NATO calls for Qaddafi ouster as Tripoli bombed
Germany

NATO calls for Qaddafi ouster as Tripoli bombed

A NATO summit in Berlin on Thursday threw its weight behind growing calls for Muammar Qaddafi to quit, as rebels fighting to topple the Libyan dictator reported an intensive bombardment of Tripoli by alliance warplanes.

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Sweden

Four held in paedophile blackmail scheme

Four men from the same family in eastern Sweden who are accused of posing as children on the internet and blackmailing paedophiles were remanded in custody on Thursday.

‘Walking a scooter while drunk is a crime’: court
Sweden

‘Walking a scooter while drunk is a crime’: court

Sweden's Supreme Court (Högsta Domstolen) has ruled that a teenager in Ulricehamn, in the south west of Sweden, is guilty of drunk driving after pedalling his scooter forward with his feet while inebriated.

President Wulff pelted with eggs
Germany

President Wulff pelted with eggs

German President Christian Wulff shrugged off an egg attack by a lone assailant Thursday, saying it was the price of having the common touch.

Ministry paper warns of looming power shortages
Germany

Ministry paper warns of looming power shortages

An internal paper from the Environment Ministry warns of electricity shortages in May as the government continues to scale back its use of nuclear power plants, a media report said Thursday.

Swedish teen struck for using mobile in class
Sweden

Swedish teen struck for using mobile in class

A schoolteacher in Arvika in central Sweden has been convicted of assault after striking a student talking on her mobile phone during class.

The best of Berlin in April
Germany

The best of Berlin in April

Exberliner, Berlin’s leading English-language magazine, spends April watching some skater girl action, discovers a hip Neukölln bar, finds new ways to get pampered plus gives a run-down of the best wholesome Easter weekend fun.

Sweden issues Syria travel warning
Sweden

Sweden issues Syria travel warning

Sweden on Thursday advised its citizens against travelling to Syria as protests for greater freedoms intensified in the autocratic Middle Eastern country.

Ancient ‘debit card’ discovered in Saxony-Anhalt
Germany

Ancient ‘debit card’ discovered in Saxony-Anhalt

Archaeologists in the town of Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt, have unearthed a 453-year-old wooden "tally stick" used to keep track of debts.

Economy growing faster than expected
Germany

Economy growing faster than expected

The German economy will expand faster than expected this year, spurring the government on Thursday to raise its growth forecast for Europe's economic powerhouse.

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Sweden

New high in number of ‘pro-refugee’ Swedes

Swedes have never been more positive to refugee immigration, according to new figures from the SOM-Institute at the University of Gothenburg.

Spotify to set limits on free music streaming
Sweden

Spotify to set limits on free music streaming

Swedish music streaming service Spotify has announced plans to implement new limits on its free service in hopes of encouraging more users to pay for the services premium features.

New search for missing Swiss twins after tip-off
Switzerland

New search for missing Swiss twins after tip-off

Swiss police on Thursday announced a major search for the bodies of missing twin girls who were kidnapped by their father in January, after a new witness came forward.

Giant seesaw to honour German reunification
Germany

Giant seesaw to honour German reunification

After years of contentious debate, Germany has decided to commemorate its reunification in 1990 with a gigantic seesaw memorial in the heart of Berlin.

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Switzerland

Glencore announces biggest IPO this year

Swiss commodities giant Glencore on Thursday announced the world's biggest initial public offering so far this year, saying it plans to list in London and Hong Kong.

Depressed workers costing up to €22 billion annually
Germany

Depressed workers costing up to €22 billion annually

With some 4 million Germans suffering from depression, reduced productivity and early retirement are causing rising economic costs of up to €22 billion each year, a new report said this week.

‘Saab is a brilliant deal’: Antonov
Sweden

‘Saab is a brilliant deal’: Antonov

Russian financier and potential Saab investor Vladimir Antonov, who remains undaunted by recent troubles the Swedish carmaker, is currently being vetted by the Swedish debt office.

Investigation into roof fall at Bern spa
Switzerland

Investigation into roof fall at Bern spa

Authorities are investigating a roof collapse at a landmark shopping center in the Swiss capital that injured three.

 

Voters to get more say over foreign policy
Switzerland

Voters to get more say over foreign policy

The lower house of the Swiss parliament has approved an initiative to give voters a greater influence over foreign policy.

Pensioner revolt over bank’s ‘cashless’ bid
Sweden

Pensioner revolt over bank’s ‘cashless’ bid

A pensioners' rights group in central Sweden has accused a Swedish bank of discrimination over plans to end cash handling services at local branch offices.

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Switzerland

Swiss bank settles German tax probe

Swiss private bank Julius Baer said Thursday it has agreed to pay €50 million to end tax evasion probes launched by German authorities against it and its employees.

What’s on in Germany: April 14 – 20
Germany

What’s on in Germany: April 14 – 20

This week's highlights: A fleet parade in Potsdam, Polish movies in Berlin, and a long night of museums in Hamburg.

Construction workers get hefty pay raise
Germany

Construction workers get hefty pay raise

Some 700,000 German construction workers can expect bigger paycheques after their unions and employers reached a new wage agreement in Potsdam on Thursday.

Train drivers’ strike creates major delays for commuters
Germany

Train drivers’ strike creates major delays for commuters

Commuters using regional rail services faced major delays and cancellations on Thursday as train drivers staged another strike in an ongoing wage dispute.

Bickering NATO allies discuss Libya in Berlin
Germany

Bickering NATO allies discuss Libya in Berlin

NATO foreign ministers met Thursday in Berlin amid a growing rift over the pace of air strikes in Libya, as calls mounted for allies to intensify the bombing campaign to prevent a stalemate on the ground.

Schalke headed to Champions League semi-finals
Germany

Schalke headed to Champions League semi-finals

Schalke 04 will face English giants Manchester United in the semi-finals of the Champions League after beating holders Inter Milan 2-1 on Wednesday to knock-out the holders 7-3 on aggregate.

Sweden to host NHL season openers
Sweden

Sweden to host NHL season openers

The NHL will play season openers in Europe for the fifth consecutive year with Sweden's capital Stockholm set to host two games in the three city, four club tour.

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Sweden

ABB lands Chinese electricity contract

Swedish-Swiss engineering group ABB has announced that it has won a $120 million order for an ultra high voltage electricity line in China.

‘Pay funeral costs in return for organs’: study
Sweden

‘Pay funeral costs in return for organs’: study

Swedish county health authorities should be allowed to pay for funerals in return for the relatives allowing the donation of the deceased's organs, Swedish researchers have argued in a new study.