Young summer camp sex abusers inspired by internet
Germany

Young summer camp sex abusers inspired by internet

The group of teenagers accused of sexually assaulting younger boys at a holiday camp on the island of Ameland found information about the brutal acts on the internet, authorities said on Friday.

Stockholm couple wins 80 million kronor jackpot
Sweden

Stockholm couple wins 80 million kronor jackpot

A 50-year-old Stockholm couple has won a 79.5 million kronor jackpot from Lotto, Svenska Spel (Swedish Games) announced on Friday.

Student housing shortage worse than ever
Sweden

Student housing shortage worse than ever

The student housing shortage appears to be worse than ever for the upcoming autumn session, Sweden's National Union of Students (Sveriges förenade studentkårer, SFS) reported on Friday.

Truckmaker Scania posts surprise Q2 results
Sweden

Truckmaker Scania posts surprise Q2 results

Swedish truckmaker Scania reported unexpectedly strong second-quarter results on Friday as the auto industry rebounded from a disastrous 2009, when the global economic downturn savaged demand.

Body found at Spanish lake likely missing German boy
Germany

Body found at Spanish lake likely missing German boy

Mystery surrounds the fate of a five-year-old German boy whose body is believed to have been found at a Spanish lake on Friday.

Vandals attack ‘veil martyr’ memorial
Germany

Vandals attack ‘veil martyr’ memorial

Vandals have attacked an art project erected in honour of a pregnant Egyptian woman who was murdered in a German court room, organisers said Friday.

Big claims, little evidence: Sweden’s law against buying sex
Sweden

Big claims, little evidence: Sweden’s law against buying sex

A new review of Sweden's ban on buying sex has provided little hard evidence that the policy of prohibition has worked, writes Laura Agustín, but few politicians have dared to point out its obvious failings.

Depression might really suck the colour out of life, study finds
Germany

Depression might really suck the colour out of life, study finds

Grey clouds and darkness are well-worn metaphors for depression. But now German researchers have found the world may actually look blander and less vivid to depressed people.

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Sweden

Prison guards take rapist to sex shop

A convicted rapist was taken by prison guards to a sex shop during supervised leave despite being on a strict no-porn rehabilitation regime.

Farmer blockade stalls Munich’s Olympic bid
Germany

Farmer blockade stalls Munich’s Olympic bid

A clutch of Bavarian farmers may torpedo Germany's bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, after a representative said Friday they were unlikely to make their land available for the event.

Card-skimming devices found at H&M stores
Sweden

Card-skimming devices found at H&M stores

Several H&M stores in Sweden have discovered so-called skimming devices on their card readers in Linköping, Täby, Löddeköpinge and Malmö.

China likely to be Audi’s main market soon
Germany

China likely to be Audi’s main market soon

High-end German automaker Audi is going all out to keep up with demand in China, which could become its main market this year ahead of Germany, chairman Rupert Stadler said Friday in an interview.

Lagerbäck spurns chance to keep coaching Nigeria
Sweden

Lagerbäck spurns chance to keep coaching Nigeria

Sweden's Lars Lagerback has turned down an offer to continue coaching the Nigerian football team, the national football federation (NFF) confirmed on Friday.

Ericsson Q2 sales disappoint, shares drop
Sweden

Ericsson Q2 sales disappoint, shares drop

Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson reported a surge in second-quarter profits, but a fall in sales disappointed investors as its shares dropped.

Economy in ‘party mood,’ survey finds
Germany

Economy in ‘party mood,’ survey finds

Germany’s business climate has shown the biggest monthly improvement since reunification, the respected Ifo economic institute reported Friday, in another sign that the crisis is but a distant memory.

What’s on in Germany: July 22 – 28
Germany

What’s on in Germany: July 22 – 28

This Week's Highlights: "Porgy and Bess" in Berlin, open air concerts in Frankfurt, and a royal joust just outside Munich.

Underweight kids have higher tooth decay risk
Sweden

Underweight kids have higher tooth decay risk

Underweight children are at three times' greater risk of tooth decay as normal weight children, according to a new Swedish study released on Thursday.

Payment row over ethanol car repairs
Sweden

Payment row over ethanol car repairs

High sulphate concentrations in ethanol in the spring have damaged hundreds of car engines, setting off a dispute between car manufacturers and fuel companies as to who will pay for the repairs.

Bureaucratic ‘drama’ is failing troops: watchdog
Germany

Bureaucratic ‘drama’ is failing troops: watchdog

Bureaucratic nitpicking is turning efforts to properly equip Germany’s soldiers in Afghanistan into “a drama,” the parliamentary watchdog of the armed forces said Friday, stepping up his attack on departmental lethargy.

‘Heil Hitler’ song deemed not hate speech: ruling
Sweden

‘Heil Hitler’ song deemed not hate speech: ruling

The Chancellor of Justice (Justitiekanslern, JK) will not bring criminal charges against a car owner who played late rockabilly singer Eddie Meduza's song "Heil Hitler" over loudspeakers to a large group of people in a parking lot.

Unemployed could be forced into tiny apartments
Germany

Unemployed could be forced into tiny apartments

People on Hartz IV unemployment benefits could be restricted to renting apartments of 25 square metres or less under a radical plan floated by the Ministry of Labour, media reported Friday.

Ban kids from eating junk food, MP demands
Germany

Ban kids from eating junk food, MP demands

Children should be banned from eating junk food if parents prove incapable of enforcing a nutritious diet, a coalition health spokesman said Friday as a debate about the cost of medical care gathered pace.