Canadian singer Neema set to woo music fans in Sweden
Sweden

Canadian singer Neema set to woo music fans in Sweden

Supporting Jeff Beck, Joe Cocker and Elton John on a European tour which heads to Sweden this weekend, Canadian-born singer Neema has been rubbing shoulders with some music heavyweights and winning over audiences with her personal songs, contributor Hannah Cleaver discovers.

UK bail conditions ‘dehumanising’: Assange
Sweden

UK bail conditions ‘dehumanising’: Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange clocked up six months on bail Thursday, with the whistleblowing website slamming his "unfair" restrictions as he fights extradition from Britain.

Fishing for everyone in Sweden
Sweden

Fishing for everyone in Sweden

If you love fishing - or have just always wanted to give it a try - Sweden is a great place to come. Thousands of lakes where you will hardly see a soul, plenty of rivers and thousands of kilometres of coastline make Sweden a paradise for anglers.

BAE behind South Africa payments: Saab
Sweden

BAE behind South Africa payments: Saab

Swedish defense group Saab said Thursday that a probe into reports it had secretly paid millions of euros to ensure South Africa did not back out of a deal to buy 26 fighter jets had turned up no evidence of wrongdoing on Saab's part.

Merkel to meet Sarkozy on Greek crisis
Germany

Merkel to meet Sarkozy on Greek crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a showdown with French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday as the two leaders meet to discuss eurozone plans to rescue crisis-hit Greece.

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Sweden

Friend: I warned Högsby ‘honour’ killing victim

The re-trial of the so called Högsby 'honour' killing continued on Thursday with testimony from a friend of the victim who warned the then 20-year-old against visiting his girlfriend's disapproving family.

Olof Palme’s grave desecrated by vandals
Sweden

Olof Palme’s grave desecrated by vandals

The grave of murdered Swedish prime minister Olof Palme, gunned down on a Stockholm sidewalk 25 years ago, has been vandalised with graffiti, it was discovered on Thursday.

Ban upheld on anti-abortion activists approaching pregnancy centre visitors
Germany

Ban upheld on anti-abortion activists approaching pregnancy centre visitors

A German court has told anti-abortion campaigners they must not speak to women near a pregnancy advice centre in Freiburg, in the conclusion of a months-long conflict.

Lady Gaga computer hackers convicted
Germany

Lady Gaga computer hackers convicted

Two young hackers were convicted in Germany Thursday of stealing new songs from stars such as Lady Gaga and Mariah Carey and offering them for sale on the internet, a court said.

Swedish doc supplied drugs in overdose deaths
Sweden

Swedish doc supplied drugs in overdose deaths

A Swedish doctor has been reported to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) after he prescribed massive amounts of drugs to three young adults, after which they to overdosed and died.

Lakes and beaches sparkle for summer bathing season
Germany

Lakes and beaches sparkle for summer bathing season

Those thinking of cooling off with a jump in the sea or a lake this summer can do so without worrying about pollution – German bathing waters have been ranked above average for their cleanliness when compared across Europe.

Six French children hospitalized with E. Coli after eating hamburgers
Germany

Six French children hospitalized with E. Coli after eating hamburgers

Hamburgers possibly made with German meat are being removed from supermarket shelves across France after six children were hospitalized with E. coli infections. But the bacteria appears unlinked to Germany's deadly outbreak.

Ballack’s national team career finished
Germany

Ballack’s national team career finished

Michael Ballack, one of the best-known players in German football for the past decade, has played for the national side for the last time, the German Football Association (DFB) said Thursday.

Swedish tourists head to Greece despite crisis
Sweden

Swedish tourists head to Greece despite crisis

Greece's spiraling economic and political crisis has done little to dissuade Swedes' from choosing the Mediterranean country as a holiday destination, Swedish travel companies report.

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Sweden

Swedish town mulls IVF discount to combat population drain

A municipality in northwestern Sweden wants to offer financial aid to employees in need of fertility treatment in an attempt to recruit new residents to the area and boost dwindling population figures.

Afghan intel reportedly failed to warn of attack
Germany

Afghan intel reportedly failed to warn of attack

The German army can no longer trust the Afghan intelligence services, fearing that they are deliberately withholding information about imminent attacks, according to Defence Ministry documents leaked this week.

Dog show sparks new Swedish EHEC outbreak
Sweden

Dog show sparks new Swedish EHEC outbreak

Around 50 dog owners and several dogs are believed to have been infected with the enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) bacteria following a dog show in eastern Sweden.

What’s on in Germany: June 16 – June 22
Germany

What’s on in Germany: June 16 – June 22

This Week's Highlights: Fete de la Musique in Berlin, Jeff Beck plays Hamburg, and Munich celebrates its birthday.

Berlin International School: excellence in education
Germany

Berlin International School: excellence in education

Berlin International School (B.I.S.) is the leading, non-profit day international school offering a comprehensive education program for students aged 5 to 18 in the greater Berlin area at Campus Dahlem.

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France

Calls for Bettencourt to go due to ‘brain disease’

A group of small shareholders in L'Oreal called on Wednesday for heiress Liliane Bettencourt to resign from the cosmetic giant's board of directors amid reports that the 89-year-old has a brain disease.

Rio-Paris crash victims’ bodies return to France
France

Rio-Paris crash victims’ bodies return to France

The last salvaged bodies and wreckage from the Air France flight that crashed into the Atlantic in 2009 arrived by boat in a French harbour on Thursday.

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Switzerland

Bank holds interest rate and growth forecast

The Swiss central bank kept its key interest rate and 2011 growth forecast unchanged on Thursday, but warned that "downside risks predominate."

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Switzerland

Tough new rules for big Swiss banks

Swiss legislators have moved to drastically toughen capital requirements on big banks Credit Suisse and UBS amid concerns their failure in a crisis could drag down the Alpine country's economy.

French hamlet sanctuary for “end of world” in 2012
France

French hamlet sanctuary for “end of world” in 2012

The tiny village of Bugarach in south west France should be monitored due to concerns about the activities of an apocalyptic sect, a government agency has said.

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France

Cow beats lion in battle of the cheeses

A small cheese producer has triumphed against a giant rival after a legal dispute over naming.

Rama Yade quits Ambassador post
France

Rama Yade quits Ambassador post

The popular former sports minister Rama Yade has left her new role as French Ambassador to UNESCO after just six months.

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France

Five children hospitalised after new E.coli outbreak

 

Four of the victims, aged between 20 months and 8 years, are believed to have eaten frozen beef purchased from the same supermarket.

 

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Sweden

Multi-resistant bacteria found in Sweden

The first Swedish cases of the multi-resistant bacteria MRSP (methicillin-resistant S. pseudintermedius) in humans have been found in Uppsala, north of Stockholm.

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Switzerland

Swiss to crack down on speeding drivers

 

A Swiss organisation has collected enough signatures to force a vote to crack down on speeding drivers.

 

Economist condemns US credit rating companies
Germany

Economist condemns US credit rating companies

Thomas Straubhaar, a leading German economist, is calling for the “violent overthrow” of US-based credit-rating companies, which can deeply influence the financial future of the countries they rate.

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Switzerland

Cross-border car thief nailed for customs fee

 

A Polish man who stole a luxury car in Switzerland and was arrested in Germany was handed a hefty customs fine. 

 

Cyber-defence centre opens amid IT warning
Germany

Cyber-defence centre opens amid IT warning

Germany's Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich warned of the danger of cyber attacks Thursday as he opened a special computer defence facility meant to thwart hackers and online terrorists.

Canadian singer Neema woos German music fans on European tour
Germany

Canadian singer Neema woos German music fans on European tour

Supporting Jeff Beck, Joe Cocker and Elton John on a current European tour, the Canadian singer Neema has been rubbing shoulders with some music heavyweights and winning over audiences with her band and her personal songs.

‘Patience running out for Saab abroad’: suppliers
Sweden

‘Patience running out for Saab abroad’: suppliers

Disgruntled foreign suppliers could prove the stumbling block for disaster-riddled cash strapped Swedish automaker Saab, according to a European association for suppliers.

‘VIP customers’ spent half million with skimmed cards
Sweden

‘VIP customers’ spent half million with skimmed cards

Three people in Sweden were charged with credit card fraud in Borås, in western Sweden, on Wednesday after using skimmed credit cards to buy everything from snacks to jewellery and clothes for a value up to 500,000 kronor ($77,000).

The best of Berlin in June
Germany

The best of Berlin in June

In June, Exberliner, Berlin’s leading English-language magazine, discovers a multitasking café, tries on some communistic clothing and explores a new English-language bookstore.