Jewish group boycotts Holocaust ceremony
Germany

Jewish group boycotts Holocaust ceremony

Germany's leading Jewish group on Tuesday boycotted a ceremony marking the 64th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, where German President Horst Köhler called for more solidarity with the Jewish community.

Threats over Swedish lie detector research
Sweden

Threats over Swedish lie detector research

An Israeli manufacturer of lie detectors has threatened to sue researchers from two Swedish universities who collaborated on a study concluding that lie detector tests are useless.

Germany may follow France with aid for Airbus clients
Germany

Germany may follow France with aid for Airbus clients

Germany is considering financial aid for clients of aerospace giant Airbus struggling to raise capital from banks, a junior minister told AFP on Tuesday.

<i>Zeitungszeugen</i> project goes on without Nazi paper reprints
Germany

Zeitungszeugen project goes on without Nazi paper reprints

The next issue of the controversial publication Zeitungszeugen, which reproduces original Nazi-era newspapers with historical commentary, will hit newsstands in Germany this week despite the state of Bavaria’s choice to take legal action, publisher Peter McGee told The Local on Tuesday.

German business confidence makes surprising climb higher
Germany

German business confidence makes surprising climb higher

Germany's Ifo business confidence index improved slightly in January, beating market expectations on Tuesday in a rare ray of light for Europe's biggest economy.

A royal mess: Why Sweden can’t have its own Obama
Sweden

A royal mess: Why Sweden can’t have its own Obama

At a time when the United States has just elected its first black president, Noel McCarthy wishes Sweden would reconsider its constitution in order to enable greater diversity when choosing a head of state.

Berlin versus Düsseldorf: Germany’s fashion face-off
Germany

Berlin versus Düsseldorf: Germany’s fashion face-off

Berlin has become a hotbed for young designers in recent years – even if it still can’t contend with the likes of Paris, Milan or London. But has it ousted Düsseldorf as Germany’s fashion mecca? Laura Schweiger investigates.

‘GM must outline plans for Saab’: Sweden
Sweden

‘GM must outline plans for Saab’: Sweden

A Swedish government official has said the country will not pay out state credit guarantees from General Motors until Saab's US owner can present a more credible business plan for its Swedish subsidiary.

Berlin approves second stimulus plan
Germany

Berlin approves second stimulus plan

The German cabinet approved a second economic stimulus package worth a record €50 billion on Tuesday, as part of efforts to ward off what is expected to be the country’s worst recession since the end of World War II this year.

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Sweden

Greens demand interest on late social security payments

The Green Party has demanded that the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) pay interest on late payments as parliament prepares to debate the agency's performance on Tuesday.

Karl May production makes cowboy casting call
Germany

Karl May production makes cowboy casting call

Germans looking to live out their Wild West fantasies of being a gunslinging cowboy or Indian are in luck: the Karl May festival in Bad Segeberg needs experienced horseback riders as extras for this summer’s performance.

Attention deficit barred from Swedish car plates
Sweden

Attention deficit barred from Swedish car plates

A 29-year-old woman in Södertälje in eastern Sweden has been blocked from using the letter combination ADHD on her car registration plate, as the authorities deemed the abbreviation for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder inappropriate and potentially offensive.

Recession creating Karneval cutbacks
Germany

Recession creating Karneval cutbacks

Vendors and event planners for Cologne’s wild Karneval festival are feeling the pinch of the economic crisis, daily Express reported on Tuesday.

‘Sweden ready for euro entry’: report
Sweden

‘Sweden ready for euro entry’: report

A new report indicates that economic arguments against euro entry are no longer valid and concludes that in the wake of the finance crisis, it is now time for Sweden to join.

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Sweden

Too long leg becomes too short after failed op

A police officer with one leg longer than the other has been left with permanent injuries after a failed operation took too much off the leg, leaving it several centimetres shorter than the other, according to a report in Hallands Nyheter.

Malmö council criticized for giving condoms to sex buyers
Sweden

Malmö council criticized for giving condoms to sex buyers

Malmö district council has been criticized for distributing free condoms to customers of prostitutes working in the southern Swedish city.

‘Peep show’ airport scanners could be sold
Germany

‘Peep show’ airport scanners could be sold

In October, the German government poured cold water on a European Commission plan to allow controversial ‘naked’ scanners to increase security at airports. Now the EU has six of the €120,000-machines that it may be trying to sell, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Tuesday.

Merkel and Obama discuss goals on phone
Germany

Merkel and Obama discuss goals on phone

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and American President Barack Obama have spoken on the telephone to discuss their common foreign policy goals following the new US leader’s first week in office, Merkel’s spokesman Ulrich Wilhelm said on Monday evening.

Global warming test splits grand coalition
Germany

Global warming test splits grand coalition

Germany's coalition government is at loggerheads over plans to dump iron sulphate in the South Atlantic to see if it can absorb greenhouse gases and help stop global warming.

Swedish army to be cut by one third
Sweden

Swedish army to be cut by one third

Government policies will result in Sweden’s army being reduced by one third and the number of tanks being cut in half, Armed Forces Supreme Commander Håkan Syrén is set to announce on Friday.

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Sweden

More Swedes suspected of terrorism abroad

More and more Swedes are being detained abroad on suspicions of involvement in terrorism, Sweden’s foreign ministry reports.

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Sweden

Sweden to present banking package details soon: report

Sweden is said to be on the verge of presenting details of a programme through which state capital could be injected into the country's banking sector, a newspaper reported on Tuesday citing undisclosed sources.