Sweden cancels flights due to Iceland ash cloud
Sweden

Sweden cancels flights due to Iceland ash cloud

Around 20 flights to and from Gothenburg's Landvetter airport have been cancelled due to ash from Iceland's Grimsvötn volcano, which swept into Sweden on Tuesday night.

Long commutes ‘bad for marriage’: Swedish study
Sweden

Long commutes ‘bad for marriage’: Swedish study

A long commute to work might further job prospects and put more money in the bank but it could also increase the risk for divorce by 40 percent, a new study from Umeå University in northern Sweden shows.

Bildt: Sweden expects Libya mission extension
Sweden

Bildt: Sweden expects Libya mission extension

Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt expects Sweden to receive a request from NATO to extend its contribution to the UN-mandated Libya mission.

King welcomes friend’s ‘clarification’
Sweden

King welcomes friend’s ‘clarification’

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf has issued a statement welcoming the explanation from his close friend, Anders Lettström, assuming responsibility for contacts with criminals with the purpose of burying sensitive material.

Merkel’s coalition conundrum
Germany

Merkel’s coalition conundrum

Hemmed in by an ascendant Green party and facing life without a natural political partner, could the woes of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives help boost right-wing populists in Germany?

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Sweden

Immigrant children shortchanged by Swedish schools

Immigrant children who arrive in Sweden during the school year don’t get the education they deserve due to schools' inability to address their individual needs, according to Sweden education watchdog.

‘We shouldn’t panic. We can actively do something to fight this’
Germany

‘We shouldn’t panic. We can actively do something to fight this’

As German health authorities hunt for the source of a virulent E. Coli outbreak that has hit 350 people, many of them women, The Local spoke with Dr. Lothar H. Wieler, a bacteria expert at Berlin's Free University.

Business leaders reject government econ policy
Germany

Business leaders reject government econ policy

German business leaders are unhappy with the current government economic policy, although the Ifo rating of general business confidence held steady for the first time in some months.

Swedish government keeps quiet on US agents
Sweden

Swedish government keeps quiet on US agents

The Swedish government has declined to comment on Monday’s revelation in the Swedish press that the Swedish Security Service (Säpo) had exposed two American undercover agents in Sweden in 2009.

Iceland ash could impact Swedish flights: agency
Sweden

Iceland ash could impact Swedish flights: agency

Swedish air traffic could be affected when volcanic ash from Icelandic Grimsvötn reaches western Sweden on Tuesday afternoon, according to the country's Civil Aviation Administration (Luftfartsverket - LFV).

Activists held in ‘Frankenfood’ spuds raid
Sweden

Activists held in ‘Frankenfood’ spuds raid

Police officers in northern Sweden on Tuesday took action against a group of Greenpeace activists who have been occupying a barn while protesting against the planned introduction of genetically modified (GM) potatoes in the area.

Fika Bar: helping Londoners satisfy their Swedish cravings
Sweden

Fika Bar: helping Londoners satisfy their Swedish cravings

Stuck in London, but looking for a taste of Sweden? Contributor Keith Moore suggests a cozy Brick Lane eatery serving up a host of very-Swedish treats that has much of the British capital dreaming of reindeer and lingonberries.

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Switzerland

Policeman shot dead during eviction

A 35-year-old unemployed man shot dead one policeman and injured another in the small town of Schafhausen in Emmental on Tuesday morning, after they tried to evict him.

 

Swedish schools urged to utilise student English skills
Sweden

Swedish schools urged to utilise student English skills

Swedish schools fail to properly utilise students' English language skills, acquired through the consumption of film and music, according to a report by the Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen).

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Switzerland

Union: Big shortage in public sector workers

Trade union Travail Suisse has warned that Switzerland is running out of police officers, teachers and careworkers, and called for fewer early retirements and more women in the public sector.

 

Sweden’s spy laws need updating: Säpo
Sweden

Sweden’s spy laws need updating: Säpo

Swedish Security Service (Säpo) thinks that Swedish laws on espionage are outdated and the government called for an inquiry last year following the discovery of under-cover investigations in Sweden.

Deadly E. coli outbreak claims first victims
Germany

Deadly E. coli outbreak claims first victims

Three people in Germany have died from an outbreak of virulent enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) bacteria, as potentially deadly diarrhoea continues to spread across the country. Many of those infected are fighting for their lives in intensive care units.

Industry wants women, migrants and older workers to plug jobs gap
Germany

Industry wants women, migrants and older workers to plug jobs gap

With one in every three German firms fearing a growing shortage of skilled workers, the head of the governmental industry group has called for marginalised workers to be brought back into the workplace.

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Sweden

Experts: Ash will not ground Sweden flights

The giant cloud of volcanic ash spreading from the Iceland is expected to reach southern Sweden by Tuesday evening although experts do not expect it to impact air travel.

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Switzerland

Bern pupils protest without permission

Over a thousand high school students went on strike and marched to the centre of Bern Tuesday to protest against Switzerland's nuclear energy policy, even though local police had not granted permission for the demonstration.

 

 

Police target leftist group for rail cable arson
Germany

Police target leftist group for rail cable arson

Police on Tuesday said they believed a leftist extremist group was responsible for an arson attack on Berlin's commuter train network. The incident severely disrupted transport in the capital and knocked out thousands of phone and internet connections.

Scandalous insurance reps filmed ‘taking drugs’ on other trips
Germany

Scandalous insurance reps filmed ‘taking drugs’ on other trips

The German insurance representatives who took part in a scandalous ‘motivational’ orgy reportedly indulged in blatant drug-taking on other trips abroad abroad with business colleagues.

Swiss support for EU falls sharply
Switzerland

Swiss support for EU falls sharply

Support for entering the European Union has dropped sharply again, according to a new poll by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, which also shows rock-hard support for neutrality.

Volcanic ash approaches North Sea coast
Germany

Volcanic ash approaches North Sea coast

German aviation authorities are implementing special supervision of flights as a cloud of volcanic ash is expected to reach the North Sea coast late on Tuesday.

Karlsruhe scientists transfer 700 DVDs of data in one second
Germany

Karlsruhe scientists transfer 700 DVDs of data in one second

Computer users who despair over slow internet connections should take heart - German scientists have broken a speed record, sending 700 DVDs' worth of data via a single laser beam, in one second.

Huge explosives stash found in Kiel
Germany

Huge explosives stash found in Kiel

Police evacuated 12 buildings in the northern German city of Kiel after finding a large stash of home-made explosives in a man’s apartment on Monday night.

In bed with Ida Hattemer-Higgins
Germany

In bed with Ida Hattemer-Higgins

Ida Hattemer-Higgins is no stranger to insomnia and vivid dreams. The premise for her well-received debut novel “The History of History: A Novel of Berlin” came to her in a nightmare.

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Sweden

Sweden flights affected by technical problems

Technical problems were to blame for grounded planes in Norway and Sweden on Monday, airport operators said with the eruption of Iceland's Grimsvötn volcano yet to have an impact on aviation in Scandinavia.

Scania signs Iraq truck agreement
Sweden

Scania signs Iraq truck agreement

Swedish truck maker Scania announced on Monday that it had signed a contract to supply 4,000 vehicles to Iraq over the next five years in a deal worth $470 million.