German scientist refutes Putin on climate change
Germany

German scientist refutes Putin on climate change

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Monday questioned whether mankind was to blame for climate change during a visit to the remote Arctic – only to be bluntly contradicted by a German scientist.

Guttenberg to slash military, end draft
Germany

Guttenberg to slash military, end draft

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said on Monday he planned to cut Germany's armed forces by one-third while scrapping compulsory military service.

Billionaire Icahn part of 5% stake in Swedbank
Sweden

Billionaire Icahn part of 5% stake in Swedbank

Venture capital company Cevian Capital, led by Christer Gardell, and American billionaire Carl Icahn have together bought 4.64 percent of the shares in Swedbank, according to a disclosure notice on Monday.

Cooler and rainier weather heralds coming autumn
Germany

Cooler and rainier weather heralds coming autumn

Germany will get a taste of the coming autumn this week, as the country's weather turns cool and wet, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Monday.

Assange ‘still suspected’ on lesser charges
Sweden

Assange ‘still suspected’ on lesser charges

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange is still suspected of molestation, prosecutors in Stockholm have said. Meanwhile, chief prosecutor Eva Finné has rejected criticism of the original warrant for Assange's arrest.

Dancing with fate – performance explores the plight of asylum seekers
Germany

Dancing with fate – performance explores the plight of asylum seekers

Fear, hope, and frustration – the plight of an asylum seeker is not an easy one. But as Sally McGrane reports, a dance project at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport is hoping to show the human fates trapped in a bureaucratic limbo.

Record high support for Reinfeldt as PM: poll
Sweden

Record high support for Reinfeldt as PM: poll

A poll published Monday, less than a month before the Swedish general election, showed that nearly two-thirds of Swedes support Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt to lead the next government.

Adverse autumn weather heading for Sweden
Sweden

Adverse autumn weather heading for Sweden

A new low pressure front is set to sweep in across southern Sweden during the afternoon carrying rain and later hard winds around coastal areas. A gale force one warning has been issued from the Skagerrak to the southern Baltic Sea.

Ibrahimovic not going to AC Milan, says agent
Sweden

Ibrahimovic not going to AC Milan, says agent

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent has all but ruled out any hope AC Milan have of prising the Swedish forward from Barcelona, claiming on Monday he was "99.9 percent" sure Ibrahimovic will stay in Spain.

Police investigate ICE train malfunction in tunnel
Germany

Police investigate ICE train malfunction in tunnel

Police said Monday they are investigating Germany's national rail provider Deutsche Bahn following a technical defect on a high-speed ICE train that left 420 passengers stranded in a tunnel without air conditioning.

Swedish canoes cause autobahn pile up
Sweden

Swedish canoes cause autobahn pile up

The canoe which carried home the gold for Anders Gustafsson in the World Championships in Poland on Sunday was among those destroyed in an accident on the German autobahn (motorway) on Monday morning, which left two people in hospital.

Oriflame shut down in Iran after staff arrests
Sweden

Oriflame shut down in Iran after staff arrests

Swedish cosmetics firm Oriflame's operations in Tehran have been closed by the Iranian authorities, with three members of staff and two sale consultants taken into custody, the firm has confirmed in a press release.

Former justice minister refuses a drugs test
Sweden

Former justice minister refuses a drugs test

Thomas Bodström, chair of the Parliamentary Justice Committee and former justice minister, has come out in favour of voluntary drug testing, but when Sveriges Radio asked him to submit to a test, he refused.

Sky Deutschland looking for new cable TV partners
Germany

Sky Deutschland looking for new cable TV partners

German pay television Sky Deutschland is seeking tie-ups with cable operators to counter incumbent rival Deutsche Telekom, Sky boss Brian Sullivan said in an interview published on Monday.

Steinmeier takes leave to donate kidney to wife
Germany

Steinmeier takes leave to donate kidney to wife

Parliamentary leader for the centre-left Social Democrats, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, announced Monday that he would be taking time off until October to donate a kidney to his ailing wife.

Hanson wins Czech Open to claim Ryder Cup spot
Sweden

Hanson wins Czech Open to claim Ryder Cup spot

Sweden's Peter Hanson claimed the Czech Open title on Sunday after a three-way play off and all but secured his place on Europe's Ryder Cup team.

Drunk driving cases plummet after fines hiked
Germany

Drunk driving cases plummet after fines hiked

Drunk driving cases have dropped significantly in Germany following a government decision to double fines for getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, a media report said on Monday.

Contaminated tubes suspected in baby deaths
Germany

Contaminated tubes suspected in baby deaths

One infant remained critically ill on Monday after tubing contaminated with bacteria likely caused the deaths of two other children at a hospital in Mainz over the weekend.

A third of Swedish pupils fear school bullies
Sweden

A third of Swedish pupils fear school bullies

Ten percent of pupils in Swedish schools have been subjected to physical bullying, with a up to a third of 14-17-year-olds concerned over starting school again after the summer, a new survey by anti-bullying group Friends has shown.

Merkel rejects industry attack on nuclear tax
Germany

Merkel rejects industry attack on nuclear tax

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday dismissed angry calls by German business leaders to scrap a planned tax on nuclear energy production which they call a threat to investment.

Assange claims of dirty tricks ‘absurd’ – Pentagon
Sweden

Assange claims of dirty tricks ‘absurd’ – Pentagon

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has speculated that the Pentagon could be behind a rape accusation that prompted Swedish prosecutors to issue a warrant for his arrest which was later withdrawn, comments rejected by the US military as 'absurd'.