Swedish politicians sue Ryanair

The Swedish prime minister and former foreign minister are suing budget airline Ryanair over an advertisement that appears to mock them.

The advert for low-cost flights shows an unflattering picture of the two with the slogan “Time to flee the country?”

Goran Persson and Leila Freivalds are seeking 75,000 kronor (£5,600) in damages from the Ireland-based airline.

A spokeswoman for Ryanair in Sweden said the lawsuit was a waste of taxpayers’ money

Ryanair may face Belgian courts

Budget airline Ryanair is obliged to be taken to court under EU law if it fails to pay back illegal state aid for flying to Belgium’s Charleroi airport.

In February, EU competition officials ordered Ryanair to repay several million euros in subsidies to the southern Belgian Walloon region.

Ryanair has appealed the ruling but in the meantime it still has to pay up