Sixt targets Schmidt car debacle in new ads
Germany

Sixt targets Schmidt car debacle in new ads

German rental car giant Sixt, famous for using unflattering photos of politicians and spiky phrases in its advertising, is using Health Minister Ulla Schmidt in its latest posters.

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Sweden

Couple sues municipality for Hultsfred ‘inferno’

A couple from Hultsfred in southern Sweden is demanding 38,000 kronor ($5,000) in compensation from the local municipality to cover 19 years worth of disturbances caused by intoxicated attendees of the area's annual music festival.

Steinmeier promises full employment within 11 years
Germany

Steinmeier promises full employment within 11 years

While the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) takes a summer break before the autumn election campaign, chancellor candidate for the Social Democrats (SPD), Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has unveiled a plan to create full employment in the next 11 years.

Monster jams threaten southern holiday road traffic
Germany

Monster jams threaten southern holiday road traffic

Bavarian holiday makers heading south via Austria are being warned to be prepared for enormous traffic jams, as a 35-kilometre build-up formed in front of the Tauern tunnel on Saturday.

Tax agency ordered to pay for thwarted vacation
Sweden

Tax agency ordered to pay for thwarted vacation

The Swedish Chancellor of the Justice (Justitiekanslern) has ordered the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) to pay a family 13,750 kronor ($1,950) due to an administrative error that thwarted the family's vacation plans.

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Sweden

Three in custody following balcony death

A 39-year-old man has been remanded into custody on suspicions of murder in Bredäng in southern Stockholm following the death of another man who fell from a balcony.

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Sweden

‘Not enough poor’ in upscale Stockholm district

A small parish (församling) in the Östermalm neighbourhood of Stockholm has more money to spend than it has people to spend it on.

A/H1N1 vaccination plan a big experiment, doctor says
Germany

A/H1N1 vaccination plan a big experiment, doctor says

The enormous vaccination programme against the A/H1N1 swine flu virus due to start this autumn across Germany is nothing less than a huge experiment, a prominent critic of the pharmaceutical industry says.

Search for Langeland survivors resumed
Sweden

Search for Langeland survivors resumed

The Swedish coast guard may have located the Norwegian cargo ship that sank yesterday off the west coast of Sweden. Six men are believed to have drowned, although the search for survivors continues.

Lufthansa takeover of Austrian Airlines on final approach
Germany

Lufthansa takeover of Austrian Airlines on final approach

Lufthansa’s takeover of Austrian Airlines (AUA) took what could be one of the final steps towards being a done deal, with the European Competition Commissioner giving the proposal a green light on Friday.

Government says Mallorca holidays safe
Germany

Government says Mallorca holidays safe

The German government has told people planning to go to Mallorca on holiday this summer not to be scared off by the terrorist bombing which killed two policeman on Thursday.