Parents will ‘drink away’ new child care subsidy
Germany

Parents will ‘drink away’ new child care subsidy

Heinz Buschkowsky, the mayor of Berlin’s multicultural Neukölln district, tells Sandra Dassler from Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel why he thinks the German government’s plans to introduce a new “home-care” subsidy for children opting out of day care could have disastrous repercussions.

States may pull the plug on TV licence fee authority GEZ
Germany

States may pull the plug on TV licence fee authority GEZ

Germany’s hated GEZ public broadcasting licence fees – required of everyone who owns a television or radio – may be changing soon, daily Handelsblatt reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Eriksson appoints Backe as Notts County manager

Hans "Hasse" Backe has been named new manager of Notts County, where he will resume his partnership with fellow Swede Sven-Göran Eriksson.

Hamrén confirms interest in Sweden job
Sweden

Hamrén confirms interest in Sweden job

Erik Hamrén, the Swedish coach of reigning Norwegian football league champions Rosenborg said on Tuesday he is in discussions about filling the national team coaching vacancy in his native Sweden.

Cemetery gardeners launch new image campaign
Germany

Cemetery gardeners launch new image campaign

Golf, art, punk and Francophile-themed gravesites were introduced on Tuesday in Essen as part of a new image campaign called “Long Live the Graveyard!” by the German association of cemetery gardeners (BdF).

Swedish telecoms firm admits to Latvia meteorite hoax
Sweden

Swedish telecoms firm admits to Latvia meteorite hoax

Swedish-owned telecoms company Tele2 admitted on Monday it was responsible for staging a meteorite crash near a small village in the Latvian countryside.

Daimler Q3 profit plunges 74 percent
Germany

Daimler Q3 profit plunges 74 percent

Daimler said on Tuesday that its third quarter net profit plunged 74 percent from a year earlier, but the German auto giant stressed that it had managed to negotiate the global crisis in the sector.

Swedish Match profit rise just misses target
Sweden

Swedish Match profit rise just misses target

Swedish Match posted pre-tax profits of 757 million kronor for the third quarter, slightly below analysts’ expectations for the Swedish tobacco products company.

New arrest in helicopter heist probe
Sweden

New arrest in helicopter heist probe

Police in Sweden have arrested another suspect in the helicopter-aided robbery of a cash depot in the Stockhlm suburb of Västberga last month.

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Sweden

War criminal Plavsic lifts off from Sweden

Ex-Bosnian Serb leader Biljana Plavsic left Sweden on Tuesday after being granted early release from a Swedish prison by the UN war crimes court, prison officials said.

Dutch journalist unsettles Merkel with questioning
Germany

Dutch journalist unsettles Merkel with questioning

A video clip of a dogged Dutch journalist repeatedly asking Chancellor Angela Merkel how she could trust a man who once allegedly forgot about 100,000-mark political donation to be her new finance minister has become an online sensation in Germany.

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Sweden

Quack doctor indicted over cabbage cure for cancer

A man in his fifties in western Sweden has been indicted on twelve charges of fraud and sex offences after allegedly treating cancer patients with herbs and vegetables and sexually abusing a woman with Parkinson's disease.

In defence of the eighties generation
Sweden

In defence of the eighties generation

Lazy, self-entitled and spoiled. These are just a few of the choice adjectives employed to describe the generation born in the 1980s, the first generation since Hemingway's to be characterised as “lost.” But how accurate is this stereotype and, moreover, are members of the 80s generation really to blame for Sweden's ailing job market, asks The Local's Charlotte Webb.

Bayer quarterly profit drops sharply
Germany

Bayer quarterly profit drops sharply

German chemical and pharmaceutical giant Bayer reported on Tuesday an unexpected and sharp drop in quarterly profit and sales but confirmed its forecast for all of 2009.

Workers restoring watchtower to stretch of Berlin Wall
Germany

Workers restoring watchtower to stretch of Berlin Wall

As the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall approaches, workers at Berlin’s Bernauer Straße memorial are restoring a long-gone watchtower, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Tuesday.

State resistance to new tax cuts grows
Germany

State resistance to new tax cuts grows

Criticism of the new federal government’s tax cuts grew among Germany's states on Tuesday, with experts saying the missing revenue could break regional budgets.

Swedish historian touts Nordic power bloc
Sweden

Swedish historian touts Nordic power bloc

Sweden should consider joining its Nordic neighbours in forming a five-country federation in order to increase the region’s weight on the international stage, a Swedish historian proposes.

German couple killed in Mallorca building collapse
Germany

German couple killed in Mallorca building collapse

An elderly German couple died along with five other people when a building on the Spanish island of Mallorca collapsed on Monday, authorities reported.

East German sports doping victim speaks out after sex change
Germany

East German sports doping victim speaks out after sex change

Heidi Krieger was one of East Germany's star athletes, but years of forced doping caused her to opt for a sex change and become an outspoken advocate for the other victims.

English defender’s goal yields millions for Swedish football fan
Sweden

English defender’s goal yields millions for Swedish football fan

A 75-year-old Swedish man has a defender from Preston North End in England’s second division to thank for an improbable 10 million kronor ($1.45 million) gambling win.

Wallström: EU president ‘should be a woman’
Sweden

Wallström: EU president ‘should be a woman’

Amid discussions by EU foreign ministers about the need for strong leadership, Swedish EU commissioner Margot Wallström has called for the appointment of a woman to serve as EU president.

Man jailed for attack following Facebook affair confession
Sweden

Man jailed for attack following Facebook affair confession

A Swedish man who used a screwdriver to attack his wife’s lover after she revealed her infidelity on Facebook has been convicted of aggravated assault.