Reinfeldt should listen to criticism from business owners
Sweden

Reinfeldt should listen to criticism from business owners

For the first time ever, a centre-right government has failed in its first year in power to improve Sweden's business climate, says Nima Sanandaji from the Captus think tank.

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Sweden

Swedish royal family goes after German tabloid press

Sweden’s royal family has sued two of Germany’s largest tabloid publishers over hundreds of stories and photo montages of Princesses Victoria and Madeleine.

Princess Madeleine most desirable Swedish Valentine
Sweden

Princess Madeleine most desirable Swedish Valentine

With Valentine's Day looming large on the horizon, a new survey has shown that Sweden's singles would like nothing more than to share an evening with their favourite celebrities.

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Sweden

Court to decide if suicide counts as real estate flaw

According to a report in Göteborgs Posten, a court in western Sweden is set to rule as to whether an unreported suicide can be considered a hidden flaw in a real estate transaction.

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Germany

Dresden remembers dead, dreads neo-Nazi march

Dresden is bracing itself for large neo-Nazi gatherings as it marks the anniversary of its destruction by Allied bombing in 1945. Every year a wreath is laid at the Heiderfriedhof, a cemetery where 5,000 victims of the bombings are buried. This year civilians are not the only ones to publicly resist the neo-Nazis. The eastern state of Saxony also wants to tighten the right to assemble.

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Sweden

Swedish firms’ ads on internet piracy site

Several of Sweden’s most well known companies appear to have purchased ad space on a controversial website catering to illegal file sharing.

Running amok in Jokkmokk
Sweden

Running amok in Jokkmokk

Alec Forss heads to the Arctic Circle to take in Sami culture and reindeer games at the world’s coldest winter market in Jokkmokk.

Bildt presents foreign policy in Riksdag
Sweden

Bildt presents foreign policy in Riksdag

Multilateralism and free trade remain guiding principles of Sweden’s foreign policy.

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Germany

Controversial Hessian Minister resigns

Hessian Minister of Education Karin Wolff has resigned, after coming under fire in the recent state parliamentary elections for her rapid pace of reforms. On Wednesday, Wolff published a letter to Hessian Premier Roland Koch (CDU), saying that she will not be in the next state government.

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Germany

Madonna causes a stir in Berlin

Berlin is going crazy for Madonna after the American singer arrived to promote her new movie. Madonna arrived at Tempelhof airport on Tuesday evening and went to the French Brasserie “Entrecote” in the Mitte district of Berlin. The American singer dined there for two hours as photographers stood there waiting.

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Sweden

Central bank in surprise rate rike

Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank, surprised markets today by raising its main interest rate, the repo rate, by 0.25 percentage points to 4.25 percent.

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Germany

T-mobile forms alliance with Yahoo

Yahoo has gained ground over its arch rival Google in the hotly contested mobile Internet market after sealing an exclusive partnership with T-Mobile in Europe. T-Mobile, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, is a mobile operator who is present in 11 European countries, as well as in the USA. It has roughly 31.4 million European subscribers. Google has had an exclusive partnership with T-Mobile until now.

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Sweden

Photo Gallery: Stockholm Furniture Fair

Charlotte West picks out some of the highlights from this year's Stockholm Furniture Fair:

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Germany

Public transport strikes on Wednesday

Administrative and maintenance staff at Berlin public transport operator BVG are to go on strike on Wednesday in a protest over pay. Subways, commuter trains, trams and busses will run, however administrative offices and garages will strike on Wednesday from 5am to 3pm.

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Sweden

ABB chief steps down despite rising profits

The Swiss-Swedish engineering group ABB said Wednesday that its Chief Executive Officer Fred Kindle is leaving the company due to irreconcilable differences about how to lead the company.

Terror suspects had map of Vilks’ house
Sweden

Terror suspects had map of Vilks’ house

Sweden’s Economic Crimes Bureau (EBM) has confiscated a map of the Skåne home of artist Lars Vilks, along with documents on military night-vision binoculars.

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Sweden

Swedish man sought for posing as sex researcher

A man pretending to be a sex researcher made calls to several women near the northern Swedish city of Sundsvall to inquire about their sexual habits.

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Sweden

Government accused of rushing controversial proposals

The government is giving agencies affected by new proposals little time to offer their opinion on planned reforms.