Merkel rejects EU tax
Germany

Merkel rejects EU tax

German Chancellor Angela Merkel came out strongly Tuesday against the creation of a "European tax" to boost direct income for the European Union.

Swedish jobs agency lays off 800 job coaches
Sweden

Swedish jobs agency lays off 800 job coaches

The Swedish Public Employment Service has laid off 800 temporary job coaches after determining that unemployment was not as high as initially feared.

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Sweden

Corruption unit to investigate Mona Sahlin

Sweden's National Anti-Corruption Unit (Riksenheten mot korruption) is to investigate whether to open a case against Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin, who accepted complimentary tickets to the Stockholm Open.

US military families lose everything in huge fire
Germany

US military families lose everything in huge fire

Almost 100 US military and civilian families have lost most of their possessions in a warehouse fire outside Stuttgart, American officials told The Local on Tuesday.

Hugo Boss struts ahead with strong quarterly profit
Germany

Hugo Boss struts ahead with strong quarterly profit

German fashion group Hugo Boss reported a strong third-quarter profit on Tuesday and confirmed unexpectedly good performance given in preliminary figures last month.

Explosive package seized at Merkel’s office
Germany

Explosive package seized at Merkel’s office

A suspicious package containing an explosive substance was found at German Chancellor Angela Merkel's offices on Tuesday and disarmed, the Federal Crime Office (BKA) said.

Prof’s privacy appeal denied by Euro court
Sweden

Prof’s privacy appeal denied by Euro court

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a Swedish court decision to fine a former Swedish university department head for barring access to and later destroying research material.

Family Ministry launches early language initiative for day care
Germany

Family Ministry launches early language initiative for day care

The Family Ministry on Tuesday announced plans to improve early German language instruction in areas with high immigrant populations by increasing the number of teachers at up to 4,000 day care centres.

Historic locomotives disappear from museum
Germany

Historic locomotives disappear from museum

Two historic locomotives have disappeared from the German Museum of Technology in Berlin, officials said Tuesday. No one knows where the rail relics are, but police suspect an ownership dispute.

Cars sales seen accelerating in 2010
Germany

Cars sales seen accelerating in 2010

German new car sales should top 2.9 million vehicles this year, the industry federation VDA said on Tuesday, though its upgraded outlook still signals a sharp drop from 2009.

Verdict reached in Malmö teen pimping trial
Sweden

Verdict reached in Malmö teen pimping trial

A court in Malmö in southern Sweden sentenced several men to prison on Tuesday for their role in selling a mentally handicapped 14-year-old girl for sex.

Paper defends pulling ‘anti-Semitic’ cartoon
Sweden

Paper defends pulling ‘anti-Semitic’ cartoon

An editor at Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) has defended his decision to remove an installment of a popular comic strip from the newspaper's website after he deemed it anti-Semitic.

Four arrested for murder of Swedish footballer
Sweden

Four arrested for murder of Swedish footballer

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder of Swedish second division football player Eddie Moussa and his brother in Södertälje in July.

Google offers German Street View preview
Germany

Google offers German Street View preview

Google presented Germany a foretaste of its controversial Street View navigation programme on Tuesday, featuring six national landmarks, 10 Bundesliga football stadiums and a few streets in the country's southern Allgäu region.

Swedish MPs enjoy election income boost
Sweden

Swedish MPs enjoy election income boost

More than four of five new Swedish members of parliament have earned an increase in their annual income following their election to the Riksdag after the September general election.

Saxony-Anhalt officials warn of sinkhole plague
Germany

Saxony-Anhalt officials warn of sinkhole plague

One day after a massive sinkhole appeared underneath a town in Thuringia, officials in the neighbouring state of Saxony-Anhalt warned residents on Tuesday the region sees at least two such incidents per week.

Sweden counts the cost of substance abuse
Sweden

Sweden counts the cost of substance abuse

The cost of drug, alcohol and prescription medicine abuse amounts to 150 billion kronor ($22.4 billion) per annum in Sweden, according to an ongoing government inquiry.

Dentists accept emergencies only as insurance budgets run out
Germany

Dentists accept emergencies only as insurance budgets run out

Many people with state health insurance in Germany will likely be turned away from dentist offices for the rest of the year, according to a media report Tuesday. A large portion of practices have already used up budgets allotted by insurers.

Yemen angry over flight ban
Germany

Yemen angry over flight ban

Yemen criticised Tuesday Germany's decision to ban flights from its airports after the discovery of parcel bombs on US-bound planes, saying it needs help to fight terrorism and not punishment.

Left Party members seek Red-Green split
Sweden

Left Party members seek Red-Green split

Left Party leader Lars Ohly has insisted that the Red-Green coalition should continue its cooperation, although a majority of the party districts across the country want the party to break away on its own, reported the Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily.

Strömstad named Sweden’s top tourist spot
Sweden

Strömstad named Sweden’s top tourist spot

Strömstad in western Sweden has been named as Sweden's primary tourist municipality for the third consecutive year, a new annual report by The Swedish Retail Institute (Handelns utredningsinstitut - HUI) shows.