Steinbrück compares Switzerland to Burkina Faso in tax row
Germany

Steinbrück compares Switzerland to Burkina Faso in tax row

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück made a new jibe on Tuesday against Switzerland and other European finance centres, likening them to the poor African nation of Burkina Faso, in a row over tax havens.

Merkel honours Stasi victims in Berlin
Germany

Merkel honours Stasi victims in Berlin

Chancellor Angela Merkel became the first German leader to tour the main Berlin prison run by the feared East German Stasi secret police on Tuesday.

Centre Party touts new Swedish labour model
Sweden

Centre Party touts new Swedish labour model

The Centre Party, headed by Deputy Prime Minister Maud Olofsson, has put itself on a collision course with Sweden's two largest parties by calling for an overhaul of the country's much vaunted labour market model.

Ninth swine flu case confirmed in Germany
Germany

Ninth swine flu case confirmed in Germany

A ninth case of swine flu has been diagnosed in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt, authorities said on Tuesday.

Coastal town fights swinger sex parties on Baltic beach
Germany

Coastal town fights swinger sex parties on Baltic beach

A tiny Baltic Sea community is working to stop an increasing number of swinging outdoor sex parties at a nearby hidden beach, Altenhof Mayor Hilmar Marohn told The Local on Tuesday.

Manchester United offer Bayern €70 million for Ribéry
Germany

Manchester United offer Bayern €70 million for Ribéry

Manchester United have launched a massive €70 million-bid for FC Bayern Munich’s French midfielder Franck Ribéry, UK daily The Guardian reported on Tuesday.

The best of Berlin in May
Germany

The best of Berlin in May

This month Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, picks the best places to peruse a temporary collection of swank fashion labels, submit an order for your very own custom-designed bicycle or celebrate the state of manhood, in its many forms.

High-tech thieves blocking remote car door locks
Germany

High-tech thieves blocking remote car door locks

Police in Düsseldorf are warning car owners about a band of thieves using high-tech jammers to block remote control car door locks to gain access to vehicles.

Swedish couple continue fight for right to name their son Q
Sweden

Swedish couple continue fight for right to name their son Q

A Swedish couple from Åre in northern Sweden have taken their fight to name their son Q to the Supreme Administrative Court (Regeringsrätten).

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Sweden

State pharmacies set for sell off

Almost two-thirds of the branches of Swedish state-owned pharmacy Apoteket could be privatized, according to a proposal from the company tasked by the government with breaking up the monopoly.

Düsseldorf, Munich and Frankfurt ranked best places for expats to live
Germany

Düsseldorf, Munich and Frankfurt ranked best places for expats to live

Düsseldorf, Munich and Frankfurt offer expatriates the highest quality of living in Germany, according to a new study.

Court upholds triple surname ban
Germany

Court upholds triple surname ban

Germany’s Constitutional Court upheld a ban on triple surnames on Tuesday. The ruling denied an appeal from a Munich couple who wanted to combine their last names to give the wife the moniker Thalheim-Kunz-Hallstein.

Saab CEO denies Fiat merger rumours
Sweden

Saab CEO denies Fiat merger rumours

The head of Saab Automobile on Tuesday denied rumours that the Swedish automaker was in discussions with Italy’s Fiat over a possible takeover.

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Sweden

Boyfriend blames ADHD for genital tattoo abuse

A Swedish man has claimed that his attention deficit disorder (ADHD) is to blame for the aggravated assault of his girlfriend which extended to tattooing his name and ID number on her sexual organs.

Germans have more free time than most of the world
Germany

Germans have more free time than most of the world

At an average of six hours and 34 minutes of free time per day, Germans came only second to Belgians in an international study on leisure released this week.

Adidas profits tank 97 percent
Germany

Adidas profits tank 97 percent

German sports equipment and clothing maker Adidas posted a huge drop in first quarter profit on Tuesday while announcing a global reorganisation billed as a "game-changing structural refinement."

Bullied Swedish schoolboy given bodyguard
Sweden

Bullied Swedish schoolboy given bodyguard

The parents of a Swedish schoolboy have employed a bodyguard to accompany their son to school to protect him from the bullies in his class.

Hypo Real Estate posts major first-quarter loss
Germany

Hypo Real Estate posts major first-quarter loss

German bank Hypo Real Estate (HRE) posted on Tuesday a first quarter loss of €382 million euros ($511 million) as the state pursued its bid to nationalise the troubled property lender.

Police drop charges against metro graffiti art student
Sweden

Police drop charges against metro graffiti art student

Police have closed an investigation against a former student at Sweden's largest art college accused of vandalizing a Stockholm metro train carriage.

From midnight sun to electric eels: The Swedish Golf Experience
Sweden

From midnight sun to electric eels: The Swedish Golf Experience

Author and golf enthusiast Gene Oberto bisects the fairways of the nation in this above par guide to the golf courses of Sweden.

Earthquake rattles southern Germany
Germany

Earthquake rattles southern Germany

An earthquake shook the southern German state of Baden-Württemberg early on Tuesday morning. While it may have been a rude awakening for some, authorities reported no injuries or major damage.

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Sweden

Swede held in Togo on coup suspicions

A 67-year-old man from Örebro in central Sweden is in prison in Togo in western Africa suspected of having helped plan a coup in his former homeland.

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Sweden

War crimes suspect claims Bildt helped engineer immunity deal

Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic is pressing Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt for information the suspected war criminal says will help prove he’d been promised immunity by the United States.

Näslund calls it quits after 15 years in the NHL
Sweden

Näslund calls it quits after 15 years in the NHL

Sweden’s Markus Näslund, who reached the National Hockey League All-Star Game five-times and notched more than 800 career points, announced his retirement on Monday.