Röttgen says ‘ice broken’ at Bonn climate talks
Germany

Röttgen says ‘ice broken’ at Bonn climate talks

The highest octane political gathering on climate since the Copenhagen summit collapsed into near failure has helped restore trust but delivered no big breakthroughs, German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen said on Tuesday.

Ministers take the train to counter opposition
Sweden

Ministers take the train to counter opposition

A total of 14 ministers, including Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, have embarked on a cross-country train trip to win support for the government ahead of September's election.

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Sweden

SSAB swings to profit in Q1

Steel producer SSAB reported a quarterly profit of 83 million kronor ($11.34 million) on Tuesday, beating analyst expectations and a 215 million kronor loss in the same period last year. The company expects that demand for steel will remain strong in the second quarter.

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Sweden

Ex-royal bodyguard sentenced for rape

A policeman with the Swedish Security Service (Säpo) who once served as a bodyguard to King Carl Gustaf and Crown Princess Victoria has been sentenced to six years in prison for aggravated rape and obstruction of justice. The man will also pay damages of 208,000 kronor ($28,470) to the woman.

Dog that killed baby will not be put down
Germany

Dog that killed baby will not be put down

A dog that killed a Cottbus family’s eight-week-old baby will not be put down, a city spokesman said on Tuesday.

Flowers for King cause asthma attack
Sweden

Flowers for King cause asthma attack

At least one patient suffered an acute asthma attack at a Jönköping hospital after the facility made an exception to its rule banning flowers for a visit by King Carl XVI Gustaf.

US government calls out Deutsche Telekom over union busting
Germany

US government calls out Deutsche Telekom over union busting

The US House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor has reportedly sent a letter to the head of Deutsche Telekom asking him to address their concerns over the company’s policy on unions for its operations in America.

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Sweden

Landskrona car park killing trial nears

The 23-year-old man held in connection with the car park assault that led to the death of a 78-year-old woman will remain in custody, a Lund court has ruled indicating that the trial would take place in less than two weeks.

Police deny 15-year-old girl forced to marry
Germany

Police deny 15-year-old girl forced to marry

Berlin police on Tuesday denied reports that a 15-year-old girl they saved from a forced marriage last week was secretly returned to the city and married to a 19-year-old groom.

Adler ruled out of World Cup with broken ribs
Germany

Adler ruled out of World Cup with broken ribs

Germany goalkeeper Rene Adler was on Tuesday ruled out of next month's World Cup in South Africa as he is set to undergo an operation to repair damaged ribs.

Stormy weather to keep volcanic ash at bay
Germany

Stormy weather to keep volcanic ash at bay

The cool and rainy weather this week might be a lousy start to May, but it does have the advantage of keeping German skies free from the volcanic ash currently crippling Irish air traffic.

Students give Swedish schools high marks
Sweden

Students give Swedish schools high marks

Most students in Sweden thrive in school, the National Agency for Education's (Skolverket) 2009 attitude survey has revealed.

Bavarian beer prices stable as beer garden season begins
Germany

Bavarian beer prices stable as beer garden season begins

Good news for the start of Bavaria's beer garden season: Except for capital city Munich, the southern German state's beer prices are expected to remain stable this year.

Schäuble warns Greeks to stick to austerity plan
Germany

Schäuble warns Greeks to stick to austerity plan

Greece must adhere rigidly to its austerity plan or loans from the eurozone and the IMF will be halted, potentially pushing the debt-laden country towards insolvency, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Tuesday.

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Sweden

Gothenburg opens probe into bribery claims

Gothenburg municipality is set to appoint a special review team to conduct a full examination of the entire public administration in the wake of a bribery scandal that has rocked the western Swedish city.

Swedish teen sectioned over computer addiction
Sweden

Swedish teen sectioned over computer addiction

A 16-year-old boy from southern Sweden has been taken into care after missing school for three years due to a chronic addiction to his computer, the local Sydöstran daily reports.

Chances grim for FDP’s tax cut proposal
Germany

Chances grim for FDP’s tax cut proposal

Chances for tax cuts planned by junior coalition party the Free Democrats are grim, according to early figures released on Tuesday ahead of a national tax assessment.

Customers unable to file taxes amid bank delays
Germany

Customers unable to file taxes amid bank delays

Hundreds of thousands of Germans may not be able to file their 2009 taxes on time, a media report said on Tuesday. System changes at many of the country’s top banks have led to delays in sending out tax records.

Reinfeldt warns of opposition tax hikes
Sweden

Reinfeldt warns of opposition tax hikes

Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt claims that the shadow budget presented by the left-green coalition on Monday hikes taxes for three million people and is devastating for Swedish business.

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Sweden

Tax agency grants day’s grace

The Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) has extended the deadline for the submission of tax returns for those unable to file online on Monday after the system proved unable to cope with the high demand.

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Sweden

Volvo mulls recall over engine problem

Swedish car maker Volvo warned customers on Monday that it was considering a recall of eight models after the discovery of an engine problem that could cause their cars to suddenly accelerate.

Berlin exhibition explores Jewish roots of comics
Germany

Berlin exhibition explores Jewish roots of comics

A major new exhibition at Berlin’s Jewish Museum, argues it was no coincidence that the biggest superheroes including Superman, Spiderman, Batman and the Hulk were all created by Jewish comic artists.