Scania and Volvo in EU competition probe
Sweden

Scania and Volvo in EU competition probe

Europe's competition watchdog launched surprise inspections at trucking companies in Germany, Italy and Sweden on Tuesday over suspicions they may have formed an illegal cartel.

UN slams Sweden over Iraqi deportations
Sweden

UN slams Sweden over Iraqi deportations

The UN refugee agency on Tuesday expressed strong concern at reports that Sweden plans to sent 25 Iraqis back to Baghdad despite repeated advice that conditions are unsafe there.

Spacey thriller vies for Berlinale honours
Germany

Spacey thriller vies for Berlinale honours

A financial crisis thriller starring Kevin Spacey and Demi Moore and a French 3D animated feature will vie for the top prizes at next month's Berlin film festival, organisers said Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedish lesbian pastor denied job for being ‘one of those’

A Swedish lesbian pastor who was passed over for a job with a diocese in central Sweden has accused the local vicar of discrimination.

Once upon a time in Frankfurt
Germany

Once upon a time in Frankfurt

Frankfurt might be famous for its tall buildings, but as Rhea Wessel discovers, it’s also the perfect place for listening to tall tales.

Foreign applications to Swedish unis collapse
Sweden

Foreign applications to Swedish unis collapse

Applications from foreign students to Swedish universities have plummeted following the introduction of tuition fees, according to application statistics for the autumn term released on Tuesday.

Rwandan genocide trial opens in Frankfurt
Germany

Rwandan genocide trial opens in Frankfurt

A former Rwandan mayor went on trial Tuesday accused of ordering three Tutsi massacres during the country's 1994 genocide, in the first such case prosecuted in Germany.

Damning report rules out Deutsche Bahn share sale
Germany

Damning report rules out Deutsche Bahn share sale

German rail provider Deutsche Bahn must give up plans to sell shares on the stock market due to grave service failures this winter, according to a Transportation Ministry report to be released this week.

Housing chief denies taking any bribes
Sweden

Housing chief denies taking any bribes

The first indictment in the bribery scandal that rocked Gothenburg last year was submitted on Tuesday by the regional prosecutor.

Croat embassy grenade an extremist ‘warning’
Germany

Croat embassy grenade an extremist ‘warning’

A grenade found in a parcel sent to the Croatian embassy in Berlin was sent as a warning to the Croatian and Serbian presidents who advocate good ties between the former foes, the Balkan nation's media reported Tuesday.

Investor sentiment soars
Germany

Investor sentiment soars

German financial market confidence surged this month as investors welcomed strong industrial orders, low interest rates and positive US data, the ZEW research institute said Tuesday.

Derailment cuts off trains to northern Sweden
Sweden

Derailment cuts off trains to northern Sweden

Train service on Sweden's northern main line will be interrupted for several days after a derailment in Jämtland on Monday evening.

Capsized acid ship near Loreley threatens to sink
Germany

Capsized acid ship near Loreley threatens to sink

A capsized ship containing tonnes of sulphuric acid is threatening to sink, an official said on Tuesday, potentially endangering the Rhine River with its hazardous cargo.

Arrested man confesses to Karlskrona murder
Sweden

Arrested man confesses to Karlskrona murder

A man suspected of a murder in southwestern Sweden at Blekinge Institute of Technology overnight has confessed to the crime.

Galileo satellite boss suspended over WikiLeaks cable
Germany

Galileo satellite boss suspended over WikiLeaks cable

The head of a German firm working on Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system has been suspended after a WikiLeaks cable cited him as describing it as a "stupid idea," the company said on Tuesday.

Swedish flat prices more than double since 2000
Sweden

Swedish flat prices more than double since 2000

While Swedish apartment prices have risen by more than 150 percent in the last ten years, housing prices dipped overall in December, according to new statistics.

Flooding still critical along many rivers
Germany

Flooding still critical along many rivers

Floodwaters remained high across parts of Germany on Tuesday, with officials reporting critical levels as rivers continued to swell from heavy rain and snow melt.

Söderling kicks off Aussie Open run with win
Sweden

Söderling kicks off Aussie Open run with win

World number four Robin Söderling credits a more relaxed approach for turning around his Grand Slam performances and raised hopes of going deep in the draw at the Australian Open after winning his first match.

Neo-Nazis using sports clubs to spread message, researcher says
Germany

Neo-Nazis using sports clubs to spread message, researcher says

Right-wing extremists have begun infiltrating sports clubs to influence young people across the country, a leading researcher said Tuesday, calling the situation a pressing problem.

‘No Swedish loans to Spain’: minister Borg
Sweden

‘No Swedish loans to Spain’: minister Borg

The probability of Sweden assisting Spain and Portugal with loans when Euro countries decide on support is low, according to Finance Minister Anders Borg on Monday.

Huge chunk falls off Rügen’s famous coastline
Germany

Huge chunk falls off Rügen’s famous coastline

The northern German island of Rügen lost another 15,000 cubic metres of its famous chalk cliff coastline to the Baltic Sea this week, police in Stralsund said Tuesday.

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Sweden

70 protesters against Iraqi expulsions arrested

Police have arrested about 70 demonstrators who gathered outside the Swedish National Migration Board's (Migrationsverket) offices south of Gothenburg to prevent a group of Iraqis from being deported on Wednesday.

Aigner calls for state support at dioxin summit
Germany

Aigner calls for state support at dioxin summit

Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner on Tuesday urged state officials to implement a federal action plan that aims to prevent future food contamination ahead of special government summit on the dioxin animal feed scandal.