EU deal ‘a rap on the knuckles for Sarkozy’
Sweden

EU deal ‘a rap on the knuckles for Sarkozy’

Swedish MEP Christoffer Fjellner has described a new compromise on illegal file sharers agreed to on Monday by European Union member state governments as "a rap on the knuckles for Sarkozy".

Merkel thanks Eastern Europe for helping break the Iron Curtain
Germany

Merkel thanks Eastern Europe for helping break the Iron Curtain

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday thanked eastern Europeans for helping bring down the Berlin Wall, saying that joyous moment 20 years ago would not have been possible without them.

New Deutsche Bahn boss holds onto railway stock market listing
Germany

New Deutsche Bahn boss holds onto railway stock market listing

Rüdiger Grube, the new head of Gemany’s national railway operator Deutsche Bahn, said on Monday he would not give up floating the company on the stock market as planned by his predecessor Hartmut Mehdorn.

Fiat woos Berlin and commits to Opel plants
Germany

Fiat woos Berlin and commits to Opel plants

Italy's Fiat, trying to drum up support in Berlin on Monday for audacious plans to snap up GM’s Opel unit and merge it with Chrysler to create a new global auto giant, agreed to keep open three Opel plants in Germany.

One-fifth of underage Germans get drunk once a month
Germany

One-fifth of underage Germans get drunk once a month

More than 20 percent of underage Germans get drunk at least once a month, the country's drug commissioner Sabine Bätzing announced on Monday.

Pop idol contestant demands redo after voting cock-up
Germany

Pop idol contestant demands redo after voting cock-up

Annemarie Eilfeld, who was voted out of the semi-final of Germany’s TV popstar contest Deutschland Sucht Den Superstar on Saturday, has demanded a redo of the show after broadcaster RTL mistakenly swapped telephone voting numbers.

Walking off the crisis
Germany

Walking off the crisis

Lean times have come to Germany. But Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent of British daily The Times, believes that doesn’t mean the country has to go all flabby.

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Sweden

Gothenburg police hunt mystery snipper

Gothenburg police are hunting for a mystery man who is suspected of cutting the hair of unsuspecting female passengers aboard the city's buses.

Economic outlook brighter: report
Sweden

Economic outlook brighter: report

The Purchasing Managers' Index, which indicates Swedish industrial activity, climbed in April for the fourth consecutive month.

Doctors bristle over new swine flu rules
Germany

Doctors bristle over new swine flu rules

Germany’s doctors criticised new rules on Monday forcing physicians to report cases of swine flu or face sanctions by the government.

Steinbrück: tax dodgers threaten society
Germany

Steinbrück: tax dodgers threaten society

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück warned on Monday that tax evasion was a crime serious enough to threaten the country's social cohesion.

Tax-cut debate engulfs Merkel’s conservatives
Germany

Tax-cut debate engulfs Merkel’s conservatives

A heated debate about tax cuts has engulfed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives only five months before Germany’s general election.

Göta Canal passenger boat runs aground
Sweden

Göta Canal passenger boat runs aground

Passengers from 40 different countries were evacuated to safety on Monday morning after a vessel plying the trans-Sweden Göta Canal ran aground near Oxelösund in eastern Sweden.

Tired German doctor accidentally kills patient in the UK
Germany

Tired German doctor accidentally kills patient in the UK

A German doctor providing emergency cover in Britain accidentally killed a patient by giving him a lethal dose of pain medication, the UK daily Guardian reported on Monday.

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Sweden

‘File sharing law goes too far’: Swedish EU election candidates

A clear majority of the Swedish candidates seeking election to the EU parliament are against the IPRED copyright law, arguing that EU countries have gone too far in the hunt for file-sharers.

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Sweden

Teenager dies after go-kart crash

A Swedish teenager has died after crashing his go-kart at a campsite in southern Sweden on Sunday.

Fiat wants Saab in European car giant
Sweden

Fiat wants Saab in European car giant

Swedish car maker Saab could become part of a new European car giant after Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne expressed an interest in General Motors' European brands.

Fiat boss wants Opel to join European car giant
Germany

Fiat boss wants Opel to join European car giant

Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne, fresh from forging a partnership with US giant Chrysler, headed to Berlin on Monday to discuss his plans for General Motor's unit Opel with German officials.

Bureaucracy thwarts commando mission
Germany

Bureaucracy thwarts commando mission

The German government has been criticised for reportedly allowing bureaucratic delays to stop the country’s elite GSG-9 police commandos from storming a pirate-held ship last week.

EU commissioner Wallström praises Swedish government
Sweden

EU commissioner Wallström praises Swedish government

The Alliance government is doing a better job in the EU than the previous Social Democratic government headed by Göran Persson, the Swedish EU commissioner and Social Democrat Margot Wallström has said.

Swedes overcome Swiss to book slot in last eight
Sweden

Swedes overcome Swiss to book slot in last eight

Sweden recorded a 4-1 victory over the hosts Switzerland in Berne on Sunday to book a slot in the World Ice Hockey Championship quarter-finals.

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Sweden

Swede ‘probably’ infected with swine flu

Swedish health officials reported on Sunday a 'probable' first case of swine flu, but were unable to confirm it definitively because the sample contained a very small amount of the virus.