German politicians seek ban for extreme-right youth group
Germany

German politicians seek ban for extreme-right youth group

German politicians on Monday demanded a ban on a German youth group after its summer camp was raided by police for attempting to indoctrinate campers with Nazi ideology.

Down on the Devil’s Moor
Germany

Down on the Devil’s Moor

Like to camp but tired of uptight and orderly German campgrounds? Andrew Bulkeley communes with nature near the northern German artist colony Worpswede.

Tennis star Boris Becker to marry
Germany

Tennis star Boris Becker to marry

German tennis legend Boris Becker, 40, served up a surprise on Sardinia on Saturday by asking his 24-year-old girlfriend to marry him. Alessandra (Sandy) Meyer-Wölden volleyed with a “yes.”

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Sweden

Suspect’s friend: ‘There was no baby’

A friend of child murder suspect Christine Schürrer testified on Monday that he did not believe the 32-year-old German woman had given birth to a child last September as she has claimed.

German wholesale price inflation at 27-year high
Germany

German wholesale price inflation at 27-year high

German wholesale prices rose in July faster than they have in 27 years, the Federal Statistics Office said on Monday.

More low cost airlines fly to Stockholm
Sweden

More low cost airlines fly to Stockholm

The number of low cost airlines landing at Stockholm's Arlanda airport has trebled over the last five years, Dagens Nyheter reports.

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Sweden

Man dies in boat accident

A man died in a boating accident near the island of Ingarö, east of Stockholm on Monday morning. He was with one other person in a small boat when it capsized.

The best of Way Out West: Day One
Sweden

The best of Way Out West: Day One

Stuart Roberts travels to Gothenburg for the second annual Way Out West Festival. Franz Ferdinand, Sonic Youth and Nick Cave are among the top acts on a fast and furious day one.

The best of Way Out West: Day Two
Sweden

The best of Way Out West: Day Two

Day two of the Way Out West is no less impressive than day one, writes Stuart Roberts. There are big names aplenty as Neil Young, Kelis, Lil’ Kim, N*E*R*D and The Flaming Lips all take to the stage.

German state health official quits over lax smoking ban
Germany

German state health official quits over lax smoking ban

A senior official in the North-Rhine Westphalian Health Ministry resigned on Monday over plans to loosen anti-smoking regulations, which the official said causes 700 deaths in the western German state each year.

Hundreds of Germans leave Georgia
Germany

Hundreds of Germans leave Georgia

Around 200 Germans have left Georgia because of the current conflict and 100 more are due to leave by bus later on Monday for the Armenian capital Yerevan, the German Foreign Ministry said.

Bildt visits Georgia in peace bid
Sweden

Bildt visits Georgia in peace bid

Sweden's Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Carl Bildt is travelling to Tbilisi on Monday in a bid to bring Russia and Georgia to the negotiating table.

Ypsilanti reportedly planning new attempt to lead Hesse
Germany

Ypsilanti reportedly planning new attempt to lead Hesse

Andrea Ypsilanti, the head of the Social Democrats (SPD) in the German state of Hesse, is reportedly preparing another attempt to forge a minority government supported by the hard-line socialist Left party.

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Sweden

Swedes expect falling real estate prices

A majority of Swedes believe that real estate prices are set to fall or remain static, according to a real estate price index report by the Skandinaviska Enskilda Bank (SEB).

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Sweden

Hate-crime murderer appeals life sentence

A 35-year-old man sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a 43-year-old homosexual man and the attempted murder of another homosexual man has appealed against his sentence.

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Sweden

‘Give suspects legal representation’

A recent investigation has shown that only 7 percent of criminal suspects tried at the Gothenburg courts had legal representatives present when under police interrogation.

Gigantic cruise ship leaves Papenburg dry dock
Germany

Gigantic cruise ship leaves Papenburg dry dock

The largest cruise ship ever to be built in Germany has left the dry dock of the Meyer shipyards in the northern city of Papenburg.

Swedish pharmacies’ sex toys ‘discriminate against men’
Sweden

Swedish pharmacies’ sex toys ‘discriminate against men’

Swedish state-run pharmacy Apoteket has been reported to the Swedish Equal Opportunities Ombudsman agency JämO for only selling sex toys suitable for women, thus apparently discriminating against men.

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Sweden

‘Sweden needs more military conscripts’

The Social Democrats have called for Sweden to treble the number of young people called up for military service.

Christiane F. back in Berlin’s drug scene
Germany

Christiane F. back in Berlin’s drug scene

Some 30 years after the book “We Children from Bahnhof Zoo” made her famous, Christiane F. has reportedly fallen back into Berlin’s drug scene.

Stockholm hospital in Facebook photo scandal
Sweden

Stockholm hospital in Facebook photo scandal

A staff member at Karolinska University Hospital is to undergo an internal investigation for taking photographs of an operation and making the pictures available for viewing on social networking site Facebook, Expressen reports.

Germany takes equestrian lead amid spills and surprises
Germany

Germany takes equestrian lead amid spills and surprises

A determined German assault and a tough cross-country course on Monday helped turn the tables on the confident Australians in the three-day event of the Olympic equestrian competition.

Nigerian armed group renews threat to German building firm
Germany

Nigerian armed group renews threat to German building firm

Nigeria's most prominent militant group on Sunday renewed a threat to carry out deadly attacks on the foreign staff of Julius Berger PLC, a local unit of German construction giant Bilfinger Berger.

Police take tough line on drugs at reggae festival
Sweden

Police take tough line on drugs at reggae festival

Uppsala Reggae festival is Scandinavia's largest in the genre. Thousands of visitors come to Uppsala and this year the police as usual had their hands full with drugs offences.