Fury as top Pirate calls for end to child porn ban
Sweden

Fury as top Pirate calls for end to child porn ban

Rick Falkvinge, the founder Sweden's Pirate Party, has found himself in hot water after publishing a lengthy polemic calling for the legalization of child pornography.

German Pirates reject founder’s child porn call
Germany

German Pirates reject founder’s child porn call

The German Pirate Party has distanced itself from Rick Falkvinge, the Swede credited with founding Europe's Pirate movement, over his call for owning child pornography to be legalized.

Breivik lawyers exposed to death threats
Norway

Breivik lawyers exposed to death threats

Vibeke Hein Bæra, a lawyer for Anders Behring Breivik, has revealed that she received a number of death threats for representing the convicted mass killer.

Ethiopia pardons jailed Swedish journalists
Sweden

Ethiopia pardons jailed Swedish journalists

The Ethiopian authorities have released two Swedish journalists detained for the past 14 months for "supporting terrorism", the Ethiopian foreign ministry spokesman said Monday.

More are working for low wages
Germany

More are working for low wages

The proportion of people working for low wages in Germany is on the increase in what appears to be a long-term trend, data published by the national statistics office Destatis on Monday showed.

Lack of cheap flats risks creating ‘luxury ghetto’
Germany

Lack of cheap flats risks creating ‘luxury ghetto’

Düsseldorf risks becoming a “luxury ghetto”, as it does not bother to use its social housing budget, leaving the city centre to developers, a housing official warned.

‘Free markets to thank for Swedish model success’
Sweden

‘Free markets to thank for Swedish model success’

While Sweden is often held up as a shining example of the benefits of a generous welfare state, a new paper argues that free markets, rather than a large state sector, are the real key to Sweden's economic success.

‘Mission accomplished’ in Afghanistan: Sunde
Norway

‘Mission accomplished’ in Afghanistan: Sunde

As Norway prepares to pull troops out of Afghanistan, army chief Harald Sunde says he’s confident the Taliban will never return to power.

DSK sues mags over ‘girlfriend’ pics
France

DSK sues mags over ‘girlfriend’ pics

Disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a woman named as his new girlfriend are suing three French glossies for publishing "stolen photographs" of them together, their lawyers said Monday.

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Sweden

Swedish millions to fund nighttime childcare

The government has put aside 108 million kronor ($16.3 million) to support having childcare facilities open during nights and weekends, a scheme that will come into effect in 2013 and last for three years.

‘Finger-biting train station stripper’ nabbed
Germany

‘Finger-biting train station stripper’ nabbed

A man was arrested on Sunday night for exhibitionism and biting a policeman's finger so hard it broke, after he allegedly stripped at Braunschweig's main railway station and violently resisted arrest.