Saxony-Anhalt bans neo-Nazi football hooligans
Germany

Saxony-Anhalt bans neo-Nazi football hooligans

The interior ministry for the German state of Saxony-Anhalt has banned a violent right-wing extremist fan group for the first time.

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Sweden

Pair held in brutal torture case

A 26-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man were remanded in custody on Tuesday for cutting off the ear of a 44-year-old man in addition to subjecting him to other vicious forms of torture.

Retiree wants radio confiscated in 1945 back
Germany

Retiree wants radio confiscated in 1945 back

Some 63 years after his radio was confiscated by German police, a 79-year-old man in Bochum wants it back, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Weak first quarter for Electrolux

Electrolux warned investors on Tuesday that first quarter income at the Swedish white goods manufacturer would be “very weak”.

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Sweden

Sweden’s papers show sense of humour on April 1st

Carbonated tap water, a sell-off at liquor store monopoly Systembolaget, and and a massive zoo exhibit for earthworms are just a few of the April Fool’s Day highlights from today’s Swedish newspapers.

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Sweden

Head-on collisions with the real language barrier

Columnist René Rice wonders why it is that Swedes feel the need to reply to him in English when all he wants is the learn the lingo and order a fiskburgare.

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Sweden

Green Party policies fail to tackle emissions

Just because a party calls itself Green doesn't necessarily mean it has the most environmentally friendly policies, argues Nima Sanandaji of the Captus think tank.

WWII bombs pose danger to German coast
Germany

WWII bombs pose danger to German coast

At least 115 deaths and 35 serious injuries have been caused by leftover bombs and munitions from the Second and First World War off of Germany's North Sea coast since 1945, according to marine biologist Stefan Nehring in Koblenz.

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Germany

German labour market adds more jobs

The number of unemployed in Germany fell by 110,000 to 3.5 million people in March as Europe's largest economy continued to create jobs, the Federal Labour Agency said on Tuesday.

Two die in violent bus crash on Sweden’s west coast
Sweden

Two die in violent bus crash on Sweden’s west coast

Two people have died in a collision between a bus and a car on the island of Tjörn on Sweden's west coast.

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Sweden

Seals block motorway traffic

A number of young seals are reported to have left the sea and wandered onto dry land in Västerbotten in northern Sweden.

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Germany

Gay couples entitled to partners’ pension

The European Union's highest court ruled on Tuesday that the surviving partner in a registered same-sex couple may be entitled to a deceased partner's German pension.

Swedish and Danish postal services to merge
Sweden

Swedish and Danish postal services to merge

Sweden and Denmark will merge their postal services to create a new company, along with a private investment fund, that will be able to meet new challenges in a changing market, a statement said on Tuesday.

Uefa wants to shut down Swedish burger joint
Sweden

Uefa wants to shut down Swedish burger joint

The European football association, UEFA, is demanding that a Swedish fast food restaurant close down during the under-21 European football tournament.

German parents can’t be forced to see kids
Germany

German parents can’t be forced to see kids

The German Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe ruled on Tuesday that parents can't be forced to see their children born out of wedlock against their will.

Deutsche Bank reveals more subprime-related writedowns
Germany

Deutsche Bank reveals more subprime-related writedowns

Deutsche Bank, Germany's largest bank, unveiled more asset writedowns linked to the subprime lending crisis on Tuesday, but the amount paled in comparison to one announced by Swiss bank UBS.

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Germany

Berlin transport workers cancel strike

A new strike by Berlin public transport (BVG) workers has been cancelled at the last minute.

Green-car subsidy to get fresh injection
Sweden

Green-car subsidy to get fresh injection

The government is set to nearly double the 250 million kronor ($41.9 million) already set aside to support the purchase of environmentally friendly cars.

Deutsche Post workers to strike
Germany

Deutsche Post workers to strike

Public worker’s union Verdi will call warning strikes on Tuesday in the ongoing wage dispute with German postal service Deutsche Post.

Champions League: Erratic Schalke wants win over Barca
Germany

Champions League: Erratic Schalke wants win over Barca

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes insists the Spanish giants will brush off their recent poor results in La Liga with a positive performance against Schalke in Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final.

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Sweden

Swedish foster care found lacking

Social services' system for placing young people in foster care falls short, shows a new nationwide study presented by Sweden’s county councils on Monday.

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Sweden

Sweden ‘must pick woman’ for Euro 2008

Sweden's hopes of footballing victory at Euro 2008 have been dealt a blow with the news that coach Lars Lagerbäck may be forced to include a female player in his squad.