Climbers set to discover Västervik
Sweden

Climbers set to discover Västervik

A town in south-eastern Sweden has all that enthusiastic rock climbers could need - but until now relatively few climbers have known about it. A new project means all that could be about to change.

East German death toll revised upwards
Germany

East German death toll revised upwards

Authorities in communist East Germany were responsible for the deaths of 1,393 people between 1961 and its demise in 1989, 46 more than previously thought, researchers said Wednesday.

Government parties gear up for election
Sweden

Government parties gear up for election

Sweden’s four governing parties on Wednesday presented their plans for a common election campaign. The centre-right parties plan to spend 20 million kronor on the fight to retain power in the election, which will take place on September 19th.

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Sweden

Swedish loan expands Zimbabwe’s mobile net

Zimbabwe's largest mobile operator, Econet Wireless, has secured a $60-million loan facility from Swedish export credit agency EKN to expand its infrastructure, the firm said Wednesday.

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Sweden

Rate rises to hit homeowners

Many Swedes with short-term fixed-rate mortgages will face higher bills from now on, after state-owned mortgage lender SBAB and Nordic bank Nordea both raised rates. But mortgages fixed for three years or more will become cheaper, SBAB said.

August, nein Danke!
Germany

August, nein Danke!

Not much happens in Germany during the summer holidays in August. But that’s just enough to annoy Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for the British newspaper The Times.

Westerwelle won’t take partner to anti-gay lands
Germany

Westerwelle won’t take partner to anti-gay lands

Guido Westerwelle, Germany's first openly gay foreign minister, has announced he will not take his partner along on officials trips to countries where homosexuality is outlawed.

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Sweden

Swedish Muslims face daylight fast challenge

Sweden’s long summer days are presenting a challenge to Muslims fasting for Ramadan, which starts on Wednesday. Religious leaders say the long hours of daylight are not a good excuse to skip the fast.

Deutsche Bank forced to keep communists’ accounts open
Germany

Deutsche Bank forced to keep communists’ accounts open

A court spokesman confirmed on Wednesday that the far-left Marxist-Leninist Party of Germany (MLPD) had forced financial behemoth Deutsche Bank to abandon legal proceedings to close the communist party's bank accounts.

Swedish newspaper reported for child porn
Sweden

Swedish newspaper reported for child porn

Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN.se) and state broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) have been reported to the police for publishing child porn in the form of manga cartoons, prohibited under Swedish law.

Thor Steinar loses case against clothing brand mocking neo-Nazis
Germany

Thor Steinar loses case against clothing brand mocking neo-Nazis

A Nuremberg court on Wednesday rejected a complaint by clothing label Thor Steinar, a sartorial favourite in Germany's neo-Nazi scene, against satirical brand Storch Heinar, citing the right to free speech.

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Sweden

Berry pickers arrested for locking up bosses

Swedish police detained five berry pickers from Vietnam on Wednesday on suspicion of assault after they locked up their team leaders in a school building on Tuesday in a dispute over pay.

Dead dachshunds pay no bills
Germany

Dead dachshunds pay no bills

A Munich resident was recently billed for Germany's public broadcasting licence fees, but the authorities soon discovered there was a problem: “Bini” was a dachshund dead for the past five years.

Woman left with longer leg after failed hip op
Sweden

Woman left with longer leg after failed hip op

A Swedish woman has reported two doctors for bit having told her that her hip operation was unsuccessful and left her to find out for herself that her walking problems were caused by having one leg "much longer" than the other.

EON presses Merkel on extending nuclear power
Germany

EON presses Merkel on extending nuclear power

German power giant EON posted mixed quarterly results on Wednesday and pressed Chancellor Angela Merkel to live up to her promise to extend the life of some of the country's nuclear plants.

Brandenburg flooding fears ease
Germany

Brandenburg flooding fears ease

The flood danger in the eastern state of Brandenburg continued to ease overnight, with water levels on the Neiße and Spree rivers dropping significantly, an official said Wednesday.

Suspect released in San Francisco tourist shooting
Germany

Suspect released in San Francisco tourist shooting

San Francisco police have announced they would not charge the 18-year-old suspect they had arrested for the shooting death of a German tourist over the weekend, saying they lacked evidence.

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Sweden

Paedophile boasts of bribing himself free

A 63-year-old Swedish man convicted and sentenced to 6.5 years in prison for sexually assaulting three boys in Cambodia, believes that he will soon be a free man after handing over $11,000 in bribes.

Finding family fun under the Feldberg
Germany

Finding family fun under the Feldberg

The Black Forest might sound like a spooky place to take children on holiday, but Rhea Wessel discovers her favourite wintertime retreat also offers plenty of family fun during the summer.

Beckenbauer assistant Osieck to coach Australia’s ‘Socceroos’
Germany

Beckenbauer assistant Osieck to coach Australia’s ‘Socceroos’

Franz Beckenbauer's former assistant Holger Osieck has surprisingly been named Australia's new football coach over a host of better-known candidates.

Leading economist calls for pensions at 70
Germany

Leading economist calls for pensions at 70

As Germany’s two major political parties slug it out over a hike in the pension age to 67, a leading economic institute has poured petrol on the debate by predicting the age will have to rise to 70.

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Sweden

Politicians say no to free biogas car over bribe risk

Volkswagen and Eon were hoping to raise the profile of biogas-fuelled cars during the ongoing election campaign by loaning them free of charge to politicians but the risk of being seen as a bribe put a stop to their plans.

Migrant birthrates falling in Germany, study finds
Germany

Migrant birthrates falling in Germany, study finds

Second generation immigrants in Germany are having fewer babies than their parents, a new study has revealed, denting the widely-held belief that migrant communities could be the nation’s fertility engines.

Sweden issues Russia travel warning
Sweden

Sweden issues Russia travel warning

Sweden's foreign ministry on Tuesday issued a warning to citizens to avoid travel to Moscow and regions in western Russia ravaged by wildfires and sweltering heat.

Debate heats up over Google Street View
Germany

Debate heats up over Google Street View

Internet giant Google’s plan to introduce its ''Street View'' to Germany has sparked a groundswell of debate about privacy, with one senior conservative politician complaining on Wednesday that the service would help burglars.

Minister: Mink neglect must stop
Sweden

Minister: Mink neglect must stop

Sweden's agriculture minister Eskil Erlandsson has demanded an end to the neglectful treatment of minks after having been presented with macabre film footage from Sweden's mink farms.