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Sweden

Cannabis growers face five years in jail

Two men suspected of involvement in a major cannabis-growing operation in southern Sweden were sentenced on Monday to five years in prison for serious narcotics offences.

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Germany

Two Australians face jail for running up €148,000 hotel tab

Two Australian men stood in a Frankfurt court on Monday for running up an enormous hotel bill that they couldn’t pay.

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Sweden

Swedish model inspires US financial crisis plan

The Bush administration's handling of the financial crisis is in part inspired by a successful Swedish bank rescue in the 1990s, but one crucial deviation could cost US taxpayers dearly, one of the architects of the Swedish plan said on Monday.

How I learned to stop worrying and love my Sparbuch
Germany

How I learned to stop worrying and love my Sparbuch

In the latest dispatch of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy muses on how the current global financial crisis has brought Germany’s leftist populist Oskar Lafontaine and America’s cowboy capitalist George W. Bush together.

Five German tourists kidnapped in Egypt
Germany

Five German tourists kidnapped in Egypt

Five German tourists have been kidnapped in Egypt, the Foreign Ministry in Berlin confirmed on Monday.

Criticism and praise for 2009 Swedish budget
Sweden

Criticism and praise for 2009 Swedish budget

The political opposition took aim at the Swedish government’s new budget proposal on Monday, while the document received mix reviews from labour and other organizations.

Berlin rejects joining US bank bailout package
Germany

Berlin rejects joining US bank bailout package

Germany on Monday said the country would not participate in the US government’s $700-billion bailout package for troubled banks, as Chancellor Angela Merkel renewed her call for greater regulation of the financial sector.

Swede nets giant elk on weekend ‘fishing’ trip
Sweden

Swede nets giant elk on weekend ‘fishing’ trip

Swedish angler Joel Lagekvist’s morning at the lake resulted in the most improbable of catches and one whopper of a fish story.

Germany caps financial aid to China
Germany

Germany caps financial aid to China

German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul said on Monday Berlin was ending all financial aid to China amid criticism the rapidly growing country no longer needed such forms of direct support.

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Sweden

‘Burger battle’ may prove costly for Borås

The burger dispute related to next year’s European under-21 football championships in Sweden may end up putting a dent in Borås’s public finances.

Alcoholic dies trying to rappel from fifth-floor forced detox
Germany

Alcoholic dies trying to rappel from fifth-floor forced detox

A 48-year-old alcoholic Wuppertal woman fell to her death on Sunday evening trying to escape the fifth-floor apartment where she'd been confined to prevent her from drinking.

Chilling out with a Baltic spa experience
Sweden

Chilling out with a Baltic spa experience

If you're looking to pamper yourself this autumn, a spa trip to the Baltics could be just the ticket, writes Alannah Eames.

Heidi Klum misses out at Emmy Awards
Germany

Heidi Klum misses out at Emmy Awards

German supermodel Heidi Klum failed to win an Emmy award on Sunday night for her popular reality show “Project Runway,” despite being nominated in two categories.

Borg presents 2009 budget to Riksdag
Sweden

Borg presents 2009 budget to Riksdag

The government presented the 2009 Budget Bill on Monday, which features 32 billion kronor ($4.8 billion) in reforms designed to counteract the effects of a weakening economy.

KfW transfer to Lehman reportedly no mistake
Germany

KfW transfer to Lehman reportedly no mistake

The €350-million transfer to Lehman Brothers from German state development bank KfW transfer was not a mistake, according to the Monday edition of daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Search for missing Swedish woman intensifies
Sweden

Search for missing Swedish woman intensifies

Police are expanding their search for 29-year-old Carolin Stenvall, who disappeared more than a week ago in Norrbotten in northern Sweden.

Berlin boat nearly hits mystery cable strung across canal
Germany

Berlin boat nearly hits mystery cable strung across canal

Berlin police are investigating an incident near Görlitzer Bridge in the city’s Kreuzberg district after a passenger boat narrowly avoided a cable that was strung across the canal, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Monday.

Man rescued from burning tent by Swedish fire-eater
Sweden

Man rescued from burning tent by Swedish fire-eater

A fire-breathing Swede is receiving praise after saving a man from a burning tent at a Viking market in southern Sweden early on Sunday morning.

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Germany

German and Somali hostages released

A German national and his Somali wife who were kidnapped over the weekend in the northern Somali breakaway state of Puntland were released on Monday, officials said.

Postbank workers stage all-day strike on Monday
Germany

Postbank workers stage all-day strike on Monday

Service sector labour union Verdi has called for a day-long strike for Postbank workers across Germany on Monday in an ongoing wage dispute.

Malmö police report leadership for ‘incompetence’
Sweden

Malmö police report leadership for ‘incompetence’

Around 40 police officers from Malmö have submitted complaints to the force’s senior safety representative in Skåne charging police leadership for “weakness, incompetence, and bad planning” in its preparation preparation the weekend's demonstrations.

‘Baader Meinhof Gang’ jail to be demolished
Germany

‘Baader Meinhof Gang’ jail to be demolished

The notorious high-security prison where leaders of the German urban guerrilla group the Baader Meinhof Gang committed suicide is to be torn down to make room for a mental hospital, daily Stuttgarter Zeitung reported on Monday.

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Sweden

New budget sees lower growth for Sweden

Sweden has cut near term growth forecasts in its latest budget proposal, while at the same time projecting higher unemployment and lower inflation.