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Germany

Lufthansa announces higher ticket prices

Lufthansa, Europe's biggest airline by passenger numbers, said Wednesday it would raise the price of most flights but partially offset the increase by lowering fuel surcharges.

One-fifth of Germans want Merkel to resign
Germany

One-fifth of Germans want Merkel to resign

Every fifth German wants embattled Chancellor Angela Merkel to resign and call new elections, and a whopping 86 percent of them are unhappy with her government, new polls showed Wednesday.

The daily World Cup roundup
Germany

The daily World Cup roundup

The Local’s World Cup blog offers an outsider’s perspective on German football as Die Mannschaft goes for glory in South Africa. Don’t miss our daily roundup!

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Sweden

Jobs in focus during party leader debate

The jobs, the environment and unemployment were the dominant themes in the party leaders' debate in Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, on Wednesday.

Dutch crime writer backs Swedish theme park
Sweden

Dutch crime writer backs Swedish theme park

Dutch thriller writer Ton Theunis is the initiator of a project to establish a new "WitchWorld" theme park in Mönsterås, a rural municipality in southern Sweden.

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Sweden

Restaurant tax cut could create 15,000 jobs

A decrease in restaurant taxes could create 15,000 new jobs, particularly for young people and immigrants, according to a new report.

GM ends quest for EU loan guarantees for Opel
Germany

GM ends quest for EU loan guarantees for Opel

General Motors ended its quest for state aid from EU government for its troubled German unit Opel on Wednesday, saying it now had the financial firepower to finance a restructuring itself.

Winter rail delays cost 3 billion kronor
Sweden

Winter rail delays cost 3 billion kronor

Three billion kronor ($384.72 million): that was the cost to Sweden of rail delays caused by this winter's severe weather, according to a new report.

Turning teamwork into World Cup glory
Germany

Turning teamwork into World Cup glory

As Germany’s World Cup gets off to a smashing start, David Sharp explores the national football team’s legendary tournament reputation.

Leipzig hostage-taker wanted attention for malpractice suit
Germany

Leipzig hostage-taker wanted attention for malpractice suit

The armed man who took hostages at a Leipzig clothing store on Tuesday was trying to draw attention to his suffering through alleged medical malpractice, the city’s public prosecutor’s office said on Wednesday.

Big royal turnout expected for wedding
Sweden

Big royal turnout expected for wedding

Sweden’s royal wedding is set to attract one of largest gathering of kings and queens seen in Europe for years, a guest list for Friday’s pre-wedding concert has revealed.

Eriksson enters ‘Jabulani’ World Cup ball debate
Sweden

Eriksson enters ‘Jabulani’ World Cup ball debate

Ivory Coast manager Sven-Göran Eriksson has joined the controversy over the Jabulani, the broadly criticized Adidas ball being used at the World Cup in South Africa, calling for a review.

Bavarian company resurrects classic Horex motorcycle brand
Germany

Bavarian company resurrects classic Horex motorcycle brand

The classic German motorcycle brand Horex has been resurrected and the newly re-founded company plans to put out a new bike by the end of 2011.

Teens arrested for laser pointer attack on plane in Hamburg
Germany

Teens arrested for laser pointer attack on plane in Hamburg

Two teenagers have been nabbed for attempting to blind pilots landing at the Hamburg Airport with a laser pointer this week after being hunted down by a police helicopter.

Sven ‘not completely happy’ with draw
Sweden

Sven ‘not completely happy’ with draw

Sven-Göran Eriksson conceded that his Ivory Coast team had left themselves a challenge after settling for a 0-0 draw with Portugal on Tuesday, while he expressed satisfaction that captain Didier Drogba came through the match unscathed.

Långholmen claim three points in historic win
Sweden

Långholmen claim three points in historic win

Långholmen FC notched a new historic first after recording their first win in Division 3 with a well-earned 2-0 victory over fellow national league newcomers Mälarhöjden

Aviation standstill as pilots strike
Sweden

Aviation standstill as pilots strike

All domestic and many international flights remain grounded in Sweden on Wednesday after 2,000 members of the Swedish Airline Pilots’ Association (Svensk Pilotförening -SPF) were called out on strike over pay.

Mixa wants his case reviewed by Vatican
Germany

Mixa wants his case reviewed by Vatican

Controversial former Augsburg bishop Walter Mixa, who resigned over allegations of child abuse and misusing Catholic Church funds, said Wednesday he was forced out and plans to have his case investigated by the Vatican.

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Sweden

Earthquake rocks northern Sweden

An earthquake measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale shook homes in parts of Västerbotten in the north of Sweden late Tuesday evening. While no injuries were reported, the quake was considered to be strong on Swedish terms.

Köhler defends surprise resignation
Germany

Köhler defends surprise resignation

Germany honoured former German President Horst Köhler during an official farewell ceremony on Tuesday night, during which he defended his surprise resignation last month.

Reinfeldt streets ahead of Sahlin: poll
Sweden

Reinfeldt streets ahead of Sahlin: poll

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has by far the highest confidence rating among the electorate in comparison with the opposition leader Mona Sahlin.

Falcons disrupt Commerzbank ceremony in Frankfurt
Germany

Falcons disrupt Commerzbank ceremony in Frankfurt

Commerzbank, Germany's second-largest bank, unveiled its new logo on Tuesday but said it was unable to attach it to one of the towers of its headquarters due to peregrine falcons.

Stieg Larsson heirs remain in dispute
Sweden

Stieg Larsson heirs remain in dispute

The family of late Swedish crime writer Stieg Larsson have been unable to reach an agreement on the division of his estate, made lucrative by the huge success of the Millennium trilogy.