Merkel and Cameron play down differences
Germany

Merkel and Cameron play down differences

New British leader David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to play down sharp differences on how to shore up European financial stability during their first official talks in Berlin on Friday.

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Sweden

Somalia terror suspect remanded

A 23-year old man suspected of planning terror attacks in Somalia has been remanded in custody by Gothenburg District Court.

Backlash over student loan crackdown
Sweden

Backlash over student loan crackdown

Swedish students are being forced to pay back tens of thousands of kronor at short notice because universities and the student loan authority can't agree on how to define a full-time student.

Opel agrees on restructuring plan with unions
Germany

Opel agrees on restructuring plan with unions

General Motors' European unit Opel and European unions have agreed on the terms of a long-awaited restructuring plan for the troubled company, Opel said on Friday.

Sunshine and heat to grace Pentecost holiday weekend
Germany

Sunshine and heat to grace Pentecost holiday weekend

After weeks of wet and dreary spring weather, a high-pressure system will bring friendlier and drier days just in time for the long holiday weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Friday.

Swedes in semis at hockey worlds
Sweden

Swedes in semis at hockey worlds

Sweden will face the Czech Republic in the semi-finals of the 2010 IIHF World Hockey Championship in Germany on Saturday.

Erotic magazine for women hits German newsstands
Germany

Erotic magazine for women hits German newsstands

A new erotic magazine for women called “Alley Cat” hit German newsstands this week, with publishers targeting young women who have “grown up with sex,” according to the editor.

Swedes back centre-right government in a crisis
Sweden

Swedes back centre-right government in a crisis

The Swedish electorate have significantly more faith in the centre-right government to handle an economic crisis than the centre-left opposition, a new Sifo survey shows.

The euro rescue package poses incalculable risks
Germany

The euro rescue package poses incalculable risks

Germany has made a huge mistake in backing an emergency rescue package for eurozone countries, argues president of the Ifo economic institute Prof. Hans-Werner Sinn.

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Sweden

Stockholm photography museum thrills Leibovitz

A new museum on Stockholm's waterfront has created a buzz among the world's best photographers. Claire Hardman found Annie Leibovitz, the world's most revered photographer, was among those to be won over.

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Sweden

Hotel fined for guest slur at discrimination seminar

A Swedish appeals court has ruled that a Norrköping hotel was guilty of discriminating against a guest who was participating at a conference on ethnic discrimination at the time.

Bayern set to pay Ribery club’s highest salary ever
Germany

Bayern set to pay Ribery club’s highest salary ever

Bayern Munich playmaker Franck Ribery will sign a three-year contract extension that will make him the club's highest ever earner and keep him with the German champions until 2015, it was reported Friday.

Who’s who in the extended royal family
Sweden

Who’s who in the extended royal family

The King, Queen and their children might be the best-known members of the Swedish royal family, but there are numerous other Swedish princes and princesses - including the last surviving great-grandchild of Britain's Queen Victoria, writes Juan Navas.

Family strife blamed for high suicide rate among Turkish women
Germany

Family strife blamed for high suicide rate among Turkish women

A new initiative aims to lower the disproportionately high number of suicide attempts among young German-Turkish women thought to be caused by familial conflicts.

Mobiles overtake fixed lines in Sweden
Sweden

Mobiles overtake fixed lines in Sweden

Swedes now spend longer talking on mobile phones than on fixed lines, according to new calculations.

Parliament passes billion-euro rescue fund
Germany

Parliament passes billion-euro rescue fund

Germany’s governing coalition on Friday managed to push a billion-euro rescue package for the eurozone through parliament after warning the future of Europe’s single currency was at stake.

Olofsson happy with Geely Volvo assurances
Sweden

Olofsson happy with Geely Volvo assurances

Sweden's enterprise minister Maud Olofsson has discussed the Volvo-Geely deal with senior Chinese management and received confirmation that the firm plans to retain its Swedish connection and maintain production in the country.

Left-wing coalition talks fail in the Rhineland
Germany

Left-wing coalition talks fail in the Rhineland

The Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens have abandoned talks with The Left party on forming a coalition in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), making a grand coalition or new elections in Germany’s largest state likely.

Lahm admits pressure high for Germany after Ballack injury
Germany

Lahm admits pressure high for Germany after Ballack injury

With Germany bidding for their fourth World Cup title in South Africa, defender Philipp Lahm admits there is an air of expectation on Joachim Löw’s side to prove themselves.

Minister moots shorter work week for parents
Germany

Minister moots shorter work week for parents

Family Minister Kristina Schröder on Friday called for German companies to create more flexible work time models to allow parents better options for juggling career and family.

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Sweden

Spring floods threaten northern Sweden

Sweden's meteorological agency SMHI has issued flood warnings in several areas across northern parts of Sweden as water levels rise with the spring floods.

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Sweden

TeliaSonera appeals anti-piracy ruling

Swedish telecom firm TeliaSonera has announced its intention to appeal to the Supreme Court (Högsta Domstolen) an anti-piracy law ruling ordering the firm to hand over the names and addresses of people behind a file sharing website.

Sweden launches inquiry into forced marriage
Sweden

Sweden launches inquiry into forced marriage

The Swedish government has announced the launch of an inquiry aimed at tightening legislation banning forced and child marriages, which it identified as a continuing problem.