Parliament debates email tapping bill
Sweden

Parliament debates email tapping bill

Lawmakers in Sweden debated a controversial bill on Tuesday which would allow all emails and phone calls to be monitored in the name of national security.

Köhler calls for a new German reform push
Germany

Köhler calls for a new German reform push

German President Horst Köhler on Tuesday called for Germany to engage in further reform and modernization of the economy and society.

Swedish women look for long-distance love
Sweden

Swedish women look for long-distance love

Richie Rankin reveals why Swedish women are developing a penchant for dating men from abroad.

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Sweden

Lagerbäck keeps mum over Ibrahimovic

Sweden coach Lars Lagerbäck refused to confirm or deny on Tuesday whether star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic would play in their crucial Euro 2008 Group D clash with Russia on Wednesday.

‘Our experience could tell’: Lagerbäck
Sweden

‘Our experience could tell’: Lagerbäck

Sweden's hugely experienced side should prove to have a huge advantage over their younger Russian opponents in the crucial Euro 2008 Group D match in Innsbruck on Wednesday, according to Swedish coach Lars Lagerbäck.

Ex-contestant of Klum’s model show acquitted of drunk driving
Germany

Ex-contestant of Klum’s model show acquitted of drunk driving

The troubled former contestant of Heidi Klum's show Germany's Next Top Model was acquitted of drunk driving by a court in Nuremberg on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Sony Ericsson unveils Wii-like phone

Sony Ericsson, the Swedish-Japanese phone maker, on Tuesday unveiled a Wii-like handset which allows users to play games using the phone as a motion sensor.

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Sweden

Ikea recalls 650,000 lamps due to risk of overheating

Swedish furniture giant Ikea on Tuesday recalled about 650,000 desk lamps sold in Europe, Asia and Australia since 2004 because of a risk of overheating.

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Sweden

Woman fined for playing car stereo at full blast

A 21-year-old woman has been fined 800 kronor ($132) for driving through Linköping city centre with her car stereo on max in the small hours.

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Germany

German ZEW investor confidence survey drops sharply

German investor confidence has plunged to the lowest level since late 1992, a survey showed on Tuesday, due to record oil prices and expectations of higher borrowing costs in the euro zone.

Daimler unveils share buyback plan
Germany

Daimler unveils share buyback plan

German auto manufacturer Daimler said on Tuesday it would buy back about 96.4 million of its own shares, some 10 percent of its outstanding stock, for up to €6 billion ($9.3 billion).

Sigfrid defies party over surveillance
Sweden

Sigfrid defies party over surveillance

Moderate Party member of parliament Karl Sigfrid has said he will ignore this party whip and vote against the government's proposed surveillance law.

Germans warned not to forget 1953 uprising
Germany

Germans warned not to forget 1953 uprising

German politicians on Tuesday warned against forgetting an East German uprising brutally put down by the Soviets 55 years ago on June 17, 1953.

Dissenters put snoop vote on knife edge
Sweden

Dissenters put snoop vote on knife edge

Four centre-right members of parliament, the exact number needed to block Sweden's hotly debated new surveillance law, have not yet committed to voting in favour of the bill when it is put to the vote on Wednesday morning.

Carl Zeiss creates world’s smallest football field
Germany

Carl Zeiss creates world’s smallest football field

Just in time for the Euro 2008 football tournament, German high-tech firm Carl Zeiss says it has created the world’s smallest football pitch.

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Sweden

Swedish billionaire heir on the run in UK

Swedish Tetra Pak heir Hans Kristian Rausing, 44, is currently on the run from the British Metropolitan police following a car accident on Monday allegedly involving drink or drugs, according to UK media reports.

Germany’s top literature prize goes to Josef Winkler
Germany

Germany’s top literature prize goes to Josef Winkler

Germany’s most important literature award, the Georg Büchner Prize, has been awarded this year to Austrian novelist Josef Winkler, the German Academy for Speech and Composition announced on Tuesday in Darmstadt.

Double murder suspect under investigation for rape
Sweden

Double murder suspect under investigation for rape

Double murder suspect Anders Eklund has been reported to the police for a rape he is alleged to have committed eight years ago.

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Sweden

Tax breaks for poor pensioners

Any pensioner currently receiving a state pension but lacking an income-based pension will receive a tax break of around 2,500 kronor ($414) per year, according to a new proposal from the government.

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Germany

Boehringer Ingelheim set to buy US biotech group Actimis

The German pharmaceutical laboratory Boehringer Ingelheim said on Tuesday that it intended to buy US biotechnology specialist Actimis for up to $515 million (€330 million).

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Sweden

High school drop-out rate raises concerns

Although more Swedish students are graduating from high school with their high school diploma, one in ten students drops out during the first two years.

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Sweden

Centre Party split over surveillance

Sweden's Centre Party is meeting on Tuesday morning for eleventh hour deliberations ahead of Wednesday morning's parliamentary vote on the government's controversial and divisive surveillance bill.

Environmental group warns of pricey German drinking water
Germany

Environmental group warns of pricey German drinking water

Nature protection organization BUND has called the German government’s proposed environmental code book (UGB) “inadequate” and has warned its failings could triple the cost of drinking water.

Party whips to force through snoop law
Sweden

Party whips to force through snoop law

Sweden's governing centre-right parties are expected to gain the majority of votes needed to pass a deeply controversial surveillance law at the Riksdag on Wednesday morning.

Study: mobiles won’t cause cancer
Germany

Study: mobiles won’t cause cancer

Using mobile and cordless telephones does not pose a cancer risk for adults, according to a study by Germany's Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) to be presented on Tuesday.

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Germany

Germany and Poland pushing ahead with Lisbon Treaty

Poland and Germany urged EU states to push ahead with ratifying the bloc’s reforming Lisbon Treaty, despite the crisis sparked by Ireland’s rejection of it in a referendum.