Stasi files still revealing secrets 20 years on
Germany

Stasi files still revealing secrets 20 years on

Germans are still applying in droves to see files kept on them by the feared Stasi secret police nearly 20 years after the Berlin Wall fell, the head of the vast archives said on Tuesday.

Severe storms close schools and flood roads
Germany

Severe storms close schools and flood roads

Severe storms ravaged parts of Germany with gale force winds, hail, lightning and heavy rains, causing flooding and school closures on Tuesday.

Sweden sued over EU data directive inaction
Sweden

Sweden sued over EU data directive inaction

Sweden’s government is being sued by the European Commission for refusing to implement a 2006 measure requiring telecom operators to store information about their customers’ phone calls and emails.

Germany lags Europe in social equality survey
Germany

Germany lags Europe in social equality survey

A new survey comparing social equality in the European Union has ranked German society near the bottom due to poor educational and job opportunities, as well as widespread gender and generational disparity.

Tree rings help date Sweden’s oldest wooden home
Sweden

Tree rings help date Sweden’s oldest wooden home

New research has revealed a wooden building in Mora in central Sweden to be the country's oldest wooden residential home.

Bayern poised to poach Stuttgart striker Gomez
Germany

Bayern poised to poach Stuttgart striker Gomez

Stuttgart striker Mario Gomez is poised to join Bayern Munich after the German national team's Asia tour this summer in a deal believed to be worth €30 million ($41.7 million).

Health officials say cocaine in Red Bull Cola harmless
Germany

Health officials say cocaine in Red Bull Cola harmless

The amount of cocaine found in Red Bull Cola is completely harmless, despite being pulled from store shelves in several states after experts found traces of the narcotic in the drink, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) said on Tuesday.

Toasting times for Germany’s leftists
Germany

Toasting times for Germany’s leftists

Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent of British daily The Times, explains why Germany’s leftists should raise a glass of bubbly to the global economic crisis.

Germany boots fastest supercomputer in EU
Germany

Germany boots fastest supercomputer in EU

The fastest supercomputer in Europe booted up with fanfare on Tuesday at the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing in Jülich.

Manager suing Deutsche Telekom for sex-life spy scandal
Germany

Manager suing Deutsche Telekom for sex-life spy scandal

The manager of a Croatian subsidiary of Germany's Deutsche Telekom has said she will sue the parent company after a report that it spied on her sex life, Croatian media reported on Tuesday.

Swabian Alb recognized as UNESCO nature haven
Germany

Swabian Alb recognized as UNESCO nature haven

A nature preserve near Stuttgart and the “in-between city” of St. Ingbert in Germany have been added to UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR), the organisation announced on Tuesday.

Berlin dismisses Opel liquidation talk
Germany

Berlin dismisses Opel liquidation talk

As Chancellor Angela Merkel prepared to meet Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne to discuss the future of carmaker Opel on Tuesday, Berlin had to deny Economy Minister Karl -Theodor zu Guttenberg had mooted a total liquidation of GM’s German unit.

Swedish navy arrests pirates off Somali coast
Sweden

Swedish navy arrests pirates off Somali coast

Swedish naval personnel arrested seven pirates in the Gulf of Aden in the early hours of Tuesday morning, according to a statement from the Swedish Armed Forces.

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Sweden

Blood shortage puts operations on hold

Uppsala University Hospital has been forced to put operations on hold due to a shortage of blood.

Woman knee-deep in toilet drain for hours after fall
Germany

Woman knee-deep in toilet drain for hours after fall

A 34-year-old woman is home safe after spending three hours with her leg stuck in a public squat toilet drain pipe, Baden-Württemberg police told The Local on Tuesday.

Swedish unemployment stabilizes at 8.3 percent
Sweden

Swedish unemployment stabilizes at 8.3 percent

Sweden's unemployment rate stabilized at 8.3 percent in April after five consecutive months of climbing figures, according to a new report from Statistics Sweden (SCB) published on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Girl receives damages for genital mutilation

A 19-year-old girl in Gothenburg has been awarded compensation after having been subjected to genital mutilation in Somalia as an 11-year-old.

Teenage boy arrested for bus stop stabbing
Sweden

Teenage boy arrested for bus stop stabbing

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested for the attempted murder of a 16-year-old girl at a bus stop in Upplands-Väsby near Stockholm on Monday afternoon.

Day care strike spreads to eastern states ahead of negotiations
Germany

Day care strike spreads to eastern states ahead of negotiations

An ongoing strike by day care workers expanded to states in eastern Germany for the first time on Tuesday in an attempt to increase pressure on public employers to provide better working conditions and wages.

Business leaders demand pay freeze
Sweden

Business leaders demand pay freeze

Swedish business leaders have demanded a pay freeze, lower pay for young people, more flexible employment regulations and local variations in collective agreements.

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Sweden

Hospital exposed patients to infection

Patients at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna were housed last summer in the same department as those with the resistant MRSA bacteria.

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Sweden

Norwegian in a coma after drinking wine bought in Sweden

A 59-year-old man from Arendal in Norway is lying in a coma, probably poisoned by wine that was bought in Sweden.