Vatican denies pope failed to stop paedophile
Germany

Vatican denies pope failed to stop paedophile

The Vatican on Friday dismissed a fresh allegation by The New York Times that Pope Benedict XVI failed to bar the transfer of a known paedophile priest while he was the archbishop of Munich.

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Sweden

Robbers drag 86-year-old woman behind walking aid

An 86-year-old woman was dragged several metres behind her wheeled walker on Friday during an assault and robbery in central Gothenburg.

OECD says Germany needs greater innovation
Germany

OECD says Germany needs greater innovation

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development on Friday chided Germany for not doing more to boost innovation and services to help its recovery, and warned Europe's largest economy against creating a two-tier labour market.

Suspected far-right extremists set fire to politician’s car
Germany

Suspected far-right extremists set fire to politician’s car

Unknown perpetrators believed to be far-right extremists set fire to the car of a Berlin politician with Kurdish roots early on Friday morning, city authorities reported.

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Sweden

Sweden a tax haven for investors

To the world, Sweden is known for dark winters, bright summers and the Nobel Prize. To Swedes it is also known for taxes, high taxes, and higher taxes. But to a growing group of investors it is known as Europe’s secret tax haven. By using an investment vehicle known as kapitalförsäkring, residents of Sweden can essentially avoid capital gains taxes from equity investments.

Government abolishes accountant requirement
Sweden

Government abolishes accountant requirement

The Swedish government has decided to end the requirement for around 250,000 small businesses to employ an accountant in a move intended to cut red tape.

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Sweden

Saab owner reports massive loss

Spyker Cars, the Dutch niche car maker that recently purchased Sweden's Saab, reported losses on Friday equating to almost four times its sales for 2009.

One dead after head-on collision with public bus
Germany

One dead after head-on collision with public bus

One person is dead and 23 others injured – six severely – after a head-on collision between a public transit bus and a van near Flensburg in the state of Schleswig-Holstein, police reported on Friday.

Malaysian demonstrators burn Swedish flag
Sweden

Malaysian demonstrators burn Swedish flag

A Swedish flag was set alight outside the country's embassy in Malaysia on Friday as protesters gathered to demand action be taken against cartoonist Lars Vilks and newspapers that published his caricatures of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

Girl raped and rejected by Swedish community
Sweden

Girl raped and rejected by Swedish community

A storm of outrage has met revelations by Sveriges Television (SVT) that a 14-year-old girl from a small Swedish community was raped at her school only to be rejected by her friends and adult society when she reported the attack.

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Sweden

US retreats on Swedish glass deal: report

Glass maker Orrefors has reacted with astonishment to US media reports that Hillary Clinton has bowed under pressure to rebid a major contract won by the Swedish firm.

Three states present draft law for dual citizenship
Germany

Three states present draft law for dual citizenship

The states of Berlin, Brandenburg and Bremen on Friday presented a draft law to the upper house of parliament that would allow dual citizenship to children born to foreign parents in Germany, sparing them the choice between nationalities as adults.

Merkel hails EU deal on Greek financial aid
Germany

Merkel hails EU deal on Greek financial aid

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday hailed a European deal to support debt-laden Greece, saying it would provide stability for the euro. But the German media said Berlin could pay a high price for its victory.

Coalition mulls extending nuclear phaseout to 2050
Germany

Coalition mulls extending nuclear phaseout to 2050

The German government is reportedly considering extending the scheduled end to nuclear energy until 2050, though it’s not clear whether some of the country's power plants can continue operating that long.

Saab ‘surprise’ at Romania fighter decision
Sweden

Saab ‘surprise’ at Romania fighter decision

Swedish defence firm Saab has asked for all the facts to be laid open after the Romanian government chose to purchase second-hand US F-16s to the detriment of its Gripen fighter.

Banks signal readiness to reduce ATM fees
Germany

Banks signal readiness to reduce ATM fees

German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner said on Friday promised a solution to soaring cash machine withdrawal fees was on its way, as banks have signalled a willingness to agree to an upper limit.

‘Tomatoes could help cancer fight’: study
Sweden

‘Tomatoes could help cancer fight’: study

The humble tomato could be a weapon to deploy in the fight against cancer, a new study from Sweden's Lund University has shown.

Warm weather won’t last
Germany

Warm weather won’t last

The sunny weather that graced Germany in recent days was unfortunately short-lived, meteorologists at the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Friday.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrats in decline: poll

The far-right Sweden Democrats have fallen below the four percent threshold required for seats in parliament at a general election, a new voter survey by Synovate shows.

Germany, France unite on IMF rescue for Greece
Germany

Germany, France unite on IMF rescue for Greece

Germany and France have thrashed out a deal to involve the IMF in a rescue package for Greece's ailing economy, as European leaders sought a strategy to halt the euro's slide in Brussels.

Abba stars hint at reunion gig
Sweden

Abba stars hint at reunion gig

Swedish disco pop group Abba could perform together again after years of rejecting calls to re-form, two former members said in an interview published on Friday.