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Sweden

Swedish investors cool to risks of stock ownership

Swedes appear to prefer keeping their savings in the bank or under the mattress, rather than risk it in the volatile Stockholm stock market.

Why beer and tight leather trousers don’t mix
Germany

Why beer and tight leather trousers don’t mix

Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, has decided to lace up his Lederhosen this year and find out the true meaning of Munich’s Oktoberfest.

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Sweden

Accused child murderer appeals retrial rejection

Christine Schürrer has appealed last week’s district court decision to forgo a retrial in the Arboga murder case following accusations that lay judges were biased.

German citizenship test goes into effect
Germany

German citizenship test goes into effect

Germany put a hotly-debated citizenship test into effect on Monday in a push towards better integrating immigrants into German society.

Commerzbank’s takeover of Dresdner hits shares
Germany

Commerzbank’s takeover of Dresdner hits shares

Shares in Germany's second biggest bank, Commerzbank, fell through the floor Monday after it unveiled a nearly €10-billion takeover of rival Dresdner Bank.

Steiff makes Karl Lagerfeld teddy bear
Germany

Steiff makes Karl Lagerfeld teddy bear

German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has created a teddy bear version of himself for the famed stuffed animal manufacturer Steiff – complete with his trademark sunglasses, white shirt, and black tie.

Fewer prisoners return to life of crime
Sweden

Fewer prisoners return to life of crime

Recidivism rates are falling among Sweden’s criminals thanks in part to efforts by the Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalvården) to better care for inmates with drug problems, according to a new report.

Learning to love Lund
Sweden

Learning to love Lund

Robert La Bua visits Lund and its famed university, Skåne's esteemed home of higher education and Viking mischief.

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Sweden

Ombudsman sues firm over Muslim woman’s firing

Sweden’s ombudsman for ethnic discrimination (DO) has sued a cleaning company after it dismissed a Muslim woman for not dressing appropriately on the job.

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Sweden

‘Russia planned Georgian invasion,’ Saakashvili tells Swedish paper

Russia's recent foray into Georgia was meticulously planned, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said in an interview with a Swedish newspaper on Sunday. The president also blamed the West for not reacting sooner.

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Sweden

‘Russian advance pushing Georgia closer to Europe’: Bildt

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has indicated that the recent conflict in the Caucasus could help speed up the integration of Georgia into Europe.

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Sweden

Ericsson lands major deal in Vietnam

Swedish mobile phone network supplier Ericsson announced on Monday the signing of a $450 million deal to help Hanoi Telecom's modernize its mobile network in Vietnam.

Poland remembers Nazi attack sparking World War II
Germany

Poland remembers Nazi attack sparking World War II

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Monday marked 69 years since the September 1, 1939 attack by Nazi Germany on a Polish military base at Westerplatte, near Gdansk that sparked World War II.

Renewed focus on vocational education
Sweden

Renewed focus on vocational education

The government has announced plans to devote 1.8 billion kronor ($278 million) over the next three years toward improving vocational training in Sweden.

German actor Brühl to star in Tarantino WWII film
Germany

German actor Brühl to star in Tarantino WWII film

German actor Daniel Brühl will be joining an all-star cast this autumn when cult Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino begins filming his World War II drama “Inglorious Basterds” in Berlin, daily newspaper Berliner Morgenpost reported on Monday.

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Germany

Bundeswehr attacked again in Afghanistan

German soldiers were attacked on Monday in Afghanistan, the Defense Ministry reported. The attack comes less than a week after a German soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in the same region.

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Germany

Women instigate brutal knifing in front of Berlin club

Two women are being held by police in Berlin after knifing a man in front of a club early on Sunday morning.

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Sweden

Pastor charged over threesome assault

A church minister from Stockholm has been charged with assaulting his wife after an amorous threesome spiralled out of control, Metro reports.

German retail sales surprisingly low
Germany

German retail sales surprisingly low

High energy and food prices kept Germans out of the shops in July, data showed on Monday, the latest in a series of worrying signs for Europe's biggest economy.

Soldiers broke rules in Afghanistan killings
Germany

Soldiers broke rules in Afghanistan killings

German soldiers went against operation rules when they shot and killed three civilians in northern Afghanistan last week, daily Financial Times Deutschland reported on Monday.

Suicide in Germany down by half since 1980
Germany

Suicide in Germany down by half since 1980

The suicide rate in Germany is at a historic low - down by half since 1980 – according to this week’s edition of Focus magazine.

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Sweden

Novices dig up rare bronze bowl in western Sweden

Amateur archeologists digging near Skrea hill outside Falkenberg have unearthed a unique artifact.

Thousands of Swedes order home chlamydia tests
Sweden

Thousands of Swedes order home chlamydia tests

Tests for the sexually transmitted disease, which are available for order over the internet, have proven extremely popular in Sweden.

Bildt calls for summit on Georgia
Sweden

Bildt calls for summit on Georgia

Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt wants eastern European states to hold a summit with the European Union to discuss the crisis in Georgia, according to an interview with a German newspaper.