Germans foot the bill for big pharma’s drugs
Germany

Germans foot the bill for big pharma’s drugs

German politicians say they’re concerned about the spiralling cost of health care. But as Hannah Cleaver reports, they also appear content to let pharmaceutical firms charge far more for medication that is cheaper elsewhere.

Vatican ‘knew of bishop’s Holocaust denials’
Sweden

Vatican ‘knew of bishop’s Holocaust denials’

The Vatican was aware of statements by a rebel bishop in which he questioned the existence of the Nazi gas chambers before it decided to lift the bishop's excommunication, according to a Stockholm bishop.

Swedish officials meet suspects in Pakistan terror probe
Sweden

Swedish officials meet suspects in Pakistan terror probe

Swedish embassy officials have now met with the four Swedish terror suspects currently imprisoned in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Utrikesdepartementet) said on Wednesday.

Harz region to open first German hiking trail for nudists
Germany

Harz region to open first German hiking trail for nudists

Germans are widely known for the ease with which they shed clothing, so it comes as little surprise the country’s first route for hiking naked could soon open in the hilly Harz region.

Man arrested in helicopter heist probe
Sweden

Man arrested in helicopter heist probe

Swedish police have one person into custody for suspected involvement in the Hollywood-esque helicopter-aided robbery which took place at a cash depot near Stockholm early Wednesday morning.

Organisers report rush on tickets for fourth-largest lotto jackpot
Germany

Organisers report rush on tickets for fourth-largest lotto jackpot

Thousands of hopeful Lotto players are rushing out to buy tickets for the Wednesday evening drawing of the fourth-biggest jackpot in Germany’s history.

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Sweden

TeliaSonera to increase stake in Estonian telecoms firm

Estonia is set to sell its share of leading telecommunications provider, Eesti Telekom, to Nordic group TeliaSonera.

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Sweden

Swedish integration policies ‘a failure’

Immigrants to Sweden continue to flock to a few, high-immigrant concentration areas, new statistics show, prompting one politician to conclude the country's integration politics have failed.

Steinbrück accuses UK of ‘having problems’ with financial reform
Germany

Steinbrück accuses UK of ‘having problems’ with financial reform

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück says Britain wants to hamper financial system reform proposals to be discussed at the Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh later this week.

Germany’s worst drivers live in the south
Germany

Germany’s worst drivers live in the south

Germany’s worst drivers are concentrated in the south of the country, according to a new study by the Berlin-based German Insurance Association (GDV).

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Sweden

Sex rumours land loose-lipped Swedish pastor in hot water

A pastor in Malmö in southern Sweden has been accused of leaking intimate details of a woman's sex life to other members of the congregation.

Swine flu vaccines expected to arrive in mid-October
Germany

Swine flu vaccines expected to arrive in mid-October

The first batch of 50 million A/H1N1 swine flu vaccinations is expected to arrive in Germany in mid-October, daily Westfalen Blatt reported on Wednesday.

Helicopter heist causes cash flow concerns
Sweden

Helicopter heist causes cash flow concerns

While police continue to gather evidence, traders and store owners in the Stockholm area are concerned over a possible shortage of cash following the spectacular robbery of a cash depot south of the city.

Police raid NPD office for sending racist hate mail
Germany

Police raid NPD office for sending racist hate mail

Police said on Wednesday they had raided the Berlin headquarters of Germany's neo-Nazi NPD party after it sent racist letters to ethnic minority candidates in this weekend's election, telling them to "go home."

Swedish gallery owner accused in fake art scandal
Sweden

Swedish gallery owner accused in fake art scandal

The former owner of a Stockholm art gallery has been accused of grand fraud and art forgery in the amount of 30 million kronor ($4.4 million).

Oktoberfest gets iPhone apps
Germany

Oktoberfest gets iPhone apps

Organisers of Munich's venerable Oktoberfest have updated the beer festival for the 21st century with a line of boozy mobile applications for the iPhone.

Indian summer set to continue with high pressure system
Germany

Indian summer set to continue with high pressure system

High pressure system “Rosemarie” is bringing more warm air to Germany for a continuation of a balmy Indian summer, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Wednesday.

Police wiretapping surveillance surges
Germany

Police wiretapping surveillance surges

German authorities are resorting to more controversial telephone surveillance in their investigations, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

Swedish woman arrested over drug-stuffed hairbrushes
Sweden

Swedish woman arrested over drug-stuffed hairbrushes

A 22-year-old woman from Jönköping in central Sweden was arrested in Brazil at the weekend with more than two kilogrammes of cocaine in her luggage.

Merkel starts to actively court female voters
Germany

Merkel starts to actively court female voters

She is Forbes magazine's most powerful woman in the world, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel has a decidedly ambivalent relationship with the role of gender in politics.

Stockholm cash depot hit by helicopter heist
Sweden

Stockholm cash depot hit by helicopter heist

Robbers used a helicopter to carry out a spectacular theft at a cash depot south of Stockholm early Wednesday morning.

Reinfeldt: pace of climate talks ‘too slow’
Sweden

Reinfeldt: pace of climate talks ‘too slow’

Speaking at a United Nations climate summit on Tuesday, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said negotiations on a new global warming deal were moving far too slowly.