What’s on in Sweden: June 26 – July 2
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: June 26 – July 2

What's on in Sweden: Bunny Wailer and The Pet Shop Boys in Stockholm; A Camp and snuff exhibition in Gothenburg; Atmosphere (US) in Malmö.

Pressure increases to scrap forced choice on citizenship
Germany

Pressure increases to scrap forced choice on citizenship

Politicians, academics and members of the church have joined forces to try to change Germany's restrictive rules on dual citizenship. Currently children born foreign parents have to choose one nationality over another.

Arla probe reveals milk monopoly plans
Sweden

Arla probe reveals milk monopoly plans

Scandinavian dairy producer Arla Foods was engaged in a plan to “completely shut competing companies out of the market”, Swedish competition authorities allege.

Dope kings charged with growing 14 tonnes of cannabis
Germany

Dope kings charged with growing 14 tonnes of cannabis

A trio of middle-aged Germans produced more than 14 tonnes of marijuana by hiding it in maize fields in locations around the country, a court in Koblenz heard on Wednesday.

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Business leaders urge cut in Sweden’s capital gains tax

Sweden needs to cut its capital gains tax in order to maintain its competitiveness, according to a new report from an influential business group.

English designer carries handbag brand to Sweden
Sweden

English designer carries handbag brand to Sweden

At first glance, a simple handbag may appear to be a few pieces of leather arbitrarily stitched together, but to designer and entrepreneur Jackie Cawthra, a handbag is fashion statement, a confidence-booster, an image and a lifestyle.

Malmö win for topless Swedish bathers
Sweden

Malmö win for topless Swedish bathers

Women in Malmö have been given the right to bathe topless in the swimming pools of Sweden's third largest city.

General Motors open to new offers for Opel
Germany

General Motors open to new offers for Opel

Struggling US auto giant General Motors is still open to new bids for its German arm Opel, potentially torpedoing a deal with Canada's Magna.

Massive Viagra shipment seized by Swedish customs officals
Sweden

Massive Viagra shipment seized by Swedish customs officals

A shipment of nearly 9,000 Viagra tablets was confiscated during a routine check at a post office by customs officials near Malmö in southern Sweden.

Another positive doping test for German equestrian team
Germany

Another positive doping test for German equestrian team

The world of German equestrian sport has been rocked by another case of a doped horse - this time ridden by five-time Olympic dressage rider Isabell Werth.

Second wave of insolvencies seen
Germany

Second wave of insolvencies seen

Insolvency administrators are expecting a record number of German companies to go bust towards the end of this year and into 2010, as the effects of the global recession take hold.

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Troublesome kids locked in isolation cells

Solitary confinement is used as a form of punishment for children as young as 11-years-old by Sweden’s state-operated centres for troubled youth, a new investigation has revealed.

Study finds an extra million Muslims living in Germany
Germany

Study finds an extra million Muslims living in Germany

There are around a million more Muslims living in Germany than had previously been thought, according to a new survey.

Jung says fighting in Afghanistan ‘not a war’
Germany

Jung says fighting in Afghanistan ‘not a war’

Defence Minister Franz Joseph Jung has insisted that Germany is not fighting a war in Afghanistan, rejecting calls for such an admission after three soldiers died there on Tuesday.

Pirate Bay served with Dutch lawsuit via Twitter and Facebook
Sweden

Pirate Bay served with Dutch lawsuit via Twitter and Facebook

An entertainment industry association from the Netherlands has used Twitter and Facebook to deliver a court summons to the three men behind The Pirate Bay file sharing site.

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Migration agency used anti-Muslim lawyer

A lawyer contracted by the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) to represent asylum seekers has a personal blog in which he espouses racist and anti-immigrant views, referring to Islam as a “psychosocial disease”.

Swedish embassy targeted in bomb plot
Sweden

Swedish embassy targeted in bomb plot

Pakistani security forces have arrested a man suspected of plotting to bomb the Swedish embassy in Islamabad.

Steinbrück warns of ‘mammoth’ debt
Germany

Steinbrück warns of ‘mammoth’ debt

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück warned on Wednesday that the next government after September’s general election would have to contend with a “mammoth” problem of mounting debt.

Merkel heads to US amid transatlantic tensions
Germany

Merkel heads to US amid transatlantic tensions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit US President Barack Obama this week amid sharp differences between the world's top economy and its top exporter ahead of the G8 summit of rich nations, writes AFP's Deborah Cole.

Marlene Dietrich’s private letters to be auctioned off in Berlin
Germany

Marlene Dietrich’s private letters to be auctioned off in Berlin

A collection of letters written by German film legend Marlene Dietrich is set to go under the auctioneer’s gavel in Berlin on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Swedish cops bare all for undercover operation

Two Swedish police officers stripped down naked and were offered “extra” treatment on recent visits to massage parlors.

Unprecedented job cuts at Ikea due to crisis
Sweden

Unprecedented job cuts at Ikea due to crisis

Swedish discount furniture retailer Ikea has been forced to slash 5,000 jobs globally due to the economic crisis, but still expects a new sales record, the CEO said on Tuesday.