Bertelsmann mogul Mohn dies at 88
Germany

Bertelsmann mogul Mohn dies at 88

Reinhard Mohn, who built Germany's Bertelsmann from a family printing and publishing business into one of the world's largest media companies, has died at the age of 88, the firm said on Sunday.

Terror warnings dampen Oktoberfest merriment
Germany

Terror warnings dampen Oktoberfest merriment

On the final day of Munich’s Oktoberfest, the city’s mayor said a series of terror warnings had contributed to a “noticeable” drop in revelers to the world’s largest beer festival.

14-year-old boy arrested for assaulting 9-year-old
Germany

14-year-old boy arrested for assaulting 9-year-old

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested for assaulting and seriously harming a 9-year-old-girl last month in North Rhine-Westphalia. The girl had been found critically injured near her home.

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Sweden

‘Council demands for ethical meat break EU law’: authority

The Swedish Competition Authority (Konkurrensverket) has ruled that demands from local councils to ensure ethical standards of meat served in schools runs contrary to EU regulations.

Jockeying for Finance Ministry heats up
Germany

Jockeying for Finance Ministry heats up

The biggest sticking point in forming a new government may be in deciding who takes the reins at the Finance Ministry. All three parties in the new coalition are reportedly offering their own candidates for the high-profile job.

Google admits mistake in blocking Pirate Bay
Sweden

Google admits mistake in blocking Pirate Bay

US search engine giant Google has admitted that an internal error was behind the blocking of Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay on Friday.

Giants rekindle the magic of German reunification
Germany

Giants rekindle the magic of German reunification

David Wroe and photographer Penny Bradfield take in the spectacle of giant marionettes walking the streets of Berlin to celebrate German reunification this weekend.

Experts recommend ‘turbo’ naturalisation for immigrants
Germany

Experts recommend ‘turbo’ naturalisation for immigrants

Germany’s next government should speed up the process for granting citizenship to immigrants, according to a new report by a group of migration experts.

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Sweden

Sweden seeks to bury tsunami tapes

The contentious tapes detailing data traffic from the government offices in connection with the 2004 Asian tsunami are set to be classified for 70 years, according to a new proposal.

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Sweden

Irish ‘Yes’ paves way for two new Swedish MEPs

The Irish "Yes" vote to the Lisbon treaty means that two further Swedes are set to take their place in an expanded EU parliament - provided that the Irish vote is backed up by the Czechs.

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Sweden

Arctic Sea sister ship runs aground off Sweden

A freighter belonging to the owners of the hijacked cargo vessel Arctic Sea has run aground off Sweden, a Swedish coastguard official said on Saturday.

Major budget cuts coming
Germany

Major budget cuts coming

The incoming centre-right German government will be obliged to cut public deficits by €40 billion ($56 billion) between 2011 and 2013, according to a working paper leaked to the press.