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Sweden

Polish gang busted over Sweden-bound drugs

Police have busted a gang producing amphetamines in Poland for trafficking on the local market as well as in Sweden and Ireland among other states, a police spokesman said on Thursday.

Lufthansa balks at paying more for Austrian Airlines
Germany

Lufthansa balks at paying more for Austrian Airlines

The head of the German flag carrier Lufthansa, Wolfgang Mayrhuber, said on Thursday that he saw no reason to change the purchase price for Austrian Airlines (AUA) despite EU Commission questions.

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Pirate Bay trial starts on Monday

Operators of The Pirate Bay stand trial on Monday in Stockholm. The four defendants from the popular file-sharing web site are charged with being accessories to breaking copyright law and may face fines or up to two years in prison if found guilty.

One-fourth of employable German youths on welfare
Germany

One-fourth of employable German youths on welfare

According to a study, one in four employable Germans between the ages of 15 and 24 is on welfare, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported Thursday.

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö
Sweden

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö

If you don't suffer from triskaidekaphobia there's no reason not to get out and about on Friday the thirteenth. Otherwise you might be better off waiting until Saturday.

Snow causes road mayhem in Hesse
Germany

Snow causes road mayhem in Hesse

Snow and ice caused major road mayhem across large swaths of Germany on Thursday – in particular the state of Hesse.

Wikipedia prankster dupes German media
Germany

Wikipedia prankster dupes German media

An article poking fun at the lengthy name of new Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg turned out to be a joke on some of the biggest names in the German media after it was revealed they had been tricked by a Wikipedia prankster.

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Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, Feb 14

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, Feb 13

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

GM wants Sweden’s help with European loans for Saab: report

The US-owners of Saab Automobile want Sweden to secure loans worth $600 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to keep the Swedish automaker running until it can be sold.

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, Feb 14

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Police continue hunt for suspect in ‘execution’-style killing

A 29-year-old man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting in the village of Brålanda in western Sweden on Wednesday remains at large.

Talking straight with gay filmmaker Jochen Hick
Germany

Talking straight with gay filmmaker Jochen Hick

German director Jochen Hick has helped redefine a genre he hardly identifies with: gay cinema. Exberliner Magazine sat down with him to talk about his seventh official Berlinale selection premiering this week, "The Good American."

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, Feb 13

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, Feb 14

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Licensing restrictions hit Swedish online music service
Sweden

Licensing restrictions hit Swedish online music service

The Sweden-based online music service Spotify, welcomed by many as a giant leap forward in the distribution of music online, has raised intellectual property rights concerns from several record labels.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, Feb 13

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

What’s on in Sweden: February 13 – 19
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: February 13 – 19

What's on in Sweden: Valentine's burlesque and Zoom Kaboom in Stockholm; Anna Ternheim in Gothenburg; new-traditional Slovak dance in Malmö

Schumacher walks away from serious motorcycle spill
Germany

Schumacher walks away from serious motorcycle spill

Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher said Thursday he was fine as he nursed cuts and bruises at home after escaping serious injury during a motorcycle accident while testing in Spain.

Postgrad foreigners dominate in Sweden
Sweden

Postgrad foreigners dominate in Sweden

Master's programmes offered at universities in Sweden are often dominated by foreign students. And many have no Swedish participants at all, a new report from the National Agency for Higher Education shows.

Drug mules arrested after belly x-rays
Germany

Drug mules arrested after belly x-rays

Authorities have arrested 10 drug couriers carrying a total of 11 kilogrammes of cocaine in their bellies after conducting x-rays and waiting for the little pellets to pass naturally, Baden-Württemberg police and customs officials reported on Thursday.

Inquiry proposes major culture policy overhaul
Sweden

Inquiry proposes major culture policy overhaul

The Committee of Inquiry on Cultural Policy has proposed a major overhaul of Swedish culture policy in a new report presented to the Minister of Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth on Thursday.

Berlinale premieres film on China’s ‘Oskar Schindler’
Germany

Berlinale premieres film on China’s ‘Oskar Schindler’

The remarkable true story of a German who helped save the lives of more than 200,000 Chinese during the Japanese invasion of Nanjing during World War II came to the Berlin Film Festival this week.

Muslim woman sues college over veil ban
Sweden

Muslim woman sues college over veil ban

A Stockholm woman has reported an adult education college in Spånga to the Equality Ombudsman (DO) after being told that she could not wear an Islamic headscarf in class.

What’s on in Germany: February 12 – 18
Germany

What’s on in Germany: February 12 – 18

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Swedbank posts lower profit
Sweden

Swedbank posts lower profit

Swedish bank Swedbank reported on Thursday an operating profit of 2.408 billion kronor ($286 million) for the fourth quarter 2008 down from 4.110 billion kronor in the corresponding period of 2007.

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Sweden

Missing Swede returns home after 15 years

Håkan Johansson, 46, has returned home to his family in Piteå in northern Sweden fifteen years after he disappeared without a trace.

Parliament to debate help for traumatised soldiers
Germany

Parliament to debate help for traumatised soldiers

With the German parliament is set to discuss help for traumatised soldiers on Thursday, German military association DBwV told broadcaster RBB that the Defence Ministry should also consider an anonymous hotline and a trauma centre.

Strike at Berlin airports causes delays
Germany

Strike at Berlin airports causes delays

Travellers planning to fly to or from Berlin’s Tegel and Schönefeld airports faced substantial delays and a few cancellations on Thursday as ground crew staged a warning strike in an ongoing wage conflict, public workers’ union Verdi said.

Frosty reception for vulnerable refugees
Sweden

Frosty reception for vulnerable refugees

The unwillingness of Swedish municipalties to take in refugees who are traumatised or disabled has been described by the head of the Migration Board as "a major problem".

Germany embarrassed in Norway friendly
Germany

Germany embarrassed in Norway friendly

Norway coach Egil Olsen said Germany's recent performances had given him enough clues to mastermind Wednesday night's shock defeat as die Mannschaft were humbled 1-0 in a Düsseldorf friendly.