Merkel demands equal pay for women
Germany

Merkel demands equal pay for women

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, voted Forbes magazine's most powerful woman in the world for the fourth year running, called on women Monday to fight for their right to equal pay.

Briton assaulted by neo-Nazis in Hamburg
Germany

Briton assaulted by neo-Nazis in Hamburg

Members of the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) attacked a dark-skinned British man in Hamburg over the weekend, beating him and dousing him with pepper spray after he tore up their election pamphlet.

Elmander served with Bolton goal warning
Sweden

Elmander served with Bolton goal warning

Bolton's high-cost Swedish striker Johan Elmander has been told by coach Gary Megson that the time has come to start filling the boots of his sharp-shooting predecessor Nicolas Anelka.

Showing Germany’s personal road to reunification
Germany

Showing Germany’s personal road to reunification

As the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall approaches, a new exhibition is depicting the period of upheaval in East Germany from May 1989 to December 1990 with an intimate collection of photos and video.

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Sweden

Pirate Bay buyer faces criminal investigation

Swedish police have launched an investigation into allegations of financial irregularities surrounding Global Gaming Factory X, the firm planning to purchase file-sharing site The Pirate Bay.

Man charged with camping site bloodbath
Germany

Man charged with camping site bloodbath

Prosecutors charged a 33-year-old man from Cologne with murder on Monday, one day after he allegedly used a samurai sword to slay three people at a Coesfeld camping ground.

Lamprey biting binge signals species’ return to Baltic Sea
Germany

Lamprey biting binge signals species’ return to Baltic Sea

Two swimmers in the Baltic Sea sought medical treatment over the weekend after being bitten by sea lampreys, an uncomfortable incident that has the state fisheries department aflutter about the return of the parasitic marine animal.

Reinfeldt rejects Israeli calls to condemn paper
Sweden

Reinfeldt rejects Israeli calls to condemn paper

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt rejected demands from Israel on Monday to condemn claims put forward in an article in a Swedish tabloid about alleged organ harvesting from the bodies of dead Palestinians.

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Sweden

Pupils badly injured in school window fall

Two boys and a girl are reported to have fallen out of the window at a school in Järfalla in northern Stockholm

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Sweden

‘Brand Sweden’ goes local

Nation-branding, though controversial in some quarters, is becoming ever more important and can be of great value to towns and regions wishing to reach out to the wider world, writes Joakim Norén of the Swedish Institute.

Bare-bones Aldi expands as US shoppers struggle
Germany

Bare-bones Aldi expands as US shoppers struggle

German discount supermarket Aldi recently opened its 1,000th store in the United States, as American shoppers fall on hard economic times.

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Sweden

Summer Rail Destinations: Halmstad

Initially built by the Danes as a defensive fortress, Halmstad is now a popular coastal retreat with a sophisticated cultural scene and thriving nightlife, writes Nic Townsend.

Bank explodes in Malmö smash and grab raid
Sweden

Bank explodes in Malmö smash and grab raid

A bank cash dispenser on Södra Förstadsgatan in Malmö exploded at 5am on Monday morning in an apparent smash and grab robbery attempt.

Scorpion hiding in Vietnamese fruit basket stings young girl
Germany

Scorpion hiding in Vietnamese fruit basket stings young girl

A gift basket from Vietnam contained a venomous surprise for a seven-year-old girl, who was rushed to the hospital in Bonn after being stung by a stowaway scorpion.

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Sweden

Ica and Apoteket discuss in-store pharmacies

Swedish state-owned pharmacy chain Apoteket has confirmed that it plans to cooperate with supermarket chain Ica over the in-store sale of non-prescription and prescription drugs.

Scandals besmirch end to world athletics championships
Germany

Scandals besmirch end to world athletics championships

The IAAF Athletics World Championships concluded with two scandals over the weekend when six athletes were arrested for attacking nightclub doormen and a ZDF sports journalist insulted Berlin’s scruffy Marzahn district.

Aid minister calls for debate over corruption
Sweden

Aid minister calls for debate over corruption

Sweden's Minister for International Development Cooperation, Gunilla Carlsson, has called for an open debate over the role of development aid in the wake of a corruption scandal in Zambia.

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Sweden

Family father buried in wrong grave

When Lena Petersson went to visit the grave in which her father was supposed to have been buried she found his name missing from the grave stone. His body had been laid to rest in the wrong place, she discovered.

‘Psychotic’ art student trial opens
Sweden

‘Psychotic’ art student trial opens

The trial of Swedish art student Anna Odell after a faked psychosis she acted out as a part of a final year art project, opened in Stockholm on Monday.

Six dead in two dramatic air accidents
Germany

Six dead in two dramatic air accidents

The German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation (BFU) is investigating two separate aircraft accidents that left six people dead on Sunday.

Gas customers pay €90 too much each year
Germany

Gas customers pay €90 too much each year

German consumers are paying too much for natural gas, a study commissioned by the environmentalist Green party revealed on Monday.

Pirate Bay buyer suffers new setback
Sweden

Pirate Bay buyer suffers new setback

New question marks have been raised over Global Gaming Factory X (GGF), the company that plans to purchase Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay, after the resignation of its chairman.

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Sweden

Rare Swedish films found in Polish cellar

Rare Swedish films from the early 20th century are among those unearthed in a cellar in Poland, the country's national film library announced on Friday.

Berlin pressures GM on Opel decision
Germany

Berlin pressures GM on Opel decision

General Motors kept Germans guessing over the weekend over the fate of its troubled Opel unit even as pressure mounted for a decision on a proposed takeover by Canada's Magna International.