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Sweden

Forced labour on the rise in Sweden: report

Organized begging, forced labour and forced participation in thefts have bypassed human trafficking for sexual purposes, shows a recent report from the National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen - RPS), charting the development of human trafficking in Sweden during 2010.

Five siblings suspected of killing Kurdish woman
Germany

Five siblings suspected of killing Kurdish woman

Police in northern Germany think they have found the body of an 18-year-old Kurdish woman who had gone missing in November. The police suspect that the woman’s family abducted her because they disapproved of her relationship.

Punkrockers ride to ice hockey team’s rescue
Germany

Punkrockers ride to ice hockey team’s rescue

Cult punk band Die Toten Hosen are loyal fans of their local ice hockey team in Düsseldorf, so much so they have decided to come to the rescue of the financially strapped club.

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Sweden

Human rights group slams sex change laws

Sweden's forced sterilization for sex change candidates continues to spark debate, as organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) has written a letter to prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, urging him to reconsider the law.

Protesters question Carl Bildt as foreign minister
Sweden

Protesters question Carl Bildt as foreign minister

Demonstrations were held in several Swedish cities on Saturday to protest against Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt, questioning his suitability for the role.

<i>Mein Kampf</i> headed for German newsstands
Germany

Mein Kampf headed for German newsstands

British publisher Peter McGee says he plans to publish excerpts from Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf and sell them in Germany.

‘I never left my son’: floorball dad
Sweden

‘I never left my son’: floorball dad

The father of the 10 year-old boy, reportedly abandoned outside an Uppsala sporting hall for playing floorball badly, has spoken to the media for the first time, denying the incident ever occurred.

Sarkozy wants France to be more like Germany
Germany

Sarkozy wants France to be more like Germany

As the German economy shines, next door France plunges into recession, shedding jobs and losing its top credit rating. But President Nicolas Sarkozy has a plan to save the country, by making it more like Germany.

Fresh revelations hit beleaguered president
Germany

Fresh revelations hit beleaguered president

Further revelations appeared about beleaguered President Christian Wulff this weekend, with Der Spiegel reporting that a film producer treated him to a hotel upgrade during Oktoberfest.

Deutsche Börse-NYSE merger heads for rocks
Germany

Deutsche Börse-NYSE merger heads for rocks

The merger of Deutsche Börse and NYSE Euronext, which would create the world's largest market operator worth over $17 billion (€14 billion), looks seriously compromised just weeks from an EU competition decision.

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Sweden

Ex-minister: financial transactions tax ‘failed’

As Europe debates whether to apply a tax on financial transactions, a former Swedish finance minister says Sweden's experience in the 1980s was so negative it repealed the tax as plunging trading volumes led to disappointing tax revenues.