Poles quiz Swede over Auschwitz sign theft
Sweden

Poles quiz Swede over Auschwitz sign theft

Polish prosecutors said on Monday they had begun questioning Swedish former neo-Nazi leader Anders Högström over his alleged involvement in the theft of the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign from the Auschwitz death camp.

Creditors agree to sell retailer Karstadt
Germany

Creditors agree to sell retailer Karstadt

Creditors for the insolvent German department store chain Karstadt opened the way for the sales of the company following a meeting on Monday in Essen.

Return of Hamburg’s Alster swans signals start of springtime
Germany

Return of Hamburg’s Alster swans signals start of springtime

Hamburg’s famous Alster swans returned to the water few weeks late on Monday as this year's brutally long winter prepared to give way to springtime temperatures this week.

Going full-tilt for pinball in the Rhineland
Germany

Going full-tilt for pinball in the Rhineland

Flipper isn’t a deceased dolphin TV star in Germany – it’s the dwindling barroom diversion known as pinball. Michael Remmert heads to Neuwied in the Rhineland to what’s being billed as Europe’s first museum dedicated to going full-tilt.

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Sweden

Toddler badly hurt in driveway accident

A 15-month-old child has been badly injured after being knocked down by a reversing car at a farm near Gnesta south of Stockholm on Monday.

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Sweden

Helpline pastor dozes off during suicide call for help

A suicidal man who sought the help of a Church of Sweden pastor for night-time helpline solace was left bitterly disappointed when his holy interlocutor fell fast asleep.

Bailout for Greece just a ‘last resort,’ Germany says
Germany

Bailout for Greece just a ‘last resort,’ Germany says

A bailout for debt-laden Greece remains a "last resort" and an agreement by eurozone finance ministers on the modalities of possible assistance is hypothetical, Germany said on Monday.

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Sweden

Stockholm hotel featured on 2010 ‘hotlist’

The Stockholm Hotel Skeppsholmen has been named among the coolest new hotels on the annual hotlist published by leading US travel magazine Condé Naste Traveller.

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Sweden

Swedes show confidence in housing market

Half of Sweden's households expect house prices to increase over the coming year, with fewer forecasting falls, a new survey shows.

Inmate kills girlfriend in visiting room
Germany

Inmate kills girlfriend in visiting room

Officials in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Monday called for a thorough investigation after an inmate at a Remscheid prison killed his girlfriend and severely injured himself in a visiting room over the weekend.

Magath says Schalke ‘too soft’ to win Bundesliga
Germany

Magath says Schalke ‘too soft’ to win Bundesliga

Schalke 04 coach Felix Magath all but conceded the German title race this weekend, claiming his team were "too soft" to win the Bundesliga.

Dynamite blast at Malmö research centre
Sweden

Dynamite blast at Malmö research centre

Police in Malmö have said they were aware of a known threat to a hospital in the city where a bomb exploded in the early hours of Monday morning.

Guttenberg moots overhaul of military
Germany

Guttenberg moots overhaul of military

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said Monday he wanted to restructure the Bundeswehr to improve effectiveness of the country's armed forces.

More single parents living in poverty: report
Sweden

More single parents living in poverty: report

As average incomes increase, more people in Sweden are falling below the line classified as relative poverty, with single parents particularly affected, new statistics produced by the Parliamentary Investigative Service (riksdagens utredningstjänst - RUT) show.

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Sweden

Swedish doctor probed over 20 deaths

The police murder investigation against a doctor working at Växjö hospital in southern Sweden has been extended after his predictions over when patients would die were shown to be extremely accurate.

Merkel travels to US for nuclear summit
Germany

Merkel travels to US for nuclear summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel travels to the United States on Monday to attend an international summit on nuclear security and terrorist threats.

Industry leader defends ‘unfit’ young job trainees
Germany

Industry leader defends ‘unfit’ young job trainees

A leading advocate of skilled labourers came to the defence of young people on Monday following recent studies that have up to half of them “unfit” for job training.

Consumer group rejects Israel boycott call
Sweden

Consumer group rejects Israel boycott call

The Swedish Cooperative Union (Kooperativa förbundet - KF) has ruled out calls from a regional member group to stop selling goods from Israel in Coop stores.

Bonn climate talks mirror Copenhagen disaster
Germany

Bonn climate talks mirror Copenhagen disaster

Rich and poor nations squabbled in Bonn at the weekend over the controversial Copenhagen climate accord amid warnings the battered UN system could not afford another failure in its quest to tackle global warming.

Government proposes new teacher certification
Sweden

Government proposes new teacher certification

The Swedish government has announced the introduction of a professional certificate for teachers from 2012, with only those in possession eligible to secure a permanent contract.