Nobel lit prize winner: writing ‘alerts us to oppression’
Sweden

Nobel lit prize winner: writing ‘alerts us to oppression’

Nobel literature laureate Mario Vargas Llosa spoke of the power of writing and the need to defend liberal democracy during his Nobel lecture on Tuesday at the Swedish Academy in Stockholm, writes contributor Charlotte West.

Wulff marks Brandt’s Warsaw ghetto tribute
Germany

Wulff marks Brandt’s Warsaw ghetto tribute

German President Christian Wulff on Tuesday honoured Jews who fought and died in the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising against the Nazis, 40 years after a landmark tribute by his nation's chancellor Willy Brandt.

Industrial orders gain on domestic demand
Germany

Industrial orders gain on domestic demand

German industrial orders rose by 1.6 percent in October from their level in September, Economy Ministry data showed on Tuesday, slightly below analyst expectations.

Mercedes to build C-Class in South Africa
Germany

Mercedes to build C-Class in South Africa

German luxury car maker Daimler said Tuesday it would invest in a South African plant to produce the popular Mercedes-Benz Class C auto, of which a new generation is planned for 2014.

Swedish jobless funds ‘among OECD’s worst’
Sweden

Swedish jobless funds ‘among OECD’s worst’

A study compiled by an Uppsala University researcher reveals that Sweden has one of the worst unemployment fund schemes among wealthy nations.

Astrid Lindgren heirs sue publisher for millions
Sweden

Astrid Lindgren heirs sue publisher for millions

Astrid Lindgren's heirs are taking Swedish publisher Bonnier to court for misrepresenting the beloved children author's works and in the process swindling them out of millions of kronor.

Assange remanded by London court
Sweden

Assange remanded by London court

WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange was refused bail Tuesday by a British judge over claims of sex crimes in Sweden, dealing afresh blow to the website which vowed to stay online and reveal more US secrets.

Germany to double Holocaust victims’ aged care fund
Germany

Germany to double Holocaust victims’ aged care fund

Germany is to double the amount of money it gives to Jewish Holocaust survivors for elderly home care, bringing the total to €110 million next year, as a wave of former victims reaches very old age.

Reindeer ‘cruelty’ slammed by rights group
Sweden

Reindeer ‘cruelty’ slammed by rights group

Reindeer are being tormented when slaughtered, according to the animal rights organisation World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA).

WikiLeaks sponsor in trouble with the taxman
Germany

WikiLeaks sponsor in trouble with the taxman

A major WikiLeaks donor is in trouble in Germany for not filing its accounts on time, but tax authorities insisted Tuesday this was unrelated to its ties to the controversial web organisation.

MRI scans live birth
Germany

MRI scans live birth

Berlin’s Charité Hospital has achieved a world-first by creating MRI images of a baby being born in order to provide extraordinary insights into the birthing process.

Swedish man sliced in sex play snafu
Sweden

Swedish man sliced in sex play snafu

A Swedish couple's recent attempt to spice up their sex lives went horribly wrong, putting the man in hospital and his girlfriend in handcuffs.

Swedish pupils slide in new global ranking
Sweden

Swedish pupils slide in new global ranking

The reading comprehension and mathematics skills of 15-year-old Swedish students have deteriorated in the 2000s, a new triennial OECD study released on Tuesday has found.

Slain Swede’s husband implicated in plot
Sweden

Slain Swede’s husband implicated in plot

A British businessman plotted to have his Swedish bride murdered on their honeymoon in South Africa, it was alleged in court on Tuesday, in a sensational twist to an apparent robbery and shooting.

WikiLeaks founder arrested in London
Sweden

WikiLeaks founder arrested in London

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police Tuesday on a Swedish warrant for suspected rape, as the net finally closed on the website amid anger at its release of US secrets.

Children and teens unlikely to stumble upon web porn
Germany

Children and teens unlikely to stumble upon web porn

German parents need not panic about their children being exposed to internet pornography, according to a new study, which found that just one in 20 youths stumbled onto sexual content on the web in the past year.

A long journey: Germany celebrates 175 years of rail travel
Germany

A long journey: Germany celebrates 175 years of rail travel

Germany celebrated 175 years of train travel on Tuesday with the anniversary of the maiden journey of the steam locomotive “Adler” between Nuremberg and Fürth in 1835.

King’s Brazil trip a ‘conflict of interests’
Sweden

King’s Brazil trip a ‘conflict of interests’

A state visit to Brazil by Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf earlier this year may have constituted a conflict of interests, according to a Swedish bribery scholar.

The Best of Berlin in December
Germany

The Best of Berlin in December

Exberliner, Berlin’s leading English-language magazine, in December tells you where to get your Glühwein on, hits the ice rink, and tries to be charitable for the holidays.

Reinfeldt keen on housework: US embassy
Sweden

Reinfeldt keen on housework: US embassy

Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt is a reserved person who likes to do housework and whose opinions are likely influenced a great deal by his wife Filippa, according to a cable from the US embassy released by WikiLeaks.

Sweden fifth in climate change ranking: survey
Sweden

Sweden fifth in climate change ranking: survey

Sweden was unable to reclaim the top spot in a climate change performance ranking released on Monday at the ongoing climate summit in Cancún, Mexico, coming in fifth behind Brazil.

Schools make slight PISA improvement
Germany

Schools make slight PISA improvement

Germany's school standards have improved slightly after a dismal performance a decade ago but are still mediocre when compared with other developed countries, the latest PISA international tests showed Tuesday.

Three seniors killed in nursing home fire
Germany

Three seniors killed in nursing home fire

A fire at a Würzburg retirement home killed three people and injured another six overnight, Bavarian police said Tuesday. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Berlinale invites ‘anti-regime’ Iranian director to serve on jury
Germany

Berlinale invites ‘anti-regime’ Iranian director to serve on jury

The Berlin Film Festival has invited outspoken Iranian film-maker Jafar Panahi, who was jailed for three months for work deemed "anti-regime," to serve on its jury in February.

Assange to fight extradition to Sweden
Sweden

Assange to fight extradition to Sweden

Embattled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will fight an extradition request to Sweden, his lawyer said Tuesday, after British police received a demand to send him to face charges in Stockholm.