Schäuble to ban naked short selling
Germany

Schäuble to ban naked short selling

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble intends to ban short selling without first borrowing security, in a bid to rein in stock market speculation.

Swedes win thrilling ski marathon
Sweden

Swedes win thrilling ski marathon

Jörgen Brink and Susanne Nyström of Sweden won the respective men's and women's events in the annual 90 kilometre Vasaloppet ski race on Sunday.

Police hunt machete-wielding poker robbers
Germany

Police hunt machete-wielding poker robbers

German police said Sunday they were hunting a masked, machete-wielding gang that staged a brazen raid on a high stakes poker tournament at one of Berlin's swankiest hotels, but had no "hot leads."

Schavan says German women get a raw deal
Germany

Schavan says German women get a raw deal

Education Minister Annette Schavan used International Women's Day on Monday as an opportunity to demand equal opportunities for women, following an EU report that Germany has one of the biggest gender pay gaps in Europe.

More German workers suffer burnout
Germany

More German workers suffer burnout

The number of German workers suffering from the psychological problem known as the "burnout syndrome" has increased significantly, according to a new expert report.

SPD criticises Merkel’s new welfare plan
Germany

SPD criticises Merkel’s new welfare plan

Angela Merkel's proposal to pep up welfare handouts for children with non-cash benefits has been heavily criticised by Social Democratic leader Sigmar Gabriel.

Government opposes plan to scale down domestic defence
Sweden

Government opposes plan to scale down domestic defence

The government is reportedly opposed to a plan from the Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) to reduce defense spending by 800 million kronor ($112 million).

Bayern goalkeeper takes blame for Cologne draw
Germany

Bayern goalkeeper takes blame for Cologne draw

Goalkeeper Hans-Jörg Butt admitted he was to blame as Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich needed a second-half equaliser to take a point from Saturday's 1-1 draw with Cologne.

Spring held at bay as deer starve
Sweden

Spring held at bay as deer starve

Although spring officially got underway a few days ago, there are few signs of it in Sweden. Snow lay deep across the land, while in the Baltic Sea, ferry traffic was snarled. Nearly 20 ships were stuck in the ice off the Swedish coast early Saturday. Ice breakers were dispatched.

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Sweden

Iraqi expats flock to polling booths in Sweden

At least 26,000 Iraqis living in Sweden cast their absentee ballots at the weekend, ahead of the Iraqi general elections on Sunday. Some 80,000 Iraqis live in Sweden.

Mounting costs for royal wedding
Sweden

Mounting costs for royal wedding

The June wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling won’t come cheap. So far, total costs of 80 million kronor ($11.4 million) have come to light, reports public broadcaster Sveriges Radio.