Visitors flock to Sweden’s royal palaces
Sweden

Visitors flock to Sweden’s royal palaces

Interest in Sweden’s royal palaces increased markedly last year, with the number of visitors rising by 25 percent.

Merkel rules out tax cuts
Germany

Merkel rules out tax cuts

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday ruled out tax cuts in Europe's biggest economy "in the foreseeable future" following a "bitter defeat" in a key state poll in North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Sweden

Unemployment falls for first time since crisis

For the first time since the financial crisis, the unemployment rate has begun to fall compared to the situation a year ago. At the end of last week, 221,622 were registered as unemployed with the Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen), a decrease of 2,765 from the week before.

How sick is Germany’s healthcare system?
Germany

How sick is Germany’s healthcare system?

Healthcare in Germany is better than in most countries, but patients are facing increasing costs and political doctoring. Ben Knight gives the system a check-up for Berlin’s English-language magazine Exberliner.

Parking lot ‘sheriff’ jailed for draconian towing scam
Germany

Parking lot ‘sheriff’ jailed for draconian towing scam

An Augsburg man dubbed the “Parking Lot Sheriff” by the German media was handed a four-and-a-half year sentence on Monday for a systematic extortion scam involving confiscating cars and demanding sky-high fees.

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Sweden

SAS signs deal to sell Estonia Air stake

Scandinavian airline SAS has signed a letter of intent to sell its stake in Estonian Air, the Estonian government confirmed on Monday.

Berlin denies ailing Schäuble to step down
Germany

Berlin denies ailing Schäuble to step down

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble will be released from a Brussels hospital later on Monday and there is "no reason" to speculate he will step down due to poor health, officials in Berlin said.

Nuclear plant problems reportedly on the rise
Germany

Nuclear plant problems reportedly on the rise

The German government is considering extending the scheduled phaseout to nuclear energy until 2050, but the country’s ageing atomic power plants are reportedly sparking an increasing number of safety concerns.

Social media brings power to the people
Sweden

Social media brings power to the people

Are social media changing global relations? Can tools like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube strengthen Sweden’s relations with regions such as the Middle East? These are important question to raise, for us as individuals and for Sweden as a nation, writes Javeria Rizvi Kabani from the Swedish Institute.

Bidding the Iron Lady Chancellor auf Wiedersehen
Germany

Bidding the Iron Lady Chancellor auf Wiedersehen

The state election debacle in North Rhine-Westphalia for the Christian Democrats has finally robbed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition of its reformist illusions, writes The Local’s Marc Young.

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Sweden

Auditors critical after Gothenburg review

An independent report commissioned by the municipality of Gothenburg to review the accounts of the city's sports and clubs division amid allegations of bribery, has complained that the material is incomplete in a report submitted on Monday.

Royal wedding stamps and coins to go on sale
Sweden

Royal wedding stamps and coins to go on sale

Sweden Post and Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank, have unveiled new stamps and coins commemorating the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling on June 19th.

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Sweden

Malmö police seek new weapons amnesty

Malmö police have petitioned the government for a temporary illegal weapons amnesty, reporting an increase in the number of weapons in circulation in the city's criminal circles.

Scientists find sunken islands in the Caribbean
Germany

Scientists find sunken islands in the Caribbean

German scientists announced on Monday they believe they have discovered sunken islands in the Caribbean Ocean following a deep sea expedition in April.

Reinfeldt and Sahlin lock horns in televised debate
Sweden

Reinfeldt and Sahlin lock horns in televised debate

While both Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin could agree that Sweden should support troubled euro area countries, the tone of their Sunday evening televised debate was often heated.

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Sweden

Crisis package cools Stockholm market nerves

The Stockholm stock exchange joined European markets in rebounding strongly on Monday on news of the €750 billion ($1 trillion) package to ease debt pressure on troubled euro area countries.

SPD faces difficult path to power in NRW
Germany

SPD faces difficult path to power in NRW

With a Social Democratic-Greens alliance coming up just one seat short of a majority in the North Rhine-Westphalia election, the SPD on Monday faced some uncomfortable options for forming a coalition in the state.

Trade surplus jumps as euro slumps
Germany

Trade surplus jumps as euro slumps

Germany's trade surplus leapt higher in March, official data showed on Monday, with the euro's fall in value against other major currencies helping crucial exports rack up solid gains.

Merkel says EU aid fund will protect the euro
Germany

Merkel says EU aid fund will protect the euro

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that an emergency trillion-dollar rescue package for crisis-hit eurozone countries would serve as bulwark for the beleaguered euro.

Swedes launch youth condom drive
Sweden

Swedes launch youth condom drive

The National Council for Coordination of HIV Prevention (Nationella hivrådet) has launched a campaign to encourage Sweden's youth to choose condoms in a push to halve the spread of HIV by 2016.

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Sweden

Teen raped at Stockholm swimming pool

A 19-year-old woman has reported that she was raped in a toilet at the Eriksdalsbadet swimming pool in central Stockholm on Sunday, her 15-year-old alleged attacker has claimed that she consented.

CDU defeat a ‘double debacle,’ press says
Germany

CDU defeat a ‘double debacle,’ press says

German voters, angry over a colossal bail-out for Greece, handed Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition a blistering defeat in a state poll on Sunday, which also cost it its majority in the upper house.

Southern German airports reopen after ash cloud scare
Germany

Southern German airports reopen after ash cloud scare

Five southern German airports closed due to a second ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano have been reopened, authorities announced late on Sunday evening.

Rainy days and frosty nights ahead
Germany

Rainy days and frosty nights ahead

Cool and wet temperatures are expected for the coming days, with nighttime temperatures dropping low enough for frost, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Monday.

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Sweden

Sweden could assist eurozone bailout: Borg

Sweden's finance minister Anders Borg was on Sunday unwilling to rule out that Sweden would assist in underwriting a bailout fund for troubled euro economies.