Kidney transplant for Princess’s fiancé
Sweden

Kidney transplant for Princess’s fiancé

Daniel Westling, fiancé of Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria, has undergone a kidney transplant, the Royal Palace in Stockholm has said. The donor was his father, Olle Westling.

Inflation drops to 22-year low
Germany

Inflation drops to 22-year low

German inflation dropped to zero in May compared with the same month in 2008, the lowest figure in 22 years, preliminary figures showed Wednesday.

Perfectly preserved 300-year-old broom found in monk latrine
Germany

Perfectly preserved 300-year-old broom found in monk latrine

Bringing new meaning to the phrase “Holy crap,” a perfectly preserved 300-year-old broom has been found in a Benedictine monastery latrine in Paderborn, city archaeologist Sven Spiong told The Local on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Olofsson confirms Fiat’s interest in Saab

Sweden’s enterprise minister Maud Olofsson confirmed on Wednesday that Fiat is one of several bidders interested in purchasing Saab Automobile from US-based General Motors.

Gudrun Schyman’s quest for equality
Sweden

Gudrun Schyman’s quest for equality

Gender equality is a fundamental aspect of human rights, says Gudrun Schyman, and it is this belief that was the central idea behind her founding the Feminist Initiative party in 2005. Now running for a seat in the EU Parliament, Schyman says her feminist vision and experience as a politician make her a strong candidate for election.

Riksbank to boost foreign currency reserves
Sweden

Riksbank to boost foreign currency reserves

The Swedish krona weakened somewhat on Wednesday following an announcement from the Riksbank that it planned to borrow 100 billion kronor of foreign currency.

Raging storm wallops Germany, leaving one man dead
Germany

Raging storm wallops Germany, leaving one man dead

A Bavarian man was reported dead and a train conductor in Baden-Württemberg severely injured on Wednesday after severe storms swept through the country overnight.

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Sweden

Two men jailed over rape of teen boy

Two 20-year-old men have been sentenced to three years in prison for raping a 17-year-old boy at a party in Kumla in central Sweden.

Unions refuse offer for striking day care workers
Germany

Unions refuse offer for striking day care workers

Public day care workers will likely continue their strikes after their unions refused a new offer from state employers during negotiations in Berlin on Wednesday.

Stasi stole West German identities for sabotage ops
Germany

Stasi stole West German identities for sabotage ops

The feared East German Stasi secret police misused the identities of innocent Western German citizens as covers for secret agents, daily Berliner Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

General Motors set to hive off Opel
Germany

General Motors set to hive off Opel

General Motors on Wednesday transferred control of its European factories and patents to its German subsidiary Opel, paving the way for it to be hived off from the beleaguered US auto giant.

UN slams Sweden for child rights failure
Sweden

UN slams Sweden for child rights failure

Sweden continues to shirk United Nations-mandated obligations guaranteeing children the right to education, prompting the international body to call government officials to testify as to why many refugee children in hiding do not attend school in Sweden.

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Germany

Infant’s body found in Erfurt freezer

The body of a baby boy has been found in a freezer in Erfurt. Police have arrested the mother and charged her with murder.

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Sweden

Swedish court okays extradition of Rwandan genocide suspect

Sweden’s Supreme Court has ruled that a Rwandan national accused of taking part in the 1994 genocide can be extradited from Sweden to Rwanda to stand trial.

Bike couriers rolling into Berlin for championship
Germany

Bike couriers rolling into Berlin for championship

More than 1,000 couriers from Tokyo to Oakland will descend on Berlin’s Tempelhof airport this weekend for the 14th European Cycle Messenger Championship (ECMC), and defending champion Michael Brinkmann said Wednesday he is ready for them.

‘Romario’ appeal halted after suspect’s flight
Sweden

‘Romario’ appeal halted after suspect’s flight

Friends and relatives of Ahmed "Romario" Ibrahim Ali, who was stabbed to death last autumn near Stockholm, were stunned to learn on Tuesday that the prime suspect in the 23-year-old’s killing had fled the country.

Germans cringe at countrymen’s tacky vacation conduct
Germany

Germans cringe at countrymen’s tacky vacation conduct

Almost half of all Germans are embarrassed by their boorish countrymen abroad, according to a new poll. But there might not be so much to worry about this summer, as the bad economy leads more Teutons to holiday at home.

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Sweden

‘Kiss man’ jailed and released

A 37-year-old medical student referred to in the Swedish media as "the kiss man" has been sentenced to two months in jail for sexual harassment. But the man, a French national, was released immediately after the court announced its verdict since he had already served his time in custody while awaiting trial.

Mikael Gustafsson: pushing for a left turn in Europe
Sweden

Mikael Gustafsson: pushing for a left turn in Europe

If elected to the EU Parliament, Mikael Gustafsson’s to-do list involves a wide variety of topics: he says hopes to stimulate change in issues of climate, free trade and gender equality amongst others.

Berlin restaurants urge foreigners to tip more
Germany

Berlin restaurants urge foreigners to tip more

Several restaurants in Berlin, one of Europe's most-visited capitals, have begun issuing illicit bills to tourists with a message in English nudging them to pay more than is due.

German mothers with full-time work most gratified
Germany

German mothers with full-time work most gratified

German mothers with young children who work full-time are happier than those who are employed part-time or stay at home, research released Tuesday indicated.

New cracks found in Swedish nuke plant rods
Sweden

New cracks found in Swedish nuke plant rods

New cracks have been discovered in control rods a nuclear reactor at the Oskarshamns nuclear facility in southern Sweden, less than six months after all the rods were replaced.

‘Military should free Dawit by force’
Sweden

‘Military should free Dawit by force’

The head of the Moderate Party’s youth wing has proposed that the military be called in to free Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak, who has sat in prison in Eritrea for more than seven years.

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Sweden

‘Missing’ Swedish snowmobilers found in sauna

The search for three men reported missing while on a snowmobile trek in the mountains in northern Sweden was called off when a police helicopter discovered the men relaxing in a sauna.