Rösler infuriates pharma industry with plan to cut drugs costs
Germany

Rösler infuriates pharma industry with plan to cut drugs costs

German Health Minister Philipp Rösler surprised observers and infuriated the pharma industry on Friday by launching a tough-seeming package to reduce drug costs including mandatory price cuts.

Germans lose fear of climate change after long, hard winter
Germany

Germans lose fear of climate change after long, hard winter

Germans are losing their fear of climate change, according to a survey, with just 42 percent worried about global warming.

Rhine River 90km shorter than everyone thinks
Germany

Rhine River 90km shorter than everyone thinks

A biologist has discovered that the river Rhine is around 90 kilometres shorter than most books, atlases and even official authorities suggest – and now frantic efforts are being made to spread the correct length.

CIA leak shows plans to market Afghan war to Europeans
Germany

CIA leak shows plans to market Afghan war to Europeans

A CIA expert has called for optimistic Afghans and their womenfolk to be recruited as flag-wavers for the NATO mission, to persuade sceptical Europeans to support the war, according to a document leaked on Friday.

Döner industry comes of age with first national conference
Germany

Döner industry comes of age with first national conference

The German döner kebab market has come of age, with the industry holding its first ever national conference in Berlin at the weekend.

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Sweden

Wave of outrage hits Swedish community

Public outrage continues to build against a small community in northern Sweden after revelations by Sveriges Television (SVT) that a 14-year-old girl was raped and then driven out of town amid an internet smear campaign.

Clocks go forward an hour for summer time
Germany

Clocks go forward an hour for summer time

European summer time starts this weekend, with the clocks going forward at 2 am Sunday, cutting the night by an hour but producing longer, lighter evenings.

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Sweden

Rabbit abuser reprimanded for animal welfare violations

A farmer in southern Sweden has been reprimanded by animal welfare authorities for the severe neglect of more than 100 animals.

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Sweden

Nine injured in bus accident

Nine people were injured early on Saturday morning when a bus drove into a ditch on the E6 motorway, north of the village of Tanumshede in Bohuslän in western Sweden.

Unions and employers sign collective agreements
Sweden

Unions and employers sign collective agreements

Several collective agreements were reached on Friday during annual wage bargaining between Swedish trade unions and employers' organisations. Among others, the IF Metall union will receive a 3.2 percent wage increase for the next 22 months.

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Sweden

Chinese VP to Stockholm for Geely-Volvo deal

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is due to arrive in Stockholm on Saturday for a four-day visit, reinforcing speculation that Chinese carmaker Geely might soon formalise its purchase of Swedish auto brand Volvo from American Ford Motor Company, state Xinhua news agency reported.