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Sweden

Labour migration law ‘costs Sweden IT jobs’

Top Swedish IT companies are facilitating the disappearance of Swedish jobs by abusing work permits which allow them to bring skilled foreign workers into the country, a Swedish union has complained.

Brüderle: EU can’t ‘throw money’ at debt crisis
Germany

Brüderle: EU can’t ‘throw money’ at debt crisis

German Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle warned on Tuesday that the EU cannot simply "throw money" at the spiralling debt crisis within the 16-nation eurozone.

Arrest made in Swedish honeymooner killing
Sweden

Arrest made in Swedish honeymooner killing

South African police have arrested a man in connection with the weekend killing of a Swedish woman who was visiting the country on her honeymoon.

Mediaeval graffiti casts light on everyday workers at nunnery
Germany

Mediaeval graffiti casts light on everyday workers at nunnery

Historians in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia announced on Tuesday that they have deciphered mysterious 500-year-old graffiti left in an old abbey attic. The etchings are likely practice drawings made by handwork apprentices.

Crowd funding comes to Germany
Germany

Crowd funding comes to Germany

A new “crowd-funding” website in Germany is hoping to help finance creative projects by harnessing the power of the masses. Mark Ehrman reports.

Swedish budget surplus by 2011: report
Sweden

Swedish budget surplus by 2011: report

Sweden’s National Debt Office (Riksrevisionen) vastly improved its forecast for the country’s finances on Tuesday, saying Sweden will nearly balance its budget this year and should see a surplus in 2011.

Carl Bildt slams EU president over Turkey
Sweden

Carl Bildt slams EU president over Turkey

Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt roundly criticised European Union President Herman Van Rompuy on Tuesday for omitting to name Turkey in discussions over EU enlargement.

‘Naked’ scanners fooled by creased clothing
Germany

‘Naked’ scanners fooled by creased clothing

Controversial "naked" body scanners currently being tested at Hamburg's airport are constantly malfunctioning due to folds in passengers' clothing, broadcaster NDR reported on Tuesday.

Lufthansa gets new A380 as safety concerns persist
Germany

Lufthansa gets new A380 as safety concerns persist

German flag carrier Lufthansa will receive a new Airbus A380 on Tuesday, just one day after a concern with one of the super jumbo jets forced the airline to unload some 400 passengers headed from Frankfurt to Tokyo.

Germans held in Iran accused of espionage
Germany

Germans held in Iran accused of espionage

Two Germans arrested in Iran last month as they tried to interview the son of a woman sentenced to death by stoning for adultery came for "espionage," an Iranian justice official claimed on Tuesday.

Spotify poaches radio revenues
Sweden

Spotify poaches radio revenues

The radio is losing ground in the advertising market to digital broadcasters such as Spotify, according to a Swedish media industry organisation.

Thuringia faces growing neo-Nazi activity
Germany

Thuringia faces growing neo-Nazi activity

Crimes by far-right extremists have almost doubled over last five years in the eastern German state of Thuringia. And victims' advocacy groups say the incidents have also taken on a more sinister character as officials seem prepared to look the other way.

Neo-Nazi site charged over reader comment
Sweden

Neo-Nazi site charged over reader comment

Charges have been filed against the publisher of a website affiliated with a Swedish neo-Nazi magazine for allowing a reader comment with racial slurs to remain on the site.

Flashlight plunges Swedish village into darkness
Sweden

Flashlight plunges Swedish village into darkness

The small village of Brokind in eastern Sweden fell into darkness over the weekend after a mischievous local used their flashlight to knock out a streetlight sensor, giving the impression that the sun was shining.

Social Democrats face chaos as Sahlin departs
Sweden

Social Democrats face chaos as Sahlin departs

Sweden's Social Democrats, for decades the dominant force in Swedish national politics, are facing chaos after leader Mona Sahlin announced her imminent departure over the weekend, with no clear successor to fill her shoes, writes the AFP's Rita Devlin Marier.

Study sees no skilled worker shortage
Germany

Study sees no skilled worker shortage

German businesses often warn a shortage of qualified skilled workers could lead the country to economic ruin, but a new study released on Tuesday suggests this premise might be wrong.

Zlatan claims record fifth ‘Golden Ball’
Sweden

Zlatan claims record fifth ‘Golden Ball’

Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed a record fifth, and fourth consecutive, Golden Ball at Sweden's football gala on Monday evening, once again claiming his place as Sweden's finest player.

Christmas tree prices remain stable
Germany

Christmas tree prices remain stable

Decking the halls won’t break holiday budgets this season, according to a media report on Tuesday. The cost of a Christmas tree is expected to remain close to last year’s Yuletide prices.

Rail operators prepared for harsh winter: report
Sweden

Rail operators prepared for harsh winter: report

Rail companies and authorities should meet to discuss services in the instance of adverse weather, a new inquiry has suggested in a raft of measures intended to avoid the chaos of last winter.

Mona Sahlin: I was not forced out
Sweden

Mona Sahlin: I was not forced out

Mona Sahlin has denied that she was pushed to resign as leader of the embattled Social Democrats and said that being the first female leader has been a source of both support and controversy.

US soldier found guilty of fellow soldier’s death in Germany
Germany

US soldier found guilty of fellow soldier’s death in Germany

A US serviceman was found guilty Monday of second degree murder and witness tampering charges in connection with the death of army sergeant Juwan Johnson in Germany in 2005, officials said.