Apocalypse soon: Disasters abound at Stockholm Film Festival
Sweden

Apocalypse soon: Disasters abound at Stockholm Film Festival

It's the end of the world as we know it at this year's Stockholm Film Festival, which promises everything a budding apocalypticist could ever need. But there are also plenty of more upbeat cinematic treats in store if global doom isn't your bag, writes David Stavrou.

Germany goalkeeper Enke commits suicide
Germany

Germany goalkeeper Enke commits suicide

German international goalkeeper Robert Enke has been killed after he threw himself under a train at a level crossing, police said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

SEB settles with wealthy widow over bad advice

After a decade receiving misguided investment advice, an 89-year-old Swedish woman has negotiated a settlement with the SEB bank worth hundreds of thousands of kronor.

Mexican foodies take Berlin’s taste buds south of the border
Germany

Mexican foodies take Berlin’s taste buds south of the border

Three friends - a Mexican, a Texan, and an Australian - have finally brought authentic Mexican food to Berlin. The Local sat down with them to find out how they did it.

Sexed-up Rammstein record banned for sadomasochism
Germany

Sexed-up Rammstein record banned for sadomasochism

The latest album from German industrial band Rammstein has been banned from sale to minors for sexually charged lyrics and artwork allegedly inciting sadomasochistic violence.

Software glitches earn health insurers billions in extra cash
Germany

Software glitches earn health insurers billions in extra cash

Software errors in billing software have likely funnelled billions of euros in unjustified charges from Germany's national healthcare fund to insurers, broadcaster ARD reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Borg voices concern over EU bank talks

Swedish finance minister Anders Borg said on Tuesday that delicate negotiations to create new cross-border financial supervisory bodies to oversee banks in the European Union were at a "make-or-break" point.

Court summons Holocaust-denying British Bishop Williamson
Germany

Court summons Holocaust-denying British Bishop Williamson

A British bishop who denied the Holocaust took place has been summoned to appear in a German court for inciting racial hatred, a court spokesman said on Tuesday.

Sweden to test ‘culture by prescription’
Sweden

Sweden to test ‘culture by prescription’

Doctors in south-western Sweden will soon be able to prescribe cultural activities such as choir lessons or ceramics classes as part of a taxpayer-funded initiative to help reduce prolonged absences from work due to illness.

Driver gets German thought-powered prosthetics
Germany

Driver gets German thought-powered prosthetics

A young Austrian man has become the first European to drive a car with thought-powered prosthetic arms, German company Otto Bock announced on Tuesday.

Sweden lagging behind in equality for women professionals
Sweden

Sweden lagging behind in equality for women professionals

Sweden's much-vaunted gender equality statistics do not stretch as far as the boardrooms of private companies, an area in which the country has fallen way off the international pace, argues Nima Sanandaji, president of the free market think tank Captus.

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Hospital reports new swine flu-related death

A man in his sixties from central Sweden who was suffering from the swine flu has been found dead in his home, according to a statement from Örebro hospital.

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Sweden

Napping cat may have killed sleeping infant

A sleeping cat is suspected of having inadvertently suffocated a three-month baby to death in northern Sweden.

E.ON sells power grid to Dutch group for €1.1 bln
Germany

E.ON sells power grid to Dutch group for €1.1 bln

Germany's largest energy concern E.ON said on Tuesday that it would sell its German extra high-voltage distribution network to the Dutch group TenneT for around €1.1 billion ($1.6 billion).

Zlatan considers quitting Sweden’s national side
Sweden

Zlatan considers quitting Sweden’s national side

Swedish football fans were reeling on Tuesday after learning that star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have played his last game for the country’s national team.

Merkel maps out German political priorities
Germany

Merkel maps out German political priorities

German Chancellor Angela Merkel set the course of her new centre-right coalition on Tuesday, spelling out the economic and social challenges she aims to tackle over the next four years.

Taxpayers fund thinking caps for Swedish town’s top brass
Sweden

Taxpayers fund thinking caps for Swedish town’s top brass

Top level civil servants in Laholm in south-western Sweden have received a selection of different coloured hats worth 18,000 kronor ($2,600) in a bid to help the bearers think innovative thoughts.

Man killed in Frankfurt shoot-out with police
Germany

Man killed in Frankfurt shoot-out with police

A police officer has killed a 48-year-old man and is in serious condition after sustaining a gunshot wound himself in a shoot-out in Frankfurt early on Tuesday morning, police reported.

‘Gas explosion’ caused by man’s buttocks
Germany

‘Gas explosion’ caused by man’s buttocks

A reported explosion sparked a dramatic effort to save a 21-year-old man until authorities realised he had simply sat on a gas pistol in a drunken haze, police in North Rhine-Westphalia reported on Tuesday.

Oldest blogger in Germany chronicles 80 years of history
Germany

Oldest blogger in Germany chronicles 80 years of history

At 80-years-old, Hans Frackowiak is the oldest blogger in Germany. The former miner from the Ruhr region chronicles major events of 20th century Germany history from a personal perspective at Castroper-geschichten.de.

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Swedish researchers reveal key to forming lasting memories

Researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet have uncovered the mechanism that controls how the brain creates long-term memories, marking a significant step forward for developing new treatments for Alzheimer's disease.

Swedish ferries equipped with ‘sinking’ life rings
Sweden

Swedish ferries equipped with ‘sinking’ life rings

Many of the life buoys on Swedish passenger ferries have a defect that causes them to sink when they hit the water.

Santa’s post office opens in Himmelpfort ahead of Christmas
Germany

Santa’s post office opens in Himmelpfort ahead of Christmas

Germany’s favourite Christmas post office has opened in the Brandenburg town of Himmelpfort, Deutsche Post announced on Tuesday.

Politician caught in teen sex scandal to step down
Sweden

Politician caught in teen sex scandal to step down

A high-ranking Stockholm-area politician has been fined for attempting to purchase sex from an underage girl involved in a high-profile teen sex ring.

Clinton hopes Berlin open to new US strategy in Afghanistan
Germany

Clinton hopes Berlin open to new US strategy in Afghanistan

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday she hopes Berlin will stay engaged in Afghanistan and open to a new American strategy in the strife-torn country.