Poland expects no labour exodus to Germany
Germany

Poland expects no labour exodus to Germany

Poland is not expecting to see a mass exodus of workers to Germany after its western EU neighbour fully opens its labour market to Polish citizens on May 1, Labour Minister Jolanta Fedak said Tuesday.

Libyan independence flag raised in Stockholm
Sweden

Libyan independence flag raised in Stockholm

Demonstrators outside the Libyan embassy in Stockholm succeeded in getting the country's independence era flag raised outside the building on Tuesday.

McDonald’s hiring after digesting record sales
Germany

McDonald’s hiring after digesting record sales

Germans appear to be hungrier for McDonald's burgers than ever before, pushing the fast food chain to record sales in 2010 and prompting 2,000 new hirings this year.

Winter’s last gasp brings deep freeze
Germany

Winter’s last gasp brings deep freeze

Just a week before the meteorological start to spring, frigid weather has returned to Germany, bringing biting winds and temperatures well below freezing. Snow is likely, but milder relief is on the way.

Grave of ‘Nosferatu’ discovered
Germany

Grave of ‘Nosferatu’ discovered

Max Schreck, the German actor who set the standard for movie vampires everywhere with his legendary portrayal of Nosferatu, has been honoured with a new gravestone commemorating his place in cinematic history.

Sweden’s job coach system a ‘fiasco’: report
Sweden

Sweden’s job coach system a ‘fiasco’: report

Less than 17 percent of participants in the Swedish labour market job coach scheme gain a regular job after receiving help, a report published by TV4 on Tuesday showed.

SKF head named Sweden’s ‘funniest’ CEO
Sweden

SKF head named Sweden’s ‘funniest’ CEO

Tom Johnstone, the Scottish CEO of Swedish ball-bearing giant SKF has been named Sweden's funniest CEO in an competition backed by Comedy Central.

Libyans in Sweden in Qaddafi mercenary claim
Sweden

Libyans in Sweden in Qaddafi mercenary claim

"African mercenaries" have been brought in to Libya and are shooting at anyone who tries to go outside, exiled Libyans in Sweden said Tuesday, quoting witnesses back home.

Sweden mulls legality of the baseball bat
Sweden

Sweden mulls legality of the baseball bat

Sweden's Supreme Court (Högsta Domstolen - HD) is to consider whether wielding a baseball bat in a public place is against the law.

Frisians ward off evil spirits with bonfire festival
Germany

Frisians ward off evil spirits with bonfire festival

North Frisians lit their traditional Biikebrennen bonfires on Monday night, celebrating the new year and warding off evil winter spirits in one of northern Germany’s most important folk festivals.

Demjanjuk threatens hunger strike at trial
Germany

Demjanjuk threatens hunger strike at trial

John Demjanjuk, a 90-year-old accused of helping to murder 27,900 Jews during his alleged time as a Nazi death camp guard, threatened Tuesday to go on hunger strike as his trial neared an end.

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Sweden

Foreign ministry: 100 Swedes in NZ quake zone

The Swedish foreign ministry believes that around 100 Swedes were in Christchurch, New Zealand at the time of a major earthquake, but confirmed that there are currently no reports of any injuries.

Lufthansa South American flights make emergency landings
Germany

Lufthansa South American flights make emergency landings

A Lufthansa jumbo jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Buenos Aires after running into a flock of birds and a flight from Sao Paulo was aborted due to technical problems, the airline said Tuesday.

Sweden’s TV licence system under review
Sweden

Sweden’s TV licence system under review

The system of TV licensing to fund Swedish public TV and radio broadcasting could be discontinued after 2013, after a majority of members of parliament expressed support for a new model.

Texas Hold’em case heads for supreme court
Sweden

Texas Hold’em case heads for supreme court

Sweden's Supreme Court (Högsta Domstolen - HD) on Tuesday is to hear the case of four men convicted for arranging an illegal poker tournament, a ruling which experts believe may allow for more competition for Sweden’s state-owned gambling monopoly.

Merkel mulls sanctions on ‘scary’ Gaddafi
Germany

Merkel mulls sanctions on ‘scary’ Gaddafi

German Chancellor Angela Merkel described a televised address Tuesday by Libya's Muammar Gaddafi as "very scary" and said Berlin would consider sanctions unless he halted a crackdown on protestors.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrat quits after assault conviction

Mikael Svensson, a Sweden Democrat (SD) serving on Burlöv municipal council in southern Sweden, has resigned his post after being convicted of assaulting a woman in the face with a motorcycle helmet.

Strike cripples commuter rail service nationwide
Germany

Strike cripples commuter rail service nationwide

Temporary strikes staged by train drivers’ union GDL on Tuesday morning caused massive railway delays across Germany, with commuter S-Bahn services especially hard-hit in Berlin, Nuremberg and Stuttgart.

Guttenberg gives up Dr. title for good
Germany

Guttenberg gives up Dr. title for good

Germany's Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, embroiled in a plagiarism scandal, has asked for his doctorate to be scrapped and admitted "serious errors" in his dissertation.

Top Social Democrat quits politics
Sweden

Top Social Democrat quits politics

Ilija Batljan, one of the key figures in the Social Democrat election campaign in Stockholm and one of the early names mentioned as a possible new leader, has announced that he is leaving politics.