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Sweden

Vattenfall plant tests CO2-scrubbing algae

Swedish energy group Vattenfall announced on Thursday that has launched a major pilot project using algae to absorb greenhouse gas emissions from a coal-fired power plant in eastern Germany.

Political calls persist to do-not-call numbers
Sweden

Political calls persist to do-not-call numbers

Many Swedes are being bombarded by unwanted calls from politicians ahead of September's election despite being registered on Sweden's national so-called "do-not-call" list.

Swedish women vote to keep their tops on
Sweden

Swedish women vote to keep their tops on

Swedes, long famous round the world for their relaxed attitude to nudity, are now some of Europe’s biggest prudes, according to a new survey.

Police accused of breaking woman’s arm
Sweden

Police accused of breaking woman’s arm

A policeman from Stockholm is being prosecuted for having unlawfully detaining a woman and assaulting her, in particular breaking her arm.

Summer camp sex abuse investigation widens
Germany

Summer camp sex abuse investigation widens

The gang of teenagers who sexually assaulted younger boys at a holiday camp on the island of Ameland was larger than previously thought, with authorities announcing Thursday they were investigating 13 youths over the attacks.

Bank tells lesbian couple to live apart
Sweden

Bank tells lesbian couple to live apart

A Swedish lesbian couple who wanted a mortgage were told by a bank clerk that they should change their lifestyle and think about living apart.

Conservative MP calls for a ‘fat tax’
Germany

Conservative MP calls for a ‘fat tax’

Overweight people and others who pursue unhealthy lifestyles should have to pay more into Germany's healthcare system to cover the extra costs they create, a conservative politician said on Thursday.

Interpreter loses license for poor Swedish skills
Sweden

Interpreter loses license for poor Swedish skills

The Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (Kammarkollegiet) has stripped an interpreter of his license after learning he had misinterpreted during a murder trial due to his poor Swedish skills.

Rain and storms set to bring hot spell to an end
Germany

Rain and storms set to bring hot spell to an end

The hot spell that has dominated Germany's weather over the past two weeks is coming to an end, with Friday set to bring rainstorms that will intensify going into the weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) forecast on Thursday.

France using Ribery as ‘scapegoat,’ Bayern Munich boss says
Germany

France using Ribery as ‘scapegoat,’ Bayern Munich boss says

French authorities are hounding Franck Ribery over under-age sex allegations because of France's awful World Cup performance, the chairman of the midfielder's German club Bayern Munich said Thursday.

Tom Cruise ‘rescues’ reporter from being sacked in Munich
Germany

Tom Cruise ‘rescues’ reporter from being sacked in Munich

Hollywood actor Tom Cruise gallantly saved a reporter from being sacked on Wednesday night by taking extra time to give interviews at the premiere of his new film “Knight and Day” in Munich.

Heatwave fuels massive algae bloom in Baltic Sea
Germany

Heatwave fuels massive algae bloom in Baltic Sea

A blue-green algae bloom the size of Germany has formed in the Baltic Sea, threatening marine life and even posing a danger to humans, authorities warned this week.

German banks in focus as stress test release looms
Germany

German banks in focus as stress test release looms

Investors will comb through the results of stress tests on state-owned German banks this week for signs of trouble in the heart of Europe's biggest economy.

Bayreuth Festival to open with new ‘Lohengrin’ production
Germany

Bayreuth Festival to open with new ‘Lohengrin’ production

The curtain rises this weekend on Germany's legendary Bayreuth Festival, which is set to open with a brand new production of Richard Wagner's romantic opera "Lohengrin."

Volvo Trucks posts surprise Q2 profit
Sweden

Volvo Trucks posts surprise Q2 profit

Volvo Trucks, the world's second-largest maker of heavy-duty trucks, reported unexpectedly strong quarterly profits on Thursday and maintained its forecast of recovery in US and European markets.

Minister blasts Deutsche Bahn over AC debacle
Germany

Minister blasts Deutsche Bahn over AC debacle

Federal Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer lent his weight on Thursday to the growing chorus of complaints that spending cuts ahead of rail operator Deutsche Bahn’s share market float were to blame for the recent air-conditioning debacle.

Southern Skyline shines in country spotlight
Sweden

Southern Skyline shines in country spotlight

Swedish musicians have made their mark in just about every popular musical genre around the world - except country. Stockholm's Southern Skyline hopes to change that, writes Emy Gelb.

More Swedes view economy positively: poll
Sweden

More Swedes view economy positively: poll

An increasing number of Swedes are optimistic about the economy, according to a new SIFO poll.

New CD on German tax dodgers surfaces
Germany

New CD on German tax dodgers surfaces

Another CD packed with evidence of German tax evasion on money totalling €500 million has been spirited out of a bank in Liechtenstein and is being offered to investigators, media reported Thursday.

Top outgoing UN Swede slams Ban Ki-moon
Sweden

Top outgoing UN Swede slams Ban Ki-moon

Aides to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon were in damage control mode on Wednesday after a blistering attack on his leadership by the outgoing Swedish head of a UN unit battling internal fraud.

Neo-Nazi clothing label case doomed from the start
Germany

Neo-Nazi clothing label case doomed from the start

The Thor Steinar clothing label, popular among neo-Nazis, has all but lost its case against left-wing satirical label “Storch Heinar” after a Nuremberg judge warned late Wednesday that much of the complaint was unfounded.

ABB Q2 earnings fall, but issues upbeat guidance
Sweden

ABB Q2 earnings fall, but issues upbeat guidance

Swedish-Swiss engineering group ABB said on Thursday that its net income fell in the second quarter, but it issued an upbeat forecast for the rest of 2010.

Left party boss probed over travel expenses
Germany

Left party boss probed over travel expenses

The Berlin state prosecutor has added to the socialist Left party’s woes with the announcement late Wednesday that it is investigating party chairman Klaus Ernst for fraudulently using his travel allowance.