German smokers protest ban in Berlin
Germany

German smokers protest ban in Berlin

Several hundred smokers, cafe and pub owners puffed their way through the Brandenburg Gate and Berlin to the city hall on Saturday to protest against the smoking ban.

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Sweden

Iraqi deported despite honour violence risk

A woman is to be deported to Iraq despite the risk of an honour violence. The Migration Board's (Migrationsverket) conclusion that the risk of honour violence in northern Iraq has declined is at odds with the foreign office and has been criticised by the Red Cross.

Nokia offers €30 million to appease Bochum
Germany

Nokia offers €30 million to appease Bochum

Nokia will pay €30 million into a foundation to regenerate Bochum, the west German town hard hit by more than 3,000 job losses due to the mobile phone company’s closure of a plant there.

Organic food ‘to become luxury again’ in Germany
Germany

Organic food ‘to become luxury again’ in Germany

Organic food is set to become a luxury again, as rising prices on the food market in general makes going organic less attractive to producers, according to a report in the German Sunday paper Welt am Sonntag.

Klasnic sues docs for missing his kidney failure
Germany

Klasnic sues docs for missing his kidney failure

Werder Bremen striker Ivan Klasnic is suing his club doctors for €1.5 million after two of its doctors failed to spot a kidney complaint which led to a transplant.

Plane and train crashes kill one, injure 42 in Germany
Germany

Plane and train crashes kill one, injure 42 in Germany

Police confirmed Sunday that one person was killed and eight injured when a crop-spraying plane crashed into a crowd of spectators at an air show in Eisenach on Saturday, with a 14-year-old girl left fighting for her life in hospital.

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Sweden

State job appointments shrouded in secrecy

The government has been accused of a lack of transparency when filling top state jobs. Despite a clear election promise to open up the system only one in three appointments have been advertised since the Alliance parties took office.

German government to extend paternity leave
Germany

German government to extend paternity leave

Family minister Ursula von der Leyen has unveiled plans to extend paternity leave, but is likely to hit resistance from her own Christian Democrat Union, some of whom deride the idea of men taking time out for the family as "nappy leave."

Minister calls for EU ban on tail docking
Sweden

Minister calls for EU ban on tail docking

Swedish minster of agriculture, Eskil Erlandsson, has called for an EU ban on the docking of dogs' tails. Sweden banned the practice in 1989.

Weapon found at murder suspect’s Paris home
Sweden

Weapon found at murder suspect’s Paris home

French police suspect that a gun found at the Paris home of the man held for the murder of a Swedish woman in Paris, could be the murder weapon.

Sino-Swedes demonstrate for Beijing olympics
Sweden

Sino-Swedes demonstrate for Beijing olympics

Around 500 Chinese-Swedes demonstrated in Stockholm on Saturday in support of the Beijing Olympic games.