Youth services admits failure in toddler’s death by neglect
Germany

Youth services admits failure in toddler’s death by neglect

The youth services office in the Bavarian town of Tirschenreuth on Tuesday admitted on partial responsibility in the case of a two-year-old girl whose mother allowed her to starve to death.

Geely pledges major Volvo capital boost
Sweden

Geely pledges major Volvo capital boost

Chinese car maker Zhejiang Geely Holding has vowed to pump an extra $900 million dollars into Volvo Cars on top of the $1.8 billion purchase price in a bid to revive the Swedish brand's flagging fortunes.

IMF slashes growth forecast for Germany
Germany

IMF slashes growth forecast for Germany

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday slashed its growth forecasts for Germany for this year and 2011, warning that a recovery in Europe's top economy would only be "moderate and fragile."

Ferguson and United gunning for Bayern
Germany

Ferguson and United gunning for Bayern

Manchester United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson said his side were gunning for Bayern Munich in a Champion’s League quarter-final clash on Tuesday evening.

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Sweden

EU slams Sweden over Spanish name refusal

The Swedish tax agency has been instructed by the EU commission to revise its procedures for approving surnames after a Spanish-Swedish couple were refused the right to give their son both their names.

Turkish ambassador arrives back in Sweden
Sweden

Turkish ambassador arrives back in Sweden

Turkey's ambassador to Sweden, Zergün Korutürk, returned to her post in Stockholm on Tuesday, two weeks after she was recalled over the Swedish parliament's recognition of the Ottoman Turk massacre of Armenians as genocide.

Chicken shortage forces Easter bunny to import eggs
Germany

Chicken shortage forces Easter bunny to import eggs

A new ban on battery cages for poultry in Germany may mean happier chickens, but it will also force the country to import up to half of its Easter eggs this year.

Google ‘Street View’ car sabotaged in suspected privacy protest
Germany

Google ‘Street View’ car sabotaged in suspected privacy protest

Vandals in Germany have sabotaged a Google "Street View" car, police said Tuesday, an apparent act of protest against the navigation service that is controversial in the country amid privacy concerns.

Schäuble demands EU economic government
Germany

Schäuble demands EU economic government

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble called for greater integration among European Union member states eventually leading to an “economic government” following the Greek debt-crisis.

Foreigners buying more Swedish summer houses: report
Sweden

Foreigners buying more Swedish summer houses: report

Foreigners own 33,168 summer houses in Sweden, an increase of four percent on 2008 and nine percent on 2007. Germans, Danes and Norwegians dominate the statistics, a new report shows.

Green Party lays out election platform
Sweden

Green Party lays out election platform

Sweden's Green Party has announced plans to re-introduce a sabbatical leave year, cut the working week and slash sales tax on the service sector - including household services, restaurants, hairdressers and bicycle repairs.

German ‘WePad’ to compete with Apple’s iPad
Germany

German ‘WePad’ to compete with Apple’s iPad

A Berlin firm has developed a new tablet PC called the “WePad” that aims to bridge the gap between the publishing world and the internet while competing with Apple's hotly awaited iPad.

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Sweden

Elderly couple in hospital after parking lot assault

A couple in their seventies are being cared for at a Lund hospital after they were attacked by a young man over a parking space in Landskrona in southern Sweden.

Eriksson talks up Ivory Coast World Cup hopes
Sweden

Eriksson talks up Ivory Coast World Cup hopes

Swedish coach Sven-Göran Eriksson has declared is faith in the abilities of his adopted nation, the Ivory Coast, to survive the World Cup's 'group of death' and progress into the knockout stages in South Africa.

EU plan to block web child porn sparks German opposition
Germany

EU plan to block web child porn sparks German opposition

The debate over whether child pornography websites should be blocked or shut down reignited in Germany on Tuesday, as the EU Commission moved to censor offending content.

Fuel companies deny holiday price-gouging
Germany

Fuel companies deny holiday price-gouging

The German head of petrol providers BP and Aral on Tuesday vehemently rejected accusations that the companies were gouging driver with higher prices ahead of the Easter holiday.

‘Merkel bonus’ fails to save German women from pay gap
Germany

‘Merkel bonus’ fails to save German women from pay gap

Telecommunications group Deutsche Telekom this month unveiled a quota for female senior executives, but even with more women managers, Germany as a whole still trails far behind in pay equality between the sexes.

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Sweden

Lottery tracks down record jackpot winner

Sweden's national lottery operator, Svenska Spel, has managed to track down the lucky winner of a record 214.6 million kronor ($29.5 million) jackpot.

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Sweden

Swedish pension fund bars Israeli arms firm

Sweden's largest pension fund has announced the exclusion of Israeli arms maker Elbit Systems from its portfolio of investments for ethical reasons.

German filmmakers to chart Lindgren’s life
Sweden

German filmmakers to chart Lindgren’s life

The life of Astrid Lindgren, the Swedish author behind children's characters such as Pippi Longstocking, is to be made into a feature length film, her daughter has confirmed.