Agency reacts to nuke plant safety lapses
Sweden

Agency reacts to nuke plant safety lapses

Safety officials in Sweden may put one of the country’s nuclear power plants under special supervision following a number of safety violations.

Rights holders seek royalties for music in the workplace
Sweden

Rights holders seek royalties for music in the workplace

Groups representing the interests of Sweden’s music publishers are demanding that nearly 3,000 companies and organizations pay up to 40,000 kronor ($5,000) per year for allowing employees to listen to music during the work day.

Chinese consulate attacked in Munich
Germany

Chinese consulate attacked in Munich

As unrest in China continues after bloody weekend riots in the Xinjiang region, police in Munich are investigating an arson attack on the Chinese consulate in Munich early on Tuesday morning.

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Sweden

SAS reports sharp drop in June traffic

Scandinavian airline operator SAS Group saw its overall passenger traffic decrease by 14.1 percent in June compared with the same month last year.

Bouncer confesses to Gamla Stan shooting
Sweden

Bouncer confesses to Gamla Stan shooting

The 41-year-old bouncer on trial for the attempted murder of a couple in Stockholm’s historic Gamla Stan district in April confessed in court on Tuesday that he pulled the trigger.

Teen dies after fall from Berlin U-Bahn train
Germany

Teen dies after fall from Berlin U-Bahn train

A 13-year-old boy was killed Monday evening in an accident on Berlin’s U-Bahn, police confirmed Tuesday. According to witness accounts, the boy had opened and leaned out the door of the train car.

Baltic yacht race heads for Västervik
Sweden

Baltic yacht race heads for Västervik

The Baltic Sprint Cup is one of the highlights of the northern European sailing calendar, and in late July the 930-nautical mile race will be heading through Sweden’s most beautiful archipelago to Västervik, on Sweden’s east coast.

Sweden moves closer to nursing homes for gays
Sweden

Sweden moves closer to nursing homes for gays

Elderly homosexuals in Stockholm are hopeful that their long-held hopes of having a nursing home of their own may soon become a reality.

Ecclestone cancels German appearance after Nazi gaffe
Germany

Ecclestone cancels German appearance after Nazi gaffe

Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One boss embroiled in controversy over a verbal gaffe in which he praised Adolf Hitler, has cancelled a planned appearance at the famous Nürburgring auto racetrack this week.

Steinmeier urges Syria to back mideast peace
Germany

Steinmeier urges Syria to back mideast peace

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged Syria on Tuesday to do its part to ensure the success of Middle East peace efforts and said "destructive elements" in the region needed to be reined in.

Court rules former SS officer not ‘too old’ for murder trial
Germany

Court rules former SS officer not ‘too old’ for murder trial

A Cologne court ruled Tuesday that an 88-year-old former SS-member must stand trial in Germany for a triple-murder that took place in Netherlands during World War II.

Almedalen — Swedish openness galore
Sweden

Almedalen — Swedish openness galore

Anyone who doubts that Sweden is a country characterised by openness and informality should visit the small Hanseatic town of Visby on Gotland during the first week of July. This is when the Almedalen Week, or the “Political Week,” takes place every year.

Rare identical triplets born in Bonn
Germany

Rare identical triplets born in Bonn

The chances are about one in 10 million, but Alexandra, Antonia and Adriana beat the odds: Three identical newborn girls are healthy after being born at the Bonn University Clinic, according to a hospital spokeswoman on Tuesday.

German companies hit hard in global rankings
Germany

German companies hit hard in global rankings

The German business landscape has taken a hit from the economic crisis, and only five remain ranked in the top 100 companies of the world, daily Die Welt reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedish extremists pose ‘serious threat’

Political extremists in Sweden are generally more violent than their counterparts in Denmark in Germany and Denmark, a new report shows.

Funds for car scrapping scheme running out
Germany

Funds for car scrapping scheme running out

The budget for Germany’s popular Abwrackprämie, or car scrapping premium, could be exhausted before parliamentary elections in September, daily Bild reported on Tuesday.

Reptile lunched on Swedish girl’s finger
Sweden

Reptile lunched on Swedish girl’s finger

A 13-year-old girl had her fingertip badly bitten by a spectacled caiman at a wildlife park in eastern Sweden on Monday.

Telecoms and energy firms working together on broadband
Germany

Telecoms and energy firms working together on broadband

Telecommunications companies could work with energy providers in the quest to provide faster internet connections to all of Germany, financial daily Handelsblatt reported on Tuesday.

Cyclist Ullrich to be disciplined for doping
Germany

Cyclist Ullrich to be disciplined for doping

Germany's retired former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich is to be the subject of a disciplinary procedure by the Swiss anti-doping commission, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Tuesday.

Probe widens against Red Cross fraudster
Sweden

Probe widens against Red Cross fraudster

Damage claims against Johan af Donner, the former Red Cross communications chief suspected of embezzling millions from the organization, continue to grow.

Ikea founder calls for more job cuts
Sweden

Ikea founder calls for more job cuts

Swedish furniture retailing giant Ikea needs to shed more employees, company founder Ingvar Kamprad said in an interview published on Monday.

Child leukemia cases at global high near Elbmarsch nuke plant
Germany

Child leukemia cases at global high near Elbmarsch nuke plant

For 20 years, children from a small rural northern German region - where Alfred Nobel invented dynamite - have been contracting leukemia at a higher rate than anywhere else in the world and no one knows exactly why.

Reinfeldt plans for September vote on EU chief’s future
Sweden

Reinfeldt plans for September vote on EU chief’s future

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said on Monday he planned to take steps to facilitate the approval of European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso ahead of an expected vote on the matter by the European Parliament in September.