Hamburg on verge of ‘black-green’ coalition
Germany

Hamburg on verge of ‘black-green’ coalition

In the first political alliance of its kind in Germany, the environmentalist Greens announced on Wednesday they would enter a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives in Hamburg.

Mayor of Stockholm resigns
Sweden

Mayor of Stockholm resigns

Mayor of Stockholm Kristina Axén Olin has handed in her resignation.

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Sweden

TeliaSonera shares rise sharply on takeover rumours

Shares in TeliaSonera shot up 9.2 percent by early Wednesday afternoon following speculation in French newspaper Le Figaro of a potential takeover bid France Telecom.

The clipper conspiracy
Sweden

The clipper conspiracy

This must be some kind of conspiracy: David Bartal wonders who is behind the mysterious disappearance from stores of standard, good quality nail clippers.

German farmer fed neighbour to pigs
Germany

German farmer fed neighbour to pigs

German prosecutors called for life imprisonment on Wednesday for a farmer accused of murdering his parents and feeding his dead neighbour to his pigs.

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Sweden

Health workers union steps up strike pressure

The Swedish Association of Health Professionals (Vårdförbundet) approved an additional round of industrial action on Wednesday.

Audi cancels Olympic torch event at Mount Everest
Germany

Audi cancels Olympic torch event at Mount Everest

German carmaker Audi has decided to cancel its SUV marketing event at the foot of Mount Everest in connection with the Olympic torch relay amid the ongoing controversy surrounding China’s policies in Tibet.

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Sweden

Liberal Party addresses treatment of personal data

Sweden’s Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) wants to make it easier to bring indictments for insults or slander when minors suffer harassment over the internet.

Employee spying reportedly widespread in Germany
Germany

Employee spying reportedly widespread in Germany

The legally questionable practice of spying on employees isn't just happening at discount grocery store Lidl, German news weekly Stern reported on Wednesday, it's happening in chain stores all over Germany.

Sweden and Japan agree on climate cooperation
Sweden

Sweden and Japan agree on climate cooperation

Japan and Sweden on Wednesday pledged to step up cooperation on tackling climate change during a visit by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

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Sweden

Sex slave defender wins children’s rights prize

A Cambodian woman fighting for the liberation and rehabilitation of girls working as sex slaves on Wednesday won the World Children's Prize for the Rights of the Child, organizers said.

Tobacco sales down in Germany
Germany

Tobacco sales down in Germany

The number of tobacco sold in Germany for the first quarter of 2008 continued to go down according to the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) on Wednesday.

Speedminton – on its way to Sweden
Sweden

Speedminton – on its way to Sweden

High speed badminton played in the dark may not seem the most conventional of sports, but its popularity is spreading fast across Sweden.

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Germany

Sailors remembered in Australian WWII naval battle

An emotional memorial was held on Wednesday at the spot where all 645 crew members of an Australian warship perished following a fierce World War II battle with a German raider.

Music industry dealt Pirate Bay blow
Sweden

Music industry dealt Pirate Bay blow

The recording industry’s branch organization has apologized to a pro-file sharing Swedish rap artist for including him as a party to their indictment against Pirate Bay without his permission.

Ranks of German neo-Nazis growing
Germany

Ranks of German neo-Nazis growing

The number of neo-Nazis in Germany increased by five percent in the last year, German tabloid daily Bild reported on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Support for Sweden Olympic boycott weakens

More than half of Swedes are opposed to a political boycott of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing, according to a poll published Wednesday in the daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

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Sweden

‘I check their underpants to ensure there is only one penis’

Authorities in northern Sweden have discovered that some drug abusers have been using false penises to help them submit fake urine samples.

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Sweden

Activists detained over airport invasion

Prosecutors have ordered the detention of nine people involved in a protest action at Bromma Airport in Stockholm on Monday.

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Germany

Frankfurt airport postal workers strike

Postal workers at the Frankfurt airport staged a warning strike on Wednesday in the ongoing wage dispute between workers and Deutsche Post.

Police accidentally informed Engla’s killer
Sweden

Police accidentally informed Engla’s killer

Police in Dalarna have admitted to unwittingly giving Engla Höglund's killer Anders Eklund an opportunity to remove evidence from his car just hours before his arrest last week.

German schoolboy corrects NASA figures
Germany

German schoolboy corrects NASA figures

A 13-year-old German schoolboy corrected NASA’s estimates on the chances of an asteroid colliding with Earth, a German newspaper reported Tuesday, after spotting the boffins had miscalculated.

Merkel congratulates Berlusconi on election
Germany

Merkel congratulates Berlusconi on election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated conservative leader Silvio Berlusconi on a “convincing” win in Italy’s legislative elections, a government spokesman said Tuesday.