Munich to switch on Europe’s fastest supercomputer
Germany

Munich to switch on Europe’s fastest supercomputer

Scientists in Munich will soon become the proud new owners of Europe’s fastest supercomputer, which should help find cures for common diseases, predict the impact of earthquakes and unravel the mysteries of the cosmos.

Greenhouse emissions grow with economy
Germany

Greenhouse emissions grow with economy

The booming economy has a downside, with Germany’s carbon emissions rising nearly four percent in the past year, according to government climate advisory group.

eBay snaps up online shopping club
Germany

eBay snaps up online shopping club

US online auction giant eBay said Monday that it has agreed to buy brands4friends, Germany's largest online fashion shopping club, for $200 million (€150 million) in cash.

Malmö shooter a suspect in two more murders
Sweden

Malmö shooter a suspect in two more murders

Peter Mangs, who is believed to be behind a string of shootings in Malmö in southern Sweden, is now suspected of two additional murders from 2003 and five more attempted murders dating back to 2006, a prosecutor revealed to news agency TT on Monday.

Sweden’s Alliance parties gain majority in new poll
Sweden

Sweden’s Alliance parties gain majority in new poll

A new poll has revealed that if an election were held now, the ruling Alliance would gain a majority in Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, while support for Sweden's Social Democratic Party continues to slide.

Swedish households wealthier than ever
Sweden

Swedish households wealthier than ever

The net worth of Swedish households grew by 244 billion kronor ($35.58 billion) to 7.26 trillion kronor in the third quarter, the measure's highest nominal level ever, according to a new SEB study.

Debt hits new record high
Germany

Debt hits new record high

Despite revenue windfalls, Germany’s public debt has soared to record levels, with government now owing nearly €22,000 for every man, woman and child in the country.

Löw targets Euro or World Cup glory
Germany

Löw targets Euro or World Cup glory

Germany coach Joachim Löw said Monday his side can win Euro 2012 or the 2014 World Cup after showing itself to be one of football's most consistent teams.

Supreme court receives Pirate Bay appeal
Sweden

Supreme court receives Pirate Bay appeal

Carl Lundström, one of the four defendants in The Pirate Bay trial, has confirmed that he is appealing the sentence imposed by the Swedish appeals court to the Supreme Court (Högsta Domstolen).

Swedish cop warned for job rants on Facebook
Sweden

Swedish cop warned for job rants on Facebook

A policeman in western Stockholm who mocked his job and shared his opinions with 200 friends on Facebook has received a warning about his behaviour from his employer.

Germany calls Belarus crackdown ‘unacceptable’
Germany

Germany calls Belarus crackdown ‘unacceptable’

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Monday slammed the crackdown on protests against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko in Belarus as "unacceptable."

Swedish population growth slows
Sweden

Swedish population growth slows

The Swedish population continued to grow in 2010, but at a slower pace than 2009, according to according to new preliminary Statistics Sweden (SCB) figures for 2010, published on Monday.

Leftists called upon to attack tourism
Germany

Leftists called upon to attack tourism

Left-wing extremists are being urged to launch a 2011 campaign against Berlin’s tourism boom by attacking hotels and tourist buses, as well as targeting visitors for petty theft, media reported Monday.

Swedish fatwa council condemns bomb attack
Sweden

Swedish fatwa council condemns bomb attack

The Swedish Fatwa Council (Svenska Fatwarådet) condemned on Sunday the recent suicide bombing in central Stockholm, while the Swedish Security Service (Säpo) has confirmed that it believes the attacker was acting alone.

Dissecting the delights of the Swedish Christmas smorgasbord
Sweden

Dissecting the delights of the Swedish Christmas smorgasbord

Does anybody actually eat pig's feet? Why do Swedes think of porridge as a delicious holiday treat? Contributor Clara Guibourg reveals the essential components of a seasonal Swedish smorgasbord.

Stockholm house prices place 12th in global study
Sweden

Stockholm house prices place 12th in global study

Sweden's capital Stockholm is the 12th most expensive city in which to buy a home, according to a major international study.

Kauder: Gays have no right to children
Germany

Kauder: Gays have no right to children

Volker Kauder, the parliamentary leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats, said on Monday that homosexual couples had no right to have children.

Heavy snow set to disrupt Christmas traffic
Sweden

Heavy snow set to disrupt Christmas traffic

Sweden's fierce wintry weather is set to continue with warnings for heavy snowfalls in eastern parts and widespread disruption to rail services in the south of the country.

Travellers contend with snow and ice
Germany

Travellers contend with snow and ice

Snow and ice continued to plague transportation in Germany on Monday, causing major airports to cancel flights and snarling rail and road traffic.

Taxman recovers €1.6 bln from Alpine accounts
Germany

Taxman recovers €1.6 bln from Alpine accounts

German tax authorities have reportedly recovered €1.6 billion this year from citizens who had stashed their cash in secret accounts in Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

Sweden’s Alshammar settles for silver
Sweden

Sweden’s Alshammar settles for silver

Swedish swimming star Therese Alshammar claimed a silver medal in the short course world championships in Dubai on Sunday, narrowly missing out to Australian Felicity Galvez.