Westerwelle: Germany needs foreign workers
Germany

Westerwelle: Germany needs foreign workers

Europe's economic powerhouse Germany needs to lure qualified foreign workers to address skill shortages, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Wednesday, wading into a fierce immigration debate in the country.

A musical August in store for Stockholm
Sweden

A musical August in store for Stockholm

If you're looking for music festivals in Sweden this month, you need look no further than the capital, writes David Stavrou.

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Sweden

Faked illnesses netted fraudsters 75 million

A social insurance fraud ring in southern Sweden is thought to have stolen about 75 million kronor ($10.5 million) from Sweden’s social security system by faking serious illnesses. In many cases, the frauds involved entire families.

Ship to Gaza to set sail again
Sweden

Ship to Gaza to set sail again

The organisers of an aid flottilla Ship to Gaza said in Stockholm on Wednesday they would make a new attempt to reach the Palestinian territory before the end of 2010.

Siemens to cut 2,000 German IT jobs
Germany

Siemens to cut 2,000 German IT jobs

Industrial giant Siemens said on Wednesday that it would cut 2,000 jobs in its German IT solutions and services (SIS) unit, part of a broader programme initially unveiled in March.

Summer takes a break as cool weather returns
Germany

Summer takes a break as cool weather returns

Summer weather will be taking a break for the remainder of the week, particularly in the southern state of Bavaria, where high altitudes could even see snow, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Wednesday.

Minister denies police error in Duisburg deaths
Germany

Minister denies police error in Duisburg deaths

At the start of a state parliamentary inquiry into Duisburg’s ill-fated Love Parade music festival, North Rhine-Westphalia’s interior minister on Wednesday rejected claims that mistakes by the police led to the tragedy responsible for the deaths of 21 people.

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Sweden

Heavy rains forecast for eastern Sweden

Heavy rains have been forecast for the east coast of Sweden as the Meteorological Institute (Sveriges meteorologiska och hydrologiska institut - SMHI) issued a warning for northern areas.

Late Aldi billionaire’s armoured car up for sale
Germany

Late Aldi billionaire’s armoured car up for sale

The armoured Mercedes belonging to late billionaire Theo Albrecht has gone on sale just a week-and-a-half after his death, offering a special glimpse into the reclusive lifestyle of the co-founder of discount grocery chain Aldi.

World Cup powers Adidas to strong Q2
Germany

World Cup powers Adidas to strong Q2

Adidas, the world's second biggest sports equipment and clothing maker, raised its earnings per share outlook on Wednesday after raking in strong second-quarter profits thanks to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Investments rescue Munich Re’s quarterly earnings
Germany

Investments rescue Munich Re’s quarterly earnings

German insurance group Munich Re posted a better-than-expected second quarter net profit on Wednesday owing to earnings from investments, and raised slightly a full-year sales target despite losses from events such as the BP oil catastrophe.

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Sweden

Stockholm taxis fall in global rankings: survey

Taxis in London have been voted the best in the world for the third year running, with Sweden's capital Stockholm falling in favour to 23rd place of the 53 global cities featured in a new survey published on Wednesday.

In the name of the father
Germany

In the name of the father

German men have become the weaker sex. Not even the Constitutional Court decision opening the way for unmarried fathers to gain joint custody of their children can change that. But that doesn’t make fathers any less important, writes Tissy Bruns from Der Tagesspiegel.

Let teachers ban face veils – Liberals
Sweden

Let teachers ban face veils – Liberals

Sweden’s schools and universities should be allowed to ban students and teachers from wearing face veils, education minister and Liberal Party leader Jan Björklund has said.

Parking tattletale faces fine after making 15,000 citations
Germany

Parking tattletale faces fine after making 15,000 citations

Over the last six years a man in Germany's Harz region earned the dislike of his fellow residents by tattling to authorities about some 15,000 parking violations – but this week “parking ticket Horst” had to answer for a citation of his own.

Prisoners threaten strike over incontinent inmate
Sweden

Prisoners threaten strike over incontinent inmate

Inmates at Sörby prison in northern Sweden have reacted with dismay at the internment of a 78-year-old man who moves with the help of a walking frame and wears a nappy, threatening to strike if he is not taken into care.

Berlin underground inspires beauty pageant
Germany

Berlin underground inspires beauty pageant

The grime and grit of Berlin’s U-Bahn metro may not seem very glamorous. But this month a dozen designer-model teams will take inspiration from their favourite underground stations for the city's first fashion show in beauty pageant form. Who will become Miss U-Bahn 2010?

Lundin Petroleum reports booming profits
Sweden

Lundin Petroleum reports booming profits

Swedish oil production and exploration firm Lundin Petroleum has reported a profit before tax of $79 million ($30.9 million) for the second quarter, meeting analyst expectations.

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Sweden

MPs support Sweden Democrats isolation: poll

Of the 148 Swedish members of parliament from across the party spectrum interviewed in a new survey, 66 percent are prepared to cooperate across the political blocs to ensure a stable government if the far-right Sweden Democrats (SD) enter parliament.

Piano likely played by Mozart turns up in Baden-Baden
Germany

Piano likely played by Mozart turns up in Baden-Baden

A fortepiano believed to have been played by legendary Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart has turned up in the German city of Baden-Baden, a media report said on Wednesday.

Merkel’s coalition plagued by dismal polls
Germany

Merkel’s coalition plagued by dismal polls

Public opinion poll ratings for Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s centre-right government coalition remain dismal despite recent reports that the economy is recovering after the global financial crisis, according to Forsa survey released on Wednesday.

Fungal disease threatens Swedish wheat harvest
Sweden

Fungal disease threatens Swedish wheat harvest

The wheat harvest in many parts of Sweden is under threat by the fungus disease Tilletia contraversa (dwarf bunt).

Lund reviews foreign student admissions
Sweden

Lund reviews foreign student admissions

Lund University in southern Sweden has introduced a separate admissions process for foreign students after criticism that the current system discriminates against even those with top grades.

German envoy among diplomats told to ‘go to hell’ by Mugabe
Germany

German envoy among diplomats told to ‘go to hell’ by Mugabe

Zimbabwe's foreign minister Wednesday summoned Germany’s envoy and two other western diplomats to scold them for leaving early from the burial of President Robert Mugabe's sister, after being told in a speech to go "to hell."