Swedish press slams proposed surveillance law
Sweden

Swedish press slams proposed surveillance law

David Landes takes a look at what Sweden's papers have to say about the proposed surveillance law in the days leading up to next week's Riksdag vote.

Germany regrets Irish EU treaty rejection
Germany

Germany regrets Irish EU treaty rejection

German politicians reacted with regret to the rejection of the EU Lisbon Treaty by Irish voters on Friday.

Schweinsteiger banned as Germany ponders loss to Croatia
Germany

Schweinsteiger banned as Germany ponders loss to Croatia

Shown a red card against Croatia, German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been banned for one match by UEFA and will miss Monday's clash with Austria in Vienna with a Euro 2008 quarterfinal place at stake.

Opposition to proposed surveillance law mounts
Sweden

Opposition to proposed surveillance law mounts

As the vote on Sweden’s controversial surveillance proposal nears, the voices of political party youth wings and bloggers are rising up in a chorus of opposition.

Deutsche Post to privatize its post office branches
Germany

Deutsche Post to privatize its post office branches

Deutsche Post is planning to privatize all of its local branches by outsourcing mail services to retailers, Germany's state-owned postal giant said on Friday in Bonn.

Majority of Germans say their language is ‘degenerating’
Germany

Majority of Germans say their language is ‘degenerating’

Some 65 percent of Germans believe their language is constantly "degenerating," according to a survey released by the German Language Council and the Society for the German Language on Friday.

Left Party MP reveals stripper past
Sweden

Left Party MP reveals stripper past

Left Party Riksdag member and rising star Josefin Brink has bared all in an interview with the Expressen newspaper, revealing that she worked as a stripper in the 1990s.

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Sweden

Sweden’s success hinges largely on three star players

Swedish hopes of beating Spain in their Euro 2008 Group D match rests mainly with a trio of players, who have over 200 caps between them but also their fair share of injuries.

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Sweden

Massive meteorite discovered in northern Sweden

A massive meteorite has been found by two individuals near the village of Kitkiöjärvi north of Pajala in northern Sweden.

Swedish jobless stats reach historic lows
Sweden

Swedish jobless stats reach historic lows

Swedish unemployment is at levels not seen since 1991, with only 122,187 people registered as out of work at the end of May.

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Sweden

Government lets down small businesses

A new poll reveals that small businesses feel let down by the government’s lack of support.

Cheating scandal forces 28,000 Berlin students to retake exam
Germany

Cheating scandal forces 28,000 Berlin students to retake exam

Berlin authorities have launched a criminal investigation and are insisting 28,000 10th grade students retake their final mathematics test after discovering it was distributed in as many as 15 schools around the city before the test date.

Commission calls for sweeping defence cuts
Sweden

Commission calls for sweeping defence cuts

The government’s commission on defence has recommended drastic cuts to Sweden’s Armed Forces in a report submitted to the government on Friday.

Fear and loathing in Brandenburg
Germany

Fear and loathing in Brandenburg

Welcome to Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s new column pondering life in Germany. In his first dispatch, Portnoy opines on US President George Bush’s last visit to the Fatherland.

Berlin aims to fight piracy on the high seas
Germany

Berlin aims to fight piracy on the high seas

The German government wants the country’s marine forces to fight international piracy.

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Sweden

Investigation into Iraqi agent murder suspect dropped

The police investigation into a 57-year-old man suspected of killing a former Iraqi agent in Stockholm in 1985 has been closed.

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Sweden

Relative of Sweden’s king sued over faked gay affair

Gerard Bernadotte, the so-called “fake” Swedish prince, is being sued by Lufthansa airlines for over 940,000 kronor ($15,4500).

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Germany

German inflation reaches 3.0 percent in May

German inflation reached 3.0 percent in May as the cost of energy stoked consumer price increases in the biggest European economy, figures released Friday by the Federal Statistics Office showed.

Munich celebrates 850th anniversary
Germany

Munich celebrates 850th anniversary

Bavarians celebrate the 850th anniversary of Munich on Friday with a party that will last into the weekend and with special events all summer.

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Sweden

Teacher fined for pat on the ‘back’

A Gothenburg-area teacher has been fined 80 days pay for sexual molestation after giving a 17-year-old student a supportive pat on the rear.

German football reporter makes bomb threat to delay plane
Germany

German football reporter makes bomb threat to delay plane

A German journalist covering the European football championship tried to delay his flight from the northern Italian city of Verona to Vienna by making a fake bomb threat, according to reports in the Italian media.

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Germany

Merkel hits the road for German education offensive

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced a national education offensive beginning with a fact-finding tour the length and breadth of the country.

Sweden prepares to battle talented Spanish squad
Sweden

Sweden prepares to battle talented Spanish squad

Either Spain or Sweden could wrap up a place in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals if they emerge triumphant from the pair's Group D meeting here on Saturday.

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Sweden

Far-right politician votes for mosque

A far-right Sweden Democrat politician surprised his colleagues in the southern Swedish town of Karlskrona by voting in favour of allowing Muslims to convert a former recreation hall into a mosque.