Cronyism seeping into politics, voters fear
Germany

Cronyism seeping into politics, voters fear

Germans are increasingly worried that their political parties are susceptible to cronyism and lobbying, a survey by the anti-corruption group Transparency International revealed Thursday.

Islamic centre hit by arson attack
Germany

Islamic centre hit by arson attack

An Islamic centre in Berlin was hit by an arson attack on Thursday, with an assailant hurling a petrol bomb against the building’s facade. It was the third such incident involving a Muslim building in the capital in a fortnight.

Newborn baby stolen from Frankfurt hospital
Germany

Newborn baby stolen from Frankfurt hospital

Police were searching Thursday afternoon for two women suspected of stealing a baby girl just six hours after she was born in a Frankfurt hospital.

Reinfeldt dealt first Riksdag vote defeat
Sweden

Reinfeldt dealt first Riksdag vote defeat

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Thursday suffered his first parliamentary defeat since reelection as the far-right Sweden Democrats and centre-left opposition voted in favour of major cuts to the government’s administrative budget.

Rail operator warns for winter travel woes
Sweden

Rail operator warns for winter travel woes

The state of Swedish train operator SJ's vehicles are worse this winter than last year, according to CEO Jan Forsberg.

Federal police forces set to merge
Germany

Federal police forces set to merge

After 60 years of fragmented nationwide law enforcement, the two branches of Germany's federal police are set to be brought under one roof.

Singer Robyn named Swede Of The Year
Sweden

Singer Robyn named Swede Of The Year

Swedish pop star Robyn has been named Swede Of The Year by Fokus magazine for reaching "the highest levels of popular music without being shallow."

Brewing up a cup of beneficence
Germany

Brewing up a cup of beneficence

Three entrepreneurs have brought the single-source coffee movement to Germany, directly connecting customers to an Ethiopian community producing their gourmet beans.

Swede death by husband ‘unforgivable’: sister
Sweden

Swede death by husband ‘unforgivable’: sister

The sister of Anni Dewani said on Thursday that it would be an "unforgivable" crime if the slain Swedish newlywed's new British husband was found guilty of killing her during their South African honeymoon.

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Sweden

Swedish inflation accelerates in November

Sweden's consumer price index (CPI) continued its climb in November, fuelled by ever-increasing housing and electricity prices, Sweden's statistics agency announced on Thursday.

WikiLeaks funded via Pirate Bay-linked firm
Sweden

WikiLeaks funded via Pirate Bay-linked firm

Swedish micropay site Flattr, which was launched by The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde, remains one of the sole online financial lifelines for embattled whistleblower site WikiLeaks.

Bayer to spend €1 billion on China expansion
Germany

Bayer to spend €1 billion on China expansion

Germany's Bayer Group said Thursday it would spend €1 billion ($1.3 billion) over five years to expand its high-tech materials business in China to capitalise on the growing economy.

Coalition set to cut taxes by €4.5 billion
Germany

Coalition set to cut taxes by €4.5 billion

Tax relief of €4.5 billion could be coming the way of German companies and workers, mostly by slashing red tape, the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) announced Thursday.

What’s On in Sweden: December 10th – 16th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: December 10th – 16th

What’s on in Sweden: British punks in Stockholm, American scratchers in Gothenburg and a study of entertainment in Malmö.

Justice minister caught in WikiLeaks ‘net wars’
Sweden

Justice minister caught in WikiLeaks ‘net wars’

The name of Sweden's justice minister Beatrice Ask has been hijacked on the internet, with a website featuring her name in the address now linking to WikiLeaks.

Source found for stomach bug outbreak
Sweden

Source found for stomach bug outbreak

The source of the intestinal parasite that sickened thousands in the town of Östersund in northern Sweden has been identified, according to city officials.

Röttgen calls climate change an economic opportunity
Germany

Röttgen calls climate change an economic opportunity

With just two days left at the UN climate change summit in Cancún, Mexico, German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen appealed to the leaders to see climate protection as an economic opportunity, and not a burden.

Ryanair flyers trapped on Gothenburg plane
Sweden

Ryanair flyers trapped on Gothenburg plane

About 70 Ryanair passengers were barred from leaving a plane stuck at Gothenburg City Airport in Säve for several hours on Wednesday evening.

Snow cripples transport, causes blackouts
Germany

Snow cripples transport, causes blackouts

Wintry weather hammered Germany on Thursday, as ice and snow snarled rail and road traffic, cancelled flights, and caused power outages in eastern parts of the country.

Charges against Assange ‘political’: lawyers
Sweden

Charges against Assange ‘political’: lawyers

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's lawyers spoke out on Wednesday, insisting that the accusations of rape and molestation made against him by Swedish prosecutors are "politically motivated."

US pressed Berlin not to arrest CIA agents
Germany

US pressed Berlin not to arrest CIA agents

More documents released by Wikileaks this week have shown that Washington put intense pressure on Berlin not to enforce arrest warrants against CIA agents involved in the 2003 abduction of a German citizen mistakenly believed to be a terrorist.

Slain Swedish bride’s husband’s bail on appeal
Sweden

Slain Swedish bride’s husband’s bail on appeal

A British businessman wanted in South Africa on suspicion of arranging the murder of his newlywed Swedish bride will be held in jail in London after an appeal was lodged on Wednesday against him being granted bail.

Ribery double fires Bayern to victory over Basel
Germany

Ribery double fires Bayern to victory over Basel

Last season's Champions League finalists Bayern Munich went through to the round of 16 as Group E winners on Wednesday with a 3-0 win over Basel as midfielder Franck Ribery netted twice.