Sahlin slams Reinfeldt’s tax cut pledge
Sweden

Sahlin slams Reinfeldt’s tax cut pledge

Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin launched a scathing attack on Sunday against Moderate Party plans to continue cutting income taxes if they remain in power after the September 19th election.

Rösler will not help out states with swine flu vaccine costs
Germany

Rösler will not help out states with swine flu vaccine costs

Most people in Germany did not get themselves inoculated against the swine flu last year, leaving the country's federal states sitting on millions of euros worth of stocks of the vaccine.

Baden-Württemberg ordered ghost trains to aid Stuttgart project
Germany

Baden-Württemberg ordered ghost trains to aid Stuttgart project

The state government of Baden-Württemberg is accused of having paid more than €100 million under questionable circumstances to Deutsche Bahn in order to save the controversial transport project Stuttgart 21.

Flooding in Malmö as heavens open
Sweden

Flooding in Malmö as heavens open

Torrential rain showers pummelled southern Sweden on Saturday night, causing flooding and road closures in parts of Skåne.

Beate Uhse erotica hit where it hurts by free online porn
Germany

Beate Uhse erotica hit where it hurts by free online porn

Free porn available on the internet is hitting erotic shopping empire Beate Uhse where it hurts – in the bottom line.

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Sweden

WikiLeaks to apply for Swedish licence

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has revealed that he will submit a formal application this week for a Swedish publishing licence (utgivningsbevis) in order to guarantee that the website is covered by Swedish whistleblower protection laws.

Luther statues create colourful controversy in Wittenberg
Germany

Luther statues create colourful controversy in Wittenberg

A dramatic art installation of 800 plastic statues of Martin Luther was opened on the market place in Wittenberg at the weekend, provoking criticism from one academic who criticised it as abuse.

UAE ‘concerned’ by German release of Israeli assassination suspect
Germany

UAE ‘concerned’ by German release of Israeli assassination suspect

The United Arab Emirates has criticised Germany’s release of an alleged Israeli agent suspected of links to the January killing of a Hamas leader in Dubai, using diplomatic language to express 'concern' at the weekend.

Mayor admits lying about Love Parade crowd size
Germany

Mayor admits lying about Love Parade crowd size

Ten days before the catastrophic Love Parade in which 21 people were killed, authorities threatened the organisers with cancellation due to security fears – and Duisburg Mayor Adolf Sauerland knew about the worries.

Toivonen bags hat-trick as PSV go top
Sweden

Toivonen bags hat-trick as PSV go top

Fresh from his sterling midweek performance against Scotland, Swedish striker Ola Toivonen claimed a three-goal haul on Saturday as PSV Eindhoven outclassed De Graafschap to go top in the Dutch league.

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Sweden

Two men die in Stockholm Midnight Run

Two participants in Stockholm’s 10 kilometre Midnight Run (Midnattsloppet) died during Saturday night’s race as hot weather conditions caught many runners off guard.