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Sweden

Credit card scammers target Malmö drivers

Dozens of drivers who refueled at petrol stations in southern Sweden have been caught up in a credit card scam, with more than 40 reports pouring in on Thursday alone.

Funeral held for three soldiers killed in Afghanistan
Germany

Funeral held for three soldiers killed in Afghanistan

German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung was among approximately 900 mourners on Thursday at the funeral for three soldiers killed in Afghanistan over a week ago.

Weak krona and ABBA key to Swedish theme parks turnaround
Sweden

Weak krona and ABBA key to Swedish theme parks turnaround

The operator of three of Sweden’s largest amusement parks lost money in 2008, but the company’s CEO is confident of an upswing in profits for 2009 due in part to the weak Swedish currency.

Västerås: A walk back in time
Sweden

Västerås: A walk back in time

As classic cars assemble for the annual Power Big Meet, Robert La Bua takes in the medieval charm of host town Västerås.

Car companies fear downturn after scrap-bonus boom
Germany

Car companies fear downturn after scrap-bonus boom

Auto industry experts fear a sharp downturn in sales after this year’s figures have been dramatically boosted by the car-scrapping premium the German government introduced in January, news magazine Der Spiegel reported Thursday.

Scepticism and outrage follow Pirate Bay sale
Sweden

Scepticism and outrage follow Pirate Bay sale

A storm of criticism has been directed at the three main personalities behind The Pirate Bay following news that the file sharing site will be sold.

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Sweden

German court convicts high-speed Swede

The 52-year-old head of one of Sweden most infamous gangs was sentenced in Germany on Tuesday to three years and three months in prison.

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Sweden

What’s on in Stockholm: July 3 – 9

What's on in Stockholm: Millennium trilogy tour, roots festival, sing-a-long at Skansen, dance camp.

Axel Springer planning tribunal with 68er radicals
Germany

Axel Springer planning tribunal with 68er radicals

Media company Axel Springer is planning a tribunal on the upheaval that rocked Germany in the late sixties, including discussions with revolutionaries who were once the company’s bitterest enemies, CEO Mathias Döpfner announced Thursday.

Berlin approves new US ambassador pick
Germany

Berlin approves new US ambassador pick

The German office of the President has officially approved US President Barack Obama’s top choice for the next ambassador Phil Murphy, according to news magazine Der Spiegel on Thursday.

Germany faces massive national debt
Germany

Germany faces massive national debt

Germany is threatened with the largest debt growth in its history due to a fall in tax revenue because of the recession, newspaper Handelsblatt reported on Thursday.

Sweden hit by wet and wild weather
Sweden

Sweden hit by wet and wild weather

A series of isolated, violent thunderstorms wreaked havoc across southern and central Sweden on Wednesday, flooding roads, damaging buildings, and killing three horses.

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Sweden

Police avoid charges in ‘Niggersson’ case

Public prosecutors have been unable to identify the source of racist names that cropped up in police training materials in southern Sweden and will not press charges in the case.

Merkel says G8 ‘not sufficient’ to solve global problems
Germany

Merkel says G8 ‘not sufficient’ to solve global problems

The Group of Eight industrialised powers (G8) is no longer the appropriate forum to thrash out the world's problems, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: July 2 – 8
Germany

What’s on in Germany: July 2 – 8

This Week's Highlights: Cologne gets irie, Springsteen rocks Munich, and Lucinda Williams drops in on Berlin.

Famous prostitute’s gravestone deemed too ‘slutty’
Germany

Famous prostitute’s gravestone deemed too ‘slutty’

An artist’s design for the gravestone of Germany's most famous prostitute has been rejected by the cemetery authorities for being too "slutty," newspaper Hamburger Morgenpost reported Thursday.

Riksbank halves interest rates
Sweden

Riksbank halves interest rates

In a move that surprised many analysts, Sweden’s central bank has slashed its benchmark interest rate from 0.5 to 0.25 percent.

Terrorism risk escalates ahead of elections
Germany

Terrorism risk escalates ahead of elections

Three months ahead of national elections, German security experts are meeting in Berlin to discuss the danger of terrorist attacks in the country, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Thursday.

Civil unions made legal in Bavaria
Germany

Civil unions made legal in Bavaria

Gay and lesbian couples in the German state of Bavaria may now officially register for civil unions, according to a bill approved by the State Parliament in Munich this week.

EU’s institutional woes could outshine Sweden’s priorities
Sweden

EU’s institutional woes could outshine Sweden’s priorities

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt did his best on Wednesday to deflect attention away from the continuing institutional uncertainty which threatens to overshadow Sweden’s six-month European Union presidency.

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Sweden

US judge bans Swede’s Salinger ‘sequel’

A judge in New York has indefinitely banned publication in the US of a Swedish author’s unauthorized follow-up to J.D. Salinger’s classic novel The Catcher in the Rye.

UN says Germany needs to tackle racism
Germany

UN says Germany needs to tackle racism

Germany needs more ethnic minorities in its political system, the police and its courts, and has to do more to tackle racism in daily life, a UN special rapporteur said on Wednesday.

Sedin brothers ink deal to remain in Vancouver
Sweden

Sedin brothers ink deal to remain in Vancouver

Sweden’s star ice hockey twins, Daniel and Henrik Sedin, have both agreed to extend their contracts with the National Hockey League’s Vancouver Canucks, keeping with the club for another five years.