Czechs probe massacre of Sudeten Germans
Germany

Czechs probe massacre of Sudeten Germans

Czech police have launched an investigation into the May 1945 killing of more than a dozen German-speaking civilians, after the discovery of a World War II-era grave, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

Alliance builds tiny but consistent lead
Sweden

Alliance builds tiny but consistent lead

Sweden’s governing Alliance parties have maintained a small lead over the Red-Green opposition while the nationalist Sweden Democrats look set to enter parliament, according to a new poll from Novus Opinion.

Brazil irked by illegal trash from Hamburg
Germany

Brazil irked by illegal trash from Hamburg

Brazilian authorities have seized a ship with loads of rubbish shipped illegally from Hamburg in the country’s southern port of Rio Grande.

Another kind of Bavarian brew
Germany

Another kind of Bavarian brew

The Local’s series Made in Germany presents the best the country has to offer, including the atypical Bavarian tipple known as SLYRS Whisky.

3 Swedish universities make top 100 list
Sweden

3 Swedish universities make top 100 list

Three Swedish universities, Karolinska Institute (KI) and Uppsala and Stockholm Universities, made the top 100 of the Academic Ranking of World Universities compiled annually by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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Sweden

Experts: politicians misled voters on pensions tax

Sweden's politicians have been slammed by leading economists who argue that they are misleading the electorate by claiming that income taxes discriminate against pensioners, who in actual fact pay less tax than those in work.

Banks at odds over max ATM fees
Germany

Banks at odds over max ATM fees

German banks continue to bicker over how to meet federal regulator demands to reduce exorbitant cash machine fees by August 31, a media report said on Wednesday.

Bavaria mourns adored Green party figure after double tragedy
Germany

Bavaria mourns adored Green party figure after double tragedy

Tributes flowed on Wednesday for the widely admired Bavarian Green party politician Sepp Daxenberger, who died of cancer during the night, just three days after his wife succumbed to the same illness.

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Sweden

Police operation called off as gunmen escape

Police have called off a major operation around a summer cottage north of Smålandsstenar in Småland after failing to find those responsible for gunfire aimed at a police patrol in Hyltebruk early on Tuesday morning.

Moderates pledge billions for unemployed
Sweden

Moderates pledge billions for unemployed

Fredrik Reinfeldt's Moderate Party wants to spend 3 billion kronor ($410 million) over the next three years on job coaching, work experience and training, creating over 31,000 new opportunities in 2011 and 2012, according to party estimates.

Top-up health fee dodgers face hefty fines
Germany

Top-up health fee dodgers face hefty fines

People who refuse to pay additional top-up money to their statutory health insurer face fines of up to €225 under reforms being considered by the federal government, media reported Wednesday.

Regensburg waiters unite in refusing service to neo-Nazis
Germany

Regensburg waiters unite in refusing service to neo-Nazis

Dozens of restaurants and bars in the Bavarian city of Regensburg have joined forces to begin a new initiative to refuse service to neo-Nazis after a violent right-wing attack on one of their own, the group said this week.

SAS narrows loss in Q2, hurt by ash cloud
Sweden

SAS narrows loss in Q2, hurt by ash cloud

Beleaguered airline SAS announced it narrowed its losses in the second quarter, but remained deep in the red due to the flight chaos caused by a cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland in April and May.

Red-Greens agree on property tax changes
Sweden

Red-Greens agree on property tax changes

The centre-left coalition has announced an agreement over property taxes, claiming that only 1 percent of Sweden's house owners will see their taxes climb if the Red-Greens win the election.

SPD buries hatchet over pension age hike policy
Germany

SPD buries hatchet over pension age hike policy

The two top Social Democrats, chairman Sigmar Gabriel and parliamentary leader Frank-Walter Steinmeier, have reached a compromise after months of battling over the question of raising the retirement age, media reported Wednesday.

Sylt authorities suspect arson as fires continue
Germany

Sylt authorities suspect arson as fires continue

After fire fighters put out three new blazes overnight, police said Wednesday that they suspect arson in a rash of fires across the northern German island of Sylt.

Merkel’s conservatives slip behind Social Democrats for the first time
Germany

Merkel’s conservatives slip behind Social Democrats for the first time

After months in which the government’s poll figures have slid seemingly inexorably, the ruling Christian Democrats face a fresh abasement – they have fallen below their rivals the Social Democrats for the first time since Chancellor Angela Merkel was elected in 2005.

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Sweden

Swedish soldiers escape Afghanistan firefight

A Swedish patrol was involved in a firefight in Afghanistan on Wednesday morning while the soldiers were towing a vehicle west of the town of Mazar-e-Sharif.

Police catch up with 79-year-old sex offender
Sweden

Police catch up with 79-year-old sex offender

Sten Erik Eriksson, a 79-year-old sex offender and dangerous convicted paedophile who escaped while on a leave of absence on Tuesday, was detained by police shortly before midnight while on a train to Oslo.

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Sweden

Pirate Party to host WikiLeaks servers

The Swedish Pirate Party confirmed on Tuesday that it has agreed to host a number of new servers located in the country by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks.

German woman stabbed to death at Caribbean resort
Germany

German woman stabbed to death at Caribbean resort

Mexican police have confirmed the discovery of the naked body of a German woman, bearing marks of a sharp weapon, in a house in the Caribbean resort of Playa del Carmen, justice officials said Tuesday.

Cabinet to consider tougher Street View rules
Germany

Cabinet to consider tougher Street View rules

Coalition politicians are demanding Google be forced to gather residents’ consent to have their homes photographed for Street View rather than wait for them to object, as cabinet prepared Wednesday to discuss changes to the law.