Organic food sector stagnates amid tough economy
Germany

Organic food sector stagnates amid tough economy

Germany's organic food market, far and away Europe's largest, was stagnant in 2009 after years of stellar growth but still outperformed the wider food market, a trade organisation said Wednesday.

Strange foods, and how to find them
Sweden

Strange foods, and how to find them

Sweden may be a mecca of sorts when it comes to yogurt but try finding a simple potato waffle and you will be sorely disappointed, writes obdurate blow-in moaner Paddy Kelly in his latest petulant sideswipe at the bosom that feeds.

Green party celebrates 30th anniversary
Germany

Green party celebrates 30th anniversary

From beards and Birkenstocks to part of political establishment: Germany’s environmentalist Green party celebrated its 30th anniversary on Wednesday.

Ailing ski jumper Schmitt slams scrawny weight allowances
Germany

Ailing ski jumper Schmitt slams scrawny weight allowances

German champion ski jumper Martin Schmitt this week became the latest athlete within his sport to criticise dangerous minimum weight rules following an announcement that he was taking a break due to exhaustion stemming from nutritional deficiencies.

Formula One boss submits new Saab bid
Sweden

Formula One boss submits new Saab bid

The battle over the future of Saab Automobile took another twist on Wednesday as a group including Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone and Luxembourg investment firm Genii Capital submitted a new bid to buy the Swedish automaker from General Motors.

‘Gay Up’ matador helps Swedish farmers take bulls by horns
Sweden

‘Gay Up’ matador helps Swedish farmers take bulls by horns

A Spanish matador who recently challenged the sport's macho image by advertising a drink popular on the gay club scene has been invited to southern Sweden to help local farmers master their bulls.

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Sweden

Minister dogged by more wolf hunt criticism

Sweden’s environment minister Andreas Carlgren continued to defend the country’s recent government-sanctioned wolf hunt despite a lack of evidence supporting part of the minister’s justification for the cull.

Mice invade German parliamentary building
Germany

Mice invade German parliamentary building

Mice have infested Germany’s parliamentary offices, but officials are keeping the problem under wraps to protect the “dignity” of the hallowed government buildings, daily Die Welt reported on Wednesday.

Sweden to assist Haiti quake victims
Sweden

Sweden to assist Haiti quake victims

Swedish disaster assistance groups were mobilizing on Wednesday to participate in international relief efforts in Haiti after the country was hit by a devastating earthquake.

Bonus-happy banks risk tougher rules: Borg
Sweden

Bonus-happy banks risk tougher rules: Borg

Swedish banks could be hit with even tougher restrictions on bonuses if they don’t follow new rules presented by the country’s financial system watchdog, finance minister Anders Borg warned on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedish teen grows back face after pill horror

A Swedish teen who saw much of her skin blister away due to a rare allergic reaction to an over the counter painkiller has resumed a normal life following a long and difficult recovery.

Requests to see Stasi secret police files surge in Wall anniversary year
Germany

Requests to see Stasi secret police files surge in Wall anniversary year

More than 100,000 people requested a look into their files created by the feared East German secret police, the Stasi, last year, the archive responsible for the documents said on Wednesday.

Ericsson seals TeliaSonera 4G deal
Sweden

Ericsson seals TeliaSonera 4G deal

Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson has secured a deal to supply TeliaSonera's new high speed 4G network in Sweden and Norway.

Family refuses to claim ‘lonely corpse’ in Austria
Germany

Family refuses to claim ‘lonely corpse’ in Austria

Austrian officials are struggling to find a final resting place for a dead German man whom no one wants. The man’s relatives refuse to claim the “lonely corpse” because he left a mountain of debt behind when he died six weeks ago.

Economy shrivels five percent in 2009
Germany

Economy shrivels five percent in 2009

The German economy contracted by five percent last year, its deepest recession since World War II, according to preliminary figures released on Wednesday.

Public workers threaten strikes as wage negotiations begin
Germany

Public workers threaten strikes as wage negotiations begin

The first round of wage negotiations for some two million public sector employees began on Wednesday in Potsdam, as their union Verdi said it would not rule out strikes to pressure state and federal employers.

Coalition loses majority support from public
Germany

Coalition loses majority support from public

Germany’s centre-right government coalition has lost the majority of public support less than six months after being elected, a poll published on Wednesday revealed.

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Sweden

Vellinge council in refugee children reversal

The local council in Vellinge in southern Sweden has agreed to allow the municipality to house refugee children, reversing its long standing position on the issue.

Obama musical to premiere in Frankfurt
Germany

Obama musical to premiere in Frankfurt

Barack Obama has been serenaded by stars like Aretha Franklin and Beyonce, now he'll sing himself in a new musical set to open Sunday in Frankfurt - where many consider the US president a role model.

Spyker chief: we’ve shown GM the money
Sweden

Spyker chief: we’ve shown GM the money

Saab can still be sold, Dutch sportscar maker Spyker insisted once again on Tuesday, claiming it had the money needed to purchase the Swedish brand.

Volvo’s future with Geely ‘bright’: Ford head
Sweden

Volvo’s future with Geely ‘bright’: Ford head

Volvo Cars is set to thrive under new management after Ford completes the sale of its Swedish brand to Chinese automaker Geely, Ford CEO Alan Mulally said Tuesday.