Lufthansa demands EU compensation for volcano losses
Germany

Lufthansa demands EU compensation for volcano losses

The head of the German airline Lufthansa called Monday for the European Union to pay carriers compensation for business lost owing to the closure of European airspace after the eruption of an Icelandic volcano.

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Sweden

Quack doctor sentenced to prison

A man pretending to be a naturopath has been sentenced to prison for three and a half years by Borås District Court.

Axe falls on welfare and family benefits
Germany

Axe falls on welfare and family benefits

Reductions in social benefits will spearhead the deepest spending cuts in modern German history, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Monday. But education and research will be spared the axe and income and sales taxes will not be increased.

Germans worry the most about unemployment, study shows
Germany

Germans worry the most about unemployment, study shows

Germans worry the most among people living in European countries, particularly about unemployment, a new study by the GfK market research institute reported on Monday.

‘Ethical’ Nordea funds dump BP holdings
Sweden

‘Ethical’ Nordea funds dump BP holdings

Nordea's committee for responsible investment decided on Friday to divest its holdings in BP in all of its 'ethical' profile funds.

Olympic champions line up for King’s medals
Sweden

Olympic champions line up for King’s medals

King Carl XVI Gustaf will award 40 His Majesty the King's medals (H.M. Konungens medalj) to a number of prominent Swedes on Tuesday afternoon.

Candidate Gauck blasts ‘timid’ politicians
Germany

Candidate Gauck blasts ‘timid’ politicians

Presidential contender Joachim Gauck launched a broadside Monday at the timid and short-sighted nature of politics and vowed to use the “power of words” to lift Germans up to match their potential.

Bildt rejects Israel boycott calls
Sweden

Bildt rejects Israel boycott calls

Sweden will not boycott Israeli goods or break its relations to Israel, foreign minister Carl Bildt has said in a response to opposition demands in a parliamentary debate on the Israeli boarding of the Ship to Gaza aid convoy.

Fake Twitter page prompts royal rebuttal
Sweden

Fake Twitter page prompts royal rebuttal

A feed on the popular microblog website Twitter has caused consternation at the Swedish Royal Court which has been unable to shut off the stream of often erroneous information about members of the royal family.

IMF praises Sweden for handling of crisis
Sweden

IMF praises Sweden for handling of crisis

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has praised both Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank, and the Swedish government for their handling of the economic crisis.

Banned GM corn growing in seven states
Germany

Banned GM corn growing in seven states

Genetically modified corn has been grown in seven German states in breach of a national ban after contaminated seeds were sold to farmers, the environmental group Greenpeace revealed Monday.

Armed man sighted near Berlin school yard
Germany

Armed man sighted near Berlin school yard

Police scoured a school and surrounding buildings after witnesses reported seeing an armed man around the school's grounds Monday morning, authorities announced.

German team arrives in South Africa ahead of World Cup
Germany

German team arrives in South Africa ahead of World Cup

Germany was among the latest national teams to arrive in South Africa on Monday for the first World Cup staged on the continent.

Father dies trying to rescue toddler son from river
Germany

Father dies trying to rescue toddler son from river

A father of two died in Munich while trying to rescue his two-year-old son who fell into the Isar River from a bridge over the weekend, the city's fire department said Monday.

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Sweden

Man ages 12 years after Swedish court decision

A Swedish court has ruled that a Cambodian man should be allowed to change his Tax Agency (Skatteverket) birth date records, thereby adding 12 years to his age.

D-Day arrives for Germany’s budget
Germany

D-Day arrives for Germany’s budget

Germans are set to find out by lunchtime Monday the results of the cabinet’s brainstorming session on how to slash government spending by €51 billion over the next six years.

Coalition dubious about state aid for Opel
Germany

Coalition dubious about state aid for Opel

The prospect of state aid for car maker Opel dimmed on Monday with a large number of government MPs reportedly against giving government help to the firm.

Guttenberg blasted by predecessor Jung
Germany

Guttenberg blasted by predecessor Jung

Former Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung has reportedly blasted his successor‘s possible plan to cut the military budget by ending Germany’s conscription programme.

Dumped refugee demands compensation
Sweden

Dumped refugee demands compensation

Peter Ekweri, a man deported in 1995 from Sweden to Ghana, despite the fact that he came from Uganda, is demanding compensation from the Swedish state after being imprisoned and tortured in the west African country.

Swedish library unearths rare German law book
Sweden

Swedish library unearths rare German law book

Sundsvall library in northern Sweden has discovered a rare item in an inventory of old books in its cellars - the Sachsenspiegel from 1481, thought to be only the second existing copy of the hand-written German legal code.

Pilot strike grounds Swedish flights
Sweden

Pilot strike grounds Swedish flights

Pilots working for four regional Swedish airlines went out on strike early Monday, affecting a large number of domestic flights with the threat of a broader strike affecting international and charter flights on Wednesday.