Sweden faces ‘late exit’ from recession: IMF
Sweden

Sweden faces ‘late exit’ from recession: IMF

Sweden appears set to stay in recession for longer than most other countries and ought to take steps to further strengthen its beleaguered banks, according to a new assessment from the International Monetary Fund.

Merkel aims to strengthen Bafin bank regulator
Germany

Merkel aims to strengthen Bafin bank regulator

German Chancellor Angela Merkel would give the nation's banking supervisor extensive powers over struggling banks, including the capacity to dismiss executives, the Financial Times reported on Friday.

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Sweden

Woman, 32, found guilty of raping woman

A 32-year-old woman has been found guilty of the rape of another woman by the Gothenburg District Court.

Magath looks to repeat magic at Schalke as Bundesliga kicks off
Germany

Magath looks to repeat magic at Schalke as Bundesliga kicks off

Having won the Bundesliga title with Wolfsburg last season, Felix Magath will now try to work the same magic on Schalke 04 when the season begins on Friday eveing.

‘Germany’s oldest drug dealer’ arrested at age 84
Germany

‘Germany’s oldest drug dealer’ arrested at age 84

Police announced on Friday the arrest of an 84-year-old grandmother they believe to be the country’s oldest drug dealer. She was the senior member of a three-generation family heroin operation.

Rostock’s Hanse Sail weighs anchor
Germany

Rostock’s Hanse Sail weighs anchor

Thousands of sailing fans will flock to the Baltic Sea city of Rostock this weekend for the 19th annual Hanse Sail, which will showcase some of the world’s greatest seafaring vessels.

Intelligence agency director fined for causing bomb scare
Germany

Intelligence agency director fined for causing bomb scare

The head of Lower Saxony’s domestic intelligence service will be fined for causing a bomb scare with his forgotten briefcase at a political gathering this week, police told daily Braunschweiger Zeitung on Friday.

Four wolf pups spotted in Brandenburg
Germany

Four wolf pups spotted in Brandenburg

A new litter of four wolf pups has been discovered in Germany’s Lausitz region, Brandenburg Environment Minister Dietmar Woidke said on Friday.

Music biz snapped up Spotify shares
Sweden

Music biz snapped up Spotify shares

Several major record companies own almost one fifth of the shares in the rapidly expanding Swedish online music streaming service Spotify, new documents reveal.

Woman affirmed right to smoke in own garden
Sweden

Woman affirmed right to smoke in own garden

A feud in Åkarp in southern Sweden between a cigarette-puffing woman and her smoke-sensitive neighbour has finally been put to rest by Swedish courts.

Teenagers charged with Stureby murder
Sweden

Teenagers charged with Stureby murder

Two Stockholm teenagers have been charged with the murder of a 15-year-old girl who was found in a wooded area in the Stockholm suburb of Stureby in June.

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Sweden

Probe into school’s alleged Islamic veil discrimination

The Swedish Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen - DO) has launched a probe into a case of alleged discrimination at an adult education centre in Stockholm. Two women claim they were not allowed to attend school because they wear veils that only show the area around the eyes.

Details of brutal child rapist suspect emerge
Germany

Details of brutal child rapist suspect emerge

The suspected child rapist who turned himself in on Thursday after police went public with their search is a 37-year-old who worked as a waiter in the mountainous Allgäu region, a Gießen senior public prosecutor said on Friday.

Health insurers bashed for vaccine threats
Germany

Health insurers bashed for vaccine threats

Health insurer threats to raise premiums to accommodate swine flu vaccinations have been met with strong criticism from German politicians and employers this week.

Trade surplus surges
Germany

Trade surplus surges

Germany's trade surplus soared 28 percent in June compared to May, official data showed on Friday, in a sign that the main motor of Europe's biggest economy is spluttering back to life.

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Sweden

Music body cautions Pirate Bay suitor

IFPI, a British-based association that represents the recording industry worldwide, has issued a word of warning to Global Gaming Factory (GGF), the Swedish firm set to purchase file-sharing site The Pirate Bay.

Berry pickers pluck unidentified cash stash
Sweden

Berry pickers pluck unidentified cash stash

Berry pickers have discovered a large sum of money hidden in the forest outside of Växjö in southern Sweden.

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Sweden

Bengtsson completes Hertha Berlin move

Swedish defender Rasmus Bengtsson has ended speculation that he might be on his way to Lazio in Rome by instead completing a move to Berlin.

Family member denies murdering 19-year-old
Sweden

Family member denies murdering 19-year-old

A male family member who has been arrested on suspicions of murdering a 19-year-old girl near Sjöbo in southern Sweden denies the charges.

Frings snubbed in World Cup qualifier line-up
Germany

Frings snubbed in World Cup qualifier line-up

Michael Ballack has been called up for Germany's World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan in Baku on August 12 but coach Joachim Löw has left veteran midfielder Torsten Frings out of his line-up.

Car floating in Weser river reveals murder-suicide drama
Germany

Car floating in Weser river reveals murder-suicide drama

Police believe that a car containing two corpses found in the Weser river was not an accident, but a murder-suicide, they said on Friday.

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Sweden

Boy, 5, rescues drowning dad

A Swedish father who couldn't swim was saved by his five-year-old son at an outdoor swimming pool in Falun in central Sweden on Sunday.