Google loses right to Gmail name in Germany
Germany

Google loses right to Gmail name in Germany

Gmail users in Germany were likely surprised late last week when instead of gaining access to their email, they were greeted with a mysterious message from the folks at Google.

Youth leader may resign over snoop law
Sweden

Youth leader may resign over snoop law

The head of the Moderate Party’s youth organization (MUF), Niklas Wykman, has threatened in his blog to leave the party if it doesn’t change its position with regard to the new surveillance law.

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Sweden

Forgotten bag results in gun charges for Gothenburg man

A man who stopped off at a pub located on Gothenburg’s trendy Avenyn with a pistol, ammunition, and a balaclava in a bag claimed he was on his way to turn the weapon into police.

Batty for baseball in Bavaria
Germany

Batty for baseball in Bavaria

Not everyone in Germany is experiencing football fever during the European Championships this summer – David Hein reports on baseball’s equivalent of the UEFA Cup.

Boy convicted for killing caregiver
Sweden

Boy convicted for killing caregiver

The 15-year-old boy who in May stabbed a female caregiver to death at the Tunagården treatment centre outside of Malmö was sentenced to institutional psychiatric care on Monday.

Heavy storms damage property in Germany
Germany

Heavy storms damage property in Germany

Rain and hail storms caused property damage across Germany, flooding cellars and uprooting trees late into Sunday night, police said on Monday.

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Sweden

Grocer Lidl in six pack setback

Sweden’s consumer ombudsman (KO) has ruled that a marketing campaign by German grocery chain Lidl is inappropriate because people must purchase alcohol to participate.

Lufthansa workers strike in Frankurt and Düsseldorf
Germany

Lufthansa workers strike in Frankurt and Düsseldorf

After more unsuccessful wage talks, some 250 Lufthansa workers staged a strike at the Düsseldorf and Frankfurt airport on Monday.

Spying bosses sack translators
Sweden

Spying bosses sack translators

Two translators have been fired by their employer in western Sweden after management at the firm secretly spied on the employees' private internet conversations.

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Germany

High oil prices undermine Ifo German business sentiment

Germany's key business confidence index dropped sharply in June, underscoring the damaging effect of persistently high oil prices on Europe's biggest economy.

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Sweden

Betsson files complaint over Gaming Board fines

The gaming company Betsson has reported Sweden’s Gaming Board to the Ombudsmen of Justice (JO) over the Board’s plans for fining Betsson after the company opened a store in Stockholm.

Munich subway thugs stand trial for attempted murder
Germany

Munich subway thugs stand trial for attempted murder

Two young men who beat an elderly man in a Munich subway last year went on trial at the Munich district court on Monday for attempted murder and theft. The crime ignited a storm of debate over immigrant and youth crime in Germany.

Swedish rally driver admits to driving drunk
Sweden

Swedish rally driver admits to driving drunk

Swedish rally driver Daniel Carlsson, who runs a well-known campaign against drunk driving, is suspected of having driven under the influence.

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Germany

Politicians demand Germany ditch US nukes

German politicians demanded on Monday US nuclear weapons be removed from German soil following a report they were being insecurely stored in Europe.

German general calls for 6,000 more NATO troops in Afghanistan
Germany

German general calls for 6,000 more NATO troops in Afghanistan

A German NATO general has said the transatlantic alliance needs up to 6,000 more soldiers to stabilize strife-wracked Afghanistan, in an interview broadcast over the weekend.

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Germany

Official calls for new German energy efficiency laws

State Secretary for the German Environment Ministry Michael Müller is calling for a new “efficiency law” in response to soaring energy prices, daily newspaper Passauer Neue Express reported Monday.

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Sweden

Prominent local politician held in revenge murder plot

Battal Batti, a prominent local Social Democratic politician from Sandvik in east central Sweden, was remanded in custody on Sunday on suspicions of plotting an attempted murder and interference in a judicial matter, according to local media.

Ammonia gas leak at German pool injures dozens
Germany

Ammonia gas leak at German pool injures dozens

A fine summer day turned caustic in the Bavarian town of Kulmbach over the weekend when dozens of swimmers were injured in a swimming pool gas leak.

Old pilots due back in Berlin for Airlift anniversary
Germany

Old pilots due back in Berlin for Airlift anniversary

Germany will play host this week on the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift to octogenarian former pilots who helped save the embattled western part of the city as the Soviets tried to starve it into submission.

No more free education for non-Europeans
Sweden

No more free education for non-Europeans

Sweden is to start charging tuition to non-European university students, according to comments by higher education minister Lars Leijonborg in the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

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Sweden

Swede’s family found dead in the Philipines

The charred remains of a 61-year-old Swedish man, his 35-year-old Philippine wife, and the couple’s two children, ages 5 and 2, have been found shot to death in their home in the Philippines, according to the Sun Star newspaper.