SPD agrees on election tax plan
Germany

SPD agrees on election tax plan

Leaders of the Social Democratic Party voted Saturday for a platform that would raise taxes on wealthy Germans as the party prepares for a tough election campaign against Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats.

School shooting sparks call for gun amnesty
Germany

School shooting sparks call for gun amnesty

Following a deadly school shooting last month, the interior ministers of Germany’s 16 states are planning to offer amnesty to anyone who turns in an illegal weapon, the news magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

Cottbus offers fans refund after thrashing by Schalke
Germany

Cottbus offers fans refund after thrashing by Schalke

Energie Cottbus' players will reimburse the entrance fee of their 600 fans who made the trip to

ISPs refuse to shut down Pirate Bay
Sweden

ISPs refuse to shut down Pirate Bay

Internet service providers refuse to cooperate with an entertainment industry group's demand to shut down The Pirate Bay.

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Sweden

Swedish press: file sharing still ahead of the law

The law is still way behind filesharing technology, maintain several of Sweden's opinion columnists in the wake of the Pirate Bay verdict yesterday. Many of them see the court's sentencing as surprisingly harsh.

Tokio Hotel attack linked to stalker gang
Germany

Tokio Hotel attack linked to stalker gang

A group of “militant stalkers” has been following the German rock band Tokio Hotel for the past six months, which may have prompted star Tom Kaulitz’s attack against a female fan last week, daily Bild reported Saturday.

Sweden to boycott UN racism conference
Sweden

Sweden to boycott UN racism conference

Sweden will not send any ministerial officials to the UN conference on racism in Geneva on Monday, said Swedish Integration Minister Nyamko Sabuni.

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Sweden

Covert Facebook contacts seek Swedish military secrets

Swedish soldiers deployed in Afghanistan have been contacted via Facebook in an attempt to glean secret military information, according to Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Guttenberg slams greedy bankers
Germany

Guttenberg slams greedy bankers

Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg harshly criticized bankers just days before a major economic summit in the Chancellery in an interview to be published Sunday in the news magazine Der Spiegel.

Mystery glass in chicken not sabotage
Sweden

Mystery glass in chicken not sabotage

Investigators at the National Investigation Department (Rikskriminalen) have ruled out sabotage in several cases where bits of glass were discovered in frozen poultry, as well as in other food products.

Recession driving workers into underground economy
Germany

Recession driving workers into underground economy

Germany’s worst recession since World War II is driving millions of workers into the ‘shadow economy,’ according to a report published Saturday in Wirtschaftwoche.

Mao condom ad sparks Chinese rage
Germany

Mao condom ad sparks Chinese rage

China's official media and outspoken bloggers on Friday protested over a German advert promoting the use of condoms which shows revolutionary leader Mao Zedong as a sperm cell alongside Adolf Hitler and Osama bin Laden.