Germany reluctant to rescue Greece
Germany

Germany reluctant to rescue Greece

Germany insisted on Tuesday it would not jump to the rescue of debt-laden Greece, digging in against fierce pressure from its euro area partners days ahead of a crucial EU summit.

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Sweden

Swedish economy on the mend

Sweden is expected to post a budget surplus next year as the effects of the financial crisis continue to recede, according to a financial authority report.

Workers’ blues on the rise
Germany

Workers’ blues on the rise

Stress about work is playing ever greater havoc with the mental health of Germans, with sick days due to depression and angst almost doubling in less than 20 years, according to a study released on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Faith healer back working after jail for child rape

British faith healer Mervyn Johnson, recently released from jail, participated last week in a healing session in Västerås in central Sweden just three years after he was convicted of sexually abusing several women and children.

Dresden shop offers Elbe sandstone dildos
Germany

Dresden shop offers Elbe sandstone dildos

Dresden has long been known as centre for quality handicrafts, but an erotic shop is taking a new twist on the tradition by offering dildos formed from local Elbe River sandstone.

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Sweden

Riksbank plots end of 20 kronor note

The days are numbered for the 20 kronor ($3) note, known as 'Selman' as it depicts the celebrated Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf, with a new coin set to replace the paper bill.

Court rejects extra welfare to clothe growing children
Germany

Court rejects extra welfare to clothe growing children

Germany's Hartz IV welfare recipients will not get additional money to clothe their fast-growing children after a court ruled Tuesday that a revolving wardrobe door was just a fact of life for parents of young kids.

VW to raise €4.4 billion in fresh capital
Germany

VW to raise €4.4 billion in fresh capital

Europe's biggest car maker, Volkswagen, announced on Tuesday a long-awaited capital increase aimed at ensuring strong credit ratings as VW takes over the luxury sports car maker Porsche.

Universities quizzed over English requirement
Sweden

Universities quizzed over English requirement

The Swedish Parliamentary Ombudsman (Justitieombudsman - JO) has launched an inquiry into demands by several Swedish universities for employment applications to be submitted in English.

Tax agency opens e-declaration service
Sweden

Tax agency opens e-declaration service

The Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) has announced the opening of its internet declaration service, enabling those with electronic identification to declare their taxes online from Tuesday.

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Sweden

‘Parental equality bonus has no effect’: report

The introduction of a parental leave gender-equity bonus on July 1st 2008 has had no effect on how parents elect to divide up time spent caring for their children, a new report from the Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) shows.

Qatar looking to invest more in Germany
Germany

Qatar looking to invest more in Germany

The Gulf emirate of Qatar is looking for more German investment opportunities after becoming the third biggest shareholder in Volkswagen, a top official told the business daily Handelsblatt.

Bakers fear EU could label salty German bread unhealthy
Germany

Bakers fear EU could label salty German bread unhealthy

Few things rouse German national pride like Teutonic bread, which is why the country’s bakers are fuming this week against supposed EU plans to label their loaves unhealthy due to high amounts of salt.

University slams ‘sexist’ student party
Sweden

University slams ‘sexist’ student party

The Umeå University student union has found itself fighting accusations of sexism after a raucous dinner party organised by business students last weekend.

Former SS hit man given life sentence
Germany

Former SS hit man given life sentence

An 88-year-old former SS hit man was given a life sentence Tuesday for shooting dead three civilians in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands in 1944.

Politically motivated crime hits record high
Germany

Politically motivated crime hits record high

A huge jump in left-wing extremist and anarchist crime has reportedly sent the number of politically motivated offences in Germany soaring to its highest level since records began.

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Sweden

Accident victims stole good Samaritan’s car

When a man stopped to offer his help at the scene of an accident outside Alingsås in western Sweden on Monday, a couple who had been involved in the crash took the chance to steal his car.

Boeing blasts Germany over Airbus loan
Germany

Boeing blasts Germany over Airbus loan

US aerospace giant Boeing lashed out Monday at Germany's plans for a multibillion-euro loan to develop Airbus's A350 airliner, ahead of a WTO ruling on EU aid to its European arch-rival.

‘Wise man’ warns bank levy could spark crisis
Germany

‘Wise man’ warns bank levy could spark crisis

One of Germany’s “wise men” of economics has cast doubt on the government’s plan to charge banks a levy that would be used to bail out troubled financial institutions, warning on Tuesday it could spark a credit crisis.

Bodström calls for Ask resignation
Sweden

Bodström calls for Ask resignation

Former justice minister Thomas Bodström has called for the resignation of his successor, Beatrice Ask, after the minister proposed that suspected sex buyers should be named and shamed.