Doubts emerge about army chief’s sackings
Germany

Doubts emerge about army chief’s sackings

New revelations suggest that the German Defence Ministry forced the resignations of the Bundeswehr's chief of staff and another senior official under false pretence following a deadly air strike in Afghanistan.

Broadcasting fees spark coalition rift
Germany

Broadcasting fees spark coalition rift

The two parties of Germany's ruling coalition, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP), are at loggerheads over the issue of licence fees for state broadcasting.

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Sweden

Gender-reassigned face health hurdles: study

This year 60 people have applied to change their sex in Sweden. Most gender-reassigned people achieve a better life through their surgery, but a new study shows that the risk of attempted suicide and psychological problems remains high, Dagens Nyheter reports.

Siemens probed over Iran exports
Germany

Siemens probed over Iran exports

German technology giant Siemens is being investigated by the government over two deliveries to Iran that may have broken export law.

Space tourism to take off in Kiruna
Sweden

Space tourism to take off in Kiruna

If all goes to plan, billionaire Richard Branson’s spaceships will take off with tourists on board in 2012 – from Kiruna in the far north of Sweden.

German WWII criminals wanted in Italy
Germany

German WWII criminals wanted in Italy

Military prosecutors in Rome asked Friday that four elderly German army veterans be tried for their alleged roles in one of the worst Nazi atrocities in Italy during World War II.

Bad service in German restaurants, new study finds
Germany

Bad service in German restaurants, new study finds

A new report released Saturday revealed there is considerable room for improvement in the service at German restaurant chains. Only three out of the eight chains tested managed to complete all orders correctly.

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Sweden

Police off the hook for wrong number bug

A police officer in Malmö has avoided both prosecution and a disciplinary hearing by the Disciplinary Board, after wiretapping the wrong telephone number and listening in to private telephone conversations over the course of a number of hours.

Erik Grönwall Sweden’s new Idol
Sweden

Erik Grönwall Sweden’s new Idol

With his big stage presence and booming rock voice, Erik Grönwall took home the Idol 2009 Final at Stockholm’s Globen arena on Friday night.

Merkel defies Europe over bank-bonus tax
Germany

Merkel defies Europe over bank-bonus tax

Chancellor Angela Merkel backed Anglo-French moves to introduce a "social" tax on banks, insurers and markets on Friday, but resisted calls for a levy on bankers' bonuses as well.

Former Volvo directors oppose Chinese sale
Sweden

Former Volvo directors oppose Chinese sale

Chinese automaker Geely is not a suitable owner of Volvo Cars, according to eight former Volvo directors. In a letter to Ford Motor Company’s chairman, Bill Ford Jr, former Volvo group directors, and former Volvo Cars managing directors, wrote that Geely lacks the necessary technical competence, according to the newspaper Dagens Industri.