Reinfeldt: more tax cuts on the way
Sweden

Reinfeldt: more tax cuts on the way

Working Swedes are to be given another round of tax cuts, worth 15 billion kronor, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has announced.

German fashion industry says ‘no’ to anorexic models
Germany

German fashion industry says ‘no’ to anorexic models

Underfed models will have no place on the runways or in ads of German fashion houses, according to a voluntary agreement signed on Friday by German fashion industry representatives and sponsored by Germany’s health minister.

Man arrested for spying on Saab
Sweden

Man arrested for spying on Saab

A Gothenburg court has remanded in custody a man suspected of spying on Saab Microwave Systems.

Secrecy surrounds Ballack’s upcoming nuptials
Germany

Secrecy surrounds Ballack’s upcoming nuptials

Michael Ballack, German national football team captain and Chelsea midfielder, is to marry his long-time partner and hold a wedding reception next week at a yacht club at Bavaria’s Lake Starnberg. But the club isn’t providing any details.

How Team Telekom totalled the Tour de France
Germany

How Team Telekom totalled the Tour de France

In the second dispatch of The Local's new column about life in Germany, Portnoy blames Team Telekom for spoiling his love for cycling's top event, the Tour de France.

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Sweden

Japanese banks offer ‘Ninja loan’ to Volvo Group

Japan's Mizuho Corporate Bank said on Friday it had arranged a $1.04 billion dollar syndicated loan for Sweden's Volvo Group.

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Sweden

Man jailed for selling wife for sex

A man who sold his mentally disabled teenage wife for sex has been jailed for five and a half years by a court in Stockholm.

French bank buys German Citibank business
Germany

French bank buys German Citibank business

Regional French bank Credit Mutuel said on Friday that it will pay €4.9 billion ($7.7 billion) to buy the German business of US banking giant Citigroup, hard hit by the global financial crisis.

Fire at Swedish nuclear power plant
Sweden

Fire at Swedish nuclear power plant

A fire broke out Friday on the roof of a turbine hall at a nuclear power plant on Sweden's west coast but was quickly extinguished and the reactor was never in danger, the plant said.

Dead baby found in Weser river was murdered
Germany

Dead baby found in Weser river was murdered

A newborn found last week in the Weser river in northern Germany did not die of natural causes but was killed after being born, forensic tests have shown.

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Germany

Six-year-old hit by flying sofa

A six-year-old girl is in the hospital with a broken leg and possibly fractured spine after her mother threw part of a sofa out of an attic apartment which hit the child.

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Sweden

Nordic neighbours concerned by snoop law

Denmark, Finland and Norway voiced concerns this week about a new law in Sweden that allows all emails and phone calls to be monitored in the name of national security, fearing their emails transmitted through Swedish cables will be read.

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Sweden

Judge wrote anti-immigrant letters to Prime Minister

A Swedish magistrate wrote anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim letters to Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt during a period in which she was judging in criminal cases involving immigrants, it has been revealed.

Work on Berlin’s new airport terminal begins
Germany

Work on Berlin’s new airport terminal begins

Work on the main passenger terminal for Berlin's new airport, Berlin Brandenburg International (BBI), officially began on Friday.

Jazz festival celebrates unique Swedish sound
Sweden

Jazz festival celebrates unique Swedish sound

If you like your bebop served up with a unique Nordic flavor, then the Stockholm Jazz Festival is the place to be. This year, Mary J. Blige, Van Morrison and Joan Armatrading will all take to the stage as one of the finest jazz festivals in Scandinavia celebrates its 25th anniversary.

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Germany

Thomas Cook, Air Berlin ditch Condor sale

British travel group Thomas Cook has dropped plans to sell its German unit Condor to low-cost airline Air Berlin, and has also suspended a share buy-back programme, Thomas Cook said on Friday.

Russians plan to dodge Swedish spies
Sweden

Russians plan to dodge Swedish spies

Russian telecom operators have drawn up plans to re-route data and call traffic to avoid Swedish eavesdropping, following the passing of Sweden's new law giving spying agency FRA increased powers to intercept communications.

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Sweden

20-year-old dies after police cell suicide bid

A 20-year-old man has died a week after he hanged himself in police custody in Uppsala.

Knife murder linked to mobile phone row
Sweden

Knife murder linked to mobile phone row

A young man was stabbed to death in Gothenburg on Thursday night. Three men -- a father and his two sons -- have been arrested in connection with the attack, which took place on Marklandsgatan in the city's Högsbo district.

Deutsche Bahn ICE train recall to cause delays
Germany

Deutsche Bahn ICE train recall to cause delays

German train passengers faced delays on Friday when Deutsche Bahn recalled their ICE-3 trains for inspection after a defective axle popped off tracks in Cologne this week, the national railway operator announced on Friday.

German bars flouting smoking ban by converting to private clubs
Germany

German bars flouting smoking ban by converting to private clubs

Restaurants and bars in the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) and Bavaria have found a way to legally flout the country's new smoking ban by converting their businesses to smoking clubs.

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Germany

Schäuble rejects PKK demands in hostage situation

Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has rejected the demands of PKK rebels who kidnapped three German climbers in eastern Turkey this week.