Right-wing extremist rally in Cologne sparks clashes
Germany

Right-wing extremist rally in Cologne sparks clashes

The first day of a three-day right-wing "anti-Islamification congress" in Cologne against a supposed "immigrant invasion" in Europe was marked by minor scuffles with counter-demonstrators.

WWII bomb injures 17 at Hattingen construction site
Germany

WWII bomb injures 17 at Hattingen construction site

Seventeen people were injured on Friday when a construction crew unwittingly detonated a buried World War II-era bomb in Hattingen.

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Sweden

Egyptian compensated for forced deportation

Ahmed Agiza, one of two Egyptians forcibly deported from Bromma Airport by CIA agents in 2001, is to receive three million kronor ($440,000) in damages from the Swedish state, his lawyer said on Friday.

Record day for Swedish stock exchange
Sweden

Record day for Swedish stock exchange

The good times kept rolling on the Stockholm stock exchange on Friday afternoon, with the OMXS-index up 7.9 percent on the day, the largest one day jump since 1992.

Northern Sweden to test new ‘smart’ roadway
Sweden

Northern Sweden to test new ‘smart’ roadway

Just in time for winter, a stretch of motorway in the far north of Sweden has been outfitted with high-tech equipment to help warn drivers about perilous driving conditions.

Chimney sweeps free to fire up competition
Germany

Chimney sweeps free to fire up competition

Some 20,000 German chimney sweeps will have to get used to more competition after the Bundesrat, the upper house of parliament that represents Germany's 16 federal states, voted unanimously to pass a parliamentary resolution relaxing regulations on Friday.

Demonstrators raid Malmö arms firm
Sweden

Demonstrators raid Malmö arms firm

Around a hundred peace activists demonstrated in Malmö on Friday afternoon against a Swedish arms components manufacturer’s contracts with the US military, with some of the protesters eventually breaking into the office grounds.

Germany hesitates on new sanctions against Iran
Germany

Germany hesitates on new sanctions against Iran

Germany appeared reticent on Friday amid US and French calls for new United Nations sanctions to press Iran to comply with demands for halting its controversial nuclear programme.

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Sweden

Analysts doubt Sweden will push through SBAB sale

Upheaval in the financial markets will likely complicated plans by the Swedish government to sell off state-owned mortgage lender SBAB in the near future, analysts said on Friday.

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Sweden

Malmö gears up for massive demonstration

Around 20,000 anti-globalization protesters are expected to march through the streets of Malmö on Saturday, in what some observers are calling the largest demonstrations held in Sweden in decades.

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Sweden

Women’s rights on downward turn: anti-globalization activists

Anti-globalization activists have warned of a downward turn for women's rights across Europe, citing growing religious extremism and neo-liberalism as contributory factors.

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Sweden

Sweden announces controversial new defence cuts

The Swedish government has proposed further cuts in spending on defence materiel, much to the frustration of the opposition.

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Germany

Two terror suspects arrested in Frankfurt

Police arrested two men suspected of aiding the extremist group Islamic Jihad Union in the Frankfurt am Main region on Friday.

Massive Jesus statue rejected in Bad Reichenhall
Germany

Massive Jesus statue rejected in Bad Reichenhall

Proposed plans to erect a more than 50 metre (164 foot) tall statue of Jesus on a Bavarian peak have been overruled by the Bad Reichenhall city council. Even the clergy in the heavily Catholic region were against the statue.

City of Gothenburg bans bottled water
Sweden

City of Gothenburg bans bottled water

Thirsty employees working for the city of Gothenburg will soon have to make do without bottled water on the job following a decision by the city to stop buying bottled water due to environmental concerns.

Von der Leyen criticizes German firms for being anti-family
Germany

Von der Leyen criticizes German firms for being anti-family

German Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Friday said too many of the country’s companies still made it difficult to have a career and a raise a family.

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Sweden

Stockholm stock exchange heads north

The Stockholm stock exchange staged a strong recovery as trading opened on Friday morning.

New funds to integrate Sweden’s immigrants
Sweden

New funds to integrate Sweden’s immigrants

The government has announced plans to spend close to 2 billion kronor ($297 million) to help Sweden's newly arrived immigrants and refugees integrate more quickly.

Study: Swedish docs dig one another
Sweden

Study: Swedish docs dig one another

Love is in the air at Swedish hospitals, at least according to a new set of statistics compiled by the magazine Du & Jobbet (‘You and Work’) and Statistics Sweden (SCB).

‘Germany’s dumbest bankers’ suspended for Lehman scandal
Germany

‘Germany’s dumbest bankers’ suspended for Lehman scandal

Three officials called "Germany's dumbest bankers" have been suspended at state development bank KfW after it mistakenly wired a huge sum of money to Lehman Brothers as it was collapsing.

Smokers to enjoy final Oktoberfest before ban
Germany

Smokers to enjoy final Oktoberfest before ban

There are few places left in Europe where you can still enjoy a cigarette and a tipple, but the huge beer tents of the 175th annual Oktoberfest starting in Munich this Saturday are one of them.

Steinmeier calls on SPD to end debate on ‘Agenda 2010’
Germany

Steinmeier calls on SPD to end debate on ‘Agenda 2010’

The Social Democratic candidate for chancellor next year, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has called on his party to end its divisive debate on the controversial reform package known as Agenda 2010.

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Sweden

Sweden to auction more treasury bills

Sweden’s National Debt Office (Riksgälden) announced on Thursday it would issue up to 150 billion kronor ($22.4 billion) in additional treasury notes to satisfy increased demand for safe investments amid the global financial crisis.