Cornerstone laid for controversial Cologne mosque
Germany

Cornerstone laid for controversial Cologne mosque

The symbolic first stone was laid for one of Europe’s largest mosques at ceremony in Cologne on Saturday after years of controversy dividing the city’s residents.

Bad economy spurs jobs agency deficit
Germany

Bad economy spurs jobs agency deficit

Germany’s Federal Labour Agency confirmed Saturday that it is facing a €17.8 billion deficit as the worsening economy, higher unemployment claims and government support for a shorter working hours scheme drain the its coffers.

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Sweden

Wave power plant planned for west coast

Plans to built the country's first wave power plant in the sea, northwest of Smögen on Sweden’s west coast, have been proposed by Uppsala-based company Seabased Industry.

One in six German voters regrets voting decision
Germany

One in six German voters regrets voting decision

Less than six weeks after giving Chancellor Angela Merkel another term in office, a new survey says one in six German voters regrets their decision on September 27 and would now pick a different party.

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Sweden

Politicians accused of jumping flu jab queue

Uppsala County Council is facing criticism after politicians and leading civil servants were offered the chance to have the swine flu vaccine, regardless of whether they belong to a high-risk group.

German women to get TV channel of their own
Germany

German women to get TV channel of their own

The German media giant ProSiebenSat.1 plans to launch Germany’s first television channel directed exclusively toward a female audience early next year, the company’s head told Der Spiegel magazine.

One in five priests refuse to wed same-sex couples
Sweden

One in five priests refuse to wed same-sex couples

A week has passed since homosexual couples were given the right to tie the knot in church. Yet, 18 percent of priests in the Gothenburg region say they refuse to preside over gay weddings.

The man who opened the Berlin Wall
Germany

The man who opened the Berlin Wall

On November 9th 1989, Harald Jäger wanted his night shift at the East Berlin border crossing at Bornholmer Strasse to go quietly. Instead, Jäger opened the first crack in the Berlin Wall and helped make history.

Leverkusen pummels Frankfurt
Germany

Leverkusen pummels Frankfurt

League leaders Bayer Leverkusen opened a four-point gap at the top of the Bundesliga on Friday with a 4-0 demolition of Eintracht Frankfurt after scoring three goals in the first 11 minutes.

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Sweden

Norway court rejects calls to block Pirate Bay

Communications company Telenor will not be forced to block customers from accessing popular Swedish file sharing website The Pirate Bay, a court in Norway decided on Friday.

Green Party makes ground among voters
Sweden

Green Party makes ground among voters

Over half of Swedish voters put their faith in Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt according to a new poll. Green Party co-leader Maria Wetterstrand has emerged as his biggest competitor, surpassing Mona Sahlin in the popularity stakes.