ECB cuts growth forecast amid inflation concerns
Germany

ECB cuts growth forecast amid inflation concerns

The European Central Bank on Thursday cut its growth forecasts for 2008 and 2009 for the 15-nation eurozone, but raised its inflation projections.

Bildt to break ice with Kosovo visit
Sweden

Bildt to break ice with Kosovo visit

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt will travel to Pristina this weekend, the first visit by a foreign minister since Kosovo declared independence, the Swedish government said on Thursday.

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Sweden

Ikea recalls chairs to stop kids falling down

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has recalled 3,600 high chairs sold in Europe because of a construction fault that could cause children to fall down, the company said on Thursday.

Hamburg sets sights on new ‘black-green’ alliance
Germany

Hamburg sets sights on new ‘black-green’ alliance

The conservative Christian Democrats and the environmentalist Greens in Hamburg have signaled they will enter negotiations to form Germany's first ever coalition between the parties.

Swedish state to start selling sex toys
Sweden

Swedish state to start selling sex toys

Sweden's state-run pharmacy chain Apoteket has announced that it is to begin selling sex toys in order to satisfy demand from customers.

German MP demands return of Iron Cross medal
Germany

German MP demands return of Iron Cross medal

A German conservative MP said Thursday the Iron Cross should be reintroduced as a military honour, but the Defence Ministry swiftly slapped down the call.

What’s On In Germany: March 7 – March 14
Germany

What’s On In Germany: March 7 – March 14

Japanese drummers, treasures from royal tombs, and the twin-girl duo, Tegan and Sara are on tap this week in Germany.

‘Little chance’ of German strike deal
Germany

‘Little chance’ of German strike deal

German trade union Verdi has said it doesn't expect a solution to the chaos that multiple strikes are creating on the second day of nationwide labour strikes. Meanwhile, further strikes have been announced.

Malmö rocked by morning crime wave
Sweden

Malmö rocked by morning crime wave

Police in Malmö have created a special unit to investigate a wave of crimes in the city on Thursday morning that included the discovery of a car bomb, a bank robbery, a burning car and a suspicious bag.

Iran kicks out Swedish diplomat
Sweden

Iran kicks out Swedish diplomat

Iran has expelled a Swedish diplomat from his post in Tehran, marking another move in a quiet diplomatic dispute that has been brewing for weeks.

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Sweden

Prison sentence following laundry room rape of teen

A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to three years and nine months in prison for three separate sexual assaults, including the rape of a 14-year-old girl in his building's laundry room.

Germany’s Friesinger skates to new track record
Germany

Germany’s Friesinger skates to new track record

Anni Friesinger of Germany claimed a new track record in Nagano, Japan on her way to regaining the women's 1,500 metre title at the world speed skating single distance championships on Thursday.

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Germany

German football league to discuss ref row

Bundesliga bosses have responded to criticism of Germany's referees, especially from Bayern Munich's bosses, by organising an open discussion on the subject with figures from the league's top sides.

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Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: March 7th – 13th

What’s on in Sweden: March 7th – 13th --Värtinnä in Stockholm, Mando Diao in Gothenburg, A Mountain of one in Malmö

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Sweden

Girl leaps from window to escape intruders

A burglary in the suburb of Vårby, south of Stockholm, ended with a terrified nine-year-old girl leaping from a third story window.

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Germany

German moped thief narrowly escapes hairdresser

A thief in the Germany city Wolfsburg only narrowly escaped a middle-aged hairdresser after choosing a slow moped as his getaway.

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Germany

Canada delays Schreiber’s extradition to Germany

Canada has delayed the extradition of German-born arms dealer Karlheinz Schreiber, who is wanted in Germany in connection with the massive slush-fund scandal surrounding former chancellor Helmut Kohl.

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Sweden

Sweden unhappy with EBRD head selection process

Sweden and other EU nations are unhappy with the selection process for a new head of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Swedish finance minister said in a newspaper report Thursday.

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Germany

Fujitsu-Siemens fails to meet targets

Prominent European computer manufacturer Fujitsu-Siemens has announced it won't reach upcoming sales targets, which could mean problems for the joint venture.

Politicians: ‘Don’t serve us so much  booze in parliament’
Sweden

Politicians: ‘Don’t serve us so much booze in parliament’

A teetotal group of Swedish lawmakers said on Wednesday that alcohol-free drinks should be served at official parliamentary functions because alcohol prevents some members of parliament from fulfilling their duties.

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Germany

Man sets farm alight after fight

After an heated argument, a 58-year-old man allegedly set three buildings at a farm in Letzendorf bei Greiz on fire Wednesday night.

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Sweden

Liberals call for mandatory sex ed

The Liberal Party wants to remove the option for parents to request exemptions from sex education classes for their children.

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Sweden

Vattenfall exec most powerful Swedish businesswoman

Helene Biström, vice-CEO for Vattenfall Norden, has been named the most powerful woman in Swedish business.

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Sweden

More bad news for unions

Nearly one in ten members left the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO) last year, and the trend has continued into 2008.

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Sweden

Swedish team discovers protein that could fight obesity

A team of researchers in Sweden has discovered a protein that stimulates the formation of fat cells, a finding that could potentially be used to treat obesity, the Karolinska Institute said Wednesday.