Deutsche Bahn boss grilled over rail chaos
Germany

Deutsche Bahn boss grilled over rail chaos

Angry officials from Germany's federal states on Monday demanded Deutsche Bahn boss Rüdiger Grube improve the rail operator’s beleaguered train services, which have not been able to cope with icy weather this winter.

Boys’ ‘anti-studying’ culture hurts Swedish school equality: study
Sweden

Boys’ ‘anti-studying’ culture hurts Swedish school equality: study

The 'anti-studying' culture among Swedish boys and problems relating to honour impede school efforts in pushing gender equality, according to a new government report on Monday.

Swedish memory devices face possible price hike
Sweden

Swedish memory devices face possible price hike

Hard drives and USB sticks sold in Sweden may face a significant price hike later this year, but an industry organisation claims the fees are against the law.

Bayer tests drug cure for double chins
Germany

Bayer tests drug cure for double chins

German pharmaceutical giant Bayer announced on Monday it was developing a drug to combat the dreaded double chin that it says could generate €250 million a year in sales.

Porsche unveils hybrid 918 Spyder
Germany

Porsche unveils hybrid 918 Spyder

Porsche on Monday unveiled a new hybrid 918 Spyder coupe at the Detroit auto show expected to be on the market in 2013.

Learning Swedish with celebrities and assassins
Sweden

Learning Swedish with celebrities and assassins

Few experiences in life are more leveling than a language class, where people’s previous identities are mysteriously replaced by characters and coping mechanisms worthy of a Swedish crime drama, explains contributor Lola Akinmade.

Örebro rape suspect admits to more attacks
Sweden

Örebro rape suspect admits to more attacks

A 24-year-old Örebro man detained for a string of sexual assaults has admitted to four more attacks.

Germany struggles to find skilled workers
Germany

Germany struggles to find skilled workers

As Germany's robust economic recovery continues, the country’s companies are finding it increasingly hard to find enough skilled workers. Kyle James reports on the impending labour shortage.

Swedish footballers convicted of buying sex
Sweden

Swedish footballers convicted of buying sex

Former Swedish national team goalkeeper Magnus Hedman and Allsvenskan forward Dulee Johnson are guilty of paying for sex, a Swedish court ruled on Monday.

Dioxin-scanning egg app cracks the market
Germany

Dioxin-scanning egg app cracks the market

As Germany grapples with a food scandal that has forced thousands of farms to halt sales, one technology firm has come up with an enterprising way to pick out the bad eggs at the supermarket.

UK pharmacy Boots set to open in Sweden
Sweden

UK pharmacy Boots set to open in Sweden

UK pharmacy chain Alliance Boots has confirmed its imminent plans to enter the Swedish pharmacy market in the first quarter of this year.

Children’s TV Kika station loses €7 mln to alleged embezzlement
Germany

Children’s TV Kika station loses €7 mln to alleged embezzlement

The German children’s TV channel Kinderkanal is at the centre of a fraud scandal with the revelation that a trusted production manager allegedly embezzled up to €7 million from the public station.

Sweden’s childcare allowance ‘a fiasco’
Sweden

Sweden’s childcare allowance ‘a fiasco’

Sweden's childcare allowance, strongly promoted by the Christian Democrats as a way to help parents who wish to spend more time at home with their young children, has been a fiasco, according to a previously unreleased report.

Swede narrowly misses FIFA best goal award
Sweden

Swede narrowly misses FIFA best goal award

Swedish striker Linus Hallenius was competing against football greats such as Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben to take home FIFA's award for the "most beautiful" goal of 2010, which was awarded at the FIFA Ballon d'Or Gala on Monday evening to Hamit Altintop of Turkey

Farms given all-clear in dioxin scare
Germany

Farms given all-clear in dioxin scare

About 3,000 German farms have been given the all-clear to reopen following the dioxin contamination scandal, but not all of Germany's states have managed to publish lists of affected eggs.

Alternative city break destinations
Germany

Alternative city break destinations

Swap tradition for adventure with cheap flights to Germany on cheapflug.de, and sample some of its lesser known cities. Free venues, year-round cultural festivals, and must-see sights are but a few of the numerous offerings that await the intrepid traveller.

Sweden set to ‘get tough’ with illegal wolf hunters: minister
Sweden

Sweden set to ‘get tough’ with illegal wolf hunters: minister

The Swedish government wants to toughen the country’s hunting laws to make it easier for authorities to combat widespread illegal wolf hunting.

Floods continue to rise
Germany

Floods continue to rise

Floodwaters continued to rise in parts of Germany on Monday amid warmer temperatures and melting snow. While the situation in the west remained critical along the Rhine and Mosel, rivers in the centre and east of the country had stabilized.

Mistakes, poor hygiene common in hospitals
Germany

Mistakes, poor hygiene common in hospitals

Health advocates called on Monday for stronger laws to protect German patients’ rights after a European Union official said errors were made during one in 10 treatments in Europe’s hospitals.

Reinfeldt open to further tax cuts
Sweden

Reinfeldt open to further tax cuts

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has indicated that his government is ready to push ahead with further tax cuts assuming public finances continue to improve.

Muslim Council head ‘clueless’ over terror plot
Sweden

Muslim Council head ‘clueless’ over terror plot

The head of the Muslim Council of Sweden has said she had no idea that the man with whom her daughter has two children was suspected of plotting an attack on a Danish newspaper when he was arrested last month.

Germany denies pushing Portugal towards bailout
Germany

Germany denies pushing Portugal towards bailout

Germany has denied planning to press Portugal to seek a bailout in order to stop Spain and Belgium from becoming the next euro debt crisis casualties.