Brandenburg fires up experimental CO2 power plant
Germany

Brandenburg fires up experimental CO2 power plant

Swedish energy company Vattenfall will fire up an experimental coal power plant in Brandenburg on Tuesday with the aim of trapping the unwanted carbon dioxide emissions.

IG Metall calls for wage hike for employees
Germany

IG Metall calls for wage hike for employees

Powerful German trade union IG Metall called Monday for a pay hike of seven to eight percent for the 3.5 million employees in the metalworking, electrical engineering and automaking sectors.

Merkel attacks English word invasion
Germany

Merkel attacks English word invasion

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday complained about the high number of English words that have been incorporated into the German language during a visit the Goethe Institute in Munich.

Bosnian leader: ‘Don’t pardon Plavsic’
Sweden

Bosnian leader: ‘Don’t pardon Plavsic’

A prominent Bosnian leader has called on Sweden not to grant a pardon to former Bosnian Serb president Biljana Plavsic, who is serving an 11-year sentence for war crimes.

Stuttgart scientists prove animals can survive in outer space
Germany

Stuttgart scientists prove animals can survive in outer space

Scientists from the University of Stuttgart said on Monday they had proven tiny advanced organisms can survive the harsh conditions of outer space for at least 10 days.

Gila Monsters stolen from Cologne zoo
Germany

Gila Monsters stolen from Cologne zoo

Lizard-loving thieves broke into the Cologne zoo over the weekend to steal four highly poisonous Gila Monsters. Police are calling for help to find the endangered animals.

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Sweden

Eight years for mail bomb murder attempt

A man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for trying to kill his ex-girlfriend with a letter bomb in a Stockholm suburb last spring.

Steinmeier faces difficult road toward chancellorship
Germany

Steinmeier faces difficult road toward chancellorship

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier embarked on a tough 12-month battle on Monday, fronting a demoralized and divided Social Democratic Party to challenge Angela Merkel for the chancellorship in elections next year.

Sweden wins first gold medals in Beijing
Sweden

Sweden wins first gold medals in Beijing

Swedish athletes have finally won gold in Beijing as two of the country’s Paralympians achieved victory on Monday.

Sweden to cut corporate tax rate
Sweden

Sweden to cut corporate tax rate

The Swedish government announced plans on Monday to introduce 16 billion kronor ($2.4 billion) worth of relief for Swedish business through business tax cuts and a reduction in social fees.

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Sweden

Swedish prostitutes want to pay taxes

More and more Swedish prostitutes want to pay taxes in order to receive the social welfare benefits that come with doing so.

Misconduct reported in captive woman case
Sweden

Misconduct reported in captive woman case

The police chief in Jönköping on Monday reported his colleagues for official misconduct in their handling of the case of a woman kept locked up for years in a cabin near Eksjö in south central Sweden.

More than half of pregnant German women drink alcohol
Germany

More than half of pregnant German women drink alcohol

More than half of German women occasionally drink alcohol during their pregnancies, and more than 10,000 babies are born with alcohol-related birth defects each year, according to Drug Commissioner Sabine Bätzing on Monday.

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Sweden

Housing reform would ‘force 50,000 to move’

The proposal put forward by a state inquiry into Sweden’s housing market would most affect people with low incomes, claims the head of the national tenant association.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier: the man who would be chancellor
Germany

Frank-Walter Steinmeier: the man who would be chancellor

Germany's Social Democrats have picked Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to take on Angela Merkel in next year's election. AFP's Deborah Cole profiles the man who would be chancellor.

Family bedevilled by girl’s beastly ID number
Sweden

Family bedevilled by girl’s beastly ID number

A couple from Umeå in northern Sweden is upset about state authorities branding their newborn baby girl with the sign of the devil.

CDU plans campaign to fight communist nostalgia
Germany

CDU plans campaign to fight communist nostalgia

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is planning a campaign against communist nostalgia and the rise of the hard-line socialist Left party, according to daily Financial Times Deutschland on Monday.

President Köhler’s plane breaks down in Beijing
Germany

President Köhler’s plane breaks down in Beijing

German President Horst Köhler was forced to take an airline flight home from the Special Olympics in Beijing after the presidential plane broke down on Monday morning.

Blue tongue disease hits Swedish farm
Sweden

Blue tongue disease hits Swedish farm

Two animals infected with blue tongue disease have been destroyed, as Sweden’s agricultural ministry gears up to prevent a wider outbreak of the feared livestock disease.

Teen band Tokio Hotel wins at MTV awards
Germany

Teen band Tokio Hotel wins at MTV awards

German teen band Tokio Hotel won the Best New Artist category for their video “Ready, Set, Go!” at the MTV Music Video Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

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Sweden

Government to scrap green car rebate

The government is facing criticism for its decision to phase out popular green car subsidies next summer, six months earlier than originally planned.