Credit Suisse clients and staff face tax probe
Germany

Credit Suisse clients and staff face tax probe

German prosecutors said Friday they were investigating around 1,100 customers and staff of Swiss bank Credit Suisse's local operations on suspicion of hiding money from German tax authorities.

Germany adopts budget with record debt
Germany

Germany adopts budget with record debt

Germany's parliament Friday approved a budget for 2010 with a record level of new borrowing, as Europe's top economy seeks to bounce back from the most severe recession since World War II.

‘Name and shame sex-buyers’: Ask
Sweden

‘Name and shame sex-buyers’: Ask

Sweden's justice minister Beatrice Ask wants families to know if their husbands or fathers are suspected of buying sex and has proposed that coloured-coded envelopes be sent to their homes.

Leftist accuses official of blocking citizenship
Germany

Leftist accuses official of blocking citizenship

Weeks after a member of the socialist Left party accused Lower Saxony's Interior Ministry of blocking her citizenship application for her political leanings, Jannine Menger-Hamilton told The Local on Friday she would now receive a German passport.

Hannover 96 offers football fans birthing room for born supporters
Germany

Hannover 96 offers football fans birthing room for born supporters

Football fans often claim to be born supporters, but the Bundesliga club Hannover 96 has taken this to the next level with a special delivery room for births not far from the stadium.

BA strike set to hit Swedish flights
Sweden

BA strike set to hit Swedish flights

Travellers between Sweden and the UK face delays and cancellations this weekend due to a strike by British Airways cabin crew, with three out of five flights from Stockholm to London cancelled on Sunday.

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Sweden

Uppsala airport gets go ahead for low-cost flyers

The Uppsala military airport Ärna has been given the environmental all clear to begin hosting low-cost flyers, the County Administrative Board announced in a statement on Friday.

Meet Germany’s spring zoo babies
Germany

Meet Germany’s spring zoo babies

Spring is in the air, which means cuddly animal newborns are cropping up at zoos across Germany. Take a moment to meet the adorable new additions!

Schäuble: Berlin flattered by French criticism
Germany

Schäuble: Berlin flattered by French criticism

Finance Minster Wolfgang Schäuble said on Friday that Germany considers foreign criticism of its large trade surplus, most recently from France, a compliment.

‘Millennium’ film opens to rousing US reviews
Sweden

‘Millennium’ film opens to rousing US reviews

The first of the Stieg Larsson "Millennium" trilogy films, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, has opened to rousing reviews from US critics and audiences not known for cherishing obscure subtitled films from Scandinavia.

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Sweden

Serial killer investigation ‘a scandal’

The mother of nine-year-old Therese Johannessen has described the investigation into her daughter's death as scandalous, as an evidence controversy sheds doubt on the conviction of the Swedish serial murderer Thomas Quick.

Greece’s Papandreou says WWII reparations issue still open
Germany

Greece’s Papandreou says WWII reparations issue still open

Greek Prime Minister Georgios Papandreou said the issue of German reparations for World War II was still “open,” potentially putting Athens on a collision course with Berlin as it contends with a crippling debt crisis.

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Sweden

Swedish firms increase advertising spend

Swedish firms have started to ease restrictions on advertising budgets, with new figures indicating an 18 percent hike in spending during the first two months of 2010, according to the business daily Dagens Industri.

Mob of marauding minks snacking on woodland creatures
Germany

Mob of marauding minks snacking on woodland creatures

Thousands of minks are marauding through the Brandenburg countryside, killing chickens and woodland creatures after suspected animal activists released thousands from a fur farm.

High demand for Muhammad cartoons
Sweden

High demand for Muhammad cartoons

Swedish artist Lars Vilks has confirmed that he has sold around 20 copies of his cartoon depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a dog to private collectors, according to the Helsingborgs Dagbladet daily.

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Sweden

Springtime skiing – just a bus ride from Stockholm

If watching the Olympics gave you an itch to hit the slopes, consider Romme Alpin, a bus ride from Stockholm, says Davrell Roberts Tien.

Warm weather heightens risk of spring floods
Sweden

Warm weather heightens risk of spring floods

The recent warmer weather across many parts of Sweden has started to melt the winter's record snow falls, bringing with it a heightened risk of flooding.

Ex-military officials raise pressure on Guttenberg
Germany

Ex-military officials raise pressure on Guttenberg

Pressure on Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is rising after two former military officials contradicted him at parliamentary inquiry, saying they did not fail to provide him with adequate information on a controversial air strike in Afghanistan.

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Sweden

Sweden proposes veterans memorial day

The Swedish government has proposed the establishment of May 29th as an official veteran soldiers day. Further measures have been announced to ensure that ex-soldiers will receive the care and support they need.

Bayern Munich preps for intense schedule ahead
Germany

Bayern Munich preps for intense schedule ahead

Bayern Munich begin what one coach called “three weeks of truth” on Saturday against Eintracht Frankfurt with the Bundesliga leaders still bidding for three trophies with a raft of games ahead.

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Sweden

Court fines Stockholm couple for faked sex

A Stockholm couple have been fined by a district court for disorderly conduct after they were reported for having simulated sex on their patio, reports local newspaper Mitt-i-Södermalm.

Swedish curlers face Paralympic tie-break
Sweden

Swedish curlers face Paralympic tie-break

Sweden will face Italy in a tie-break in the Paralympic wheelchair curling in Vancouver on Friday in a surprise extra match to decide who would progress to the semi-final stage.