Love Parade memorial held in Duisburg
Germany

Love Parade memorial held in Duisburg

Thousands of people paid their respects on Saturday in the German city of Duisburg to the 21 people who died in the Love Parade tragedy a week earlier.

CSU demands rightward shift to lift government
Germany

CSU demands rightward shift to lift government

Germany's ruling parties – the Christian Democratic Union and its Bavarian sister, the Christian Social Union – need to get back to their conservative roots to counter terrible polls, the CSU chairman said Saturday.

Convicted sex offender asks not to be released
Germany

Convicted sex offender asks not to be released

A convicted sex offender asked not to be released from prison without further rehabilitation, it was revealed Saturday. The man was set free in mid-July after nearly 30 years in jail.

Germans undecided about military service
Germany

Germans undecided about military service

A new survey suggests that Germans have not yet decided whether they would like to see the end of conscription.

Sex change sterilization ‘a dark chapter’: Reinfeldt
Sweden

Sex change sterilization ‘a dark chapter’: Reinfeldt

The leaders of Sweden’s seven main parties have expressed support for an amendment to legislation forcing anybody who has a sex change to undergo compulsory sterilization and, if married, to secure a divorce from their partner.

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Sweden

Politician axed over anti-gay rhetoric

A Moderate Party politician in Stockholm has been stripped of his duties after making offensive comments on a rival politician’s blog about homosexuals and their right to adopt.

Woman gets damages for pregnancy job snub
Sweden

Woman gets damages for pregnancy job snub

A 29-year-old woman is to receive 100,000 kronor ($14,000) in damages after reaching an out of court settlement with a home electronics store in western Sweden which cited her pregnancy as grounds for not offering her a permanent job.

Government planning extensive Hartz IV reforms
Germany

Government planning extensive Hartz IV reforms

German Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen is planning corrections to the unemployment benefit known as Hartz IV that will have far-reaching consequences for the long-term unemployed.

Siemens ditches partial work scheme
Germany

Siemens ditches partial work scheme

German industrial group Siemens said Friday that it has resumed full-time work schedules at German sites owing to a pick-up in demand, following the lead of the auto industry.

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Sweden

Man jailed after getting 12-year-old pregnant

A man in his early twenties has been found guilty of child rape after impregnating a 12-year-old girl he brought home from a party in Tranås in southern Sweden in January.

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Sweden

19-year-old shot dead in Stockholm

A 19-year-old man has died after a shooting incident in the Stockholm suburb of Alby on Friday night, newspaper Expressen reports.