Social Democrats in property tax u-turn
Sweden

Social Democrats in property tax u-turn

The Social Democrats should reject the Red-Green coalition agreement to reintroduce property taxes, Thomas Östros, the party's economic policy spokeperson, has argued.

Sweden set for diabetes explosion: researchers
Sweden

Sweden set for diabetes explosion: researchers

Swedish researchers fear that the number of people suffering from diabetes stands to double in the country over the coming years, with the condition creeping down the ages.

Germany eases ban on flights from Yemen
Germany

Germany eases ban on flights from Yemen

The German government said Saturday it has relaxed its ban on flights from Yemen, allowing passenger planes to travel between the two countries but still forbidding freight.

Merkel tells Burma to free all political prisoners
Germany

Merkel tells Burma to free all political prisoners

Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on the Burmese authorities to release the more than 2,000 political prisoners in the country, while applauding Saturday’s release of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

Bahn to pit bus against train services in 2011
Germany

Bahn to pit bus against train services in 2011

Deutsche Bahn is to extend its bus services, offering more trips at lower prices than paid for the same routes on trains, according to business magazine Wirtschaftswoche.

DFL asked to make May 1 weekend match free
Germany

DFL asked to make May 1 weekend match free

Pressure is growing on the Bundesliga to keep the weekend over May 1 completely football free – in order to help police forces to manage the demonstrations and riots which usually precede and accompany labour day.

French police deployed at anti-nuclear protests
Germany

French police deployed at anti-nuclear protests

A row has broken out over the use of French police officers in Germany during last week’s demonstrations against the nuclear waste transport to Gorleben. Meanwhile northern ports cities could refuse to let new waste transports through.

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Sweden

Man admits woman’s murder on the phone

A man called police on Friday evening and admitted to having killed a woman in an apartment in Skara in western Sweden.

Volvo and Geely in two minds over China plans
Sweden

Volvo and Geely in two minds over China plans

Volvo Cars and its Chinese owners Geely have different ideas on how best to market the Sweden-based firm's models in China.

European mobile phone roaming charges could be binned next year
Germany

European mobile phone roaming charges could be binned next year

The German Vice-President of the European Parliament, Silvana Koch-Mehrin, is fighting to bring in the ban on mobile phone roaming charges to next year.

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Sweden

Söderling ousts Roddick to claim Paris semi spot

Two time French Open finalist Robin Söderling beat American eighth seed Andy Roddick to lead the way into the ATP Paris Masters semi-finals on Friday.

Fire kills animals at Karlsruhe Zoo
Germany

Fire kills animals at Karlsruhe Zoo

The elephants and hippos at Karlsruhe Zoo were rescued in dramatic circumstances on Friday night after a fire which had already killed a number of animals threatened to spread to their enclosure.