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Germany

Germany faces Italian WWII claims

Germany has said it may appeal an Italian court ruling to fine the government damages for Italians forced to work in Nazi labour camps during the Second World War.

German industrial output falls again
Germany

German industrial output falls again

German industrial production declined further in April, the ministry of industry said Friday, another sign that Europe's biggest economy is slowing down.

Worshipping the North Sea God
Germany

Worshipping the North Sea God

In his book Cycling Back to Happiness, English journalist Bernie Friend covers 6,000 kilometres of northern Europe on a bicycle. In his last stop in Germany, he strikes up an unlikely friendship.

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Germany

Berlin ‘interested’ in Russian security pact proposal

Germany said Friday it noted with "great interest" Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's proposal to call a European summit to discuss a sweeping new post-Cold War security pact.

Where to watch Euro 2008 matches in Germany
Germany

Where to watch Euro 2008 matches in Germany

Want to know where to catch all the action for this summer’s European football championships? Check out The Local’s list of best places to catch a match in Germany and submit your own suggestions.

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Sweden

Sweden tightens security at Islamabad embassy

Sweden tightened security around its embassy in Pakistan on Friday after new warnings in the wake of a suicide car bomb attack outside the Danish embassy, a foreign ministry spokesman said.

Buback murder case reopened against ex-RAF terrorist
Germany

Buback murder case reopened against ex-RAF terrorist

German authorities have reopened legal proceedings against former Red Army Faction (RAF) terrorist Verena Becker as an accomplice in the leftist drive-by murder of Chief Federal Prosecutor Siegfried Buback and two passengers on April 7, 1977.

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Sweden

Swedish woman among missing divers in Indonesia

Five scuba divers from Britain, France and Sweden have been missing for more than a day in seas off remote islands in Indonesia after being swept away in a current, police said on Friday.

Sweden’s National ‘Sunny’ Day
Sweden

Sweden’s National ‘Sunny’ Day

Sweden’s National Day is off to a hotter start than usual with temperatures set to rise up to 30 degrees across most parts of the country.

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Germany

Bundesbank raises 2008 growth forecast, but cuts it for 2009

Germany's central bank said Friday that growth in Europe's largest economy might be more subdued over the coming months, but it expects a pick-up later as global conditions improve and inflation abates.

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Sweden

Cyclists survive violent crash thanks to nearby doc

A German cyclist couple involved in a serious car collision on Thursday morning managed to survive thanks to a doctor nearby, Aftonbladet reports.

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Sweden

Far-right extremists in violent clash with leftists

Far-right extremists clashed with a gang of left-wingers on the streets of Gothenburg early on Friday morning.

German adventurer found Machu Picchu decades before American
Germany

German adventurer found Machu Picchu decades before American

German adventurer Augusto Berns, who traded in Peru's wood and gold, happened upon the fabled Inca citadel of Machu Picchu 44 years before US explorer Hiram Bingham brought it to the world's attention, writes AFP's Reynaldo Munoz.

Swedish alcohol monopoly down the hatch
Sweden

Swedish alcohol monopoly down the hatch

Mark Majzner looks at how two landmark EU decisions have affected the alcohol retail trade in Sweden.

Drunken German attacks police with samurai sword
Germany

Drunken German attacks police with samurai sword

A 48-year-old man in Berlin's Wedding district called police after he was attacked by a man with a metal rod in the an apartment building entry way late on Thursday night.

‘We can make Euro quarters’: Henrik Larsson
Sweden

‘We can make Euro quarters’: Henrik Larsson

Veteran striker Henrik Larsson said on Thursday Sweden can make the last eight of Euro 2008 and is relishing the challenge having been lured out of retirement.

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Sweden

One death in row house blaze

One person has died in a violent fire that broke out in a row of houses in Borlänge, central Sweden, early on Friday morning. According to local police, another person is still missing, suspected to have died.

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Germany

Russian media label Medvedev’s Germany visit a success

Russian newspapers on Friday labelled Dmitry Medvedev's official visit to Berlin a success, after the new Russian president supposedly charmed his friendly and uncritical German hosts.

Heidi Klum crowns teen Germany’s top model
Germany

Heidi Klum crowns teen Germany’s top model

A 17-year-old with long legs managed to win “Germany’s Next Top Model” on Thursday night in the finale of supermodel Heidi Klum’s successful TV casting show.

Schäuble aims to keep German hooligans from Euro 2008
Germany

Schäuble aims to keep German hooligans from Euro 2008

German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble wants to do everything in the government’s power to keep hooligans from travelling to the European Championships starting this weekend.

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Germany

Germany urges EU to take more Iraq refugees

Germany has urged its European Union partners to accept more refugees from Iraq and to step up their aid efforts in the conflict-torn country.