Public urination leads to unrelenting stream of fines
Sweden

Public urination leads to unrelenting stream of fines

More and more Swedes are getting fined for urinating in public.

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Sweden

Swiss looking at Gripen purchase

Switzerland is considering buying the JAS Gripen aircraft from Sweden.

Pirates capture German-French family near Somalia
Germany

Pirates capture German-French family near Somalia

Somali pirates have attacked a yacht and kidnapped a German-French family that was on board.

More Swedes become dollar millionaires
Sweden

More Swedes become dollar millionaires

There are more truly wealthy people in Sweden than ever before.

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Germany

Russian-German Baltic gas pipeline ready by late 2011

The Nord Stream gas pipeline from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea should be operational by late 2011, the head of German energy giant EON Ruhrgas said here Tuesday.

School’s out for death metal teacher
Sweden

School’s out for death metal teacher

A hard rocking teacher who was fired before ever setting foot in a classroom has lodged a discrimination complaint with Sweden’s Ombudsman of Justice (JO).

German border town mobilizes against student ‘drug trail’
Germany

German border town mobilizes against student ‘drug trail’

Officials in the German city of Kaldenkirchen are mobilizing against German students taking "holiday excursions" through the border town to buy marijuana in the Netherlands, police announced on Tuesday.

Swedish town chosen for international potato academy
Sweden

Swedish town chosen for international potato academy

The United Nations has declared 2008 the international year of the potato and now the lovable spud is set to have its own academy seated in Alingsås in western Sweden.

Donors pledge $242 mln to support Palestine at Berlin talks
Germany

Donors pledge $242 mln to support Palestine at Berlin talks

International donors committed $242 million on Tuesday for security infrastructure in the Palestinian territories, a German government source said on the sidelines of a conference in Berlin.

Study: Swedish teens ‘more stressed out’ at school
Sweden

Study: Swedish teens ‘more stressed out’ at school

Swedish 15-year-olds feel more pressure in school than their counterparts in other countries.

“People want to be reminded of America at its best”
Germany

“People want to be reminded of America at its best”

On the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, Steve Kettmann speaks with Andrei Cherny, author of The Candy Bombers. The former speechwriter for Bill Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry hopes his new book will force Americans to look at current US foreign policy through the prism of the unique humanitarian effort that began June 26, 1948.

German consumer confidence tanks
Germany

German consumer confidence tanks

German consumer confidence has fallen to a 30-month low as climbing energy prices reduce household purchasing power, a study by the GfK research institute showed on Tuesday.

Cheating rumours plague Berlin math exam retake
Germany

Cheating rumours plague Berlin math exam retake

Not 24 hours after the Berlin city administration reported that things had gone smoothly, reports on Tuesday surfaced that the mathematics final exam 28,000 Berlin 10th grade students had to retake due to a massive cheating scandal was likely plagued by more dishonesty.

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Sweden

‘Don’t bin non-European college applications’

Sweden's higher education agency has slammed a recommendation by the Association of Swedish Higher Education that schools reject applications from non-European students without review.

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Germany

Berlin’s Komische Oper to get new director

Australian director Barry Kosky is to become the next director of Berlin’s Komische Oper opera house, according to culture radio station RBB on Tuesday.

Germany pledges 1,000 more troops to Afghanistan
Germany

Germany pledges 1,000 more troops to Afghanistan

An additional 1,000 German soldiers will be headed to Afghanistan soon, Defense Minister Franz Josef Jung said in Berlin on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Tax dodging estate agents to face the law

Dozens of estate agents in the Stockholm area have been reported to the police for allegedly withholding money from the tax authorities.

Baltic Sea gasps for air
Sweden

Baltic Sea gasps for air

The World Wildlife Fund cautioned on Monday that the spread of so-called marine dead zones, where nothing can survive due to lack of oxygen, could cause the Baltic Sea ecosystem to collapse.

Berlin conference to boost Palestinian security
Germany

Berlin conference to boost Palestinian security

An international conference opens in Berlin on Tuesday aiming to bolster the rule of law in the Palestinian territories and create the necessary conditions for the creation of a viable state.

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Sweden

Taxpayers prop up political parties

The amount of money paid out in grants to Sweden's political parties has risen by more than 40 percent over the last seven years, according to figures compiled by public television news programme Rapport.