Archbishop investigated for abetting sex abuse
Germany

Archbishop investigated for abetting sex abuse

Prosecutors said Wednesday they were investigating Germany's top archbishop on suspicion of abetting child abuse, in the case of a man who said he was molested in the 1960s with the clergyman's knowledge.

Mankell accuses Israel of ‘piracy’
Sweden

Mankell accuses Israel of ‘piracy’

Top Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell has accused Israel of "piracy" for its attack on a Gaza-bound aid fleet and has denied weapons were stashed on the ships, in comments broadcast on Wednesday.

Deutsche Bank glitch hits Japanese bourses
Germany

Deutsche Bank glitch hits Japanese bourses

Deutsche Securities said Wednesday it mistakenly placed sell orders worth ¥16.7 trillion ($182 billion) at Japan's second largest bourse due to a software glitch.

Baring all at the OB/GYN
Germany

Baring all at the OB/GYN

Giving birth while living abroad can be a daunting prospect. The Local's new series Motherhood in the Fatherland follows expectant mum Sabine Devins as she negotiates the cultural quirks of having a baby in Germany.

Captured Swedes taken to Israeli airport
Sweden

Captured Swedes taken to Israeli airport

The seven remaining Swedes being held in Israeli custody following the capture of the Ships to Gaza flotilla have been taken to Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv.

German among wounded in Israeli sea attack
Germany

German among wounded in Israeli sea attack

A German man is among the dozens injured earlier this week when Israeli commandos raided a Free Gaza movement flotilla in international waters, officials announced Wednesday.

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Sweden

Woman ‘murdered mother with a dog leash’

A 33-year-old woman from southern Sweden has been charged with murdering her mother and another woman.

Germany is getting fatter
Germany

Germany is getting fatter

Germans are getting fatter, official figures showed on Wednesday, with 51 percent of adults in Europe's most populous country now considered overweight.

Feisty ‘literature pope’ Reich-Ranicki turns 90
Germany

Feisty ‘literature pope’ Reich-Ranicki turns 90

Germany’s most famous literature critic, feisty Marcel Reich-Ranicki, known as the country's “literature pope,” celebrated his 90th birthday on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Swedish exports back in the black

Exports of goods from Sweden increased by 7.6 percent by volume in the first quarter, in comparison with the first quarter of 2009 with imports climbing 8.2 percent, new figures from Statistics Sweden (SCB) show.

Cabinet backs wider ban on naked short trading
Germany

Cabinet backs wider ban on naked short trading

Germany's cabinet on Wednesday approved a draft law expanding a ban on naked short selling which angered its international partners to include all stocks traded in Germany.

Spyker chief promises new life for Saab
Sweden

Spyker chief promises new life for Saab

The head of Dutch sportscar maker Spyker promised in an interview on Tuesday to secure the future of his recently acquired iconic Swedish brand Saab by giving it back its identity and independence.

“Israel has painted itself into a corner”: Bildt
Sweden

“Israel has painted itself into a corner”: Bildt

Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has demanded an immediate, full and independent investigation into the Gaza aid convoy attacks.

Berlin may delay city palace reconstruction
Germany

Berlin may delay city palace reconstruction

Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition is planning to delay the reconstruction of Berlin’s historic royal city palace due to the overstretched national budget, but most Berliners don’t want it back anyway, media reports said on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Sweden urges EU ‘open door’ on Balkans

Sweden joined forces with Italy in Sarajevo on Wednesday to call on the EU to demonstrate that the "door is open" to Balkan country membership of the union.

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Sweden

Council employs medium to banish old soul

Kalmar municipality in southern Sweden turned to a medium to help banish an ethereal being from a home for children with learning difficulties, with staff reporting that the uninvited guest has not been sensed since the 2007 seance.

Germany ranked best for business in Europe
Germany

Germany ranked best for business in Europe

Foreign managers view Germany as the most attractive place to do business in Europe, a new poll showed this week.

Are two languages always better than one?
Sweden

Are two languages always better than one?

It's a dilemma faced by many international families: will bringing up your kids as bilingual give them an edge, or set them up for mediocrity in two languages, asks Lee Martin.  

Newspaper cleared over Guillou ‘spy’ affair
Sweden

Newspaper cleared over Guillou ‘spy’ affair

Sweden's Press Council (Pressens opinionsnämnd) has freed the Expressen newspaper for its article series revealing that the prominent Swedish author and journalist Jan Guillou had liaisons spanning five years with the Soviet intelligence service in the 1960s.

Defender Beck last man dropped from World Cup squad
Germany

Defender Beck last man dropped from World Cup squad

German coach Joachim Löw unveiled his final World Cup squad of 23 players late on Tuesday, with Andreas Beck of Hoffenheim the one man to miss out on the trip to South Africa.

Three killed in WWII bomb explosion
Germany

Three killed in WWII bomb explosion

Three members of a bomb squad have been killed and two seriously injured when a World War II bomb they were trying to defuse exploded in Göttingen, police said on Wednesday.

Will Israel drop an atom bomb?: Mankell
Sweden

Will Israel drop an atom bomb?: Mankell

Swedish author Henning Mankell is one of a trio of activists which have arrived back in Sweden after being released by Israel following their participation in the Gaza-bound flotilla attacked by Israeli commandos.

Söderling beats Federer in Paris clash
Sweden

Söderling beats Federer in Paris clash

Swedish tennis star Robin Söderling despatched defending champion and 16-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer from the Paris Open on Tuesday, winning 3-1 in their quarter-final at Roland Garros.

Von der Leyen tipped to become president
Germany

Von der Leyen tipped to become president

Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen is shaping up as the likely choice for Germany’s new president, with Chancellor Angela Merkel strongly backing her conservative colleague, media reports said Wednesday.