Minister defends labour migration law
Sweden

Minister defends labour migration law

Sweden's minister for migration has denied claims by a Swedish umbrella union organisation that unscrupulous companies are abusing new rules that have eased the migration of foreign workers.

Euro at stake in Ireland bailout, Schäuble says
Germany

Euro at stake in Ireland bailout, Schäuble says

Germany's finance minister said on Tuesday the fate of the shared European currency was on the line in the proposed bailout of debt-stricken Ireland.

Riksdag to probe US embassy surveillance
Sweden

Riksdag to probe US embassy surveillance

The Swedish Riksdag’s constitutional committee has announced that it will look into what current and former cabinet ministers knew about the US embassy in Stockholm's surveillance of people in Sweden.

Terrorism suspects arrested in Germany
Germany

Terrorism suspects arrested in Germany

Terrorism suspects were arrested in Germany on Tuesday as part of a Europe-wide swoop that netted a total of 10 alleged Islamic extremists in three countries.

Swedish refs await call to cover Scottish strike
Sweden

Swedish refs await call to cover Scottish strike

The Scottish Football Association (SFA) is considering bringing in referees from abroad, including Sweden, in order to officiate at the weekend as Scottish officials threaten strike action.

Rügen loses huge chunk of national park coastline in slide
Germany

Rügen loses huge chunk of national park coastline in slide

The northern German island of Rügen has lost another 10,000 cubic metres of its famous chalk cliff coastline to the Baltic Sea following heavy rains, the national park service said Tuesday.

Support for Swedish monarchy increases
Sweden

Support for Swedish monarchy increases

The recent publication of a controversial biography on Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf does not appear to have affected the level of support the monarchy receives among Swedes.

Rhineland taxpayers foot bill for prosecutors’ karate lessons
Germany

Rhineland taxpayers foot bill for prosecutors’ karate lessons

State prosecutors in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia have been given karate lessons at taxpayers’ expense, prompting outrage from the state’s opposition.

Saab receives Gripen order for Thailand
Sweden

Saab receives Gripen order for Thailand

Swedish defence firm Saab has received an order from the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) for six Gripen aircraft intended for Thailand's air force.

Westerwelle ‘very worried’ by North Korean attack
Germany

Westerwelle ‘very worried’ by North Korean attack

Germany's foreign minister said Tuesday he was "very worried" about the firing of artillery shells by North Korea onto a South Korean island, saying it threatened peace in the region.

Sick workers delay flights across Sweden
Sweden

Sick workers delay flights across Sweden

Airline passengers across Sweden risk encountering flight delays of up to two hours on Tuesday due to a shortage of air traffic controllers at Stockholm's Arlanda airport.

German growth still solid and expanding
Germany

German growth still solid and expanding

Germany’s economic rebound is broadening, Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle said on Tuesday, as he announced that growth had slowed but was still solid.

The Greening of Berlin
Germany

The Greening of Berlin

The popular Green party aims to take over Berlin's government in 2011. But Roger Boyes, Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, warns they must find ways to implement the necessary “eco-dictatorship” on a tight budget in the debt-ridden capital.

Suspect keeps silence over teen murders
Germany

Suspect keeps silence over teen murders

Police confirmed on Tuesday afternoon they were holding a local man suspected of murdering two teenagers in Lower Saxony but said the 26-year-old was refusing to answer charges put to him.

Bildt: North Korea attack ‘very worrying’
Sweden

Bildt: North Korea attack ‘very worrying’

Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt has described news of North Korea's attack on South Korea as "very worrying" in a blog post on Wednesday morning.

Holocaust-denying bishop turns to lawyer with neo-Nazi links
Germany

Holocaust-denying bishop turns to lawyer with neo-Nazi links

A British bishop appealing his conviction in Germany for Holocaust denial will be represented by a lawyer with reported links to banned neo-Nazi groups, the court said this week.

Snowstorm buries Harz Mountains
Germany

Snowstorm buries Harz Mountains

Heavy snow has brought winter to northern Germany, with 50 centimetres dumped in the last two days on the Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz mountain range, the German Weather Service said Tuesday.

Transport agency calls for caution after snow
Sweden

Transport agency calls for caution after snow

The Swedish Transport Agency (Trafikverket) has called for car drivers to choose alternative transport as snowfalls and rain cause traffic problems across Sweden.

Police call for military help in terror alert
Germany

Police call for military help in terror alert

The latest terror alert in Germany has sparked a debate over the country’s security structure, with law enforcement calling for help from the military to protect citizens, media reports said Tuesday.

Nobel laureate: ‘Ericsson is aiding Iran’
Sweden

Nobel laureate: ‘Ericsson is aiding Iran’

Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi on Monday called on the Iranian diaspora to protest against Swedish company Ericsson, accusing the telecoms firms of aiding monitoring in Iran.

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Sweden

Woman charged over Stockholm murder

A woman has been charged in connection with the murder of a man in his fifties in central Stockholm in the beginning of November, according to the Aftonbladet daily.

Military conscription to be suspended in July
Germany

Military conscription to be suspended in July

Germany's defence minister said late on Monday that the government aimed to suspend military conscription from July 1 next year, calling it "responsible and right."