Schlager brings a smile to Stockholm’s Europride
Sweden

Schlager brings a smile to Stockholm’s Europride

You would need a heart of stone not to smile at the sight of tens of thousands of gay men screaming at middle-aged ladies singing Eurovision ditties, says James Savage.

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Sweden

British Islamic bank plans Swedish expansion

Sweden's Muslim population could soon have their very own bank. A British bank is looking to expand its business and has been in contact with the Financial Supervisory Authority (FI), Sveriges Radio reports.

German doctors perform first-ever double arm transplant
Germany

German doctors perform first-ever double arm transplant

A German medical team said Friday it had performed what it called the world's first transplant of two full arms, on a farmer who had lost both his limbs in an accident.

Berlin goes Babylon
Germany

Berlin goes Babylon

Babylon’s strange hold on contemporary culture spurs Daniel Miller to sort myth from truth at a new exhibition at Berlin’s Pergamon Museum.

Sveriges Television in Olympic broadcast controversy
Sweden

Sveriges Television in Olympic broadcast controversy

The journalists' union is accusing Sveriges Television (SVT) of spreading "uncritial propoganda" after broadcasting a documentary on Wednesday about preparations for the Olympic Games in Beijing.

Elite East German bunker opens to public
Germany

Elite East German bunker opens to public

A nuclear-proof bunker built during the Cold War for East German leader Erich Honecker opens to the public Saturday, but only for three months before it is likely sealed forever.

Flaming toilets injure 8 at Wacken heavy metal festival
Germany

Flaming toilets injure 8 at Wacken heavy metal festival

A heavy metal festival in Wacken, Germany got fired up on Friday, but not from the show. Unknown perpetrators set the portable toilets on fire.

German suspect ‘tried to kill herself’
Sweden

German suspect ‘tried to kill herself’

Torgny Hellgren, the boyfriend of Emma Jangestig, mother of the murdered toddlers in the Arboga child killings case, gave testimony on the third of the trial of his ex-lover, 32-year-old German Christine Schürrer.

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Sweden

Government criticized over growth figures

The government has come in for stinging criticism over new figures indicating that Sweden's growth is at its lowest levels in seven years.

Car-loving Germans turn to scooters as fuel costs rise
Germany

Car-loving Germans turn to scooters as fuel costs rise

Germany has traditionally been a car-loving nation, but more people are donning helmets and taking to the streets on mopeds and bicycles as fuel prices soar, the German Motorcycle Industry Association (IVM) said on Friday.

Lufthansa forges wage deal to end strike
Germany

Lufthansa forges wage deal to end strike

Lufthansa passengers on Friday still had to contend with delays and cancellations despite a tentative wage agreement between the German airline and union officials ending a week-long strike.

Older Swedes are drinking more
Sweden

Older Swedes are drinking more

Concerns are growing about increased alcohol consumption among Sweden’s retirees, as the number of people over 65 in Stockholm exhibiting at-risk drinking habits has gone up by half in the last decade.

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Sweden

Privacy sacrificed for service at local Swedish council

The municipal council Örebro in central Sweden has announced that new routines will allow private e-mails to written to council staff can be read by anyone at the office. The new routines - in force from September 1st - are intended to improve efficiency.

China to ban German newspapers from Olympic Village
Germany

China to ban German newspapers from Olympic Village

As part of their attempt to keep a stranglehold on information during the Summer Games in Beijing, the Chinese authorities are reportedly planning to ban German newspapers from the Deutsches Haus in the Olympic Village.

Body Worlds anatomist wants drowned German orangutan
Germany

Body Worlds anatomist wants drowned German orangutan

After the tragic drowning death of the orangutan Leila in Hamburg this week, controversial anatomist Gunther von Hagens said he wants to use her body in one of his plastination exhibitions, Neue Presse reported on Friday.

Pranksters turn public park into sprawling pot farm
Sweden

Pranksters turn public park into sprawling pot farm

No one noticed the hundreds of tall, leafy marijuana plants towering above the flowerbeds of a public park in the northern Swedish town of Luleå until a local newspaper received an anonymous tip.

‘My kids were butchered like animals’
Sweden

‘My kids were butchered like animals’

As the murder trial of Christine Schürrer entered its third day on Friday, the father of the two toddlers she is accused of killing broke down in court as he told his story.

No growth recorded in Sweden’s economy
Sweden

No growth recorded in Sweden’s economy

Sweden’s gross national domestic product (GDP) remained unchanged during the second quarter this year, compared with the first quarter, marking the worst growth level since 2003.

Luxury car makers in crisis as BMW issues profit warning
Germany

Luxury car makers in crisis as BMW issues profit warning

The German luxury car maker BMW joined rival Daimler on Friday in warning it would miss its 2008 targets, a sign that high-end manufacturers have been caught by the international financial crisis.

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Sweden

Motorcycle hit by flying elk

An unusual traffic accident occurred on the E18 highway between Årjäng and Töcksfors in western Sweden late Thursday night when a motorcycle collided with an airborne elk.

Germany to see partial solar eclipse
Germany

Germany to see partial solar eclipse

A partial solar eclipse will cast its shadow over Germany on Friday morning, but stormy weather over parts of the country could spoil the fun for hobby astronomers.

Rain floods Bayreuth Festival playhouse
Germany

Rain floods Bayreuth Festival playhouse

A performance of Richard Wagner's "Siegfried" at this year's Bayreuth Festival was delayed on Thursday evening owing to torrential rain that flooded parts of the legendary Festspielhaus theatre.

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Sweden

H&M manager forced employees to strip

Swedish retailing giant H&M is under fire after a manager at one of clothier’s German stores forced female employees to partially remove their clothes when leaving work for the evening.