Sweden ‘weakened’ EU sanctions against Syria
Sweden

Sweden ‘weakened’ EU sanctions against Syria

Sweden stepped on the brakes, stopping the EU from imposing sanctions against two telecom companies active in Syria. Both do business with Swedish telecom giant Ericsson.

Energy giant RWE plans massive job cuts
Germany

Energy giant RWE plans massive job cuts

Energy giant RWE plans to cut thousands of jobs over the next few years, according to media reports.

Pirate leader says Twitter bitching divisive
Germany

Pirate leader says Twitter bitching divisive

The leader of Germany’s latest political sensation, the Pirate party, has told members to stop airing their differences on Twitter, saying public arguments are divisive.

Hitler’s prestige arena blown to bits
Germany

Hitler’s prestige arena blown to bits

Another piece of Berlin’s Nazi past disappeared on Saturday as demolition crews blew up the Deutschlandhalle, the massive arena built by Hitler's regime in 1935 ahead of the Olympic Games the following year.

Far-right cell links to Saarland attacks probed
Germany

Far-right cell links to Saarland attacks probed

There may be links between the far-right terror cell and a series of crimes in the western state of Saarland, including a bomb attack on a controversial exhibition and arson attacks on foreigners.

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Sweden

Thirsty fireman guzzled ammonia by mistake

A routine smoke diving exercise took a wrong turn for an unsuspecting fireman in Gothenburg. After completing the exercise, the fireman saw what he believed to be a bottle of water on a bench.

Bodyguard required after felling of ‘TV oak’
Sweden

Bodyguard required after felling of ‘TV oak’

The felling of a beloved oak has stirred up strong feelings. So strong, in some cases, that several of the employees who made the final call on the oak's future have received severe threats.

Carema admits flaws in patient’s starvation death
Sweden

Carema admits flaws in patient’s starvation death

Carema has come in for harsh criticism following suspicions that a 90-year-old woman died of starvation at one of the private care company's homes. Carema now admits that more could've been done for the elderly woman.

German Commissioner calls for eurobonds
Germany

German Commissioner calls for eurobonds

Germany's EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger has added his voice to those calling on Germany to give up its firm rejection of eurobonds as a means to ending the eurozone’s debt crisis.

King knew of gangster meetups: Lettström
Sweden

King knew of gangster meetups: Lettström

King Carl XVI Gustaf was aware of friend Anders Lettström's attempts to silence the scandals described in the book The Unwilling Monarch (Den motvillige monarken), Lettström claimed in tramscripts of tape recordings published by newspaper Aftonbladet.

Löw relishing Euro 2012 opener with Portugal
Germany

Löw relishing Euro 2012 opener with Portugal

Germany coach Joachim Löw says his team will have no fear when they start their Euro 2012 campaign against Portugal, having also drawn Denmark and World Cup finalists Holland in Group B.