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Germany

Frankfurt’s best beer gardens

The Local's guide to Germany's best beer gardens makes an exception for Frankfurt's apple wine.

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Germany

Bavaria’s best beer gardens

The Local's guide to Germany's best beer gardens heads to the birthplace of it all.

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Germany

Hamburg’s best beer gardens

The Local's guide to Germany's best beer gardens heads up north for a cold brew.

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Germany

Berlin’s best beer gardens

The Local's guide to Germany's best beer gardens heads to the German capital for a cold brew.

Swedish brand ranked tenth in the world
Sweden

Swedish brand ranked tenth in the world

Sweden needs to improve its image in emerging markets if it is to advance from its tenth position on a prestigious global brand index, writes Liselott Bergman from the Swedish Institute.

Swine flu infections spike over weekend
Germany

Swine flu infections spike over weekend

The number of swine flu cases in Germany rose to 31 over the holiday weekend, all of them related to travel in the US, the Berlin-based Robert Koch Institute reported on Monday.

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Sweden

Appeals court clears ex-Skandia director

The Svea Court of Appeal has acquitted Ulf Spång, the former director of Swedish insurance firm Skandia, of charges of tax evasion.

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Sweden

Swedish car sales continue to splutter

Registrations of new cars and trucks continued their decline in May, according to new figures from interest group Bil Sweden.

Sven-Olof Sällström: Sweden should never have joined the EU
Sweden

Sven-Olof Sällström: Sweden should never have joined the EU

Running in the EU Parliament election is a complicated matter for Sweden Democrat Sven-Olof Sällström, he says, because Sweden should not have joined the union in the first place when presented with the opportunity in 1994.

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Sweden

Sweden requests return of ’emaciated’ jailed socialite

Sweden has requested the repatriation of a 24-year-old woman jailed for four years in 2008 for plotting to kill witnesses in her boyfriend's drugs trial, as fears for her health mount.

Shoe-throwing German student goes on trial in Cambridge
Germany

Shoe-throwing German student goes on trial in Cambridge

A German student at Britain's Cambridge University went on trial Monday accused of harrassing Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao by throwing a shoe at him.

Mother caught smuggling drugs into prison in baby’s diaper
Germany

Mother caught smuggling drugs into prison in baby’s diaper

A young mother has been caught trying to smuggle amphetamines into a Rheinbach prison using her baby’s diaper, police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia reported on Monday. The arrest provided clues that led to a larger bust in Siegburg.

‘Swedish state should not educate imams’: report
Sweden

‘Swedish state should not educate imams’: report

The Swedish state should not engage in the education of imams, a commission of inquiry into the issue has concluded in its report submitted to the government on Monday.

Most Cologne archive documents intact despite collapse
Germany

Most Cologne archive documents intact despite collapse

Three months after the collapse of Cologne’s city archives, experts are amazed by how many of the precious documents have survived the devastating accident.

Swedish pirates have wind in their sails for EU vote
Sweden

Swedish pirates have wind in their sails for EU vote

A Swedish party which wants an Internet filesharing free-for-all, the Pirate Party, could become one of the surprise new entrants to the European parliament this week.

Obama cancels Weimar visit
Germany

Obama cancels Weimar visit

US President Barack Obama will not visit the German city of Weimar as planned next week due to a “narrow window of time,” a Thuringia state Interior Ministry spokesperson said on Sunday.

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Sweden

Swedish major facing sack over boozy African sex romp

A major in the Swedish armed forces serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is in danger of losing his job as a result of his excessive drinking and sexual relations with a local woman.

Swedes back al fresco smoking ban
Sweden

Swedes back al fresco smoking ban

73 percent of Swedes back a ban on smoking in outside dining areas of cafés and restaurants, according to a new poll by Synovate on commission from the Swedish Network of Tobacco Prevention published on Monday.

Ancient whale skeleton uncovered under Swedish motorway
Sweden

Ancient whale skeleton uncovered under Swedish motorway

A whale skeleton, thought to be around 10,000 years-old, has been uncovered during construction of the E6 motorway near Strömstad in western Sweden.

Germans summarise Bible via Twitter
Germany

Germans summarise Bible via Twitter

The Protestant Church in Germany rang in the Pentecost holiday weekend by successfully completing a project to summarise the entire Bible via Twitter, thus achieving a world record.

Ibrahimovic claims Italy’s golden boot
Sweden

Ibrahimovic claims Italy’s golden boot

Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored two goals as champions Inter beat Atalanta on Sunday to claim Italy's golden boot.

UN buckles down on climate change pact in Bonn
Germany

UN buckles down on climate change pact in Bonn

Gruelling efforts to craft a pact on climate change enter a crucial phase on Monday when a 192-nation UN forum takes its first look at a draft text for negotiations in Bonn, Germany.

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Sweden

Two more Swedes infected by swine flu

Two new cases of swine flu were confirmed in Sweden over the weekend, reports the Institute for Infectious Diseases (SMI) on its homepage.

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Sweden

100,000 lose power after Stockholm fire

Up to 100,000 Stockholm households were left without electricity on Sunday night following a series of network faults and a fire at a transformer station.