French ‘son of a boche’ becomes German
Germany

French ‘son of a boche’ becomes German

More than six decades after his birth, the son of a French mother and a German Wehrmacht officer, French retiree Daniel Rouxel, was at last granted German citizenship and a measure of dignity on Wednesday.

Paddling through Mecklenburg’s land of a thousand lakes
Germany

Paddling through Mecklenburg’s land of a thousand lakes

Only a short trip from Berlin or Hamburg lies the leafy Mecklenburg lake district. Looking for a relaxing waterborne retreat from the busy German capital, Sabine Devins gets herself up a creek with a paddle.

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Sweden

Paedophile sees jail term cut to five years

A 62-year-old man found guilty of sex crimes perpetrated against eight girls over a period of several years had his sentence reduced on Wednesday from seven to five years.

Pirate Bay buyer lines up record deal
Sweden

Pirate Bay buyer lines up record deal

The Swedish firm set to buy The Pirate Bay, Global Gaming Factory (GGF), has said it is about to ink a deal with a major record company, a move that will enable it to sell the label's content through the file sharing site.

Drunk in wheelchair leads police on high-speed chase
Germany

Drunk in wheelchair leads police on high-speed chase

One policeman was injured after the intoxicated driver of a motorised wheelchair led officers on a high-speed chase through Bielefeld on Tuesday night.

Lufthansa offers rain-weary Germans ‘sunshine insurance’
Germany

Lufthansa offers rain-weary Germans ‘sunshine insurance’

Perhaps aware much of Germany's summer has been grey and wet, airline Lufthansa announced on Wednesday it would offer its customers cash back for rainy holidays.

Baby helps fill in white spaces on map
Sweden

Baby helps fill in white spaces on map

Having a baby has been a real eye-opener for Joel Sherwood, who continues his Pop Culture series with a curious look at the hidden crannies he never knew existed.

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Sweden

Sally’s Restaurant & Bar, Västerlånggatan 52

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Sweden

Glenfiddich Warehouse No. 68 Bar & Restaurant, Västerlånggatan 68

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Sweden

Mårten Trotzig, Västerlånggatan 79

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Sweden

Järntorgspumpen Bar & Restaurant, Järntorget 83

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Sweden

O’Leary’s Sports Bar, Järntorgsgatan 5

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Sweden

Swedish hotels struggle despite strong summer

After a difficult spring, the economic situation has improved this summer for Swedish hoteliers, but experts fear that the industry is in for a difficult autumn season.

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Sweden

Medusa Rock Bar, Kornhamstorg 61

Adidas profit plummets in second quarter
Germany

Adidas profit plummets in second quarter

Adidas posted Wednesday a massive drop in second-quarter profit that underscored weak consumer sentiment worldwide. But the sports equipment maker beat expectations and stood by its full-year outlook.

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Sweden

Engelen, Kornhamnstorg 59

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Sweden

Temple Bar, Kornhamnstorg 55

Early signs of recovery in Stockholm
Sweden

Early signs of recovery in Stockholm

The wave of unemployment is expected to subside, business has picked up and the number of consulting jobs has increased.

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Sweden

Mother in the red after costly childbirth

A woman who received a bill for almost 65,000 kronor ($9,000) after giving birth at Uppsala University Hospital has petitioned the Swedish government to erase her debt.

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Sweden

Flyt Restaurant & Bar, Kajplats Kornhamnstorg

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Sweden

Romana Bakfickan Bar & Lounge, Lila Nygatan 14-16

SPD plunges to worst poll rating this year
Germany

SPD plunges to worst poll rating this year

Less than eight weeks before Germany’s general election, the centre-left Social Democratic Party plunged to its worst opinion poll rating of the year on Wednesday.

Germany’s shortest metro line to open in Berlin
Germany

Germany’s shortest metro line to open in Berlin

A new U-Bahn metro train, the U55, opens in Berlin this weekend after 13 years of construction. With just three stops, it will be the shortest line in the country, but officials hope it will popular with tourists.

TV viewers terrified by Swedish supermodel
Sweden

TV viewers terrified by Swedish supermodel

A commercial for Apoliva, an assortment of personal care products for Apoteket, featuring Swedish supermodel Adina Fohlin has made a major splash, although not quite the one that the Swedish pharmacy chain was hoping for. Rather than running out to purchase Apoliva products, viewers are running scared.

Church roof collapse kills priest
Germany

Church roof collapse kills priest

A Romanian-Orthodox priest and another man have died after a church roof collapsed, Berlin police reported on Wednesday.

Muslims irked by Schalke fan song referring to Mohammed
Germany

Muslims irked by Schalke fan song referring to Mohammed

Football club Schalke 04 have become the target of protest letters from Muslims offended by the official anthem of the Ruhr Valley Bundesliga team.

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Sweden

US-based Swede shot dead in Trollhättan

A 36-year-old Swede resident in the United States was shot dead during a visit to his family's home in Trollhättan in western Sweden on Tuesday in a suspected murder believed to have been witnessed by the victim's two year-old son.

Expert advises longer school holidays to fight swine flu
Germany

Expert advises longer school holidays to fight swine flu

A leading virologist has suggested that school holidays be extended to prevent the spread of swine flu, which has recently taken hold across Germany.

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Sweden

Major differences in handling of social assistance seekers

There are major differences in how local authorities in Sweden treat those seeking social assistance, according to a new study. This is the first time the handling of such individuals by local authorities has been examined, reported Sveriges Radio (SR).

Handball body fires referee for blogging
Sweden

Handball body fires referee for blogging

Two former referees are taking the Swedish Handball Federation to court after being fired, reported Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.

Deutsche Bahn spied on employee health records too
Germany

Deutsche Bahn spied on employee health records too

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn, still reeling from a spy scandal earlier this year, admitted on Tuesday it had secretly and illegally monitored the health records of some of its employees.

Jewish council backs new Mein Kampf edition
Germany

Jewish council backs new Mein Kampf edition

The Central Council of Jews advocates the publication of a scholarly edition of Adolf Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf,” broadcaster 3SAT reported on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Man sentenced to six years for four rapes

The Örebro district court has sentenced a 28-year-old man to six-and-a-half years in prison for raping four women.