SPD’s Gabriel open to coalition with leftists
Germany

SPD’s Gabriel open to coalition with leftists

Breaking a longstanding political taboo, Sigmar Gabriel, the designated leader of the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), has said he would consider working with the hard-line socialist party The Left after Germany’s next federal election in four years.

Ballack dismisses worries over Russian artificial pitch
Germany

Ballack dismisses worries over Russian artificial pitch

Germany captain Michael Ballack on Tuesday dismissed concerns over the artificial pitch for the key World Cup showdown with Russia, saying his team is well-prepared to adapt to the tricky surface.

Berlin balks at boosting IMF’s finances
Germany

Berlin balks at boosting IMF’s finances

Germany on Tuesday balked at increasing the resources of the International Monetary Fund, arguing it could encourage countries to count on being bailed out by the organisation.

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Sweden

Toys”R”Us scolded for gender discrimination

US-based toy retailer Toys"R"Us has been reprimanded for gender discrimination following a complaint filed by a group of Swedish sixth graders about the store’s 2008 Christmas catalogue.

Why Guido Westerwelle shouldn’t become Germany’s foreign minister
Germany

Why Guido Westerwelle shouldn’t become Germany’s foreign minister

Guido Westerwelle is on track to become Germany’s next foreign minister, but Katinka Barysch from the Centre for European Reform argues he should take the helm of the Finance Ministry instead.

Claudia Schiffer exits the catwalk
Germany

Claudia Schiffer exits the catwalk

German supermodel Claudia Schiffer will never grace a catwalk again, Italian magazine Donna Moderna reported on Tuesday.

Deutsche Bahn to raise train fares
Germany

Deutsche Bahn to raise train fares

Germany’s national rail provider Deutsche Bahn will increase its fares by 1.8 percent beginning on December 13, the company announced in Berlin on Tuesday.

Pirate Bay on the run as hosts jump ship
Sweden

Pirate Bay on the run as hosts jump ship

File sharing site The Pirate Bay was out of commission on Tuesday as it struggled to find hosting providers willing to serve the site.

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Sweden

Saab targeted in South Korea bribery probe

Swedish aerospace giant Saab AB is under investigation by South Korean security authorities looking into allegations the company paid off a local research institute in exchange for classified information.

Fibre optic pioneers to share Nobel physics prize
Sweden

Fibre optic pioneers to share Nobel physics prize

Three researchers are to share the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics, the Royal Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences announced on Tuesday.

Suspected sheep slaughter in pizzeria
Sweden

Suspected sheep slaughter in pizzeria

Authorities in central Sweden have shuttered a pizzeria after a witness reported seeing four live sheep being led into the establishment’s basement. Police suspect one of the animals may have been slaughtered.

Dire German economic outlook improves
Germany

Dire German economic outlook improves

A government spokesman said on Tuesday Germany is poised to recover faster than originally thought from a crippling recession, revising upward a growth forecast for Europe's largest economy this year.

Police find 10 people stuffed into small car on autobahn
Germany

Police find 10 people stuffed into small car on autobahn

Police on Tuesday reported they found ten people crammed into a small car during a routine traffic stop on a North Rhine-Westphalian motorway.

Doctor vindicated in newborn’s death
Sweden

Doctor vindicated in newborn’s death

There was nothing wrong with the care given to a newborn baby who died in September of last year at Astrid Lindgren’s Children’s Hospital, according to a report on the incident.

Pundits tip poets for Nobel Literature Prize
Sweden

Pundits tip poets for Nobel Literature Prize

This year's Nobel Literature Prize could go to a poet for the first time since 1996, Swedish literary circles say as speculation mounts ahead of Thursday's announcement.

October in Sweden: forest royalty, bandy, prizes from the Academy
Sweden

October in Sweden: forest royalty, bandy, prizes from the Academy

The Year in Sweden - October: 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

Swedish hospital performed eye surgery on wrong woman

A 70-year-old Swedish woman who went to hospital for a cataract examination ended up having surgery on her eyelid by mistake.

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Sweden

Johan, 24, suffocated to death by police

A 24-year-old man died in Gothenburg died last April as a direct result of injuries sustained at the hands of police officers. But none of the officers involved have been held accountable as prosecutors failed to follow up on the case, according to the findings of a Sveriges Radio report.

Making it in Germany: A Canuck soprano
Germany

Making it in Germany: A Canuck soprano

The Local's series "Making it in Germany" presents Soula Parassidis, a Canadian soprano singer who now performs at the Leipzig Opera after arriving with nothing but a suitcase.

Consumers paying too much for electricity
Germany

Consumers paying too much for electricity

Despite wholesale electricity prices dropping some 50 percent recently, German households paid 5.8 percent more for power than last year, daily Bild reported on Tuesday.

Nefertiti bust moved to new home
Germany

Nefertiti bust moved to new home

The bust of legendary Egyptian beauty Nefertiti, believed to be 3,400 years old, has been moved gingerly to its new home in Berlin before it is to go back on display this month, the city's museum authority said on Monday.

Eight injured in Bavarian bus crash
Germany

Eight injured in Bavarian bus crash

Six children and two men were injured in a school bus crash in Kitzingen in Bavaria's Franconia region on Monday evening, police reported.

Swedish burger chain ditches Dole over Bananas!* lawsuit
Sweden

Swedish burger chain ditches Dole over Bananas!* lawsuit

Swedish hamburger chain Max has said it will stop selling Dole fruit salad in retaliation for the US food giant’s bid to muzzle a Swedish documentary film about the company.

Sweden agrees to guarantee Saab loan
Sweden

Sweden agrees to guarantee Saab loan

The Swedish government notified the European Commission on Monday that it was prepared to guarantee the 4 billion kronor ($570 million) loan that troubled automaker Saab is seeking from the European Investment Bank (EIB).