German dads staying home with the kids
Germany

German dads staying home with the kids

Nearly a fifth of new German fathers have applied for parental leave benefits allowing them to stay at home on two-thirds of their pay for a year, the Family Ministry said on Wednesday.

Sweden sets sights on new snoop law
Sweden

Sweden sets sights on new snoop law

As Sweden's parliament prepares to pass a controversial new surveillance law, Faisal Enayat Khan takes a closer look at the development of a far-reaching tapping scheme.

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Germany

IKEA won’t sell its prefab homes in Germany

Swedish home furnishing giant IKEA announced Wednesday that it would not sell its BoKlok prefabricated house kits in Germany.

Going postal in Regensburg
Germany

Going postal in Regensburg

While on a princely trip to Bavaria, David Wroe decides to go postal in Regensburg by delving into the mediaeval history of the House of Thurn and Taxis.

‘Jordy’ bringing a wet and chilly weekend to Germany
Germany

‘Jordy’ bringing a wet and chilly weekend to Germany

After weeks of glorious sunny and warm weather, a low front from the north will have Germans turning their heaters back on this weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Wednesday in Offenbach.

Sweden’s politicians take to the pitch
Sweden

Sweden’s politicians take to the pitch

The Red-Green team is favoured in this year’s annual football match between the opposition and the government.

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Germany

Böhmer rejects criticism of German naturalization tests

Germany's integration minister Maria Böhmer has rejected recent criticism over a standardized naturalization test for immigrants.

Union threatens blockade of Systembolaget
Sweden

Union threatens blockade of Systembolaget

A branch of the Syndicalist union is threatening a blockade of Systembolaget in protest what it sees as unfair treatment of one of the union’s members by the state-run liquor retailer.

Bush urges Germany to cut business ties with Iran
Germany

Bush urges Germany to cut business ties with Iran

US President George Bush, pushing Germany to cut business ties with Iran, warned Wednesday he has not ruled out using force in the dispute over Tehran's suspect nuclear programme.

A third of SPD members mulling leaving the party
Germany

A third of SPD members mulling leaving the party

A third of all members of Germany’s Social Democratic Party are considering leaving the SPD, according to a survey published on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Surgeon accused of faking operations

A surgeon at a private clinic in Gothenburg is suspecting of taking payment for operations which never took place.

New iPhone to be released in Germany on July 11
Germany

New iPhone to be released in Germany on July 11

T-Mobile plans to release the new 3G Apple iPhone on July 11 in Germany, according to news agency Reuters.

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Germany

Merkel slams “Anglo-Saxon” financial market regulation

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants Continental Europe to have a greater role in regulating global financial markets because Anglo-Saxon efforts have failed, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.

‘Terror’ suspects freed after months in custody
Sweden

‘Terror’ suspects freed after months in custody

Two Swedes of Somali origin have been released from custody after being held for more than three months on suspicions of terror-related crimes.

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Sweden

Moroccan Swede jailed on terror charges

A Swedish citizen of Moroccan origin accused of terror-related crimes was sentenced on Tuesday by a court in Morocco to three years in prison.

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Sweden

‘Chippen’ doubtful for remaining Euro qualifiers

Swedish midfielder Christian Wilhelmsson is likely to miss his country's remaining two pool matches at the Euro finals after going off with a leg injury late in Sweden's 2-0 win over defending champions Greece in Salzburg.

Bush to prod Merkel on Iran ties
Germany

Bush to prod Merkel on Iran ties

US President George W. Bush swept into Germany Tuesday, looking to prod Chancellor Angela Merkel in whirlwind talks to further cut back Berlin’s lucrative ties with Tehran over its suspect nuclear programme, AFP's Olivier Knox reports.

Polish politician wants to strip Podolski of Polish passport
Germany

Polish politician wants to strip Podolski of Polish passport

Polish parliamentarian Miroslaw Orzechowski has said he wants to revoke Lukas Podolski’s Polish citizenship after he led Germany to a 2-0 win against Poland on Sunday. But the footballer says he doesn't even have a Polish passport.

German biker gangs descend on murder trial
Germany

German biker gangs descend on murder trial

Around 450 leather-clad bikers roared into the Germany city of Münster, in the western state of in North Rhine-Westphalia, on Tuesday to see two members of the Bandidos gang jailed for life for the 2007 slaying of a Hells Angel.

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Sweden

France Telecom ready to battle Telenor for Telia Sonera

France Telecom is preparing for a possible bidding war for Telia Sonera with Norwegian telecom operator Telenor, according to the Financial Times newspaper.

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Sweden

Motorcycle gang suspected in daring bank scheme

Eight residents from Skåne in southern Sweden are suspected of gross fraud worth 6 million kronor ($1 million) and attempted fraud against Swedbank and Kristianstads Sparbank.

Drunken officer drove with bottle of Jägermeister in his lap
Sweden

Drunken officer drove with bottle of Jägermeister in his lap

A police officer from Umeå in northern Sweden has been indicted on suspicion of driving while heavily intoxicated after being stopped with an open bottle of Jägermeister in his lap.