Demjanjuk speaks, calling trial ‘torture’
Germany

Demjanjuk speaks, calling trial ‘torture’

John Demjanjuk, a 90-year-old accused of helping murder of 27,900 Jews as a guard at a Nazi death camp, denied the charges Tuesday in the first statement since his trial began in November.

FDP unveils scaled-down tax reform proposal
Germany

FDP unveils scaled-down tax reform proposal

The Free Democrats, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partners, on Tuesday presented a greatly scaled-down tax reform proposal aimed at simplifying Germany’s tax system and providing billions in tax relief.

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Sweden

Geely comments raise doubts over Volvo buy

Geely CEO Gui Sengyue has once again caused ripples of concern in Sweden after comments indicating a less independent role for Volvo within the Chinese firm.

Makers of cold cuts exposed for using ‘meat glue’
Germany

Makers of cold cuts exposed for using ‘meat glue’

Some German meat producers are swindling their customers, probably using a “meat glue” to adhere various bits of cold cuts together, a media report said this week.

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Sweden

Hands-on dads boost mums’ pay curve: study

Women whose partners take a greater share of parental leave stand to benefit by enjoying higher earnings when resuming work, a new study from the Institute for Labour Market Policy Research (IFAU) shows.

April in Sweden: twigs, jigs and pagan rites
Sweden

April in Sweden: twigs, jigs and pagan rites

The Year in Sweden - April: Journalist Kim Loughran sketches a month by month account of the country he has called home ever since his accidental migration in 1966.

Boateng to join Manchester City
Germany

Boateng to join Manchester City

Germany defender Jerome Boateng is set to join English Premier League side Manchester City from Bundesliga club Hamburg for €12.5 million, it was reported on Tuesday.

Landskrona suspect claims accidental death
Sweden

Landskrona suspect claims accidental death

The 23-year-old man suspected of the fatal beating of a 78-year-old woman in a Landskrona car park in March has admitted being at the scene but has claimed that the woman's death was an accident.

Pope Benedict’s birthplace vandalised
Germany

Pope Benedict’s birthplace vandalised

The house in the Bavarian town of Marktl am Inn where Pope Benedict XVI was born has been vandalised just three days before his 83rd birthday, local authorities reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Social services in pre-dawn raid over baby horse mix-up

The birth of a foal at a farm in northern Sweden caused confusion on Saturday when social services were called in to investigate reports of an unregistered baby.

T-Systems lands €100-million TUI deal
Germany

T-Systems lands €100-million TUI deal

Deutsche Telekom’s unit T-Systems announced on Tuesday it had won a €100-million deal to build a telecommunications network for UK-based travel company TUI.

Used paper shortage creates cardboard crisis
Germany

Used paper shortage creates cardboard crisis

A shortage of used paper in Germany is forcing cardboard prices to skyrocket and having a dramatic affect on the entire packaging industry, a media report said on Tuesday.

Sahlin turns to party old guard for election surge
Sweden

Sahlin turns to party old guard for election surge

The opposition Social Democrats have recruited a slew of senior party members to spearhead their 2010 election campaign.

The Best of Berlin in April
Germany

The Best of Berlin in April

This month Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, gets literary, goes retro and comes up smelling like roses.

Breakdancing to Bach in Berlin
Germany

Breakdancing to Bach in Berlin

Breakdancing combines with Bach in Berlin this month as an award-winning dance group and an avant-garde musical director put an ultra-modern spin on the German composer's almost 300-year-old music.

Jesper Blomqvist dusts off boots for promotion push
Sweden

Jesper Blomqvist dusts off boots for promotion push

Ex-AC Milan and Manchester United winger Jesper Blomqvist has been registered as a player for the coming season at Hammarby IF, the Swedish second tier club where he is employed as assistant coach.

Gabriel: Chancellor must retract Afghan ‘war’ acknowledgement
Germany

Gabriel: Chancellor must retract Afghan ‘war’ acknowledgement

Leader of the opposition Social Democrats Sigmar Gabriel warned Chancellor Angela Merkel that she should take back her acknowledgement that Bundeswehr troops are engaged in a “war” in Afghanistan – or risk having to create a new parliamentary mandate.

300-year-old shoes found in castle wall during restoration
Germany

300-year-old shoes found in castle wall during restoration

A collection of 300-year-old shoes has been found walled into a Gothic tower at a palace in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, regional authorities said late on Monday.

Madeleine made to wait for royal wedding
Sweden

Madeleine made to wait for royal wedding

Sweden's Princess Madeleine, third in line to the Swedish throne, will have to wait before tying the knot to her beau Jonas Bergström, Queen Silvia confirmed on Tuesday, according to the Aftonbladet tabloid.

Merkel calls for better laws on nuclear material
Germany

Merkel calls for better laws on nuclear material

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for better legal instruments to ensure the security of nuclear materials and prevent the construction of so-called dirty bombs at a summit in Washington, DC on Monday night.

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Sweden

Gothenburg sweet shop selling ‘cannabis’

A sweet shop in central Gothenburg has started selling synthetic drugs that have not yet been classified as narcotics but whose effect is the same as cannabis.

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Sweden

Missing teeth heighten heart disease risk: study

People with fewer of their own teeth run a greater risk of dying from heart disease than those carrying a full set of pearly whites, a new Swedish research report shows.