Opposition lead widens in poll
Sweden

Opposition lead widens in poll

Sweden's opposition parties have opened up a lead of almost 5 percentage points over the governing centre-right Alliance, according to a new poll published on Friday.

Greens target expat votes in the United States
Germany

Greens target expat votes in the United States

Greens in Washington DC have founded the first chapter of a German political party in the United States ahead of September’s national election. The grass-roots initiative hopes to encourage absentee voting by Germans abroad.

Enke poised to keep German goal at World Cup in South Africa
Germany

Enke poised to keep German goal at World Cup in South Africa

Hannover goalie Robert Enke is set to win the battle to be his country's number one keeper in next summer's World Cup finals in South Africa, former shot-stopper Andreas Köpke said Friday.

Alliance parties agree to reduce taxes
Sweden

Alliance parties agree to reduce taxes

The Alliance parties have agreed to reduce income tax by 10 billion kronor next year, as part of the fourth stage in the parties’ in-work tax credit programme (jobbskatteavdraget), news agency TT has revealed. The tax cuts will mean individual tax reductions of up to 250 kronor per month.

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Sweden

Swedish police to publicly identify suspects

Police in Skåne in southern Sweden will shortly begin publishing pictures of criminal suspects on the police website, a practice that may soon be adopted all over the country.

Berlin supports G20 limits on banker bonuses
Germany

Berlin supports G20 limits on banker bonuses

Germany Friday threw its weight behind a scheme to limit bonuses for bankers as part of a drive towards greater financial market regulation to be debated at a key Group of 20 meeting next month.

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Sweden

Stockholm Nightlife: area by area

Whether you want to drink champagne with the A-listers in Stureplan, find an alternative groove on Söder, soak up the history in Gamla Stan or get down with the locals on Kungsholmen, Stockholm's nightlife has something to offer.

Apple approves Spotify for iPhones
Sweden

Apple approves Spotify for iPhones

Apple has approved Swedish firm Spotify’s iPhone application, which will allow users to stream music to their handsets.

Ex-RAF’s Becker arrested for murder
Germany

Ex-RAF’s Becker arrested for murder

Former Red Army Faction terrorist Verena Becker was arrested on Friday for her suspected role in the leftist assassination of West Germany’s Chief Federal Prosecutor Siegfried Buback more than 30 years ago.

Terrorist suspect arrested en route to Islamist training camp
Germany

Terrorist suspect arrested en route to Islamist training camp

Police have arrested a 24-year-old suspected of helping the Sauerland terrorist cell currently on trial in Düsseldorf. He was reportedly on his way to an Islamist training camp.

German car industry could shed 90,000 jobs
Germany

German car industry could shed 90,000 jobs

Daily newspaper Die Welt on Friday reported that 90,000 jobs are at risk in the German car industry, as the country's spectacularly successful "cash for clunkers" programme draws to a close.

Advertising error fills Lake Constance with formaldehyde
Germany

Advertising error fills Lake Constance with formaldehyde

A chemistry mistake in an advertising campaign for the picturesque town of Konstanz has billboards around Germany showing the pristine Lake Constance full of the poisonous substance formaldehyde.

Pregnant woman ill in suspected swine flu case
Sweden

Pregnant woman ill in suspected swine flu case

A young pregnant woman is critically ill with a life-threatening lung infection that is suspected to be the A/H1N1 swine flu.

Swiss daredevil to walk Zugspitze cable line
Germany

Swiss daredevil to walk Zugspitze cable line

Swiss extreme tightrope artist Freddy Nock will walk a cable car line up to the peak of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain, in an attempt to break a world record this Saturday.

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Sweden

Sweden finds hidden jewels of Russia’s last tsar

Sweden has uncovered a treasure trove in its government archives of valuables belonging to the family of the last Russian tsar. The items have been turned over to relatives, the government said on Thursday.

Stranded Thai berry pickers on their way home
Sweden

Stranded Thai berry pickers on their way home

Some 200 Thai berry pickers who staked their life savings to travel to Sweden to pick berries, only to find themselves penniless and stranded, have had their return trips arranged for them through donations.

‘Cyncism prevails for vote-hungry officials in Sweden and Israel’
Sweden

‘Cyncism prevails for vote-hungry officials in Sweden and Israel’

As the Aftonbladet organ harvesting scandal rumbles to the end of its second week, Stockholm-based Israeli writer David Stavrou calls on policy makers in Sweden and Israel to shed light on the situation rather than turning up the heat.

Cooler weather expected this weekend
Germany

Cooler weather expected this weekend

This week's balmy summer temperatures in Germany are expected to come to an end over the weekend as cold front “Giselher” moves in, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Friday.

Merkel backs coalition between CDU and FDP
Germany

Merkel backs coalition between CDU and FDP

Chancellor Angela Merkel has confirmed she wants her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) to form a coalition with the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) after the September 27 general election, daily Die Welt reported on Friday.

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Sweden

Toddler falls from Stockholm balcony

A 3-year-old boy was seriously injured on Thursday evening after falling from a second floor balcony in Rinkeby in west Stockholm.

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Sweden

Stones thrown at Gothenburg firemen

Fire fighters in Gothenburg were attacked with stones on Thursday night as they rushed to tackle the latest in a series of fires with suspected connections to youth gangs that have raged across the city in the last week.

Vietnamese reporter sacked over Berlin Wall blog post
Germany

Vietnamese reporter sacked over Berlin Wall blog post

A Vietnamese reporter has been sacked after he made a blog post about the Berlin Wall in which he criticised his country's former communist ally, the Soviet Union.

Pirate Bay suitor: ‘Deal done next week’
Sweden

Pirate Bay suitor: ‘Deal done next week’

Global Gaming Factory (GGF) insists it will seal a deal to take over file sharing Site before the end of next week despite questions from financial regulators about how it intends to finance the purchase.