EU heavyweights push Merkel to aid Greece
Germany

EU heavyweights push Merkel to aid Greece

European heavyweights pressured German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday to back down over Greece, which accused Berlin of profiteering amid a euro currency slump.

‘Workplace pregnancy is contagious’: study
Sweden

‘Workplace pregnancy is contagious’: study

Pregnant women in the workplace affect the inclination of female colleagues to try for children, a new study shows. The same is however not true for expectant fathers.

US professor claims Stockholm Water Prize for fight against cholera
Sweden

US professor claims Stockholm Water Prize for fight against cholera

American microbiologist Rita Colwell has won the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize for her pioneering work in the battle against cholera.

Lufthansa pilots threaten strike as wage talks fail
Germany

Lufthansa pilots threaten strike as wage talks fail

Lufthansa pilots threatened on Monday to stage a crippling strike as contentious wage talks with Europe’s biggest airline broke down.

Knut grows up to become Berlin Zoo’s ‘stud’ bear
Germany

Knut grows up to become Berlin Zoo’s ‘stud’ bear

Three years after Knut the polar bear become famous around the world, the Berlin Zoo announced on Monday he was grown-up enough to become its “stud” for breeding.

BMW snags €1-billion contract to equip US police cars
Germany

BMW snags €1-billion contract to equip US police cars

German luxury carmaker BMW said Monday it had won a contract worth at least €1 billion ($1.35 billion) to make diesel motors and transmissions for high-tech US police cars.

Weatherman Kachelmann arrested for alleged rape
Germany

Weatherman Kachelmann arrested for alleged rape

Prosecutors in Mannheim confirmed on Monday that Germany’s most famous weatherman Jörg Kachelmann was being held in custody under suspicion of raping his long-time girlfriend.

Royal pilot suspended for medical check miss
Sweden

Royal pilot suspended for medical check miss

A Swedish pilot who has flown members of the royal family, ministers and high ranking military officers has been suspended for neglecting a series of obligatory medical check ups.

Germans to build Asian solar park as Spanish announce Baltic wind farm
Germany

Germans to build Asian solar park as Spanish announce Baltic wind farm

German solar energy firm Conergy said Monday it would build Southeast Asia's largest commercial solar power plant outside of Bangkok, while a Spanish firm announced plans for a Baltic Sea wind farm.

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Sweden

Retail union announces Easter strike

The Swedish Commercial Employees' Union (Handels) has served notice of strike action from April 1st, covering 5,000 employees and affecting major retail chains among the 79 workplaces concerned.

Saab production lines roll again
Sweden

Saab production lines roll again

At exactly 9.17am on Monday, Saab Automobile's production director Gunnar Brunius cut the yellow ribbon to restart the production lines at the firm's Trollhättan factory.

Municipal clinic doctors walk off the job
Germany

Municipal clinic doctors walk off the job

Thousands of doctors at Germany’s municipal hospitals participated in a one-day strike on Monday, inconveniencing patients in an attempt increase pressure on wage talks in Cologne.

Police arrest Berlin poker heist mastermind
Germany

Police arrest Berlin poker heist mastermind

Berlin police confirmed on Monday that they have arrested the suspected mastermind of the dramatic armed robbery at a poker tournament two weeks ago.

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Sweden

Sewage exposes Stockholm cocaine use

Clubbers and partygoers in Stockholm consume around 3,000 doses of cocaine per weekend night, according to tests on the city's sewage water conducted on the request of the TV4 programme Kalla Fakta.

Balmy weather forecast for first week of spring
Germany

Balmy weather forecast for first week of spring

Balmy springtime temperatures of up to 21 degrees Celsius will arrive by mid-week for sun-starved Germans recovering from the harsh winter, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Monday.

MTG wins rights to English Premier League
Sweden

MTG wins rights to English Premier League

Viasat, part of the MTG group, has won the exclusive rights to broadcast the English Barclays Premier League for the next three seasons.

Minister lauds Bavarian church for taking sex abuse to the law
Germany

Minister lauds Bavarian church for taking sex abuse to the law

German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger praised Bavaria’s Catholic conference of bishops on Monday for their commitment to work with law enforcement to clarify accusations of child sex abuse at Church institutions.

Former Bayreuth Festival director Wolfgang Wagner dies
Germany

Former Bayreuth Festival director Wolfgang Wagner dies

German composer Richard Wagner’s grandson and long-serving director of the Bayreuth Festival, Wolfgang Wagner, has died at the age of 90.

Merkel pledges eurozone stability to Greece
Germany

Merkel pledges eurozone stability to Greece

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told Greece's Prime Minister Georges Papandreou that the European Union would do "everything necessary" to preserve eurozone stability, her office said. But a new poll showed Germans oppose a Greek bailout.

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Sweden

Bomb rocks iconic Malmö restaurant

A powerful bomb explosion ripped through the grand old restaurant Hipp on Kalendegatan in central Malmö shortly before 2am on Monday.

Snow and ice cause traffic havoc
Sweden

Snow and ice cause traffic havoc

Heavy snowfalls and treacherous ice resulted in a slew of road accidents across both eastern and western Sweden on Sunday.

Swedes claim Paralympic curling bronze
Sweden

Swedes claim Paralympic curling bronze

The Swedish curling team has claimed the bronze at the Paralympics overcoming the USA 7-5 in Vancouver on Saturday. The host nation, Canada won the gold after beating the Koreans 8-7.