Daimler buys into electric carmaker Tesla
Germany

Daimler buys into electric carmaker Tesla

German luxury carmaker Daimler said on Tuesday it was buying a 10 percent stake in US electric car manufacturer Tesla as it attempts to plug in to the market for electic cars.

Singing and dancing Hitler a hit in Berlin
Germany

Singing and dancing Hitler a hit in Berlin

"The Producers," the raucous Broadway hit featuring SS men dancing in swastika formation and the rousing song "Springtime for Hitler," scored rave reviews after its Berlin premiere this weekend.

Neo-Nazi crime spikes
Germany

Neo-Nazi crime spikes

Germany’s domestic intelligence agency monitored a 15.8 percent increase in right-wing extremist crime last year, Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said in Berlin on Tuesday.

Merkel defends her East German past
Germany

Merkel defends her East German past

In the ongoing German debate about the legacy of the GDR, Chancellor Angela Merkel has roundly condemned the former communist regime while defending her membership in communist youth organisation the Freie Deutsche Jugend (FDJ).

Klinsmann speaks out after getting sacked
Germany

Klinsmann speaks out after getting sacked

Twenty-three days after being fired from coaching Bayern Munich, Jürgen Klinsmann aired his grievances in public for the first time on Tuesday ahead of a live TV interview with top presenter Günther Jauch to be aired Wednesday evening on the commercial channel RTL.

Bids rolling in for Ingmar Bergman’s island home
Sweden

Bids rolling in for Ingmar Bergman’s island home

The island home of legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman has now gone up for auction, the company charged with the sale said on Tuesday.

Showbiz lawyers push to have Pirates gagged
Sweden

Showbiz lawyers push to have Pirates gagged

Four American record companies want a Swedish court to bar three of the men convicted in the Pirate Bay trial from speaking out about the case and have requested the men be fined as long as the file sharing site keeps operating.

Probe against soldier for Afghan civilian deaths dropped
Germany

Probe against soldier for Afghan civilian deaths dropped

German authorities on Tuesday called off an investigation against a soldier accused of wrongfully shooting a woman and two children dead at a checkpoint in northern Afghanistan.

EU backs tight control of German pharmacies
Germany

EU backs tight control of German pharmacies

German streets will be free of pharmacy chains for the foreseeable future, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Tuesday in Luxembourg.

Immigrants key to new housing law’s success
Sweden

Immigrants key to new housing law’s success

Recent legislative changes intended to allow full apartment ownership in Sweden have not had as popular a response as anticipated, but immigrants could be the answer, said Agneta Ericsson of the National Land Survey of Sweden (Lantmäteriet) on Tuesday.

Knut custody battle fails before Berlin court
Germany

Knut custody battle fails before Berlin court

Two German zoos failed to reach an agreement before a Berlin court on Tuesday in a bitter custody battle over world-famous polar bear Knut and the some €6 million in revenue he has earned since 2007.

Obama’s top pick for ambassador to Germany: Phil Murphy
Germany

Obama’s top pick for ambassador to Germany: Phil Murphy

US President Barack Obama is reportedly considering former Goldman Sachs investment banker Phil Murphy for the next ambassador to Germany, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Tuesday.

German business sentiment reaches three-year high
Germany

German business sentiment reaches three-year high

Hopes rose on Tuesday that the worst could be over for Europe's largest economy as a closely-watched German sentiment index rose to a near three-year high in May after a seventh consecutive monthly gain.

Englishman in the running for ‘Sweden’s most Swedish job’
Sweden

Englishman in the running for ‘Sweden’s most Swedish job’

The Swedish Tourist Association (STF) has launched the search for a suitable person to fill "Sweden's most Swedish job". Among the applicants is an Englishman who by his own admission is unlikely to win as he has recently turned fifty and "butchers the Swedish language".

Mystery grows over dead Swedish couple
Sweden

Mystery grows over dead Swedish couple

The mystery surrounding the couple in their late fifties found dead at their home near Helsingborg in southern Sweden on Sunday continues to grow.

Modern-day Vikings pillage streets of Stockholm
Sweden

Modern-day Vikings pillage streets of Stockholm

With picturesque cobblestone streets, cozy cafes and an abundance of history, Gamla Stan island is, with good reason, one of Stockholm’s main tourist attractions.

State help for Arcandor in doubt
Germany

State help for Arcandor in doubt

The German government has denied the request of struggling retail and tourism corporation Arcandor for a financial boost of €650 million, daily Handelsblatt reported on Tuesday.

Scam targets Swedish PM’s mother-in-law
Sweden

Scam targets Swedish PM’s mother-in-law

The mother-in-law of Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has been caught out in an elaborate swindle - two thieves sold her apartment without her knowledge.

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Sweden

Repeat heart attack risk declines in Sweden: study

The risk of recurrence of an acute heart attack has declined dramatically in Sweden in recent years, a new Swedish study published on Tuesday shows.

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Sweden

Russian energy giant set to ditch Lundin’s Caspian project

Russian state oil and gas firm Gazprom is set to revoke its option to acquire a majority stake in Swedish firm Lundin Petroleum's Lagansky project in the Caspian Sea, according to a report in Swedish business daily Dagens Industri (DI) on Tuesday.

Day care strike enters third day
Germany

Day care strike enters third day

Public day care centres remained closed in much of Germany on Tuesday as workers staged a third day of strikes to pressure state employers into better wage and health care benefits.

Germany tries to clobber first Ultimate Fighting event
Germany

Germany tries to clobber first Ultimate Fighting event

Continental Europe's first taste of "Ultimate Fighting," in which men batter each other with bare fists and feet, has sparked a political row this week as officials sought to ban under-18s from watching.

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Sweden

Alert for Swedes on flu- infected flight

Swedish health authorities are urging around 50 passengers who traveled on a flight from New York bound for Asia after reports that one person on the flight has come down with a severe case of swine flu.

Cockroach invasions plague more Swedish homes
Sweden

Cockroach invasions plague more Swedish homes

Cockroaches are on the march in Sweden, according to reports from exterminators and home insurance companies.

Most Swedes favour new vote on the euro
Sweden

Most Swedes favour new vote on the euro

A majority of Swedes, 51 percent, are in favour of holding another referendum on whether or not Sweden should exchange the krona for the common European currency.