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Sweden

Scam artist targets English-speaking jobseekers

An experienced scam artist has been targeting English speaking jobseekers in Sweden, luring them with promises of non-existent jobs, police say.

Study says Germany unprepared for a major catastrophe
Germany

Study says Germany unprepared for a major catastrophe

Germany is not adequately prepared to deal with a major disaster, according to a paper on public security released by a multi-party expert panel in Berlin on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Reports of routine Swedish racism ‘grossly exaggerated’

While immigrants can find it difficult to establish a foothold on the job market in Sweden, politicians, intellectuals and the media are often too quick to make employment a race issue, writes Nima Sanandaji.

Viasat’s golf coverage lacking in quality
Sweden

Viasat’s golf coverage lacking in quality

Viasat was a long way from shooting par in its Swedish broadcast of the Ryder Cup, writes admitted golf addict Gene Oberto.

Saarbrücken has Germany’s priciest petrol
Germany

Saarbrücken has Germany’s priciest petrol

Consumers are paying very different prices for petrol, heating oil and natural gas in Germany depending on what region they live in, according to a comparison released on Tuesday by consumer magazines Guter Rat and Das Haus.

Berlin gets bookish
Germany

Berlin gets bookish

With Berlin's international literature festival starting on Wednesday, Daniel Miller makes sure everybody is on the same page.

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Sweden

Google founders awarded knowledge prize

The founders of the search engine Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, have been named recipients of the 2008 International Honorary Knowledge Award, given out annually by the Swedish National Encyclopedia.

Wal-Mart eyes Sweden
Sweden

Wal-Mart eyes Sweden

US retailing giant Wal-Mart is in talks about opening a store in Sundsvall in northern Sweden, officials from the city report.

Police union demands football summit on hooligan violence
Germany

Police union demands football summit on hooligan violence

The GdP police union on Tuesday demanded a “football summit” in light of escalating violence by hooligans that has been pushing German police forces to their breaking point.

Germany ranks 14th among least corrupt countries
Germany

Germany ranks 14th among least corrupt countries

Transparency International (TI) has urged the German government to make a deeper commitment to fighting global corruption after releasing its global ratings in Berlin on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Sweden tops new transparency ranking

Sweden, along with Denmark and New Zealand, achieved the highest score in a new survey ranking 180 countries on perceived levels of public-sector corruption.

Going out in Gothenburg: September 26 – 27
Sweden

Going out in Gothenburg: September 26 – 27

The Local consults Djungeltrumman for tips on how best to spend this payday weekend.

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Sweden

Debt office completes second T-bill auction

Sweden's National Debt Office (Riksgälden) announced on Tuesday it has sold 22.7 billion kronor ($3.48 billion) worth of treasury bills out of 25 billion on offer in a second extra auction to soothe tense local markets.

Bätzing wants undercover teens to bust alcohol violators
Germany

Bätzing wants undercover teens to bust alcohol violators

German Drug Commissioner Sabine Bätzing wants to use underage undercover shoppers to expose stores that are selling alcohol to minors, daily Stuttgarter Zeitung reported on Tuesday.

Journalist jailed in Eritrea for seven years
Sweden

Journalist jailed in Eritrea for seven years

Today marks the seventh anniversary since Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak was arrested and put in an Eritrean prison.

IG Metall demands eight percent pay increase
Germany

IG Metall demands eight percent pay increase

The German trade union IG Metall said on Tuesday it will demand a hefty eight percent pay increase for 3.6 million workers in the metallurgy and electronics industries.

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Sweden

Swedish television admits mistake in Bildt report

Sveriges Television (SVT) has issued a public apology for a “misleading” report on comments made by foreign minister Carl Bildt about Sweden’s intelligence services.

RAF planned to blow up Strauß with a model airplane
Germany

RAF planned to blow up Strauß with a model airplane

The daughter of Franz Josef Strauß, the late conservative premier of Bavaria, said on Monday the leftist terrorist group the Red Army Faction (RAF) planned to kill him with a model airplane wired with explosives in 1977.

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Sweden

Swedish court allows boy to be named November

The parents of a boy in Västerbotten in northern Sweden are rejoicing after the country administrative court found there was nothing wrong with them naming their child November.

Whorehouse robber beaten out of his booty in Berlin
Germany

Whorehouse robber beaten out of his booty in Berlin

An unidentified man got a beating he hadn’t bargained for on Monday evening in a Berlin bordello. When he tried to rob the establishment the madame forced him out with a sound thrashing.

Suicide bomber attacks German troops in Afghanistan
Germany

Suicide bomber attacks German troops in Afghanistan

German Bundeswehr troops were attacked on Tuesday morning in Afghanistan near Kunduz, but none were injured in the suicide attack, the Defence Ministry reported.

Knut’s surrogate father Dörflein found dead
Germany

Knut’s surrogate father Dörflein found dead

Thomas Dörflein, the zoo keeper in charge of rearing Berlin zoo's superstar polar bear Knut, has died, police said late on Monday.

Parents to get truancy reports via text message
Sweden

Parents to get truancy reports via text message

When students cut class in Gothenburg, their parents receive a text message in their mobile phones alerting them of the offence.

Smoky sausage nearly stops traffic at Stockholm airport
Sweden

Smoky sausage nearly stops traffic at Stockholm airport

Lunch preparations by a hungry employee at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport nearly shut down air traffic at the busy transit hub on Sunday.