Pirate Bay appeal ‘a waste of time’: Sunde
Sweden

Pirate Bay appeal ‘a waste of time’: Sunde

While devoid of high-charged drama, the opening day of the Pirate Bay appeals court trial nevertheless included a few unexpected developments.

Finance Minister to spend four weeks working from clinic bed
Germany

Finance Minister to spend four weeks working from clinic bed

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble will be admitted to the hospital for the second time this year but will carry on with his official duties from there, his ministry announced on Tuesday.

Criticism of controversial essay on anti-Semitism ruled unconstitutional
Germany

Criticism of controversial essay on anti-Semitism ruled unconstitutional

Germany’s high court ruled Tuesday that the Federal Agency for Civic Education’s (BPB) disparaging criticism of a controversial academic text on anti-Semitism during the Nazi era was unconstitutional. After distributing the essay, the agency disavowed its content and had further copies destroyed.

Tearful HQ chair admits knowing of irregularities
Sweden

Tearful HQ chair admits knowing of irregularities

Fighting back tears, outgoing HQ Chairman Mats Qviberg admitted on Tuesday that he was briefed daily on the trading operations of the now-defunct HQ Bank.

Man freed in landmark S&M case
Sweden

Man freed in landmark S&M case

A 32-year-old man was on Tuesday acquitted of assault after having violent sex with a teenager in a landmark case testing how much sexual violence is legally permitted in Sweden between consenting partners.

Man admits stabbing former teacher over poor marks
Germany

Man admits stabbing former teacher over poor marks

A 23-year-old man admitted before a Rhineland-Palatinate court on Tuesday to stabbing his former teacher to death for giving him bad marks.

Cabinet gives nod to nuclear extension
Germany

Cabinet gives nod to nuclear extension

Nuclear power will remain part of Germany’s energy supply until at least 2036 under a controversial extension of atomic reactors’ lifespans approved Tuesday by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet.

Reinfeldt phones Sahlin to talk cooperation
Sweden

Reinfeldt phones Sahlin to talk cooperation

Mona Sahlin received a phone call from Fredrik Reinfeldt on Tuesday morning in which the prime minister gave the Social Democratic party leader some insights about his plans for governing.

Getting through a smoke-free Oktoberfest
Germany

Getting through a smoke-free Oktoberfest

The 200th anniversary Oktoberfest is the first to be completely smoke-free, thanks to Bavaria's new no exceptions smoking ban and solidarity among the beer-tent landlords. Ben Knight found out how the locals are coping.

Apple’s iPad set to land in Sweden in November
Sweden

Apple’s iPad set to land in Sweden in November

Apple plans to launch its iPad tablet computer in Sweden in November, according to media reports, but the company's choice of mobile operator remains unclear.

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Sweden

Threats force judge out of teen pimping trial

The presiding judge in the Malmö district court trial of ten men suspected of having sold a mentally handicapped 14-year-old girl for sex, has been forced to withdraw due to threats against her and her family.

Poor caught in welfare trap, OECD warns
Germany

Poor caught in welfare trap, OECD warns

The risk of poverty in Germany is “very high” because the long-term unemployed have little incentive to work, the OECD said Tuesday in a dramatic entry into the Hartz IV debate.

Merkel predicts more jobs as consumer zeal signals recovery
Germany

Merkel predicts more jobs as consumer zeal signals recovery

German consumer and business confidence were at three-year high points on Tuesday and Chancellor Angela Merkel forecast that unemployment could fall below three million in Europe's biggest economy.

Ageing Hesse nuclear reactor has serious flaws, report finds
Germany

Ageing Hesse nuclear reactor has serious flaws, report finds

Experts have warned that an ageing nuclear reactor in the state of Hesse has major deficiencies including out-of-date building material and poor defences against earthquakes and floods, a media report said Tuesday.

Homeless in Uppsala: a foreign student’s tale
Sweden

Homeless in Uppsala: a foreign student’s tale

More than a month after arriving in Sweden for the start of the academic year, many foreign students are still struggling to find permanent housing. Contributor Amy Keresztes, an American studying at Uppsala University, shares her tale of frustration.

France stymies German debt sanction plan
Germany

France stymies German debt sanction plan

Germany and France remain split over how swiftly the axe should fall on violators of Europe's budget rules despite an agreement Monday among finance ministers on the need to slap sanctions on errant European states.

Flood danger puts Saxony on alert
Germany

Flood danger puts Saxony on alert

Flood warnings have been issued in parts of the eastern state of Saxony following unrelenting rain and rising river levels, officials announced early Tuesday morning.

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Sweden

Police find dead body in Gothenburg

A human body found in the Hisingen area of Gothenburg on Monday evening is presumed by police to be connected to a crime. The body was found in connection with a search for two young people who disappeared at the weekend.

Swedish princess goes in search of French roots
Sweden

Swedish princess goes in search of French roots

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel arrived in France on Monday to retrace the footsteps of the Bernadotte dynasty's French ancestor who became Sweden's king almost 200 years ago.

Lars Vilks to fulfill Uppsala lecture
Sweden

Lars Vilks to fulfill Uppsala lecture

Lars Vilks, the Swedish artist who courted controversy by depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a dog, will repeat his lecture at Uppsala University, where he was attacked in May, the university confirmed on Monday.

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Sweden

Ibrahimovic aims to break Ajax duck

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic heads to Amsterdam in the Champions League on Tuesday hoping to open his goal account against Ajax, the team with which he launched his glittering European career.