Hamrén ruled out for Sweden job
Sweden

Hamrén ruled out for Sweden job

Norwegian club Rosenborg's Swedish coach Erik Hamrén has become the latest candidate to fall out of the running for his home country's national team vacancy.

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Sweden

Police in the dark over well-planned web attack

Swedish authorities are no closer to discovering who may have been behind two distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that downed the websites of the police and some 40 media sites on Thursday.

Thuringia state premier vote turns into three-round fiasco
Germany

Thuringia state premier vote turns into three-round fiasco

What was supposed to be a symbolic vote for Thuringia’s new Christian Democratic (CDU) state premier Christine Lieberknecht turned into a fiasco on Friday. Politicians there held three votes before she was finally elected.

Insolvent Quelle offers Germany’s ‘biggest ever’ clearance sale
Germany

Insolvent Quelle offers Germany’s ‘biggest ever’ clearance sale

Bankrupt mail-order giant Quelle is to have “Germany’s biggest clearance sale” starting Sunday, with 18 million items of merchandise ranging from clothing to electrical appliances being sold at up to 30 percent off.

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Sweden

Ibrahimovic nominated for FIFA award

Sweden and Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named among the 23 contenders shortlisted for the FIFA World Player of the Year award.

Death of leading neo-Nazi set to cripple far-right
Germany

Death of leading neo-Nazi set to cripple far-right

One of the driving forces of neo-Nazism in Germany, Jürgen Rieger, has died after suffering a stroke, his far-right National Democratic Party announced on its website Friday morning.

Big city clubs clash in championship climax
Sweden

Big city clubs clash in championship climax

IFK Gothenburg welcome Stockholm team AIK to Gamla Ullevi stadium on Sunday in a title decider as the Swedish Allsvenskan championship goes down to the wire.

Iris, 92, honoured for wartime code-cracking heroics
Sweden

Iris, 92, honoured for wartime code-cracking heroics

Iris Kramer, a Brit living in Sweden, has been honoured by the British government in recognition of services for her efforts cracking enemy codes during World War II.

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Sweden

Sweden announces SMS loan crackdown

The Swedish government announced plans on Friday to tackle the problem of text message loans aimed at the young, as the opposition Social Democrats demanded a total ban.

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Germany

‘New Madoff’ fraud feared in Germany

A German lawyer warned on Friday of a "new Madoff case" as the number of potential victims of fraud involving the speculative German fund K1 soared.

Germany plans to stop foreign aid to China
Germany

Germany plans to stop foreign aid to China

Germany plans to cut off millions of euros in foreign aid to emerging economic giant China, the new development minister Dirk Niebel told daily Bild on Friday.

Swedish girl, 16, dies in Alpine fall
Sweden

Swedish girl, 16, dies in Alpine fall

A 16-year-old girl from Falun in central Sweden has died following a hiking accident in the French Alps.

Rooks draw Swedish village into Hitchcock Halloween nightmare
Sweden

Rooks draw Swedish village into Hitchcock Halloween nightmare

The residents of a village in southern Sweden are facing up to their own Halloween nightmare of as an invasion of birds befalls their countryside idyll.

China blocks Berlin Wall anniversary Twitter site
Germany

China blocks Berlin Wall anniversary Twitter site

China’s government has blocked its citizens from logging onto a German website celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall because Chinese bloggers were using it to voice civil rights concerns in their own country, the site announced on Thursday.

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Sweden

Petrol station names and shames ‘pump and run’ thieves

A petrol-station owner in Växjö in southern Sweden grew so tired of customers filling up and driving off without paying that he identified them with a photo at the entrance to his station.

Former Stasi prisoner goes back to jail for art
Germany

Former Stasi prisoner goes back to jail for art

Carl-Wolfgang Holzapfel, who famously lay prostrate across the border at Checkpoint Charlie in protest against the communist East German regime, returned Thursday to the notorious Hohenschönhausen Stasi prison for seven days to reenact his incarceration.

Government agency puts job seekers’ data at risk
Germany

Government agency puts job seekers’ data at risk

Data protection deficiencies at the Federal Employment Agency (BA) are far more serious than previously reported, daily Frankfurter Rundschau reported on Friday.

Deutsche Bahn braces for ‘bloody battle’
Germany

Deutsche Bahn braces for ‘bloody battle’

German national railway Deutsche Bahn is bracing for a "bloody battle" with French peer SNCF, which has said it intends to compete on major European routes, a Bahn director said on Friday in an interview.

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Sweden

Vattenfall mulls new Swedish nuke plants

Swedish state-owned power firm Vattenfall unveiled plans at a press conference on Friday to which could result in the construction of a new nuclear power station, according to a statement.

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Sweden

Swedish bureaucrats force tuna fish on Asian detour

An 11 tonne cargo of tuna fish forced to make a return journey to Thailand because of faulty paperwork has now completed its voyage back to Sweden.

‘Book reverend’ saves a million scrapped East German books
Germany

‘Book reverend’ saves a million scrapped East German books

For nearly 20 years, Reverend Martin Weskott has been saving books printed in the former East Germany from the rubbish heap of history.

Mentally ill man behind Gothenburg bomb scare
Sweden

Mentally ill man behind Gothenburg bomb scare

A man wearing a bomb belt paralyzed central Gothenburg on Thursday evening when he boarded a tram heading for the city centre and threatened to blow it up.