Swedes to shun EU elections: poll
Sweden

Swedes to shun EU elections: poll

More than half of Swedish voters do not plan to vote in the elections for the European parliament to be held on June 7th, a poll published on Tuesday showed.

Woolworth chain on the verge of failure
Germany

Woolworth chain on the verge of failure

The Woolworth department store chain took a further step toward collapse Tuesday when a Frankfurt court said it had been placed under administration in Germany three months after its last British store shut down.

Sweden plans for move to heart of Europe
Sweden

Sweden plans for move to heart of Europe

With just a couple of months remaining until Sweden assumes the reins of the EU presidency, The Local's Thanh Dinh speaks to Minister for EU Affairs Cecilia Malmström about the challenges ahead.

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Sweden

Wild boar attacks woman in Gothenburg cemetery

A wild boar attacked a woman out walking her dog in a graveyard in Gothenburg on Tuesday morning.

No Angels star accused of giving lover HIV
Germany

No Angels star accused of giving lover HIV

No Angels pop star Nadja Benaissa, arrested on charges of grievous bodily harm over the weekend, is accused of having unprotected sex with several partners without telling them she is HIV positive.

Extinct fish turns up in Baltic Sea catch
Sweden

Extinct fish turns up in Baltic Sea catch

A fish, declared extinct in the Baltic Sea over a 100 years ago, has made a remarkable reappearance - in the net of a professional Swedish fisherman off the coast of Öland.

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Sweden

‘Honour’ culture common in Stockholm

More than 4,000 teenagers in Stockholm are exposed on a daily basis to cultures of honour that involve traditions which run counter to Swedish law, according to an estimate based on a new official study.

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Sweden

Prosecutor abandons teen suicide rape case

The prosecutor in a high-profile rape case in Jönköping where a 15-year-old victim committed suicide before the trial, has withdrawn from the case.

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Sweden

Swedish inflation slows to near zero

Swedish inflation slowed to 0.2 percent in March from 0.9 percent in February, Statistics Sweden (SCB) said on Tuesday.

Germany planning new economic summit
Germany

Germany planning new economic summit

Hoping to better coordinate Germany’s response to the global economic crisis, the government will hold an economic summit at the Chancellery next week with business leaders and representatives from the country’s trade unions, Munich-based daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Tuesday.

Berlin bans genetically modified crops
Germany

Berlin bans genetically modified crops

Germany has banned a controversial strain of genetically modified corn, marking the end of GM crops in the country, Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner said on Tuesday.

Klinsmann suing daily over crucifixion cover
Germany

Klinsmann suing daily over crucifixion cover

Bayern Munich coach Jürgen Klinsmann is taking legal action against a German daily after it printed an image of him being crucified on the front page of its Easter edition, the paper said on Tuesday.

Erotic garden opens in Stockholm suburb
Sweden

Erotic garden opens in Stockholm suburb

Jorma Toivonen's dream is to open a sex museum, but municipal councils have been lukewarm. In the meantime "Scandinavia's largest collection of erotic items" will be put on show in a Stockholm suburban garden.

Germans waiting longer for emergency doctors
Germany

Germans waiting longer for emergency doctors

Patients in Germany are having to wait longer for treatment during medical emergencies, the head of the country's emergency physicians association said on Tuesday.

Hospitality industry set to lose 60,000 jobs
Germany

Hospitality industry set to lose 60,000 jobs

The German hospitality industry will likely lose up to 60,000 jobs in the next year as the recession takes hold, hotel and restaurant association Dehoga said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Tele2 and Telenor in 4G network cooperation

Swedish telecom operator Tele2 has joined forces with Norway's Telenor to build a new 4G mobile network, it was announced on Tuesday.

No Angels member Nadja arrested for assault
Germany

No Angels member Nadja arrested for assault

Nadja Benaissa, a singer in German girl band No Angels, has been arrested for grievous bodily harm at a Frankfurt night club, daily Bild reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Capital markets show signs of easing

Several major Swedish firms have been able to attract capital in the spring, according to a new market survey by the business daily Dagens Industri. For smaller firms capital markets remain closed, however.

Bayern aiming to exit Champions League with heads held high
Germany

Bayern aiming to exit Champions League with heads held high

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has promised his side will go down fighting in Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final with the German giants effectively out of the competition.

‘Let schools suspend pupils’: Björklund
Sweden

‘Let schools suspend pupils’: Björklund

Sweden's government is preparing a new law that will enable schools to suspend pupils for up to a week, Education Minister Jan Björklund has revealed.

Opel confident it will find new investors
Germany

Opel confident it will find new investors

Ailing German car maker Opel is certain to find new investors that will save it from collapse, company head Klaus Franz told daily Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung on Tuesday.

Train accident leaks 80,000 litres of petrol
Germany

Train accident leaks 80,000 litres of petrol

Brandenburg police have allowed residents in Schwedt to return home following their evacuation after some 60,000 litres of petrol leaked from freight train tanker cars due to a derailment on Monday evening.

Former East German athletes angry over doping confessions
Germany

Former East German athletes angry over doping confessions

Former East German track-and-field stars insist there is a "cover-up" conspiracy after five athletics coaches admitted being part of a doping program behind the former Iron Curtain.

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Sweden

Swedish terror suspect on trial in US

The trial began in New York on Monday of a Swedish citizen suspected of attempting to set up a terrorist training camp in the United States.