Berlin’s ambitious UN Security Council agenda
Germany

Berlin’s ambitious UN Security Council agenda

Germany has taken its seat on the UN Security Council this week touting an ambitious agenda. Some of this will end in disappointment, experts warn. But there is still much Berlin can achieve.

Dioxin scandal spreads
Germany

Dioxin scandal spreads

Some 3,000 tonnes of dioxin-contaminated fatty acids used to enrich animal feed have been distributed in at least four German states, according to official estimates. As the scandal continues to spread, the authorities are shutting down more farms as a precaution.

Farmers look to curb right of public access
Sweden

Farmers look to curb right of public access

A Swedish famers' association wants to set limits on Sweden's cherished right of free access for berry pickers, skiers and horse riders.

Bundesbank: first 2011 bond issue successful
Germany

Bundesbank: first 2011 bond issue successful

Germany successfully placed its first bond issue of 2011, the Bundesbank said on Wednesday, reaffirming its safe haven status after several operations fell short late last year.

Ex-BayernLB exec behind Formula 1 deal arrested
Germany

Ex-BayernLB exec behind Formula 1 deal arrested

A former executive at Bavaria’s state-backed bank BayernLB was arrested on Wednesday under suspicion of fraud, tax evasion and taking bribes related to dealings with Formula 1 racing boss Bernie Ecclestone.

Flooding feared from thaw and rain
Germany

Flooding feared from thaw and rain

After weeks of freezing temperatures and snow across much of Germany, meteorologists are warning a brief thaw and steady rain could cause sporadic flooding in the coming days.

Löw says winter World Cup in Qatar bad for fans
Germany

Löw says winter World Cup in Qatar bad for fans

Germany coach Joachim Löw said Wednesday he was opposed to playing the 2022 World Cup in Qatar during winter, saying it would be unfair to fans in Europe.

Swedish actor confirmed dead in house fire
Sweden

Swedish actor confirmed dead in house fire

The remains found in Swedish Millennium trilogy actor Per Oscarsson's burned home have now been identified. It is now clear that it was the actor and his wife who died in a fire on New Year's Eve.

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Sweden

Kurdish poet gets death threat in Sweden

A Kurdish poet who lives in western Sweden has filed a police report after receiving a death threat from Islamists in northern Iraq.

Icicle knocks Stockholm man unconscious
Sweden

Icicle knocks Stockholm man unconscious

A man was taken to hospital in Stockholm on Wednesday morning after being knocked unconscious by a falling icicle.

Swedish birds ‘scared to death’: veterinarian
Sweden

Swedish birds ‘scared to death’: veterinarian

A county veterinarian has speculated that the birds that fell from the sky in central Sweden on Tuesday may have been frightened by fireworks, then run over by a car after landing on the road in the dark.

Mishap leaves Swedish teen gymnast paralysed
Sweden

Mishap leaves Swedish teen gymnast paralysed

A 17-year-old boy was left potentially paralysed following a training accident at a gymnastics camp in southwestern Sweden on Tuesday afternoon.

Ailing ‘Dr. Death’ to put own body on display
Germany

Ailing ‘Dr. Death’ to put own body on display

Gunther von Hagens, the German anatomist dubbed "Doctor Death" who has gained fame worldwide by preserving and displaying dead bodies, said Wednesday he is terminally ill and plans to exhibit his own corpse.

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Sweden

Murder probe over missing Swedish pastor

Police in Värmland in western Sweden have launched a preliminary murder investigation regarding the case of a 78-year-old retired female pastor who disappeared on December 14th.

‘Lower mortgage interest tax break’: Liberal Party
Sweden

‘Lower mortgage interest tax break’: Liberal Party

Reducing Sweden's mortgage interest tax break would help protect against unwanted bubbles in the housing market, a prominent Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) politician has argued.

Newborn found in suitcase in Hamburg
Germany

Newborn found in suitcase in Hamburg

A newborn infant shut in a suitcase has been abandoned on the street in central Hamburg, the police reported on Wednesday.

India worst for stomach ailments for Swedes
Sweden

India worst for stomach ailments for Swedes

Sweden's infectious disease control agency has determined that India is the worst country for stomach ailments for Swedish travellers.

Bomber’s wife: ‘I posted audio clips to YouTube’
Sweden

Bomber’s wife: ‘I posted audio clips to YouTube’

The widow of the Stockholm suicide bomber said Tuesday that she had posted an audio recording on website YouTube of her husband after he blew himself up in an attempt to target Christmas shoppers.

Seehofer warns FDP to pull together
Germany

Seehofer warns FDP to pull together

Bavarian conservative leader Horst Seehofer has stepped up the pressure on his embattled coalition colleague Guido Westerwelle with a thinly veiled call for Westerwelle to pull his party together.

US considered trade war over GM crops
Germany

US considered trade war over GM crops

American diplomats wanted to start a trade war with Germany and other European countries that opposed the use of genetically modified crops, according to Wikileaks cables reported by British daily The Guardian.