Azerbaijan in Stockholm musical celebration
Sweden

Azerbaijan in Stockholm musical celebration

A recent concert in Stockholm City Hall brought the magic of Azerbaijani music to the Swedish capital.

Greens’ rise muddies political landscape
Germany

Greens’ rise muddies political landscape

Germany’s politicians are struggling to get a grip on the country's changing political landscape after Bremen's state election confirmed the continuing surge of the environmentalist Greens at the expense of other parties.

Germany fails to find credible IMF candidate
Germany

Germany fails to find credible IMF candidate

Despite being Europe's top economy, Germany looks set to show, yet again, that it has no viable candidate for a top job at an important global institution – including the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Sweden plans to centralise cancer care
Sweden

Sweden plans to centralise cancer care

Sweden plans to reduce the number of locations patients can receive care for certain types of cancer, in the hope of improving the overall quality of the care provided.

Can ‘elite’ Kitas fill Germany’s day-care gap?
Germany

Can ‘elite’ Kitas fill Germany’s day-care gap?

As Germany struggles to expand public day care, the market for private Kitas has boomed in recent years. Chris Cottrell takes a look at the controversial phenomenon of the “elite” crèche.

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Sweden

More employers seek access to crime register

An increasing number of Swedish employers are demanding applicants to submit a report from the national criminal database.

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Sweden

Court confirms ‘honour killing’ sentence

A Swedish appeals court has confirmed the 18 year prison sentence served to a man in Katrineholm in eastern Sweden for the murder of his adoptive daughter in a so-called honour killing.

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Switzerland

Kids finding it harder to buy booze

Sales of alcohol to underage drinkers are falling, especially in shops, according to numbers released on Monday. Kids wanting booze have the best chance of getting it in cafés or restaurants.

Sweden close to pig ear export deal with China
Sweden

Sweden close to pig ear export deal with China

The Swedish government has confirmed that it is close to signing an agreement for the export of pig ears to China, where the anatomical organ is a sought-after delicacy.

Police probe fire cutting Berlin trains and phones
Germany

Police probe fire cutting Berlin trains and phones

Federal police are investigating a cable fire which disabled much of Berlin’s commuter train network on Monday morning and disrupted phone services, amid fears that it could have been an act of sabotage.

Microsoft starts filming for ‘Streetside’ online map service
Germany

Microsoft starts filming for ‘Streetside’ online map service

US software giant Microsoft began photographing more than 50 German cities for its online map service “Streetside” on Monday, setting up a potential confrontation with privacy groups across the country.

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Sweden

Man hurt in Gothenburg bomb attack

An explosion ripped through a house in Kungälv in western Sweden early Monday morning sending one man to hospital in what police believe was an attempted murder.

US ran ‘secret terror hunt’ in Sweden: report
Sweden

US ran ‘secret terror hunt’ in Sweden: report

US intelligence agents have staked out suspected "terrorists" in Sweden, without the authorisation of the government there, the online edition of a Swedish daily reported Sunday.

Sex ed ‘toys’ raise eyebrows in Basel
Switzerland

Sex ed ‘toys’ raise eyebrows in Basel

A new sex education program being introduced in Basel this year includes a "sex box" with wooden penises and fabric vaginas. The curriculum goes too far for some parents and politicians.

 

Army support strongest since Cold War
Switzerland

Army support strongest since Cold War

The popularity of Switzerland's army is at its highest level among young people than since the Cold War, according to a new survey. Analysts say in the era of globalization, traditional institutions are gaining support.

 

Trier abbot calls for monk’s abuse victims to come forward
Germany

Trier abbot calls for monk’s abuse victims to come forward

A German abbot has appealed to his congregation for people who were abused by a monk in the 1970s and 1980s to come forward.

Icelandic ash cloud heads for Sweden
Sweden

Icelandic ash cloud heads for Sweden

Flights from Sweden to Iceland remained cancelled on Monday as a cloud of ash covered the island following a volcanic eruption, with forecasts indicating that the ash could reach Sweden by Tuesday.

Germany mediating US-Taliban talks: report
Germany

Germany mediating US-Taliban talks: report

Germany is helping mediate secret, direct talks between the United States and the Afghan Taliban, with meetings taking place on German soil, according to Der Spiegel magazine.

Thomas Bodström: Sahlin victim of a coup
Sweden

Thomas Bodström: Sahlin victim of a coup

Mona Sahlin was ousted by a a group of her main opponents for the post as leader of the Social Democrats, according to revelations in a new book published by former justice minister Thomas Bodström.

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Switzerland

Thousands protest against nuclear plants

About 20,000 people took part in an anti-nuclear demonstration in north Switzerland on Sunday ahead of a government decision on the future of atomic energy in the country.

Migration Board ‘violates human rights’: report
Sweden

Migration Board ‘violates human rights’: report

Sweden's top watchdog has slammed the Migration Board (Migrationsverket) for human rights violations stemming from the agency's detention practices for people awaiting deportation.

Stasi files chief says GDR was more than spies
Germany

Stasi files chief says GDR was more than spies

Roland Jahn, the new head of the archive housing the former East German secret police files, wants to shift attention from the Stasi to the rest of the communist dictatorship in an attempt to better understand how it worked.

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Sweden

Swedish Church to probe sex abuse allegations

Following several complaints about sexual abuse committed by its pastors, the Church of Sweden has announced plans to launch an investigation into how widespread the problem is.

Wind power could be stored in water under the Harz mountains
Germany

Wind power could be stored in water under the Harz mountains

Plans are being developed to store energy generated by wind turbines in water pump storage facilities to be built in former mine shafts under the mountains of the Harz region.

Scientists hunt source of life-threatening stomach bug
Germany

Scientists hunt source of life-threatening stomach bug

Public health officials in northern Germany are trying to trace the origins of an outbreak of life-threatening diarrhoea which has infected around 80 people, putting many of them in intensive care.