Man fired for charging scooter with employer’s electricity
Germany

Man fired for charging scooter with employer’s electricity

A North Rhine-Westphalia state labour court this week will address a case brought by a man fired for using a company power outlet to charge his electric scooter, which cost the firm just €0.018.

Fiery debate over Red-Green spending plan
Sweden

Fiery debate over Red-Green spending plan

Anders Borg on Wednesday took aim at the centre-left opposition’s "rampant" spending programme, prompting his Social Democratic counterpart to call the finance minster's analysis "defective and silly".

Sweden’s Rosenberg heading to Spain
Sweden

Sweden’s Rosenberg heading to Spain

German football club Werder Bremen has loaned Swedish striker Markus Rosenberg, whose goal lifted the team into this season's Champions League, for the season to Spanish first division side Racing Santander.

Inquiry exonerates police in Love Parade tragedy
Germany

Inquiry exonerates police in Love Parade tragedy

A legal inquiry released Wednesday puts blame for the Love Parade tragedy that left 21 people dead squarely with the city of Duisburg and the event’s organisers, who have claimed the police exacerbated the crowd problems.

Löw defends new Real duo against Mourinho gripe
Germany

Löw defends new Real duo against Mourinho gripe

Germany coach Joachim Löw has leapt to the defence of Real Madrid's new boys Sami Khedira and Mesut Özil after their club coach Jose Mourinho grumbled about the German pair's lack of Spanish.

Eurovision winner Lena lands Opel advertising deal
Germany

Eurovision winner Lena lands Opel advertising deal

Opel has reportedly enlisted the help of Germany’s sparkling 2010 Eurovision Song Contest winner Lena Meyer-Landrut for a new advertising campaign meant to burnish the ailing carmaker's frumpy image.

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Sweden

Man jailed for murder of 18-year-old

A 22-year-old man accused of killing a 18-year-old woman in Hjällbo north of Gothenburg was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Wednesday for murder and attempted aggravated rape.

Sweden’s Top 5 adventure vacations
Sweden

Sweden’s Top 5 adventure vacations

Looking for a thrill? The Local's Emily Gelb offers up a several options showcasing Sweden’s great outdoors.

Merkel’s cabinet backs tough austerity package
Germany

Merkel’s cabinet backs tough austerity package

Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet signed off Wednesday on a hefty austerity package that critics say will hit the poorest hardest and could endanger Germany and therefore Europe's economic recovery.

Germans ready to make babies
Germany

Germans ready to make babies

A growing number of Germans want children, intensifying demands for government assistance to improve the balance between work and family, according to a new study from the Family Ministry.

Sony Ericsson targets China for smartphones
Sweden

Sony Ericsson targets China for smartphones

Sony Ericsson said Wednesday China would become its biggest handset market by volume in the next three to four years, as it moved to grab a bigger slice of the fast-growing smartphone market.

Ballack to remain Germany team captain
Germany

Ballack to remain Germany team captain

Joachim Löw, coach of Germany's national football team, confirmed Wednesday that veteran midfielder Michael Ballack will remain his first-choice captain despite being left out of their opening Euro 2012 qualifying games.

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Sweden

Improved outlook for Swedish economy: report

Swedes should expect higher economic growth and lower unemployment than previously forecast, according to a new report from the National Institute of Economic Research (NIER).

‘Dead Willi’ on UK flight makes it back to Berlin
Germany

‘Dead Willi’ on UK flight makes it back to Berlin

The bizarre story of a German woman arrested trying to fly her dead husband home from England on easyJet in April has had a happy ending of sorts, a newspaper report said Wednesday.

Renewed rape suspicions for WikiLeaks’ Assange
Sweden

Renewed rape suspicions for WikiLeaks’ Assange

A top Swedish prosecutor decided on Wednesday to reopen a probe into rape suspicions against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Edfors to defend Thai golf title on Asian Tour
Sweden

Edfors to defend Thai golf title on Asian Tour

Big-hitting Swedish star Johan Edfors has confirmed his title defence at the season finale of professional golf's Asian Tour at the end of the year.

Politicians demand airlines provide more leg room
Germany

Politicians demand airlines provide more leg room

German politicians on Wednesday called for airlines to provide passengers with more leg room to insure their security and health, in addition to justifying rising ticket prices, a media report said on Wednesday.

Rail passenger group calls for end to Stuttgart 21
Germany

Rail passenger group calls for end to Stuttgart 21

An advocacy group for German train passengers said on Wednesday the controversial plans to revamp Stuttgart’s main station could still be aborted in light of continuing protests against the mammoth rail project.

Up to €500 million in tax cuts on the way
Germany

Up to €500 million in tax cuts on the way

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition will likely reduce the tax burden for citizens by up to €500 million as part of its plan to simplify the German fiscal system, a media report said on Wednesday.

HQ Bank close to deal: liquidator
Sweden

HQ Bank close to deal: liquidator

Björn Riese, who is leading the liquidation of HQ Bank, has said that a deal to resolve the future of the finance firm is close, with the bank likely to be able to re-open its doors on Friday.

Monopoly holds back binge drinking – study
Sweden

Monopoly holds back binge drinking – study

The abolition of the Swedish state alcohol retail monopoly, Systembolaget, would lead to an increase in binge drinking, alcohol-related deaths and sick leave, according to a new study from Stockholm University, reported SVT news programme Rapport.

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Sweden

Poll: Alliance retains solid lead

The four Alliance parties retained the support of voters and lead over the red-greens with 4.6 percentage points, according to the latest voter poll by Novus Opinion.

askjohnaboutcollege.com makes applying to US colleges easier
Germany

askjohnaboutcollege.com makes applying to US colleges easier

With more than 30 years of experience helping and advising high school students worldwide to apply to universities in the US, John Carpenter is eager to help teenagers make a successful transition into post-secondary education.