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Sweden

Psychiatric care for Södertälje killer

A 39-year-old man who confessed to the killing of teenager Norba Haddad has been sentenced to psychiatric care.

Germany must rethink its permanent nuclear storage
Germany

Germany must rethink its permanent nuclear storage

Following Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel’s scathing criticism of the Asse nuclear facility in Lower Saxony this week, Heinz Smital from Greenpeace argues Germany must rethink its plans for the permanent storage of atomic waste.

Germany and Denmark to link with massive bridge across strait
Germany

Germany and Denmark to link with massive bridge across strait

Denmark and Germany signed a treaty in Copenhagen on Wednesday for the construction of a giant bridge linking the two countries across the Fehmarn Strait in the Baltic Sea.

Cost explosion reportedly hits Hamburg’s new philharmonic
Germany

Cost explosion reportedly hits Hamburg’s new philharmonic

Building costs for Hamburg's new philharmonic have exploded by as much as €100 million, according to anonymous reports in German daily Bild on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Sweden holds its breath ahead of Riksbank rate decision

Sweden’s market analysts and savers are anxious to learn the outcome of Wednesday’s Riksbank meeting, during which the bank’s governors will decide whether or not to raise interest rates for the third time this year.

German military paid off Afghan victims’ families
Germany

German military paid off Afghan victims’ families

The German army has paid compensation to relatives of a woman and two children shot dead last week at a checkpoint manned by its soldiers in northern Afghanistan, daily newspaper Die Welt reported on Wednesday.

Far-left overtakes SPD in west German state
Germany

Far-left overtakes SPD in west German state

The hard-line socialist Left Party has overtaken the centre-left Social Democrats for the first time ever in a western German state, according to a new opinion poll released on Wednesday.

Mass murderer denied request for reduced sentence
Sweden

Mass murderer denied request for reduced sentence

Mattias Flink, currently in prison for killing seven people back in 1994, will not have his life sentence reduced to 24 years, the Örebro District Court ruled on Wednesday

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Sweden

Government proposes tax cuts for pensioners

Sweden’s government on Wednesday put forward a fresh proposal to cut taxes for pensioners.

Police hunt for speedster autobahn skateboarder
Germany

Police hunt for speedster autobahn skateboarder

German police said on Wednesday they were looking for a skateboarder who was filmed travelling around 100 kilometres (60 miles) an hour on the autobahn.

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Sweden

Sweden projects budget surplus

Sweden is expected to post a 2008 budget surplus of 163 billion kronor ($25 billion dollars) despite the global economic slowdown, the Swedish budget authority ESV said Wednesday.

Finding fossils at Germany’s tiniest national park
Germany

Finding fossils at Germany’s tiniest national park

Size doesn't matter when it comes to the natural beauty of Germany's smallest national park, Jasmund. But its humble reach has kept it one of the country's best-kept seaside destinations. Sarah Roberts discovers what the nature reserve has to offer.

EU court exonerates Somali-born Swedes
Sweden

EU court exonerates Somali-born Swedes

The European Court of Justice in Luxemburg has annulled a 2005 ruling against a Sweden-based Somali banking network which had its assets frozen due to suspicions of ties to terrorism.

Steinbrück sees no danger of recession
Germany

Steinbrück sees no danger of recession

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück said on Wednesday he did not see the danger of the Germany slipping into recession even though the world’s third-largest economy shrank in the second quarter.

Beltran in court to appeal rape conviction
Sweden

Beltran in court to appeal rape conviction

Opera singer Tito Beltran appeared in court today to appeal his February conviction for the rape a teenage nanny back in 1999 and defend himself against additional suspicions of sexually molesting a child.

Swedes and wine – an awkward romance
Sweden

Swedes and wine – an awkward romance

When it comes to wine drinking, it's high time for Swedes to shed their Baltic superabundance in favour of more Mediterranean moderation, argues Mark Majzner.

Asse nuclear facility operators under fire
Germany

Asse nuclear facility operators under fire

Criticism of the operators of Germany’s Asse nuclear storage facility continued to grow on Wednesday, following revelations they failed to alert the government to serious violations at the site.

One-fourth of German kids smoke water pipes
Germany

One-fourth of German kids smoke water pipes

Up to one quarter of German 13-year-olds have smoked a water pipe, according to a new study by Stern magazine released on Wednesday.

Ministry for ban on lap seating for babies and parents on planes
Germany

Ministry for ban on lap seating for babies and parents on planes

Air travel for families with babies could be significantly more expensive within the next two years. The German Transportation Ministry is working toward a European ban on lap seating arrangements.

Oliver Kahn plays final game
Germany

Oliver Kahn plays final game

Former Bayern Munich and Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn bowed out of the game on Tuesday after 20 years as a professional, his testimonial at Bayern’s Allianz-Arena finishing 1-1 between Bayern and a German select XI.

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Sweden

Saying no to sex not enough to secure rape conviction

A 22-year-old man who admitted that his accuser said no to having sex with him was acquitted of rape charges by a court in western Sweden.

Court awards compensation for stolen drug money
Sweden

Court awards compensation for stolen drug money

Sweden’s highest court has ruled that a drug dealer robbed of the proceeds from his illicit activities has the right to compensation from the state.

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Sweden

Special courts to deter youth crime

The Christian Democrats want young people in Sweden accused of crimes such as shoplifting, graffiti, vandalism, and unlawful driving to have their punishments meted out quickly in a special youth court.