King: It was a long time ago
Sweden

King: It was a long time ago

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf on Thursday declined to answer questions about a controversial new biography that includes allegations of love affairs, wild parties with Swedish models and connections to the underworld.

Hamburg bank made customer psych profiles
Germany

Hamburg bank made customer psych profiles

A Hamburg savings bank came under fire Thursday for creating psychological profiles of its customers labelling them as financial "hedonists" or "disciplinarians," according to a media report.

First woman rabbi since WWII ordained
Germany

First woman rabbi since WWII ordained

Germany’s first woman rabbi since World War II was ordained on Thursday in Berlin, marking another milestone in the resurgence of Jewish life in the country that perpetrated the Holocaust.

Swedish fighter jets flew into live fire drill
Sweden

Swedish fighter jets flew into live fire drill

Serious deficiencies in operating procedures resulted in an incident last fall in which two Swedish fighter planes flew into a training area where the Swedish Armed Forces were engaging in a live ammunition exercise.

More men being treated for impotence
Germany

More men being treated for impotence

The number of German men being treated for impotence is on the rise, a leading health insurer said on Thursday.

BayernLB abandons merger talks with WestLB
Germany

BayernLB abandons merger talks with WestLB

Bavaria's regional bank BayernLB said on Thursday it would abandon a merger with counterpart WestLB because the deal would not lead to higher profits.

Illegal car race ends in deadly head-on crash with truck
Germany

Illegal car race ends in deadly head-on crash with truck

Three men died in a head-on collision with a truck during an illegal car race in Baden-Württemberg, police said on Thursday.

Deutsche Telekom earnings highlight iPhone effect
Germany

Deutsche Telekom earnings highlight iPhone effect

German telecommunications operator Deutsche Telekom disappointed investors with third-quarter results on Thursday, and spotlighted the impact on earnings of smartphones such as Apple's iPhone.

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Sweden

Iran frees jailed Swedish cosmetic firm worker

A Swedish-Iranian employee of Swedish cosmetics firm Oriflame who has been imprisoned in Iran since August has been released on bail and has left the country., Sveriges Radio (SR) reported on Thursday.

‘Hell is worse for women bishops’: Swedish pastor
Sweden

‘Hell is worse for women bishops’: Swedish pastor

A Church of Sweden pastor could lose his job over comments regarding the suitability of women priests to spread the word of God, including the assertion that there were worse "grades of punishment in hell" for female bishops.

Volvo partners with WWF to reduce CO2 emissions
Sweden

Volvo partners with WWF to reduce CO2 emissions

Sweden's Volvo Group announced on Thursday that it will become the world's first vehicle manufacturer to join the World Wide Fund for Nature's (WWF) Climate Savers Program.

Life expectancy on the rise
Germany

Life expectancy on the rise

Germans are living longer than ever before, with baby boys expected to reach the age of 77 and girls 82 years and six months, the Federal Statistics Office reported on Thursday.

What’s On in Sweden: November 5th – 11th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: November 5th – 11th

What’s on in Sweden: Elite swimmers make a splash in Stockholm, a London style design market in Gothenburg and The Tallest Man On Earth looms large in Malmö.

Skanska profits despite challenging economy
Sweden

Skanska profits despite challenging economy

Swedish construction concern Skanska reported a better-than-expected third quarter profit, with the company's CEO adding that it has fared well despite challenging economic circumstances.

Digitally desecrating Germany’s landscape
Germany

Digitally desecrating Germany’s landscape

With nearly a quarter of a million Germans opting out of Google’s Street View service, US author and journalist Jeff Jarvis laments the digital bombing of the country’s landscape in a guest commentary.

Swedish politicians reject corruption rules
Sweden

Swedish politicians reject corruption rules

Sweden's parliamentary parties have no wish to see universal regulations to govern complimentary trips and hospitality, despite recent focus on the issue of corruption.

What’s on in Germany: November 4 – 10
Germany

What’s on in Germany: November 4 – 10

This week's highlights: Celebrate Scandinavia in Frankfurt, attend a concert in a Hamburg house, and overnight with reindeer in a floating museum hotel room in Berlin.

Lufthansa A380s to keep flying despite Qantas explosion
Germany

Lufthansa A380s to keep flying despite Qantas explosion

German flag carrier Lufthansa said on Thursday it had no plans to ground its three A380 jets after a Qantas flight with more than 450 people on board made a dramatic forced landing in Singapore.

German woman killed in severe Malaysian flooding
Germany

German woman killed in severe Malaysian flooding

A German woman has been killed in floods in northern Malaysia that have displaced more than 41,000, media reports said Thursday.

Police reported over Gothenburg terror threat
Sweden

Police reported over Gothenburg terror threat

The arrest of four people on suspicion of preparing a terrorist crime has been reported and will be reviewed by a prosecutor, while confusion remains over just how many suspects are involved in the investigation.

Muslims call for public service immigrant quota
Germany

Muslims call for public service immigrant quota

Germany’s top Muslim group called on Thursday for an immigrant quota in public services such as the police and the bureaucracy.

Brazil to discuss fighter jet purchase
Sweden

Brazil to discuss fighter jet purchase

Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Wednesday that discussions would "soon" take place with his successor Dilma Rousseff with a view to deciding who would win a multi-billion-dollar fighter jet tender.

Sweden rejects Rwandan genocide suspect release
Sweden

Sweden rejects Rwandan genocide suspect release

A Rwandan genocide suspect, who has been held in Sweden without trial since July 2008, is to remain in protective custody, the Swedish Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, rejecting his request for release.

Unruly MPs to face €3,000 fines
Germany

Unruly MPs to face €3,000 fines

German lawmakers who play up in parliament face fines of up to €3,000 under a new regulation aimed at improving the decorum among the people’s representatives, a Thursday media report said.