Lufthansa strike could see Olympians stranded
Germany

Lufthansa strike could see Olympians stranded

A general strike by Lufthansa's staff could have repercussions for Germany's Olympic team flying to Beijing, but the air carrier says it will do all it can to get German athletes to China.

Genealogist finds Obama’s German roots
Germany

Genealogist finds Obama’s German roots

As evidenced on his recent stop in Berlin, Barack Obama is so loved by Germans that many perhaps wish he were German. Now, they can comfort themselves in the knowledge that he is a little bit German – 4.6875 percent, to be exact.

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Sweden

Police: ‘Murdered woman met suspected killer over the internet’

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 22-year-old woman found dead in an apartment in Hjo in western Sweden on Friday afternoon. Police report that the couple met over the internet.

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Germany

Big German parties bleeding members, expert says

For the first time in its history, Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) may have more members than the Social Democratic Party (SPD) but both major parties are suffering from declining membership rates.

Europride: ‘A lot of prejudice remains’
Sweden

Europride: ‘A lot of prejudice remains’

The Pride festival that started in Stockholm on Friday has become one of the biggest parties in the Swedish capital's calender. But there is a serious side to the festivities - a lot of work remains to combat prejudice in Sweden and abroad.

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Sweden

Health authority sued over lesbian insemination

Only one woman in a lesbian couple has the right to insemination according to Uppsala health authority. Discrimination - argues the Ombudsman against Discrimination on grounds of Sexual Orientation (HomO).

Steinmeier examines Afghan security commitment
Germany

Steinmeier examines Afghan security commitment

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier continued his four-day visit to Afghanistan on Saturday with talks in Kabul about German and EU efforts to increase security through better policing.

GM boss: ‘Saab is a critical part of our European portfolio’
Sweden

GM boss: ‘Saab is a critical part of our European portfolio’

General Motors will begin building Saab vehicles in the United States rather than put its Swedish subsidiary up for sale, GM chairman and chief executive Rick Wagoner said on Friday.

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Sweden

Sexist holiday schedule angers prison guards

A male guard must always be in attendance when prisoners are exercising in the yard. This new rule has upset guards at Norrköping remand prison who have reported the case to the Equal Opportunities Ombudsman (Jämställdhetsombudmand - Jämo).

Curtain up on Wolfgang Wagner’s last Bayreuth
Germany

Curtain up on Wolfgang Wagner’s last Bayreuth

Germany's political and social elite arrived in Bayreuth on Friday evening for the gala opening of opera's Bayreuth Festival -- the last under the direction of the composer's 88-year-old grandson, Wolfgang Wagner.