Feminists plan 100,000 kronor bonfire for ‘fair pay’
Sweden

Feminists plan 100,000 kronor bonfire for ‘fair pay’

Gudrun Schyman has announced that the Feminist Initiative (Feministiskt initiativ - Fi) is to hold a Tuesday morning bonfire, with plans to burn 100,000 kronor ($13,000) in 20 kronor notes as a demonstration for equal pay between the sexes.

German guns down two Italians after football row
Germany

German guns down two Italians after football row

A second Italian man has died after being gunned down alongside a compatriot by a German man angered in a pub row over World Cup football, the police in Hannover said on Tuesday.

The daily World Cup roundup
Germany

The daily World Cup roundup

The Local’s World Cup blog offers an outsider’s perspective on German football as Die Mannschaft goes for glory in South Africa. Don’t miss our daily roundup!

Volcano ash affected one in 10 Swedes: report
Sweden

Volcano ash affected one in 10 Swedes: report

The Icelandic volcanic ash cloud caused disruptions to the travel plans of 42 percent of Swedish holidaymakers, affecting one in 10 overall, a new report from credit card firm Visa Europe shows.

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Sweden

Liberals slam Left Party for dictatorship aid

Liberal Party MP and foreign affairs spokesperson Fredrik Malm has accused the Left Party of funneling millions of kronor in development aid to leftist authoritarian and totalitarian regimes and causes around the world from 2005 to 2009.

Bishop manhandled by Sweden Democrats
Sweden

Bishop manhandled by Sweden Democrats

Church of Sweden Bishop Lennart Koskinen was forcibly removed by Sweden Democrat (SD) security staff when the nationalist party held a meeting just metres from the church tent at Almedalen week on Gotland on Monday.

Victoria to keep her wealth after divorce
Sweden

Victoria to keep her wealth after divorce

Prince Daniel may have gotten the princess and the castle, but he would not receive a princely settlement if he and Crown Princess Victoria divorced, a premarital agreement submitted to Solna District Court has reveal.

Germany touts lower deficit as an example to Europe
Germany

Germany touts lower deficit as an example to Europe

Germany's federal deficit is set to be much lower than expected, a draft budget suggested on Monday, as Berlin held up its tough line on spending as the best way for Europe to exit its debt crisis.

Stealth costs lurking behind ‘free’ bank services
Germany

Stealth costs lurking behind ‘free’ bank services

Many expats used to free banking back at home are often shocked when they try to open an account in Germany. Joe Morgan uncovers the pitfalls of hidden bank fees.

Iran Air says Germany not refusing refuelling
Germany

Iran Air says Germany not refusing refuelling

The German office of Iran Air, the national carrier, dismissed Iranian reports Monday that Germany had refused to refuel Iranian passenger planes since Washington imposed unilateral sanctions.

Moderna Museet: Malmö art scene’s new dawn
Sweden

Moderna Museet: Malmö art scene’s new dawn

Moderna Museet Malmö has been open since the end of 2009 and Robert La Bua has found that it is exactly what the city needs to boost its art scene with an institution of international standing serving the community.

Corpse in crashed car boot was married to policeman driver
Germany

Corpse in crashed car boot was married to policeman driver

Saxony-Anhalt police investigating a deadly head-on car crash have discovered that the additional dead body of a woman found in the boot of one car was likely the wife of its deceased driver, who was a policeman, they said on Monday.

Left Party changes name to ‘Welfare Party’
Sweden

Left Party changes name to ‘Welfare Party’

The Left Party has changed its name, albeit temporarily, in order to profile its core issues and arrest the long-term slide in voter support, hoping to deflect criticism of party leader Lars Ohly.

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Sweden

Middle-age stress linked to Alzheimer’s

Those who often feel stressed while middle-aged carry a greater risk of developing dementia, especially Alzheimer's, later in life, a new study by Swedish researchers has shown.

Teen offender beats girlfriend at school after trial flap
Germany

Teen offender beats girlfriend at school after trial flap

A 17-year-old known as the “€0.20 delinquent” for fatally beating a man over pocket change has allegedly attacked his teen girlfriend just six weeks after being released from police custody ahead of a retrial, according to the authorities in Hamburg.

Companies responsible for social media content
Sweden

Companies responsible for social media content

Municipalities, public authorities and companies who use blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other social media tools have a responsibility for personal data published on the sites, a new report from the Data Inspection Board (Datainspektionen - DI) has concluded.

Insect experts see impending mosquito plague
Germany

Insect experts see impending mosquito plague

The winter may have been long and cold this year in Germany, but that won’t stop a blood-thirsty plague of mosquitoes from hitting the country this summer, according to but experts.

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Sweden

Sweden hikes GDP forecast

The Swedish government has raised its forecast for growth and calculated that Sweden's GDP will grow by 3.3 percent in 2010, 0.8 percent up on the forecast presented in its spring budget on April 15th.

Tough summer ahead in Afghanistan, minister warns
Germany

Tough summer ahead in Afghanistan, minister warns

German troops should expect a difficult summer in Afghanistan with increasing violence and further casualties, Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg warned on Monday.

Schyman complains of Fi media isolation
Sweden

Schyman complains of Fi media isolation

The leader of the Feminist Initiative (Fi), Gudrun Schyman, has said that the Almedalen Week in Visby on Gotland is a perfect opportunity to promote the party's message, complaining of isolation by the media and polling institutes.

Cold front bringing brief break from summer heat
Germany

Cold front bringing brief break from summer heat

A cold front is bringing a brief chance to recover from the weekend’s scorching heat, with milder temperatures predicted for early this week, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Monday.

Spyker completes Saab payment
Sweden

Spyker completes Saab payment

Spyker Cars has completed the second and final payment to complete the purchase of Swedish carmarker Saab from US firm General Motors, the Dutch firm has confirmed in a press release.

Bavarians approve stricter smoking ban
Germany

Bavarians approve stricter smoking ban

The Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich is to become smoke-free after voters in a referendum Sunday in the southern German state of Bavaria opted for a total smoking ban.