Union leader, Merkel at odds over financial transaction tax
Germany

Union leader, Merkel at odds over financial transaction tax

Germany’s top union boss called on Chancellor Merkel Sunday to “stop the gamblers” and enact a tax on financial transactions to stave off rampant speculation.

Merkel: Rescue package is a temporary fix
Germany

Merkel: Rescue package is a temporary fix

A trillion-dollar package to shore up ailing eurozone economies merely buys time until the deficits of certain members of the 16-member zone are cleaned up, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday.

Greens call for 35-hour working week
Sweden

Greens call for 35-hour working week

The Green Party voted at its annual congress on Saturday to include demands for a 35-hour work week in its manifesto for this September’s general election.

Government to sidestep Bundesrat on nuclear power plant extension
Germany

Government to sidestep Bundesrat on nuclear power plant extension

The centre-right coalition government is looking to bypass the Bundesrat upper house to push through one of its more controversial policy plans – extending the lifetime of atomic power plants – according to a chancellery official.

‘Big bully’ fined for killer slug attack
Sweden

‘Big bully’ fined for killer slug attack

A 59-year-old man in western Sweden has been found guilty of harassment after dumping a bag full of killer slugs in a neighbouring woman's garden.

Bundeswehr to boost air power with US attack helicopters
Germany

Bundeswehr to boost air power with US attack helicopters

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said German troops stationed in Afghanistan will be provided with more than 50 US combat helicopters next month, he told Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

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Sweden

Youngsters in state care held indoors: report

Young people in Sweden’s special state homes for troubled youth are often kept locked indoors for weeks with no access to fresh air.

‘Lynch mob atmosphere’ as car somersaults onto luxury vehicles
Sweden

‘Lynch mob atmosphere’ as car somersaults onto luxury vehicles

Angry bystanders detained three men who attempted to flee on Saturday after their vehicle overturned and landed on three parked cars at a shopping centre in south-west Sweden.

Two men arrested over fire at Vilks’ house
Sweden

Two men arrested over fire at Vilks’ house

Two men, aged 19 and 21, have been arrested in connection with an arson attack at the home in southern Sweden of artist Lars Vilks.

Passion Play season opens in Oberammergau
Germany

Passion Play season opens in Oberammergau

The 2010 Oberammergau Passion Play premiered to nearly 5,000 spectators Saturday. The performance marks the start of the 41st production of the traditional five-hour play.

Bayern beat Bremen for German Cup
Germany

Bayern beat Bremen for German Cup

Franck Ribery grabbed one of the goals as Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich stayed on course for the treble with a 4-0 win over 10-man Werder Bremen in the German Cup final in Berlin on Saturday.