Porsche guarantees 9,000 jobs in Germany
Germany

Porsche guarantees 9,000 jobs in Germany

German luxury sports car maker Porsche said Wednesday it would guarantee the jobs of 9,000 workers at three domestic sites until 2015.

Elite program for young researchers proposed
Sweden

Elite program for young researchers proposed

Sweden's higher education and research minister proposed launching an elite program for young scientists on Wednesday, citing the need to improve Swedish research.

Berlin and Paris aim to block voting rights for EU deficit offenders
Germany

Berlin and Paris aim to block voting rights for EU deficit offenders

France and Germany said on Wednesday they want to suspend voting rights of EU member states which run up excessive deficits and to impose financial sanctions on them.

Combing through Quedlinburg’s charms
Germany

Combing through Quedlinburg’s charms

As UNESCO cultural heritage sites go, charming Quedlinburg in Germany’s Harz region is more cheese cake and mediaeval feminism than baroque masterpieces – and that suits Hannah Cleaver just fine.

Parents barred from homeschooling son
Sweden

Parents barred from homeschooling son

The parents of a student in a northeastern Gothenburg suburb may no longer homeschool the child, the Supreme Administrative Court (Regeringsrätten) ruled on Thursday.

Nordea Q2 profit falls, issues mixed outlook
Sweden

Nordea Q2 profit falls, issues mixed outlook

Nordea Bank announced a second-quarter profit decline on Wednesday and issued a mixed economic outlook, pointing out that the Nordic countries doing well, but the eurozone is still fighting a debt crisis.

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Sweden

Entrepreneur inflation expectations drop: poll

The inflation expectations of Swedish entrepreneurs have fallen, the latest poll from Skop (Skandinavisk Opinion) published on Monday shows.

Victims of train AC meltdown paid €500
Germany

Victims of train AC meltdown paid €500

Germany's national rail operator Deutsche Bahn announced Wednesday that it would compensate victims of a horrific air-conditioning failure on a high-speed train during one of the hottest days of the year with €500 for their suffering.

24% of dental clinics closed in 10 years
Sweden

24% of dental clinics closed in 10 years

Over the last 10 years, nearly one in four dental clinics run by the Swedish Public Dental Service (Sveriges Folktandvård) have closed, SVT's Rapport news programme reported on Wednesday.

New university admission policies to be reviewed
Sweden

New university admission policies to be reviewed

New university admission policies will be investigated even though they have just come into force, the higher education and research minister announced on Wednesday.

Patient treatment stopped due to faulty IT
Sweden

Patient treatment stopped due to faulty IT

Doctors were forced to suspend treatment of a patient with a heart condition when the hospital's IT department suddenly took control of a medical computer, the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) reported on Friday.

Court allows surveillance of leftist politicians
Germany

Court allows surveillance of leftist politicians

A German federal court on Wednesday ruled the country's domestic intelligence services can keep tabs on members the socialist Left party using publicly available information.

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Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: July 23rd – July 29th

What’s on in Sweden: Pride steps out in Stockholm, PINK plays Gothenburg and Bad Religion comes to Malmö.

Nowitzki pulls out of world basketball championships
Germany

Nowitzki pulls out of world basketball championships

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki has opted out of playing for Germany in next month's world championships in Turkey in order to focus on preparing with his club for the new NBA season.

Police investigate sexual abuse at summer camp
Germany

Police investigate sexual abuse at summer camp

Police in the northern German city of Osnabrück said on Wednesday they were investigating allegations of sexual abuse among youths at a summer camp on the Dutch island of Ameland.

Merkel’s coalition hits all-time low in poll
Germany

Merkel’s coalition hits all-time low in poll

Support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition government has reached catastrophic levels, dipping on Wednesday to the lowest level ever measured for a poll that has been conducted for more than 20 years.

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Sweden

Terminally ill woman can get pension early

A terminally ill woman with cancer who was denied the right to withdraw her personal retirement savings account prematurely by the Tax Agency (Skatteverket) will now be allowed to do so, media reports said late on Tuesday.

Bildt urges civilian changes in Afghanistan
Sweden

Bildt urges civilian changes in Afghanistan

Civilian changes are needed in Afghanistan in order to achieve the security objectives outlined at a donor conference in Kabul, Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said late on Tuesday.

Experts find security problems in new De-Mail service
Germany

Experts find security problems in new De-Mail service

Experts cited serious security risks on Wednesday in Germany’s new De-Mail system, which is set to let users send official letters and documents over the internet starting next year.

Major review of family benefits planned
Germany

Major review of family benefits planned

The German government plans to conduct a sweeping review of its family policies and benefits to see whether they have been effective, Family Minister Kristina Schröder said on Wednesday.

Probe launched into averted midair jet crash
Sweden

Probe launched into averted midair jet crash

The Swedish Accident Investigation Board (Statens haverikommission) will investigate an incident when two passenger jets nearly collided with each other over Östersund in central Sweden earlier this month.

‘I rooted for Germany,’ David Cameron confesses
Germany

‘I rooted for Germany,’ David Cameron confesses

British Prime Minister David Cameron made a soul-searing confession before the eyes of the world on Tuesday - that he had cheered for Germany after they vanquished England at the World Cup.