Prime minister Reinfeldt separates from wife
Sweden

Prime minister Reinfeldt separates from wife

Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and his wife, Stockholm county council chair Filippa Reinfeldt, have separated, according to the prime minister’s press spokesperson Roberta Alenius.

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Sweden

Undertakers ‘sickened’ by hospital’s corpse storage

A Swedish hospital has come under fire after it was reported that staff members were storing corpses “head-to-toe”, leaving the undertakers who made the discovery shocked and sickened.

British army may park tanks on the Rhine
Germany

British army may park tanks on the Rhine

Faced with drastic budget cuts, the British army is considering sending hundreds of tanks across the Rhine - for the first time in 67 years - as it sells off land in the UK to save money.

Bayern Munich fume at ‘gossip journalism’
Germany

Bayern Munich fume at ‘gossip journalism’

Bayern Munich said they could consider taking legal action over media reports suggesting their coach Jupp Heynckes will leave the club at the end of the season.

Winter finally loosens its grip on Germany
Germany

Winter finally loosens its grip on Germany

Winter has returned for one final round this week, but is set to ease its grip towards the weekend when mild temperatures will return to most of the country, according to the German Weather Service’s (DWD) latest report.

Swedish TV to take on Stephen Fry’s QI
Sweden

Swedish TV to take on Stephen Fry’s QI

Sweden is set to adapt the hugely popular British TV-show QI this year, with producer Anders Lenhoff claiming that Sweden is finally ready for "more intelligent comedy".

Young generation prefer ‘old style’ media: study
Sweden

Young generation prefer ‘old style’ media: study

A recent study has revealed that the youth of today prefer to spend their time with their nose in a newspaper or listening to the radio, even though internet technology continues to improve.

Swedish preschool touts ‘ice hockey’ curriculum
Sweden

Swedish preschool touts ‘ice hockey’ curriculum

A preschool in northern Sweden is teaching kids geography, maths – and respect – through a new curriculum inspired by the rough and tumble world of Sweden's top professional hockey league, the Elitserien.

Ikea ‘not wrong’ to bar a 5-year-old from ball pit
Sweden

Ikea ‘not wrong’ to bar a 5-year-old from ball pit

Disabled five-year-old Filippa Nordin who was turned away from the ballpit in the Ikea playland has lost her case against the furniture giant after the district court in Helsingborg ruled that the company was right to deny her entry.

Schröder backs up old friend Putin
Germany

Schröder backs up old friend Putin

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has defended Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin against accusations of election fraud, standing by his notorious description of his former ally as a “democrat through and through.”

Wife kills husband while at the wheel
Germany

Wife kills husband while at the wheel

A dentist was shot dead by his wife in his BMW while they were driving in their hometown of Tübingen on Tuesday evening.

‘The attacks against me are working’: Lars Vilks
Sweden

‘The attacks against me are working’: Lars Vilks

The strategy of attacks and intimidation employed by critics of Lars Vilks is working, argues controversial Swedish artist, who has seen his lecturing activities dry up over organizers fears of riots and being labelled as "racist".

Breivik charged with ‘acts of terror’
Norway

Breivik charged with ‘acts of terror’

Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in twin attacks in Norway last July, was on Wednesday charged with committing acts of terror and voluntary homicide, according to an indictment by prosecutors.

Murder charge upgraded in expat socialite case
Germany

Murder charge upgraded in expat socialite case

In a case that has fascinated Washington DC for several months, the charge against Albrecht Muth for the killing of his wife Viola Drath, 91-year-old German expat socialite, intellectual and journalist, has been raised to first degree murder.

Campaign puts Sarkozy on his deathbed
France

Campaign puts Sarkozy on his deathbed

Pro-euthanasia activists have launched a shock campaign to promote assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. The ad campaign shows three centrist and right-wing presidential candidates on their deathbeds.

Outrage over Sweden’s ‘secret’ Saudi arms plant
Sweden

Outrage over Sweden’s ‘secret’ Saudi arms plant

Tuesday’s revelation that the Swedish government has been involved in a project to aid the building of an arms factory in a dictatorship like Saudi Arabia through the Swedish Defence Research Agency (Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut, FOI) has caused strong reactions both in Sweden and abroad.

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France

‘French language is sexist’ feminists say

French feminists demonstrated in Paris calling on authorities to change French grammar. They say grammar rules convey sexist ideologies and should be reformed.

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France

Anti-Jewish killer posts videos from jail

Youssouf Fofana, the leader of a gang known as the Barbarians is suspected of posting anti-Semitic videos online. Fofana was jailed in 2009 for torturing and killing a Jewish man in the Paris suburbs.

Record profits for media colossus Axel Springer
Germany

Record profits for media colossus Axel Springer

German newspaper publisher Axel Springer’s international newspaper, magazine, and digital media empire raked in record earnings in 2011, company bosses announced on Wednesday.

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Switzerland

Build villages for asylum seekers: Swiss party

The Christian Democratic Party has tabled a motion to introduce specially built villages for asylum-seekers.

Drive-in prostitution project stalled in Zurich
Switzerland

Drive-in prostitution project stalled in Zurich

The Swiss People’s Party has launched a referendum to slow down the progress of the intended development in Zurich of drive-in postitution stalls.  

Anti-minaret group mulls burka ban initiative
Switzerland

Anti-minaret group mulls burka ban initiative

The group responsible for launching Switzerland's anti-minaret initiative has called the rejection of a motion to ban burkas on public transport and in dealings with authorities “an affront”.

Top Conservative arrested after drug raid
Norway

Top Conservative arrested after drug raid

Conservative Party Member of Parliament Henning Warloe has been charged with the possession and use of narcotics following a raid on his home.

Samurai sword stabber sees sentence sliced
Sweden

Samurai sword stabber sees sentence sliced

A man who attacked his girlfriend with a samurai sword in April last year has had his sentence reduced by the Swedish Supreme Court.

Finance minister wants soldiers taxed
Germany

Finance minister wants soldiers taxed

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble wants to tax military personnel and civic volunteers in 2013, two media reports say. The proposal has angered his party colleagues in the Defence and Family Ministries.

France has too many immigrants – Sarkozy
France

France has too many immigrants – Sarkozy

President Nicolas Sarkozy declared on Tuesday that there are too many immigrants in France, as the country's presidential election campaign became caught up in issues of religion and identity.

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Norway

Norwegian shoppers splash cash in Sweden

Norwegians spent 11.5 billion Norwegian kroner ($2 billion) during one-day shopping trips to Sweden last year, meaning almost 6 percent of Norway's consumer food and beverage trade has migrated to Sweden.

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France

Implant scandal boss put behind bars

The founder of the French breast implant company at the heart of a global health scare was jailed on Tuesday after failing to pay his bail, a source said.

Attacks on police double in five years
Germany

Attacks on police double in five years

The number of attacks on German police has more than doubled in the past five years, with 540 officers suffering life-threatening injuries in 2011 alone.

Booze and butter boost Norwegians’ Swedish spending spree
Sweden

Booze and butter boost Norwegians’ Swedish spending spree

Norwegians spent more than 13 billion kronor ($1.9 billion) during one-day shopping trips to Sweden last year, meaning almost 6 percent of Norway's consumer food and beverage trade has migrated to Sweden.

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Switzerland

US envoy welcomes Swiss tax accord

The United States Ambassador to Switzerland Donald Beyer on Tuesday welcomed the approval by Swiss lawmakers of a revised tax accord with the United States that eases banking secrecy rules.

Adidas strikes gold going into Olympic year
Germany

Adidas strikes gold going into Olympic year

German sportswear maker Adidas said Wednesday strong demand for its brand pushed it to record earnings in 2011 and it hoped to beat those again this year on the back of the 2012 Olympics.

Midday shootout rattles central Stockholm
Sweden

Midday shootout rattles central Stockholm

Police in Stockholm exchanged gunfire with a gang of thieves who robbed a jewellery store in central Stockholm on Tuesday afternoon, sending shocked bystanders rushing for cover.

Ikea unions fight for global labour standards
Sweden

Ikea unions fight for global labour standards

Ikea trade union leaders from around the world met in Istanbul on Tuesday to launch a global alliance to standardize labour practices in every store in the Swedish furniture chain.