German pensioner death sparks call for laws against assisted suicide
Germany

German pensioner death sparks call for laws against assisted suicide

Several German states are planning to push for a law that would forbid assisted suicide following the controversial death of an elderly woman who was healthy but feared being put in a retirement home.

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Germany

One-quarter of Berliners have foreign roots

Every fourth Berlin resident has foreign roots, according to a new survey released by the state's statistics office on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Outrage over plans for spiritualist summit

Emotions are running high in central Sweden over plans by an organization with ties to a convicted child rapist to hold a key meeting next year near the scene of its member's crimes.

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Germany

Deutsche Bank shares fall on profit warning rumours

Shares in the biggest German bank, Deutsche Bank, plunged on Tuesday amid rumours the bank could issue a second quarter profit warning.

Sweden gears up for VIVA World Cup
Sweden

Sweden gears up for VIVA World Cup

As Europe finally calms down after a month of football fever for Euro 2008, the small town of Gällivare is gearing up to host a smaller, but far more international football competition. The VIVA World Cup kicks off on July 7th, under the midnight sun.

German unemployment sinks to 16-year low
Germany

German unemployment sinks to 16-year low

German unemployment sank to its lowest level in nearly 16 years on Tuesday, according to June figures from the Federal Labour Agency.

Man-sized German catfish chokes on football
Germany

Man-sized German catfish chokes on football

A gigantic catfish in Germany's Main River met its end this week when it suffocated after trying to eat a football, water police reported.

Ingmar Bergman’s home up for auction
Sweden

Ingmar Bergman’s home up for auction

The children of world-renowned Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman are carrying out their late father’s wishes to have his home auctioned off to the highest bidder.

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Sweden

Sweden rejects fat child data registry

A nationwide obesity register planed by Sweden’s National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) has been rejected by the Data Inspection Board due to privacy concerns.

Reagan’s son lobbies for memorial in Berlin
Germany

Reagan’s son lobbies for memorial in Berlin

The son of former US President Ronald Reagan has called for a memorial to his father near Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate.

US wants Bundeswehr forces to help in eastern Afghanistan
Germany

US wants Bundeswehr forces to help in eastern Afghanistan

The US wants the quick reaction forces (QRF) from the German Bundeswehr to begin operations on the unstable eastern border of Afghanistan and Pakistan, a CIA source in Washington said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Girl missing after ‘car park kidnap’

A girl aged 12-13 is thought to have been abducted from a car park in Olofström, in southern Sweden, at around 1.30pm on Monday, according to local newspaper Blekinge Läns Tidning.

Deutsche Post wins €1-bln EU ruling on state aid
Germany

Deutsche Post wins €1-bln EU ruling on state aid

German mail services and logistics group Deutsche Post said on Tuesday it would be repaid about €1 billion ($1.58 billion) from the German government after a European court overturned a EU decision concerning state aid.

Double murder suspect ‘not mentally ill’
Sweden

Double murder suspect ‘not mentally ill’

Forensic psychiatrists have ruled that Anders Eklund, the 42-year-old truck driver who has confessed to the murder of 10-year-old Engla Juncosa Höglund, was not mentally ill when the crime was committed.

Three dead in train collision in Bavaria
Germany

Three dead in train collision in Bavaria

At least three people are dead in a train collision after a car driver apparently overlooked an oncoming train at a railroad crossing, police in Nuremberg reported late Monday night.

Striking Lufthansa workers cause delays
Germany

Striking Lufthansa workers cause delays

Airline passengers in Germany faced protracted delays on Tuesday in Frankfurt, Munich and Nuremberg as Lufthansa workers staged a series of warning strikes in an ongoing wage dispute.

Köhler won’t sign EU treaty pending court ruling
Germany

Köhler won’t sign EU treaty pending court ruling

German President Horst Köhler will not complete his country's ratification of the EU's Lisbon Treaty until its highest court has ruled on legal challenges to the text, his office said late on Monday.

Bus strike underway in Stockholm
Sweden

Bus strike underway in Stockholm

More than 6,000 Stockholm-area bus drivers went on strike at midnight, causing commuting headaches for thousands of area residents.

Nazi hunters say German judge blocking search for ‘Dr Death’
Germany

Nazi hunters say German judge blocking search for ‘Dr Death’

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has accused a German judge of blocking the search for the world's most wanted Nazi war crimes suspect, Aribert Heim, also known as "Dr. Death."

Ford in talks to sell Volvo
Sweden

Ford in talks to sell Volvo

Ford Motors, the American owner of Volvo Cars, has had exploratory talks with French automaker Renault regarding a possible sale of the Swedish car division.

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Sweden

Officials investigate snoop agency leak

Sweden’s Chancellor of Justice has launch an investigation into the leaking of a classified document by an employee of the National Defence Radio Establishment (Försvarets Radioanstalt - FRA).

Klüft: ‘Ban dopers from Olympics for life’
Sweden

Klüft: ‘Ban dopers from Olympics for life’

Olympic heptathlon champion Carolina Klüft of Sweden said on Monday British sprinter Dwain Chambers and other such drug cheats should not be allowed to compete in Olympic Games.