‘Malmö should be called Mothvirgin in English’
Sweden

‘Malmö should be called Mothvirgin in English’

Residents of Malmö have received food for thought from a concerned countryman who has proposed translating the city's name to Mothvirgin, thus making it more accessible in the English-speaking world, local newspaper Sydsvenskan reports.

Doctors outraged by infant vaccine shortage
Germany

Doctors outraged by infant vaccine shortage

Medical experts warned of grave health danger to children on Monday following weekend reports that many important infant vaccinations have not been delivered to German hospitals since late January.

Germany facing another blast of winter weather
Germany

Germany facing another blast of winter weather

The harsh winter weather continued to batter Germany on Monday, with more snow in the forecast. Hospitals reported a spike in ice-related injuries and an ice breaker delivered provisions to the Baltic Sea island of Hiddensee, which has been unreachable for weeks.

SAP shares slump amid leadership shake-up
Germany

SAP shares slump amid leadership shake-up

Shares in German-based SAP, the world's largest professional software group, slumped Monday after the company said Leo Apotheker would step down as chief executive officer to be replaced by two company insiders.

Millions switch on for Eurovision heat
Sweden

Millions switch on for Eurovision heat

Saturday's Melodifestivalen heat was watched by almost three million Swedes as Eurovision fever gripped the country once again.

Smallest Karneval parade faces curtain call
Germany

Smallest Karneval parade faces curtain call

The party could soon be over for Germany’s smallest Karneval parade unless the town of Unna in North Rhine-Westphalia can find a replacement for its retiring merry jester.

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Sweden

Job agency fined for religious discrimination

Sweden’s National Public Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) has been fined for discriminating against a Muslim man who had his benefits withdrawn after refusing to shake the hand of a female CEO.

EU approves Sweden’s Saab loan guarantee
Sweden

EU approves Sweden’s Saab loan guarantee

The EU's competition watchdog has approved the Swedish government's intention to guarantee a European Investment Bank (EIB) loan to automaker Saab.

Indie cinemas battle for Berlin’s spotlight
Germany

Indie cinemas battle for Berlin’s spotlight

Indie cinemas are a dying breed the world over... except in Berlin, home to nearly 60 small arthouse and neighbourhood venues. The fight for survival is brutal. But as Exberliner magazine's Alice Harrison reports, some of them are even getting the red carpet treatment at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Bahn CEO intervenes after railway gives teen wine as redress
Germany

Bahn CEO intervenes after railway gives teen wine as redress

Deutsche Bahn CEO Rüdiger Grube has personally intervened after a 16-year-old girl thrown off a train on one of the coldest nights of the year was compensated by the company with a bottle of wine.

Liechtenstein bank owes tax dodger damages, court rules
Germany

Liechtenstein bank owes tax dodger damages, court rules

A German tax dodger has won millions in damages in a suit against his Liechtenstein bank for failing to reveal that his information was stolen along with hundreds of other account holders and sold to Berlin for a criminal investigation.

Two year wait for Stockholm flat: report
Sweden

Two year wait for Stockholm flat: report

The wait for a rental apartment in Stockholm averages 104 weeks, rising to as much as 20 years for attractive areas. In many comparable EU cities apartments can be found immediately and often at little or no extra cost, a new survey shows.

The Best of the Rhineland in February
Germany

The Best of the Rhineland in February

This month Rhine-online, the Rhineland’s leading English-language website, offers some Karneval insight, uncovers a Mapplethorpe retrospective in Düsseldorf, and dines the Michelin-way in Königswinter.

Swedish soldiers killed by ‘Afghan police’
Sweden

Swedish soldiers killed by ‘Afghan police’

Military police are conducting an investigation into reports that the two Swedish military officers and their local interpreter killed on Sunday west of Mazar-e Sharif in Afghanistan were attacked by a police officer.

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Sweden

Stockholm policeman warned after Thai brothel visit

A Stockholm police officer has been reminded of his responsibilities after being caught in a Thai massage parlour under surveillance by the vice squad.

FDP to speed reform pace to combat falling opinion polls
Germany

FDP to speed reform pace to combat falling opinion polls

Chancellor Angela Merkel's junior coalition partners, the pro-business Free Democrats, have agreed to quicken the pace of their promised reforms in reaction to the party's rapidly falling public approval ratings.

Tide turns for Swedish bankruptcies: report
Sweden

Tide turns for Swedish bankruptcies: report

The number of Swedish firms filing for bankruptcy declined by 14 percent in January in comparison with the corresponding month in 2009. 484 companies went to the wall during the month.

Public worker strike drags on in wage dispute
Germany

Public worker strike drags on in wage dispute

Public workers’ union Verdi called for strikes in northern Germany on Monday as their wage dispute with state and municipal employers continued.

South Korea seeks Germany’s advice on reunification
Germany

South Korea seeks Germany’s advice on reunification

South Korea is keen to learn from Germany's experience of melding capitalist and communist rival states, officials said after a presidential summit on Monday.

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Sweden

Asylum seeker held 18 months on remand

Mehdi Kadirou, a rejected asylum seeker, has been kept locked up for 18 months in an Uppsala cell while the police and migration authorities decide where to return him, according to a report in the local Upsala Nya Tidning newspaper.

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Sweden

Six injured in Stockholm fire

Six people suffered smoke injuries, with one also sustaining burns, in a fire which ravaged an apartment block in Östermalm in central Stockholm on Sunday.