Watchdog says ‘lifetime’ Opel guarantee is a lie
Germany

Watchdog says ‘lifetime’ Opel guarantee is a lie

Germany’s advertising watchdog on Tuesday threatened to sue carmaker Opel for misleading customers with a widely advertised promise of a “lifetime guarantee” on all new cars.

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Sweden

Report: Swedish pensioners best off in Europe

As political parties battle it out for grey vote ahead of the upcoming elections by promising the largest tax cuts, a report by finance firm AMF shows that Swedish pensioners enjoy the best financial situation in Europe.

Özil leaves Werder Bremen for Real Madrid
Germany

Özil leaves Werder Bremen for Real Madrid

Mesut Özil, one of the young stars of the German national football team, on Tuesday quit Bundesliga side Werder Bremen to sign a contract with Spanish giants Real Madrid for an undisclosed fee.

PM: mandatory jobs insurance unlikely
Sweden

PM: mandatory jobs insurance unlikely

Sweden's prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has said that the election 2006 promise to make unemployment insurance (arbetslöshetsförsäking - A-kassa) obligatory is unlikely to be realized during the next mandate period.

Summer to show its face after a week in hiding
Germany

Summer to show its face after a week in hiding

Summer is expected to slowly return over the course of this week, with clearer skies and warmer days returning to the south in the next couple of days and to the north by Friday, the German Weather Service (DWD) said Tuesday.

Lawmakers ready to approve use of medical marijuana
Germany

Lawmakers ready to approve use of medical marijuana

Medical marijuana will be available in Germany soon, with the centre-right coalition preparing to make groundbreaking changes to drug laws, a government health spokeswoman said this week.

Sweden ranks third in ‘Best Countries’ list
Sweden

Sweden ranks third in ‘Best Countries’ list

Sweden has come in third in a ranking of "Best Countries" compiled by US magazine Newsweek, trailing behind Finland and Switzerland.

Investors fear growth won’t last, ZEW finds
Germany

Investors fear growth won’t last, ZEW finds

German investor confidence has fallen sharply this month on concerns that the strong recovery seen recently in Europe's biggest economy will not last, the closely watched ZEW survey showed Tuesday.

Minister proposes elite high school classes
Sweden

Minister proposes elite high school classes

Sweden's education minister Jan Björklund on Tuesday proposed the establishment of elite high school classes to enable select pupils to pursue upper secondary classes and the study of a chosen subject in depth.

ICE train crashes into garbage truck, injuring 10
Germany

ICE train crashes into garbage truck, injuring 10

Ten people were injured Tuesday morning when an ICE train crashed into a garbage truck that had slid down an embankment and wound up stranded on the track in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

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Sweden

Opposition proposes new serious crime unit

The Social Democrats want to create a large new police unit against serious crime that can operate nationwide and will be given the name Reko.

Federer to play at Stockholm Open
Sweden

Federer to play at Stockholm Open

Swiss tennis star and former men's world number one, Roger Federer will play at this year's Stockholm Open, tournament organizers have confirmed.

Gay couples gain equal inheritance tax standing
Germany

Gay couples gain equal inheritance tax standing

Inheritance taxes may no longer favour straight married couples over homosexual couples, according to a ruling by Germany’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday.

Aigner wants longer opt- out limit for Street View
Germany

Aigner wants longer opt- out limit for Street View

German Consumer Affairs Minister Ilse Aigner on Tuesday called on Google to improve the options for the country's citizens to opt out from having their homes featured on the internet giant’s online “Street View” program.

Hollywood unknown cast as Lisbeth Salander
Sweden

Hollywood unknown cast as Lisbeth Salander

Rooney Mara, a relatively unknown American actress, has been cast to play the starring role of Lisbeth Salander in the US remake of the first of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sony Pictures has confirmed.

Bear family frightens peeing 11-year-old tourist
Sweden

Bear family frightens peeing 11-year-old tourist

A tourist group from the Netherlands and Belgium got more great outdoors than they bargained for when a female bear and her cubs visited their tented camp in Rötviken in central Sweden, local daily Länstidningen Östersund reported on Monday.

Donations for Pakistan flood victims slow to pick up
Germany

Donations for Pakistan flood victims slow to pick up

The willingness among Germans to donate to aid organisations helping the victims of Pakistan’s devastating floods has slowly begun to grow after a sluggish start, the German Red Cross (DRK) said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Malmö makes hunting illegals harder for cops

The municipality of Malmö will no longer print the personal identification numbers of marrying couples on the lists of upcoming civil weddings in a move which will make it harder for border police to hunt for illegal immigrants at weddings.

Germans flout extra health insurance fees
Germany

Germans flout extra health insurance fees

About one million people have refused to pay additional fees levied by statutory health insurers this year to fill budgetary shortfalls, a media report said on Tuesday.

More low-paid jobs for refugees proposed
Sweden

More low-paid jobs for refugees proposed

Tighter rules on parental leave for the foreign-born and more simple and low-paid jobs will increase the chances for refugees to quickly find work and integrate into society, Integration and Gender Equality Minister Nyamko Sabuni said on Monday.

Bayern Munich labours for win over fifth-division Windeck
Germany

Bayern Munich labours for win over fifth-division Windeck

Holders Bayern Munich were far from their best as they laboured to a 4-0 victory over fifth-division Windeck in the first round of the German Cup on Monday.