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Sweden

Sweden approves new nuclear reactors

Sweden's parliament on Thursday narrowly passed a landmark government proposal allowing the replacement of nuclear reactors at the end of their life span.

Eva Gabrielsson refuses Larsson family offer
Sweden

Eva Gabrielsson refuses Larsson family offer

Stieg Larsson's partner Eva Gabrielsson has said she "flatly refused" an offer from Larsson's brother and father aimed at settling their inheritance dispute. Larsson's brother and father announced that talks had broken down with her after they made her a "customised" offer in his literary estate.

Finishing touches put on Daniel and Victoria’s big day
Sweden

Finishing touches put on Daniel and Victoria’s big day

Saturday's Royal Wedding will represent the culmination of more than a year of hard work and planning by the Royal Court - and months of preparation will come to a head, writes The Local's royal correspondent Juan Navas

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Sweden

Court convicts teenager over Lars Vilks attack

A teenager was convicted by a Swedish court on Thursday for assaulting a police officer during an attack on Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who courted controversy with a drawing of the Prophet Muhammed.

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!

SPD to form minority government in Rhineland
Germany

SPD to form minority government in Rhineland

Hannelore Kraft, the leader of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), announced on Thursday she would form a minority government with the Greens in Germany’s most populous state.

Germany agrees to release bank stress tests
Germany

Germany agrees to release bank stress tests

Germany and other European governments on Thursday took a big step towards revealing if banks can withstand shocks such as hit the global economy two years ago, and now in reaction to concern about finances in Spain.

Court convicts Magdeburg Zoo workers for killing tiger cubs
Germany

Court convicts Magdeburg Zoo workers for killing tiger cubs

A court in Magdeburg handed the city’s zoo director and three of his employees a suspended sentence on Thursday for violating animal rights laws by euthanising three tiger cubs because they weren’t purebred.

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Sweden

Reinfeldt rejects EU-wide fiscal sanctions

Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Thursday rejected the prospect of new sanctions for fiscally irresponsible countries outside of the eurozone.

Roxette star among wedding guests
Sweden

Roxette star among wedding guests

Roxette’s Per Gessle, Eurovision contestant Malena Ernman and businesswoman Cristina Stenbeck: the great, the good and the celebrated of Sweden will be out in force to celebrate the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling on Saturday.

Neo-Nazi leader ejected from Saxon legislature
Germany

Neo-Nazi leader ejected from Saxon legislature

Right-wing extremist NPD parliamentarian Holger Apfel has been temporarily banned from the Saxony state parliament following an anti-Semitic outburst on Thursday. He was removed from the building in Dresden by several police officers.

Germany looking to seal second round berth with win over Serbia
Germany

Germany looking to seal second round berth with win over Serbia

Germany, arguably the team of the tournament at the World Cup so far, can all but seal a last 16 ticket with victory over Serbia in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

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Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: June 18th – June 24th

What’s on in Sweden: Teenagers in Stockholm, Metal in Gothenburg and Men in Drag in Malmö. Oh, and apparently someone's getting married.

Swedish web will service goes global
Sweden

Swedish web will service goes global

A Swedish web will service that allows people to customise the way in which they wish their online accounts to be handled after their offline death has gone international.

Reinfeldt and Cameron call for EU deficit action
Sweden

Reinfeldt and Cameron call for EU deficit action

Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has joined forces with UK Prime Minister David Cameron to call for "less talk and more action" to ensure that Europe tackles its economic crisis as EU premiers head to Brussels for crisis talks.

Rush on iPhones cripples Telekom site, delays deliveries
Germany

Rush on iPhones cripples Telekom site, delays deliveries

Anyone hoping to buy an iPhone 4 in Germany will have to wait until at least July. A crush of customers trying to pre-order the new model have overwhelmed Apple’s German partner Deutsche Telekom.

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Sweden

‘Today she can marry whoever she wants’

Ingemar Eliasson, who was Marshal of the Realm - the most senior official at the Swedish Royal Court - until this year, talks to The Local about the marriage of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling.

Why every dentist needs a Prussian finca
Germany

Why every dentist needs a Prussian finca

What do the country homes of dentists in eastern Germany have to do with the election of country's next president? Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for the British newspaper The Times, explains.

What’s on in Germany: June 17 – 23
Germany

What’s on in Germany: June 17 – 23

This Week's Highlights: Christopher Street Day in Berlin, the Rowing World Cup in Munich and Altona parties in Hamburg.

Industry leader predicts job boom this year
Germany

Industry leader predicts job boom this year

Germany's labour market will improve this year, with employers offering up to 100,000 new positions, the German Chambers of Commerce (DIHK) predicted on Thursday.

Train collision injures 16
Germany

Train collision injures 16

A train collision between Hannover and Braunschweig late Wednesday night left 16 people injured, according to the authorities in Lower Saxony.

Svanberg slammed for ‘small people’ comment
Sweden

Svanberg slammed for ‘small people’ comment

BP chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg once again found himself in the news for the wrong reasons on Wednesday after comments in a White House press conference were interpreted as patronizing towards the ordinary people hit by the catastrophe.

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Sweden

Lagerbäck upbeat after ‘peaceful’ week

Lars Lagerbäck is confident that his Nigerian team can get their World Cup back on track after the defeat to Argentina when they meet Greece in Bloemfontein on Thursday.

Merkel lauds Spain’s reforms amid bailout talk
Germany

Merkel lauds Spain’s reforms amid bailout talk

Germany's Angela Merkel has praised Spain's ongoing efforts to slash its deficit and reform its economy, as reports circulate that Madrid is preparing to ask for a bailout.

Sweden pulls out the stops for royal wedding
Sweden

Sweden pulls out the stops for royal wedding

Wedding fever has gripped Sweden this week amid frenzied last-minute preparations for Crown Princess Victoria's nuptials on Saturday with her former personal trainer Daniel Westling after more than eight years of courtship.