Swedes see off Greeks 2-0
Sweden

Swedes see off Greeks 2-0

Sweden beat defending champions Greece 2-0 in Salzburg on Tuesday in their opening Euro 2008 Group D match with quickfire second half efforts from Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Petter Hansson getting Lars Lagerbäck's team off to a flier.

Bush arrives in Germany for talks with Merkel
Germany

Bush arrives in Germany for talks with Merkel

US President George W. Bush touched down in Germany Tuesday for talks to be dominated by the Iranian nuclear programme, climate protection and transatlantic trade.

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Sweden

Forest fires spread in eastern Sweden

Gusting winds are fueling forest fires raging near Lämmetorp outside of Finspång in east central Sweden.

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Sweden

Swedish court denies request to extradite Chechen rebel

Sweden's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a Russian extradition request for a Chechen rebel, deeming that the crimes Moscow suspected him of could be considered acts of political resistance.

German carmakers welcome modified emissions targets
Germany

German carmakers welcome modified emissions targets

German automakers could breathe easier Tuesday after Berlin and Paris agreed on a proposal that relaxes carbon dioxide emission targets for cars.

Stone Age axe holds hidden human figure
Sweden

Stone Age axe holds hidden human figure

An artifact from the Stone Age has been hiding in the plain sight of museum visitors and researches in western Sweden.

German rapper nearly jailed for violent lyrics
Germany

German rapper nearly jailed for violent lyrics

A German rap musician narrowly avoided being sent to jail for his violent lyrics, after a Berlin court on Tuesday ruled his 10-month sentence could be served on probation.

New tools needed to ‘preempt national security threats’
Sweden

New tools needed to ‘preempt national security threats’

The Centre Party's Staffan Danielsson, who sits on the Riksdag's Committee on Defence, explains why he supports Sweden's controversial new surveillance legislation.

Dry spell threatens baby stork population in Germany
Germany

Dry spell threatens baby stork population in Germany

Animal experts fear mass mortality of baby storks in Germany due to unseasonably dry weather this summer.

New system proposed for personal ID numbers
Sweden

New system proposed for personal ID numbers

Sweden is running out of personal identity numbers (personnummer), but a government commission has suggested a new system featuring numbers which no longer contain a person’s exact date of birth.

German court overturns poker tournament ban
Germany

German court overturns poker tournament ban

A German court has overturned a ban on poker tournaments in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in an appeal that could set a precedent for card contests elsewhere in the country.

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Sweden

Millionaire accused of robbing 88-year-old woman

A high-profile businessman has been charged for stealing 5,000 kronor ($830) from an 88-year-old woman in Malmö.

Swede held in major US pot bust
Sweden

Swede held in major US pot bust

A Swedish man was arrested in the United States over the weekend in connection with the seizure of marijuana plants valued at $3 million.

German milk prices expected to fall again
Germany

German milk prices expected to fall again

German milk prices are likely to fall again despite recent delivery strikes by dairy farmers to force retailers and creameries to pay more for their product, according to industry experts.

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Germany

Bertelsmann reportedly keen to sell Sony BMG stake

German media group Bertelsmann is in talks with Japanese partner Sony to sell its half in their jointly owned music company Sony BMG, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Truck loses 350 cases of beer on Autobahn
Germany

Truck loses 350 cases of beer on Autobahn

A few football fans could go thirsty after a beer transport truck from Munich lost some 350 cases of beer on the A8 Autobahn while traveling to Austria for a Euro 2008 delivery late on Monday evening.

Sweden’s new wiretapping law ‘much worse than the Stasi’
Sweden

Sweden’s new wiretapping law ‘much worse than the Stasi’

With just a week to go before the Swedish parliament is expected to pass a controversial wiretapping law, Pirate Party leader Rickard Falkvinge urges people to do all they can to block the legislation.

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Sweden

Higher inflation worries analysts

Consumer prices rose 0.4 percent in May compared to April, giving Sweden an annualized inflation rate of 4.0 percent, according to Statistics Sweden.

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Sweden

Ministers collide over trains

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt appears to be on a collision course with Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren, who wants to increase Sweden's rail capacity by 50 percent by the year 2020.

Bierhoff says 2008 German squad can match Euro 1996 win
Germany

Bierhoff says 2008 German squad can match Euro 1996 win

German manager Oliver Bierhoff says the Euro 2008 side can emulate their Euro 1996-winning predecessors after finally breaking their 12-year winless streak in the competition.

As Bush era passes, Germany fears greater US demands
Germany

As Bush era passes, Germany fears greater US demands

Germany will welcome US President George W. Bush for a farewell visit Tuesday with much of the country more than happy to show him the door. But some fear times will be tougher with his successor, writes AFP's Deborah Cole.

‘We are more realistic than our fans’: Lagerbäck
Sweden

‘We are more realistic than our fans’: Lagerbäck

The Swedish camp are more realistic about their prospects of qualifying for the Euro 2008 quarter-finals than their non playing compatriots, of whom 75 percent in a recent poll believed they would, according to coach Lars Lagerback.

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Sweden

Swedish government slammed over TeliaSonera sale

Sweden's government is facing accusations from Riksrevisionen, the country's national audit office, that it has mishandled the planned sale of a controlling stake in TeliaSonera, the Financial Times reports.

Merkel and Sarkozy resolve dispute over car emissions
Germany

Merkel and Sarkozy resolve dispute over car emissions

France and Germany reached a deal Monday resolving their months-long dispute on EU-wide plans to reduce car emissions, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.