Germany wins UN Security Council seat
Germany

Germany wins UN Security Council seat

Germany on Tuesday successfully secured a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

Swedish authorities put off by PutOn condoms
Sweden

Swedish authorities put off by PutOn condoms

Sweden's Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket) has banned the sale of the PutOn condom brand in Sweden, claiming that the Chinese-manufactured product falsified its EU safety certification.

City decrees mandatory cat sterilisation to curb strays
Germany

City decrees mandatory cat sterilisation to curb strays

Delmenhorst recently became the second German city to require the sterilisation of all outdoor cats in hopes of reducing its neglected feral feline population. The move could start a trend in a country where pets are infrequently spayed or neutered.

Prosecutor asks to keep Pirate Bay prison terms
Sweden

Prosecutor asks to keep Pirate Bay prison terms

The prosecution in the appeals trial of three founders and a financier of Swedish file sharing site The Pirate Bay demanded that the defendants' one-year prison sentences be upheld.

Swedes cite integration issues as a ‘problem’
Sweden

Swedes cite integration issues as a ‘problem’

Three of four Swedes consider issues which address integration and immigration to be a contemporary Swedish problem, with four in ten sceptical of the experts on the issue, a new survey published on Tuesday shows.

Düsseldorf to host Eurovision Song Contest
Germany

Düsseldorf to host Eurovision Song Contest

Public broadcaster ARD announced on Tuesday that the western German city of Düsseldorf will host the next Eurovision Song Contest, beating out its more cosmopolitan rivals Berlin and Hamburg.

Swedish couple take dog custody battle to court
Sweden

Swedish couple take dog custody battle to court

A Swedish man has taken his ex-girlfriend to court, claiming she reneged on the joint custody deal they had for their ShiChi mix pooch, Totte.

Wanted: 50 Volvo employees in China
Sweden

Wanted: 50 Volvo employees in China

Volvo Cars is looking to relocate about 50 employees from Sweden to China as more details emerge about Geely’s plans for the Swedish carmaker's operations in China.

Discount supermarket tycoons dominate billionaires list
Germany

Discount supermarket tycoons dominate billionaires list

The founder of bargain-basement supermarket chain Aldi, Karl Albrecht, topped a list of Germany's richest people published Tuesday, with assets valued at €17.1 billion ($23.6 billion).

Exhibition breaks with German Hitler taboos
Germany

Exhibition breaks with German Hitler taboos

A new exhibition opening this week at Berlin’s German Historical Museum aims to break taboos by exploring the fascination with Adolf Hitler and his relationship with the German people, the curator said Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedish man dies in live ‘cyber suicide’ broadcast

A Swedish man hanged himself during a live broadcast on the internet on Monday morning, a phenomenon that police described as rare in Sweden.

Örebro man suspected of several rapes: police
Sweden

Örebro man suspected of several rapes: police

The man was arrested on Monday evening in Örebro in central Sweden on suspicion of rape and attempted rape, is suspected in connection with several more attacks committed in the city over the past year, police have confirmed.

The Best of Berlin in October
Germany

The Best of Berlin in October

Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, in October celebrates Haus Schwarzenberg’s 15th birthday, gets it's 15 minutes of DJing fame, and still has time for coffee and cake in Kreuzkölln.

Merkel demands Iran releases journalists
Germany

Merkel demands Iran releases journalists

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday demanded Iran release two foreigners thought to be German journalists detained in Tehran.

Germany lobbies hard for Security Council seat
Germany

Germany lobbies hard for Security Council seat

Germany led furious last-minute lobbying to get one of five seats on the UN Security Council to be decided in a vote on Tuesday.

Sweden presents budget for ‘full employment’
Sweden

Sweden presents budget for ‘full employment’

Sweden's finance minister Anders Borg presented a budget for 2011 on Tuesday morning including 13 billion kronor ($2 billion) in new measures, promising to move Sweden from "crisis to full employment".

Police carry sleeping drunk driver to alcohol test
Germany

Police carry sleeping drunk driver to alcohol test

A driver was so drunk on Monday night that police officers had to carry him to their station for a blood test, authorities in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate said.

‘Learn the language,’ Turkish minister tells countrymen in Germany
Germany

‘Learn the language,’ Turkish minister tells countrymen in Germany

As the immigration debate grows increasingly heated in Germany, Turkey's minister for EU affairs Egemen Bagis on Tuesday urged his countrymen living there to increase their efforts at integration.

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Sweden

Sweden amends growth forecast

The Swedish government has forecast that GDP will climb by 4.8 percent in 2010, and 3.7 percent in 2011, according to the financial plan in the budget proposition made public on Tuesday morning.

Brüderle warns of trade war on China visit
Germany

Brüderle warns of trade war on China visit

German Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle cautioned upon arriving in China Tuesday that a global trade war was brewing, amid wide differences between key trading nations on currency policy.

Giant cep mushroom found in Swedish woods
Sweden

Giant cep mushroom found in Swedish woods

A cep (porcino) mushroom weighing in at 1.5 kilogrammes has been found outside of Broby in Skåne in southern Sweden.