New measures to stamp out hooliganism
Sweden

New measures to stamp out hooliganism

The Swedish Football Association has proposed creating a registry of everyone who purchases football tickets in order to help prevent known hooligans from being allowed into Sweden’s arenas.

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Germany

German inflation surges to fastest pace in 15 years

German inflation picked up speed in June, jumping to an annual 3.3 percent, the fastest pace since 1993, from 3.0 percent in May, official figures showed Friday.

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Sweden

EU delays sale of Absolut

Pernod Ricard has proposed making concessions to the European Commission to avoid competition problems in its acquisition of Sweden's Vin & Sprit, the maker of Absolut Vodka, the Commission said, without giving further details.

Papers study college fees for non-Europeans
Sweden

Papers study college fees for non-Europeans

David Landes takes a look at how Sweden's papers reacted to the idea of charging fees to non-European students who wish to study at Swedish universities.

Unemployed German sets car alight as petrol protest
Germany

Unemployed German sets car alight as petrol protest

An unemployed German man set his car on fire in centre of Frankfurt on Friday to protest what he considers the “gas extortion” of high petrol prices.

Uniforms OK’d for soldiers at gay parade
Sweden

Uniforms OK’d for soldiers at gay parade

Sweden’s Armed Forces have done an about face and decided to now allow soldiers to march in Stockholm’s gay parade while wearing their uniforms.

Social Democrats ‘must reject Big Brother’
Sweden

Social Democrats ‘must reject Big Brother’

Sweden's government has voted through its controversial eavesdropping law. Now its time to make sure that Mona Sahlin rips up the legislation if she wins the next election, argues Social Democrat Catti Ullström.

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Sweden

Sony Ericsson issues warning on second quarter results

Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson warned on Friday that its second-quarter results would be dented by a difficult commercial environment.

Famed US warship docks in Stockholm
Sweden

Famed US warship docks in Stockholm

Visitors to Stockholm's harbour were greeted with an unusual sight on Friday morning as the American naval vessel USS Cole pulled into port for the weekend.

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Germany

Munich firm told to stop supplying Zimbabwe with banknote paper

Germany said Friday it has asked a Munich-based firm to stop supplying Zimbabwe with paper used for banknotes because of concerns it was helping prop up President Robert Mugabe's regime.

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Sweden

Woman wins court case over elusive decimal point

A woman from Eskilstuna in central Sweden has won a protracted court battle with the authorities over a decimal point she neglected to include in her 2003 income tax declaration.

German politicians slam Obama for death penalty comments
Germany

German politicians slam Obama for death penalty comments

Democratic US presidential candidate Barack Obama - widely adored in Germany - has been slammed by German politicians for comments supporting the death penalty for child rapists.

TV star jailed for cocaine use
Sweden

TV star jailed for cocaine use

Swedish television presenter Sanna Bråding has been sentenced to three months in jail for narcotics offences.

Merkel reportedly breaks her foreign aid promise
Germany

Merkel reportedly breaks her foreign aid promise

German Chancellor Angela Merkel won't keep her word about increased aid spending for poorer countries, according to Munich daily Süddeutsche Zeitung on Friday.

Künast: CDU nuking chances for alliance with Greens
Germany

Künast: CDU nuking chances for alliance with Greens

Renate Künast, the parliamentary leader for Germany’s environmentalist Green party, said on Friday the chances for a political alliance with the Christian Democrats (CDU) were “sinking rapidly” over the conservatives’ continued support for nuclear power.

Constantin Film planning first next gen German 3-D movie
Germany

Constantin Film planning first next gen German 3-D movie

Germany's Constantin Film is planning its first big three-dimensional movie. Although more expensive than traditional films, the industry hopes a new generation of 3-D films will have longer runs in cinemas.

Royal residences in Sweden’s scenic south
Sweden

Royal residences in Sweden’s scenic south

The curious tourist can find many fine attractions along Skåne’s coastline – the region is home to a varied collection of charming towns and cities, impressive nature reserves, beautiful and artistically-designed parks, and sites of historical interest, writes Matt O’Leary.

Germany begins preparations for Euro final against Spain
Germany

Germany begins preparations for Euro final against Spain

Germany's national football team starts on Friday preparing for its Euro 2008 final on Sunday against Spain, as coach Joachim Löw warned players about Spain's strong technique.

German panty burglar caught trying on lingerie
Germany

German panty burglar caught trying on lingerie

A 21-year-old German man broke into his female neighbour's home and put on a one-man lingerie fashion show for himself. He was caught, panties in hand.

Hail pummels 30,000 new VWs
Germany

Hail pummels 30,000 new VWs

Volkswagen on Friday said that a severe hailstorm last weekend damaged a significant number of the 30,000 new cars at its plant in the northwestern German city of Emden.

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Sweden

Hospital criticized for asylum seeker’s death

A 25-year-old asylum seeker suffering from a cerebral hemorrhage died after doctors sent him to emergency psychiatric care without ever performing a physical examination.

More Swedes against surveillance law
Sweden

More Swedes against surveillance law

Nearly half of all Swedes are against the wiretapping law which allows authorities to monitor all email and telephone traffic which crosses Sweden’s borders, according to a new survey.

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Sweden

Eight-year-old caught up in birthday card outrage

A second grader in Lund in southern Sweden was forced to take back his birthday party invitations because he hadn’t invited all the students in his class.