Telekom mum on Sprint as earnings beat forecasts
Germany

Telekom mum on Sprint as earnings beat forecasts

Deutsche Telekom's head declined to comment Thursday on speculation it was looking at buying US mobile operator Sprint Nextel as it reported better-than-expected first quarter results.

German economy is buffeted by global headwinds
Germany

German economy is buffeted by global headwinds

German industrial output and exports fell in March, data showed Thursday, as a stronger euro, weaker global demand and high raw material prices left their mark on Europe's largest economy.

German Open: Williams through as Henin turfed out
Germany

German Open: Williams through as Henin turfed out

Serena Williams booked her quarter-final berth at the German Open Thursday with her 17th consecutive win but admitted she was just glad not to follow world number one Justine Henin out of the tournament.

Bonn museum opens homage to ‘schlager’
Germany

Bonn museum opens homage to ‘schlager’

Schmaltzy German schlager music will take its place in musical history alongside Beethoven and Wagner in a museum exhibit opening on Friday in Bonn.

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Sweden

Stockholm art gallery guide: May 9 – 15

Weekend art exhibition tips from Kalendarium (Click links for more information)

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips – May 8 – 11

Where to go out in Gothenburg this weekend? Monthly has the answers (Click links for more information)

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Sweden

Police seek to tweak criminal register

The Swedish Data Inspection Board (Datainspektionen) is to team up with the National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen) in a bid to improve the effectiveness of the police's criminal register.

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Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: May 9 – 15

What's on this week in Sweden: English-language theatre in Stockholm, world famous DJ in Gothenburg, fair trade in Malmö.

Steinmeier slammed for nixing visit with Dalai Lama
Germany

Steinmeier slammed for nixing visit with Dalai Lama

A spokesman of the Dalai Lama in Europe criticized German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday for turning down a meeting with the Tibetan religious leader this month.

Military elite accused of buying sex
Sweden

Military elite accused of buying sex

Swedish elite soldiers are under investigation for allegedly buying sexual services from prostitutes while in service in Africa.

Germany’s Köhler calls for stronger ties with Israel
Germany

Germany’s Köhler calls for stronger ties with Israel

German President Horst Köhler called for deeper ties between Germany and Israel in a statement issued on Thursday in advance of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish state.

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Sweden

Sweden awards five 4G mobile licences

Five bidders have paid €226 million ($346 million) for fourth generation (4G), super-fast mobile telephony licences, the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) said on Thursday.

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Sweden

Family sentenced for pimping

A family of four have been indicted for pimping and procuring activities. The main culprit is a 43-year old man, together with his sons from a former marriage and his current wife.

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Sweden

Man skins deer’s head in front of pre-school

Shocked pre-schoolers witnessed a man skin a deer’s head outside their pre-school in Sundsvall in northern Sweden on Wednesday afternoon.

Schenström denies sloppy behaviour
Sweden

Schenström denies sloppy behaviour

Former State Secretary Ulrica Schenström has handed in a written explanation to the government’s Constitution Committee’s investigation into her behaviour last autumn.

Germany: species extinction is a global economic threat
Germany

Germany: species extinction is a global economic threat

German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Thursday the loss of biodiversity poses a massive economic threat much like climate change, less than two weeks before the ninth UN Conference on Biological Diversity begins in Bonn.

Burma’s regime must postpone its referendum
Germany

Burma’s regime must postpone its referendum

The military regime in Burma must delay its planned constitutional referendum in light of the dramatic natural catastrophe that has hit the Southeast Asian country, argues German Christian Democratic MP Erika Steinbach.

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Sweden

Remand centre suicides show no sign of abating

A man was found hanged in his cell at a remand centre in Karlstad in western Sweden on Thursday morning.

The Pirate Bay faces massive damages claim
Sweden

The Pirate Bay faces massive damages claim

The Motion Picture Association of the United States (MPA) has demanded 93 million kronor ($15 million) in compensation from file sharing site The Pirate Bay, Computer Sweden reports.

What’s On In Germany: May 8 – 14
Germany

What’s On In Germany: May 8 – 14

BERLIN

Gotland: Sweden’s Baltic beauty
Sweden

Gotland: Sweden’s Baltic beauty

If you’re looking for an island paradise there’s no need to travel to the other side of the world. Just a few hours’ ferry ride from Stockholm, the island of Gotland has it all, writes René Rice.

‘Good luck,’ Merkel wishes new Russian president
Germany

‘Good luck,’ Merkel wishes new Russian president

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wished Russia's new president Dmitry Medvedev "good luck" and said she expected to work closely with Vladimir Putin in his new role, according to comments published Thursday.

Swedish police received tip-off in Rahman case
Sweden

Swedish police received tip-off in Rahman case

Swedish police received a tip-off two years ago that a colleague of Joy Rahman's had disappeared in Bangladesh.

Germany rebuilds palaces long destroyed by war
Germany

Germany rebuilds palaces long destroyed by war

A new building boom is sweeping Germany as royal palaces destroyed during or after World War II are set to rise again, writes AFP's Brett Neely.

SPD to name chancellor candidate this summer: report
Germany

SPD to name chancellor candidate this summer: report

Germany’s Social Democrats reportedly want to name the party’s candidate for chancellor for the 2009 election before this summer’s parliamentary recess.

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Sweden

Swiss shock Swedes at Worlds

Thibault Monnet scored the winner early in the third as Switzerland upset reigning Olympic gold medallist Sweden 4-2 in the preliminary round of the World Hockey Championships on Wednesday.