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Sweden

Volvo boosts resurgent stock exchange

The Stockholm stock exchange continued its recent upsurge on Wednesday despite a recession warning from the head of the US Federal Reserve.

New Porsche museum slow and over budget
Germany

New Porsche museum slow and over budget

The opening of a new museum for German luxury carmaker Porsche in Stuttgart will be delayed and it will cost more than planned.

Crime rises after end of eastern German border controls
Germany

Crime rises after end of eastern German border controls

A hundred days after the European Union ended border checks along Germany's eastern borders, residents on both sides are complaining of increased crime, according to Berlin daily Der Tagespiegel.

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Germany

WestLB posts loss of €1.6 billion on subprime mess

The German regional state bank WestLB posted on Wednesday a 2007 net loss of €1.6 billion ($2.5 billion) as a result of the US subprime lending crisis and stock trading losses.

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Sweden

Man with millions of child porn pictures jailed

A 59-year-old man in Sweden accused of having two to three million child porn pictures was sentenced Wednesday to six months in jail by a court in the eastern town of Nyköping, news agency TT reports.

Berlin’s Canadian conundrum on the Hindu Kush
Germany

Berlin’s Canadian conundrum on the Hindu Kush

The contentious eastward expansion of NATO isn’t the only issue clouding the transatlantic alliance’s summit in Romania this week. The Local’s Marc Young explores German reluctance to join the fighting in southern Afghanistan and the implications for Berlin’s foreign policy.

German news magazine Spiegel banned in Egypt
Germany

German news magazine Spiegel banned in Egypt

Egypt has ordered the seizure of a special edition of the German news magazine Der Spiegel after it was deemed to be insulting to Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, newspapers reported on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Go See The Blue Koala

English-speaking theatre goers in Stockholm can treat themselves to something relatively rare this month at the Boulevard Theatre on Södermalm: live theatre in English.

Berlin paper backs Stasi investigation of staff
Germany

Berlin paper backs Stasi investigation of staff

After two top journalists at the Berliner Zeitung admitted they were former East German secret police (Stasi) informants earlier this week, the daily newspaper announced on Wednesday that the overwhelming majority of editorial staff voted to access their official records at the government's archive.

Possible Arboga murder weapon found
Sweden

Possible Arboga murder weapon found

Police believe they have found the weapon which was used in the murder of two toddlers and the attempted murder of their mother in Arboga two weeks ago.

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Sweden

My love affair with a dental technician

A relationship with a dental technician is inherently erotic, writes columnist David Bartal, but it can be hard to maintain when the love has gone.

Academics slam state history agency
Sweden

Academics slam state history agency

A group of irate Swedish academics have penned a stinging critique of Sweden's Living History Forum, a state agency that they claim enables any sitting government to treat history as an ideological weapon.

State should evacuate Swedes from overseas disasters
Sweden

State should evacuate Swedes from overseas disasters

The Swedish state should be responsible for evacuating Swedes from major catastrophes which occur outside of the country, like the 2004 tsunami or the war in Lebanon in 2006.

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Sweden

Vin & Sprit sale boosts government privatizations

Sweden's hugely successful sale of its crown jewel Absolut vodka has given the centre-right government's ambitious privatization programme a shot in the arm, but shaky financial markets could thwart the remaining sales.

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Germany

Lawyer of suspected child killer criticizes Swedish police

The lawyer of a German woman being held in connection with the brutal murder of two children in Arboga in central Sweden has directed sharp criticism at the Swedish police.

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Sweden

Swedish opposition to Nato shrinking

More Swedes than in years past want their country to join Nato, but a majority remain opposed to the idea.

Steinmeier warns NATO against antagonzing Russia
Germany

Steinmeier warns NATO against antagonzing Russia

The West should avoid antagonizing Russia further, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Wednesday as ministers gathered in Romania to debate the eastward expansion of NATO.

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Germany

Berlin squabbles over East German POW compensation

The German government has yet to determine their spending for the compensation of former East German war prisoners.

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Sweden

Rival girl gangs in violent clash

A 15-year-old girl was taken to hospital for treatment following a fight between two rival gangs of teenage girls at a subway station in Stockholm on Tuesday evening.

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Sweden

Mentally disabled woman sold for sex

A 30-year-old man from Norrköping in eastern Sweden has been jailed for eighteen months for selling the sexual services of his mentally disabled girlfriend.

German alcoholics not recieving proper treatment
Germany

German alcoholics not recieving proper treatment

Of the some 2 million alcoholics in Germany, only every tenth person receives appropriate rehabilitation treatment, according to Claudia Spies from Berlin’s University Clinic Charité.

German lawyer criticizes Swedish police
Sweden

German lawyer criticizes Swedish police

The lawyer of a German woman being held in connection with the brutal murder of two children in Arboga in central Sweden has directed sharp criticism at the Swedish police.

Barca teen Krkic breaks Schalke hearts
Germany

Barca teen Krkic breaks Schalke hearts

Barcelona’s teenage striker Bojan Krkic gave his side the initiative in their Champions League quarter-final after the Spaniards left Germany with a 1-0 win over Schalke 04 on Tuesday night.