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Germany

Global financial crisis means lower growth forecast in Germany

The German government will have to “markedly revise downward” its economic growth forecast for 2009, due to the world financial crisis, Economy Minister Michael Glos said Saturday.

World leaders meet in Bonn to fight extremism
Germany

World leaders meet in Bonn to fight extremism

Interior ministers from the G6 European countries along with US representatives gathered for a meeting in Berlin on Saturday to discuss international cooperation in the fight against extremism.

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Sweden

‘Swedish aid to challenge the world’s dictatorships’

The Swedish government has announced changes to pro-democracy aid. Aid should have clear goals and focus on measures that support democracy, said the Minister for International Development, Gunilla Carlsson at a press conference in Gothenburg on Saturday.

Study shows Muslims in Germany are both religious and tolerant
Germany

Study shows Muslims in Germany are both religious and tolerant

Muslims who live in Germany are significantly more religious than average citizens, but they are also quite tolerant, according to a new study from the Bertelsmann Foundation.

Whisky auction defies finance crunch
Sweden

Whisky auction defies finance crunch

Swedish state monopoly alcohol retailer Systembolaget announced on Friday that Sweden's first whisky auction will be held on October 7th.

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Sweden

Opposition increases lead in new poll

The government's autumn budget has made little immediate impact on public opinion, according to a new September poll. The opposition parties have increased their lead since August, according to a new Synovate poll published in Dagens Nyheter.

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Sweden

H & M wins battle for Champs-Élysées store

Swedish clothing retailer Hennes & Mauritz has been given the all clear to open an outlet on the swish shopping street Champs-Élysées. H & M beat off the vociferous objections of Paris city council.

Berlin museum retraces looted Nazi art
Germany

Berlin museum retraces looted Nazi art

More than a half-century after Nazis looted artwork from European Jews, an unprecedented Berlin exhibition tells both sides of the story: how property was seized and efforts, at times fruitless, were made to have it restored.

Bavarian vote could end CSU’s one-party rule
Germany

Bavarian vote could end CSU’s one-party rule

For decades Bavaria has been the party and the party has been Bavaria, as much a part of the proud southern German state’s identity as lederhosen, beer, BMW and football team Bayern Munich.

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Sweden

Sahlin condemns youth league over roses for poison attack offer

The Swedish Social Democratic Youth League (SSU) has offered a bouquet of roses as a reward to those responsible for poisoning members of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Svenskt Näringsliv). Party leader Mona Sahlin described the offer as "terrible."