Probe finds widespread misconduct at Siemens
Germany

Probe finds widespread misconduct at Siemens

An independent investigation by a US law firm has found widespread misconduct amid a massive corruption scandal at German engineering giant Siemens, the law firm's representatives announced on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Ikea accused of mistreating German workers

Swedish home furnishing giant Ikea has been accused of illegal labour practices, including secretly filming its workers, in a German television documentary to air on Tuesday.

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Germany

Ikea accused of mistreating German workers

Swedish home furnishing giant Ikea has been accused of illegal labour practices, including filming its workers secretly, in a German television documentary on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedish prosecutors’ agency running out of money

A financial crisis at the Swedish Prosecution Authority has resulted in an immediate halt to all overtime work, paid leave, and new hiring, as well as the shedding of all temporary employees.

Battling hunger requires a global agricultural revolution
Germany

Battling hunger requires a global agricultural revolution

Germany must push for a radical overhaul of the world’s agricultural policies in order to combat starvation and instability caused by hunger, writes Greens MP Ulrike Höfken.

Islamist from Germany declares ‘holy war’
Germany

Islamist from Germany declares ‘holy war’

One of the German Islamists suspected of plotting suicide attacks on soldiers in Afghanistan has called for ‘holy war’ in an online video, according to the German daily Bild on Tuesday.

Germans have better sex: survey
Germany

Germans have better sex: survey

Germans may not be as famous as Latin lovers, but their Teutonic efficiency extends into the bedroom, according to a sex survey published on Tuesday by prophylactic giant Durex.

Tax Authority: ‘we do all the calculations for you’
Sweden

Tax Authority: ‘we do all the calculations for you’

Even though less than a week remains until Sweden’s the May 5th deadline for filing taxes, the majority of tax payers need not panic.

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Sweden

Two jailed over million-kronor poker tournament

Two men have been jailed by a court in western Sweden after they were found guilty of organizing an illegal million-kronor poker tournament involving 700 people.

Eriksson sacked: reports
Sweden

Eriksson sacked: reports

Sven-Göran Eriksson is to be sacked as trainer of Manchester City, according to British media reports.

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Sweden

Pupil shot in foot near school

A 19-year-old high school student in Gothenburg was shot in the foot at lunch time on Tuesday.

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Germany

Daimler Q1 profit slumps despite Mercedes gains

German auto and truck giant Daimler said Tuesday that first quarter net profit fell 30 percent despite a strong performance at its flagship Mercedes-Benz brand.

German atomic waste transport cancelled for 2009
Germany

German atomic waste transport cancelled for 2009

Transport of radioactive waste to an interim storage facility near the German town of Gorleben from a reprocessing plant in La Hague in France has been cancelled for the coming year, German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Tuesday.

Bayern Munich chasing Bundesliga records
Germany

Bayern Munich chasing Bundesliga records

With a 12-point lead, Bayern Munich have virtually won this season’s Bundesliga title, but are still chasing records for the largest winning margin and the lowest number of goals conceded in a league season.

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Sweden

Making it in Sweden: an Irishman at an NGO

Shane Quinn is one of around 1,500 Irish-born people living in Sweden. He tells us how he found his niche here.

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Sweden

SAS results hit badly by rising fuel costs

Scandinavian airline SAS said rising fuel costs pushed it further into the red in the first quarter with a loss of 1.13 billion kronor ($188 million), up sharply from 47 million kronor a year earlier.

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Sweden

Study: ‘rape victims often at fault’

One in five Swedes thinks that a woman who is raped only has herself to blame if she dresses provocatively, doesn’t fight back, or is drunk at the time of the attack.

Two children and one woman found dead in burned car
Germany

Two children and one woman found dead in burned car

The burned corpses of two children and a woman have been found in a car in woods near Zwickau in the German state of Saxony, police spokesperson Inis Hanke told The Local on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Scania’s sporting facilities keep workers on their toes

Built in the middle of a green pasture a half-hour's drive from Stockholm, Scania's Health Care Centre fans out over 4,400 square metres, offering employees everything they could ever need to get in shape.

Eriksson clinging on at Man City
Sweden

Eriksson clinging on at Man City

Sven-Göran Eriksson is determined to stay on as manager of Manchester City, his agent has said, despite indications that he could be facing the sack.

Mozart opera takes to the Berlin metro
Germany

Mozart opera takes to the Berlin metro

Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" has been performed all over the world but Berliners will be treated from this week to a modernized production in an underground metro station, writes AFP's Simon Sturdee.

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Sweden

Swedish multinationals pamper employees to keep them fit

High-tech gyms, free breakfasts, and programmes to help people lose weight or stop smoking: modern Swedish companies pamper their employees in a bid to combat one of Europe's highest absenteeism rates, writes AFP's Delphine Touitou.

Germans underestimate heart attack death risk: study
Germany

Germans underestimate heart attack death risk: study

Many Germans think they are about one and a half times as likely to survive a heart attack than is actually the case, Bild newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Deutsche Bank drops 2008 targets after posting Q1 loss
Germany

Deutsche Bank drops 2008 targets after posting Q1 loss

Germany's biggest bank, Deutsche Bank, dropped earnings targets for 2008 after posting its first quarterly loss in five years on Tuesday as a result of the global credit squeeze, writes AFP's Laure Fillon.

Owner-occupied apartment proposal moves forward
Sweden

Owner-occupied apartment proposal moves forward

The government has suggested that owner-occupied apartments be introduced next year, but only as a part of new production.

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Sweden

Man compensated for police security camera blunder

A man from the Stockholm suburb of Haninge is set to receive 80,000 kronor ($13,350) after his apartment was trashed as a result of some overzealous police work.

Germany backs railway privatization
Germany

Germany backs railway privatization

Germany’s ruling parliamentary coalition unified on a partial privatization of the country’s national railway operator Deutsche Bahn late on Monday night.

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Sweden

Telenor seeks TeliaSonera merger

Norwegian telecom operator Telenor is aiming for a merger with TeliaSonera and has engaged the services of Nordea and JP Morgan to analyze a possible deal, reports the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.