Economic recovery picking up speed
Germany

Economic recovery picking up speed

The German economic recovery has accelerated in recent months, the central bank said Wednesday, fuelling expectation it could raise its growth forecast for Europe's biggest economy.

Oktoberfest hikes beer prices for 200th anniversary
Germany

Oktoberfest hikes beer prices for 200th anniversary

Germany's world-famous beer festival Oktoberfest said Wednesday that it has upped the price for its huge mugs of amber nectar to almost €9 for this year's 200th anniversary event.

Germany’s golden future
Germany

Germany’s golden future

With skittish Germans fearing the imminent collapse of the euro, Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for the British newspaper The Times, decides it’s time to buy gold. Or sell it.

Söderling reaches third round at French Open
Sweden

Söderling reaches third round at French Open

Robin Soderling took just 71 super-charged minutes to sweep aside hapless American Taylor Dent on Wednesday to reach the third round of the French Open.

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Sweden

Trial witness shot in Malmö

A man who was due to testify against a member of the Black Cobra criminal gang has been shot at a bus stop in Malmö. A female bystander was also injured in the shooting. Both victims were shot in the leg.

Ryanair wins appeal on repatriation
Sweden

Ryanair wins appeal on repatriation

A Swedish court ruled Wednesday that Irish low-cost airline Ryanair had no obligation to compensate a couple stranded in Brussels when one of its flights was cancelled due to heavy fog.

Bumbling repo men kidnap wrong woman
Germany

Bumbling repo men kidnap wrong woman

Stuttgart police on Wednesday said they had arrested a band of men working for a collection agency who allegedly kidnapped a woman and held her for more than a day before realising they’d snatched the wrong person.

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Sweden

‘Birthplace Sweden but differences remain’

Swedish-born children of foreign-born parents are faced with lifelong challenges that differ greatly from those faced by people with two Swedish-born parents, a new report from Statistics Sweden (SCB) shows.

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Sweden

Swedes struggle with unforeseen expenses

Nearly one in four households, or 22 percent, would have difficulty dealing with an unforeseen expense of 5,000 kronor ($635), according to a study by Länsförsäkringar.

Germany defends short-selling ban
Germany

Germany defends short-selling ban

Germany on Wednesday defended its decision last week to ban naked short selling, saying it wanted a "signal to markets" it will not tolerate "excessive speculation" regardless of international criticism.

World Cup rivals will be tough, injured Ballack warns
Germany

World Cup rivals will be tough, injured Ballack warns

Germany's injured captain Michael Ballack has warned his country's football fans against having high expectations for the World Cup finals in South Africa.

Red Cross chief jailed for fraud
Sweden

Red Cross chief jailed for fraud

The former communications chief of the Swedish Red Cross has been sentenced to five years in prison for swindling the organization out of millions of kronor.

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Sweden

Swedish court convicts dead man for assault

A Swedish appeals court convicted a man in absentia of assault in April. The man's absence turned out to be due to his untimely death a month previously and the prosecutor has now called on the court to re-open the case.

Euro crisis stokes inflation and debt fears
Germany

Euro crisis stokes inflation and debt fears

The eurozone’s Greek crisis has stoked German fears of impending inflation and crushing debt, according to a poll published on Wednesday.

BND spy jailed for passing secrets to gay Balkan lover
Germany

BND spy jailed for passing secrets to gay Balkan lover

A court in Munich on Wednesday jailed a former spy for the German BND intelligence service for more than two years for sharing top secret information with his boyfriend while working in Kosovo.

Poles, Romanians and Americans lead immigration to Germany
Germany

Poles, Romanians and Americans lead immigration to Germany

Poland, Romania and the United States were the largest sources of immigration to Germany last year, which surged by six percent according to official figures.

Sweden faces mortgage debt hangover: report
Sweden

Sweden faces mortgage debt hangover: report

Swedish household borrowing continues to increase at one of the world's highest rates and economists at the state Housing Credit Guarantee Board (Statens bostadskreditnämnd - BKN) have raised concerns over the risks for individuals, house prices, and the Swedish economy.

Volker Bouffier to replace Roland Koch as Hessian state premier
Germany

Volker Bouffier to replace Roland Koch as Hessian state premier

Following the surprise resignation by conservative Hesse state premier Roland Koch, the Christian Democratic (CDU) state parliamentary group has unanimously chosen Hessian Interior Minister Volker Bouffier to succeed him.

High water reaches Brandenburg early
Germany

High water reaches Brandenburg early

Floodwaters from Poland have arrived in eastern Germany earlier than expected, hitting the second-highest warning level and rising, officials said on Wednesday morning.

‘Green Party voters most likely to change sides’
Sweden

‘Green Party voters most likely to change sides’

Almost a quarter of Green Party support could consider voting for one of the centre-right Alliance coalition parties, a new survey has shown.

Merkel in Saudi Arabia for talks on Gulf tour
Germany

Merkel in Saudi Arabia for talks on Gulf tour

German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks with Saudi King Abdullah late on Tuesday after calling for Gulf nations to help press Iran over its nuclear drive, the official SPA news agency said.

Iraqi Airways cancels Sweden flights
Sweden

Iraqi Airways cancels Sweden flights

Iraqi Airways has announced that it is cutting services to Sweden and the UK after an "escalation" of a legal battle with Kuwait, that state carrier said on Tuesday.

Vilks invited to complete Uppsala lecture
Sweden

Vilks invited to complete Uppsala lecture

Uppsala University has invited artist Lars Vilks to speak again after his lecture on May 11th was interrupted when he was attacked.