Monaco joins Germany to fight tax evasion
Germany

Monaco joins Germany to fight tax evasion

Officials from Monaco assured German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday that they would step up their efforts to combat international tax evasion.

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Germany

Slomka vows to ‘fight’ to stay at Schalke

Schalke 04's under-pressure coach Mirko Slomka has said he will fight to keep his job in the face of internal criticism at the club after losing their last two Bundesliga games.

Hamburg: the guide to staying dry
Germany

Hamburg: the guide to staying dry

Hamburg might be irredeemably damp, but Campbell Jefferys finds plenty to fill the wet afternoons in Germany’s second biggest city.

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Germany

Football Federation calls in lawyers after police raid

The German Football Federation (DFB) have taken legal advice in the wake of the police raid on their offices under a suspicion of establishing a monopoly.

Business profile: Ekomarine keeps ships clean and green
Sweden

Business profile: Ekomarine keeps ships clean and green

With shipping being touted as a solution to reducing the oversized carbon footprints of air travel and freight, Jonathan Ward looks at a Swedish company trying to ensure that the shipping industry's environmental credentials get a little greener.

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Germany

Merkel: I lived in a squat

German Chancellor Angela Merkel lived in a squat in communist East Berlin during her twenties, she revealed in a newspaper interview to be published Thursday.

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Sweden

Swedes more downbeat about the economy

Consumer confidence continues to fall in Sweden, with more households taking a negative view of the economy.

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Sweden

Aussie ex-crim wants out of Sweden’s ‘Hitler society’

An Australian man convicted of rape in Australia is pleading to be allowed to return to his home country following his deportation to Sweden in January last year.

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Sweden

Sweden lowers budget surplus forecast

The National Debt Office (Riksgälden) lowered its estimate of Sweden’s 2008 budget surplus by 12.9 percent to 101 billion kronor ($16.2 billion).

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Germany

Constitutional court restricts online surveillance

In a highly-anticipated ruling on civil liberties, Germany's Constitutional Court has announced a decision restricting secret online investigations by government authorities in all but the most extreme cases.

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Germany

BMW cuts 8,000 jobs

German automaker BMW has announced it will cut some 8,000 jobs, despite the company's ample profits.

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Sweden

Police link explosives to attack against prosecutor

A stash of explosives uncovered in a police raid of two apartments in the Gårdsten neighborhood of Gothenburg matches those used in an attack against prosecutor Barbro Jönsson in nearby Trollhättan last November.

Top Green in EU drop-out rethink
Sweden

Top Green in EU drop-out rethink

Green Party spokesperson Maria Wetterstrand has reversed her opinion and no longer believes Sweden should quit the EU.

Euro hits record high against the dollar
Germany

Euro hits record high against the dollar

The euro has surged to a record high against the US dollar, as Europe’s single currency broke through the important psychological barrier of $1.50 late on Tuesday.

Woman uses fishing line to cheat bottle deposit system
Sweden

Woman uses fishing line to cheat bottle deposit system

A 42-year-old woman in Köping was caught by a security guard on Tuesday using a fishing line to claim multiple deposits on a single recyclable bottle at a Willys supermarket in the central Swedish town, several local media report.

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Sweden

Muslim mum discrimination case headed to Supreme Court

The City of Gothenburg has appealed to Sweden’s highest court to avoid paying damages to two Muslim mothers who were kicked out of a swimming pool for not removing their veils.

Girls of the ‘Swedish Mansion’ invade Los Angeles
Sweden

Girls of the ‘Swedish Mansion’ invade Los Angeles

A bevy of busty Swedish blondes will soon take up residence in a Los Angeles mansion for a new reality television series.

Steinmeier presses Indonesia on Iran
Germany

Steinmeier presses Indonesia on Iran

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has asked the world's largest Muslim nation Indonesia to help the United Nations reach an agreement with Iran on its controversial nuclear programme.

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Sweden

Charges dropped because man ‘thought ecstasy was gone’

A 28-year-old Norwegian man being held on drug smuggling charges was released by the Malmö district court despite having ecstasy in his pocket when stopped by police while crossing the Öresund bridge.

Moderates want more dads at home
Sweden

Moderates want more dads at home

The Moderate Party wants to reward families in which fathers choose to work part time to spend more time with their children, and who take time off to care for sick children.

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Sweden

Man dies after two hour wait for ambulance

Despite a woman’s repeated calls to Sweden’s emergency number, SOS Alarm, it took two hours before an ambulance arrived to care for son.