German ships breach Northeast Passage
Germany

German ships breach Northeast Passage

Two German cargo ships are making their way through the Northeast Passage from Asia to Europe, writing maritime history, but also inadvertently delivering evidence of climate change and melting ice caps.

Leftist leader in Thuringia employing ex-Stasi officer as secretary
Germany

Leftist leader in Thuringia employing ex-Stasi officer as secretary

Bodo Ramelow, the politician from Germany's socialist party The Left hoping to become the state premier of Thuringia, has reportedly been employing a former Stasi officer in his parliamentary office for years.

Opel sale heavily criticised by government negotiator
Germany

Opel sale heavily criticised by government negotiator

While top-ranking politicians celebrate the agreed sale of Opel to the consortium headed by Austro-Canadian car parts maker Magna, information has emerged that it will mean the loss of thousands of jobs – and potential legal difficulties.

Recession set to cost everyone €3,000
Germany

Recession set to cost everyone €3,000

The recession is going to cost each person in Germany around €3,000 according to the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW).

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Sweden

Swedish cities hit by spate of arson and unrest

Friday night was a troublesome one for many police forces across Sweden with several reports of arson and unrest. Police fear an escalation in the violence.

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Sweden

Swedish pastor cited after family burial

A pensioned Church of Sweden pastor has landed himself in hot holy water after performing a burial service for a person who was not a member of the flock.

Rioting in Hamburg increases tension ahead of street fest
Germany

Rioting in Hamburg increases tension ahead of street fest

An initially peaceful demonstration against neo-Nazis in Hamburg turned into a riot on Friday night, as police use water cannons and tear gas to regain control. One officer even fired warning shots as his car was attacked with stones.

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Sweden

Thousands lose out on sickness benefits

Almost 4,400 Swedes lost their right to sickness benefits in the first half of 2009 as the Social Insurance Agency (Forsäkringskassan) tightened its regulations.

Fuglesang returns safely to Earth
Sweden

Fuglesang returns safely to Earth

The space shuttle Discovery, carrying Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang, landed on schedule at Edwards Air Force base in California after a 14 day trip to the International Space Station (ISS).

Election TV debate last chance for sparks
Germany

Election TV debate last chance for sparks

Chancellor Angela Merkel will square off with her rival for power, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on Sunday in a televised debate widely seen as his last chance to close a double-digit gap on the popular German leader.

Sweden refuses SA request to drop Zimbabwe sanctions
Sweden

Sweden refuses SA request to drop Zimbabwe sanctions

The Swedish EU presidency has resisted pressure from South African President Jacob Zuma to drop sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.