Merkel calls for immediate ceasefire in Georgia
Germany

Merkel calls for immediate ceasefire in Georgia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday called for an "immediate and unconditional ceasefire" in Georgia, in a telephone call with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, a spokesman said.

German judge’s giggle fit stops court case
Germany

German judge’s giggle fit stops court case

A German judge in Düsseldorf was forced to halt a court case between two feuding neighbours after she couldn't stop laughing at the absurdity of their antics.

Cyclist Johansson claims first Swedish medal in Beijing
Sweden

Cyclist Johansson claims first Swedish medal in Beijing

Emma Johansson claimed the first Swedish medal in the Beijing Olympics when she came runner-up to Britain's Nicole Cooke in the women's cycling road race on Sunday.

Deutsche Post partners with Aldi
Germany

Deutsche Post partners with Aldi

Deutsche Post has announced plans to cooperate with supermarket discounter Aldi to increase the number of its “Packstation” automated post offices.

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Sweden

Pensioners in long wait for benefits

Staff shortages and a reorganisation of the social insurance office (Försäkringskassan) has led to long delays. 30,000 pensioners have this year had to wait over a month for their housing benefit.

Philosopher Habermas honoured in Switzerland
Germany

Philosopher Habermas honoured in Switzerland

The renowned German philosopher and sociologist Jürgen Habermas has been awarded the European Prize of Political Culture at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland.

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Sweden

Study: Young convicts worse off mentally

Young criminals often feel worse mentally compared to other young people, new statistics show. Despite this there is no specialized forensic care for young people in Sweden.

German minister says Georgia breaking international law
Germany

German minister says Georgia breaking international law

The number two at the German foreign ministry said Georgia is breaking international law by launching military action to reclaim South Ossetia.

Reinfeldt: ‘Dark clouds over the economy’
Sweden

Reinfeldt: ‘Dark clouds over the economy’

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt forecast imminent dark clouds over the Swedish economy and promised action in his summer speech while opposition leader Mona Sahlin went on the attack.