What’s on in Sweden: September 11 – 17
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What’s on in Sweden: September 11 – 17

What's on in Sweden: World Cup baseball & Cirque du Soleil in Stockholm; Coco Chanel & All Time Low (US) in Gothenburg; Macy Gray (US) in Malmö

Battle of the Swedish literary manifestos
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Battle of the Swedish literary manifestos

Swedish writers have stepped away from the serious business of writing books to do battle over the future of the Swedish novel. But perhaps they should get off their high horses and stick to the task, suggests The Local's Charlotte Webb.

Escaping Berlin: Autumn colours from a Spreewald canoe
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Escaping Berlin: Autumn colours from a Spreewald canoe

The long, lazy Indian summer days are swiftly coming to an end, but as The Local’s Kristen Allen reports, there are few better ways to soak up the season than a relaxing and affordable jaunt to the canals of the Spreewald nature preserve.

Commerzbank returns state guarantees
Germany

Commerzbank returns state guarantees

Commerzbank, Germany's second biggest bank, is returning billions of euros in state guarantees and redrafting its models for staff pay, chief executive Martin Blessing said on Wednesday.

Swine flu – facing up to the stigma
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Swine flu – facing up to the stigma

Recognizing that acceptance of a problem is the first step to recovery, The Local's Peter Vinthagen Simpson bravely leaves behind his quarantine and admits to being a swine flu victim.

Peeing in indoor pools increases asthma risk: Swedish study
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Peeing in indoor pools increases asthma risk: Swedish study

Swedes' habit of relieving themselves in public swimming pools may heighten their risk of asthma if the indoor pools lack proper ventilation, new Swedish research shows.

The Left party surges in latest opinion poll
Germany

The Left party surges in latest opinion poll

Germany's socialist party The Left has surged to its best level this year in a new opinion poll, while Chancellor Merkel's preferred coalition has lost its potential majority just weeks before the general election.

VW engines to fire German household power plants
Germany

VW engines to fire German household power plants

An ambitious project was unveiled in Germany on Wednesday to install mini gas-fired power plants in people's basements that could produce as much electricity as two nuclear reactors within a year.

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Man missing for 13 years found dead in Munich cellar

A German woman clearing out the cellar of her new house in southern Germany discovered in a hidden room the mummified body of a man declared missing 13 years ago, police said on Wednesday.

Teens convicted for Stureby murder
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Teens convicted for Stureby murder

The two teenagers charged with killing 15-year-old Therese Johansson Rojo in the Stockholm suburb of Stureby in June were found guilty on Wednesday by the Södertörn District Court.

Prosecutors charge MP Tauss in child porn case
Germany

Prosecutors charge MP Tauss in child porn case

State prosecutors in Karlsruhe said Wednesday they had filed charges against Jörg Tauss, Germany's only MP for the Pirate Party, on suspicion of possession and distribution of child pornography.

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Chinese automaker signs on to Saab deal

Sweden's Koenigsegg Group has brought on Chinese auto company Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co Ltd (BAIC) to secure the financing needed to buy Saab from General Motors, Koenigsegg said on Wednesday.

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Cyprus hit by Swedish royal wedding rumours

The largest circulation newspaper in Cyprus, Phileleftheros, reported on Wednesday that the wedding of one of the daughters of the Swedish king is to take place on the Mediterranean island this Friday, a claim rejected by Princess Madeleine's secretary Anita Söderlind.

Stockholm museum settles feud over art looted by Nazis
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Stockholm museum settles feud over art looted by Nazis

Stockholm’s Moderna Museet has settled a long-running dispute with the heirs of a Jewish businessman over a painting the man’s family claimed was looted by the Nazis during World War II.

Labour ministry tags €100 million for micro-credit programme
Germany

Labour ministry tags €100 million for micro-credit programme

Labour Minister Olaf Scholz is planning a €100-million programme to provide micro-credit to small German businesses, financial daily Handelsblatt reported on Wednesday.

Leading German bloggers present web journalism manifesto
Germany

Leading German bloggers present web journalism manifesto

Fifteen leading German bloggers and online journalists have drawn up a 17-point manifesto of how they believe journalism functions in the internet era.

Umeå named European culture capital for 2014
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Umeå named European culture capital for 2014

To the jubilation of Umeå residents, chairman of the jury Sir Robert Scott announced on Tuesday that Umeå will be the European Capital of Culture for 2014, beating the southern city of Lund by a clear margin.

Hessian border town changing states after 50-year campaign
Germany

Hessian border town changing states after 50-year campaign

Exasperated citizens of Stormbruch in Hesse will likely secede to North Rhine-Westphalia in a state parliamentary vote on Wednesday to make a border change the town has wanted since state-lines were redrawn after World War II.

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Wife held for murder of Swedish ‘oil millionaire’

Four people - including the wife of the victim - have been arrested for their involvement in the murder of a 45-year-old business man outside his home in Fagersta in central Sweden in April.

Bundeswehr dedicates fallen soldiers memorial
Germany

Bundeswehr dedicates fallen soldiers memorial

Germany has inaugurated a new memorial to some 3,100 German soldiers killed in service since 1955, breaking with usual reticence over military pride amid a heated debate about the country's role in Afghanistan.

GM expected to reach Opel decision today
Germany

GM expected to reach Opel decision today

General Motors was expected to reach a decision on Wednesday on the fate of European subsidiary Opel after weeks of delays, which have drawn ire from the German government and unions.

Berlin docks S-Bahn payment for poor service
Germany

Berlin docks S-Bahn payment for poor service

After another safety scandal at Berlin’s S-Bahn rail service created massive delays and cancellations this week, the Berlin city government has said it will give the company just a quarter of its monthly payment.

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Woman barred from getting coat of arms tattoo

A 19-year-old woman from Sölvesborg in southern Sweden has had her request for permission to get a tattoo of the national coat of arms turned down by a chief heraldist at the National Archives, local newspaper Blekinge Läns Tidning reports.

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Ikea wins naming battle with used furniture site

Flatpack furniture giant Ikea has won its legal naming battle with a Swedish website selling second-hand Ikea goods at knockdown prices.

Sahlin keen to raise taxes
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Sahlin keen to raise taxes

The opposition Social Democrats are preparing to raise taxes if elected next year in a bid to save jobs, and raise the quality of schools and health care, according to an article by party leader Mona Sahlin and economic affairs spokesman Thomas Östros in Wednesday's edition of Dagens Nyheter.

Fire department exercise injures 11 after unexplained explosion
Germany

Fire department exercise injures 11 after unexplained explosion

A fire brigade exercise in Wilkau-Haßlau on Tuesday evening left nine children and two adults injured after a mysterious explosion, authorities in the state of Lower Saxony reported on Wednesday morning.