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Sweden

Spain’s Euro win ‘bad for Swedish economy’

Fernando Torres' goal in the final of Euro 2008 may be a boon for Spain but economists reckon that a bullet from Ballack would have been of greater benefit to Sweden.

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Sweden

Bildt slams Mugabe’s re-election in Zimbabwe

Sweden’s foreign minister Carl Bildt on Monday condemned the re-election of Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe, urging other African countries to take an active role in re-establishing democracy in the southern African country.

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Sweden

‘I thought they were going to shoot us in the neck’

Swedish aid worker Ulf Flink has spoken out about his kidnapping at the hands of Islamist militants in Somalia.

French man with two asses surprises Swedish officials
Sweden

French man with two asses surprises Swedish officials

Customs officials in Gothenburg were at a loss as to how to deal with Jacques Abdelaziz and his two four-legged pack animals when the trio wandered off a ferry boat from Denmark on Sunday afternoon.

German dairy farmers ask for EU aid
Germany

German dairy farmers ask for EU aid

German farmers have asked for European Union aid in the face of rising production costs at the German Farming Day - an agricultural gathering - in Berlin on Monday.

Press Review: Germany comes up short again
Germany

Press Review: Germany comes up short again

Germany might have lost the Euro 2008 final, but German commentators in The Local’s press roundup largely agreed on Monday that German fans, coach Jogi Löw and his team had no reason to hang their heads.

Swedish firm: ‘New law will drive businesses out of the country’
Sweden

Swedish firm: ‘New law will drive businesses out of the country’

Sweden's controversial new surveillance law has put the state on a collision course with innovative new businesses, argues Roger Grönberg, CEO of Momail.

Germany to store carbon dioxide underground
Germany

Germany to store carbon dioxide underground

Germany was due to inaugurate Europe's first underground carbon dioxide storage site on Monday, the country's national geoscience institute said.

Germany’s Adidas wins at Euro 2008
Germany

Germany’s Adidas wins at Euro 2008

German sportswear giant Adidas did better than the national team at the Euro 2008 football championships, sponsoring both runner-up Germany and the new champion, Spain.

German blood brother ritual ends at hospital
Germany

German blood brother ritual ends at hospital

In a blood brother ritual likely inspired by German Wild West pulp writer Karl May, two German men have landed themselves in the hospital, according to police reports on Monday.

Heroes’ welcome for Germany’s almost-champions
Germany

Heroes’ welcome for Germany’s almost-champions

Germany's luckless football team arrived back home on Monday for a heroes' welcome parade in central Berlin despite losing 1-0 to Spain in the final of Euro 2008.

Berlin to enforce smoking ban halfheartedly
Germany

Berlin to enforce smoking ban halfheartedly

Berlin is supposed to begin fining restaurant and bar patrons for smoking on July 1, but the city hasn't managed to mobilize adequate personnel for the task.

Stockholm bus strike looms
Sweden

Stockholm bus strike looms

Buses in Stockholm County will come to a standstill at midnight on Monday as bus drivers plan to follow through on their threat to go on strike.

‘Reduce sponsorship of public broadcasting’
Sweden

‘Reduce sponsorship of public broadcasting’

The commission examining the future of public broadcasting in Sweden has proposed a drastic reduction in outside sponsorship, according to a report submitted to the Minister of Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth on Monday.

The fox nose
Germany

The fox nose

Berlin's mayor calls the German capital "poor but sexy." Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, might argue "poor but foxy" would be more apt.

Three killed on Saxony autobahn
Germany

Three killed on Saxony autobahn

Three people were killed and ten injured early on Monday morning when a minibus lost control on the A72 motorway in the German state of Saxony, police reported.

Drunken Swede attempts to row home from Denmark
Sweden

Drunken Swede attempts to row home from Denmark

When the 78-year-old Swede was set to board a ferry from Danish Helsingör to Helsingborg on Sweden’s west coast, he opened his wallet to discover he’d spent all his money at the bar.

Spain rains on Germany’s football party
Germany

Spain rains on Germany’s football party

Germany's three-week Euro 2008 party ended with a whimper on Sunday as throngs of colourful supporters headed home forlornly after defeat to Spain. But some were looking ahead to the 2010 World Cup.

German hiker falls to his death on Zugspitze
Germany

German hiker falls to his death on Zugspitze

A 57-year-old hiker from Munich fell 120 metres to his death on Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze, police said on Sunday.

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Sweden

Petrol station owner fights for porn-free town

A trade union dispute over pornographic material has taken a new twist after a petrol station owner in northern Sweden first agreed to meet his worker's demands before embarking on a similar crusade of his own.

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Sweden

Snoop law politicians in email storm

Members of parliament who either abstained from voting or voted in favour of Sweden's divisive new eavesdropping law had received a total of almost half a million protest emails by Sunday evening.

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Germany

Hamm bar brawl ends in stabbing

Most of Germany reported that disappointed Euro 2008 fans went home peacefully on Sunday night after their team’s defeat, but there was violence in Hamm, where several people were injured in a knifing incident.

Severe weather causes damage near Bodensee
Germany

Severe weather causes damage near Bodensee

An intense storm caused severe damage in Germany’s Bodensee area on Sunday evening.

Dropped French bid hits TeliaSonera shares
Sweden

Dropped French bid hits TeliaSonera shares

France Telecom said on Monday it was abandoning its offer to buy Nordic telecoms operator TeliaSonera, citing a failure to agree on financial conditions.

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Sweden

France Telecom ups bid for TeliaSonera

France Telecom was in talks to take over TeliaSonera after improving its offer for the Swedish-Finnish operator, the Wall Street Journal reported in its online edition on Monday.