Nurses pledge further strike action
Sweden

Nurses pledge further strike action

Sweden's nurses announced plans on Tuesday to intensify their ongoing strike in a bid to secure higher wages.

Researchers find key to deadly bee disease
Germany

Researchers find key to deadly bee disease

A key discovery by researchers at the Free University of Berlin may help beekeepers treat a deadly bee infection.

Study: ‘lying common among job seekers’
Sweden

Study: ‘lying common among job seekers’

Nearly one in two human resource directors from Swedish companies report encountering job candidates who have lied or withheld relevant information during the recruiting process, a new study has found.

Birka – A day trip into the Viking past
Sweden

Birka – A day trip into the Viking past

The Local’s Faisal Enayat Khan joins the tourists on board the MS Victoria and sails out into the Stockholm’s archipelago to the island of Birka to put the Swedish capital’s ‘Beauty on Water’ theory to the test.

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Sweden

Bird thieves return chatty cockatoo

It only took three days for Liam, a four-year-old rose-breasted cockatoo, to wear out the thieves who stole him from a Stockholm-area pet shop.

Government moves to lower Deutsche Telekom stake
Germany

Government moves to lower Deutsche Telekom stake

Germany's state bank announced on Tuesday a new effort at further privatizing national phone company Deutsche Telekom with a €3-billion ($4.6-billion) convertible bond offering.

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Sweden

Politician says critics ‘jealous they didn’t see my body’

Centre Party politician Mats Hallsten had been suggested as the new chair of the Färgelanda municipal council, but his candidacy was stopped in part because of his involvement in a scantily clad comedy group.

Berlin not world-class but still comfy
Germany

Berlin not world-class but still comfy

Berliners may not see their hometown in the same class as the world's greatest cities, but they are more content than residents of Europe's other major cities, according to a survey by consultancy firm Accenture.

A third of German children born out of wedlock
Germany

A third of German children born out of wedlock

An increasing number of German children are being born out of wedlock, according to official government figures released on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Is Italy in the EU? – A Swedish ID card farce

Getting an ID card might not seem like rocket science but Riccardo Bevilacqua from the Division of Applied Nuclear Physics at Uppsala University has found splitting atoms easy by comparison.

Laval asking unions for 2.8 million kronor in damages
Sweden

Laval asking unions for 2.8 million kronor in damages

Laval wants Swedish builders union Byggnads and the Swedish Electricians Union to pay 2.8 million kronor ($465,000) in damages, as well as legal expenses incurred by the Latvian construction company in connection with Vaxholm wage-dumping dispute.

Former German chancellor Kohl marries partner
Germany

Former German chancellor Kohl marries partner

Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, 78, married his partner Maike Richter, 44, in a private ceremony last week, his Berlin office announced on Tuesday.

Plenty to see at nudist B&B
Sweden

Plenty to see at nudist B&B

A couple of avid naturists in southern Sweden have revealed plans to begin catering for like-minded tourists at a picturesque farm near the village of Skurup.

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Sweden

Swedish police target paedophiles

Law enforcement authorities carried out a series of coordinated raids across Sweden on Tuesday against suspected paedophiles.

Bayern’s domination worries Bundesliga rivals
Germany

Bayern’s domination worries Bundesliga rivals

FC Bayern's domination of the Bundesliga this season may have gone down well in Munich, but their fourth domestic double in six years is causing alarm bells to ring in Germany, write AFP's Ryland James.

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Sweden

Supreme court rethinks rape rulings

Two fresh rulings by Sweden's supreme court have set new guidelines for the interpretation of rape cases.

Dalai Lama to rally support for Tibet in Germany
Germany

Dalai Lama to rally support for Tibet in Germany

Germany is the Dalai Lama’s first stop this week on a tour meant to keep Tibet at the centre of the world stage ahead of the Beijing Olympics, writes AFP’s Pratap Chakravarty.

Business puts high hopes on Merkel trip to Latin America
Germany

Business puts high hopes on Merkel trip to Latin America

German companies have high expectations for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s first state visit to Latin America, an increasingly vital trading partner, a regional expert told German press agency DPA on Tuesday.

German government backs off unpopular teen sex law: report
Germany

German government backs off unpopular teen sex law: report

The German government is likely to back off a proposal for a new sex crimes law that some experts said could have criminalized normal teenage dating, according to a newspaper report on Tuesday.

Anders Eklund suspected of rape
Sweden

Anders Eklund suspected of rape

Anders Eklund, the 42-year-old man who has confessed to the murder of 10-year-old Engla Juncosa Höglund, is also believed by police to have raped the girl.

Two bodies found in lake
Sweden

Two bodies found in lake

Police have recovered two bodies from a lake outside the village of Veberöd in southern Sweden.