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Sweden

Swedish aid groups deny anti-Israel bias

Development groups have rejected charges laid out by a Jerusalem-based NGO watchdog accusing Sweden's aid community of sponsoring groups that contribute to the "demonization" of Israel.

Netanyahu demands action against Iran during ’emotional’ Berlin visit
Germany

Netanyahu demands action against Iran during ’emotional’ Berlin visit

Netanyahu calls for

‘They might as well forget democracy altogether’
Germany

‘They might as well forget democracy altogether’

With the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party hoping to make inroads in three state elections this Sunday, a former member of Germany's far-right scene suggests how mainstream political parties should be confronting the extremists.

Hesse unveils fragments of Roman emperor statue found in stream
Germany

Hesse unveils fragments of Roman emperor statue found in stream

Hessian Science Minister Eva Kühne-Hörmann on Thursday presented fragments of a 2,000-year-old bronze equestrian statue of Roman Emperor Augustus found recently in a stream near Giessen.

Seven of ten Swedes want swine flu jab
Sweden

Seven of ten Swedes want swine flu jab

More than seventy percent of Swedes are considering taking the vaccination against the new A/H1N1 influenza if the vaccine is approved, a new Skop survey commissioned by the Swedish Health and Welfare Board (Socialstyrelsen) has shown.

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Sweden

Webcam paedophile sentenced to eight years

A 33-year-old man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for raping a teenager and engaging in a series of webcam-related sex crimes involving 60 girls.

Bayern Munich aiming to snap up Real Madrid’s Robben
Germany

Bayern Munich aiming to snap up Real Madrid’s Robben

Bayern Munich look set to sign Real Madrid's Dutch winger Arjen Robben, according to reports in both the Spanish and German media on Thursday with the transfer window set to close next week.

Experts warn of future doctor shortage crisis
Germany

Experts warn of future doctor shortage crisis

The German Medical Association has called upon the new government to step up work to address a future shortfall in doctors, as two-thirds of German clinics look for new medical staff, and 75,000 doctors approach retirement by 2017.

Amnesty: ‘Sweden party to torture’ in Afghanistan
Sweden

Amnesty: ‘Sweden party to torture’ in Afghanistan

Human rights group Amnesty International has argued that Sweden is taking part in torture after the country handed over its first prisoner in Afghanistan to local authorities, according to a report by Sveriges Radio news programme Ekot.

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Sweden

Volvo truck sales collapse by half

Swedish truck manufacturer Volvo Trucks has reported that sales of its vehicles collapsed by 54 percent in July.

Stimulus package funding goes untapped in four states
Germany

Stimulus package funding goes untapped in four states

Six months after the passage of Germany's stimulus package, four of the country's 16 states have yet to tap the €10 billion set aside by the federal government to stimulate growth, daily Bild reported on Thursday.

Schäuble sees no increased terrorist threat
Germany

Schäuble sees no increased terrorist threat

Interior Ministry Wolfgang Schäuble on Thursday downplayed the threat of an imminent terrorist attack in Germany before the general election in September.

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Sweden

Sweden’s free speech tradition draws Israeli ire

Sweden's fervent defence of free speech has sparked a diplomatic storm with Israel over the government's refusal to condemn an article accusing Israeli soldiers of smuggling dead Palestinians' organs.

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Sweden

Investors abandon Pirate Bay suitor

Global Gaming Factory X (GGF), the firm that wants to take over the Swedish file sharing site The Pirate Bay, has been roundly criticised by market watchers for not being able to prove that it has the money for the purchase.

Economists boost growth forecasts for Germany
Germany

Economists boost growth forecasts for Germany

Economists from leading German banks and economic research institutes on Thursday adjusted their 2010 growth forecasts for Europe's largest economy upwards amid improving signs for a healthy recovery after the financial crisis.

What’s on in Germany: August 27 – September 2
Germany

What’s on in Germany: August 27 – September 2

This Week's Highlights: A wine fest in Frankfurt, a fashion party in Cologne, and The Get Up Kids stop off in Munich.

Swedish archaeologists uncover 7th century ship
Sweden

Swedish archaeologists uncover 7th century ship

Swedish archaeologists have announced the find of a 7th century burial ship, the oldest of its kind to be discovered in Scandinavia.

Ulla Schmidt won’t be audited in car scandal
Germany

Ulla Schmidt won’t be audited in car scandal

The government budgetary committee has opted not to have Germany’s Federal Court of Auditors review Health Minister Ulla Schmidt’s controversial use of her official car while on holiday in Spain.

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Sweden

Jeweller offered wife’s stolen valuables

A man walked into a jeweller's shop in Falkenberg in western Sweden and tried to sell some stolen valuables back to their former owner.

Town transformed into Afghan village for military training
Germany

Town transformed into Afghan village for military training

Locals in the remote town of Lengefeld have become the first civilians to take part in military training lessons as their homes are transformed into a makeshift Afghan village for Bundeswehr exercises. AFP’s Deborah Cole reports.

Stockholm smokers hit with ban
Sweden

Stockholm smokers hit with ban

Stockholm city employees will be ordered to stub out their cigarettes at work from May 1st next year as the city is the latest Swedish municipality to announce a ban.

Swedish tabloid sued in New York
Sweden

Swedish tabloid sued in New York

An Israeli lawyer in New York has sued Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet following the publication of an article forwarding allegations that the Israeli army harvested the organs of dead Palestinians.

A political primer for Germany’s election on September 27
Germany

A political primer for Germany’s election on September 27

With just over a month left until Germany’s general election on September 27, Dr. Jackson Janes from the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University offers a political primer of what’s at stake for Chancellor Angela Merkel and her challenger Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.