Swedes shy away from stock market: study
Sweden

Swedes shy away from stock market: study

The number of Swedes playing the stock market dropped in 2010, according to new statistics, while telecom firms Ericsson and TeliaSonera topped the list of Swedish firms with the most shareholders.

In praise of the Sunday roast
Germany

In praise of the Sunday roast

Germans like meat. But if the whole world ate like them, we'd need at least two planets to feed everyone. A proper Sunday roast free of toxic feed could be the answer, says Dagmar Dehmer from Der Tagesspiegel.

Government staff knew of bomb threat: report
Sweden

Government staff knew of bomb threat: report

A Swedish government employee allegedly knew ahead of time about last month's suicide bomb attack in Stockholm, but failed to inform Swedish security service Säpo, according to new media reports.

Cold and snow to return
Germany

Cold and snow to return

After a lengthy thaw that brought rain and torrents of snowmelt to much of Germany, wintry temperatures and snow will return in the coming days, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Wednesday.

Patient swallows Swedish dentist’s drill bit
Sweden

Patient swallows Swedish dentist’s drill bit

What was supposed to be a routine dental cleaning spiraled out of control for a patient in central Sweden when the end of the dentist's tool came loose.

Merkel vows no return to Deutsche mark
Germany

Merkel vows no return to Deutsche mark

German Chancellor Angela Merkel Wednesday ruled out a return to the Deutsche mark amid a debt crisis that has led to calls in some quarters for Europe's top economy to ditch the euro.

Mappus feels ‘no guilt’ for water cannon blinding
Germany

Mappus feels ‘no guilt’ for water cannon blinding

Baden-Württemberg's state premier Stefan Mappus on Wednesday said he has “no feelings of guilt at all” over the protestor who was blinded by a water cannon during a protest in Stuttgart last autumn.

Two dead after Swedish train crushes taxi
Sweden

Two dead after Swedish train crushes taxi

Two people were killed when a train slammed into a taxi in central Sweden on Wednesday, dragging the vehicle half a kilometre down the track following impact.

Sahlin’s final plea: isolate the Sweden Democrats
Sweden

Sahlin’s final plea: isolate the Sweden Democrats

The first party leader debate of the year was the last for the Social Democrats' Sahlin, who called for more cross-coalition cooperation to squeeze out the Sweden Democrats.

‘Financial crisis over in Sweden’: Nordea
Sweden

‘Financial crisis over in Sweden’: Nordea

The financial crisis is over in Sweden, Nordic financial services group Nordea declared in a report on Wednesday.

Is Sweden’s economic future paved with gold?
Sweden

Is Sweden’s economic future paved with gold?

The Swedish economy hasn't yet been dragged down by eurozone debt problems, and while growth is strong and exports are up, Sweden might still face a few economic bumps on the road ahead, the AFPs Marc Preel reports.

US emerges as new Swedish ‘tax haven’
Sweden

US emerges as new Swedish ‘tax haven’

Swedish taxpayers looking to shield earnings from the country's tax authorities may have an unlikely tax haven at their disposal across the Atlantic: the United State.

Germany hikes 2011 growth forecast
Germany

Germany hikes 2011 growth forecast

Germany will grow much faster in 2011 than previously expected, the government said Wednesday, as Europe's top economy continues to motor ahead despite the eurozone debt crisis raging around it.

Swedish breakthrough could slow Parkinson’s
Sweden

Swedish breakthrough could slow Parkinson’s

A discovery by researchers at Lund University in southern Sweden on how Parkinson's disease spreads to the brain may lead to new treatments.

Third Reich job comparison grounds for termination, court rules
Germany

Third Reich job comparison grounds for termination, court rules

Disgruntled employees in Germany who compare conditions at their workplace to the Third Reich can be justifiably fired, according to a Hessian labour court ruling published on Wednesday.

Soldiers’ Afghanistan letters allegedly opened
Germany

Soldiers’ Afghanistan letters allegedly opened

German soldiers are complaining that their letters from Afghanistan have been opened and censored in recent months, with a military advocate demanding an explanation from Defence Minster Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, a media report said Wednesday.

VW planning new car brand for China
Germany

VW planning new car brand for China

Germany's Volkswagen, Europe's biggest automaker, is reportedly considering launching a new car brand specifically designed for the booming Chinese market.

Police release most Iraqi deportee protesters
Sweden

Police release most Iraqi deportee protesters

Swedish police said they have released 24 of the 25 people who had protested outside an asylum seeker detention centre Stockholm early Wednesday, where they were reportedly trying to stop a mass deportation to Iraq.

Duisburg prosecutors investigate 16 over Love Parade deaths
Germany

Duisburg prosecutors investigate 16 over Love Parade deaths

Duisburg prosecutors have announced they are investigating 16 people in connection with Love Parade stampede that killed 21 and injured hundreds more last July.

Family Minister Schröder expecting her first baby
Germany

Family Minister Schröder expecting her first baby

German Family Minister Kristina Schröder is in the family way, she confirmed Wednesday, admitting she and her husband will now face the same challenge as many other couples – balancing career and parenthood.

Swede Lidström named NHL all-star captain
Sweden

Swede Lidström named NHL all-star captain

Swedish blueliner Nicklas Lidstrom was selected as an NHL all-star captain for the 2011 game, responsible for picking his team out of a pool of elite players.