Bildt’s silence on WikiLeak fuels criticism
Sweden

Bildt’s silence on WikiLeak fuels criticism

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and Migration Minister Tobias Billström's refusals to answer questions about a recent Wikileak released on Friday has fuelled sharp criticism from the opposition over the weekend.

Two Swedes killed in Thailand in past week
Sweden

Two Swedes killed in Thailand in past week

A Swedish man in his 30s was killed on Sunday in the resort town of Patong in Thailand, media outlets reported on Sunday.

Ikea designed to make clients buy more: study
Sweden

Ikea designed to make clients buy more: study

Ikea stores are designed as mazes so that customers end up buying more, a UK professor has determined.

Swedish ambassador post in Spain still vacant
Sweden

Swedish ambassador post in Spain still vacant

Sweden has not had an ambassador in Spain, the country's largest charter holiday destination, for nearly five months, but the Swedish foreign ministry insists it is not uncommon for delayed appointments.

Elbe River swells to record levels
Germany

Elbe River swells to record levels

Floodwaters on the Elbe River surpassed record highs over the weekend in northern Germany. Minimal damage has occurred despite rising water levels, as crews continued to help man dykes and water pumps along the river.

Exxon to invest millions in Rhineland natural gas drilling
Germany

Exxon to invest millions in Rhineland natural gas drilling

US oil giant Exxon Mobil has said it will invest several million euros in exploring natural gas reserves in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia – and potentially more than a billion if enough gas is available.

Guttenberg orders full review of armed forces
Germany

Guttenberg orders full review of armed forces

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has called for a comprehensive investigation into potential breaches of Bundeswehr protocol in the armed forces, according to a Sunday news report.

Sarrazin’s wife mulls book on education
Germany

Sarrazin’s wife mulls book on education

Taking a cue from her husband, ex-Bundesbank official Thilo Sarrazin – who wrote a controversial bestseller on immigration and integration – Ursula Sarrazin has said she is considering penning her own book on education.

Sweden refuses health aid due to corruption
Sweden

Sweden refuses health aid due to corruption

Sweden has announced that it will not pay its 1.5 billion kronor ($226 million) contribution to the global fund to fight AIDS unless more is done to ensure the cash does not fall into the wrong hands, a report said Saturday.

Pork farmers could get EU help on dioxin scare
Germany

Pork farmers could get EU help on dioxin scare

EU Agriculture Commissioner Bacian Ciolos said Saturday that Brussels was ready to step in to aid pork farmers hit by a slump in prices sparked by a German contamination scare.

Bayern take third after biggest win of the season
Germany

Bayern take third after biggest win of the season

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal was delighted on Saturday as the defending champions hammered Kaiserslautern 5-1 to record their biggest win of the season so far and go third in the league.