Baltic Sea hotel blasts Bush’s ‘poison’ theory
Germany

Baltic Sea hotel blasts Bush’s ‘poison’ theory

A fancy Baltic Sea hotel where former US President George W. Bush stayed angrily rejected Thursday claims by his wife Laura Bush of possible poisoning during the G8 summit in 2007, accusing her of a publicity stunt for her memoirs.

Ansbach school attacker gets nine years
Germany

Ansbach school attacker gets nine years

The 19-year-old who went on a rampage in the Bavarian city of Ansbach in September 2009 was sentenced to nine years in a juvenile detention centre on Thursday for 47 counts of attempted murder.

Woman pays for breast job with best friend’s money
Sweden

Woman pays for breast job with best friend’s money

A 41-year-old woman in Norrköping has been indicted on charges of forgery and fraud after borrowing about 450,000 kronor ($62,000) in her best friend's name, of which she spent 50,000 kronor on breast surgery in Thailand. The accused has admitted to the crimes.

Swedish food gets Naked Chef’s approval
Sweden

Swedish food gets Naked Chef’s approval

Swedes, like other northern Europeans, have often in the past viewed food as mere fuel. But in recent years, the country has experienced a culinary awakening, converting British TV chef Jamie Oliver in the process - and giving rise to what the government hopes will be a lucrative new industry.

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Sweden

Astra Zeneca reports profits boost

Anglo Swedish pharmaceuticals firm AstraZeneca reported a first quarter profit climb of 29 percent on Thursday on the back of a "strong" performance in emerging markets and sales of key products.

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Sweden

German writedown cuts Vattenfall’s Q1 income

Vattenfall's interim Q1 net income fell by more than half after the company revealed a writedown from the sale of its high-voltage grids in Germany was significantly higher than expected. At the same time, the energy giant earned large profits from this winter's high electricity prices across the Nordic region.

Scientists create men with emotional sensitivity
Germany

Scientists create men with emotional sensitivity

Women be assured: it's not men's fault. They just don't have enough Oxytocin. All it takes, according to German scientists, is a healthy dose of the hormone linked to female reproduction and men can be as caring, sensitive and empathic as women.

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Sweden

Swedish man sues Google for defamation

A small business owner is suing Google Sweden for defamation, alleging that Google has long presented search results to blogs that portray him as a paedophile. Additional Google links have identified his company as one that has engaged in shady transactions.

South Park Muhammad joke won’t air in Sweden
Sweden

South Park Muhammad joke won’t air in Sweden

The Swedish affiliate of broadcaster Comedy Central has said it will not show two controversial episodes of US satirical cartoon show South Park depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad in a bear costume, Aftonbladet reports.

Northern biker gangs banned amid deadly feud
Germany

Northern biker gangs banned amid deadly feud

In the wake of a bloody biker feud across Germany, the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein has outlawed chapters of the notorious Hell’s Angels and Bandido gangs, the regional government announced Thursday.

Three German restaurants eke into world’s top 50
Germany

Three German restaurants eke into world’s top 50

Germany’s culinary performance continues to hover around average with just three restaurants making it into a prominent “best restaurants” list, putting it well behind its major European neighbours.

Blogger Profile: Juan Navas
Sweden

Blogger Profile: Juan Navas

Juan Navas, who will be The Local's royal correspondent in the run-up to Crown Princess Victoria's wedding in June, has long followed the fortunes of Sweden's royal family, most recently as information secretary at the Royal Court.

Unemployment drops sharply in April
Germany

Unemployment drops sharply in April

In another sign of recovery in Europe's biggest economy, figures published Thursday showed that German unemployment dropped sharply in April to 8.1 percent of the workforce from 8.5 percent in March.

What’s On in Sweden: April 30th – May 6th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: April 30th – May 6th

What’s on in Sweden: Flexible phalluses flaunted in Stockholm, Rockabilly rhythms in Gothenburg and clubbing for kids in Malmö.

German scholar rankles Swiss with questions over Heidi’s origins
Germany

German scholar rankles Swiss with questions over Heidi’s origins

The legend of Heidi, the storybook character cherished as a national icon in Switzerland, has been shaken in recent weeks after a German scholar questioned her Swiss origins.

Divorce kids in rude mental health: study
Sweden

Divorce kids in rude mental health: study

A new Swedish study has found no significant differences in the adult mental health of the children of divorced parents and those from unbroken homes.

Asian business boosts BASF Q1 profit
Germany

Asian business boosts BASF Q1 profit

The world's leading chemical company, BASF, posted Thursday a better than expected first quarter profit on the back of strong demand from Asian economies and inventory build up.

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Sweden

Fires and rioting after Malmö suburb unrest

Unrest erupted in the Malmö district of Rosengård on Wednesday evening with police forced to seal off the area before regaining control of the situation.

Google downgrades Sweden Democrats
Sweden

Google downgrades Sweden Democrats

The far-right Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna - SD) have almost disappeared from the Google search engine, as attacks from opponents and their own oversight have cut exposure just when they need it most - as an election beckons.

Bavaria rebuffs China over Uighur ‘terrorists’
Germany

Bavaria rebuffs China over Uighur ‘terrorists’

Bavaria has knocked back a demand from China to list a group representing the Uighur ethnic minority – which has a violent separatist movement in China – as a terrorist organisation.

What’s on in Germany: April 29 – May 5
Germany

What’s on in Germany: April 29 – May 5

This week's highlights: German Impressionists in Cologne, a Green Sauce Festival in Frankfurt, and it's Gallery Weekend in Berlin.

Bus ploughs into school group, injuring 13
Germany

Bus ploughs into school group, injuring 13

Two children remain in serious condition in hospital after a horrific accident in which a minibus ran off the road into a group of students in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Obama urges swifter action on Greece
Germany

Obama urges swifter action on Greece

As pressure mounted on Germany to tackle Greece's spiralling debt crisis, US President Barack Obama called Chancellor Angela Merkel Wednesday night and later issued a pointed statement saying both leaders agreed on the need for "resolute action."

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Sweden

Doctors refuse to perform circumcisions

Doctors in western Sweden are refusing to carry out the circumcision of boys, despite clearance by elected officials to carry out the procedure for non-medical reasons.