German diplomat falls for alleged Russian secret agent
Germany

German diplomat falls for alleged Russian secret agent

A German diplomat apparently revealed sensitive information about NATO and visiting US politicians in a string of emails and texts sent to a young Russian woman – actually a secret agent, according to a magazine report.

‘Secret’ bonus scheme at nursing homes revealed
Sweden

‘Secret’ bonus scheme at nursing homes revealed

Swedish health care provider Carema has received another blow as a "secret" bonus program for managers was revealed just days after staff told how high-savings initiatives have led to neglect of the elderly in their care.

Germany, Russia to launch Nord Stream
Germany

Germany, Russia to launch Nord Stream

The leaders of Germany and Russia will inaugurate the controversial Nord Stream pipeline pumping Russian gas to Western Europe on Tuesday, highlighting its strategic importance to both sides.

Driver fled after causing deadly head-on crash
Germany

Driver fled after causing deadly head-on crash

A driver who fled on foot after causing a multiple-car collision on a motorway in the state of Hesse has turned himself in to police. The man was driving the wrong way when he hit another car head-on, leaving one person dead and six others injured.

Kerkeling turns down “Wetten, dass..?” gig
Germany

Kerkeling turns down “Wetten, dass..?” gig

Comedian Hape Kerkeling, the favourite to succeed host Thomas Gottschalk to host Germany's top television show Wetten, dass..?, told an audience of nearly 10 million on Saturday that he did not want the job.

Most Germans want public vote on euro issues, survey says
Germany

Most Germans want public vote on euro issues, survey says

Over 70 percent of Germans want to vote directly on key matters affecting Europe and the euro, a new national poll shows. Greece cancelled a public referendum on the euro bailout after a backlash from European leaders.

Last-minute deal prevents doctors’ strike
Germany

Last-minute deal prevents doctors’ strike

Just two days before German university hospital doctors were due to go on strike, negotiators have broken the deadlock and both sides agreed on a pay rise for around 20,000 doctors in several German states.

Violence and drink rules All Saints weekend
Sweden

Violence and drink rules All Saints weekend

The All Saints holiday weekend brought trouble throughout Sweden, with a notable spike in drunkenness, fights and other assaults in the north of the country.

Dortmund in second after win over Wolfsburg
Germany

Dortmund in second after win over Wolfsburg

Japan star Shinji Kagawa and Germany teenager Mario Götze turned on the style on Saturday, as Borussia Dortmund hammered VfL Wolfsburg 5-1 to keep the pressure on German league leaders Bayern Munich.

Schools’ shortcomings not remedied: agency
Sweden

Schools’ shortcomings not remedied: agency

Despite glaring reports from the National School Board (Skolverket) and the Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) over the past several years, many of Sweden’s municipalities have failed to address the complaints, reveals an investigation by Sveriges Radio (SR).

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Sweden

OECD: Sweden has poor eye on working conditions

Sweden has poor control over people coming from outside the EU to work, specifically including aspects related to the pay and conditions they have been promised, according to findings by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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Sweden

General Motors mulls blocking Saab sale

US automaker General Motors said Saturday that it may block the sale of Saab to two Chinese companies, citing concerns of its supplier relationship to the insolvent Swedish carmaker.