Violent weather expected amid climate change
Germany

Violent weather expected amid climate change

Germany can expect significantly more violent weather in the coming years due to climate change, according to a new study from the Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Potsdam.

Unemployment up among immigrant youth: report
Sweden

Unemployment up among immigrant youth: report

Youth unemployment among immigrants has risen sharply despite a record number of vacancies in the Swedish labour market.

Counterfeit euros flood Germany
Germany

Counterfeit euros flood Germany

Almost 91,000 counterfeit euro banknotes were seized in Germany in 2010, a surge of 22 percent from the previous year, according to the Federal Criminal Police (BKA).

Olofsson meets Antonov over Saab
Sweden

Olofsson meets Antonov over Saab

Russian financier met Sweden's enterprise minister Maud Olofsson on Tuesday to explain why he wants to invest money in cash-strapped car maker Saab.

E.coli deaths continue as ministers warn of threat
Germany

E.coli deaths continue as ministers warn of threat

Another woman died in Germany on Wednesday after being treated for infection with the virulent enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) bacteria on Wednesday, as government minister warned the situation remained "threatening."

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Sweden

Sida seeks answers over Burma delegation

Two major players within the Swedish aid sector are in dispute over responsibility for inviting a Burmese delegation to Stockholm, which is alleged to have had links to the country's military regime.

Mankell to sail on next Gaza aid flotilla
Sweden

Mankell to sail on next Gaza aid flotilla

Swedish thriller writer Henning Mankell has been confirmed as one of the participants in the next international aid flotilla seeking to bring aid to Gaza at the end of June.

Gun smuggling on the rise in Sweden: police
Sweden

Gun smuggling on the rise in Sweden: police

Firearms are becoming more readily available in Sweden with smuggling increasingly difficult to control, according to the police.

Euro crisis, inflation sap consumer confidence
Germany

Euro crisis, inflation sap consumer confidence

The eurozone debt crisis and higher energy prices have sapped German consumer sentiment, resulting in a third consecutive drop in the GfK index, the research institute said on Wednesday.

Bundeswehr soldier killed in Afghanistan
Germany

Bundeswehr soldier killed in Afghanistan

A Bundeswehr soldier was killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday when roadside bomb exploded near his Fuchs armoured personnel carrier, injuring a second German soldier and an Afghan translator.

Health politician calls for free Berlin condoms
Germany

Health politician calls for free Berlin condoms

Moves are afoot to give away thousands of condoms for free around Berlin – once a willing sponsor is found who would pay to have their logo on the packaging.

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Switzerland

Swiss economy exceeds expectations

The Swiss economy is performing surprisingly well, according to a new report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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Switzerland

Federal Council moves to protect “Alpine” label

The Swiss government introduced new rules Wednesday to protect products from the Alpine region. From the beginning of next year, the label "Alpine" can only be used for products that abide by the region's regulations.

Man fined after returning fire at egg-throwing pranksters
Sweden

Man fined after returning fire at egg-throwing pranksters

A Gothenburg man seeking revenge on egg-throwing pranksters was forced to pay a heavy fine after smearing egg on one of the boys.

Assad assets frozen by Swiss
Switzerland

Assad assets frozen by Swiss

Switzerland said on Tuesday it has frozen anyassets that Syrian President Bachar al-Assad may have in the country, tightening sanctions Bern levelled against his regime last week.

Hotel offends with prison theme parties where Nazis held workers
Germany

Hotel offends with prison theme parties where Nazis held workers

A hotel in Hameln has provoked the ire of a historian and embarrassed city politicians by hosting jail-themed parties in cellars where the Nazis once imprisoned forced labourers.

Swiss politicians to travel with Gaza flotilla
Switzerland

Swiss politicians to travel with Gaza flotilla

Swiss MPs and journalists are set to travel aboard a Swiss ship taking part in an aid convoy bound for the Gaza Strip at the end of June, it was reported on Tuesday. The ten-ship flotilla was organized by human rights activists.

‘Miracle plant’ found at record altitude
Switzerland

‘Miracle plant’ found at record altitude

A flowering plant has been found at analtitude of above 4,505 metres (14,780 feet) on the central Swiss alps – a European record, Basel University said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Sex offender assigned new church position

A 23-year-old man who had relationships with several confirmation candidates and has been convicted of a sex offence has been assigned a new job within the Church of Sweden.

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Switzerland

Cool reception for Glencore share launch

Shares in Swiss commodities giant Glencore slipped in their Hong Kong trading debut Wednesday, following a similarly tepid launch in London for the year's biggest initial public offering.

‘Anyone can give Botox jabs in Sweden’: report
Sweden

‘Anyone can give Botox jabs in Sweden’: report

Despite the potentially lethal consequences of a misplaced injection, the neurotoxin Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane and Juvederm can be injected by anyone in Sweden today, according to a report by Sveriges Television (SVT).

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Sweden

New asylum policies pave way for boost in forced deportations

Forced deportations of rejected asylum seekers are expected to increase by 30 percent compared to last year due in part to Sweden's new asylum policies.

Merkel preparing to drop nuclear tax in deal with industry: report
Germany

Merkel preparing to drop nuclear tax in deal with industry: report

The government is planning an informal deal with energy companies, dropping the fuel element tax in return for cooperation in Germany’s switch-off from nuclear power, according to government sources.

Daimler chides workers who insulted CEO on Facebook
Germany

Daimler chides workers who insulted CEO on Facebook

Daimler has complained against a Facebook group and contacted employees who said they ‘liked’ a comment on the page calling the car giant’s CEO a liar.

Airports reopened after ash cloud closure
Germany

Airports reopened after ash cloud closure

All German airports closed during Wednesday because of the ash cloud from an Iceland volcano have opened again.

Zlatan agent downplays Milan transfer rumours
Sweden

Zlatan agent downplays Milan transfer rumours

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not on his way to Real Madrid, according to his agent Mino Raiola, who was responding to Italian press reports linking the big Swede with a switch back to Spain.

Match called off after fan attacks player on pitch
Sweden

Match called off after fan attacks player on pitch

A firework injured Helsingborg's goalkeeper, who was then attacked by a supporter on the pitch, prompting officials to call off Tuesday night's match against archrivals Malmö FF in the latest instance of football supporter violence in Sweden.