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Sweden

Schoolboy compensated for racial bullying

A boy in western Sweden is to be compensated after enduring years of racially-motivated bullying, Sweden’s Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen – DO) has ruled.

Porsche to hire 100 new engineers for research centre
Germany

Porsche to hire 100 new engineers for research centre

German luxury carmaker Porsche on Thursday announced a campaign to hire 100 new engineers for its southern German development centre “straightaway,” as part of a new recruitment programme.

New financial rules to cost banks €50 billion
Germany

New financial rules to cost banks €50 billion

Tough new financial regulations will impose a greater burden on German banks than thought, forcing them to put aside an extra €50 billion in capital in coming years, a central banker has said.

Swedish home prices continue upward climb
Sweden

Swedish home prices continue upward climb

Swedish house prices have risen for the 18th straight quarter and home construction is booming, but that doesn't meant that house hunters can't find something spacious for a reasonable price.

Dementia patients locked in alone at night: report
Sweden

Dementia patients locked in alone at night: report

Patients suffering from dementia are routinely locked in without supervision at night at six of ten care homes in Sweden, a new inspection report from the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) has shown.

Sex abuse victims still waiting for Catholic Church compensation
Germany

Sex abuse victims still waiting for Catholic Church compensation

As the Vatican prepares for a historic meeting Friday to confront sex abuse by priests, Germany is struggling to hammer out a compensation plan in the wake of scandals that rocked the Church this year.

What’s on in Germany: November 18 – 24
Germany

What’s on in Germany: November 18 – 24

This week’s highlights: A language-learning festival in Berlin, Jewish culture days in Munich and Christmas markets galore.

‘The world’s most complete partnership’
Sweden

‘The world’s most complete partnership’

On the eve of three important international summits, US ambassador to Sweden Matthew W. Barzun emphasises the importance of the transatlantic partnership as well as Sweden’s constructive role in promoting international engagement.

Father jailed for starving daughter to death
Germany

Father jailed for starving daughter to death

A Bavarian man was sentenced to 13 years in jail on Thursday for collaborating with his wife to deliberately starve their three-year-old daughter to death.

Jealous of an unsatisfied Germany
Germany

Jealous of an unsatisfied Germany

Success breeds resentment – so it's little wonder other countries including the United States are jealous of Germany's booming economy. But even Germans don't seem to like it when things are going well, says Malte Lehming from Der Tagesspiegel.

Swedish weapons used by Iraqi army
Sweden

Swedish weapons used by Iraqi army

Iraqi soldiers are using Swedish-made anti-tank weapons after having received the equipment from the US military, in direct contravention of bilateral arms exports agreements, according to Sveriges Radio's news bulletin Ekot on Thursday.

German media roundup: Alert but not hysterical
Germany

German media roundup: Alert but not hysterical

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière has warned of imminent terrorist attacks in Germany. His task was delicate, but newspapers in The Local’s media roundup on Thursday praised his approach, saying he had calmly informed citizens without inciting hysteria.

What’s On in Sweden: November 19th – 25th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: November 19th – 25th

What’s on in Sweden: Brown and Friendly comedy in Stockholm, A Bullet For My Valentine in Gothenburg and Lady Gaga comes to Malmö.

Swedish pro footballer charged for rape
Sweden

Swedish pro footballer charged for rape

Swedish football player Dulee Johnson of Stockholm side AIK was charged on Thursday for allegedly raping a woman earlier this year.

A populist lexicon: freedom fries and the Swedish far-right
Sweden

A populist lexicon: freedom fries and the Swedish far-right

The Local's Peter Vinthagen Simpson exposes the orthodoxy and self-serving folksy truisms of far-right PC in a lexicon of populist platitudes.

Suspected bomb meant for Munich-bound flight
Germany

Suspected bomb meant for Munich-bound flight

Namibian police have hindered a possible terrorist attack on a flight from Windhoek to Munich, Federal Criminal Police (BKA) said Thursday. A suspected explosive device was found in a piece of luggage discovered as the LTU/Air Berlin flight was being loaded.

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Sweden

Swedish unemployment continues decline

Sweden's unemployment rate continued to decline in October to 7.5 percent from 7.8 percent in September, Statistics Sweden announced on Thursday.

Arrest warrant issued for WikiLeaks founder
Sweden

Arrest warrant issued for WikiLeaks founder

A Swedish court on Thursday issued a warrant for the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on suspicions of rape and sexual molestation.

Google Street View goes online
Germany

Google Street View goes online

Google Street View, which has sparked a lengthy and heated debate in privacy-conscious Germany, went online overnight.

Löw tips Ballack comeback after boring draw with Sweden
Germany

Löw tips Ballack comeback after boring draw with Sweden

Germany coach Joachim Löw has backed midfielder Michael Ballack to return to form and regain the captaincy of the national side after the Germans were held to a goalless draw by Sweden.

Merkel gets prestigious US ‘freedom medal’
Germany

Merkel gets prestigious US ‘freedom medal’

Chancellor Angela Merkel has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour in the United States, the White House said late on Wednesday.

Terror warning sparks surveillance debate
Germany

Terror warning sparks surveillance debate

The latest terrorism warning prompted fresh calls on Thursday for tougher laws to monitor the electronic communications of suspected radicals as well as a debate about Germany’s readiness for attacks.

Second arrest in killing of Swedish honeymooner
Sweden

Second arrest in killing of Swedish honeymooner

Police in South Africa have arrested a second man in connection with the murder of a Swedish newlywed on her honeymoon in Cape Town, national police Commissioner Bheki Cele said Thursday.

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Sweden

Gothenburg terror trial comes to a close

The Gothenburg trial of two Swedish citizens charged with "planning terrorist crimes" in Somalia ended Wednesday.

Swedes hold Germany in drab stalemate
Sweden

Swedes hold Germany in drab stalemate

Sweden and Germany played out a dull defensive goalless draw in Gothenburg on Wednesday night, underlining how important the absent Zlatan Ibrahimovic is to Euro 2012 qualification plans.

Westerwelle confirms 2012 as Afghan withdrawal target
Germany

Westerwelle confirms 2012 as Afghan withdrawal target

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle confirmed on Thursday that Germany aimed to begin withdrawing its soldiers from Afghanistan in 2012.