Most Germans want their own Obama
Germany

Most Germans want their own Obama

An overwhelming majority of Germans wish they could have a Teutonic version of US President Barack Obama, according to a new poll released on Wednesday.

Major train delays expected for Deutsche Bahn strike Thursday
Germany

Major train delays expected for Deutsche Bahn strike Thursday

Workers at German national rail operator Deutsche Bahn are planning to cause massive disruptions in train traffic on Thursday with a temporary strike sparked by an ongoing wage conflict with the company, according to trade unions Transnet and GDBA.

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Sweden

Rosengård ‘growing more radical’

A majority of Rosengård's inhabitants believe the troubled Malmö suburb has undergone a radicalization over the past five years, a new study shows.

Integrating the German way
Germany

Integrating the German way

A study this week showed Turks are Germany’s worst integrated immigrants, but is the country doing enough to make foreigners part of society? Monica McCollum signs up for the government’s official integration course.

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Sweden

‘Bring back scrap bonus’: Volvo

The head of Volvo Cars has called on Sweden's government to help stimulate the auto industry by reintroducing a cash incentive scheme for scrapped cars.

Magdalena Graaf rushed to hospital
Sweden

Magdalena Graaf rushed to hospital

Glamour model Magdalena Graaf, one of the stars of TV4's Let's Dance, was rushed to hospital with a brain hemorrhage on Tuesday night.

Swedes hand stolen drawings back to Russia
Sweden

Swedes hand stolen drawings back to Russia

Five rare watercolour drawings stolen from a St. Petersburg museum in the early 1990s are finally heading back to Russia after turning up at a Stockholm auction house.

Germany takes Islamist video threat seriously
Germany

Germany takes Islamist video threat seriously

An Islamist terrorist video that turned up on the internet this week is a sign of intensifying threats against Germany, the Interior Ministry confirmed on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Teenage girls’ ‘insulting’ blog prompts defamation claim

Hurtful gossip about teachers and staff published on a blog by two girls from a middle school in central Sweden have led to the filing of a defamation claim with Sweden’s Chancellor of Justice (Justitiekanslern).

‘Prosecute Israel and Hamas for war crimes’
Sweden

‘Prosecute Israel and Hamas for war crimes’

A leading Social Democrat member of parliament has urged Sweden's government to take action to ensure that Israel and Hamas are both taken to task for alleged war crimes in the Gaza conflict.

Scholarly German dying out
Germany

Scholarly German dying out

The German language is “on its deathbed” in the field of science, the Council of German Culture (Deutscher Kulturrat) said this week. Their figures indicate that just one percent of the world’s published scientific works currently appear in German.

What are your favourite words in Swedish?
Sweden

What are your favourite words in Swedish?

All the gossip is about love, long vowels and cockroaches as our regular panelists reveal their favourite Swedish words.

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Sweden

Tax agency says no to Hallå

A 33-year-old man from Stockholm has been denied permission to change his name to the Swedish equivalent of a friendly 'Hello'.

German software giant SAP to cut 3,000 jobs
Germany

German software giant SAP to cut 3,000 jobs

Germany’s largest software company SAP said on Wednesday it was expecting a difficult year in 2009 and would cut some 3,000 jobs.

Consumer confidence stabilises in Germany
Germany

Consumer confidence stabilises in Germany

German consumer confidence increased in January despite the global financial crisis and reports that the country has entered its worst recession since World War II, Nuremberg-based market research institute GfK reported on Wednesday.

Conservative group apologizes to Pope over Holocaust remarks
Sweden

Conservative group apologizes to Pope over Holocaust remarks

Remarks questioning the facts of the Holocaust made by a member of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) and broadcast on Swedish television have prompted the group to apologize to the Pope.

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Sweden

Arla recalls milk with traces of dish soap

Dairy producer Arla issued a warning Tuesday night that milk with traces of dish soap had been shipped from a facility in Gothenburg.

Lufthansa crew strikes in Frankfurt and Berlin
Germany

Lufthansa crew strikes in Frankfurt and Berlin

Cabin crew at Lufthansa began temporary strikes in Frankfurt and Berlin early on Wednesday in an ongoing wage dispute with the German airline.

Joe Biden headed to Munich next week
Germany

Joe Biden headed to Munich next week

American Vice President Joseph Biden will make his first official trip abroad next week to the annual Wehrkunde conference on security policy in Munich, the White House said late on Tuesday.

Bayern return from break to wallop Stuttgart in German Cup
Germany

Bayern return from break to wallop Stuttgart in German Cup

Bayern Munich returned from their winter holidays looking as though they meant business judged by the way Jürgen Klinsmann's men swept aside VfB Stuttgart 5-1 on Tuesday.

Woman killed by train
Sweden

Woman killed by train

An elderly woman talking on her mobile phone was struck and killed by a high speed X-2000 train around 3.30pm on Tuesday afternoon at the Älvsjö station south of Stockholm.