Deutsche Börse seals merger with NYSE
Germany

Deutsche Börse seals merger with NYSE

Deutsche Börse agreed to merge with NYSE Euronext on Tuesday, creating the world’s largest stock market operator.

Reinfeldt under fire over housing comments
Sweden

Reinfeldt under fire over housing comments

Sweden's prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has courted criticism from some quarters for suggesting that Stockholm's rental housing market is not performing as smoothly as it could.

Train-elk collision ends in a stalemate
Sweden

Train-elk collision ends in a stalemate

Sweden's recent cold snap isn't the only natural phenomenon behind recent disruptions to Sweden's rail service.

Malmö shooter suspected in more cases
Sweden

Malmö shooter suspected in more cases

The suspected serial shooter in Malmö in southern Sweden has been informed that he is under suspicion for three additional attempted murders allegedly committed in the last year.

Phlegmy or dry? Computerized telephone hotline diagnoses coughs
Germany

Phlegmy or dry? Computerized telephone hotline diagnoses coughs

Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute have developed voice-recognition software that can diagnose a person's cough over the telephone. But some in the medical community remain sceptical about the service.

Tapeworm prompts pooch smooch warning
Sweden

Tapeworm prompts pooch smooch warning

Sweden's National Veterinary Institute (Statens veterinärmedicinska anstalt - SVA) has warned dog owners not to kiss their pets and to wash their hands after petting them following the discovery of a parasite that can be fatal for humans.

Army eyes school dropouts to fill ranks
Germany

Army eyes school dropouts to fill ranks

German military officials are considering pursuing high school dropouts to fill the Bundeswehr's ranks following the end to conscription, a media report said Tuesday. But a plan to recruit foreigners is encountering resistance.

US envoy lights up Stockholm park with ‘green’ public art project
Sweden

US envoy lights up Stockholm park with ‘green’ public art project

For the next several weeks, art and nature lovers who walk by the Stockholm residence of the US ambassador will be treated to a unique art installation designed to spark new thoughts on sustainability, explains contributor Anita Badejo.

‘German Fritzl’ put on trial for incest
Germany

‘German Fritzl’ put on trial for incest

A German trucker went on trial Tuesday accused of sexually abusing his daughter and stepchildren for decades after neighbours and social services apparently ignored warning signs.

Sweden gives green light to Egypt travel
Sweden

Sweden gives green light to Egypt travel

Sweden's foreign ministry lifted its advisory against travel to tourist resorts on Egypt's Red Sea coast late on Monday.

Study: more women lead Swedish companies
Sweden

Study: more women lead Swedish companies

An increasing number of women in Sweden are running businesses, according to a new study, although some measures indicate Sweden still lags behind compared to other European countries.

Deutsche Telekom and VW probed for corruption
Germany

Deutsche Telekom and VW probed for corruption

Stuttgart state prosecutors are investigating high-level employees at both Volkswagen and Deutsche Telekom on suspicion of corruption between the two major German companies, a media report said Tuesday.

Ralph Fiennes directorial debut wins over critics at Berlinale
Germany

Ralph Fiennes directorial debut wins over critics at Berlinale

British actor Ralph Fiennes won applause at the Berlin film festival for his directorial debut, "Coriolanus," a modern adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy about a vengeful Roman general.

Harsh winter hits growth
Germany

Harsh winter hits growth

Germany’s booming economy slowed in the fourth quarter of last year amid exceptionally harsh winter weather, expanding just 0.4 percent according to figures published by the national statistics office on Tuesday.

KLM changes business class forever
Sweden

KLM changes business class forever

Personal space is defined as the area around a person which they psychologically define as theirs. KLM realises how uncomfortable their customers can get when this invisible contact is breached.

Documentary exposes suffering of Chinese with AIDS
Germany

Documentary exposes suffering of Chinese with AIDS

A heart-wrenching documentary about AIDS sufferers in China and the discrimination they face in their daily lives has won a rapturous reception at the Berlin film festival.

Social Democrats call time on ‘self-torture’
Sweden

Social Democrats call time on ‘self-torture’

Social Democrat party secretary Ibrahim Baylan said on receipt of the party's crisis commission report on Tuesday that it was time to put an end to the turmoil and look to the future.

Sweden’s central bank hikes interest rate
Sweden

Sweden’s central bank hikes interest rate

Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank, has hiked its interest rate by 0.25 percentage points to 1.5 percent and at the same time increased its forecast for future interest rates.

Politicians bicker over Tunisian refugees
Germany

Politicians bicker over Tunisian refugees

With a flood of Tunisian refugees descending on the Italian island Lampedusa, German politicians bickered on Tuesday over whether the country was prepared to accept some of them.

Deep freeze set to hold for several weeks
Sweden

Deep freeze set to hold for several weeks

The icy temperatures which have swept across Sweden in recent days are set to persist for a couple of weeks, according to latest forecasts.

Swedish wolf import plan hits Finnish hurdle
Sweden

Swedish wolf import plan hits Finnish hurdle

Sweden's plan to replenish its wolf population with pups imported from its neighbours has met resistance from Finland.

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Sweden

Sweden’s Riksbank set to raise interest rates

Sweden's Riksbank is expected to hike base interest rates on Tuesday, with more rate increases expected for the coming months.

Lost sailors rescued by merchant ship near Argentina
Germany

Lost sailors rescued by merchant ship near Argentina

Four Germans whose boat lost power while they sailed from Argentina to South Africa have been rescued by a passing merchant ship, naval officials in Buenos Aires said late on Monday.

‘Ethical’ banks booming
Germany

‘Ethical’ banks booming

Morality and money aren’t always compatible, but a new breed of "ethical" banks in Germany are building a successful new business model that is showing they can be.