German cabinet approves contentious bills for terror data
Germany

German cabinet approves contentious bills for terror data

Germany on Wednesday approved a disputed plan to share more information on terror suspects with the United States in a deal that Washington hopes will be a model for cooperation with other countries.

‘Permit insemination for single women’
Sweden

‘Permit insemination for single women’

The Green Party's Gunvor G. Ericson and Maria Gudmundsson, Chair of Femmis, think it's high time that Sweden allowed single women to be artificially inseminated.

Police raid German rappers with fake guns and drugs
Germany

Police raid German rappers with fake guns and drugs

Scared residents in Dortmund spurred a police raid when they mistook a group of men filming a hip hop video for dangerous criminals on Tuesday evening.

Vikings inspire Stockholm museum chief
Sweden

Vikings inspire Stockholm museum chief

Visitors to Stockholm will someday be able to take a virtual ride with a boatload of marauding Vikings if the head of the Museum of National Antiquities (Historiskamuseet) has his way.

Going underground at Tech Noir
Sweden

Going underground at Tech Noir

David Bartal wanders into a subterranean night club and discovers a realm where Belgians rule the roost and latex is more rule than exception.

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Sweden

Forest fires under control: firefighters

Fierce forest fires which have raged in northern Sweden for nearly a week should soon be extinguished, a local fire and rescue service official said on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Swede risks double jeopardy for German heist

The 32-year-old Swedish man suspected of involvement in a spectacular bank robbery in Berlin in 1995 doesn’t want to be extradited to Sweden since he’s already been convicted and served his sentence for the crime in Lebanon.

Biblical theme park coming to Germany
Germany

Biblical theme park coming to Germany

Germans fancying lunch in the Tower of Babel, a visit to an "original size" Noah's Ark or a multimedia depiction of the final battle between Good and Evil will soon be able to head to a planned biblical amusement park.

Germany’s Zugspitze glacier gets sunshield
Germany

Germany’s Zugspitze glacier gets sunshield

Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze (2,962 metres), is getting a special shield to protect its glacier from melting, the company that runs the mountain's ski resort, Bayerische Zugspitzbahn, said on Wednesday.

Support for SPD plummets to new low
Germany

Support for SPD plummets to new low

Support for Germany’s centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) plummeted to an all-time low in an opinion poll released on Wednesday.

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Germany

Glass ceiling means diplomacy is still a man’s world

Barely a fifth of diplomats in Berlin are women – and things are barely better elsewhere. The Local looks at the glass ceiling in the world’s foreign ministries.

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Sweden

Woman sentenced to six years in prison for violent rape

A 32-year-old woman, who along with her brother attacked and raped a woman in her 60s, has been sentenced to six years in prison for rape.

Welfare board ‘broke the law’ prior to Rödeby shooting
Sweden

Welfare board ‘broke the law’ prior to Rödeby shooting

The social welfare board in Karlskrona in southern Sweden was too passive in its relationship with the 17-year-old boy who survived the Rödeby shooting drama last autumn.

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Sweden

Swedish economy to slow further

Sweden’s economy is set to weaken further this year and next, according to a recent OECD report.

Swedes look to their ‘genius’ for Euro inspiration
Sweden

Swedes look to their ‘genius’ for Euro inspiration

With less than a week to go until Sweden's opening match at Euro 2008, AFP's Delphine Touitou grapples with the enigmatic genius of star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Germany’s Euro 2008 referee will opt out on psychotherapy
Germany

Germany’s Euro 2008 referee will opt out on psychotherapy

This year for the first time, football referees at the UEFA European Championship will have official access to psychological care, but Germany’s referee says he won’t need it.

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Sweden

Papers: ‘monopoly’ to follow lower press subsidies

The heads of the Svenska Dagbladet and Skånska Dagbladet newspapers have come together to oppose the government’s plans for reducing press subsidies to big-city newspapers.

Deutsche Telekom to curb staff data access after spying scandal
Germany

Deutsche Telekom to curb staff data access after spying scandal

The head of Deutsche Telekom said Wednesday the company will curb employee access to client data, as he tried to contain a scandal sparked by revelations that Europe's biggest telephone company had spied on journalists.

Football: Jens Lehmann signs with VfB Stuttgart
Germany

Football: Jens Lehmann signs with VfB Stuttgart

German international goalkeeper Jens Lehmann, whose contract with English Premier League side Arsenal expires at the end of the month, will return to the Bundesliga next season after signing a one-year deal with VfB Stuttgart, the German club announced on Tuesday.

Elvis no name for a girl
Sweden

Elvis no name for a girl

Swedish tax authorities have informed a couple in Stockholm that they may not keep the name Elvis for their five-month old daughter.

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Germany

Most Germans willing to pay more for milk

The majority of Germans would be willing to pay more for milk, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

Milk strike damages estimated at €50 mln
Germany

Milk strike damages estimated at €50 mln

Creameries affected by the milk delivery strike by dairy farmers in the last week have suffered millions of euros in damages, according the German daily Bild on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Detainee found hanged at police station

A young man from Malmö has committed suicide at a police station in south east Sweden.

Energy dominates German imports from Russia
Germany

Energy dominates German imports from Russia

Energy accounts for 70 percent of German imports from Russia, official data showed on Wednesday as Berlin got set to welcome Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on his first European trip since taking office.

Eriksson confirmed as Mexico coach
Sweden

Eriksson confirmed as Mexico coach

Sven Göran Eriksson was named Mexican national coach on Tuesday in place of Hugo Sanchez, announced a member of the selection committee Jorge Vergara.