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Germany

Coalition wants an executive salary cap in Germany

The conservative German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) wants to cap salaries of top business leaders, joining the Social Democratic Party (SPD) with which it governs the country, German Handelsblatt daily said on Monday.

Potsdam evacuated for huge WWII bomb
Germany

Potsdam evacuated for huge WWII bomb

Evening traffic in Potsdam was severely affected after the entire city centre and the main train station were closed for removal of a 250-kilogramme World War II-era bomb found during road construction work on Monday afternoon.

Igniting Europe’s smoking revolution
Germany

Igniting Europe’s smoking revolution

Now that small German pubs can once again allow patrons to light up, Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, hopes Germany could soon be at the vanguard of Europe’s anti-anti-smoking movement.

Nobel literature academy hails Solzhenitsyn
Sweden

Nobel literature academy hails Solzhenitsyn

The head of the institute that designates the Nobel literature prize lamented on Monday that "one of the biggest trees has fallen" with the death of the 1970 winner of the award, Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

ABBA strike Gold as British record smashed
Sweden

ABBA strike Gold as British record smashed

ABBA were back on top of the British album charts on Monday after the Swedish quartet's "Gold -- Greatest Hits" compilation became the oldest album ever to reach the UK number one spot.

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Sweden

Job loss insurance plans shed 500,000 members

An estimated half million Swedes have left unemployment insurance funds (a-kassa) in the last two years, leading some to worry about the effects of potential job losses that may result from Sweden’s slowing economy.

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Sweden

Swedish officer injured in Afghanistan blast

A Swedish army officer is to be flown home from Afghanistan after being seriously injured in a bomb explosion on Monday afternoon.

Ljungberg injury a blow to Sweden’s Olympic football hopes
Sweden

Ljungberg injury a blow to Sweden’s Olympic football hopes

A thigh injury has forced Hanna Ljungberg, one of the key players on Sweden’s Beijing-bound women’s football team, to sit out the Olympic Games.

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Sweden

Drink driving pensioner in double trouble

A 76-year-old man in western Sweden was arrested twice in the space of four hours on Sunday night for driving under the influence of alcohol.

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Germany

Merkel mourns Solzhenitsyn’s death

German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid tribute to Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who has died at 89, saying the "great" Russian writer played a decisive role in the demise of the Soviet Union, her spokesman said on Monday.

Gambling baron trial begins in Gothenburg
Sweden

Gambling baron trial begins in Gothenburg

A huge police presence was on hand as the trial of gambling baron Rade Kotur got underway in Gothenburg on Monday.

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Germany

Autopsy shows dead Neustadt baby was alive at birth

Saxon authorities have determined that a lifeless infant found on Friday in a family home in Neustadt was born alive.

HSV sells van der Vaart to Real Madrid
Germany

HSV sells van der Vaart to Real Madrid

Bundesliga side Hamburg SV will lose its captain Rafael van der Vaart after the Dutch international midfielder confirmed on Monday he had sealed a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid.

VW aiming for 10 percent of Indian car market
Germany

VW aiming for 10 percent of Indian car market

Volkswagen, the biggest European carmaker, is aiming to bag 10 percent of India's burgeoning market within five years, a regional VW director told the business daily Handelsblatt on Monday.

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Sweden

Sweden steps up tax haven chase

Swedes with accounts in banks on the British islands of Jersey and Guernsey may soon want to look for other tax havens.

Lufthansa still cancelling flights despite strike’s end
Germany

Lufthansa still cancelling flights despite strike’s end

Lufthansa will cut 130 flights on Monday, and 41 flights each day thereafter, despite the end to a strike over the weekend.

Horse demolishes public toilet in Bavaria
Germany

Horse demolishes public toilet in Bavaria

Bavarian police on Monday said a man who tried to take his horse with him into a public toilet over the weekend caused over €1,000 in damages after the animal balked.

Internet prevalent as youth bullying rises
Sweden

Internet prevalent as youth bullying rises

Children and young people in Sweden are being subjected to threats and abuse from their peers, according to fresh statistics, often using the internet to perpetuate the intimidation.

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Sweden

Kids’ books become ideological battleground in Sweden

Boys in pink sandals and girls breaking wind with their armpits - two new Swedish publishers of children's literature are causing a stir with books deliberately designed to propagate the country's social values, writes AFP's Nina Larson.

Heavy storms flood North Rhine-Westphalia
Germany

Heavy storms flood North Rhine-Westphalia

Heavy rains caused flooding in parts of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the early hours of Monday morning, Düsseldorf police said on Monday.

Head of Verdi labour union apologizes for taking free flights
Germany

Head of Verdi labour union apologizes for taking free flights

Frank Bsirske, the head of labour union Verdi, has apologized for accepting free first-class flights from Lufthansa only days before his union staged a strike at the airlline, daily Bild reported on Monday.

German military suffering from shortage of doctors
Germany

German military suffering from shortage of doctors

The German military is increasingly concerned with a shortage of doctors, according to daily Frankfurter Rundshau on Monday.

German women’s football team out for elusive gold in Beijing
Germany

German women’s football team out for elusive gold in Beijing

World Cup champions Germany will be searching for the one major football crown that has eluded them when the women’s football tournament opens the Beijing Olympic Games on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Care givers locked woman in her home for four years

Personal care assistants kept a Swedish woman with mental disabilities locked in her apartment for four years.

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Sweden

Massive blaze consumes top floors of Gothenburg building

A violent fire raged through the night into Monday morning in central Gothenburg.

Moderate Party pols want to ditch FRA-law
Sweden

Moderate Party pols want to ditch FRA-law

A group of 14 noteworthy local Moderate Party politicians are demanding a review of Sweden’s surveillance law.