Guttenberg more popular despite plagiarism flap
Germany

Guttenberg more popular despite plagiarism flap

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg has grown more popular despite a plagiarism scandal, according to a new poll. His alma mater stripped him of his doctorate Wednesday, as he offered a mea culpa in parliament.

Germany: Libyan regime has ‘lost all legitimacy’
Germany

Germany: Libyan regime has ‘lost all legitimacy’

Germany said Wednesday that the regime of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi had lost all legitimacy, as evidence grew of a "bloodbath" in the North African country.

Brüderle reluctant to buy EADS shares
Germany

Brüderle reluctant to buy EADS shares

Germany would prefer a private solution to state intervention if automaker Daimler wants to sell part of its stake in the European aerospace and defence group EADS, Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle said Wednesday.

Lockerbie ordered by Qaddafi: Swedish paper
Sweden

Lockerbie ordered by Qaddafi: Swedish paper

Colonel Muammar Qaddafi ordered the 1988 terror attack that downed a Pan Am airliner over Lockerbie in Scotland, the Libyan leader's former justice minister told a Swedish reporter on Wednesday.

Daimler creating 4,000 jobs in Germany
Germany

Daimler creating 4,000 jobs in Germany

German automaker Daimler will create 10,000 new jobs this year, of which 4,000 will be in Germany thanks to soaring orders, a company spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Wintershall stops oil production in Libya
Germany

Wintershall stops oil production in Libya

German oil firm Wintershall said Wednesday it had stopped oil production in Libya due to the escalating violence in the country, a spokesman said.

Swiss condemn Qaddafi violence
Switzerland

Swiss condemn Qaddafi violence

Switzerland on Monday condemned "targeted violence" by Libyan authorities against anti-regime protests and suspended a key step in resolving a bitter standoff with the ruling Kadhafi family.

Gaming party in Bundestag rankles MPs
Germany

Gaming party in Bundestag rankles MPs

Three young German parliamentarians have organized a network video game party in the Bundestag for Wednesday evening. Their aim is to familiarize fellow politicians with the world of gaming, but not everyone wants to play along.

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Switzerland

Mubarak has ‘tens of millions’ in Swiss accounts

Ousted Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak and his entourage have assets in Switzerland worth tens of millions of dollars, the Swiss foreign ministry said on Sunday.

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Sweden

Swedish doctor charged for kissing patient

A general physician working in Jämtland in the north of Sweden has been charged with trying to French kiss and fondle a patient who a suffers from a moderate mental disability.

Lame tiger cub learning to walk with water therapy
Germany

Lame tiger cub learning to walk with water therapy

A partially paralyzed Malaysian tiger cub in Germany is showing signs that she may learn to walk thanks to special water therapy, zookeepers said Wednesday.

Berlin pressures US to free convicted murderer
Germany

Berlin pressures US to free convicted murderer

Berlin is pressuring US authorities to release a German national serving two life sentences on double murder charges, saying he would have been released years ago according to the German penal code.

Top Swedish judges attend ‘poker school’
Sweden

Top Swedish judges attend ‘poker school’

An expert poker player gave Sweden's highest ranking judges a lesson on the art of playing cards on Tuesday in a case examining whether Texas Hold'em is a game of skill or chance.

Cottbus chamber of commerce head resigns after Stasi allegations
Germany

Cottbus chamber of commerce head resigns after Stasi allegations

The president of the Cottbus Chamber of Commerce, Ulrich Fey, has resigned in the wake of allegations he worked with East Germany’s notorious secret police. While admitting to contacts with the Stasi, he said he was never an informant.

Malmö men robbed by nighttime femmes fatales
Sweden

Malmö men robbed by nighttime femmes fatales

Police in southern Sweden are on the hunt for two women in their mid-twenties who are alleged to have targeted three young men at Malmö nightclubs, leaving them drugged, disorientated and relieved of their valuables.

Data protection officials target web advertising
Germany

Data protection officials target web advertising

Data protection authorities in Lower Saxony are stepping up their efforts to make it harder for German websites to pass along visitors' IP addresses. If they succeed, it could mean the end of online advertising in Germany in its current form.

Sweden lifts all Egypt travel warnings
Sweden

Sweden lifts all Egypt travel warnings

Sweden has dropped all advisories warning against travel to Egypt, the foreign ministry announced on Tuesday.

Kids surf for porn at Swedish school
Sweden

Kids surf for porn at Swedish school

The island of Gotland in eastern Sweden is mulling investing in filters for school computers after a group of seven-year-olds were able to access pornographic material, prompting outrage from parents.

Guttenberg ‘used Dr. title before earning it’
Germany

Guttenberg ‘used Dr. title before earning it’

As plagiarism allegations against Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg continue to scandalize Germany, a former military officer has now accused him of using the Dr. title well before he earned it. But his alma mater denied the charge.

Cohousing: it’s not just for hippies anymore
Sweden

Cohousing: it’s not just for hippies anymore

Most people associate Swedish cohousing with the hippie lifestyle of the 1970s, but the updated model of communal living might impress even the most skeptical, contributor Malin Nyberg discovers.

Swedish housing ‘bubble’ about to burst: agency
Sweden

Swedish housing ‘bubble’ about to burst: agency

Sweden's National Housing Credit Guarantee Board (Bostadskreditnämnd - BKN) has warned that spiralling household mortgage debt will dramatically impact house prices in the near future.

Foreign-born denied benefits more frequently
Sweden

Foreign-born denied benefits more frequently

People born in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey are denied sick benefits twice as often as applicants born in Sweden, statistics from the country's social insurance agency reveal.

Secret Nobel Prize documents stolen
Sweden

Secret Nobel Prize documents stolen

Confidential information about possible winners for the Nobel Prize in Medicine has disappeared from a member of the committee.

Commerzbank bounces back to profitability
Germany

Commerzbank bounces back to profitability

The second-biggest German bank, Commerzbank, marked a rebound from losses suffered during the global economic crisis as it posted a solid 2010 profit and pledged to start paying back state aid, its chairman said.

Greens slump again in opinion poll
Germany

Greens slump again in opinion poll

The once high-flying Green party appears to be losing popularity with voters, according to a new opinion poll published on Wednesday. Has Germany's love affair with the ecology party already ended?

Saab’s Brazil Gripen bid delayed further
Sweden

Saab’s Brazil Gripen bid delayed further

Brazil will make no decision in the "short term" on a multi-billion-dollar tender for 36 new fighter jets that is closely fought over by US, French and Swedish companies, the defence ministry said Tuesday.