SPD moots €300 rebate for not filing income tax returns
Germany

SPD moots €300 rebate for not filing income tax returns

In a sure sign Germany’s September election is inching closer, the country’s political parties are starting to dangle campaign promises in front of voters – the Social Democrats even want to give you €300 not to file a tax return.

‘Phantom killer’ turns out to be Polish granny
Germany

‘Phantom killer’ turns out to be Polish granny

German police have identified the DNA of the person they had mistaken for the “Phantom Killer from Heilbronn” in six murders and a string of other crimes. She is a 71-year-old Polish granny, daily Bild reported on Friday.

Defence lawyer steps down as No Angels star remains jailed
Germany

Defence lawyer steps down as No Angels star remains jailed

The criminal defence lawyer representing No Angels member Nadja Benaissa stepped down on Friday, jeopardising the singer's chances of being released from jail while under investigation of knowingly exposing her lovers to HIV.

German ISPs blocking child porn sites
Germany

German ISPs blocking child porn sites

The German government has signed agreements with key internet service providers (ISP’s) to block access to child porn sites, Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday.

Entertainment industry hails Pirate Bay guilty verdict
Germany

Entertainment industry hails Pirate Bay guilty verdict

Calling it a victory for artists, the German entertainment industry has welcomed Friday’s guilty verdict in the case against four men behind Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay for copyright infringement.

The Pirate Bay verdict: the reactions
Sweden

The Pirate Bay verdict: the reactions

The jail sentences for the founders of The Pirate Bay have attracted wide international attention, with file sharers and copyright holders around the world trying to work out their significance. While entertainment industry bosses are delighted, some experts wonder whether it will make any difference.

Pirate Bay guilty
Sweden

Pirate Bay guilty

The four men connected with The Pirate Bay were found guilty of being accessories to copyright infringement by a Swedish court on Friday, delivering a symbolic victory in the entertainment industry’s efforts to put a stop to the sharing of copyrighted material on the internet.

Russia parody Tingeling tops charts for fourth week
Sweden

Russia parody Tingeling tops charts for fourth week

A song labelled "disgusting" by the Russian Embassy in Stockholm remain on top of the Swedish pop charts for the fourth week in succession.

Foreigners buying up more Swedish holiday homes
Sweden

Foreigners buying up more Swedish holiday homes

An increasing share Sweden’s holiday homes are owned by foreigners, according to new statistics.

Winner chosen for Stockholm’s New Slussen project
Sweden

Winner chosen for Stockholm’s New Slussen project

Representatives from the city of Stockholm on Friday announced the winning design for a planned redesign of the city’s Slussen transit hub.

Edwin stars to sink Reymers
Sweden

Edwin stars to sink Reymers

Reymersholm IK 0-3 Långholmen FC Colm Kenny 23 mins, Mattias Larsson 44 mins, Chris Allen 88 mins

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Sweden

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö

Twenty years on from the release of The Stone Roses' debut album (Friday, Stockholm) maybe it's time to kick off another summer of love with the help of the Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, April 18

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, April 17

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, April 18

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, April 17

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, April 18

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Swedish town dumps idea of anniversary toilets
Sweden

Swedish town dumps idea of anniversary toilets

An employee who chose a new toilet to mark his 25 years of service for a municipality in southern Sweden has officials in Gnosjö rethinking the rules for how it honours faithful workers.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, April 17

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Heidi Klum expecting fourth child
Germany

Heidi Klum expecting fourth child

German supermodel Heidi Klum on Friday confirmed she was expecting her fourth child with her pop singer husband Seal.

Hookers offer discounts amid limp sex trade
Germany

Hookers offer discounts amid limp sex trade

The recession has reached the German sex industry, with many brothels offering specials to keep business pumping, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday.

German freighter saves 75 from sinking ship
Germany

German freighter saves 75 from sinking ship

A Hamburg container ship saved 75 people from a sinking passenger ship off the coast of Tanzania on Thursday evening, a spokesman from the Komrowski shipping company said.

Germany starts Hypo Real Estate takeover bid
Germany

Germany starts Hypo Real Estate takeover bid

Germany launched Friday its bid to nationalise troubled mortgage lender Hypo Real Estate (HRE), offering to buy 100 percent of the firm's shares at what it termed an "attractive price."

Tokio Hotel twin attacks fan
Germany

Tokio Hotel twin attacks fan

One of the twin stars of German rock band Tokio Hotel, 19-year-old Tom Kaulitz, “flipped out” at a gas station, punching a female fan in the face after throwing a lit cigarette at her, daily Bild reported on Friday.

Sony Ericsson losses prompt job cuts
Sweden

Sony Ericsson losses prompt job cuts

Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson announced plans on Friday to slash 2,000 more jobs after posting a loss of €293 million ($384 million) in the first quarter of 2009.

Train collision injures two dozen in Berlin
Germany

Train collision injures two dozen in Berlin

A train collision in Berlin’s Pankow district injured 24 people – five of them severely – early on Friday morning.

Schweinsteiger back as Bayern preps for Wolfsburg match
Germany

Schweinsteiger back as Bayern preps for Wolfsburg match

Bayern Munich welcome back Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger for Saturday's Bundesliga clash at Bielefeld as they look to put their Champions League heartbreak behind them and chase league leaders Wolfsburg.

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Sweden

Gaming monopoly loses name dispute with treatment centre

A treatment centre for gambling addicts in southern Sweden, has beaten state gambling monopoly Svenska Spel in a naming dispute.

Fire erupts onboard nuke plant boat hotel
Sweden

Fire erupts onboard nuke plant boat hotel

A fire onboard a passenger ferry used to house workers at the Oskarshamn nuclear plant in southern Sweden forced the evacuation 240 people late Thursday night.

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Sweden

Court denies appeal to overturn Stockholm metro contract

A bid by France’s Veolia Transport to contest its loss of a contract to operate the Stockholm metro has been rejected by a Swedish court, the company announced on Thursday.