Economists slam Merkel’s tax relief plans
Germany

Economists slam Merkel’s tax relief plans

A panel of top economists believes Chancellor Angela Merkel's new centre-right government should take back its "gift baskets" of tax relief in light of Germany's huge public debt.

German referee bribe suspicion emerges in match-fixing scandal
Germany

German referee bribe suspicion emerges in match-fixing scandal

A referee from the German Football Association (DFB) was allegedly bribed during the enormous football match-fixing scandal uncovered last week, according to Der Spiegel magazine.

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Sweden

New buyer interest to bid in Volvo sale

A further two consortiums are set to compete with China’s Geely, the front runner to purchase Volvo Cars from Ford, and are expected to submit offers in the coming week.

Gitmo prisoner Slahi tells brother he wants to return to Germany
Germany

Gitmo prisoner Slahi tells brother he wants to return to Germany

A Guantanamo Bay prisoner who admitted - under torture - to having organised trips to Afghan training camps for aspiring Jihadists including three of those involved in the 9/11 attacks, says he wants to return to Germany if he is released.

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Sweden

Eviction plea denied for noisy sex neighbours

A Stockholm couple have been told they can stay in their rental apartment after neighbours called for their eviction over the pair’s naughty and noisy night-time games.

Cash-strapped NPD uses 0900 phone lines to raise funds
Germany

Cash-strapped NPD uses 0900 phone lines to raise funds

The neo-Nazi NPD party is resorting to prime-rate phone lines to raise money, using the same 0900-code system employed by sex phone services and quiz hotlines.

Arrests made in global drug ring raid
Sweden

Arrests made in global drug ring raid

Three people have been arrested in Stockholm and held on suspicion of the illegal sale of prescription drugs, including diet pills and impotence treatment, as part of a international police operation.

German-born criminal to be deported to Turkey
Germany

German-born criminal to be deported to Turkey

A German-born Turkish man with a string of criminal convictions can be deported to Turkey, even though he has never lived there and only speaks broken Turkish, a court has ruled.

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Sweden

Queer squatters in house arrest protest

Gay activists took over an empty house in central Lund, southern Sweden, on Friday evening to protest over the lack of facilities for HBT people in the town.

Sacked sandwich thief will keep job
Germany

Sacked sandwich thief will keep job

The woman who was sacked by a nursing home for eating a sandwich intended for residents will not lose her job, the Christian organisation running the institution has announced.

British troops to leave Germany under Tories
Germany

British troops to leave Germany under Tories

Britain's opposition Conservatives, tipped to win power in a general election next year, said on Saturday they would pull the country's 25,000 troops out of Germany as part of a reorganisation of NATO forces.

Bildt in tax probe over nanny’s fees
Sweden

Bildt in tax probe over nanny’s fees

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt and his wife EU parliamentarian Anna Maria Corazza Bildt have been reprimanded by the Swedish tax authority for dodging payments for their Ukrainian nanny.