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Sweden

‘My rent has been hiked 20 percent – what are my rights?’

Ask The Local: Every week we will be answering readers' questions about Sweden. This week, John from Skåne wants to know what he can do about an unwelcome rent increase.

Government still divided on education vouchers
Germany

Government still divided on education vouchers

Germany's ruling coalition is still undecided on Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen's plan to introduce education vouchers for the children of people on long-term unemployment benefit.

German doctor killed in Afghanistan
Germany

German doctor killed in Afghanistan

One British, one German and six American doctors, including three women, were among those found shot dead in Afghanistan's remote north, their charity's manager in Kabul told news agency AFP Saturday.

Sauerland knew of Love Parade planning chaos
Germany

Sauerland knew of Love Parade planning chaos

Duisburg mayor Adolf Sauerland had detailed advance information of the planning chaos that led to the deaths of 21 people and more than 500 injured at the Love Parade on July 24, according to a magazine report published Saturday.

Summer to return next week
Germany

Summer to return next week

The summer is set to re-emerge across Germany in the coming week, the German weather service reported Saturday, following a week of grey skies and patchy rain.

CDU minister calls for easier immigration
Germany

CDU minister calls for easier immigration

A state interior minister belonging to Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union has defied the chancellor and called on the government to ease immigration restrictions for skilled workers.

Sweden wants refund for Hells Angel’s backache
Sweden

Sweden wants refund for Hells Angel’s backache

The Swedish Social Insurance Agency has ordered a local Hells Angels leader to pay back more than one million kronor in sickness benefits after he committed crimes that would not have been possible if his purported back pains were real.

Sahlin urges tougher EU fiscal sanctions
Sweden

Sahlin urges tougher EU fiscal sanctions

Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin has called for the EU to mete out tougher punishments to any member states found to have mismanaged their finances over a long period of time, Stockholm daily Dagens Nyheter reports.

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Sweden

Mob rounds on police during massive bar brawl

Police officers in Nynäshamn were forced into a retreat on Friday night when a group of around twenty people turned on them as they intervened to break up a pitched fight in a local pub, news agency Sveriges Nyheter reports.

Gay outsprints Bolt in Stockholm showdown
Sweden

Gay outsprints Bolt in Stockholm showdown

American sprinter Tyson Gay left world record holder Usain Bolt trailing in his wake on Friday in the Diamond League men's 100 metres in Stockholm.

Germany closes embassy in smoke-filled Moscow
Germany

Germany closes embassy in smoke-filled Moscow

Germany has closed its embassy in Moscow until further notice because of noxious smog from spreading wildfires choking the Russian capital, a foreign ministry spokesman said Friday.

WikiLeaks not shielded by Swedish law: experts
Sweden

WikiLeaks not shielded by Swedish law: experts

Swedish legal experts have revealed that the website WikiLeaks may not be covered by Swedish whistleblower protection laws despite having its servers located just outside Stockholm.