Steinmeier denies role in ‘rendition’ of German citizen
Germany

Steinmeier denies role in ‘rendition’ of German citizen

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday denied he was involved in the "rendition" of a Syrian-born German national accused of helping to plan the September 11, 2001 attacks.

German schools to teach Islam
Germany

German schools to teach Islam

A government conference aiming to ease the integration of Germany’s Muslims on Thursday decided that public schools will offer religion classes on Islam in the next few years.

Police raid on gang clubhouse reveals toy gun
Sweden

Police raid on gang clubhouse reveals toy gun

A swarm of at least eight police cars descended on a Bandidos clubhouse near Borås in western Sweden on suspicions that members of the gang had run afoul of Swedish weapons laws.

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Sweden

Stockholm night club tips: Thursday – Saturday

Five weekend club and concert tips from Kalendarium (Click links for more information)

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Sweden

Jobless Swedes lying to unemployment agency

One in four unemployed Swedes lie to the Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen) about having applied for positions recommended to them by the agency.

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Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: March 14th – 20th

Looking for something to do this week? Attend the St Patrick's Day parade in Stockholm, the World Figure Skating Championship in Gothenburg, Canadian electro pop in Malmö.

Suspicious bag paralyzes central Gothenburg
Sweden

Suspicious bag paralyzes central Gothenburg

An area around a hotel near Nils Ericson Place in central Gothenburg was sealed off for several hours on Thursday afternoon following the discovery of an abandoned briefcase.

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Sweden

Sweden in push for faster trains

The government has tasked the Swedish Rail Administration (Banverket) with analyzing the conditions for high speed rail in Sweden.

Greenpeace fingers swipe supermarket fish
Sweden

Greenpeace fingers swipe supermarket fish

Members of Greenpeace have spent much of Thursday clearing supermarket shelves across Sweden of species of fish threatened with extinction.

VW welcomes Porsche takeover while thinking global
Germany

VW welcomes Porsche takeover while thinking global

Germany's Volkswagen, Europe's biggest car company, vowed Thursday to become "the best auto manufacturer in the world" and welcomed a looming takeover by luxury carmaker Porsche.

What’s On In Germany: March 14 – 20
Germany

What’s On In Germany: March 14 – 20

Bob Dylan paintings, "Porgy and Bess," a Flamenco festival, artistic interpretations of Darwin's ideas, and fun family activities kick off the early hours of spring in Germany.

Berlin plumber gets 7 months in jail for killing cat
Germany

Berlin plumber gets 7 months in jail for killing cat

A plumber who killed his ex-girlfriend's cat by hurling it from a fifth-floor balcony has been sentenced to seven months in jail, German news media reported Thursday.

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Sweden

Swedish pension funds invest more in arms firms

Despite criticism, several of Sweden’s public pension funds have increased their holdings in companies connected to the manufacturing of nuclear weapons and cluster bombs.

Bauer serves up seriously fun food
Sweden

Bauer serves up seriously fun food

Charlotte West savours the Disneyesque design and Spanish-inspired menu of a new Stockholm restaurant.

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Sweden

Sweden to get tougher on discrimination

Sweden's government has presented the Riksdag with a proposal for a new discrimination law.

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Germany

Euro hits new high against dollar

Europe’s single currency the euro soared to a new high against the US dollar on Thursday, putting increasing pressure on Germany’s export-led economy.

Swedish soldier tied to neo-Nazi groups
Sweden

Swedish soldier tied to neo-Nazi groups

A soldier in the Nordic Battle Group is a well known Nazi sympathizer from western Sweden.

German high court upholds incest law
Germany

German high court upholds incest law

Germany's Constitutional Court has ruled that incest is still punishable by law.

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Sweden

University slammed for suspending porn pic student

Staff at Gothenburg University have been heavily criticized by education officials for their decision to suspend a female psychology student who posed for pictures in a pornographic magazine.

Stockholm cafe destroyed by driverless truck
Sweden

Stockholm cafe destroyed by driverless truck

A driverless truck caused major destruction on Wednesday when it crashed into a cafe and nightclub in central Stockholm.

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Germany

German human rights envoy criticizes CIA ‘waterboarding’

The German government’s envoy for human rights issues, Günter Nooke, has criticized that US intelligence agency the CIA will still be allowed to use controversial interrogation techniques like simulated drowning.

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Sweden

Dirty cameras a boon for speed merchants

Two out of every three drivers caught speeding by one of the country's 900 permanent speed cameras managed last year to escape identification.

Transit strike slams Berlin economy
Germany

Transit strike slams Berlin economy

Business and tourism leaders in Berlin are expressing fears that shops could close and hotels run empty as a crippling public transport strike hit day nine with no end in sight.