Germany to continue subsidizing poorer east
Germany

Germany to continue subsidizing poorer east

Subsidies for former communist east Germany will continue past their 2009 expiration date, the German government announced on Wednesday amid disagreements about how large the payments should be.

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Germany

Jol named new Hamburg SV coach

Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Martin Jol has been named as the new coach of Bundesliga side Hamburg SV, according to reports in the German media on Wednesday.

Subprime crisis hits earnings at Deutsche Post
Germany

Subprime crisis hits earnings at Deutsche Post

German logistics group Deutsche Post reported a wider-than-expected 18.4 percent drop in first quarter earnings on Wednesday as turbulence on financial markets hit earnings at its Postbank banking unit.

‘Royal’ candy makers fight war of succession
Sweden

‘Royal’ candy makers fight war of succession

A king claims to be threatened by a prince in what has become a new legal battle royal between two Swedish candy companies.

Schiffer disrobes for Vogue ‘sex’ issue
Germany

Schiffer disrobes for Vogue ‘sex’ issue

Sex, according to the current edition of German Vogue, is retired supermodel Claudia Schiffer - pictured topless for an issue dedicated to fashion photographer Mario Testino's depiction of eroticism.

Probing Potsdam’s peculiar possibilities
Germany

Probing Potsdam’s peculiar possibilities

Potsdam might be a popular tourist destination on the outskirts of Berlin, but Daniel Miller discovers there’s more to Brandenburg’s quirky capital than just palaces and parks.

Man spies on girlfriend using mobile phone
Sweden

Man spies on girlfriend using mobile phone

Using a hidden mobile phone placed under the bed of his ex-girlfriend, a Swedish man had his suspicions confirmed.

Merkel double seeks own office
Germany

Merkel double seeks own office

A professional Angela Merkel impersonator is looking for her own place in the political spotlight in the northern German city of Lübeck.

Berlin denies snubbing Dalai Lama
Germany

Berlin denies snubbing Dalai Lama

Berlin has designated Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul to meet the Dalai Lama on behalf of the government during his upcoming visit to Germany, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Ericsson in child labour scandal
Sweden

Ericsson in child labour scandal

Swedish telecom giant Ericsson has promised swift action after revelations of dangerous working conditions and child labour at factories operated by its suppliers in Bangladesh.

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Sweden

Fortune sues Vin & Sprit over Beam shares

A lawsuit filed by Fortune Brands against Vin & Sprit may delay the sale of the Swedish drinks group to France’s Pernod Richard, writes the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

German authorities to warn against Left party extremists
Germany

German authorities to warn against Left party extremists

Germany's domestic intelligence agency will reportedly warn against communist extremist infiltration of the hard-line socialist Left party, in an official report to be presented on Thursday.

A northern adventure: Europe’s last wilderness
Sweden

A northern adventure: Europe’s last wilderness

With a large majority Sweden's nine million people living south of Stockholm, Norrland - the northern two-thirds of Sweden - is often described as the continent's last wilderness. And while the winters are harsh and dark, the summer sees the land of the midnight sun live up to its name. Norrland's cultural history is also fascinating: the indigenous Sami people have a distinctive language and culture, which is now flourishing after centuries of discouragement - or downright suppression - by the state.

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Sweden

Rain and theft leave motocross club stuck in the mud

The Swedish Sidecar Motocross Championships in early May turned into a losing affair for the arrangers, the Varbergs MK motorsports club in western Sweden.

Köhler calls financial markets a ‘monster’
Germany

Köhler calls financial markets a ‘monster’

German President Horst Köhler has attacked banks for allowing global financial markets to become a "monster" that nearly caused a "collapse" as a result of the US subprime crisis.

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Sweden

103-year-old woman puts out bed fire

103-old Ulla Lunbäck is being honoured by emergency workers for having extinguished a fire in the southern Swedish town of Västervik.

Kiss me, I’m Swedish
Sweden

Kiss me, I’m Swedish

Whatever happened to Swedish reticence? David Bartal contemplates a country in which man-hugs have become de rigeur and women think little of kissing each other on the mouth.

Polar bear Snowflake flops in Nuremberg
Germany

Polar bear Snowflake flops in Nuremberg

The hordes expected to visit Germany’s latest polar bear cub sensation, Snowflake at the zoo in Nuremberg, didn’t materialize over the holiday weekend, as people were put off by all the hype.

Merkel to talk energy and trade in Brazil
Germany

Merkel to talk energy and trade in Brazil

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to discuss renewable energy and trade in Brazil on Wednesday as she begins her first state visit to Latin America.

Henrik Larsson to play for Sweden at Euro 2008
Sweden

Henrik Larsson to play for Sweden at Euro 2008

To the surprise and delight of most Swedish football fans, veteran striker Henrik Larsson was among the names when manager Lars Lagerbäck announced his squad for this summer's Euro 2008 on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Missing Swede found dead in Bali

Indonesian authorities have confirmed that they have recovered the body of a 23-year-old Swedish man reported missing in Bali over a month ago.

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Germany

Hunt for WWII survivors continues over 60 years later

Nazi prison camp records long closed to everyone but family members have now been opened to researchers hunting for survivors of World War II, writes AFP’s Francis Curta.

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Sweden

Axe attack prolongs village feud

A protracted feud in a village in the far north of Sweden took a sinister turn on Tuesday when a 47-year-old man was attacked with an axe and taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Sörenstam to retire at end of season
Sweden

Sörenstam to retire at end of season

Annika Sörenstam, who won the 72nd title of her LPGA career on Sunday, will retire at the conclusion of the 2008 season, the 37-year-old Swedish superstar announced on Tuesday.