Helmut Kohl’s son tells of failed relationship
Germany

Helmut Kohl’s son tells of failed relationship

The turbulent family life of former Chancellor Helmut Kohl has been etched into the public record in excruciating detail through a new memoir written by his estranged eldest son.

Police chief fed up over ‘jailed’ asylum seekers
Sweden

Police chief fed up over ‘jailed’ asylum seekers

The increasing number of rejected asylum seekers being housed in a local jail along with drunks and suspected criminals has prompted the chief of police in Gothenburg to consider reporting himself to Sweden’s Parliamentary Ombudsman (Justitieombudsmännen – JO).

Tenant union names Sweden’s worst landlords
Sweden

Tenant union names Sweden’s worst landlords

The Swedish Union of Tenants (Hyresgästföreningen) has come up with a "blacklist" of Sweden's worst landlords in its member magazine after asking its lawyers for nominations from each of the country's regions.

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Sweden

Man jailed for store floor pooping

A man who defecated on the floor of a shop in eastern Sweden has been sentenced to prison.

School closed after dozens collapse from norovirus infection
Germany

School closed after dozens collapse from norovirus infection

Dozens of students collapsed during class at a Freital high school outside Dresden on Tuesday. Officials later closed the building on suspicion that a norovirus was spreading among the pupils.

Google to hire hundreds in Germany
Germany

Google to hire hundreds in Germany

Google on Tuesday said it planned to invest heavily in its operations in Germany this year, creating hundreds of new jobs at the US internet giant.

Share ownership plunges despite recovery
Germany

Share ownership plunges despite recovery

Nearly half a million people in Germany turned their backs on share ownership during the second half of 2010 in what experts fear is a declining faith in the stock market.

Bayern’s Van Bommel transfers to AC Milan
Germany

Bayern’s Van Bommel transfers to AC Milan

FC Bayern Munich captain Mark van Bommel has joined Italian side AC Milan, five months before his contract was due to expire, the German giants announced on Tuesday.

Swedish films evenly split Guldbaggen awards
Sweden

Swedish films evenly split Guldbaggen awards

The winners of Sweden's 2010 national film awards on Monday night were evenly spread out among the nominees, with three films walking away with at least two awards.

German Media Roundup: Guttenberg’s slick image slips away
Germany

German Media Roundup: Guttenberg’s slick image slips away

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg this week angrily dismissed criticism of his handling of several military scandals, but newspapers in The Local’s media roundup wrote he risks losing control of his ministry.

WikiLeaks servers could fire up Stockholm church
Sweden

WikiLeaks servers could fire up Stockholm church

Heat produced by hard-working WikiLeaks servers housed underground in Stockholm may be used to help warm up a local church, according to a proposal from the head internet service provider Bahnhof.

Volvo opens new China headquarters in Shanghai
Sweden

Volvo opens new China headquarters in Shanghai

Swedish automaker Volvo opened its new China headquarters in Shanghai on Tuesday in its latest bid to expand its market share in the country.

Ericsson sales improve on mobile broadband
Sweden

Ericsson sales improve on mobile broadband

Swedish mobile network giant Ericsson announced increased sales and a sharply higher net profit thanks to mobile broadband sales, although its earnings slightly missed expectations.

German among dead in Moscow attack
Germany

German among dead in Moscow attack

A German man was among the 35 people killed in an explosion detonated by a suicide bomber at Moscow’s busiest airport, media reports said Tuesday.

Unpaid SMS loans in Sweden shrink: agency
Sweden

Unpaid SMS loans in Sweden shrink: agency

The number of unpaid SMS loans that end up with the Swedish Enforcement Administration (Kronofogden) has shrunk dramatically, according to the government agency.

Gorch Fock crew drank heavily, report says
Germany

Gorch Fock crew drank heavily, report says

More serious allegations about conditions on the German navy training ship “Gorch Fock” emerged Tuesday, with sailors reporting excessive drinking, death threats, sexual assault and unprofessional conduct by officers on board.

Reducing stress fights more heart attacks: study
Sweden

Reducing stress fights more heart attacks: study

Behaviour therapy to help patients with heart disease learn to better manage stress can greatly reduce the risk of heart attacks in the long run, according to a new Swedish study.

Health fund pledges ‘zero tolerance’ on corruption
Sweden

Health fund pledges ‘zero tolerance’ on corruption

The head of the Global Fund Against AIDS, TB and Malaria pledged "zero tolerance" for corruption on Monday after Sweden announced it would not commit to its contributions amid reports of "grave misuse" of about $34 million in four African countries.

Facebook beefs up ‘Friend Finder’ privacy for German users
Germany

Facebook beefs up ‘Friend Finder’ privacy for German users

Under pressure from German privacy watchdogs, Facebook has agreed to beef up privacy protections in its Friend Finder feature, a data protection official in Hamburg said this week.

Experts call for stiffer penalties on drugged-up driving
Germany

Experts call for stiffer penalties on drugged-up driving

More Germans than ever before are getting behind the wheel while on drugs, but they don't face the same penalties as those driving drunk, according to legal experts.