Swedish banks hit by Lehman bankruptcy
Sweden

Swedish banks hit by Lehman bankruptcy

In a dismal day on the Stockholm stock exchange, shares in Swedish banks took a particular beating amidst renewed concerns over stability in the global financial markets following the collapse of US investment bank Lehman Brothers.

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Sweden

Police called on to investigate stomach bug outbreak

A severe stomach bug epidemic in a small town in western Sweden may have been caused by effluent unlawfully discharged into the Göta River, say local authorities.

Blue tongue disease continues to spread
Sweden

Blue tongue disease continues to spread

Authorities in western Sweden on Monday morning discovered the latest in a series of cases of animals infected with blue tongue disease at a farm in Halland.

German 90-year-old pleads innocent to Nazi war crime
Germany

German 90-year-old pleads innocent to Nazi war crime

A 90-year-old German, sentenced in Italy in absentia to life in prison for a Nazi war crime, pleaded innocent Monday at the start of a trial in Germany in one of the last cases of its kind.

Spiders take over Hamburg’s HafenCity
Germany

Spiders take over Hamburg’s HafenCity

Millions of spiders have colonized the HafenCity revitalization of Hamburg's old port district, daily Berliner Morgenpost reported on Monday. Some windows alone are infested with more than 700 creepy crawlers.

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Germany

Lufthansa takes control of Brussels Airlines

German carrier Lufthansa will acquire full control of Brussels Airlines, the two companies said Monday after talks with SN Airholding of Belgium.

Air Berlin passengers refuse to board plane after two false starts
Germany

Air Berlin passengers refuse to board plane after two false starts

Passengers on an Air Berlin flight that made two false starts in Nuremberg on Sunday banded together and forced the pilot to ground the plane. Against the background of several recent aviation disasters, they collected signatures and then waited 15 hours for a replacement aircraft.

Higher debts hit Swedish households
Sweden

Higher debts hit Swedish households

While Swedes struggle to cut spending and put more money in the bank, a new survey shows that households are poorer and more indebted than at any time in recent memory.

Boy stands trial for flooding arena with beer
Germany

Boy stands trial for flooding arena with beer

A German teenager will stand trial on Monday for causing €100,000 in damage after he flooded a Düsseldorf arena with beer.

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Sweden

Study: Swedish men sensitive and lazy

While Swedish men are more willing to accept their role in raising children than men in other parts of Europe, they can't seem to be bothered to do much about it, according to a new study.

Berlin calls Lehman fallout ‘manageable’ as Frankfurt tanks
Germany

Berlin calls Lehman fallout ‘manageable’ as Frankfurt tanks

The German Finance Ministry on Monday said the country’s exposure to the collapsed US investment bank Lehman Brothers was “manageable,” but that didn’t stop financial shares from tanking on the Frankfurt stock market.

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Sweden

A marriage made in Sweden and America

How do a couple that met in London, live in Sweden and speak both English and Swedish plan their happy day? Ben Kersley (Englishman and ‘sambo’) attends a Swedish/American wedding.

Pension funds divest from cluster bomb firms
Sweden

Pension funds divest from cluster bomb firms

Two of Sweden’s public pension funds announced plans on Monday to sell their holdings in companies involved in the manufacturing of cluster bombs.

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Germany

Chemicals giant BASF wants to takeover Swiss rival Ciba

BASF, the world's biggest chemical company, said Monday it aimed to take over Swiss rival Ciba for €3.8 billion ($5.4 billion).

Leftists outraged by Schmidt’s comparison of Lafontaine to Hitler
Germany

Leftists outraged by Schmidt’s comparison of Lafontaine to Hitler

Members of Germany’s hard-line socialist Left party on Monday attacked former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt for comparing their populist leader Oskar Lafontaine with Adolf Hitler and French far-right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen.

Medical association calls smoking an illness
Germany

Medical association calls smoking an illness

The German Medical Association is pushing to have tobacco addiction recognized as an illness, Dortmund daily Ruhr Nachrichten reported on Monday.

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Sweden

Luke Perry hops in the sauna for new Swedish film

Filming has started in Sweden on a new movie featuring American actor and former teenage heartthrob Luke Perry, best known for his portrayal of Dylan McKay on the hit television show Beverly Hills 90210.

Report: Moderates ‘abusive’ toward FRA-law detractor
Sweden

Report: Moderates ‘abusive’ toward FRA-law detractor

As Sweden prepares for the Riksdag to re-open debate of the controversial surveillance bill, new details have emerged about the strong-arm tactics employed by Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt against the measure’s detractors to ensure the bill passed an initial parliamentary vote in June.

Travelling teddy bear competition
Sweden

Travelling teddy bear competition

Sweden-based Englishman Michael Taylor talks to The Local about an educational website that has turned teddy bears into seasoned globe-trotters. Readers are also given the opportunity to win their very own fully documented bear and chart its worldly wanderings.

Robbe says German military morale endangered
Germany

Robbe says German military morale endangered

Germany's parliamentary commissioner for the country’s armed forces, Reinhold Robbe, said on Monday he fears for the morale of the Bundeswehr soldiers.

Alleged Nazi war criminal to stand trial at age 90
Germany

Alleged Nazi war criminal to stand trial at age 90

A 90-year-old German, sentenced in absentia by an Italian military court to life in prison for a Nazi war crime, faces trial in Germany Monday in one of the last cases of its kind.

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Sweden

Pensioner arrested following wild car chase

A 67-year-old man led police from Filipstad in central Sweden on a harrowing chase on Sunday, finally being arrested after dragging on officer alongside his vehicle for 30 metres.

‘Fight hooliganism like organized crime’
Sweden

‘Fight hooliganism like organized crime’

Sweden’s main crime prevention agency has proposed fighting football hooliganism using methods similar to those employed to fight organized drug gangs.