Merkel: Greek bailout must be ‘accelerated’
Germany

Merkel: Greek bailout must be ‘accelerated’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that talks between Greece, the International Monetary Fund and the European Union on a bailout package for Athens must be sped up.

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Sweden

SEB posts bumper profits

Swedish bank SEB exceeded market expectations on Wednesday as it posted a first quarter operating profit of 1.075 billion kronor ($147 million), more than double the figure forecast by analysts.

The hospital that puts children first
Sweden

The hospital that puts children first

"We offer what non-Swedes living in Sweden expect from their healthcare provider." Peter Wasmuth, CEO 

Laura Bush suspected poisoning at G8 summit
Germany

Laura Bush suspected poisoning at G8 summit

Former US President George Bush may have been the victim of a poison attack during G-8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany in 2007, according to ex-First Lady Laura Bush's new autobiography.

Emissions trading tax evasion sparks huge raid
Germany

Emissions trading tax evasion sparks huge raid

Police staged hundreds of raids on businesses across Germany on Wednesday – including the Deutsche Bank headquarters – on suspicion of tax evasion worth up to €180 million connected to emissions trading.

Brad Pitt to star in Millennium film: reports
Sweden

Brad Pitt to star in Millennium film: reports

US actor Brad Pitt is set to star in the Hollywood remake of the first of the Stieg Larsson "Millennium" trilogy films, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, according to a report from movie industry news site indieWIRE.

Teen sentenced to 8 1/2 years in custody for Kassandra attack
Germany

Teen sentenced to 8 1/2 years in custody for Kassandra attack

A Wuppertal court on Tuesday sentenced a 15-year-old boy to eight-and-a-half years in a juvenile detention centre for attempted murder for beating a nine-year-old girl and leaving her to die in a drainage pipe.

Ribery banned from Champions League final
Germany

Ribery banned from Champions League final

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery will miss next month's Champions League final after UEFA banned him for three matches for a serious foul in the semis.

Chinese pop star in Reinfeldt tax plea
Sweden

Chinese pop star in Reinfeldt tax plea

Chinese superstar pop singer Wei Wei has appealed to Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt to intervene to settle a dispute with the Swedish tax authorities, which she claims have recently begun seizing her assets.

‘Jail Red Cross fraudster for 5 years’: Prosecutor
Sweden

‘Jail Red Cross fraudster for 5 years’: Prosecutor

The prosecutor in the trial of Johan af Donner called on Wednesday for the former Red Cross communications chief to be imprisoned for five years for swindling both the Red Cross and the Swedish Cancer Society out of millions of kronor.

Ifo’s Sinn: Greece will never pay Germany back
Germany

Ifo’s Sinn: Greece will never pay Germany back

Debt-stricken Greece is unlikely ever to be in a position to pay back loans from Germany currently under consideration to help end its crisis, Hans-Werner

Germans like their jobs, bosses
Germany

Germans like their jobs, bosses

The majority of Germans enjoy going to work each day, and even like their bosses, but one-third feel they are underpaid, a new poll revealed on Wednesday.

Federley forced to pay salad bar rent
Sweden

Federley forced to pay salad bar rent

Centre Party politician Fredrick Federley and former member of pop group Army of Lovers, Dominika Peczynski, have been ordered to pay 300,000 kronor ($41,000) in rent owed for their Stockholm salad bar.

Cracking the corporate glass ceiling
Germany

Cracking the corporate glass ceiling

Chancellor Angela Merkel might frequently be ranked the world's most powerful woman, but as Kyle James reports, gender inequality in the workplace remains a stubborn problem in Germany.

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Sweden

Musician and estate agent charged over sex act on Swedish bus

A middle-aged Swedish couple have been charged with after committing sexual acts in full view of their co-passengers on a coach passing through Småland in southern Sweden.

Struggling students to get guidance counsellors
Germany

Struggling students to get guidance counsellors

Germany plans to put thousands of “educational pilots” in schools across the country to target potential drop-outs and help them find finish school and find jobs, Education Minister Annette Schavan said on Wednesday.

Stieg Larsson’s partner reports ‘racist’ subsidy
Sweden

Stieg Larsson’s partner reports ‘racist’ subsidy

Eva Gabrielsson, the life partner of deceased Millennium trilogy author Stieg Larsson, has called on Sweden's highest legal official to examine the legality of a press subsidy awarded to a newspaper run by the extreme-right National Democrat party.

A new life in northern Sweden – Part Two
Sweden

A new life in northern Sweden – Part Two

Winter in a picturesque snowbound town can instil in the visitor a true appreciation for life in the far north of Sweden. But a dearth of jobs and a surplus of solitude help explain the region's growing demographic crisis, writes Alec Forss. Part two in a two-part series.

Swiss mull lawsuit against Germany over bank data
Germany

Swiss mull lawsuit against Germany over bank data

Switzerland is still considering whether to take Germany to court over the purchase of stolen bank data the country is using to root out tax dodgers, Swiss President Doris Leuthard said on Wednesday.

Bundeswehr trauma cases spike
Germany

Bundeswehr trauma cases spike

The number of Bundeswehr soldiers returning from duty in Afghanistan with serious psychological problems has tripled in the last three years, and is expected to continue increasing, the German military’s head psychiatrist said on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Allegations mount against Catholic Church

The sexual abuse allegations against the Catholic church in Sweden continue to grow as a further victim alleges that she was abused by her parish priest.

Olic hat trick takes Bayern to Champion’s League final
Germany

Olic hat trick takes Bayern to Champion’s League final

Croatia international striker Ivica Olic netted a spectacular three goals against Lyon on Tuesday night to take his team Bayern Munich to the Champions league final.

Opposition outlines billion kronor tax hike
Sweden

Opposition outlines billion kronor tax hike

The left-green opposition has proposed the raising of environmental taxes by a total of 11 billion kronor ($1.52 billion) over the coming two years, as well as reintroducing wealth taxes to raise a further four billion per annum.

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Sweden

AstraZeneca fined for anti-psychotic drug

Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca has agreed to pay a $510 million fine to settle a case alleging that it illegally marketed an anti-psychotic drug, the US justice department has confirmed.