Sweden presents new law on collective wage agreements
Sweden

Sweden presents new law on collective wage agreements

The government on Thursday presented a new legislative referral which updates conditions for foreigners working temporarily in Sweden for a foreign company following a European court’s ruling against a Swedish union in a landmark wage-dumping dispute.

Car dealers offer discounts to counter ‘cash for clunkers’ lull
Germany

Car dealers offer discounts to counter ‘cash for clunkers’ lull

Grappling with the end of the popular “cash for clunkers” government stimulus programme, car dealerships in Germany are offering discounts of up to 42 percent on new vehicles, magazine Auto Motor und Sport reported on Thursday.

The beginning of the end of East Germany
Germany

The beginning of the end of East Germany

Twenty years ago this week, East Germany’s communist regime celebrated its 40th anniversary in power while the East German people took to the streets with their fists in the air. Der Tagesspiegel’s Matthias Schlegel reports on the peaceful demonstrations that would help bring down the Berlin Wall.

Herta Müller wins Nobel Prize for literature
Germany

Herta Müller wins Nobel Prize for literature

Romanian-born German author Herta Müller won the 2009 Nobel Literature Prize on Thursday, the Swedish Academy announced.

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Sweden

Spotify and Telia sign two-year deal

Telecoms operator TeliaSonera and music service Spotify have signed a two-year cooperation agreement that will enable Telia’s customers to use Spotify in computers, mobile phones and TVs in the Swedish market. Telia is also planning to launch a special Spotify-ready mobile phone.

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Sweden

SVT news ‘favours the left’: Moderate MPs

Two Moderate Riksdag members have proposed setting up a body to monitor news coverage by Sveriges Television (SVT) in order to correct what they see as a left-leaning bias at the state broadcaster.

German author wins Nobel Literature Prize
Sweden

German author wins Nobel Literature Prize

German writer Herta Müller has been announced as the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2009.

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Sweden

‘Divine intervention’ gives Swedish town gas

Drivers in eastern Sweden can soon fill their tanks at a village petrol station operated by the Church of Sweden.

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Sweden

Porn shop internship costs Swedish man his job

A man from Skellefteå in northern Sweden who lost his job as a personal care assistant because of a part-time internship at a local porn shop has accused his former employer of discrimination.

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Germany

Herta Müller: A German conscience for Ceauşescu’s Romania

Romanian-German writer Herta Müller, Thursday's winner of the 2009 Nobel Literature Prize, has used her upbringing under Nicolae Ceauşescu's oppressive regime as her main source of inspiration.

Germany confirms first swine flu death
Germany

Germany confirms first swine flu death

Germany on Thursday announced its first confirmed swine flu-related death after a female patient suffered complications from the A(H1N1) virus.

Seduction on the streets of Stockholm
Sweden

Seduction on the streets of Stockholm

Wooed into learning the art of seduction, The Local’s Christine Demsteader follows a group of men in pursuit of a pick-up artist’s secrets in Stockholm.

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Sweden

Sweden to replace top legal official

Sweden’s highest legal official, Chancellor of Justice (Justitiekanslern – JK) Göran Lambertz, is stepping down from his post and will be replaced by supreme court justice Anna Skarhed, the government announced on Thursday.

CDU and FDP agree to boost child benefits
Germany

CDU and FDP agree to boost child benefits

Germany's incoming centre-right coalition partners the Christian Democrats (CDU) and Free Democrats (FDP) are planning a big increase in child benefits, daily Frankfurter Rundschau reported on Thursday.

Trial of suspected Nazi guard Demjanjuk to begin in November
Germany

Trial of suspected Nazi guard Demjanjuk to begin in November

The trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of assisting in the murder of 27,900 Jews in a Nazi death camp, will begin on November 30 in the southern German city of Munich, the court said Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: October 8 – 14
Germany

What’s on in Germany: October 8 – 14

This Week's Highlights: Mucha in Munich, an onion festival in Weimar, and a candlelit commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Leipzig's Peaceful Revolution.

German universities slip in world rankings
Germany

German universities slip in world rankings

Four of Germany’s universities have made it into the top 100 of a new global higher education ranking, but the country’s overall standing has worsened compared to last year.

Sweden to abolish expiry date for murder
Sweden

Sweden to abolish expiry date for murder

Sweden's government has proposed abolishing the statute of limitations for crimes that can lead to life imprisonment. Under current laws, suspects for crimes that include murder, genocide and major acts of terrorism can not be prosecuted if 25 years have elapsed since the crime was committed.

Police say 9-year-old Kassandra can’t remember attack
Germany

Police say 9-year-old Kassandra can’t remember attack

The nine-year-old girl who was brutally attacked and dumped in a gully in North Rhine-Westphalia last month cannot remember what happened to her, police said after questioning her.

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Sweden

Sex crime suspect on trial following jail cell pass at female officer

A 48-year-old man is on trial in Helsingborg in south-western Sweden for having sexually assaulted a police officer following an interrogation for other alleged sex crimes.

What’s on in Sweden: October 9 – 15
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: October 9 – 15

What's on in Sweden: Fashion market & Nouvelle Vague (Fr) in Stockholm; Culture night & Nostalgia fair in Gothenburg; The Handsome Family (US) & English comedy in Malmö/Lund

Heidi Klum to take Seal’s surname
Germany

Heidi Klum to take Seal’s surname

Supermodel Heidi Klum apparently feels her surname is too German for America and has reportedly filed to change it to Samuel – the last name of her husband, pop singer Seal.

Heavy rainstorms flood streets overnight
Germany

Heavy rainstorms flood streets overnight

Storms bringing heavy rain swept through parts of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony early on Thursday morning, flooding roads and causing power outages, according to the police.

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Sweden

Police hid details of man’s fatal injuries

Prosecutors have decided to reopen their investigation into what caused a 24-year-old man’s death following a violent arrest in Gothenburg last April amid revelations that police investigators tried to cover up details about the man's injuries.

Speculation mounts as Nobel lit prize nears
Sweden

Speculation mounts as Nobel lit prize nears

Literary circles in Sweden are bursting with speculation ahead of Thursday’s announcement of the Nobel Literature Prize, with many expecting the award to go to a poet for the first time since 1996.