‘Taxpayers should not have to fund feminist porn’
Sweden

‘Taxpayers should not have to fund feminist porn’

The idea of feminist porn may be attractive to some but there is no reason for the state to cough up half a million kronor to fund its production, argues Beatrice Fredriksson, a member of the Moderate Party's youth organisation and author of the Anti-Feminist Initiative blog.

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Sweden

Negative interest rate to boost growth: Riksbank

Sweden's central bank has taken the unusual step of keeping its fixed interest rates pegged below zero in a bid to stimulate the economy.

Beatnik Berlin fostering high-tech start-ups
Germany

Beatnik Berlin fostering high-tech start-ups

Long a magnet for artsy, creative types, Berlin has become a hotbed for technology start-ups. Sabine Devins reports on the German capital's new IT entrepreneurs.

Althaus resigns as premier of Thuringia
Germany

Althaus resigns as premier of Thuringia

Dieter Althaus resigned from his posts as the premier of Thuringia and the head of state’s conservative Christian Democrats on Thursday.

German execs took 20 percent pay cut last year
Germany

German execs took 20 percent pay cut last year

Salaries for top executives of major German companies plummeted by one-fifth last year as the financial crisis began to bite in Europe's top economy, a study released on Thursday showed.

Clean it like The Kaiser: Siemens offers FC Bayern appliances
Germany

Clean it like The Kaiser: Siemens offers FC Bayern appliances

Here’s something for the FC Bayern Munich fan who has everything: a high-efficiency washing machine and vacuum cleaner set kitted-out in the football club’s colours.

New US ambassador Murphy takes up his post
Germany

New US ambassador Murphy takes up his post

Philip Murphy, the new US ambassador to Germany officially took up his post on Thursday after handing President Horst Köhler his diplomatic accreditation in an official ceremony at Berlin’s Bellevue Palace.

Sweden navigates complex waters of EU foreign policy
Sweden

Sweden navigates complex waters of EU foreign policy

With an important meeting of EU's foreign ministers taking place in Stockholm this weekend, David Stavrou examines the changing roles of Sweden and the EU in world affairs.

New suspected swine flu death in Sweden
Sweden

New suspected swine flu death in Sweden

A 55-year-old man has died from suspected swine flu, the Västmanland regional health authority has announced. If the virus is confirmed, it will be Sweden’s second swine flu death, after a man in the Uppsala region who had contracted the virus died last Friday.

Lufthansa vows new subsidiary Austrian Airlines will make money
Germany

Lufthansa vows new subsidiary Austrian Airlines will make money

Austrian Airlines (AUA) will stop losing money next year and will start making profit again as soon as possible after that, the troubled carrier's new owner, German giant Lufthansa, vowed on Thursday.

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Sweden

Stockholm traffic bypass gets green light

The government has approved the controversial Bypass Stockholm (Förbifart Stockholm) traffic link that will cost the state around 27 billion kronor ($3.75 billion). The project has been strongly criticised on environmental grounds.

German voters growing more sceptical of campaign promises
Germany

German voters growing more sceptical of campaign promises

As Germany's general election approaches at the end of the month, a study released on Thursday showed that two-thirds of the country's voters believe that politicians are lying when they make campaign promises.

Interest rates to stay low until autumn 2010
Sweden

Interest rates to stay low until autumn 2010

Sweden’s central bank has pledged to hold its benchmark interest rate, the repo rate, at 0.25 percent until next autumn in a bid to keep interest rates low for business and households.

Swedish study traces origins of man’s best friend
Sweden

Swedish study traces origins of man’s best friend

A team of Swedish and Chinese researchers has discovered that the first ever dogs emerged in an area south of the Yangtze River in China some 16,000 years ago.

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Sweden

Bound and robbed by masked women

A woman was bound and robbed by two female intruders in her home in central Härnösand in northern Sweden on Wednesday afternoon.

Art stolen by Nazis turns up on TV antiques show
Germany

Art stolen by Nazis turns up on TV antiques show

Munich police are calling for witnesses to reveal the owner of valuable 17th-century painting stolen by the Nazis that recently turned up on an antique appraisal television show.

September in Sweden: Forest foods, politicians return, birds leave
Sweden

September in Sweden: Forest foods, politicians return, birds leave

The Year in Sweden - September: Journalist Kim Loughran sketches a month by month account of the country he has called home ever since his accidental migration in 1966.

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Sweden

Student skips school for a whole year

A seventh grade high school student was absent from school for a whole year, but neither the school nor the county council raised the alarm, according to a report in the Östgöta Correspondenten newspaper.

What’s on in Germany: September 3 – 9
Germany

What’s on in Germany: September 3 – 9

This Week's Highlights: A big art opening in Berlin, Belgian dancers in Hannover, and a children's film festival in Frankfurt.

Merkel vows swift clean up at Asse nuke dump
Germany

Merkel vows swift clean up at Asse nuke dump

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel assured on Thursday that the controversial Asse nuclear waste depot in Lower Saxony would be cleaned up quickly.

Sweden mulls mandatory classes for refugees
Sweden

Sweden mulls mandatory classes for refugees

The government will shortly introduce reforms proposing that it be obligatory for all refugees arriving in the country to take part in a society orientation course to facilitate their establishment in Swedish society.

Once filthy Ruhr River safe again for salmon
Germany

Once filthy Ruhr River safe again for salmon

Residents near the Ruhr River are celebrating the return of salmon to the once uninhabitable waters near Essen this week.

New film tells story of Olympic gender trick in Nazi Germany
Germany

New film tells story of Olympic gender trick in Nazi Germany

A new film soon to hit screens in Germany tells the true story of a female Jewish high-jumper whom the Nazis excluded from the 1936 Berlin Olympics, picking instead a man in drag - who came fourth.

Hospital failed to isolate infectious baby
Sweden

Hospital failed to isolate infectious baby

A baby that was infected with a deadly strain of multiresistant bacteria was kept in a ward with other premature babies for almost an entire day, according to a report in the Aftonbladet newspaper.

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Sweden

Sweden calls EU swine flu talks

European health ministers will hold an extraordinary meeting on October 12th to discuss the spread of swine flu, Sweden's Health Minister Maria Larsson said on Wednesday, according to AFP.