Ministers at odds over jobs quota for women
Germany

Ministers at odds over jobs quota for women

Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen and Family Minister Kristina Schröder were at loggerheads Monday on whether to enforce a quota for women in top jobs in German firms.

Does Swedish culture hinder Swedish children?
Sweden

Does Swedish culture hinder Swedish children?

While Sweden's emphasis on equality is admirable, it may end up keeping Swedish children from striving to be the best they can be, argues contributor Ruben Brunsveld.

Suspects planned to slit journalists’ throats
Sweden

Suspects planned to slit journalists’ throats

The men from Sweden currently being held in Copenhagen on suspicions of planning a terror attack against the Jyllands-Posten newspaper planned on slitting the journalists' throats, police wiretaps reveal.

Swedish whisky maker eyes stock market listing
Sweden

Swedish whisky maker eyes stock market listing

Sweden's Mackmyra Svensk Whisky has announced its plans to list on the stock market later this year, adding that it is now looking for a CFO to help accomplish the task.

Facebook launches ‘deals’ marketing tool
Germany

Facebook launches ‘deals’ marketing tool

Social networking site Facebook announced Monday it was launching its “deals” service, on which members can look up special offers on anything from a cup of coffee to a football scarf on their smart phones.

Merkel in Israel for two-day visit
Germany

Merkel in Israel for two-day visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday at the start of a two-day visit that will include a joint German-Israeli cabinet meeting.

Hospital cleared in probe of Anna Lindh’s care
Sweden

Hospital cleared in probe of Anna Lindh’s care

Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) said Monday that its review of her case revealed no grounds to criticise the care administered to former foreign minister Anna Lindh, following a fatal knife attack in 2003.

Metal and electrical industries expect 50,000 new jobs in 2011
Germany

Metal and electrical industries expect 50,000 new jobs in 2011

Some 50,000 new jobs are expected to open up in Germany’s metal and electrical industries this year, the Gesamtmetall industrial employers’ association said in Berlin on Monday.

Experts puzzled by Bavaria’s suicide rate
Germany

Experts puzzled by Bavaria’s suicide rate

Prosperous Bavaria has the highest suicide rate of any German state, a fact that is confounding experts, a Monday media report said.

Rise in support for Sweden Democrats: poll
Sweden

Rise in support for Sweden Democrats: poll

Support for the far-right Sweden Democrats has increased since the party entered the Riksdag, while support for the four parties of the centre-right Alliance government have dropped, according to a new poll.

Subaru mulls green car production in Sweden
Sweden

Subaru mulls green car production in Sweden

Japanese carmaker Subaru has announced its desire to start making vehicles in Sweden, possibly at a vacant Saab Automobile facility in western Sweden's Trollhättan.

Swedish tourist: police in Egypt tortured me
Sweden

Swedish tourist: police in Egypt tortured me

A 22-year-old Swedish tourist in Egypt claims he was arrested and tortured for four days by police before escaping when protesters set fire to the building where he was being held, media reported Monday.

Police catch pair of 12-year-old girls driving in pyjamas
Germany

Police catch pair of 12-year-old girls driving in pyjamas

A pair of 12-year-old girls have been caught out for a late-night joyride in their pyjamas, police in northern Germany reported Monday.

Gorch Fock sets sail for home
Germany

Gorch Fock sets sail for home

The German naval training ship at the centre of a scandal involving the death of a cadet, an alleged mutiny and accusations of sexual harassment was sailing back home on Monday, the navy said.

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Sweden

Foster kids still abused in Sweden: report

Children being cared for in foster homes and state institutions in Sweden continue to suffer from abuse, violence and sexual abuse, according to a forthcoming report.

Merkel steps up pressure on Egypt’s Mubarak
Germany

Merkel steps up pressure on Egypt’s Mubarak

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to refrain from violence in dealing with the protests in his country during a phone conversation Sunday, her office said.

Repatriation of Swedes from Egypt delayed
Sweden

Repatriation of Swedes from Egypt delayed

Swedish tour operator Ving Group will likely begin flying home Swedes from Egyptian tourist resorts Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada on Monday, according to the company.

Gabrielsson blames Millennium feud on men who hate women
Sweden

Gabrielsson blames Millennium feud on men who hate women

As the dispute over the estate of late Swedish author Stieg Larsson heats up, his longtime partner, Eva Gabrielsson, is starting to feel like Millennium-trilogy heroine Lisabeth Salander, the AFP's Robert MacPherson discovers.

Robben defiant after attack on Müller
Germany

Robben defiant after attack on Müller

Bayern FC winger Arjen Robben was defiant on Sunday about his physical attack on teammate Thomas Müller during the team’s 3:1 win over Bremen.

Sweden proposes survey of abuses against Roma
Sweden

Sweden proposes survey of abuses against Roma

The Swedish government's proposal to document abuses against the country's Roma population has met with mixed reactions among Roma activists.

Freight train driver investigated over crash
Germany

Freight train driver investigated over crash

Prosecutors have placed under investigation the 41-year-old driver of the freight train that collided with a passenger train Saturday night, killing 10 people, on the suspicion he drove through a stop signal.

Lidström captains NHL all-star squad to victory
Sweden

Lidström captains NHL all-star squad to victory

Veteran Swedish defenceman Nicklas Lidström captained his all-star squad to a 11-10 win against Team Eric Staal in the National Hockey League All-Star Game in Raleigh, North Carolina on Sunday.