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Germany

Elderly German robs Danish bank with water pistol

An 80-year-old German-born man was placed in protective custody in Denmark on Friday for robbing a bank with a water pistol after his bank refused to let him repay an account overdraft in installments, police said.

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Germany

Germany plans to increase presence in Vietnam

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on a visit to Vietnam on Friday that Berlin will greatly expand its economic and educational presence in the country.

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Sweden

Bildt urges Serbia to resist isolation

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt called on Serbia Friday not to isolate itself as Belgrade's refusal to recognize Kosovo's independence threatens to block its integration into Europe.

The Local launches new sister site in Germany
Sweden

The Local launches new sister site in Germany

The Local’s managing editor, James Savage, introduces our new Teutonic sister, www.thelocal.de.

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Sweden

Saab spokesman leaked inside information

Former Saab head spokesperson Peter Larsson was admonished by the Stockholm stock exchange for sending text messages with market sensitive information to a group of journalists.

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Sweden

Two terror suspects to remain in custody

Two men, 37 and 42, are to be detained in custody following their arrest on Thursday on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism, a court in Stockholm ruled on Friday.

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Germany

Gazprom and EON plan gas-fired power station in Germany

Russian gas company Gazprom and German energy giant EON have teamed up to build a power station in Germany.

Blustery storm ‘Emma’ slams Germany
Germany

Blustery storm ‘Emma’ slams Germany

Germany is facing a wet and stormy weekend as the low-pressure system ‘Emma’ prepares to roll through Central Europe.

Berlin faces public transport chaos after strike vote
Germany

Berlin faces public transport chaos after strike vote

Berlin's citizens will have to break out their bikes and walking shoes next week after the city's public transportation (BVG) workers have voted almost unanimously to strike.

Papers push back on papa payments
Sweden

Papers push back on papa payments

David Landes looks at press reaction to the Moderate Party's suggestion of additional incentives designed to ease the ability of fathers to stay home and care for their children.

German tour chaos continues for Swedish band
Sweden

German tour chaos continues for Swedish band

Swedish metal band Pain have had their second scare in the space of a week following a brutal assault in Leipzig last Friday.

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Sweden

Sweden sees growth slow in 2007

Sweden has reported a sharp slowdown in growth in 2007 from the previous year, shrinking from 4.1 to 2.6 percent, official statistics showed.

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Germany

What’s On In Germany: February 29 – March 7

What's on: Mondo Diao, Mark Rothko, The Mars Volta and a Motorcycle Fair.

Treasure hunters halt search for Nazi loot
Germany

Treasure hunters halt search for Nazi loot

The hunt for treasure thought to be hidden by the Nazis in an eastern German village has been temporarily halted amid difficulties in finding the famed Amber Room stolen from Russia during the Second World War.

Bach gets a makeover
Germany

Bach gets a makeover

Almost 260 years after his death, a scientist has reconstructed the face of 18th century German composer Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).

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Sweden

Detention orders requested for two terror suspects

Sweden's public prosecutor has handed detention orders over to Stockholm District Court for two of the three suspects arrested yesterday for preparing acts of terrorism.

Puff-happy Berlin flouts smoking ban
Germany

Puff-happy Berlin flouts smoking ban

Germany might have a reputation as an orderly and law-abiding place abroad, but as Naomi Kresge reports, bars in Berlin are openly flouting the country’s new smoking ban.

Bike fetish gave man an ‘overwhelming sense of calm’
Sweden

Bike fetish gave man an ‘overwhelming sense of calm’

A 36-year-old man has been indicted for satisfying himself on the seats of women’s bicycles.

Bats borrow flying tricks from bugs
Sweden

Bats borrow flying tricks from bugs

Nectar-sipping bats use the same aerodynamic trick that bugs use to hover in place, a study released on Thursday by the journal Science has found.

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Germany

Small recovery for German retail

German consumers returned to the shops on in January, fresh data suggested on Friday, raising prospects that Europe's biggest economy has rebounded after a lacklustre end to 2007.

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Germany

German inflation rises in January

German consumer prices rose 2.8 percent in January on a 12-month comparison, driven by increases in the food and energy sectors, but fell 0.4 percent from December, official data showed on Friday.

Neo-Nazi crime soars at Saxon schools
Germany

Neo-Nazi crime soars at Saxon schools

The number of extreme-right criminal offences at schools in the eastern German state of Saxony has soared, according to a newspaper report.

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Germany

Hamburg Greens open to coalition with CDU

The majority of Green Party members in Hamburg have decided they are willing to move forward with the possible creation of a coalition with the Christian Democrats.

Venturing beyond Bach in Leipzig
Germany

Venturing beyond Bach in Leipzig

Leipzig has rich musical history anchored by Baroque heavyweight Bach. But Celeste Sunderland discovers Saxony’s second city has plenty of other historic attractions beyond a museum dedicated to the maestro.

German installation explores urban soundscapes
Germany

German installation explores urban soundscapes

An innovative new sound installation project in Berlin is connecting cities worldwide in an attempt to challenge the way people interact with their aural and urban surroundings, writes Matt Robinson.

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Sweden

Thief returns stolen knife at victim’s request

A robbery victim was reunited with her rare knife, after confronting the man who stole it in a grocery store.

Alliance and far-right gain in poll
Sweden

Alliance and far-right gain in poll

The governing parties are gaining ground on the opposition, but support for the Christian Democrats has dropped to 3 percent according to the latest figures from polling firm Synovate, below the threshold for representation in parliament and on par with support for the far-right Sweden Democrats.

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Sweden

Hackers penetrate police email accounts

Hackers accessed email accounts of about 40 members Sweden’s police force who had the accounts hosted by the Swedish Association of Computer Professionals (Dataföreningen).