True grit: London musical aims for Swede success
Sweden

True grit: London musical aims for Swede success

A villain standing in front of a Union Jack has been glowering at Stockholmers from billboards across the city in recent weeks. Kathleen Harman looks at how a hard-edged British musical is looking for success in Sweden.

Mixed reactions to EU emission targets
Sweden

Mixed reactions to EU emission targets

Sweden's government on Wednesday welcomed an ambitious EU project to fight climate change, but Swedish industry insisted it was unfair to make the Scandinavian country bear one of the heaviest burdens.

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Bourse joy short-lived

The Stockholm stock exchange took another tumble on Wednesday following a brief respite after the Federal Reserve announced a cut in interest rates.

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Germany

A chaotic day in Frankfurt

Shares prices fell and rose again in Frankfurt on Wednesday as the US Federal Reserve enacted an emergency 75 basis point cut. During the afternoon, the Dax, a composite index of the 30 biggest German companies, had fallen almost 6 percent and was at 6386 points, its lowest point since December 2006.

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Rowdy deportee stalls return to Eritrea

Sweden's controversial attempt to send a 23-year-old asylum seeker back to Eritrea failed on Wednesday after the pilot of the plane refused to take off with the rowdy deportee on board.

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Lonely hearts racketeer gets five years

A Norwegian man who tricked women into giving him large sums of money has been sentenced by Varberg District Court to five years in jail for serious fraud.

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Germany

No money for families of delinquents

Günther Oettinger, centre right party CDU member and Minister President of Baden-Württemburg suggested a plan to save millions of euros, ending child allowances to families of imprisoned adolescents. The premier of the state in south western Germany argues that children who are in jail cost their families a negligible amount of money, as the state provides for youths while they are in prison.

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Sweden considers secret photography ban

Sweden should ban the practice of non-consensual photography on private premises, according to recommendations presented by a parliamentary privacy committee on Wednesday.

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Germany

Germans boycott Nokia

Bonn city employees are giving up their Nokia phones in solidarity with the soon to be unemployed Bochum residents.

EU sets Sweden’s emissions targets
Sweden

EU sets Sweden’s emissions targets

The European Commission sought Wednesday to bind EU member states to obligatory goals for clean energy use, with eco-friendly Sweden being asked to derive almost half its energy needs from renewable forms.

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Germany

Nazi scandal on reality TV show

A participant has been expelled from a popular German reality television show after he performed a Nazi salute.

Male obesity to weigh heavy on healthcare system
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Male obesity to weigh heavy on healthcare system

Young Swedish men have become so overweight that they may soon pose problems for the healthcare system, new research has shown.

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Analysts see more signs of slowing economy

Consumers and businesses are continuing to lose confidence in the Swedish economy, according to a new report by the National Institute for Economic Research (Konjunkturinstitutet - KI)).

Ledger’s ex to leave Sweden after star’s death
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Ledger’s ex to leave Sweden after star’s death

The former girlfriend of Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger was informed of his death while filming in Sweden on Tuesday. Michelle Williams was in Trollhättan, western Sweden, with Matilda, her 2-year-old daughter by Ledger.

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US rate cuts ‘positive for Swedish market’

Interest rate cuts by the US Federal Reserve will push up stock markets in Sweden and the rest of Europe, analyst Peter Malmqvist of Nordnet says.

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Sweden to deport man to Eritrea

Sweden is to send a 23-year-old asylum seeker back to Eritrea despite warnings from the UN and Amnesty International that nobody should be forced to return there.

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Gore accepts Swedish green prize

Al Gore picked up his latest award for campaigning on climate change issues when he was handed the Gothenburg Prize for sustainable development Tuesday, organisers said.