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Sweden

Rapid rise in unemployment claims

The number of people receiving unemployment assistance in Sweden in July was up 30 percent on the same month last year, according to new figures from the Swedish Unemployment Insurance Board (Inspektionen för arbetslöshetsförsäkringen - IAF).

Berlin fusses over EU birth rate study
Germany

Berlin fusses over EU birth rate study

Germany's Ministry of Family Affairs accused EU statisticians on Tuesday of using inaccurate birth rate data in a new study that placed it dead last among European countries.

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Sweden

Defrocked pastor sues Christian dating site

A Church of Sweden minister has demanded compensation from a Christian dating site after he was stripped of his clerical collar for insulting a number of the site's female users.

Gotland governor ousted over beach row
Sweden

Gotland governor ousted over beach row

Gotland county governor Marianne Samuelsson has been forced to step down from her post after she was taped arguing that a local businessman should receive preferential treatment for plans to extend his property in a protected beachside area.

Swedish men make the best husbands: study
Sweden

Swedish men make the best husbands: study

Swedish men’s enlightened attitudes toward equality and gender roles make them among the best potential husbands in the developed world, a recent study shows.

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Sweden

Arrest in attempted child strangling

An 18-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday for the attempted murder of an 8-year-old girl near Trollhättan in western Sweden in mid-July.

CDU slush-fund scandal figure Schreiber denies charges
Germany

CDU slush-fund scandal figure Schreiber denies charges

Karlheinz Schreiber, the German-Canadian weapons lobbyist and key figure in a political slush-fund scandal, was formally charged on Tuesday with tax evasion, bribery and fraud.

Frankfurt air traffic officials suspended for close call
Germany

Frankfurt air traffic officials suspended for close call

Three air traffic control tower employees and a flight data analyst at the Frankfurt airport have been suspended after two planes almost collided on the runway, the DFS air traffic control authority announced on Tuesday.

BMW races back into the black
Germany

BMW races back into the black

German luxury car maker BMW said on Tuesday it had returned to profit in the second quarter and was in talks with French auto group PSA, but was cautious on its full-year outlook.

Police raid neo-Nazi occupied hotel
Germany

Police raid neo-Nazi occupied hotel

Police commandos in Lower Saxony raided a hotel occupied by neo-Nazis on Tuesday morning after hearing shots fired on the premises.

Munich Re surprises with strong Q2
Germany

Munich Re surprises with strong Q2

Munich Re, one of the world's top reinsurance companies, surprised analysts on Tuesday with strong second-quarter figures, the latest in a row of mostly upbeat global financial sector results.

New law puts cold calling on hold
Germany

New law puts cold calling on hold

Those pesky telemarketers may have interrupted your dinner for the last time thanks to a change in German law that takes effect Tuesday.

Fresh capital to help fund Spotify’s US expansion
Sweden

Fresh capital to help fund Spotify’s US expansion

Sweden’s Spotify hopes to use a major new investment to help the company expand its online music service in the United States, according to new reports.

EU anti-torture body blasts Swedish jails
Sweden

EU anti-torture body blasts Swedish jails

The Council of Europe's anti-torture body has criticized Sweden for the long periods of isolation endured by inmates in the country's jails and remand prisons.

Swedish anti-piracy law keeps downloaders on the defensive
Sweden

Swedish anti-piracy law keeps downloaders on the defensive

Four months after Sweden implemented a new law to crack down on internet piracy, the AFP’s Marc Preel discovers that the debate continues about the measure’s long-term implications for file sharers and copyright holders alike.

Berlin to quash noise complaints caused by children
Germany

Berlin to quash noise complaints caused by children

After several court cases over playground noise, the Berlin city government is planning to thwart crotchety complainers with a ban on lawsuits against noise disturbances by children, daily Berliner Morgenpost reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

‘Secret’ Swedish police data sold by criminals

Supposedly secret police lists containing details about Sweden’s most dangerous criminals are up for sale across the country among members of the Swedish underworld.

Swedish MP: I don’t want to force abortion on Ireland
Sweden

Swedish MP: I don’t want to force abortion on Ireland

A prominent Swedish MP has insisted that she is not trying to use the European Union's Lisbon Treaty to impose liberal abortion laws on Catholic countries like Ireland, which will vote on whether to accept the treaty in a referendum this autumn. She just wants a proper debate, she says.

Summer weather finally arrives
Germany

Summer weather finally arrives

High pressure system “Juliane” is bringing sunshine and heat to Germany for the next several days, the German Weather Service reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Teen found dead in southern Sweden

Police in southern Sweden are investigating the suspected murder of a 19-year-old woman whose body was discovered late Monday night.

Bauhaus exhibition draws huge crowds in Berlin
Germany

Bauhaus exhibition draws huge crowds in Berlin

Ninety years after it began revolutionising design, and six decades after the Nazis banned it, Germany's famed Bauhaus movement is luring huge crowds to a new show in Berlin.

Sunde quits as Pirate Bay spokesperson
Sweden

Sunde quits as Pirate Bay spokesperson

Peter Sunde, one of the founders of The Pirate Bay, announced on Monday he is stepping down as the file sharing site’s spokesperson.

German ship freed by Somali pirates
Germany

German ship freed by Somali pirates

Somali pirates freed a Malaysian tugboat and a German container ship with a total of 35 seamen after the hijackers were paid ransoms, maritime officials said Monday.