Swedish firms slam UK filesharing measure
Sweden

Swedish firms slam UK filesharing measure

Some of Sweden's largest internet service providers have made it clear that they would not support an agreement to combat file sharing similar to one recently reached in the UK.

Drunken British women ground flight in Frankfurt
Germany

Drunken British women ground flight in Frankfurt

A UK charter flight was forced to land in Frankfurt this week after two drunken British women attacked cabin staff with a vodka bottle and tried to open the emergency exit at an altitude of 10,000 metres, German police said on Friday.

Air Berlin alleges Dresdner Bank stock manipulation
Germany

Air Berlin alleges Dresdner Bank stock manipulation

Troubled carrier Air Berlin has alleged that Dresdner Bank profited at the airline's expense by manipulating its share price, in a letter sent to German stock market watchdog BaFin.

Gearing up for Europride: the best of Stockholm’s gay scene
Sweden

Gearing up for Europride: the best of Stockholm’s gay scene

Stockholm will turn itself into Europe’s semi-official gay capital at the end of this month, as the Europride festival hits town. Visitors will find a city that does gay in its own, understated way, James Savage reports.

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Sweden

Bugged man reports FRA to Sweden’s Chancellor of Justice

Sweden's National Defence Radio Establishment (FRA) has been reported to the Chancellor of Justice (Justitiekansler - JK) by one of those on a classified list of people bugged in the 1990s for doing business with Russia.

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Sweden

Scania profits keep on trucking

Swedish truckmaker Scania, which is majority-owned by Volkswagen, reported strong second-quarter profits on Friday, beating expectations but warning that 2009 could offer a bumpier ride.

Germany set for muggy hot weekend
Germany

Germany set for muggy hot weekend

After weeks of unseasonably cool temperatures and showers, much of Germany is set to have a muggy and hot weekend.

Aussie NGO behind Alicia’s return to Sweden
Sweden

Aussie NGO behind Alicia’s return to Sweden

An Australia-based NGO, Sisha was behind the dramatic rescue of 6-year-old Swedish girl Alicia Elfversson in Cambodia. Alicia, abducted by her father a year ago, returned home to Sweden on Friday.

Disabled man kept in Essen cellar for years
Germany

Disabled man kept in Essen cellar for years

A mentally disabled German man has been kept in the cellar of a family home in Essen for years, according to witnesses in a trial that will decide whether the man becomes a ward of the state.

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Sweden

Bathers try in vain to save plane crash victim

A 72-year-old man died when his motor glider crashed near a beach in Lycksele in northern Sweden on Friday morning. Bathing onlookers tried in vain to save the man

Infineon to cut 3,000 jobs amid heavy quarterly loss
Germany

Infineon to cut 3,000 jobs amid heavy quarterly loss

German semi-conductor group Infineon posted a sharp quarterly loss on Friday and announced the loss of thousands of jobs.

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Sweden

V&S’s Beam stake bought by Fortune Brands

US spirits group Fortune Brands has bought Vin & Sprit 's 10 percent stake in Fortune's beverage unit, Beam Global Spirits & Wine, for 2.8 billion Swedish crowns ($464 million), the Swedish government said on Friday.

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Germany

Reinsurer Munich Re’s shares plummet after profit warning

German re-insurance giant Munich Re warned Friday that its 2008 net profit would miss previous forecasts although it would be "still well above €2 billion" ($3.14 billion).

Berlin senior nabbed cruising autobahn in wheelchair
Germany

Berlin senior nabbed cruising autobahn in wheelchair

German police stopped a 96-year-old wheelchair driver who left his retirement home and took a Berlin highway to pick up flowers for his apartment, tabloid daily B.Z. reported on Friday.

Germany cheers Obama’s Berlin visit
Germany

Germany cheers Obama’s Berlin visit

A day after Barack Obama’s wildly successful public appearance in Berlin, German politicians and media lauded the US presidential candidate’s speech on the challenges facing Europe and America.

UN torture body blasts Swedish prisons
Sweden

UN torture body blasts Swedish prisons

The United Nations Committee against Torture has directed strong criticism against Sweden for the conditions in its remand prisons, Dagens Nyheter reports.

Lufthansa braces for massive strike on Monday
Germany

Lufthansa braces for massive strike on Monday

Workers for Lufthansa have announced a massive strike of to begin on Monday that could last for weeks, but the German airline says it has a detailed emergency service plan.

Rise in Stockholm HIV cases ‘scandalous’
Sweden

Rise in Stockholm HIV cases ‘scandalous’

The Social Democrats have argued for the need to establish a needle exchange for drug users in Stockholm to curb a sharp rise in HIV infections.

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Germany

Steinmeier lands in Afghanistan for surprise visit

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier landed in Afghanistan on Friday for a surprise four-day trip to visit troops and inspect reconstruction efforts.

Wild animals a growing road menace
Sweden

Wild animals a growing road menace

Accidents involving wild animals on Sweden's roads continues to rise, a new survey shows.

Bundesliga clubs fume over TV money row
Germany

Bundesliga clubs fume over TV money row

Senior figures from some of the Bundesliga's top clubs are reacting angrily to the threat of missing out on millions of euros in lost television revenue unless they satisfy German competition authorities.

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Sweden

Man shot in Malmö

A man in his thirties was shot in Persborg in Malmö on Thursday night. The man was seriously injured, police report.