German hostages taken to Somali mainland
Germany

German hostages taken to Somali mainland

Following apparent difficulties in release negotiations, Somali pirates took three German hostages from the hijacked cargo ship Hansa Stavanger to the mainland on Sunday, reports said.

Strikes threatened as Porsche defies VW takeover
Germany

Strikes threatened as Porsche defies VW takeover

The titanic power struggle between two of Germany’s auto giants went into the next round on Sunday, as Uwe Hück, head of Porsche’s works committee defied VW’s takeover.

HRE may need more state cash
Germany

HRE may need more state cash

The beleaguered state and property financier Hypo Real Estate may need more state aid than previously expected, a report in Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag revealed.

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Sweden

Sex chat woman loses sickness benefits

A Malmö woman has been ordered to repay 18,000 kronor ($2,300) by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Forsäkringskassan) for sickness benefits received while working on a phone sex chat line.

‘Sahlin more hetero than Obama’: Stockholm Pride
Sweden

‘Sahlin more hetero than Obama’: Stockholm Pride

Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin is more heterosexual than US President Barack Obama, at least if a new survey by Stockholm Pride is to be believed.

Greens make nuclear shutdown a coalition condition
Germany

Greens make nuclear shutdown a coalition condition

Green party top candidate Jürgen Trittin told Sunday newspaper Bild am Sonntag that shutting down old nuclear power stations would be a condition of entering a government coalition following September’s election.

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Sweden

Abortion register splits Alliance parties

A proposal to include the identities of women in a national abortion register has divided the governing Alliance coalition parties.

Pirates close in on Riksdag: poll
Sweden

Pirates close in on Riksdag: poll

The Pirate Party and the far-right Sweden Democrats are on course for seats in the Riksdag according to a new poll.

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Sweden

Ibrahimovic waits on Barca move: report

Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirmed on Saturday that he would be interested in a move to Spanish giants Barcelona.

Investigators probe 480 doctors for corruption
Germany

Investigators probe 480 doctors for corruption

German state prosecutors are to open investigations into 480 doctors suspected of helping to sell medication in exchange for rewards from a pharmaceutical company, Der Spiegel reported Saturday.

U2 rocks Berlin two decades after ‘Achtung Baby’
Germany

U2 rocks Berlin two decades after ‘Achtung Baby’

U2 rocked Berlin on Saturday, returning to the German city where almost 20 years ago the Irish band came to reinvent themselves with "Achtung Baby," for many fans their best album.