National security council plans rile Merkel’s coalition
Germany

National security council plans rile Merkel’s coalition

A proposal to overhaul Germany’s national security apparatus has unsettled Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition by angering her junior coalition partners the Social Democrats.

German new car registrations rebound in April
Germany

German new car registrations rebound in April

German automakers led a continued rebound in new car registrations in April following a dismal previous year, figures released on Monday by the VDA automobile federation showed.

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Sweden

Government presents new labour immigration rules

Starting December 15th, 2008, it will be easier for non-EU citizens to come to Sweden to work, according to a new proposal put forward by the government on Monday.

Nuke test residue aids Swedish fat cell research
Sweden

Nuke test residue aids Swedish fat cell research

Cold War era nuclear tests have helped a team of researchers in Sweden to uncover some new insights about the life and death of fat cells in adult humans, possibly casting new light on why shedding weight can be such a challenge.

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Sweden

Sweden’s king in Portugal for renewable energy talks

Sweden's environmentally-minded King Carl XVI Gustaf arrived in Lisbon on Monday at the head of a government and business delegation for a state visit focusing on the theme of renewable energy.

Three dead babies found in freezer
Germany

Three dead babies found in freezer

A German mother faces arrest following the discovery of three dead babies in a freezer in the basement of her family's home, police said on Monday.

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Sweden

Sweden’s state-owned firms lack diverse leadership

Despite promises by the current government to make diversity a priority, the number directors in Sweden’s state-owned companies held by people of non-Nordic background has dropped by 50 percent.

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Germany

Germans back limits for CEO salaries

More than two thirds of all Germans support putting legal limits on what business executives earn, according to a new survey.

Youth binge drinking rises sharply in Germany: study
Germany

Youth binge drinking rises sharply in Germany: study

More German teenagers are ending up in the emergency room amid a sharp increase in binge drinking last year among the country's youth, according to a government study released on Monday.

Nurses walk off jobs in droves
Sweden

Nurses walk off jobs in droves

As the nursing strike enters its third week, an additional 4,300 healthcare union workers walked off their jobs at noon on Monday.

Hundreds of Germans to be evacuated from Baltic cruise ship
Germany

Hundreds of Germans to be evacuated from Baltic cruise ship

More than 600 German passengers are likely to be rescued on Monday from the cruise ship Mona Lisa, which has run aground on the Baltic Sea, according to the tour operator.

Swedish musician José González thrives on simplicity
Sweden

Swedish musician José González thrives on simplicity

In an age when even hard-up musicians can create studio quality from a bedroom, and producers like Timbaland and Mark Ronson are becoming stars of the industry, successful Swedish songwriter José González stands out for his raw simplicity.

Conviction in Swedish file sharing case
Sweden

Conviction in Swedish file sharing case

A 31-year-old man at the heart of Sweden’s largest file sharing case to date was convicted in Linköping District Court on Monday.

Pensioner injures tourist with Hofbräuhaus beer mug
Germany

Pensioner injures tourist with Hofbräuhaus beer mug

A 67-year-old German pensioner could face charges of attempted manslaughter after smashing an Italian tourist in the head with his beer mug at Munich’s famed Hofbräuhaus.

Twenty hurt in Neu-Ulm blaze
Germany

Twenty hurt in Neu-Ulm blaze

Twenty people were injured – three of them seriously – in a fire that broke out in an apartment building in the Bavarian town of Neu-Ulm early on Monday morning.

Football: Bayern splash the cash to buy Bundesliga title
Germany

Football: Bayern splash the cash to buy Bundesliga title

While the duo of Luca Toni and Franck Ribery played a big part in helping Bayern Munich win the Bundesliga title, the German giant's financial firepower was the real key to their success.

‘Break up gaming monopoly’
Sweden

‘Break up gaming monopoly’

Svenksa Spel’s gaming monopoly ought to be abolished in order to make way for new forms of cultural support, writes the Moderate Party’s Culture Committee.

First children’s opera house in Germany opens
Germany

First children’s opera house in Germany opens

The first opera house in Germany built especially for children will open in the northern city of Dortmund on Monday.

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Sweden

Boy stabbed in Gothenburg park

A 13-year-old boy is believed to have suffered a punctured lung after being stabbed in the chest in a Gothenburg park on Sunday evening.

Matilda, 4, bitten by beaver
Sweden

Matilda, 4, bitten by beaver

A four-year-old girl has been attacked and bitten by a beaver near Östersund in northern Sweden.

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Sweden

Man attacks parents with axe

A man in Motala in south central Sweden has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after attacking his parents with an axe.