Germany sends 120 fresh troops to Afghanistan
Germany

Germany sends 120 fresh troops to Afghanistan

Germany said it would send 120 extra soldiers for Afghanistan on Friday, but Chancellor Angela Merkel refused to increase troop levels any higher before an international conference early next year.

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Sweden

Government averts threat of market-set rents

A government memorandum has concluded that both public and private housing companies should negotiate rental fees with tenants based on a utility based system, rather than fees being market-oriented.

Unitymedia buy expands Liberty Global in Europe
Germany

Unitymedia buy expands Liberty Global in Europe

US giant Liberty Global announced on Friday a further expansion of its European presence with the acquisition of Germany's Unitymedia, Europe's third-biggest broadband cable operator.

SPD looks to regroup as Müntefering bows out
Germany

SPD looks to regroup as Müntefering bows out

The end of an era arrived for the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) on Friday when veteran political operator and party chairman Franz Müntefering stepped down with a speech attempting to rally his beleaguered party at a conference in Dresden.

Swedish comic to exact TV revenge on Vatican
Sweden

Swedish comic to exact TV revenge on Vatican

Swedish comic and author Jonas Gardell has announced plans to use his religious TV programme to respond to a Vatican ruling to bar him from Rome's churches claiming that Jesus would not have excluded him.

1970s film on private Hitler rediscovered
Germany

1970s film on private Hitler rediscovered

A documentary panned at Cannes in the 1970s for depicting Hitler’s personal life is now being shown in Germany for the first time. David Wroe speaks with the director about the film's vastly different reception nearly four decades later.

New Stockholm arena gets financial go-ahead
Sweden

New Stockholm arena gets financial go-ahead

Plans for the proposed 30,000-seater arena in the Swedish capital can begin after Stockholm City Council announced a financial agreement with AEG Facilities, the company that will run the stadium.

Russian Orthodox breaks ties with Protestants over female leader
Germany

Russian Orthodox breaks ties with Protestants over female leader

The Russian Orthodox clergy is threatening to cut ties with Germany’s Protestants for electing a divorced woman, Margot Käßmann, as the head of their church.

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Sweden

‘Romario’ killer sentenced to seven years

A 19-year old man, earlier freed by a district court over the killing of Ahmed "Romario" Ibrahim Ali, has been found guilty of murder in the Svea Court of Appeal and sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

Imagining a new future for Berlin
Germany

Imagining a new future for Berlin

The German capital has changed dramatically in the 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Julia Lipkins reports on a festival bringing together artists and urban planners this weekend hoping to share their visions for the city’s future.

Comet-hunting probe to explore origins of the solar system
Germany

Comet-hunting probe to explore origins of the solar system

A German-made space probe that will explore the surface of a giant comet and help scientists understand how the solar system formed was preparing on Friday to use Earth’s orbit to sling itself into deep space, the European Space Agency announced.

Reindeer herd drowns in icy Lapland waters
Sweden

Reindeer herd drowns in icy Lapland waters

More than 400 reindeer have drowned in a river in Jokkmokk in northern Sweden after thin surface ice cracked while the herd were moving to their winter pastures.

Vattenfall: New CEO named within weeks
Sweden

Vattenfall: New CEO named within weeks

The Swedish enterprise minister Maud Olofsson confirmed on Friday morning that the board of state-owned energy giant Vattenfall has begun the search for anew CEO to replace under-fire Lars G Josefsson.

Westerwelle embroiled in row over displaced Germans in WWII
Germany

Westerwelle embroiled in row over displaced Germans in WWII

The delicate issue of ethnic Germans displaced after World War II sparked a political row on Friday, when a conservative Christian Democrat claimed Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle was buying off Germany's eastern neighbours.

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Sweden

Government mulls new law to force care for asylum kids

Government parties have called for legislation to force municipalities to care for children seeking asylum amid recent protests over the housing of young refugees in Vellinge in southern Sweden.

German man charged in Cindy Crawford blackmail plot
Germany

German man charged in Cindy Crawford blackmail plot

A German man has tried to blackmail former supermodel Cindy Crawford out of €67,000 with a picture of Crawford’s 7-year-old daughter gagged and bound to a chair, US media reported on Friday.

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Sweden

Injured soldiers back on Swedish soil

Two of the five soldiers injured in Wednesday's bomb explosion in Afghanistan landed back home in Sweden on Thursday evening. A further two aircraft with medical personnel onboard have been dispatched to bring back other soldiers involved in the incident.

Berlin tries to torpedo EU deal with US for bank data exchange
Germany

Berlin tries to torpedo EU deal with US for bank data exchange

German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said on Friday Berlin would try to stop an EU agreement to transfer bank information to the United States.

Pressure mounts on Vattenfall CEO
Sweden

Pressure mounts on Vattenfall CEO

The Seko union has withdrawn from the board of Swedish state-owned energy firm Vattenfall adding to the pressure on the company's under-fire CEO, Lars G Josefsson.

Economy continues rebound from recession
Germany

Economy continues rebound from recession

Germany's economy continues to rebound from its worst post-war recession, as official data on Friday showed GDP growing for the second quarter in a row amid recovering exports and investment.

Playing with fire lands 11-year-old with million kronor debt
Sweden

Playing with fire lands 11-year-old with million kronor debt

An 11-year-old boy has been ordered to pay 1.9 million kronor ($276,000) in damages after causing smoke and water damage to a Stockholm home, the Aftonbladet newspaper writes.

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Sweden

French accuse Swedes over jet fighter contract

The French military aircraft maker Dassault has accused its Swedish and US competitors for a multi-billion-dollar jet fighter contract in Brazil of playing dirty.