Sweden’s big freeze set to stay
Sweden

Sweden’s big freeze set to stay

Motorists are being advised to exercise caution as meteorological agency SMHI forecasts that the weather in Sweden will remain bitterly cold for the rest of the working week.

Al Pitcher Picture Show comedy competition
Sweden

Al Pitcher Picture Show comedy competition

Comedian Al Pitcher moved to Sweden last summer and is now set to perform in front of a Stockholm audience for the first time.

Köhler raps political wrangling during crisis
Germany

Köhler raps political wrangling during crisis

German President Horst Köhler on Tuesday admonished Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition for political infighting during tough economic times and said the global crisis showed markets needed stronger state regulation.

Astrid Lindgren prize to Palestinian education group
Sweden

Astrid Lindgren prize to Palestinian education group

A Palestinian education centre’s work to promote reading in the West Bank and Gaza, has earned it a Swedish literature award named for famed children’s book author Astrid Lindgren.

Dozens injured and one dead from snow and ice
Germany

Dozens injured and one dead from snow and ice

Spring snow showers and windy thunderstorms swept across much of Germany on Thursday, leaving one person dead and dozens injured in numerous traffic accidents. More snow is likey this week.

Chinese woman missing after ferry trip
Sweden

Chinese woman missing after ferry trip

A 25-year-old Chinese woman has been reported missing after disappearing from a Viking Lines ferry at the weekend.

Holiday postcard arrives in Bavaria 48 years late
Germany

Holiday postcard arrives in Bavaria 48 years late

A holiday postcard from Austria has arrived for a woman in Bavaria some 48 years after it was sent, German mail service Deutsche Post said on Tuesday.

Deutsche Bank mulling job cuts
Germany

Deutsche Bank mulling job cuts

Deutsche Bank said Tuesday it might have to eliminate jobs as it battles the global

Controversial German polar experiment fails
Germany

Controversial German polar experiment fails

The German-Indian polar experiment LOHAFEX, where iron sulphate was dumped into the ocean to foster the growth of carbon dioxide-absorbing plankton, has proved ineffective in mitigating global warming.

Gothenburg hit by spate of morning bomb scares
Sweden

Gothenburg hit by spate of morning bomb scares

Shoppers in Gothenburg suffered disruption on Tuesday as the city was hit by a spate of bomb scares.

Naked German tourist goes for a walk in Dubai
Germany

Naked German tourist goes for a walk in Dubai

Dubai police have detained a German tourist for taking a stroll in the buff, German officials told The Local on Tuesday.

Swedish ‘countess’ in bitter US divorce trial
Sweden

Swedish ‘countess’ in bitter US divorce trial

Marie Douglas-David, a Swedish socialite, has claimed that she was a prisoner in her marriage to US mogul George David as their divorce proceedings opened in a US court on Monday.

German Luftwaffe pilots injured in fighter jet runway crash
Germany

German Luftwaffe pilots injured in fighter jet runway crash

Two German fighter jet pilots have been injured in a landing accident, a Bundeswehr spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Swedes back punitive tax on junk food
Sweden

Swedes back punitive tax on junk food

Swedes are in favour of introducing a punitive tax on junk foods to arrest the spread of cancer, a new survey shows. Almost 90 percent back tax cuts on healthier foods.

Union leader in hot seat over AMF Pension row
Sweden

Union leader in hot seat over AMF Pension row

The head of Sweden’s main trade union group is facing a storm of media criticism following revelations that she approved a lavish pension package for former AMF Pension CEO Christer Elmehagen.

Government could extend auto scrapping premium
Germany

Government could extend auto scrapping premium

The German government wants to extend its successful Abwrackprämie, or scrapping premium, by up to €1 billion to buoy the nation’s ailing auto industry, daily Rheinische Post reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Decision to work in Sweden proves costly for aspiring resident

An Azerbaijani’s dream of building a life with his Swedish wife in her home country is in jeopardy because of his decision to get a job.

Cologne archive sparks disciplinary hearing
Germany

Cologne archive sparks disciplinary hearing

Cologne mayor Fritz Schramma has started disciplinary proceedings against the head of the city building department in hopes of clarifying how the city’s archive collapsed earlier this month, killing two and endangering thousands of historic documents.

Recession could be double previous predictions
Germany

Recession could be double previous predictions

Germany's gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to contract by 4.0 to 4.5 percent this year, according to an internal Economy Ministry report cited by daily Bild on Tuesday.

‘No bonuses at state-owned companies’
Sweden

‘No bonuses at state-owned companies’

The Swedish government has said it wants to end bonuses and variable compensation for executives at state-owned companies and has urged company boards to renegotiate contracts to bring about the change.

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Sweden

Emergency operator mistook choking man to be drunk

Sweden’s emergency service telephone system, SOS Alarm, has been reprimanded after an operator mistakenly judged a man to be drunk when in reality he had passed out from choking on food.