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Sweden

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

What's on in Stockholm: Bunny Wailer and The Pet Shop Boys; exhibitions focusing on Taiwan and West Sahara.

Merkel heads to US for talks with Obama
Germany

Merkel heads to US for talks with Obama

German Chancellor Angela Merkel flew to Washington Thursday for talks with US President Barack Obama on the international economic crisis and climate protection.

Dresden loses UNESCO world heritage status
Germany

Dresden loses UNESCO world heritage status

Dresden has lost its UNESCO world heritage site status for building a controversial bridge over the Elbe River.

German neo-Nazis praise reelection of Iran’s Ahmadinejad
Germany

German neo-Nazis praise reelection of Iran’s Ahmadinejad

Neo-Nazis in Germany are applauding the repression of protests in Iran and publishing statements supporting the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his hard-line government.

Germany’s war of words in Afghanistan
Germany

Germany’s war of words in Afghanistan

The German government refuses to admit it's fighting a war Afghanistan. But simply relabeling dead soldiers is poor substitute for dealing with the military reality there, argues Katharina Schuler from Zeit Online.

No retrial in Pirate Bay case
Sweden

No retrial in Pirate Bay case

Sweden's Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday that the judge in the high profile Pirate Bay case was not biased, as has been claimed by lawyers representing the men behind the popular file sharing site.

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Sweden

Pirate Party to sit with Greens in European Parliament

Sweden’s Pirate Party has ended speculation about its political priorities by announcing that its newly elected member of the European Parliament plans to join the legislative body’s Greens/European Free Alliance parliamentary group.

Steffen breaks world 100 metres freestyle record but credits suit
Germany

Steffen breaks world 100 metres freestyle record but credits suit

Britta Steffen broke the world record in 100 metres freestyle on Thursday morning in Berlin. But the German swimmer immediately criticised the high-tech suit she was wearing, saying it was making her too fast.

Sweden U-21 coach faces ban after halftime Balkan row
Sweden

Sweden U-21 coach faces ban after halftime Balkan row

As Sweden’s under-21 side prepares to face England in the semifinals of the European U-21 football championships, it faces the prospect of doing so without co-manager Tommy Söderberg on the sidelines.

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Sweden

Animal rights activists force restaurant closure

Threats and vandalism allegedly carried out by animal rights activists have forced restaurant in Umeå in northern Sweden to close its doors.

Opel reportedly losing €6 million a day
Germany

Opel reportedly losing €6 million a day

The situation of embattled carmaker Opel is far worse than was known: West Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Thursday the General Motors unit was losing up to €6 million a day, triple the amount widely assumed.

Climate House opens its doors to visitors in Bremerhaven
Germany

Climate House opens its doors to visitors in Bremerhaven

The Klimahaus, or Climate House, in Bremerhaven opened on Thursday, with city planners hoping it will become an environmental tourist draw for the northern city.

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Sweden

Publishers win anti- piracy law test case

In the first case tried since the passage of Sweden’s anti-file sharing law in April, an ISP has been told by a Swedish court it must hand over information about its customers to five publishers looking into copyright violations.

Zypries demands constitutional amendment for gay rights
Germany

Zypries demands constitutional amendment for gay rights

Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries says she wants to change the German constitution to include equal rights for gay people but is being blocked by conservatives in the government.

Björn from ABBA: There’s probably no God
Sweden

Björn from ABBA: There’s probably no God

"Freedom from indoctrination ought to be a basic human right for all children," argues ABBA star Björn Ulvaeus in a passionate plea for Sweden to rethink its policy on faith-based schools.

Conservatives mulling higher VAT after vote
Germany

Conservatives mulling higher VAT after vote

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives are considering raising Germany’s value-added tax rate, daily Bild reported on Thursday.

Profit hike for H&M as clothes fly off shelves
Sweden

Profit hike for H&M as clothes fly off shelves

Swedish budget clothing retailer has sidestepped a downward global sales trend to report a healthy second quarter net profit.

Svanberg to ditch Ericsson for BP
Sweden

Svanberg to ditch Ericsson for BP

Ericsson CEO Carl-Henric Svanberg has been appointed as new chairman of British Petroleum and will leave his post as head of the Swedish telecoms giant at the end of the year.

‘Miracle’ gibbon birth at Swedish zoo
Sweden

‘Miracle’ gibbon birth at Swedish zoo

A nearly 40-year-old gibbon has given birth to a healthy baby at a zoo in central Sweden, much to the surprise of zoo officials who just a few months ago thought the mother may be dying.

Laser scanner aims to help park rangers tell forest from trees
Germany

Laser scanner aims to help park rangers tell forest from trees

Forest officials in Bavaria are hoping a laser scanning technique will be able to create a three-dimensional map of miles and miles of woodland, with exact imaging of each tree, to help them manage the region.

Stone Age flute oldest instrument ever found
Germany

Stone Age flute oldest instrument ever found

Stone Age humans may have ripped raw meat from the bone with their teeth but they also played music, according to a study reporting the discovery of a 35,000-year-old flute, the oldest instrument known.

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Sweden

Second man targeted by suspected rapist

A man who raped another man at knifepoint early Sunday morning may have struck again, according to Stockholm police.

Ericsson names Vestberg as new CEO
Sweden

Ericsson names Vestberg as new CEO

Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson announced on Thursday that Hans Vestberg would take over as CEO of the company in 2010.