Oktoberfest all over the world
Germany

Oktoberfest all over the world

Beer in Palestine? Oompah music in Ho Chi Minh City? With Munich’s legendary beer bash Oktoberfest about to celebrate its 200th anniversary, Ben Knight takes a look at the impact of Bavaria’s cultural juggernaut around the world.

Berlin’s Natural History museum celebrates 200th jubilee
Germany

Berlin’s Natural History museum celebrates 200th jubilee

The Berlin Museum of Natural History celebrates 200 years of scientific innovation this month with the inauguration of its restored east wing, destroyed by Allied bombs, and a special exhibition full of remarkable rarities.

Left leader condemns attack on far-right
Sweden

Left leader condemns attack on far-right

Left Party leader Lars Ohly has condemned an attack on a local politician representing the far-right Sweden Democrats in Malmö on Friday, while the party on Monday suspended a rally in Gothenburg due to a counter-demonstration.

Immigrant entrepreneurs to create 150,000 jobs in 2010
Germany

Immigrant entrepreneurs to create 150,000 jobs in 2010

Entrepreneurs with foreign roots will likely create 150,000 jobs in Germany this year, according to the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK).

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Sweden

Introducing the Feminist Initiative

The Feminist Initiative (Feministiskt Initiative - Fi) polled 0.68 percent of the national vote in the 2006 parliamentary elections. Former Left Party leader Gudrun Schyman is the official spokesperson.

Germany says Basel III capital rules no risk to bank lending
Germany

Germany says Basel III capital rules no risk to bank lending

Germany rejected on Monday fears that proposed new global banking rules would create a new credit squeeze and sought to soothe concerns about the country's stricken public lenders.

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Sweden

Swedish jobless rate rises in August

More than 400,000 Swedes, or 8.1 percent of the workforce, were registered as not having jobs in August, up from 7.7 percent last year, new statistics show.

‘Tattoo’ star Rapace snags Hollywood role
Sweden

‘Tattoo’ star Rapace snags Hollywood role

Swedish actress Noomi Rapace has landed the lead female role in a major Hollywood feature following her much acclaimed screen portrayal of Lisbeth Salander from Stieg Larsson’s “Millenium” crime novels.

German speakers marginalised in new EU diplomatic corps
Germany

German speakers marginalised in new EU diplomatic corps

A conservative German politician is reportedly fuming that the European Union's new diplomatic corps apparently sees little use for the language of Goethe and Schiller, preferring instead English and French skills.

Swedish officers fined for flying painted penis
Sweden

Swedish officers fined for flying painted penis

Two Swedish non-commissioned officers have been docked pay for painting a flying penis on a white flag adorning their boat during a naval exercise in the Stockholm archipelago.

Stockholm teacher redefines what it means to dress for success
Sweden

Stockholm teacher redefines what it means to dress for success

American-born school teacher Aimee Lambert Poor has decided to reassess her wardrobe in an innovative effort to raise awareness and money for the homeless, explains David Bartal.

Crashed train ‘may have been speeding’
Sweden

Crashed train ‘may have been speeding’

The high-speed X2000 train which was involved in a collision near Kimstad in eastern Sweden on Sunday evening could have been travelling above the speed limit, accord to a police report.

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Sweden

Introducing the Sweden Democrats

The Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna - SD) polled 2.6 percent of the votes in the 2006 parliamentary elections. Jimmie Åkesson is the party leader.

Doubts emerge within SPD as decision on Sarrazin expulsion looms
Germany

Doubts emerge within SPD as decision on Sarrazin expulsion looms

Doubts are reportedly growing among Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) about whether to expel outgoing Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin from the party following his incendiary comments about race and immigration.

Sweden launches ‘Chlamydia Monday’
Sweden

Sweden launches ‘Chlamydia Monday’

The Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet - SMI) has designated Monday September 13th as national chlamydia day to draw attention to the infection and to encourage more people to undergo tests.

East closes gaps 20 years after reunification
Germany

East closes gaps 20 years after reunification

Twenty years after German reunification, the former communist eastern half of the country is slowly closing the gap economically with the west but has some way to go, according to a new study.

Swedish snails hide sex to avoid horny males
Sweden

Swedish snails hide sex to avoid horny males

Scientists at the University of Gothenburg have learned that a species of female snails conceal their gender identity in order to avoid excessive copulation.

Deadbeat parents should be fined, FDP politician says
Germany

Deadbeat parents should be fined, FDP politician says

'Reluctant' parents should be penalised for not disciplining their children and making sure they stay in school, general secretary for the pro-business Free Democrats Christian Lindner said on Monday.

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Sweden

More companies switch to English at work: study

A new University of Gothenburg study has revealed that an increasing number of Swedish companies have changed their working language from Swedish to English.

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Sweden

Survey: Swedes renew hope in economy

Swedes have renewed hope in their country's economic development, a new survey revealed on Monday.

Police union calls for Stuttgart 21 backup
Germany

Police union calls for Stuttgart 21 backup

Baden-Württemberg urgently needs police reinforcements from neighbouring states and federal forces to handle growing protests of the controversial Stuttgart 21 rail expansion project, the German Police Union (DPOLG) said Monday.

Kachelmann trial delayed again
Germany

Kachelmann trial delayed again

The trial against Germany's high-profile TV weatherman Jörg Kachelmann was suspended for a second time on Monday, less than an hour after it had resumed one week following the defence's unsuccessful demand for the top judges to be recused.

Party leaders vow not to work with far-right
Sweden

Party leaders vow not to work with far-right

Sweden's two main prime minister candidates pledged not to work with the nationalist Sweden Democrats in a debate aired Sunday, a week before elections.