Holocaust denier Williamson to battle fine of up to €12,000
Germany

Holocaust denier Williamson to battle fine of up to €12,000

A German court has slapped Holocaust-denier Richard Williamson with a fine of up to €12,000, which the English bishop’s lawyer vowed on Monday to fight.

Juvenile care for Stureby teen killing
Sweden

Juvenile care for Stureby teen killing

The two teenagers found guilty for the death of 15-year-old Therese Johansson Rojo in the Stockholm suburb of Stureby last summer have each been sentenced to 20 months in institutional juvenile care.

Berlin City Palace delayed until 2016
Germany

Berlin City Palace delayed until 2016

The €552-million reconstruction of Berlin’s historic city palace will not be finished until at least 2016 – two years later than planned – government officials announced Monday.

Swedish soldiers forced to train in soleless boots
Sweden

Swedish soldiers forced to train in soleless boots

Shortages in standard issue military clothing have forced Swedish conscripts to wash their uniforms at home and train in boots without soles.

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Sweden

Supreme Court sets precedent over animal rights activist attack

Sweden's Supreme Court has upheld a landmark ruling in which a 30-year-old animal rights activist was convicted for his involvement in storming the premises of four companies and harassing members of staff.

Merkel admits tax cut plan may fail
Germany

Merkel admits tax cut plan may fail

Doubts grew on Monday over the viability of the new German government's choice to rely on tax cuts alone to boost the ailing economy, with Chancellor Angela Merkel herself admitting the plan might not work.

Prison sentence for Trustor fraud upheld
Sweden

Prison sentence for Trustor fraud upheld

The Svea Court of Appeal on Monday upheld a prison sentence for Thomas Jisander, who was convicted in 2008 for embezzling 20 million kronor ($3 million) in the so-called Trustor affair.

Doubts dog Oettinger appointment to Europe
Germany

Doubts dog Oettinger appointment to Europe

The conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) chose their parliamentary leader Stefan Mappus as the new Premier of Baden-Württemberg on Monday, as the controversy over his predecessor Günther Oettinger’s surprise appointment as Germany’s new EU commissioner deepened.

Nature reclaims German Cold War death strip
Germany

Nature reclaims German Cold War death strip

Once a menacing death strip during the Cold War, Germany’s stretch of the Iron Curtain has been transformed into a leafy nature refuge, as Hannah Cleaver reports.

Merck upbeat despite drop in profit
Germany

Merck upbeat despite drop in profit

German chemical and pharmaceutical group Merck KGaA on Monday reported a sharp slump in quarterly net profit, but forecast higher earnings from its chemicals units and unveiled its first site in China.

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Sweden

Charges filed for torture- like parenting methods

A Stockholm-area couple have been indicted for using torture-like methods to raise their children, including hitting them with shoehorns and stabbing them with knives and forks.

Car on wrong side of road collides with school bus
Germany

Car on wrong side of road collides with school bus

A woman was killed and at least five children injured Monday morning in Bavaria when a packed school bus collided head-on with a car driving the wrong way on a motorway, police reported.

Organ theft article ‘a perversion of journalistic standards’
Sweden

Organ theft article ‘a perversion of journalistic standards’

Amid an ongoing uproar over accusations that Israel harvested the organs of dead Palestinians, Andrea Levin of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) issues a fresh plea to Aftonbladet to acknowledge and correct "the factual errors that litter the article".

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Sweden

Profits at truckmaker Scania beat expectations

Swedish truckmaker Scania announced a return to profit and a slightly improved outlook on Monday with better-than-expected third quarter results due to the effects of cost cutting measures.

Germany starts swine flu vaccinations
Germany

Germany starts swine flu vaccinations

Several German states on Monday began offering mass vaccinations against swine flu in an attempt to head off a widespread epidemic this winter.

Bildt’s inaction breeds suspicion in Israel
Sweden

Bildt’s inaction breeds suspicion in Israel

Israel’s government remains surprised that Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt has yet to reschedule a previously cancelled trip to Israel.

Black-belt German tourist gives Aussie attacker the chop
Germany

Black-belt German tourist gives Aussie attacker the chop

A black-belt German tourist gave her Australian attacker the chop – and a karate kick to the head – after being assaulted in the Outback town of Alice Springs, police said on Monday.

Electrolux profits in high speed spin
Sweden

Electrolux profits in high speed spin

Swedish white goods maker Electrolux beat market expectations with strong profits announced on Monday. But the firm also said it would close two plants in Iowa as part of its cost-cutting scheme.

Filthy flat filled with 300 abandoned guinea pigs
Germany

Filthy flat filled with 300 abandoned guinea pigs

Around 300 abandoned guinea pigs were rescued from a filthy flat in Aachen over the weekend, according to the police.

Sahlin demands answers over KGB revelations
Sweden

Sahlin demands answers over KGB revelations

Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin has called on writer Jan Guillou to lift the lid on any information he may have passed to the KGB about her party.

Egyptian stab victim’s husband describes attack
Germany

Egyptian stab victim’s husband describes attack

An Egyptian man told a German court Monday how his pregnant wife was murdered before his eyes in a frenzied anti-Islamic attack, in a case that has inflamed tempers in the Muslim world.