Bundesliga set for bum-deal advertising
Germany

Bundesliga set for bum-deal advertising

Advertisers in Germany may feel they are getting a bum deal, but company logos and other adverts may be appearing on players' shorts in the Bundesliga soon.

Bochum employees pleased with Nokia severance
Germany

Bochum employees pleased with Nokia severance

Employees at a Nokia plant to be closed in Bochum, Germany said Wednesday they are pleased with the €200 million severance package the cell phone maker has offered.

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Germany

German regulator orders small bank closed

A small German bank on Wednesday became the country's first lender to fold since the subprime crisis began after regulators ordered it to cease operations and initiated insolvency proceedings.

German church seeks return of €1 million in stolen art
Germany

German church seeks return of €1 million in stolen art

German church officials are demanding the return of two pieces of Reformation-era altar art worth an estimated €1 million and stolen out of a village church almost 30 years ago.

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Sweden

Ericsson head sees conditions improving for telecoms

Ericsson chief executive Carl-Henric Svanberg said Wednesday price pressure on mobile telephone networks might start to ease soon, financial news agency Direkt reported.

German police stop man in runaway wheelchair
Germany

German police stop man in runaway wheelchair

German police intervened Wednesday after an 89-year-old man accidentally steered his electric wheelchair onto a four-lane highway.

Volkwagen to take over former Fiat plant in China
Germany

Volkwagen to take over former Fiat plant in China

Volkswagen's China operation has signed an agreement to buy a plant formerly run by a joint venture of Italy's Fiat in the country's east, the German auto giant's local partner said Wednesday.

Zappa’s widow sues German fan club
Germany

Zappa’s widow sues German fan club

Frank Zappa’s widow took the musician’s own German fan club to court on Wednesday to prevent them from calling their annual music festival the Zappanale.

Famed boat hostel returns to Stockholm
Sweden

Famed boat hostel returns to Stockholm

With salutes, speeches, and former deck hands as guests of honour, the af Chapman ship finally returned to Skeppsholmen harbour in Stockholm on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Global economic woes hit Ikea

Ikea CEO Anders Dahlvig admitted Wednesday that the global economic slowdown is affecting his company “quite a lot”, reports Bloomberg News.

Germany gets first autobahn speed limit
Germany

Germany gets first autobahn speed limit

For the first time in the country's roadway history, a German state has set a speed limit on its autobahns.

Little headway in missing girl investigation
Sweden

Little headway in missing girl investigation

Suspicions against the 42-year-old truck driver arrested for kidnapping 10-year-old Engla Höglund from near her home in Dalarna remain weak.

German government under scrutiny for Libya scandal
Germany

German government under scrutiny for Libya scandal

The German government was due to face questioning in parliament on Wednesday on whether officials knew that soldiers had moonlighted as trainers for Libya's security forces in 2005 and 2006.

High court: Viagra not on public insurance bill
Germany

High court: Viagra not on public insurance bill

German state-regulated health insurance companies are not required to cover the cost of erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, according to a decision released by the country's high court on Wednesday.

Sweden moves to ban mobile use by drivers
Sweden

Sweden moves to ban mobile use by drivers

Sweden’s Road Administration (Vägverket) wants to ban drivers from using handheld mobile phones when behind the wheel.

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Sweden

Wrong turn costs woman right to income replacement

Making a wrong turn on the way home from work cost a Swedish woman her right to social insurance annuity payments for injuries sustained in a car accident.

Merkel enjoys highest approval rating ever
Germany

Merkel enjoys highest approval rating ever

A new poll shows that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is enjoying her best approval rating ever.

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Sweden

A thin man in fat city

Travelling back to his home town of Los Angeles, David Bartal finds that Sweden still has a long way to go when it comes to unhealthy food at bargain prices.

Hitzfeld warns Getafe to expect fired up Bayern
Germany

Hitzfeld warns Getafe to expect fired up Bayern

FC Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld warned that his side will be fired up and "angry" for Thursday night's UEFA Cup quarterfinal match at Getafe in south Madrid.

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Germany

German joblessness seen dropping below 3 million

German unemployment is likely to sink below three million this autumn amid strong job creation early this year, according to leading economists.

More elderly Swedes prescribed antidepressants
Sweden

More elderly Swedes prescribed antidepressants

The prescribing of antidepressants for people over 75-years-old has increased dramatically since 2000.

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Sweden

New definition for green cars on the way

The Swedish Road Administration (Vägverket) has put forward a new definition of eco-friendly for cars purchased by the state which excludes 60 percent of models currently classified as green.

Berlin paper struggles after Stasi staff outed
Germany

Berlin paper struggles after Stasi staff outed

Berlin's left-wing daily newspaper the Berliner Zeitung has been rocked by revelations top members of its editorial staff worked for East German secret police the Stasi, writes AFP's Brett Neely.

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Sweden

Widespread support for Olympic boycott

Nearly four of ten Swedes want Sweden to boycott the Opening Ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics, according to a survey carried out by Novus Opinion for TV4.