Sweden demands answers on FARC arms
Sweden

Sweden demands answers on FARC arms

Sweden called on Venezuela on Monday to explain how Swedish-made weapons sold to the South American country ended up in the hands of Colombian FARC guerillas.

Long wage dispute with day care workers ends
Germany

Long wage dispute with day care workers ends

The long wage dispute between 220,000 public day care workers and state employers ended with an agreement in Frankfurt on Monday.

Bundeswehr shooting restrictions eased
Germany

Bundeswehr shooting restrictions eased

Rules of engagement for German forces in Afghanistan are being eased to allow soldiers to use their weapons more often. They will also be allowed to shoot at fleeing attackers, the Defence Ministry announced Monday.

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Sweden

Spotify aims for iPhone exposure

The Swedish streaming music provider Spotify has applied for its software to be made available on US giant Apple's iPhone.

Politicians criticise EU-US bank data talks
Germany

Politicians criticise EU-US bank data talks

Plans to share confidential banking data between the European Union and the US for anti-terrorism purposes have united disparate parts of the German political spectrum in opposition.

Heavy holiday traffic expected all week
Germany

Heavy holiday traffic expected all week

German autobahns will probably become parking lots this weekend as school vacations begin in southern Germany and come to a close in much of the north, auto club ADAC said Monday.

Swedish Donald Duck wades into pirates’ waters
Sweden

Swedish Donald Duck wades into pirates’ waters

The Swedish publishers of Kalle & Anka & Co, a comic featuring the Disney character Donald Duck, have expressed regret over an edition featuring the loveable children's character engaging in internet 'piracy'.

Lost mini-horses taken in by kindly Bavarian monks
Germany

Lost mini-horses taken in by kindly Bavarian monks

A lost herd of "peaceful" mini-horses from Bavaria has been taken in by a cloister of Franciscan monks until their owner is found, police in the town of Bad Neustadt reported Monday.

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Sweden

Swedish steel maker SSAB paints gloomy future

Swedish steel maker SSAB reported a net loss of 636 million kronor ($86 million) in the second quarter and warned of worse to come as demand continues to decline.

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Sweden

Gay youngsters suffer poorer health: study

Gay and bisexual youths in Sweden suffer from poorer health than the general population. Psychological problems and an increased incidence of attempted suicide are among the issues highlighted, a new study presented on Monday shows.

Schmidt slammed for stolen limo
Germany

Schmidt slammed for stolen limo

Health minister Ulla Schmidt faced a barrage of criticism from political rivals Monday after her official vehicle was stolen while she was visiting Spain.

Exploring the politics of Berlin’s secret gardens
Germany

Exploring the politics of Berlin’s secret gardens

An aerial view of Berlin shows one of its most unique characteristics: the expanse of green space. Almost no other metropolis can boast the same tree per capita ratio or the same percentage of park area. But there is a whole other swathe of greenery in Berlin, a private one.

FARC guerillas armed with Swedish weapons
Sweden

FARC guerillas armed with Swedish weapons

The Colombian rebel group the FARC is in possession of advanced weaponry manufactured by the Swedish firm Saab Bofors Dynamics, according to a report in the Colombian weekly newspaper Semana.

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Sweden

Man dies in motorbike crash with elk

A 55-year-old man died on Sunday night after crashing his motorbike into an elk that had strayed onto the road near Tingsryd in southern Sweden.

Ibrahimovic poised to sign for Barcelona
Sweden

Ibrahimovic poised to sign for Barcelona

Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived in Barcelona on Sunday to put pen to paper on a deal that will make him the European champions' most high profile summer signing.

Two flat-rate bordellos closed after police raids
Germany

Two flat-rate bordellos closed after police raids

Two of Germany’s controversial flat-rate bordellos were closed over the weekend after nationwide raids uncovered poor conditions and illegal sex workers, police reported.

Shoppers spending cash despite recession
Germany

Shoppers spending cash despite recession

Despite the worst economic crisis since 1945, German consumers are ever more confident in the future and increasingly willing to part with their hard-earned cash, a closely-watched survey said on Monday.

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Sweden

EU slammed for ‘propaganda’

The European Union spends millions every year on publicity material about itself that can only be described as propaganda, a Swedish think-tank has said.

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Sweden

Gay spouses ‘still being registered as partners’

Gay marriage has been permitted in Sweden since May, but the country's bureaucrats are proving slow to catch on. Same-sex couples who tie the knot are still being registered by the tax office as domestic partners.

Pampered pooches pull on German purse strings
Germany

Pampered pooches pull on German purse strings

German pooches are getting the royal treatment as owners dish out more than €5 billion each year for pedicures, winter jackets and even wedding dresses for their dogs, the German Kennel Club (VDH) said on Monday.

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Sweden

Bildt: bigger role for EU in Afghanistan

The European Union should take on a larger role in Afghanistan, Sweden's foreign minister, Carl Bildt, has suggested.

Economy drives East Germans to join army
Germany

Economy drives East Germans to join army

Is economic adversity forcing eastern Germans to become “cannon fodder” for the military? David Wroe reports on the growing trend to join the Bundeswehr.