Red Cross boss quits after scandal
Sweden

Red Cross boss quits after scandal

The head of the troubled Swedish branch of the Red Cross has quit his post. General Secretary Christer Zettergren said his decision to leave the charity had nothing to do with a fraud case currently engulfing the organization.

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Sweden

Man faces Iran sanctions probe

An entrepreneur in the northern Swedish city of Umeå who is under investigation by the Swedish security services for doing business with Iran has been given a suspended sentence for accounting fraud.

Jimmy Andrew: From Scottish miner to Ruhr fitness mogul
Germany

Jimmy Andrew: From Scottish miner to Ruhr fitness mogul

The Local's series "Making it in Germany" presents Jimmy Andrew from Pulse Fitness. Michael Woodhead catches up with the Scottish entrepreneur behind a growing health empire.

New monument to honour Russia’s Catherine the Great
Germany

New monument to honour Russia’s Catherine the Great

The eastern German town of Zerbst is set to gain the country's first monument honouring Russian Empress Catherine the Great after a tenacious two-decade campaign.

Ingves gives support to rate hold
Sweden

Ingves gives support to rate hold

The governor of Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank, Stefan Ingves, has endorsed the decision to leave the bank's repo rate unchanged last month.

Germany jumpstarts electric car initiative
Germany

Germany jumpstarts electric car initiative

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday kicked off an ambitious initiative to put one million electric cars on Germany’s streets in the next decade.

Police call for parliament speaker to resign after neo-Nazi protest
Germany

Police call for parliament speaker to resign after neo-Nazi protest

The German Police Union (DPoIG) on Monday called for deputy speaker of the German parliament Wolfgang Thierse to step down after he allegedly broke the law by participating in a blockade against a neo-Nazi march on Saturday.

Swedish media groups call for Eritrea aid ban
Sweden

Swedish media groups call for Eritrea aid ban

Swedish media and rights groups on Monday called on the EU to halt aid to Eritrea until Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak and other prisoners are released from a "death camp" near the capital Asmara.

Merkel backs Greece but demands change
Germany

Merkel backs Greece but demands change

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Monday for sweeping changes to the way the deficits of euro area countries are managed as her cabinet approved an unpopular multi-billion-euro aid package for Greece.

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Sweden

Palace invites tabloid journo in wedding party mix-up

Håkan Kjellgren, a tabloid journalist living in Stockholm, has found himself invited to a pre-wedding dinner hosted by the Crown Princess Victoria and her fiancé Daniel Westling after a Royal Court mix up.

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Sweden

Adult calls to children’s helpline soar

The number of adults calling Sweden's children's rights charity BRIS increased dramatically last year. Many of the callers were concerned about the way they were being treated by the authorities.

German Islamist said killed in Pakistan
Germany

German Islamist said killed in Pakistan

German Islamist terrorist Eric Breininger has reportedly been killed in a battle against Pakistani soldiers in the Waziristan region, a media report said on Monday.

Löw passes up Kuranyi for World Cup squad
Germany

Löw passes up Kuranyi for World Cup squad

Germany coach Joachim Löw will not be selecting Schalke 04 striker Kevin Kuranyi for this summer's World Cup, the German football federation announced on Monday.

Banks and insurers could lend Greece €1 billion
Germany

Banks and insurers could lend Greece €1 billion

Deutsche Bank and insurers Allianz and Munich Re could lend Greece €1 billion ($1.3 billion) on the same terms as a EU-IMF bailout package, the Financial Times Deutschland reported on Monday.

Opposition outlines change in shadow budget
Sweden

Opposition outlines change in shadow budget

The left-green opposition promised a 'new direction' in Swedish politics when presenting its budget proposal on Monday, including defence cuts, a new wealth tax, and a cut in payroll taxes for small business.

Man marries his dying cat
Germany

Man marries his dying cat

A man from the eastern Germany state of Saxony man is so in love with his ailing cat that he has reportedly married her.

Swede stress lowest in the world: study
Sweden

Swede stress lowest in the world: study

Swedish business leaders suffer the lowest levels of stress in the world, far behind their Chinese and Mexican counterparts, according to a new survey published by US consultancy firm Grant Thornton.

New scandal hits CDU ahead of state election
Germany

New scandal hits CDU ahead of state election

Just a week ahead of crucial state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia the conservative Christian Democrats are under investigation following fresh accusations of illegal party donations, a party member confirmed on Monday.

Merkel urges trust in next round of climate talks
Germany

Merkel urges trust in next round of climate talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Sunday urged world environment ministers "to find a basis of trust" before the next UN meet in Cancun, recalling the near-collapse of the Copenhagen climate summit.

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Sweden

Tax agency swamped with online declarations

The Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) website struggled to cope on Sunday as large numbers of people filed last minute online declarations, with many greeted with a message to try again in 15 minutes.

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Sweden

Police remain in the dark over teenager death

Despite being inundated with witness testimony, police remain uncertain whether a 19-year-old woman found dead under a walkway in the Södermalm area of Stockholm in the early hours of Sunday was murdered.