and Russia will on Thursday hold their first broad government consultations since the strain sparked by the Georgia crisis, with both sides hoping to get back to business as usual.

‘They put a firecracker in her mouth’
Sweden

‘They put a firecracker in her mouth’

Police in Malmö are still looking for the person who stuffed a firecracker in the mouth of a female train driver and then lit the explosive amidst the mayhem that preceded a football match in the city.

Bayern snatches draw from Lyon
Germany

Bayern snatches draw from Lyon

Ze Roberto's second half goal earned Bayern Munich a 1-1 draw against French giants Lyon to keep Jürgen Klinsmann's side top of Group F in the Champions League.

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Sweden

Carnegie to reduce Stockholm operations

Swedish investment bank Carnegie announced plans on Tuesday to trim staff and operations in hopes of achieving a 10 percent reduction in costs.