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Sweden

Swedes in favour of joining euro: poll

Swedes in favour of joining the euro zone now outnumber those against, for the first time, a new survey indicates.

Infineon asks for state help
Germany

Infineon asks for state help

German chip maker Infineon is in negotiations with the government over state guarantees worth several hundred million euros, the Welt am Sonntag paper reported Sunday.

Police shoot circus bear dead
Germany

Police shoot circus bear dead

Police in Kassel shot a female brown bear dead on Sunday morning after it escaped from its enclosure at the Circus Universal Renz with another bear.

Free EU ring tone to entice young voters for European elections
Germany

Free EU ring tone to entice young voters for European elections

With voter turnout expected to be low for the upcoming June European parliamentary elections, North Rhine-Westphalia’s government is giving out a free ring tone for cell phones to encourage young voters to take part.

Porsche family loses yachts in fire
Germany

Porsche family loses yachts in fire

A fire at an exclusive Austrian marina on the Wörthersee destroyed 14 yachts Friday night, including two belonging to members of the family that controls the Porsche auto company, Bild am Sonntag reported.

Arcandor at the brink, layoffs possible
Germany

Arcandor at the brink, layoffs possible

Arcandor, the parent company of such German household names as Karstadt, the department store, and Thomas Cook, the travel agency, is at the brink of bankruptcy, Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday.

Cologne archive collapse damages could top €1 billion
Germany

Cologne archive collapse damages could top €1 billion

Damages from the collapse of Cologne’s city archive, which destroyed and buried thousands of precious historical documents going back a thousand years, could exceed €1 billion, the magazine Focus reported Sunday.

Swedes demonstrate in support of Pirate Bay
Sweden

Swedes demonstrate in support of Pirate Bay

The convictions and prison sentences handed down to the defendants in The Pirate Bay case have prompted Sweden's youth to action. The Pirate Party reports booming support as demonstrators turn out in force on Saturday.

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Sweden

Alliance and opposition vie for lead: poll

Sweden's Alliance government and three party opposition bloc share voter support, a new poll published by Sifo on Sunday shows. A further poll by Skop confirmed that the Alliance had extended its lead.

Two boys seriously injured after illegal circumcision
Sweden

Two boys seriously injured after illegal circumcision

Astrid Lindgren's hospital in Solna near Stockholm has alerted police to suspicions of illegal circumcisions that have left two small boys with injuries.

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Sweden

AMF demands pension refund from ex-CEO

Swedish pensions firm AMF Pension has concluded that ex-CEO Christer Elmehagen received a higher pension than that agreed and has demanded that he repay the difference.

German neo-Nazis march in Czech town
Germany

German neo-Nazis march in Czech town

Nearly 500 far-right militants from the Czech Republic and Germany rallied late Saturday to mark the 64th anniversary of punishing Allied air raids on the Czech city of Usti nad Labem, near the German border.