Germany faces Australia, Ghana and Serbia
Germany

Germany faces Australia, Ghana and Serbia

Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Friday Die Mannschaft had drawn a tough yet surmountable challenge in Australia, Ghana and Serbia for the group stage of the 2010 World Cup finals.

Deutsche Bahn picked for UK rail services
Germany

Deutsche Bahn picked for UK rail services

Germany's Deutsche Bahn said Friday it had been selected to operate trains and stations on the Tyne and Wear Metro in and around the English cities of Newcastle and Sunderland.

Moderates drop four points in new poll
Sweden

Moderates drop four points in new poll

A new poll from Expressen/Demoskop shows support for Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's Moderate party has dropped by four percentage points to 25.3 percent.

Stuttgart station revamp raises hopes, hackles
Germany

Stuttgart station revamp raises hopes, hackles

Plans to build a futuristic new train station in Stuttgart have many concerned the project is too expensive and will destroy the city’s architectural heritage. David Wroe reports.

Economies of eastern German states show more spark
Germany

Economies of eastern German states show more spark

The economies of Germany’s formerly communist states have proven more dynamic than their western counterparts over the past three years, according to a study released on Friday.

Berlin and Hamburg attacks an anarchist ‘declaration of war’
Germany

Berlin and Hamburg attacks an anarchist ‘declaration of war’

Anarchists attacks on police stations and political offices in Berlin and Hamburg overnight were a “declaration of war” on the state, head of the German Police Union (DPoIG) told The Local on Friday.

Study finds no dangerous radiation around nuclear Asse dump
Germany

Study finds no dangerous radiation around nuclear Asse dump

An official investigation reported on Friday that there are no dangerous radiation levels in the region surrounding the controversial Asse nuclear waste dump in Lower Saxony.

BAIC closer to Saab deal with loan approval
Sweden

BAIC closer to Saab deal with loan approval

Prospective Saab buyer BAIC has received approval for a loan of 20 billion Yuan, approximately 20 billion Swedish kronor ($2.9 billion), from the Bank of China.

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Sweden

Telia forced to reveal file-sharing customer

Swedish Internet provider TeliaSonera has been forced to disclose the identity of a customer believed to be behind file-sharing site Swetorrents, after losing a court case to a consortium of film companies in the District Court.

Arvika festival campaign reaches its climax
Sweden

Arvika festival campaign reaches its climax

In the latest marketing blitz from organizer's of Sweden's Arvika music festival, a twenty-year-old girl is shown masturbating in front of the camera for a short promotional video.

Going back to old school organic farming
Germany

Going back to old school organic farming

Nika Knight from Exberliner magazine visits Germany’s oldest Demeter farm to find out what hides behind the organic label.

Health warnings over diet product
Sweden

Health warnings over diet product

The Swedish Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket) has issued a warning about the use of a diet product, Super Slim, after receiving numerous complaints from Swedish consumers, news agency TT reports.

Bundesbank sees economy rebounding in 2010
Germany

Bundesbank sees economy rebounding in 2010

The German central bank said on Friday that Europe's biggest economy will rebound next year after the country's worst slump since World War II.

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Sweden

Murderer’s admission to medical school sparks debate

The controversy surrounding a convicted murderer turned medical student continues as Sweden struggles to balance the right to education with protecting patients’, and society’s, best interests.

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Sweden

How a Swedish town turned itself around

When a town faces the prospect of losing a major employer, the fate of an entire community can hang in the balance. But for Västervik, situated on Sweden's east coast in Småland, a factory closure gave a kick-start to the town's entrepreneurial spirit.

Borg sees the light for State’s finances
Sweden

Borg sees the light for State’s finances

The State’s finances will recover faster than what was earlier estimated, following Sweden’s faster-than-expected recovery from the financial crisis, the government has announced. The State’s budget should now be balanced or in surplus by 2013/2014.

Tanker spills 8,000 litres of lubricant on A1 motorway
Germany

Tanker spills 8,000 litres of lubricant on A1 motorway

A tanker truck on Friday morning overturned after taking a curve at high speed and lost some 8,000 litres of machine lubricating oil on the A1 motorway in the state of Lower Saxony, police reported.

Bundeswehr sends off Schneiderhan amid Afghanistan scandal
Germany

Bundeswehr sends off Schneiderhan amid Afghanistan scandal

The Bundeswehr on Thursday night gave a traditional send off Gen. Wolfgang Schneiderhan after he resigned as chief of staff following revelations that the Defence Ministry withheld information about civilian deaths in Afghanistan.

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Sweden

Two charged with rape of 16-year-old

Two men, aged in their twenties, have been charged with the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Höör, north of Malmö.

Director Fatih Akin boycotts Switzerland after minaret ban
Germany

Director Fatih Akin boycotts Switzerland after minaret ban

Prominent Turkish-German director Fatih Akin said has said he will not bring his new film to Switzerland in protest of a referendum vote that banned the construction of minarets in the country last week.

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Sweden

Second heart procedure for Leafs’ Gustavsson

Toronto Maple Leafs goalkeeper Jonas Gustavsson will have his second heart procedure in less than three months after experiencing an elevated heart rate, the NHL team said on Thursday.

Sweden’s swine flu response wins EU praise
Sweden

Sweden’s swine flu response wins EU praise

Two European-wide health bodies have praised Sweden’s response to the swine flu pandemic, particularly the country's mass vaccination programme. Nearly half of all Europeans to have been vaccinated are Swedes.