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Sweden

Swedish clinic sterilises wrong patient

A medical clinic in Västerås in central Sweden has been reported for sterilising the wrong man.

US embassy expands ‘A-List’ of Swedish clean tech firms
Sweden

US embassy expands ‘A-List’ of Swedish clean tech firms

Three Swedish companies have been added to the US embassy’s list of promising clean tech companies, as the embassy signaled that its work promoting clean-energy cooperation between Sweden and the United States would continue under the new ambassador.

Saab hits brakes amid cash crunch
Sweden

Saab hits brakes amid cash crunch

Saab Automobile has the capacity to manufacture and sell more cars, but currently lacks the money it needs to do so.

The Local’s guide to Berlin Fashion Week
Germany

The Local’s guide to Berlin Fashion Week

Fashion Week comes to Berlin on Wednesday to showcase spring and summer 2010 collections. While many of the shows require an invite, there are still plenty of things for the common "volk" to see.

Nuclear power plants warming Rhine river
Germany

Nuclear power plants warming Rhine river

The Rhine River water temperature is three degrees Celsius above its natural average, the result of power plants along the river and global warming, German environmental group BUND said in a report issued Tuesday.

Court delays Lisbon Treaty ratification
Germany

Court delays Lisbon Treaty ratification

Germany's top court said on Tuesday that additional national legislation was needed before the EU's Lisbon Treaty could be ratified, further delaying its adoption across the 27-member bloc.

Bildt blasé over German EU delay
Sweden

Bildt blasé over German EU delay

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said on Tuesday he was unconcerned about a decision by Germany's top court to delay ratification of the EU's Lisbon Treaty.

Tire factory gets bomb threats for two days in a row
Germany

Tire factory gets bomb threats for two days in a row

For the second time in two days, the Goodyear Dunlop tire factory in Fulda received bomb threats from an unknown man, police reported Tuesday.

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Sweden

Toddler falls from fourth floor balcony

A three-year-old boy was rushed to hospital at lunchtime on Tuesday after falling from a fourth floor balcony in Borås in western Sweden.

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Sweden

Economic crisis and climate top Swedish EU priorities

The global economic crisis, soaring unemployment in Europe and climate change top Sweden's agenda as it takes over the European Union six-month presidency in difficult conditions on Wednesday.

Fixed-gear bikes spark police crackdown in Berlin
Germany

Fixed-gear bikes spark police crackdown in Berlin

They’re sleek, fast and illegal in Germany: fixed-gear bicycles. Marc Young reports on how trendy fixie riders have sparked a police crackdown in Berlin.

Unemployment drops slightly
Germany

Unemployment drops slightly

Germany’s unemployment rate in June fell slightly to 8.1 percent from 8.2 percent last month, but the slight improvement doesn’t mean the economy is out of troubled waters yet, analysts said on Tuesday.

Porsche loan request denied as Qatar offers to invest
Germany

Porsche loan request denied as Qatar offers to invest

Stricken German luxury sportscar maker Porsche said on Tuesday that its request for a €1.75-billion-euro loan from the German state had been rejected.

Apprentice postman torches election materials
Germany

Apprentice postman torches election materials

A stressed-out trainee with Deutsche Post has admitted to burning election documents and brochures instead of delivering them, police in the southern town of Göppingen reported.

Tax agency targets Chinese pop star
Sweden

Tax agency targets Chinese pop star

Chinese pop music star and Stockholm resident Wei Wei has been targeted by Swedish tax authorities, who recently attempted to freeze 50 million kronor ($6.5 million) of the singer’s assets.

Reinfeldt and Bildt: tactician and veteran diplomat at EU helm
Sweden

Reinfeldt and Bildt: tactician and veteran diplomat at EU helm

One is a calculating tactician new to the global stage, the other an impulsive veteran passionate about EU expansion: Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Foreign Minister Carl Bildt are Sweden's tag team for the upcoming EU presidency.

Accused Nazi killer Demjanjuk’s medical results set for release
Germany

Accused Nazi killer Demjanjuk’s medical results set for release

Medical test results concerning alleged Nazi-criminal John Demjanjuk’s ability to stand trial are expected to be released this week.

Swedish IT company to buy Pirate Bay
Sweden

Swedish IT company to buy Pirate Bay

The Pirate Bay is set to be purchased for 60 million kronor ($7.8 million) by Global Gaming Factory X (GGF), a company specializing in internet café management software, the company announced on Tuesday.

Germany humiliates England in Under-21 championship final
Germany

Germany humiliates England in Under-21 championship final

A double by Sandro Wagner rounded off a stunning 4-0 success for Germany over England in the European Under-21 championship final to give them their first success in the tournament on Monday night.

Gothenburg’s new rules strike bum note with street musicians
Sweden

Gothenburg’s new rules strike bum note with street musicians

Starting on July 1st, tourists visiting Gothenburg may find the city’s streets quieter than usual due to a controversial new ordinance requiring permits for street performers.

Pit bull attack sends four to hospital
Sweden

Pit bull attack sends four to hospital

Four people were taken to hospital and two dogs were shot by police in connection with a Monday afternoon dog fight in Blackeberg in western Stockholm.

Quelle gets €50 million in emergency loans
Germany

Quelle gets €50 million in emergency loans

Insolvent German mail-order company Quelle got a massive credit injection of €50 million on Monday night after more than four hours of negotiations, government officials said.

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Sweden

Probe of attack in Iraq on Swedish politician

The stabbing in Iraq of a local Swedish politician has prompted an investigation into whether or not the attack was paid for by the woman’s relatives back in Sweden.