Top marks for Stockholm School of Economics
Sweden

Top marks for Stockholm School of Economics

Stockholm School of Economics has overtaken Karolinska Institutet in an annual ranking of Sweden's top 30 universities and colleges.

Cabinet backs foreign credential recognition
Germany

Cabinet backs foreign credential recognition

The German government on Wednesday backed a new law making it easier to have foreign credentials recognized in order to help provide qualified workers for Germany’s booming economy.

Merkel aiming to reschedule euro debt fund payments
Germany

Merkel aiming to reschedule euro debt fund payments

Chancellor Angela Merkel will argue at a key European summit Thursday for Germany's payments into a euro bailout fund to be rescheduled, a government source said, amid domestic criticism over Berlin's contribution.

Swedish nude gets Facebook axe
Sweden

Swedish nude gets Facebook axe

A painting by Anders Zorn, one of Sweden's most prized painters, has fallen foul of Facebook's zero tolerance policy for its depiction of a naked woman in a loft, local newspaper Sydsvenskan reports.

ABB Sweden lands $900 million India power order
Sweden

ABB Sweden lands $900 million India power order

Swedish-Swiss engineering firm ABB has signed a $900 million contract to supply a 1,728-kilometre long ultra high voltage power line in Agra, India, the firm announced on Wednesday.

Truck driver caught pumping iron while cruising the autobahn
Germany

Truck driver caught pumping iron while cruising the autobahn

German police have fined a transport truck driver for lifting weights while on the autobahn, they said Thursday. The man claimed there was no law against sculpting his body at the wheel.

Teen severely beaten as cyber-bullying escalates
Germany

Teen severely beaten as cyber-bullying escalates

A Berlin city politician on Wednesday called for a crisis meeting on cyber-bullying after an online conflict escalated into the brutal group beating of a 17-year-old who was apparently trying to mediate the row.

German warships won’t enforce Libyan embargo
Germany

German warships won’t enforce Libyan embargo

German warships will not participate in a NATO operation in the Mediterranean to enforce a UN-mandated arms embargo on Libya. But Berlin said Wednesday it will increase its Afghanistan deployment to free up NATO forces.

Cerebral prejudice favours the beautiful
Sweden

Cerebral prejudice favours the beautiful

A trick of memory may be the reason people treat hunks and hotties better than their less comely counterparts, new Swedish research indicates.

Ericsson slashes 450 Swedish jobs
Sweden

Ericsson slashes 450 Swedish jobs

Swedish mobile telecom network giant Ericsson announced on Wednesday that 450 positions are to be cut in its sales and administration operations in Sweden.

Sweden to check Japan food imports for radiation
Sweden

Sweden to check Japan food imports for radiation

Sweden is to follow an EU recommendation to check all Japanese food imported after the March 11th earthquake, the National Food Administration (Livsmedelsverket) announced on Wednesday.

Reinsurers post Japan quake loss estimates
Germany

Reinsurers post Japan quake loss estimates

German reinsurance group Hannover Re said Wednesday that the Japanese disasters would cost it around €250 million ($350 million), six times less than global giant Munich Re.

Atomic crisis puts focus on renewable energy
Germany

Atomic crisis puts focus on renewable energy

The nuclear disaster in Japan has thrown Germany's national energy strategy into disarray. Alexander Bakst reports on how phasing out atomic power could accelerate the country’s transition to renewables.

Zoo defends decision to stuff Knut
Germany

Zoo defends decision to stuff Knut

The Berlin Zoo on Wednesday defended its decision to stuff their late polar bear Knut, saying they had received significant support from his many fans.

‘Close French nuclear plant’ – Swiss cantons
Switzerland

‘Close French nuclear plant’ – Swiss cantons

Two Swiss border regions on Tuesday urged France to shut down its Fessenheim nuclear plant, saying that it required intensive checks following Japan's crisis.

Bilingual kids fall behind at school: study
Sweden

Bilingual kids fall behind at school: study

Bilingual 12-year-olds perform worse at school than their monolingual peers, a researcher at Sweden's Örebro University has found.

Foreign degrees pose Swedish jobs challenge
Sweden

Foreign degrees pose Swedish jobs challenge

Many employers require foreign-earned diplomas and certifications to be translated and verified according to Swedish standards; an often expensive and time-consuming process, The Local's Karen Holst has found.

Conservatives lose ground after nuclear energy reversal
Germany

Conservatives lose ground after nuclear energy reversal

Voter approval for Chancellor Merkel’s conservatives has dropped by three percentage points after her unconvincing reversal on nuclear energy following the disaster in Japan, according to a poll released just days ahead of a critical state elections.

Caravan-crazy Swedish pensioner convicted after high speed chase
Sweden

Caravan-crazy Swedish pensioner convicted after high speed chase

A 70-year-old Swedish man has been fined after being caught driving 170 kilometres/hour and overtaking several police cars in a desperate attempt to reach a caravan shop before it closed.

Deutsche Bahn beefs up security
Germany

Deutsche Bahn beefs up security

National rail provider Deutsche Bahn plans to improve safety for passengers by significantly increasing their number of security personnel, the company said Wednesday.

Sweden freezes Qaddafi billions
Sweden

Sweden freezes Qaddafi billions

Sweden has frozen assets hidden by Muammar Qaddafi and his associates worth over 10 billion kronor ($1.6 billion), according to a report in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily on Wednesday.

Radioactive particles to hit Europe today, German expert says
Germany

Radioactive particles to hit Europe today, German expert says

Air currents are expected to bring radioactive particles from Japan to Central Europe on Wednesday, though radiation levels will be negligible, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) said Wednesday.

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Sweden

Bosnia war crimes trial ends in Stockholm

As the trial of a Swede of Bosnian origin accused of committing war crimes came to a close on Tuesday, the Swedish prosecutor requested eight years in prison.