Social Democrats back German railway privatization
Germany

Social Democrats back German railway privatization

Germany's center-left Social Democrats agreed on Monday to a partial privatization of the country's national railway operator Deutsche Bahn.

Parents to face jail for child marriages
Sweden

Parents to face jail for child marriages

Parents who allow children under the age of 16 to get married in another country could face up to two years in jail.

Gadget to bring back Berlin Wall for tourists
Germany

Gadget to bring back Berlin Wall for tourists

Tourists in the German capital disappointed to find little of the Berlin Wall left will from next month be able to have it reappear before their eyes with a gadget unveiled on Monday.

Australian Rules Fußball? Germany goes Down Under
Germany

Australian Rules Fußball? Germany goes Down Under

Thanks to a few enterprising Aussie expats and some dinkum locals, Australian Rules Football has taken root in Germany. Campbell Jefferys checks out a match between the Hamburg Dockers and the Berlin Crocodiles.

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Sweden

Reindeer herder’s lasso toss saves ice fishing Swede

When the ice started crumbling beneath him, Mikael Vikström thought his ice fishing days were over until a quick-thinking reindeer herder happened to pass by.

Doc charged in clinic deaths scandal
Germany

Doc charged in clinic deaths scandal

Prosecutors on Monday charged the owner and head doctor of a private clinic in Germany where unnecessary operations and lax standards of hygiene allegedly killed seven patients.

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Germany

German soda tips off police to suspected child molester

A raspberry soda popular in the former East Germany helped tip off police to the location of a man suspected of molesting his young son for five years, prosecutors in the eastern city of Halle said on Monday.

Only 60 percent of Germans have faith in democracy
Germany

Only 60 percent of Germans have faith in democracy

Only 60 percent of Germans have faith in the country’s democratic system, according to a survey published on Tuesday.

Svenska Spel CEO cashes in his chips
Sweden

Svenska Spel CEO cashes in his chips

Svenska Spel CEO Jesper Kärrbrink has decided to step down following consultations with the company’s board.

Ballet of violence hits Sweden
Sweden

Ballet of violence hits Sweden

Mixed Martial Arts, ‘the fastest growing sport in the world’, has hit Sweden with a bang. Jonathan Rothwell takes a ringside seat and talks to TV star Musse Hasselvall about the development of the sport in Scandinavia.

Swedes support tough measures against smoking
Sweden

Swedes support tough measures against smoking

Every other Swede wants to prohibit the sale of tobacco products in grocery stores, according to a new study from the Swedish Cancer Society (Cancerfonden).

Siemens to build Polish wind farms for €100 million
Germany

Siemens to build Polish wind farms for €100 million

German electrical utility RWE will pay Siemens €100 million to build two wind farms in Poland in a deal announced on Monday.

Patients feel effects of nurses strike
Sweden

Patients feel effects of nurses strike

Health services in several parts of Sweden began redirecting ambulance traffic so that emergency rooms participating in the healthcare workers strike can close as planned at noon on Monday.

Lidl chairman predicts food prices will rise
Germany

Lidl chairman predicts food prices will rise

The chairman of the supervisory board of European discount grocer Lidl predicted a food price push in coming months in an interview published Monday in Germany's top-selling newspaper, Bild.

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Sweden

Metro cuts losses in first quarter

Metro International, publisher of free newspapers, said on Monday it had narrowed its first quarter net loss to €6.38 million ($10.1 million) from €10.75 million in the same period

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Sweden

No fear for Eriksson ahead of Thaksin meeting

Manchester City manager Sven-Göran Eriksson is confident he will emerge from an upcoming meeting with the club's owner, Thaksin Shinawatra, with the backing needed to continue in his post.

Saddle sore in Sweden: Trying to beat the no booze blues
Sweden

Saddle sore in Sweden: Trying to beat the no booze blues

In his book Cycling Back to Happiness, English journalist Bernie Friend covers 6,000 kilometres of northern Europe on a bicycle in a bid to overcome his paranoia. After a gruelling day in the saddle he looks forward to a beer at the Swedish Tourist Association (STF) hostel in Åsa in western Sweden. But the proprietor has other ideas. Part two of three.

Fewer German workers take sick leave
Germany

Fewer German workers take sick leave

Apparent fear of losing their jobs has encouraged fewer German workers to take time off when sick.

Deutsche Post hit by strikes in wage dispute
Germany

Deutsche Post hit by strikes in wage dispute

Germany’s postal service was hit by limited strikes at several letter sorting centres across the country on Monday, as trade union Verdi tries to put pressure on Deutsche Post in a wage dispute.

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Sweden

Police operator fails to report murder call

A civilian working as an emergency operator at the police’s central communication center for Stockholm county (LKC) chose not to send out a police patrol immediately after a woman called in to say three shots had been fired in her neighbour’s yard.

US holds German at base in Afghanistan
Germany

US holds German at base in Afghanistan

A German of Afghan origin has been held at a US military base near Kabul after allegedly entering the facility without proper authorization, according to a German Foreign Ministry spokesman.

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Sweden

Suspected pipe bomb detonated in Norrköping

A police bomb squad has detonated a suspected pipe bomb discovered in central Norrköping.

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Sweden

Israeli guards accuse Swedes of terror ties

Members of a delegation from Sweden’s Migration Board (Migrationsverket) were interrogated for hours by Israeli border police after being accused of collaborating with terrorists.