Sarrazin under fire for anti-Muslim views
Germany

Sarrazin under fire for anti-Muslim views

Bundesbank official Thilo Sarrazin faced increasing pressure from across the political spectrum due to his controversial views on Muslims and immigrants on Thursday, as calls grew for him to leave the Social Democrats (SPD) and his central bank post.

Police end rooftop Stuttgart station protest
Germany

Police end rooftop Stuttgart station protest

A special police unit on Thursday forcibly ended the occupation of Stuttgart’s main train station, which rooftop demonstrators had hoped would derail a controversial rail project in the southwestern city.

Merkel seeks renewable energy contribution from nuclear industry
Germany

Merkel seeks renewable energy contribution from nuclear industry

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday suggested that Germany's nuclear industry, already expected to pay a windfall tax on longer operating rights, should also stump up to help develop renewable energy.

No place for Ballack in Germany squad
Germany

No place for Ballack in Germany squad

Germany midfielder Michael Ballack is set to be dropped by national coach Joachim Löw for next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers, according to reports in the German media on Thursday.

Court forced to probe ‘world’s most expensive BBQ’ for Bush
Germany

Court forced to probe ‘world’s most expensive BBQ’ for Bush

A court in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on Friday will consider whether the original bill from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s June 2006 barbecue with then US President George W. Bush has to be made public. The event is reported to have cost €8.7 million.

Modelling class for kids pulled over ‘ethics’
Sweden

Modelling class for kids pulled over ‘ethics’

An adult education centre in Karlskrona in southern Sweden has cancelled a modelling course for children aged five to eight after receiving a number of calls about the offering, Sveriges Radio Blekinge reported on Thursday.

Assange: charges caused ‘enormous’ damage
Sweden

Assange: charges caused ‘enormous’ damage

WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange on Thursday said that the handling of rape and molestation allegations against him by Swedish prosecutors has caused enormous damage to his person and to the whistleblower website.

What’s on in Germany: August 26 – September 1
Germany

What’s on in Germany: August 26 – September 1

This Week's Highlights: Roxy Music plays Bonn, Goethe is feted in Frankfurt, a fantasy film festival in Munich, and a vintage clothing swap sets up shop in Berlin.

WWF warns of Baltic Sea ‘Wild West’
Sweden

WWF warns of Baltic Sea ‘Wild West’

The Baltic Sea faces the threat of uncontrolled growth of freight traffic and wind energy over the next 20 years, the World Wildlife Fund has warned in a new report, calling on governments to work together to avert a Baltic 'Wild West'.

Love Parade files seized from Duisburg mayor
Germany

Love Parade files seized from Duisburg mayor

Officials searched the offices of Mayor Adolf Sauerland and others at Duisburg's city hall on Thursday, confiscating documents related to the ongoing investigation into the Love Parade tragedy which left 21 people dead.

Westerwelle warns Serbia: no EU entry without Kosovo deal
Germany

Westerwelle warns Serbia: no EU entry without Kosovo deal

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle warned Serbia Thursday that it had no chance of joining the European Union unless it adopted a "cooperative" stance on Kosovo.

No Angels singer not jailed for spreading HIV
Germany

No Angels singer not jailed for spreading HIV

Nadja Benaissa, an HIV-positive pop star who infected a former sex partner, avoided jail on Thursday after a German court handed her a two-year suspended sentence.

Alliance touts tax cuts in election manifesto
Sweden

Alliance touts tax cuts in election manifesto

The ruling Alliance coalition has promised its fifth in-work tax credit if it wins the election next month, it promised as it rolled out its manifesto on Thursday.

Booming growth boosts consumer confidence
Germany

Booming growth boosts consumer confidence

Record growth is lifting the spirits of Germany's traditionally cagey consumers, the GfK institute said Thursday as its household confidence index pointed to a sustained expansion of Europe's biggest economy.

Ibrahimovic sheds light on Guardiola rift
Sweden

Ibrahimovic sheds light on Guardiola rift

Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed rumours of a rift with Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola, saying that he hardly ever speaks to him.

Conservatives suggest mandatory public service for young adults
Germany

Conservatives suggest mandatory public service for young adults

As Germany debates major military reforms that will likely put an end to conscription – and thus the alternative public service – conservative politicians are suggesting a new compulsory service programme for young adults.

Swedish unemployment drops in July
Sweden

Swedish unemployment drops in July

Unemployment in Sweden dropped significantly in July to 8 percent from 9.5 percent in the previous month, Statistics Sweden reported on Thursday.

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Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: August 27 – September 2

What’s on in Sweden: Open air Othello in Stockholm, 100 years of flight in Gothenburg, and a huge Beatles concert in Malmö.

Bavarian doctors shut offices over government health policy
Germany

Bavarian doctors shut offices over government health policy

Bavarian doctors began a two-day protest on Thursday to air their concerns about German Health Minister Philipp Rösler’s policies. The general practitioners will refuse to see patients during this time.

Saab owner Spyker’s debts greater than assets
Sweden

Saab owner Spyker’s debts greater than assets

Luxury car manufacturer Spyker Cars, which purchased Sweden's Saab from General Motors, has more debts than assets, according to a filing submitted to the stock exchange in Amsterdam, NYSE Euronext.

Drug abuse on the rise in Sweden
Sweden

Drug abuse on the rise in Sweden

The number of people suffering from serious abuse of alcohol and drugs has increased by 20 and 15 percent respectively over the past decade, new figures from a government inquiry show.

Value of Svanberg’s BP shares plummets
Sweden

Value of Svanberg’s BP shares plummets

The value of Swedish BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg's share holdings in the company have plummeted to around 40 million kronor ($5.37 million) from the 62 million kronor he had originally paid for them.

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Sweden

Would-be au pairs lose 100,000 kronor to fraud

Two girls from Haninge, south of Stockholm, hoping to work as au pairs in New York learned that they lost more than 100,000 kronor ($13,400) to a fraudulent agency, TV4 Nyheterna reported late on Wednesday.

Driver’s licences get expiration date
Germany

Driver’s licences get expiration date

German driver’s licences are getting an expiration date, according to a media report on Thursday. As of 2013, they will be valid for only 15 years.

French teen sentenced for desecrating German WWI graves
Germany

French teen sentenced for desecrating German WWI graves

A French court sentenced an 18-year-old woman on Wednesday to a suspended jail term for desecrating the tombs of German soldiers killed in World War I on a drunken spree, a court official said.