Moderates record highest ever support: poll
Sweden

Moderates record highest ever support: poll

Sweden's ruling Moderate Party has polled record high support in November, pulling ahead of the Social Democrats and Left Party combined, according to a new survey.

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Sweden

Man charged for killing cyclist with car door

A man from Helsingborg in southern Sweden has been charged with manslaughter for killing an 89-year-old cyclist after opening his car door into the cyclist's path in July.

Ye olde mulled wine not for the young, drug commissioner warns
Germany

Ye olde mulled wine not for the young, drug commissioner warns

Germany’s drug commissioner Mechthild Dyckmans on Friday called on cities and communities to stick to youth protection laws during the Christmas market season and stop young people from drinking the famous mulled wine.

Workers help steal €3 million in parts from BMW
Germany

Workers help steal €3 million in parts from BMW

A gang of thieves systematically stole up to €3 million worth of auto parts from the Munich BMW plant and sold them through internet auctions, police said Friday.

‘Mini-jobs’ work against families, study finds
Germany

‘Mini-jobs’ work against families, study finds

The German tax system can be an obstacle to balancing jobs and family life for second-income earners, working mothers and single parents, who are hit hard if they progress to better-paying jobs, a study published Friday found.

Court affirms jail time for Pirate Bay founders
Sweden

Court affirms jail time for Pirate Bay founders

Three of the men behind The Pirate Bay file sharing site have had their convictions upheld by a Swedish court of appeal.

Holocaust-denying bishop to drop lawyer with neo-Nazi ties
Germany

Holocaust-denying bishop to drop lawyer with neo-Nazi ties

A British bishop appealing a German conviction for Holocaust denial has agreed to drop his lawyer with reported links to far-right groups, the breakaway Catholic fraternity he belongs to said Friday.

Outrage over ‘US-style’ pay for Electrolux CEO
Sweden

Outrage over ‘US-style’ pay for Electrolux CEO

Union representatives for workers at Swedish appliance manufacturer Electrolux have railed against the generous pay package for incoming American CEO Keith McLoughlin.

‘Eat, Pray, Love’ thinking a ‘feminist challenge’
Sweden

‘Eat, Pray, Love’ thinking a ‘feminist challenge’

While there are certainly benefits to positive thinking, Swedish feminist Jenny Sonesson argues that women might not have the right to vote today if suffragettes had been satisfied writing gratitude diaries.

Schäuble dismisses bailout increase talk
Germany

Schäuble dismisses bailout increase talk

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said on Friday he was opposed to increasing the size of the European Union's crisis bailout fund, calling speculation of such a move "completely over the top."

Man jailed for threats to pimping trial prosecutor
Sweden

Man jailed for threats to pimping trial prosecutor

A 36-year-old man was sentenced to four months in prison for threatening a prosecutor who had charged his son for involvement in selling a mentally handicapped 14-year-old girl for sex.

Swedes launch campaign to dodge iPad duties
Sweden

Swedes launch campaign to dodge iPad duties

The Stockholm Chamber of Commerce has launched a Facebook campaign urging the Swedish Customs Service to ensure that its interim classification of the iPad as a computer becomes permanent to help consumers dodge potential duties.

Cancer spikes around Asse nuke dump
Germany

Cancer spikes around Asse nuke dump

In the wake of reports that the community around the Asse atomic waste dump in Lower Saxony has suffered a rise in cancer cases, authorities insisted Friday the illnesses were not caused by nuclear contamination.

Minister slams ‘macho’ Muslim culture
Germany

Minister slams ‘macho’ Muslim culture

Family Minister Kristina Schröder slammed on Friday what she sees as a growing tendency to violence stemming from a “macho culture” among young Muslim men.

Abba star loses Buddhist temple loan dispute
Sweden

Abba star loses Buddhist temple loan dispute

Former Abba star Anni-Frid Reuss has lost her bid to recoup 46 million kronor ($7 million) she gave to a Qigong temple in southern Sweden.

Westerwelle urges Europe to look to China
Germany

Westerwelle urges Europe to look to China

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has welcomed China’s growing power and influence and called on Europe to forge close links with the emerging giant.

Botched Swedish breast job patient’s file faked
Sweden

Botched Swedish breast job patient’s file faked

The medical file of a woman from southern Sweden who remains in a coma three months after a botched breast augmentation procedure in Poland was changed after the surgery, media reports revealed on Friday.

Stolen Swedish painting up for auction in London
Sweden

Stolen Swedish painting up for auction in London

A painting by Swedish artist Anders Zorn was set to go under the hammer at a London auction until police informed the auction house the work had been stolen.

Dozens of Eurowings flights cancelled Friday
Germany

Dozens of Eurowings flights cancelled Friday

Dozens of domestic flights in Germany were set to be cancelled Friday morning after 140 pilots from the Lufthansa regional subsidiary Eurowings walked off the job.

Federer sinks Söderling to clinch semi-final berth
Sweden

Federer sinks Söderling to clinch semi-final berth

Roger Federer sealed his place in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals after topping Swedish fourth seed Robin Söderling on Thursday.

Stuttgart 21 mediator to call for changes
Germany

Stuttgart 21 mediator to call for changes

The mediator in the battle over the rail project Stuttgart 21, Heiner Geißler, will recommend changes that could push up the cost of the already pricey project, a media report said on Friday.