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Sweden

Sweden preps for post-hunt wolf imports

The government on Thursday ordered the Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket) to prepare for the active import of foreign wolves into Sweden from the east.

Green blueblood’s solar project irks commoners
Germany

Green blueblood’s solar project irks commoners

The aristocratic house of Thurn und Taxis wants to build the world's largest solar park in Bavaria. But as Kyle James reports, the plans have angered their commoner neighbours.

Reinfeldt: no burqa ban in Sweden
Sweden

Reinfeldt: no burqa ban in Sweden

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said definitively on Thursday that he is against introducing legislation which would ban women from wearing burqas.

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Sweden

Finland to cede small slice of border territory to Sweden

Sweden is set to undergo a territorial expansion following a government decision on Thursday which will alter the border with Finland to Sweden’s advantage.

What’s on in Germany: January 28 – February 3
Germany

What’s on in Germany: January 28 – February 3

This Week's Highlights: Air plays Cologne, nudes fill a Hamburg museum, and the Transmediale festival begins in Berlin.

Ex-police chief remanded in sex ring probe
Sweden

Ex-police chief remanded in sex ring probe

A former police chief suspected of rape in an expanding sex ring investigation was remanded in custody on Thursday, despite his claims of innocence. A number of other well-known men are also said to be under investigation.

Banks hike cash machine fees
Germany

Banks hike cash machine fees

A slew of German banks have begun charging their customers fees of up to €10 for using non-affiliated cash machines, a survey by consumer financial services company FMH showed on Thursday.

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Sweden

Dissident demo over Iran Interpol listing

Ten Iranian-born Swedes plan to stage a protest outside the Riksdag on Thursday in a bid to have the Swedish government help get their names removed from an Interpol wanted list.

Beer consumption hits 20-year low
Germany

Beer consumption hits 20-year low

Germans may be famous around the world for their beer, but they drank less of the amber nectar in 2009 than at any time in the past 20 years, according to official statistics published on Thursday.

Cycling comes full circle in Berlin
Germany

Cycling comes full circle in Berlin

It’s been a fixture on Berlin’s sporting calendar for almost a century: six straight days of indoor track cycling. Andrew Curry delves into a legendary Volksfest of beer and big gears.

Warren Buffett raises stake in Munich Re
Germany

Warren Buffett raises stake in Munich Re

US investor Warren Buffett announced on Thursday he had raised his holding in Munich Re, the world's leading re-insurance company.

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Sweden

AstraZeneca to axe jobs despite profit rise

Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca plans to slash 8,000 more jobs worldwide by 2014, continuing its efforts to cut costs despite rising profits, the company announced on Thursday.

Siemens to eliminate nearly 2,000 jobs
Germany

Siemens to eliminate nearly 2,000 jobs

The German industrial group Siemens said Thursday it would eliminate around 1,990 German jobs in its machine tool and industrial services activities.

Tokio Hotel singer Bill pledges never to quit band
Germany

Tokio Hotel singer Bill pledges never to quit band

Bill Kaulitz, the androgynous lead singer of German pop band Tokio Hotel, said on Thursday he will never ditch his bandmates to pursue a solo career.

Staying the course in Afghanistan
Germany

Staying the course in Afghanistan

Germany’s tepid proposals for a conference on the future of Afghanistan in London on Thursday are not enough to ensure peace and stability, argues Dr. Henning Riecke from the German Council on Foreign Relations.

Sex abuse revelations rock elite Catholic school in Berlin
Germany

Sex abuse revelations rock elite Catholic school in Berlin

The headmaster of an elite Jesuit high school in Berlin has sent a letter to former students asking them to come forward about systematic sexual abuse by priests there in the 1970s and 1980s.

H&M to open more stores on strong 2009 profits
Sweden

H&M to open more stores on strong 2009 profits

Swedish discount fashion retailer H&M saw its profits soar past expectations for the last quarter in 2009, causing its share price to rally in Thursday morning trading in Stockholm.

Politicians consider French-style burka ban
Germany

Politicians consider French-style burka ban

As their neighbours in France edged closer to a ban on burkas, German politicians on Thursday debated whether such a measure was necessary in their own country.

Sweden to get tougher on violent crime
Sweden

Sweden to get tougher on violent crime

Sweden's government is calling for the introduction of a new level of crime classification that will lead to longer jail terms for especially brutal forms of assault.

Snowstorm mangles traffic across Germany
Germany

Snowstorm mangles traffic across Germany

Heavy snowfall overnight created massive traffic problems across Germany on Thursday morning, particularly in the eastern part of the country.

Snow prompts traffic trouble across Sweden
Sweden

Snow prompts traffic trouble across Sweden

Reports of traffic accidents continued to flood in from all parts of Sweden overnight as heavy snowfalls made driving conditions hazardous.

German Olympians look to dominate winter games
Germany

German Olympians look to dominate winter games

Germany will be looking to at the stay top of the Winter Olympics medal table at Vancouver despite a morale-sapping doping scandal which claimed multiple gold-medal winner Claudia Pechstein.

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Sweden

Swede awarded UN top job in Afghanistan

Long-serving Swedish diplomat Staffan de Mistura has been appointed by UN chief Ban Ki-moon as his new envoy to Afghanistan.