China bans pork, eggs as dioxin scandal grows
Germany

China bans pork, eggs as dioxin scandal grows

Germany's dioxin contamination problems deepened Wednesday as China banned pork and egg imports and it emerged that tainted meat may be in circulation.

Berlin says no need to boost euro fund now
Germany

Berlin says no need to boost euro fund now

EU heavyweight Germany on Wednesday shot down proposals to boost Europe's war chest for financially stricken eurozone countries, saying such as a debate was not needed at the present time.

A nation of free thinkers
Germany

A nation of free thinkers

Germans love free thinkers, but they're apparently not so hot on free speech. The reactions to the Giffords shooting in Arizona have revived the spectre of anti-Americanism in Germany, argues Malte Lehming from Der Tagesspiegel.

Örebro prof caught on camera in suspect’s car
Sweden

Örebro prof caught on camera in suspect’s car

A surveillance camera has recorded a Örebro University professor stepping into a black Cadillac owned by her colleague, now in detention as a suspect in her murder, on December 29th, 2010, the same day she was reported missing, a local newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Last Oriflame staffer released from Iran jail
Sweden

Last Oriflame staffer released from Iran jail

Swedish cosmetics firm Oriflame said Wednesday the last of its employees held in an Iranian had been released.

Libyan spies jailed
Germany

Libyan spies jailed

A German court jailed two Libyan men Wednesday for spying on members of the Libyan opposition living in Europe over a nearly three-year period.

Court orders workers to wear bras
Germany

Court orders workers to wear bras

German companies are allowed to require female employees to wear bras, according to a Cologne court ruling published Wednesday. The length of their finger nails is also subject to regulation, the ruling stated.

Swedish author settles Salinger copyright suit
Sweden

Swedish author settles Salinger copyright suit

Swedish author and publisher Fredrik Colting has settled a lawsuit with the estate of J.D. Salinger over the publication of his book, a so-called "unauthorised sequel to The Catcher in the Rye."

Lufthansa passenger traffic cracks 90 million
Germany

Lufthansa passenger traffic cracks 90 million

Germany's leading airline Lufthansa said Wednesday its business got a big lift last year from recovery in air travel, reporting that its traffic jumped 17.2 percent to 90.2 million passengers.

Sweden denies plans to extradite Assange to US
Sweden

Sweden denies plans to extradite Assange to US

The lawyer of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's has accused Swedish authorities of secretly planning to extradite him to the US in a German media report.

‘Having sex with scantily-clad women in make-up is not a crime’
Sweden

‘Having sex with scantily-clad women in make-up is not a crime’

The conviction of Magnus Hedman on charges of buying sexual services elevates absurd prejudices with racist overtones to legal precedent and shows that laws criminialising the purchase of sex need to be reformed, argues liberal commentator and author Jan Söderqvist.

Swedish union head to leave next year
Sweden

Swedish union head to leave next year

Wanja Lundby-Wedin, the chairwoman of an umbrella organisation for 15 Swedish trade unions, has announced that she will step down at its next congress in the spring of 2012.

Swedish minister slams grading appeal proposal
Sweden

Swedish minister slams grading appeal proposal

Swedish students ought to be able to contest the marks they receive in school, a government investigative commission has proposed.

Fewer Swedes believe in rising home prices: SEB
Sweden

Fewer Swedes believe in rising home prices: SEB

The proportion of Swedish households that believe that housing prices will continue to rise has decreased, according to Swedish bank SEB's latest housing price indicators.

Retrial for asylum-seeker death in Dessau jail begins
Germany

Retrial for asylum-seeker death in Dessau jail begins

A retrial in the case of an asylum-seeker who burned to death six years ago in a Dessau jail began Wednesday. A 50-year-old police officer faces charges of bodily harm with fatal consequences.

Flood threat remains along nation’s rivers
Germany

Flood threat remains along nation’s rivers

Germany remained on flood alert on Wednesday, with high water rising more quickly than predicted in the south and citizens building an emergency dam in the country's financial capital Frankfurt.

Porsche and Audi win design awards at Detroit auto show
Germany

Porsche and Audi win design awards at Detroit auto show

Two cars from Germany's Volkswagen group have driven away with the top design honours for vehicles introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

‘Elderly coordinator’ to fix health care problems
Sweden

‘Elderly coordinator’ to fix health care problems

Sweden has appointed a special elderly care coordinator to help address deficiencies in healthcare and other services the country provides its older residents.

Economy grows record 3.6 percent in 2010
Germany

Economy grows record 3.6 percent in 2010

The German economy, Europe's biggest, grew by a record 3.6 percent last year, provisional figures released on Wednesday by the national statistics office showed.

Cabinet extends Afghanistan mission
Germany

Cabinet extends Afghanistan mission

The German cabinet voted in favour of extending the country’s unpopular military mission in Afghanistan by one year on Wednesday, with the new plan stipulating that troop withdrawal must begin at the end of 2011.

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Sweden

Passenger in ‘driverless’ car charged for drunken driving

A 29-year-old man from northern Sweden has been charged with drunken driving despite not having been behind the wheel when officers stopped the vehicle.

Myspace shuts German office amid major cuts
Germany

Myspace shuts German office amid major cuts

The German branch of Myspace has become a casualty of major cutbacks at the online social networking website, as the company aims to restore profitability as rivals like Facebook race ahead.

China to be Volvo’s ‘second home market’
Sweden

China to be Volvo’s ‘second home market’

China may be the largest market for Volvo Cars by the end of 2011, as the company looks to increase sales in China six-fold by 2015, according to the head of Volvo’s China operations.

Organic food demand soars amid dioxin scare
Germany

Organic food demand soars amid dioxin scare

As the dioxin scare continues in Germany, consumers are storming organic supermarkets, clearing the shelves of eggs and pork products. But experts say the country’s organic food sector is unlikely to keep up with the new demand.