Man killed in police skirmish had surprise corpse in his bathtub
Germany

Man killed in police skirmish had surprise corpse in his bathtub

Police in Dattenberg, Germany were surprised to find that a man they shot and killed in an altercation on Saturday had been keeping the corpse of another man who he apparently killed in his apartment, the district prosecutor in Koblenz announced on Monday.

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Sweden

Clients find IT consultants need a reboot

Lawyers and accountants in Sweden are praised by their clients while IT consultants promise more than they can deliver, according to a new survey.

Copenhagen – the other capital of Scandinavia
Sweden

Copenhagen – the other capital of Scandinavia

Located just a short train journey from Malmö, Alannah Eames strongly recommends a visit to Copenhagen.

Back in black, red, and gold
Germany

Back in black, red, and gold

The German football team has booked its first Euro 2008 victory and Germany is once again awash in black, red, and gold. But the country isn’t merely attempting to regain the good vibes of the World Cup from two years ago, writes The Local’s Marc Young.

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Sweden

Wrong to defrock priest for affair with wedded parishioner

Sweden’s Labour Court has ruled in favour of a priest who felt he was unlawfully fired for having an affair with a married woman in his congregation.

Joop’s cemetery ‘penis statue’ irks German mourners
Germany

Joop’s cemetery ‘penis statue’ irks German mourners

German fashion designer Wolfgang Joop is stirring up a bizarre controversy at the Bornstedter cemetery in Potsdam with a well-endowed statue at his family burial site, German daily Bild reported on Monday.

Nuke scare ’caused by shaving cream’
Sweden

Nuke scare ’caused by shaving cream’

Two Swedes suspected of plotting an attack on a Swedish nuclear plant were cleared Monday after authorities were unable to explain why small traces of explosives were detected on a shaving cream can one of them was carrying, news agency TT reports.

Reinfeldt: ‘focus on elderly instead of unemployed’
Sweden

Reinfeldt: ‘focus on elderly instead of unemployed’

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has promised to devote billions of kronor to care for the elderly.

Neo-Nazi NPD party takes hold in municipal vote in Saxony
Germany

Neo-Nazi NPD party takes hold in municipal vote in Saxony

The neo-Nazi NPD party has representatives in every county council in the eastern German state of Saxony after it increased its share of the vote in municipal elections on Sunday.

Police force Polish hooligans back over Frankfurt border bridge
Germany

Police force Polish hooligans back over Frankfurt border bridge

Police narrowly avoided a massive brawl in the eastern city of Frankfurt an der Oder on Sunday night between Polish and German hooligans after they forced 300 Poles back over a border bridge.

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Sweden

New risk assessment for mass murderer

Mass murderer Mattias Flink, who shot seven people to death in Falun in central Sweden in 1994, is to undergo a new assessment of his risk to society.

Germany coach Löw: ‘The Euro is a marathon’
Germany

Germany coach Löw: ‘The Euro is a marathon’

Joachim Löw, the coach of the German national football team, discusses the team’s first match on Sunday against Poland and looks forward to the rest of the Euro 2008 tournament.

Lufthansa adds Asia Pacific routes, but not fuel surcharges
Germany

Lufthansa adds Asia Pacific routes, but not fuel surcharges

German airline Lufthansa said on Monday it had launched two new routes from China and Singapore, but it would not burden customers with a surcharge despite increasing fuel prices.

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Sweden

Sweden’s state coffers bulge further

The Swedish central government had a surplus in payments -- or negative borrowing requirement -- of 13.5 billion kronor ($2.28 billion) in May, the Swedish National Debt Office (Riksgälden) said.

Holders Greece set sights on Swedish challenge
Sweden

Holders Greece set sights on Swedish challenge

Greece were the unlikeliest of Euro winners four years ago and to many people they would be an even unlikelier victor this time round as they set out on their bid to retain the title with an opening Group D match against Sweden.

German trade surplus jumps in April
Germany

German trade surplus jumps in April

German exports in April were up by a substantial 14 percent, according to the German national statistics office, Destatis, on Monday.

Merkel pledges backing for French EU presidency
Germany

Merkel pledges backing for French EU presidency

German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged French President Nicolas Sarkozy her full support when Paris assumes the EU presidency next month despite ongoing differences, in an interview published Monday.

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Germany

German gender wage gap among EU’s worst

According to the European Union, German women are paid 22 percent less than their male counterparts.

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Sweden

Honour violence widespread in Sweden

Honour-related violence is rampant across the country, according to a new study by Sveriges Radio.

Left Party in favour of file sharing
Sweden

Left Party in favour of file sharing

The Left Party has changed its tune about file sharing, having decided at its party congress that file sharing should be allowed for personal use.

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Sweden

Man killed in Värmland shooting

A man was shot and killed and another wounded by gunfire following a fight in central Grums in Värmland in west central Sweden late on Sunday night.