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Sweden

Gothenburg terror probe ‘shut down’

The preliminary investigation into four Gothenburg men suspected of preparing acts of terrorism has been abandoned, Swedish security service Säpo confirmed on Tuesday.

Schröder hits back, saying Bush lied
Germany

Schröder hits back, saying Bush lied

Gerhard Schröder has hit back at claims by former US President George W. Bush in his newly released memoirs that the German ex-chancellor broke his word over support for an invasion of Iraq.

Technology aims to stop drivers from falling asleep at the wheel
Germany

Technology aims to stop drivers from falling asleep at the wheel

Researchers from Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute have developed a new tool they hope will prevent accidents caused by drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. Tiny cameras monitor eye movements and alert drivers when it’s time to take a break.

Minister’s labour law comments irk unions
Sweden

Minister’s labour law comments irk unions

Sweden's unions are furious at how the country's migration minister has reacted to revelations about abuses related to a new law on labour migration.

German media roundup: Split by the atom
Germany

German media roundup: Split by the atom

The latest nuclear waste transport to Lower Saxony’s Gorleben storage facility may have sparked angry protests, but the newspapers in The Local’s media roundup on Tuesday were split on the import of the anti-atomic movement.

Supermarkets launch ‘drive-in’ grocery shopping
Germany

Supermarkets launch ‘drive-in’ grocery shopping

“Drive-in” supermarkets are coming to Germany. The first opened Tuesday in Lower Saxony and, if successful, could become a model of convenience for the rest of the country.

Winnenden case ‘lay judge’ sacked after drunken police abuse
Germany

Winnenden case ‘lay judge’ sacked after drunken police abuse

A specially-appointed “lay judge” in the weapons case against the father of the Winnenden school killer has been sacked after he drunkenly abused police officers in Stuttgart, a court announced Tuesday.

SAS facing millions in EU fines: report
Sweden

SAS facing millions in EU fines: report

Scandinavian airline SAS is set to be fined by the European Commission for its role in a global air cargo price-fixing cartel, according to media reports.

Germans set to spend more on holiday shopping this year
Germany

Germans set to spend more on holiday shopping this year

As the German economy continues to recover from the global financial crisis, shoppers are ready to spend a bit more for holiday gifts this year, a survey showed on Tuesday.

‘Green residents only’ for new Stockholm district
Sweden

‘Green residents only’ for new Stockholm district

Future residents of a new "climate-neutral" Stockholm city district should face stringent regulations when it comes to their lifestyle and exercise habits, a number of governing Stockholm politicans have proposed.

One dead as snowstorms cause traffic havoc
Sweden

One dead as snowstorms cause traffic havoc

A young woman died in a car accident near Vårgårda in western Sweden on Tuesday morning as snowfalls and strong winds hampered road conditions and caused traffic problems.

Sweden mulls sex ethics rules for overseas staff
Sweden

Sweden mulls sex ethics rules for overseas staff

The Swedish government plans to invest 10 million kronor ($1.49 million) to enable state agencies to develop clearer ethical guidelines for civil servants working overseas in order to curb the buying of sexual services and improper sexual relations.

Schäuble’s spokesman quits after public spanking
Germany

Schäuble’s spokesman quits after public spanking

After suffering an embarrassing public reprimand by his boss last week, the press spokesman for Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has resigned, it was revealed Tuesday.

Malmö shooter suspect remanded in custody
Sweden

Malmö shooter suspect remanded in custody

The 38-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in connection with the shootings in Malmö was formally remanded into custody by the city's district court on Tuesday.

Family Minister Schröder locked in blazing feminism row
Germany

Family Minister Schröder locked in blazing feminism row

A blazing row over feminism erupted Tuesday between Family Minister Kristina Schröder and Germany’s leading women’s rights campaigner, Alice Schwarzer, following an interview by the minister that had other women politicians bristling too.

Swedish ‘porn king’ touts sex video hotels
Sweden

Swedish ‘porn king’ touts sex video hotels

Swedish porn mogul Berth Milton has come up with an unusual business proposition for his next project: five-star hotels where guests can stay for free in exchange for having their indiscretions filmed and broadcast over the internet.

Merkel to warn G20 on trade protectionism
Germany

Merkel to warn G20 on trade protectionism

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Tuesday ahead of this week's G20 meeting in Seoul that trade protectionism poses the greatest threat to global economic recovery.

Nuclear waste reaches depot as blockade ends
Germany

Nuclear waste reaches depot as blockade ends

A convoy of 123 tonnes of radioactive German nuclear waste finished its painstaking journey Tuesday morning and reached its destination at the Gorleben storage site after three days of blockades by determined anti-atomic energy demonstrators.

Ship to Gaza lawyer to file Israel police report
Sweden

Ship to Gaza lawyer to file Israel police report

Ship to Gaza, the Swedish organisation behind a Gaza-bound aid ship intercepted in May by Israeli commandos, has retained plans to file an official complaint with Israeli police despite the expulsion of two of its members from Israel on Sunday, according to a statement.

US seeks to allay tension over embassy ‘spying’
Sweden

US seeks to allay tension over embassy ‘spying’

The United States on Monday acknowledged its surveillance programme conducted at embassies in Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen, seeking to ease tensions after a Swedish prosecutor opened a probe into the legality of the practice.