Bus strike over
Sweden

Bus strike over

Bus drivers from the Kommunal union and the Bussarbetsgivarna employers group announced late Tuesday night that they had both signed off on a new agreement, ending the bus strike.

Dirt really stresses out Germans on holiday
Germany

Dirt really stresses out Germans on holiday

For vacationing Germans, a dirty hotel room or an untidy beach is a primary stress inducer, according to new survey results announced on Tuesday. They’re also worried about possibly getting sick while at the beach or on the slopes.

Swedish doctors urge action over autism-sunlight link
Sweden

Swedish doctors urge action over autism-sunlight link

Doctors in Sweden caution that vitamin D deficiency caused by a lack of sunlight could explain the country's increased incidence of autism.

German investor confidence at 17-year low
Germany

German investor confidence at 17-year low

German investor confidence hit a record low point in July, a key survey showed on Tuesday, but analysts skirted any recession forecast as high oil prices and the euro weigh on the economy.

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Sweden

H&M sales rise despite slumping retail market

June sales for Swedish clothing retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) beat all expectations, jumping 8 percent despite signs of a retail slowdown throughout much of Europe.

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Germany

Group of German youth attack elderly man

A group of unprovoked young people assaulted a 63-year-old foreign man on Monday in Munich. The incident comes just after two young men were sentenced for an attack on a pensioner in a Munich subway station last December.

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Sweden

Sweden’s welfare programmes hinder Iraqi integration

By emphasizing welfare programmes over work and entrepreneurship, Sweden makes it harder for Iraqi immigrants to achieve success in their new country, argues Nima Sanandaji of the Captus think tank.

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Sweden

Saab divests space subsidiary to Swiss peer

Swedish defence and aerospace group Saab AB said on Tuesday it will sell its Saab Space subsidiary to Switzerland-based RUAG Holding for 335 million kronor ($56 million).

Man brings WWII grenade to police in shopping bag
Germany

Man brings WWII grenade to police in shopping bag

Elsterwerda police had to secure their station for two hours after an elderly man who found a World War II-era grenade laid it in their yard in an Aldi discount grocery store bag on Monday afternoon.

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Sweden

Family outrage at hospital’s cadaver confusion

A mix-up at a hospital in Karlstad in western Sweden led to relatives holding a burial service for the wrong man.

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Sweden

Socialist school planned for Borås

The Social Democrat youth organization (SSU) is planning to open a new independent school in Borås. SSU intends to test the independent schools system.

German man charged with killing wife with hunting bow
Germany

German man charged with killing wife with hunting bow

The public prosecutor’s office in Braunschweig on Monday began legal action against a Bad Harzburg man who allegedly killed his wife with a hunting bow and arrow.

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Sweden

Snoop law to be tried in European court

The Swedish government will have to defend the new FRA surveillance law in front of the European Court of Human Rights in a case filed by an independent law organization.

Three Iraqis jailed in Germany for assassination plot
Germany

Three Iraqis jailed in Germany for assassination plot

Three Iraqi men were sentenced to long jail terms Tuesday for plotting in 2004 to kill Iraq's then prime minister Iyad Allawi during a visit to Germany.

Thief: ‘I was just testing the bank’s security’
Sweden

Thief: ‘I was just testing the bank’s security’

A remorseful thief returned the money he stole from a bank in Ånäset in northern Sweden. The thief claimed to have been testing bank security.

German man arrested for gas explosion murder attempt
Germany

German man arrested for gas explosion murder attempt

German police have arrested a man for allegedly causing an intentional gas explosion meant to kill his wife and father.

Sweet deal for German sugar refiner Nordzucker
Germany

Sweet deal for German sugar refiner Nordzucker

Danish food group Danisco announced Monday it had agreed to sell its sugar division to German sugar refiner Nordzucker AG for 5.6 million kroner (€750 million, $1.2 billion).

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Germany

Psychological problems increasing for German jobless

Health expert for the Social Democrats (SPD) Karl Lauterbach has called for health insurance companies to “rethink” their policies for the unemployed, for whom psychological problems are on the rise.

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Sweden

Study: violence increasing on streets of Stockholm

Street violence in Stockholm is rising, according to a study by Stockholm South General Hospital (Södersjukhuset).

Germany threatened by traffic overload
Germany

Germany threatened by traffic overload

Germany is threatened by a “traffic infarction,” unless measures are taken to regulate heavy truck transportation, Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee warned Tuesday.

State agency ‘violated freedom of religion’
Sweden

State agency ‘violated freedom of religion’

The head of Sweden’s Evangelical Free Church has slammed the National Defence Radio Establishment (FRA) upon learning that the agency spied on Word of Life pastor Ulf Ekman in the 1990s.

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Sweden

Drug charges filed against Tetra Pak heir

The heir to the massive Tetra Pak fortune and his wife have been charged with possessing drugs, police in London said Monday.