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Germany

Germany approves GM potato trial

Germany has agreed to allow test cultivation of Amflora, a genetically modified potato manufactured by chemicals giant BASF, the Agriculture Ministry said on Monday.

Eastern German women considered ‘less ditzy’
Germany

Eastern German women considered ‘less ditzy’

Prominent German feminist Alice Schwarzer on Monday said women from the formerly communist eastern part of the country were less “ditzy” than those with western German roots.

Google Street View to launch despite privacy complaints
Germany

Google Street View to launch despite privacy complaints

Internet search engine Google plans to launch its controversial Street View feature in Germany soon, but users with objections can register complaints before images of their street are made public, news magazine Focus reported on Monday.

Five Swedes tested for swine flu
Sweden

Five Swedes tested for swine flu

At least five people in Sweden are being examined for possible exposure to swine flu, according to an official with the Institute for Infectious Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet).

TUI cancels Mexico City trips citing swine flu
Germany

TUI cancels Mexico City trips citing swine flu

Germany's leading tourism group, TUI, said Monday it would cancel Mexico City visits until May 5 owing to the swine flu outbreak and would offer alternatives to clients who had planned to travel to other parts of Mexico.

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Sweden

Baltic states agree on Sweden power link

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania agreed in Vilnius on Monday on a key undersea power link between Sweden and Lithuania that would connect the three Baltic states into the Scandinavian energy grid.

Fetishism goes pop culture: Sweden’s latest social trend
Sweden

Fetishism goes pop culture: Sweden’s latest social trend

Even in Sweden, a country with traditionally liberal views about sexuality, fetishism has long been considered a taboo subject. But as The Local’s Rami Abdelrahman discovered recently, it appears that fetishism is finding a mainstream foothold in Swedish society.

Sweden’s teenagers cut back on booze
Sweden

Sweden’s teenagers cut back on booze

Swedish teenagers are drinking less alcohol than they were a few years ago. It has become hip to be sober, according to the Swedish National Institute of Public Health (Statens Folkhälsoinstitutet).

Klinsmann sacked by Bayern Munich
Germany

Klinsmann sacked by Bayern Munich

FC Bayern Munich’s coach Jürgen Klinsmann, 44, has been fired after a disappointing showing from his team this season, the club's website announced on Monday.

Germans find their celebrities dull
Germany

Germans find their celebrities dull

German celebrities aren’t worth talking about – even in Germany – according to an online media study published this week. Madonna and other foreign celebs ranked well above the country’s dimly shining stars for web gossip.

Being Berlin’s culture monkey
Germany

Being Berlin’s culture monkey

Braving a chaotic, frustrated crowd of 20,000 people, Ben Knight spends his Saturday evening as a bus guide during Berlin's first ever Long Night of Opera and Theatre.

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Sweden

Foreign students help boost numbers at Swedish colleges

The number of students enrolled at Swedish universities climbed in 2008 for the first time since the early 2000s, new statistics from the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskolverket) show.

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Sweden

Sweden tops European rape league – but that doesn’t tell the whole story

Sweden has the highest incidence of reported rapes in Europe - twice as many as "runner up" the UK, a new study shows. But the figures don't tell the whole story, says the professor who led the study.

Consumer confidence still strong despite recession
Germany

Consumer confidence still strong despite recession

German consumer confidence is resisting a deep recession in Europe's biggest economy but could still be done in by rising unemployment, the latest survey by the GfK research institute showed on Monday.

Scania sees profits and orders plummet
Sweden

Scania sees profits and orders plummet

Net profits at Swedish truckmaker Scania plunged 93 percent to 179 million kronor for the first quarter ($21.8 million), the company reported on Monday as orders for new vehicles also took a dive.

Spiegel: Fiat won’t close Opel plants
Germany

Spiegel: Fiat won’t close Opel plants

Italian carmaker Fiat is prepared to guarantee that Germany’s four Opel plants will stay open if it takes over the troubled General Motors subsidiary, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Monday.

Lund wins bid to host new particle accelerator
Sweden

Lund wins bid to host new particle accelerator

The university town of Lund in southern Sweden is set to become the site of a new particle accelerator, Max IV, Lund University announced on Monday.

Berserk bovine injures children after farm break out
Germany

Berserk bovine injures children after farm break out

A "cow gone wild" injured several children and a police officer in Hagen after escaping from its pen and rampaging through city, police in the German state of Lower Saxony reported on Sunday.

Borg blasts US and UK over financial crisis
Sweden

Borg blasts US and UK over financial crisis

Swedish finance minister Anders Borg has criticized how the United States and Britain have managed the financial crisis and wants smaller countries to have more influence on the global economy.

Customers exploit T-Mobile SMS apology
Germany

Customers exploit T-Mobile SMS apology

T-Mobile customers took full advantage of free text messages offered on Sunday in apology for a nationwide service blackout last week.

Shocking Wolfsburg loss leaves Bundesliga race open
Germany

Shocking Wolfsburg loss leaves Bundesliga race open

Relegation-threatened Energie Cottbus threw the Bundesliga title race wide open on Sunday when the strugglers inflicted a shock 2-0 defeat on league leaders Wolfsburg.

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Sweden

Bouncer remanded in custody for Gamla Stan shooting

The 41-year-old bouncer suspected of having shot a couple in Gamla Stan in central Stockholm last Tuesday was remanded in custody on Sunday on suspicion of attempted murder.

Bildt to Sri Lanka for ceasefire talks
Sweden

Bildt to Sri Lanka for ceasefire talks

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt will visit Sri Lanka on Wednesday, along with his counterparts from Britain and France, following a the government in Colombo’s decision to reject a ceasefire offered by Tamil Tiger rebels.