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Sweden

Sick benefit claims plateau after falls

The number of Swedes on long-term sick benefits has stabilized after seven years of successive falls, according to official figures released on Tuesday.

Love Parade victims offered more aid
Germany

Love Parade victims offered more aid

The German state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Tuesday said it would support the victims of the Love Parade tragedy in Duisburg with €1 million in immediate aid. Meanwhile the removal of the city's embattled mayor looked less likely.

Bayern’s Robben ruled out for two months after thigh injury
Germany

Bayern’s Robben ruled out for two months after thigh injury

German champions Bayern Munich suffered a major blow on Tuesday when star Dutchman and Bundesliga player of last season Arjen Robben was ruled out for two months because of a left thigh injury.

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Sweden

Indian Volvo workers strike over pay

About 600 employees of a Volvo bus plant near Bangalore in India are striking for better pay and the return to work of four colleagues suspended following a dispute, a spokesman for the Swedish group said on Tuesday.

Is Lena in danger of becoming one-hit wonder?
Germany

Is Lena in danger of becoming one-hit wonder?

Could Germany’s 2010 Eurovision Song Contest winner Lena Meyer-Landrut become a one-hit wonder? According to a Tuesday media report, sales for her second single “Touch a New Day” have been disappointing.

Ibrahimovic in squad for Scotland clash
Sweden

Ibrahimovic in squad for Scotland clash

Barcelona star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named in the Sweden squad to face Scotland in a friendly at Råsunda stadium in Solna on August 11th, marking the end of a nine month national team hiatus.

Prince Carl Philip claims first racing win
Sweden

Prince Carl Philip claims first racing win

Two years after realizing a boyhood dream to become a racing car driver, Sweden's Prince Carl Philip has something to cheer after claiming his first career win at the Kinnekulle track in western Sweden.

Top carmakers put the pedal to the metal
Germany

Top carmakers put the pedal to the metal

Strong results by BMW on Tuesday demonstrated the recovery by German luxury carmakers this year, with the group reporting a seven-fold leap in quarterly profit that kept it ahead of Audi and Mercedes.

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Sweden

Juvenile care for teen girlfriend murder

A 16-year-old boy was sentenced on Tuesday to three years juvenile detention for the murder of his girlfriend who was the same age.

Agency rejects FCKU2MF reg plate as ‘offensive’
Sweden

Agency rejects FCKU2MF reg plate as ‘offensive’

The Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) has rejected a request from a man in Stockholm for a car registration plate which reads FCKU2MF.

The name game
Germany

The name game

Giving birth while living abroad can be a daunting prospect. The third instalment of the Local's series Motherhood in the Fatherland follows expectant mum Sabine Devins as she negotiates the cultural quirks of having a baby in Germany.

Greens: Consumers paying €1 billion too much for power
Germany

Greens: Consumers paying €1 billion too much for power

German consumers will overpay utility companies €1 billion for their electricity this year, according to a study commissioned by the Green party’s parliamentary group.

Evacuated Swedes to return after Greek fires
Sweden

Evacuated Swedes to return after Greek fires

Swedish tourists evacuated after forest fires on the Greek island of Samos are set to return to their hotels on Tuesday as the emergency services regained control of the situation.

Custody rights for unwed fathers strengthened
Germany

Custody rights for unwed fathers strengthened

Germany’s Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday that the law denying unwed fathers custody rights to their children without the mother’s permission is unconstitutional, opening the way for automatic joint custody.

Legal punishment unlikely for Ameland teen sex abuse suspects
Germany

Legal punishment unlikely for Ameland teen sex abuse suspects

Eight teenage boys who have admitted to sexually abusing other younger boys at a summer camp on the island of Ameland last month are unlikely to be arraigned, the Osnabrück state prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday.

Vintage railways face closure over new law
Sweden

Vintage railways face closure over new law

Vintage railways across Sweden face closure as a result of a new legislative proposal requiring them to stand for the full cost of their supervision and inspection, according to volunteer groups.

Politicians want car scrapping money back
Germany

Politicians want car scrapping money back

In light of the German auto industry’s buoyant earnings, politicians from the ruling coalition suggested Tuesday that the companies repay the money they earned during the government-sponsored “cash for clunkers” stimulus programme in 2009.

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Sweden

Jonas, 32, sewed up his own leg after ER wait

A 32-year-old took the needle into his hands when he tired of the wait at Sundsvall hospital in northern Sweden and sewed up the cut in his leg himself. The man was later reported to the police for his impromptu handiwork.

Sweden Democrats hold balance of power: poll
Sweden

Sweden Democrats hold balance of power: poll

The far-right Sweden Democrats have the backing of 6.5 percent of the electorate and would hold the balance of power if an election were held today, a new voter poll by Aftonbladet/United Minds shows.

Ancient treasures rise again from WWII rubble in Berlin
Germany

Ancient treasures rise again from WWII rubble in Berlin

When an incendiary bomb hit in World War II, Berlin's Tell Halaf archaeological museum went up in flames and its 3,000-year-old statues were smashed to smithereens. It has taken nine years of piecemeal work, but 60 artefacts have now risen again, phoenix-like, from 27,000 fragments of stone found in the ruins.