What’s On in Sweden: March 5th – 11th
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What’s On in Sweden: March 5th – 11th

What’s on in Sweden: The Middle East Peace Orchestra play Stockholm, Women's Arm Wrestling in Gothenburg and Tindersticks in Malmö.

Anger burns a year after Cologne archive collapse
Germany

Anger burns a year after Cologne archive collapse

Cologne observed a minute’s silence Wednesday to remember the two men killed a year ago when the city’s historical archive collapsed, as recriminations and accusations over the incident continued to fly.

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Swedish pilot flew 13 years without licence

A 41-year-old Swedish man with a forged pilot's licence was arrested in the cockpit of a plane in Amsterdam on Tuesday evening as he prepared to take off for Turkey with 101 passengers on board.

Cabinet backs cuts to solar power subsidy
Germany

Cabinet backs cuts to solar power subsidy

Owners of solar panels will no longer be guaranteed high prices for selling their electricity after Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet decided on Wednesday to cut consumer subsidies for solar power.

Potholes for sale in German village
Germany

Potholes for sale in German village

A cash-strapped village in eastern Germany has put its many potholes up for sale in a novel effort to finance the repair of its crumbling roads, the mayor of the Thuringia city said on Wednesday.

Swedish weapons exports on the rise
Sweden

Swedish weapons exports on the rise

Sweden sold weapons to the value of 13.5 billion kronor ($1.9 billion) in 2009, up 7 percent on the previous year, according to new figures released by the Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls (Inspektionen för strategiska produkter - ISP).

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Debt office forecasts boost to state coffers

The Swedish National Debt Office (Riksgälden) has forecast that state finances will recover quicker than expected, according to a new report.

Winter returns for an encore
Germany

Winter returns for an encore

Don’t pack up those winter coats and mittens just yet, the German Weather Service (DWD) is forecasting more snow across much of the country this weekend.

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‘Swedish housing costs among highest in EU’

Swedish housing costs are among the highest across the EU countries. Only the Danes pay more for their homes, according to a new report from the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning (Boverket).

Let’s keep our paws off Knut’s balls
Germany

Let’s keep our paws off Knut’s balls

Castrate Knut? Overzealous animal rights activists need to keep their paws off Berlin’s beloved polar bear, argues Bernd Matthies from Der Tagesspiegel.

Crane accident traps six near Halle
Germany

Crane accident traps six near Halle

A crane and 1,000-tonnes of scaffolding collapsed at a construction site south of Halle on Wednesday morning, temporarily trapping several workers and injuring 11 people, police said.

Swedish rail operator compensates travellers
Sweden

Swedish rail operator compensates travellers

Swedish national rail operator, SJ, has apologised for recent travel chaos by offering compensation for cancelled and delayed trains.

Adidas posts 62 percent profit plunge for 2009
Germany

Adidas posts 62 percent profit plunge for 2009

The German sportswear and equipment maker Adidas said on Wednesday that 2009 profit plunged by 62 percent during one of its most difficult years, but forecast some improvement in 2010.

Germany hoping to tame Maradona’s Argentina
Germany

Germany hoping to tame Maradona’s Argentina

Two World Cup favourites lock horns in Munich on Wednesday night as Diego Maradona's struggling Argentine side take on solid three-times champions Germany.

Every second young German ‘unfit’ for job training
Germany

Every second young German ‘unfit’ for job training

Almost half of Germany’s young adults are “not fit for training” and must complete remedial programmes before they can find an apprenticeship, according to a government report published on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Job agency accepts ‘Muslim handshake’ fine

Sweden’s National Public Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen) has decided not to appeal its fine for discriminating against a Muslim man who had his benefits withdrawn after refusing to shake the hand of Jeanette Löding, the female CEO of a firm with which he was seeking employment.

Three Baltic ferries stuck in the ice
Sweden

Three Baltic ferries stuck in the ice

Three ferries got themselves stuck in ice in the Baltic Sea on Tuesday forcing almost 500 passengers to return to the Finnish island of Åland.

Castrate Knut, say animal rights activists
Germany

Castrate Knut, say animal rights activists

An animal rights group called on Tuesday for Knut the polar bear, who shot to global stardom as a cub in 2007, to be castrated to avert incest with his cousin.

Web pirates won’t have internet cut off
Germany

Web pirates won’t have internet cut off

Internet pirates who repeatedly download illegally copied music, movies and other content will not have their internet service cut off in Germany, Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said Wednesday.

Swedes back housekeeping tax relief
Sweden

Swedes back housekeeping tax relief

Swedes are in favour of the system of household services tax relief that the left-green opposition has declared it will abolish if it wins the autumn election, a new report shows.

Business groups blast sluggish pace of reform
Germany

Business groups blast sluggish pace of reform

In signs of mounting frustration with the performance of Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition, leading business groups launched scathing attacks Wednesday on the slow pace of reform.

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Sweden

’51 years to shared parental leave’: report

At the current pace of change it will take 51 years before Swedish parents achieve parity with regards to the division of parental leave, a new report shows.

Sweden sets sights on easing Russian relations
Sweden

Sweden sets sights on easing Russian relations

A diplomatic thaw between Sweden and Russia appears to be imminent. On Tuesday Fredrik Reinfeldt and Carl Bildt will head to Moscow to meet prime minister Vladimir Putin and president Dmitrij Medvedev.