Webcam paedophile sentenced to year in jail
Sweden

Webcam paedophile sentenced to year in jail

A district court in southern Sweden sentenced a man who lured 45 young girls and adolescents to pose in front of webcams to one year in prison on Tuesday.

Wealthy Swedes swindled at SEB bank
Sweden

Wealthy Swedes swindled at SEB bank

Around 20 well-to-do customers at Swedish bank SEB have been swindled out of more than 50 million kronor ($7.5 million) with at least one employee thought to be involved in the scam.

Resistance grows to EU treaty rewrite for Berlin
Germany

Resistance grows to EU treaty rewrite for Berlin

A German drive to rewrite the European Union treaty suffered a fierce backlash on Tuesday, putting the creation and shape of a permanent safety net for overspending euro nations back in doubt.

Bosch thanks workers with an early pay rise
Germany

Bosch thanks workers with an early pay rise

The German auto parts and power tools group Bosch decided Tuesday to raise pay for 85,000 workers two months early to thank them for concessions which have helped turn the company's results around.

Many Swedes ‘uninvolved’ in information society: survey
Sweden

Many Swedes ‘uninvolved’ in information society: survey

One in two Swedes feel the information society is passing them by despite the country having one of the world's highest rates of internet usage, a new study has showed.

Paul the octopus oracle found dead
Germany

Paul the octopus oracle found dead

Paul the octopus has picked his last winner. The eight-legged German oracle who gained worldwide fame by consistently predicting the victors of the 2010 World Cup football matches has died, aquarium officials announced Tuesday.

‘Ineffectual’ military set for radical overhaul
Germany

‘Ineffectual’ military set for radical overhaul

Germany’s armed forces are in need of a radical overhaul, while the country's civilian defence bureaucracy is “substantially ineffectual,” a long-awaited official report has found.

Disturbed stalker breaks through Merkel’s security
Germany

Disturbed stalker breaks through Merkel’s security

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been the victim of a stalker, a government spokesperson confirmed to The Local on Tuesday. The mentally disturbed man has been detained after he twice trespassed on the grounds of Merkel’s weekend home.

Red-Greens breaking up: Sahlin
Sweden

Red-Greens breaking up: Sahlin

The centre-left Red-Green coalition, which aligned Sweden’s Green and Left Parties with the Social Democrats in a failed attempt to win back power in the Riksdag, appears to be over.

Poor grades pose higher suicide risk: study
Sweden

Poor grades pose higher suicide risk: study

High school graduates who earn the lowest average grades in their final year are three times more likely to commit suicide than those who graduate with the highest grades, a new Swedish study has found.

Swedish town makes art of the potato
Sweden

Swedish town makes art of the potato

Alingsås in western Sweden has commissioned an offbeat work of art made entirely of potatoes to commemorate Potato Day, hoping to 'strike a blow' for the humble spud.

Stuttgart 21 protests come to Berlin
Germany

Stuttgart 21 protests come to Berlin

In a bid to keep the national spotlight on their cause, hundreds of demonstrators against the Stuttgart 21 rail project marched through Berlin on Tuesday.

Electric car sets new distance record
Germany

Electric car sets new distance record

An electric car drove from Munich in southern Germany to Berlin without recharging its battery on Tuesday, setting what organisers hailed as a new world distance record for an everyday vehicle.

Sweden raises interest rate by 0.25 percent
Sweden

Sweden raises interest rate by 0.25 percent

Sweden’s Riksbank raised the country’s benchmark repo rate by 0.25 percent on Tuesday, bringing the interest rate up to 1.0 percent.

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Sweden

Sweden slammed for political funding secrecy

Transparency International Sweden has criticised the country for its lack of regulations governing the financing of political parties, arguing that "it is high time to wash off this unnecessary blemish on our democracy".

Public servants push for 7 percent wage hike
Germany

Public servants push for 7 percent wage hike

Public servants are pushing for a wage rise of at least 7 percent, setting the stage for a showdown with German state governments that pits a booming economy against ballooning state debt.

New shootings reported in Malmö
Sweden

New shootings reported in Malmö

Malmö police received a further report on what could be another of the wave of shootings suspected to be directed against people of immigrant descent in the city, while residents came out in force to demonstrate against the violence.

Chilean leader apologises for ‘Deutschland über alles’ remark
Germany

Chilean leader apologises for ‘Deutschland über alles’ remark

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Monday apologized after using a phrase during a recent visit to Germany that he said he was unaware was linked to its "dark" Nazi past.

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Sweden

Turkish terror suspect ‘a member of the PKK’

A Turkish citizen arrested at Stockholm's Arlanda Airport on Friday on terror charges is thought to be a member of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Belgian prosecutors said on Monday.

Rail delays continue despite strike’s end
Germany

Rail delays continue despite strike’s end

Train delays and disruptions were expected to continue throughout Tuesday despite rail workers' announcement mid-morning that they had finished their strikes.