German held at elite ball protest ‘had explosives’
Germany

German held at elite ball protest ‘had explosives’

A German man arrested while protesting against a right-wing elite student society ball in Vienna was carrying explosives, police said.

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Sweden

Parents held for ‘forcing demons’ from daughter

Exorcism was the motivation for repeated attacks against a 14 year-old girl from western Sweden who was regularly beaten and burned by her father and stepmother, who wanted to rid the girl of “evil spirits”, prosecutors allege.

Berlin: EU should manage Greek budget
Germany

Berlin: EU should manage Greek budget

Germany wants the EU to take control of the Greek budget as the eurozone loses patience with Greece's reform efforts, officials said on Saturday as Athens categorically dismissed the idea.

Minister: ‘Sweden needs the American dream’
Sweden

Minister: ‘Sweden needs the American dream’

More individualism is the key to finding new talent, suggests Swedish EU-minister Birgitta Ohlsson, who wants to see more of the American dream in Sweden.

Germans spend €150 million on hold
Germany

Germans spend €150 million on hold

Germans spent more than 600 million minutes waiting on premium phone calls – and paid €150 million doing so, new figures showed on Saturday. Politicians have failed to hang up on expensive numbers despite discussing a ban.

Liberal party support ‘too small for statistics’
Germany

Liberal party support ‘too small for statistics’

Angela Merkel’s junior coalition party, the Free Democratic Party, is doing so badly in opinion polls that some questions cannot be answered with any statistical validity.

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Sweden

SAS to lose profits over Spanair bankruptcy

Scandinavian airline SAS warned late Friday its former subsidiary Spanair's decision to file for bankruptcy would hit its results to the tune of 1.7 billion kronor ($252 million).

Grenade disguised as toy left on supermarket shelf
Germany

Grenade disguised as toy left on supermarket shelf

A hand grenade disguised as a toy and placed at child’s eye level on the shelf of a supermarket could have killed someone, say German prosecutors investigating it as an attempted murder.

President ‘can be called liar’, loses public favour
Germany

President ‘can be called liar’, loses public favour

President Christian Wulff can be called a liar, a state prosecutor has ruled, dismissing complaints about a Green politician doing so. Wulff’s backing among the public is dwindling despite support from Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Man disciplined for comparing baby to Saddam Hussein
Sweden

Man disciplined for comparing baby to Saddam Hussein

A worker at the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) who told a family of Iraqi asylum seekers that their newborn baby looked like Saddam Hussein will not lose his job over the incident, the agency's disciplinary committee has ruled.

Two men shot in Malmö
Sweden

Two men shot in Malmö

Two men were shot in central Malmö on the night between Friday and Saturday. The men, both in their twenties, were taken to hospital with bullet wounds that aren't life threatening. A suspect was arrested by police nearby shortly after the incident.