Teacher loses case against online rankings website for students
Germany

Teacher loses case against online rankings website for students

A German teacher who had sued to shut down a website where pupils rank their instructors according to competence and "coolness" lost her battle in court on Tuesday.

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Sweden

AMF Pension reaches settlement with ex-CEO

The former CEO of Swedish pensions firm AMF Pension has agreed to reimburse his old employer following a bonus scandal that jeopardized the career of trade union chief Wanja Lundby Wedin.

Berlin motorcycle inventor puts the human in hybrids
Germany

Berlin motorcycle inventor puts the human in hybrids

Who says green vehicles can’t be cool? A Berlin-based inventor has created a “human-hybrid” cycle combining a zippy electric motor with pedal power. Andrew Mach takes the eRockit out for a spin.

German soldiers die in Afghanistan attack
Germany

German soldiers die in Afghanistan attack

Three German soldiers have died after being attacked while on patrol in the Kunduz region of northern Afghanistan.

WHO warns swine flu to infect 1/3 of Germany
Germany

WHO warns swine flu to infect 1/3 of Germany

The World Health Organisation has warned one in three people in Germany could catch the swine flu this autumn.

Swedish parents keep 2-year-old’s gender secret
Sweden

Swedish parents keep 2-year-old’s gender secret

A couple of Swedish parents have stirred up debate in the country by refusing to reveal whether their two-and-a-half-year-old child is a boy or a girl.

Hamburg bank must repay customer’s Lehman loss
Germany

Hamburg bank must repay customer’s Lehman loss

A retired teacher who lost €10,000 when the US investment bank Lehman Brothers went bust last year has succeeded in forcing the Hamburg bank which sold him the bond, to pay him the money in full.

Flooding from heavy rain closes roads in Bavaria
Germany

Flooding from heavy rain closes roads in Bavaria

Heavy and constant rain in southern Bavaria has caused road closures amid widespread flooding. A host of rivers haven broken their banks and snow has even fallen in the highest Alpine regions.

Children’s make-believe nuclear power plant prompts full alert
Germany

Children’s make-believe nuclear power plant prompts full alert

Two six-year-old boys caused panic and a nuclear alert when they put up home-made signs saying the area they were playing in was radioactive.

Sweden summons Iran’s ambassador
Sweden

Sweden summons Iran’s ambassador

The Swedish foreign ministry summoned Rasoul Eslami, Iran's ambassador to Sweden, to a meeting on Tuesday regarding Sweden's "serious concerns" about the ongoing violence and restrictions on free speech in the middle eastern state.

Man charged with copyright violation for Web TV hockey links
Sweden

Man charged with copyright violation for Web TV hockey links

A 31-year-old resident of Söderhamn in eastern Sweden has been charged with copyright infringement after publishing online streaming links to televised ice hockey matches on his personal homepage.

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Sweden

Migration Board worker found guilty of bribery

An employee of the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has been ordered by the Solna district court to pay 40,000 kronor ($5,000) in damages after having been found guilty of bribery.

Islam on the way to legal equality with Christianity in Germany
Germany

Islam on the way to legal equality with Christianity in Germany

Calls are growing in Germany for Islam to be granted the same legal status, rights and duties as other recognised religions, with the idea forming the main focus for this week’s Islam Conference.

Louis Vuitton sues Red Cross charity shop for selling fake purse
Germany

Louis Vuitton sues Red Cross charity shop for selling fake purse

Luxury brand Louis Vuitton sued a second-hand clothing shop operated by the German Red Cross because it was selling a counterfeit purse.

Euro support hits six-year high: poll
Sweden

Euro support hits six-year high: poll

Support for Sweden joining the eurozone has reached its highest point in six years, with voters in favour of retaining the krona maintaining a lead of just one percentage point in a new poll.

Survey shows consumer confidence edging higher
Germany

Survey shows consumer confidence edging higher

German consumer confidence is edging higher after stagnating for several months, but rising unemployment is a risk to any broader pick-up in Europe's biggest economy, a key survey showed on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Politician buried 11,000 chickens in mass grave

A local politician-cum-chicken farmer in southern Sweden has landed himself in hot water for burying 11,000 hens in a mass grave without contacting the proper authorities, Sydsvenskan reports.

Pre-school teachers go back on strike as day-care wage talks fail
Germany

Pre-school teachers go back on strike as day-care wage talks fail

Widespread day care strikes hit several German states on Tuesday, as pre-school teachers returned to the picket lines to press their ongoing labour dispute.

Sweden braces for ‘trying’ EU presidency
Sweden

Sweden braces for ‘trying’ EU presidency

Financial crisis, climate change and an uncertain balance of power; Sweden has a long list issues to tackle when it takes over the European Union (EU) presidency on July 1st, according to the responsible Swedish ministers. In addition, officials are expecting Iceland to seek fast-tracked EU membership.

Gang of geriatric kidnappers arrested
Germany

Gang of geriatric kidnappers arrested

Police have arrested five elderly people accused of being vicious kidnappers who were holding a middle-aged man in a cellar, allegedly trying to extort money with menaces.

Fewer Swedes feeling lonely: study
Sweden

Fewer Swedes feeling lonely: study

Fewer Swedes feel lonely today than they did in the middle of the 1980s and it is people in their thirties who feel most alone, according to research by Lars Tornstam, sociology professor at Uppsala University.

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Sweden

Kids registered illegally at Riksdag homes

Although against regulations, members of the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag) have allowed their children to register a few of the Parliament's apartments as their permanent address. The apartments are primarily intended for short-term accommodation for members of parliament who live outside of Stockholm.

Sweden takes up annual mosquito battle
Sweden

Sweden takes up annual mosquito battle

In their annual efforts to neutralize the expected masses of mosquitoes this summer, Swedish pest control experts are targeting an area of eastern Sweden along the Dalälven River long known as a major breeding ground for the blood-thirsty insects.