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Sweden

Lawyer appeals decision on Assange case

The lawyer for two women who claim to have been sexually assaulted by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in Sweden said on Friday that he has appealed the prosecutor's decision not to open a rape probe.

TV4 refuses to air Sweden Democrat ads
Sweden

TV4 refuses to air Sweden Democrat ads

Swedish TV channel TV4 announced on Friday that it has refused to broadcast a campaign advert by the far-right Sweden Democrats because it claims it contains racial hatred.

IG Metall demands six percent wage hike
Germany

IG Metall demands six percent wage hike

A branch of Germany’s biggest industrial union, IG Metall, demanded on Friday a six percent pay rise, the opening salvo in what is expected to be long and drawn-out wage negotiations.

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Sweden

EU probes swine flu shot on narcolepsy fears

The European Medicines Agency said Friday it was probing whether there is a link between the Pandemrix swine flu vaccine and the sleeping disorder narcolepsy amid concerns in Finland and Sweden.

Ballack left out of Euro qualifiers
Germany

Ballack left out of Euro qualifiers

German national football coach Joachim Löw has left captain Michael Ballack out of the team for the next two European championship qualifiers, raising further questions about his place in the squad.

Nuclear power is only cheap for the industry
Germany

Nuclear power is only cheap for the industry

The atomic energy industry is pushing to delay Germany’s phase-out of nuclear power. But Marcus Gatzke from ZEIT ONLINE warns doing so could hurt the country’s switch to renewable energy – and consumers’ pocketbooks.

EU demands answers over Swedish wolf hunt
Sweden

EU demands answers over Swedish wolf hunt

The European Commission wants to know the scientific basis behind Sweden's controversial licensed wolf hunt in January and is pressing the government for a comprehensive and detailed response.

Dirty bottle likely source of bacteria in Mainz infant deaths
Germany

Dirty bottle likely source of bacteria in Mainz infant deaths

The bacterial contamination suspected in the deaths of three babies in Mainz last weekend was not the result of poor hospital practices but probably caused by a single bottle dirtied during transport, officials announced Friday.

Long lost Viking gateway found near Schleswig
Germany

Long lost Viking gateway found near Schleswig

Archaeologists have found a legendary 1,200-year-old gateway to the massive wall the Vikings built to defend themselves against their rivals the Saxons, according to a Friday media report.

HQ banks a billion kronor in rights issue
Sweden

HQ banks a billion kronor in rights issue

The board of crisis-hit Swedish financial concern HQ has announced a preferential rights issue to shore up the company's finances by up to a billion kronor ($134 million).

Nuclear firms prodded to fund green energy
Germany

Nuclear firms prodded to fund green energy

Chancellor Angela Merkel appears set to take a softer approach with Germany's atomic industry, asking them to voluntarily invest in greener energies in exchange for longer lifespans on nuclear reactors.

Russia’s Rosneft poised to snap up stake in German oil refineries
Germany

Russia’s Rosneft poised to snap up stake in German oil refineries

State-owned Russian oil group Rosneft is set to buy stakes in four German refineries, one of the biggest such acquisitions of assets in Western Europe, a press report said Friday.

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Sweden

Saab owner Spyker first-half losses soar

Spyker Cars, the Dutch specialist automaker of Sweden's Saab, said on Friday that its first-half losses soared as a result, but it insisted that it was still on course for a 2012 profit.

Drugstore Schlecker customer information exposed on web
Germany

Drugstore Schlecker customer information exposed on web

German drugstore chain Schlecker has suffered a major online data breach, with the names, addresses and profiles of about 150,000 customers being exposed on the internet, the company announced Friday.

Red-Greens: Troops out of Afghanistan 2011
Sweden

Red-Greens: Troops out of Afghanistan 2011

A Red-Green government would begin the withdrawal of Swedish troops from Afghanistan in July 2011, with the last soldiers home by the 2013, the three party opposition coalition announced on Friday.

Ibrahimovic ponders Milan offer
Sweden

Ibrahimovic ponders Milan offer

Barcelona and AC Milan are in agreement over the transfer of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has been given time to mull the move, according to media reports.

Storm slams northwest
Germany

Storm slams northwest

Storms bringing heavy rain and a tornado swept over parts of northwestern Germany on Thursday night, causing chaos and widespread flooding.

Skittish horses injure scores of children
Germany

Skittish horses injure scores of children

A nighttime procession of youthful riders in Lower Saxony on Thursday ended in a dramatic accident when more than 100 frightened horses injured at least 44 people, most of them children.

Alliance leads, Social Democrats at record low
Sweden

Alliance leads, Social Democrats at record low

The Alliance parties lead over the opposition has increased a little in the latest opinion poll, by Synovate on behalf of the Dagens Nyheter daily.

Summer says ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ amid cool and clammy weather
Germany

Summer says ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ amid cool and clammy weather

The balmy days of summer appear to be over as autumn announces its arrival in Germany this weekend. Showers, storms and cooler temperatures are expected across the country.

Court charges skipper with ‘drunkenness at sea’
Sweden

Court charges skipper with ‘drunkenness at sea’

The captain of a Dutch ship which ran aground off the west coast port of Helsingborg this month was on charged with "aggravated drunkenness at sea" by a Swedish court on Thursday.

Klose warns Bayern about Lautern’s cauldron
Germany

Klose warns Bayern about Lautern’s cauldron

Bayern Munich striker Miroslav Klose has warned his younger team-mates to expect a baptism of fire at Kaiserslautern on Friday as the home side attempt to upstage their illustrious Bundesliga rivals.