US immigrant sent on Swedish bank run-around
Sweden

US immigrant sent on Swedish bank run-around

When US citizen Sylvie Acra arrived in Sweden and began her search for a job she decided it would be wise to open a standard bank account, but after three visits to three major Swedish banks she remains dissatisfied.

Spring comes to southern Sweden
Sweden

Spring comes to southern Sweden

As the rest of the country looks on in disbelief, spring has officially arrived in southwestern Skåne.

Mind-reading computers turn heads at CeBIT
Germany

Mind-reading computers turn heads at CeBIT

Devices allowing people to write letters or play pinball using just the power of their brains have become a major draw at Hannover's high-tech CeBIT fair this week.

Daimler’s Zetsche asks Berlin and Brussels to subsidise electric cars
Germany

Daimler’s Zetsche asks Berlin and Brussels to subsidise electric cars

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche on Thursday urged the EU Commission and the German government to provide financial assistance in the development of energy efficient electric cars.

Storm ‘Xynthia’ could cost Allianz €300 million
Germany

Storm ‘Xynthia’ could cost Allianz €300 million

The deadly Atlantic storm ‘Xynthia’ could end up costing German insurance giant Allianz €300 million after leaving a wake of destruction across Europe last weekend.

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Sweden

Bildt and Miliband chide EU foreign chief

The foreign ministers of Sweden and Britain joined forces on Thursday in directing a sharp rebuke at Baroness Catherine Ashton over a lack of transparency in the recruitment process for EU diplomats.

German MPs suggest cash-strapped Greece should sell islands
Germany

German MPs suggest cash-strapped Greece should sell islands

Greece should sell some of its uninhabited islands to raise cash to avoid bankruptcy, two German parliamentarians from Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition suggested on Thursday.

Malmö mayor blasted for ‘Israeli lobby’ comment
Sweden

Malmö mayor blasted for ‘Israeli lobby’ comment

Representatives for the Jewish Community in Malmö have slammed the city's mayor, Ilmar Reepalu, for his use of the term "Israeli lobby" in a Danish television interview.

Munich hosts homosexual job fair
Germany

Munich hosts homosexual job fair

Europe’s first career fair for homosexuals comes to Munich this weekend. Moritz Honert from Der Tagesspiegel spoke with the founder of Milk 2010 about job prospects for gays and lesbians in Germany.

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Sweden

Riksbank chief calls for new financial framework

Stefan Ingves, the head of the Swedish Riksbank, has called on parliament to look over the existing financial regulatory framework - and do so expediently.

Sauerland cell Islamists jailed for anti-US plot
Germany

Sauerland cell Islamists jailed for anti-US plot

A Düsseldorf court on Thursday jailed members of the so-called Sauerland cell – four Islamic militants including two German converts – for a thwarted plot to attack US diplomats, soldiers and civilians.

Ikea launches line of prefabricated homes in Hesse
Germany

Ikea launches line of prefabricated homes in Hesse

The build-it-yourself Swedish furniture giant Ikea presented its “BoKlok” line of prefabricated houses in the state of Hesse with the guarantee there would be no assembly required.

What’s on in Germany: March 4 – 10
Germany

What’s on in Germany: March 4 – 10

This week's highlights: Joss Stone in Hamburg, the late artist Uwe Lausen in Frankfurt, and getting to know Queen Luise of Prussia in Berlin.

Saab’s Russian backer seeks clean slate
Sweden

Saab’s Russian backer seeks clean slate

Vladimir Antonov, the Russian businessman and backer of Spyker Cars takeover of Saab, has launched a campaign to clear his name from allegations of money laundering and organised crime, Svenska Dagbladet reports.

Family minister’s nursing care proposal assailed
Germany

Family minister’s nursing care proposal assailed

A proposal by German Family Minister Kristina Schröder to allow employees to reduce working hours for two years to care for ailing loved ones was met with widespread criticism on Thursday.

Rash withdrawal of US nukes poses dangers
Germany

Rash withdrawal of US nukes poses dangers

Security analysts warn Germany’s push for the removal of the US nuclear weapons from its soil could have dramatic strategic consequences, including inadvertently fuelling a Middle East arms race and reaffirming the need for US military might in Europe.

Sweden claims narrow win in Wales
Sweden

Sweden claims narrow win in Wales

Erik Hamrén, Sweden's new national football team trainer, got his tenure off the right foot with a 0-1 win over Wales at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on Wednesday.

German tourist killed as giant waves batter cruise ship
Germany

German tourist killed as giant waves batter cruise ship

A 69-year-old German tourist was among two casualties that resulted from several giant waves that hit a cruise ship off the coast of Spain on Wednesday night, injuring up to 20 other passengers.

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Sweden

Opera chief wins appeal over concert floor collapse

The chief executive of the Norrland Opera House, Magnus Aspegren, has been cleared by the appeals court of any responsibility in connection with the floor collapse at a rock concert at the Umeå opera house in 2007.

Argentina beats frustrated Germany 1-0
Germany

Argentina beats frustrated Germany 1-0

Diego Maradona's Argentinian all-stars left Germany with a lot to do between now and the World Cup, outclassing the home side at a friendly in Munich on Wednesday night to win 1-0 through a goal by Gonzalo Higuain.

Thick Baltic ice causes ferry havoc
Sweden

Thick Baltic ice causes ferry havoc

Cancellations and delays to ferry services are forecast to persist into Thursday as the Baltic Sea experiences its iciest conditions in 14 years. Several vessels are stuck in the ice waiting for ice-breakers to set them free.

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Sweden

Teenager found dead in Stockholm shaft

A 13-year-old boy was found dead on Wednesday evening in a 30 metre deep ventilation shaft by Slussen in central Stockholm.