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Sweden

Scandal-hit King denies all allegations

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf has denied all reports of alleged visits to strip clubs and contact with the criminal underworld, in an interview with the TT news agency on Monday afternoon.

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Sweden

Reduce abortions by promoting adoption: Christian Democrat

Rather than abort unwanted children, women in Sweden should give birth and put the children up for adoption, a Christian Democrat politician has argued, hoping the measure would reduce the number of abortions in Sweden.

Resilience: Stockholm centre helps the world grow sustainably
Sweden

Resilience: Stockholm centre helps the world grow sustainably

The Stockholm Resilience Centre is leading the charge to put global development on a sustainable footing - a task that is engaging leading scientists and politicians worldwide.

‘This nuclear phaseout is not a revolution starting after Fukushima’
Germany

‘This nuclear phaseout is not a revolution starting after Fukushima’

Out with the old, in with the renewable. With Germany's nuclear exit date now set at 2022, the country is about to embark on a decade of energy reform. Can it be done? The Local asked energy expert Marcel Viëtor.

Minister plans to keep petrol prices down under
Germany

Minister plans to keep petrol prices down under

German motorists would have advanced warning of petrol price rises under an Australian-inspired proposal from Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer to stop the big oil firms from price-fixing.

Sunniest, driest spring since 1893 recorded
Germany

Sunniest, driest spring since 1893 recorded

Germany has registered the sunniest and driest spring since records began in 1893, the German Weather Service (DWD) said Monday. But thunderstorms could end a hot start to the week.

Galatasaray confirms Elmander signing
Sweden

Galatasaray confirms Elmander signing

Turkish club Galatasaray has confirmed the acquisition of Sweden striker Johan Elmander from English top-flight club Bolton.

Swedish women battle mounting debts
Sweden

Swedish women battle mounting debts

Women are experiencing increasing problems servicing SMS loans and for the first time are defaulting at the same levels as men, according to a new survey from the Swedish Enforcement Authority (Kronofogden).

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France

New Renault deputy to draw line under affair

French carmaker Renault appointed on Monday Carlos Tavares as its new deputy chief in a board room shuffle aimed at overcoming an embarrassing bogus industrial espionage case.

Court rules ‘kiss my ass’ insulting
Germany

Court rules ‘kiss my ass’ insulting

The German phrase “Leck mich am Arsch,” the equivalent of “kiss my ass,” has been officially ruled an insult by a court in Kaiserslautern.

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Sweden

Woman in critical condition in EHEC case

A Swedish woman is reported to be in critical condition after being infected with the virulent enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) bacteria stemming from an E. coli outbreak which originated in northern Germany.

Insurer deducted €83,000-orgy from taxes
Germany

Insurer deducted €83,000-orgy from taxes

A notorious Budapest sex party hosted by a German insurance company for its top employees was reportedly used as a €83,000 tax write-off by the company.

Sahlin slams Social Democrats over Libya
Sweden

Sahlin slams Social Democrats over Libya

Former Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin has criticised the party's u-turns over Sweden's participation in the UN-backed Libya mission, and new leader Håkan Juholt for being "harsh" to former justice minister Thomas Bodström.

Sweden critical of German nuclear decision
Sweden

Sweden critical of German nuclear decision

Sweden's environment minister Andreas Carlgren has criticised Germany's decision to decommission its nuclear power stations as "unrealistic".

Renewables unlikely to fill nuclear gap without bold policy changes
Germany

Renewables unlikely to fill nuclear gap without bold policy changes

Germany has decided to phase out nuclear power, but can renewables satisfy the energy needs of Europe’s largest economy? Experts say better policy, not technology, is needed for renewable energy to reach its potential.

Blatter facing renewed scrutiny amid Fifa turmoil
Switzerland

Blatter facing renewed scrutiny amid Fifa turmoil

A series of dramatic announcements at the Zurich-based Fifa, the world football governing body, are putting the organisation’s embattled Swiss head back into the media spotlight, although he will face no official probe.

 

 

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Switzerland

New rules ‘don’t threaten Swiss banks’

The vice president of the Swiss National Bank defended on Saturday tough new regulatory measures, saying they do not pose a threat to Swiss banks' competitiveness.

Sweden’s free school profits debate heats up
Sweden

Sweden’s free school profits debate heats up

While applications to start privately-run, publicly-funded free schools (friskolor) are on the rise in Sweden, there is nevertheless gathering unease about the suitability of schools being run by private companies, The Local's Geoff Mortimore explains.

Think tank: cut wages to boost immigrant jobs
Sweden

Think tank: cut wages to boost immigrant jobs

The government should work to cut wages in low paid jobs so that more new Swedes can get into the labour market, according to Swedish free market think tank Timbro.

Germany tops Europe for foreign capital
Germany

Germany tops Europe for foreign capital

Germany is the most attractive European country for foreign companies to set up in, according to Monday news report.

Swedish police called to fight beaver invasion
Sweden

Swedish police called to fight beaver invasion

Police were called to help a homeowner deal with a wayward Swedish beaver that had found its way into the caller's garage.

ISAF general describes Afghan bomb attack
Germany

ISAF general describes Afghan bomb attack

After narrowly surviving a bomb attack, the wounded German commander of international forces in northern Afghanistan, Markus Kneip, vowed late Sunday to carry on with his job and described the moment of the blast.

Crisis team meets as E. Coli death toll hits 13
Germany

Crisis team meets as E. Coli death toll hits 13

As Germany’s health and political leaders called a crisis meeting on Monday afternoon to discuss the ongoing E. coli outbreak, authorities confirmed a thirteenth person had been killed by the deadly bacteria.

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Sweden

Woman marooned for 3 days with dead husband

An elderly woman was stuck alone on an island with her dead husband for three days after he drowned and washed up on shore after a boating accident on a lake in northwestern Sweden last Wednesday.

Germany to quit nuclear power by 2022
Germany

Germany to quit nuclear power by 2022

Germany on Monday announced plans to become the first major industrialised power to shut down all its nuclear plants in the wake of the disaster in Japan, with a phaseout due to be wrapped up by 2022.