Can Germany’s Obamania last?
Germany

Can Germany’s Obamania last?

Germany might be feverishly awaiting Barack Obama’s visit to Berlin on Thursday, but the US presidential candidate will have a tough time keeping the country’s affections if he’s elected this November, writes The Local’s Marc Young.

Surveillance law vote ‘betrayed tenets of a democratic state’
Sweden

Surveillance law vote ‘betrayed tenets of a democratic state’

Bangladeshi refugee and writer Tasneem Khalil explains why the Riksdag's vote in favour of the surveillance law has him feeling let down by the country to which he fled to escape state-sanctioned domestic spying.

Germany denies it might host Euro 2012 football tournament
Germany

Germany denies it might host Euro 2012 football tournament

The German Football Association (DFB) has denied speculation that UEFA is making contingency plans for Germany to host the Euro 2012 if the political situation in Ukraine do not improve.

Swedish composer chosen for Olympic TV theme
Sweden

Swedish composer chosen for Olympic TV theme

Music by Swedish composer Robert Wells has been chosen as the official television theme music for the Olympic games in Beijing 2008. Wells' composition will introduce television broadcasts of the games on stations worldwide.

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Sweden

‘Serial murderer’ gets life for gay killing

A 35-year-old man was convicted on Tuesday of murder, attempted murder, aggravated robbery and theft. He was given a life sentence.

Arboga murder suspect to face charges
Sweden

Arboga murder suspect to face charges

The 32-year-old German woman suspected for the murder of two children, one and three-years-old, and attempted murder of their mother in Arboga in March, will be charged on Wednesday.

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Germany

German firms take a fresh look at Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and German bosses have a dinner date Tuesday following a visit this month by Economy Minister Michael Glos to Baghdad, signifying that German-Iraqi trade is back in business.

Ex-RAF terrorist ruled out as Buback murder suspect
Germany

Ex-RAF terrorist ruled out as Buback murder suspect

A new DNA test has shown that former Red Army Faction (RAF) terrorist Verena Becker was not an accomplice in the leftist drive-by murder of Chief Federal Prosecutor Siegfried Buback and two passengers on April 7, 1977.

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Sweden

Nordea & Handelsbanken see earnings tumble

Nordic banking groups Nordea and Handelsbanken posted sharply lower second quarter earnings on Tuesday as they felt the sting of the ongoing global financial crisis.

Swedish food aims to knock France off its perch
Sweden

Swedish food aims to knock France off its perch

The Swedish government announced a new vision on Tuesday aiming to knock France off its pedestal and establish Sweden as haute cuisine leader of the world.

Mother faces Engla’s killer in court
Sweden

Mother faces Engla’s killer in court

The mother of murdered 10-year-old Engla Juncosa Höglund came face to face with her daughter's killer, Anders Eklund, as the trial entered its second day.

Summer to return to damp Germany
Germany

Summer to return to damp Germany

Soggy and grey Germany will finally get a taste of summer again later this week, according to the Germany Weather Service.

Asylum records confirm Klaus Kinski’s madness
Germany

Asylum records confirm Klaus Kinski’s madness

A Berlin psychiatry clinic has released medical records for one of Germany's most recognizable film stars, Klaus Kinski, confirming suspicions that the notoriously temperamental star did indeed suffer from mental illness.

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Germany

Merkel cheers ‘historic’ Karadzic capture

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday welcomed the arrest of wartime Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic as historic and a vindication for the victims of the Balkan wars.

Bildt praises Serbia over Karadzic arrest
Sweden

Bildt praises Serbia over Karadzic arrest

Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt on Tuesday welcomed the news that the Serbian government had arrested wanted war criminal Radovan Karadjic.

Pilots go on strike at Lufthansa units
Germany

Pilots go on strike at Lufthansa units

The German pilot trade union Cockpit on Tuesday called for strikes at Eurowings and CityLine amid an ongoing wage dispute at the two Lufthansa units.

Voigt calls for end to debate over Obama’s Germany visit
Germany

Voigt calls for end to debate over Obama’s Germany visit

The debate over presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s visit to Germany should have an end, according to Karsten Voigt, government coordinator for German-American relations.

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Sweden

Prosecutor backs FRA: ‘No breach of the law’

The public prosecutor has decided not to conduct a preliminary investigation against FRA for breach of electronic communication legislation. FRA was reported to the police following a Sveriges Television news broadcast on June 16th.

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Sweden

Rail chaos after SJ booking system fault

A bug in rail operator SJ's booking system caused chaos on trains between Gävle and Stockholm on Sunday. The bookings problem is widespread across Sweden.

German climbers freed by Kurdish rebels arrive home
Germany

German climbers freed by Kurdish rebels arrive home

Three German mountaineers, held hostage by separatist Kurdish rebels in Turkey for almost two weeks, arrived home in Germany late on Monday.

Facebook asks US court to unplug German website StudiVZ
Germany

Facebook asks US court to unplug German website StudiVZ

Facebook is asking a US court to shut down German website StudiVZ on the grounds it is an illegal “knockoff” of the online social networking superstar.

Ericsson profits crash
Sweden

Ericsson profits crash

Telecoms company Ericsson's report for the second quarter was below market expectations. Profits crashed to 2.9 billion kronor ($488.34 million) from 9.3 billion kronor in the corresponding period of 2007.