Bus crash injures 9 German students in Sweden
Germany

Bus crash injures 9 German students in Sweden

A tourist coach carrying 25 German passengers crashed near Linköping, Sweden at lunchtime on Monday. Nine adolescents were taken to hospital.

Rough weather heads for central Sweden
Sweden

Rough weather heads for central Sweden

The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) has warned that violent thunderstorms are expected to hit central Sweden late on Monday.

Ikea founder: sons as CEO ‘not an option’
Sweden

Ikea founder: sons as CEO ‘not an option’

Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Swedish furniture chain Ikea, has revealed it is unlikely that one of his sons will take over as CEO when the incumbent Anders Dahlvig leaves.

Nazi chimney sweep allowed back to work
Germany

Nazi chimney sweep allowed back to work

A neo-Nazi chimney sweep in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt who was dismissed for his behaviour and is suing to get his job back will be allowed to return to work, court officials said on Monday.

German teenagers hurt in Linköping coach crash
Sweden

German teenagers hurt in Linköping coach crash

A tourist coach carrying 25 German passengers crashed near Linköping at lunchtime on Monday. Nine adolescents were taken to hospital.

FRA reports blogger to Justice Chancellor
Sweden

FRA reports blogger to Justice Chancellor

The National Defence Radio Establishment, FRA (Försvarets radioanstalt), has filed a complaint with Sweden’s Chancellor of Justice (Justitiekanslern – JK) against a blogger for publishing a classified document said to prove that the agency was spying on individual Swedes back in 1996.

Swedish town: ‘Go north and claim your reward’
Sweden

Swedish town: ‘Go north and claim your reward’

In an innovative move to arrest depopulation, Arjeplog, a municipality in the far north of Sweden has offered families up to 100,000 kronor ($16,000) to move into the area.

Obama says he got ‘hustled’ by German tabloid
Germany

Obama says he got ‘hustled’ by German tabloid

Barack Obama says he was "played" and "hustled" by German tabloid daily Bild after they published a rather embarrassing unauthorized article the day after his popular speech in Berlin last week.

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Sweden

Campground to Swedish family: ‘Your caravan is just too ugly’

A family from Borås received an unlikely explanation for why they were denied access to a camp site in Falkenberg in western Sweden last week: their caravan was just too ugly.

Friesland wedding ends in brawl
Germany

Friesland wedding ends in brawl

A wedding in the German coastal region East Friesland ended in a brawl over the weekend, as the bride and groom fought with their guests.

Emirates Airlines buys 60 Airbus planes
Germany

Emirates Airlines buys 60 Airbus planes

The Gulf airline Emirates has signed a letter of intent to buy 60 more Airbus planes, comprised of 30 A330-300s and 30 A350s, its chief executive Sheikh Ahmed ibn Said al-Maktoum said on Monday in Hamburg.

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Germany

German consumer confidence hits five-year low

German consumer confidence has hit its lowest level since June 2003, a leading survey showed on Monday, as benefits of increased employment and wages were "demolished" by inflation.

China’s field of dreams in Germany
Germany

China’s field of dreams in Germany

Made in Germany? Chinese firms could soon be flocking to a remote airport in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to assemble their goods, reports Brett Neely.

Ex-Siemens director convicted in corruption scandal
Germany

Ex-Siemens director convicted in corruption scandal

In the first trial over the massive Siemens corruption scandal that came to light in November 2006, a Munich district court on Monday handed a former manager a two-year suspended sentence and hefty fines for his part in paying €53 million in bribes to land foreign contracts.

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Sweden

Cash not credit is the currency of recession in Sweden

As talk of the global economic slowdown gathers pace Swedes are turning their backs on fast credit to buy their consumable items.

Government proposes animal offenders list
Sweden

Government proposes animal offenders list

A new register of all those forbidden from keeping animals has been presented in a new proposal from the Ministry of Agriculture, Riksdag & Department reports.

First public Bayreuth viewing a success
Germany

First public Bayreuth viewing a success

More than 15,000 people showed up for a successful first-ever public viewing of a Bayreuth Festival opera, “The Master Singers of Nuremburg,” on Sunday evening.

Lufthansa on schedule despite massive strike
Germany

Lufthansa on schedule despite massive strike

German airline Lufthansa has reported that air traffic is running on schedule despite the massive strike of ground and cabin personnel that began early Monday morning.

Steinmeier prods China on human rights
Germany

Steinmeier prods China on human rights

Germany’s foreign minister said Monday that the upcoming Olympic Games would herald a major “opening up” of Chinese society and urged Beijing to do more to ensure the rights of its minorities.

Lung cancer deaths rise among Swedish women
Sweden

Lung cancer deaths rise among Swedish women

Lung cancer has become the cancer responsible for the greatest number of deaths among Swedish women, according to a new report from the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

Two Swedes swing to success in golfing victories
Sweden

Two Swedes swing to success in golfing victories

Mikael Lundberg claimed victory at the Russian Open in Moscow for a second time, while Helen Alfredsson’s win at the Evian Masters in France made her the event's first three-time winner.

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Sweden

Hate crime mars Europride launch

Two men in their late 20s were stabbed and robbed of their mobile telephones in the Tantolunden area of Södermalm in Stockholm on Sunday night in an attack police are classifying as a hate crime.