Hamburg’s path to treble glory goes through Bremen
Germany

Hamburg’s path to treble glory goes through Bremen

Werder Bremen are Hamburg's main obstacle in their quest for a rare treble of titles as the Bundesliga clubs prepare to meet each other in the first of four key clashes starting this week.

Radiation agency touts Swedish teen tan ban
Sweden

Radiation agency touts Swedish teen tan ban

A sharp increase in reports of young people being injured from visits to Sweden’s tanning salons may result in stricter regulations, including a ban on clients younger than 18-years-old.

Merkel: economy might be past low point
Germany

Merkel: economy might be past low point

German Chancellor Angela Merkel set about spreading economic confidence on Monday at the Hannover industrial fair, saying that the country may have made it through the worst part of the recession already.

Overcoming Berlin’s monumental wall
Germany

Overcoming Berlin’s monumental wall

As the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall approaches, so too does the choice of a national monument to German reunification. The jury should be bold, argues Daniel Miller.

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Sweden

Sweden reins in sick leave payouts

Fewer Swedes are claiming sick leave benefits than at any point since 1982, according to new figures from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan).

Pirate Bay operator faces new probe
Sweden

Pirate Bay operator faces new probe

Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, one of the four men recently sentenced to prison in The Pirate Bay trial, is the subject of an investigation by Swedish prosecutors looking into his role in The Student Bay, a file sharing site specializing in academic texts.

Lufthansa target of EU anti-trust probe
Germany

Lufthansa target of EU anti-trust probe

The European Commission launched an anti-trust probe against German airline Lufthansa and six other air alliance members Monday on suspicion of collusion on transatlantic routes.

Charges filed in grisly bolt gun killing
Sweden

Charges filed in grisly bolt gun killing

A 44-year-old man from Mellerud in western Sweden was charged on Monday on suspicions of having brutally murdered his neighbour with a bolt pistol normally used for anesthetizing livestock.

Girl dead after mystery swimming accident puts family in hospital
Germany

Girl dead after mystery swimming accident puts family in hospital

An eight-year-old girl has died after she and three other family members were found at the bottom of a swimming pool in a mysterious accident, Leer police spokesperson Melanie Beutter told The Local on Monday.

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Sweden

Metro’s losses mount as potential bid fails to materialize

Metro International, publisher of the free daily Metro newspaper, saw its shares on the Stockholm stock exchange plunge Monday morning following huge first quarter losses and news the company was abandoning talks with a potential bidder.

Chinese suitors plan visit to Volvo Cars: report
Sweden

Chinese suitors plan visit to Volvo Cars: report

Chinese auto company representatives interested in buying Volvo Cars from Ford will be heading to Sweden next week to visit the troubled Swedish carmaker’s European headquarters.

Ljungberg adds Swedish sex appeal to Seattle Sounders
Sweden

Ljungberg adds Swedish sex appeal to Seattle Sounders

Football player enthusiast Charlotte West reveals her deep admiration for the ball juggling skills of male model midfielder Freddie Ljungberg.

Confessed serial killer requests retrial
Sweden

Confessed serial killer requests retrial

Convicted serial killer Thomas Quick, who recently retracted confessions for eight murders, formally petitioned the Svea Court of Appeal for a retrial on Monday.

Back at work Althaus admits ski death guilt
Germany

Back at work Althaus admits ski death guilt

Heading into a state election campaign, Thuringia premier Dieter Althaus returned to work on Monday some four months after a skiing accident that killed a fellow skier and left him with serious brain injuries.

GM willing to give Opel away
Germany

GM willing to give Opel away

Troubled US carmaker General Motors is reportedly prepared to give away its German unit Opel to potential investors who would inject at least €500 million into its operations.

Mountains of garbage plague German city parks
Germany

Mountains of garbage plague German city parks

As the picnic season heats up in Germany, city officials are struggling to cope with a growing litter problem in public parks.

Workers unearth intact Cologne archive cellars
Germany

Workers unearth intact Cologne archive cellars

Workers sifting through the rubble of Cologne’s collapsed historical archive have discovered intact storage cellars with a substantial number of undamaged documents, the city announced on Sunday evening.

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Sweden

Facebook off limits for county employees

The Jämtland County Council in western Sweden has decided to ban its employees from using office computers to visit the Facebook social networking website.

Germany boycotts UN racism conference
Germany

Germany boycotts UN racism conference

Germany is pulling out of a UN conference on racism due to start in Geneva on Monday, but could re-engage during the week-long gathering depending on how it unfolds, said its foreign minister.

Students’ art subject to legal review
Sweden

Students’ art subject to legal review

Sweden's University College of Arts, Craft and Design (Konstfack) has decided to have lawyers review projects prepared by final-year students for this year’s spring exhibition.

Daimler bringing smart cars to Chinese market
Germany

Daimler bringing smart cars to Chinese market

Daimler is bringing the smart car to China, marketing director Klaus Maier announced on Monday during a trade show in Shanghai.

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Sweden

Woman held for attempted murder

A woman in her fifties was arrested and detained on Sunday night suspected of having stabbed her boyfriend in the stomach in an apartment in Fagersta in central Sweden.