Hamburg Mayor Ole von Beust resigns
Germany

Hamburg Mayor Ole von Beust resigns

Hamburg’s Mayor Ole von Beust announced his resignation on Sunday afternoon, potentially putting the city's Christian Democratic-Green coalition government at risk after he steps down on August 25.

Artists lose out as fans stop burning CDs
Sweden

Artists lose out as fans stop burning CDs

Musicians, actors and other artists have seen their revenues from blank CDs and DVDs plummet as file sharers adapt their habits and embrace a range of technologies.

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Sweden

Animals dumped when summer comes

Sweden’s zoos and wildlife parks have been inundated this summer with unwanted pets found abandoned in woods, flower beds and subway trains.

Easyjet leaves hundreds of Berlin passengers grounded
Germany

Easyjet leaves hundreds of Berlin passengers grounded

Hundreds of passengers booked to fly from Berlin on Easyjet planes saw their travel plans ruined over the weekend as connections were cancelled, seemingly due to a lack of air crew, the Tagesspiegel reported on Sunday.

Ruhr autobahn turned into culture strip
Germany

Ruhr autobahn turned into culture strip

Around two million people were estimated to have shown up to a stretch of the A40 autobahn in the Ruhr area on Sunday for the ‘Still Life’ festival which promised to replace speeding cars with a huge range of cultural events.

Mother of soldier killed in Afghanistan tries to sue government
Germany

Mother of soldier killed in Afghanistan tries to sue government

The mother of a German soldier killed while on duty in Afghanistan is trying to sue the government over his death, accusing the army of having sent his unit into danger without sufficient equipment or backup.

‘Blind’ job applications on trial to reduce discrimination
Germany

‘Blind’ job applications on trial to reduce discrimination

Germany revelled in its multicultural national team at the World Cup this month but still has a long way to go in its labour market, according to the sponsors of a radical new trial hiring scheme.

Total drink-drive ban on political agenda
Germany

Total drink-drive ban on political agenda

Three years after the introduction of a complete drink-driving ban for drivers in their first two years behind the wheel and all those under 21, calls are being made for the ban to be extended.

Sunshine returns after heavy storms
Sweden

Sunshine returns after heavy storms

Intense thunderstorms led to power cuts and flooding in parts of Sweden on Saturday, as the entire island of Gotland was left without electricity.

Eagle puts Stenson in British Open running
Sweden

Eagle puts Stenson in British Open running

Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson is among the main challengers for the British Open title after a sizzling third round at St. Andrews on Saturday.

Söderling lurches into Swedish Open final
Sweden

Söderling lurches into Swedish Open final

Home favourite and top seed Robin Söderling had to dig deep on Saturday to overcome the challenge of David Ferrer and set up a Swedish Open final encounter with Nicolas Almagro.