Business community expecting economic reforms from Merkel
Germany

Business community expecting economic reforms from Merkel

The new coalition of German Chancellor Angela Merkel will likely boost Europe's top economy, but analysts questioned Monday how far she will pursue crucial yet contentious reforms.

Afghans compensated for NATO air strike
Germany

Afghans compensated for NATO air strike

Three and a half weeks after the disputed air strike ordered by the German military in Afghanistan allegedly killed 30 civilians, the Afghan government has paid compensation to the families of survivors.

Future foreign minister Westerwelle refuses to answer English question
Germany

Future foreign minister Westerwelle refuses to answer English question

Guido Westerwelle, Germany’s newly designated foreign minister, refused to answer a question in English for a BBC reporter during his first press conference after the election, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Monday.

CDU to lead Schleswig-Holstein, SPD in Brandenburg
Germany

CDU to lead Schleswig-Holstein, SPD in Brandenburg

Germans elected new governments in two states on Sunday. While the conservatives can hope for a razor-thin majority in the north in Schleswig-Holstein, the Social Democrats will remain in the driver’s seat in Brandenburg to the east.

Calls continue for new probe of 1994 Baltic ferry disaster
Sweden

Calls continue for new probe of 1994 Baltic ferry disaster

A prosecutor in Estonia on Monday urged for a new investigation of a 1994 Baltic Sea ferry disaster which claimed the lives of hundreds of Swedes, as claims of a cover up continue.

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Sweden

Prison for head of Swedish teen sex ring

The 40-year-old ''mastermind behind a Swedish teen sex ring has been sentenced to four years in jail on charges of aggravated pimping offences.

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Sweden

Fewer redundancies at Swedish workplaces

For the first time this year, the number of monthly layoffs announcements in Sweden has dropped compared to last year, according to preliminary statistics for September.

English tourist dead after fall from Munich hotel window
Germany

English tourist dead after fall from Munich hotel window

A 25-year-old English tourist fell to his death from a Munich hotel window after drunkenly trying to use it as a loo, police in the German state of Bavaria reported.

Merkel warns Germans of challenges ahead
Germany

Merkel warns Germans of challenges ahead

Angela Merkel set to work Monday on a new centre-right coalition after clinching a second term, but warned Germans of a hard road ahead to revive the sickly economy and rescue jobs.

Pirate Party fires broadside at German political establishment
Germany

Pirate Party fires broadside at German political establishment

While it didn’t get enough votes to enter parliament, one of Germany's newest parties, the swashbuckling Pirate Party, took a surprising sixth place in the national election on Sunday.

Greens vow to oppose U-turn on German nuclear phaseout
Germany

Greens vow to oppose U-turn on German nuclear phaseout

Green groups vowed on Monday to hit the streets if Chancellor Angela Merkel's victorious new coalition keeps its campaign promise to reverse Germany's scheduled exit from nuclear power.

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Sweden

Migration Board firing of pro- Israel blogger ‘violated constitution’

Sweden's Parliamentary Ombudsman (Justitieombudsmannen - JO) has rapped the Migration Board (Migrationsverket) over its controversial reassignment of Lennart Eriksson, an employee who had voiced pro-Israeli opinions on his personal blog.

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Germany

World leaders congratulate Merkel on election win

US President Barack Obama and other world leaders hailed German Chancellor Angela Merkel's election triumph - but the international media highlighted the German conservatives' worst vote tally in half a century.

Fans revel in auction of Ingmar Bergman’s personal effects
Sweden

Fans revel in auction of Ingmar Bergman’s personal effects

Movie buffs, art collectors and Ingmar Bergman fans will be able to put their hands on the legendary Swedish film-maker's personal items as they go under the hammer Monday in Stockholm, writes the AFP's Igor Gedilaghine.

Swedish police ‘knew of helicopter heist plans’
Sweden

Swedish police ‘knew of helicopter heist plans’

Swedish police had been forewarned by counterparts in Serbia about plans to rob a Stockholm cash depot, according to media reports. Six people have been taken into custody for their suspected involvement in the crime.

Documents cast doubt on Swede’s spy conviction
Sweden

Documents cast doubt on Swede’s spy conviction

For the past 25 years the Swedish Security Service (Säpo) has been sitting on documents attesting to the innocence of a man charged with espionage in 1983, a new investigation has revealed.

Islamist suspects detained amid tightened Oktoberfest security
Germany

Islamist suspects detained amid tightened Oktoberfest security

Munich authorities on Monday tightened security checks at Oktoberfest and detained two suspected Islamists just days after terrorist threats led them to declare airspace above the festival a no-fly zone this weekend.

Trial starts for Sweden’s largest insider scandal
Sweden

Trial starts for Sweden’s largest insider scandal

District court proceedings kicked off in Stockholm on Monday for what has been called the largest insider trading scandal in Swedish history.

Civil service workers face huge gender wage gap
Germany

Civil service workers face huge gender wage gap

Female German public officials earn almost a fifth less than their male counterparts, according to a new study published in daily Die Welt on Monday.

Eagle by Gustafson helps seal win at LPGA Challenge
Sweden

Eagle by Gustafson helps seal win at LPGA Challenge

Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson scored a long-awaited professional golf victory, her first in more than five years, by winning the$1.1 million LPGA Challenge in California on Sunday.

Duisburg high school closed after attack threat
Germany

Duisburg high school closed after attack threat

A high school in Duisburg will be closed on Monday after its director received a threatening email, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia reported.

Well-paid mothers breast feed longer: Swedish study
Sweden

Well-paid mothers breast feed longer: Swedish study

Mothers with high salaries breast feed their children longer than mothers with lower incomes, according to a new Swedish study.

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Sweden

Arson suspected in Södertälje blaze

Arson is suspected in a powerful fire which ravaged the offices of the Assyrian cultural and athletic association (Assyriska föreningen) in Södertälje early Monday morning.