‘A declaration of war on Sweden’s youth’
Sweden

‘A declaration of war on Sweden’s youth’

Plans for a new Swedish government proposal to counteract illegal file sharing met with mixed reactions on Friday. The proposal will enable courts to force internet service providers (ISPs) to give out IP addresses used in illegal file sharing to whoever owns the rights to the material.

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Germany

Dresdner Bank to split investment and retail units

Dresdner Bank, part of Germany’s giant Allianz insurance group, will split up its investment and retail banking activities, a spokesman said on Friday.

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Sweden

Ferry line denies lesbian discrimination claims

Ferry company Viking Lines has strongly denied charges of discrimination after a woman claimed she was asked to stop kissing another woman during a cruise to the Baltic Sea island of Åland.

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Sweden

Vegan finds dead mouse in bag of tortilla chips

Feeling hair in her mouth, a 16-year-old vegan from Partille outside of Gothenburg looked down to discover a mouse cadaver in her bag of tortilla chips.

Merkel: Russia could help with US missile defence system
Germany

Merkel: Russia could help with US missile defence system

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she sees a chance for including Russia in the controversial missile defence system the United States wants to build in Europe.

Germany calls for calm in Tibet
Germany

Germany calls for calm in Tibet

Germany called for an end to violence in the Tibetan capital Lhasa on Friday and said that peaceful demonstrations should be allowed to take place.

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Sweden

Fitting in: Swedish parties think anew on integration

David Landes looks at press reaction to the proposals for citizenship classes and an asylum policy which decides where refugees get to live.

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Sweden

Vattenfall and Siemens sign wind energy deal

Sweden's state-owned power giant Vattenfall has signed a two year framework agreement with Germany company Siemens for the supply of wind power plants in a deal worth 1.6 billion kronor ($260 million).

Afghans demand $50,000 for German hostage
Germany

Afghans demand $50,000 for German hostage

Abductors of a German national reported to be in bad health in Afghanistan have demanded $50,000 ransom for his release, an official said Friday.

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Sweden

Swedish town returns junk mail to senders

Officials in a small Swedish town have tired of receiving junk mail and are now returning any unwanted post to the sender with a note explaining the local council's environmental policy.

Granny victim of colostomy confusion
Germany

Granny victim of colostomy confusion

German authorities said on Friday they are investigating an incident medical of malpractice involving an elderly woman in Bavaria, who has mistakenly received a colostomy instead of a leg operation.

Wall photo exhibition brings the West Bank to East Berlin
Germany

Wall photo exhibition brings the West Bank to East Berlin

A German photographer wants to raise awareness about Israel’s security wall sealing off the West Bank by mounting a controversial exhibition on the largest remaining section of the Berlin Wall, reports Sarah Roberts.

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Sweden

Viagra subsidies: State pulls out

Drugs used to treat male erectile dysfunction will not be subsidized by the state, Sweden's Supreme Administrative Court ruled on Friday.

Economic upswing passes by average Germans
Germany

Economic upswing passes by average Germans

The upswing of the world’s third largest economy is passing by many average Germans, who have seen their buying power sink for the last three years. Many public sector workers even have to rely on government benefits.

Landlord gets life for gas explosion
Germany

Landlord gets life for gas explosion

Almost 11 years after a devastating gas explosion killed six at a Düsseldorf apartment building, the landlord was sentenced to life in prison on Friday morning.

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Sweden

Malmö man in hot water over blue curtains

An apartment owner in Malmö is in trouble with his building’s tenant-owner’s association because his curtains don’t match those of other apartments in the building.

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Germany

Japan bars entry of German globalization activist

Japan said on Friday it had refused entry to a German anti-globalization activist, as the nation steps up security ahead of the Group of Eight summit in July.

German police kill US soldier
Germany

German police kill US soldier

A US soldier in Bavaria died on Friday of wounds inflicted by German police who shot him on after he held his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint.

Shots fired at prosecutor’s home
Sweden

Shots fired at prosecutor’s home

Shots were fired early on Friday morning at the apartment of chief public prosecutor Mats Mattson.

Bremen’s Klasnic dreams of Euro with new kidney
Germany

Bremen’s Klasnic dreams of Euro with new kidney

For Werder Bremen's Ivan Klasnic, all the sacrifices will be worthwhile if he returns to international football against Scotland this month after his recovery from a kidney transplant.

Merkel’s historic Israel visit
Germany

Merkel’s historic Israel visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel travels to Israel on Sunday for a visit of major historical significance more than 60 years after the end of World War II, writes AFP's Simon Sturdee.

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Sweden

Sweden to clamp down on file sharing

Courts will be able to force internet service providers in Sweden to give out IP-addresses used in illegal file sharing to whoever owns the rights to the material.

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Sweden

Air traffic grounded in northern Sweden

All air traffic in northern Sweden was canceled on Thursday night due to a radio communications problem.

Poll: Sahlin gaining ground
Sweden

Poll: Sahlin gaining ground

The Swedish electorate continues to have the most confidence in Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, but his lead on opposition leader Mona Sahlin is shrinking.