Inside Berlin’s graffiti war
Germany

Inside Berlin’s graffiti war

With Berlin considered by many to be Europe’s ground zero for graffiti, David Wroe looks at the German capital’s uphill struggle to keep up with the city’s prolific taggers.

Insider uncorks secret liquor store code
Sweden

Insider uncorks secret liquor store code

The highly descriptive terms used to describe wines sold by Sweden's alcohol retail monopoly Systembolaget are riddled with secret code, according to an inside source.

EU plans new case against Germany for VW law
Germany

EU plans new case against Germany for VW law

The European Commission will bring new court action against Germany in a long-running stand-off with Berlin over a law shielding Volkswagen from takeovers, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

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Sweden

Bildt lauds Serbia over hunt for war criminals

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt praised Belgrade's efforts to track down war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic during a visit to Stockholm on Tuesday of his Serbian counterpart Vuk Jeremic.

Frankfurt postman arrested for hoarding truckloads of letters
Germany

Frankfurt postman arrested for hoarding truckloads of letters

A Scottish postman working in Frankfurt has been arrested after he was discovered to have hoarded an estimated 20,000 letters at his parents' house where he lived, police said on Tuesday.

Exberliner Magazine picks Berlin’s best smoking rooms
Germany

Exberliner Magazine picks Berlin’s best smoking rooms

Exberliner, the German capital's leading English-language magazine, this month picks the best places to light up a ciggie in Berlin.

Sweden plans for green spending spree
Sweden

Sweden plans for green spending spree

The government’s upcoming budget proposes spending 3 billion kronor ($443 million) on environment and energy measures.

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Sweden

Swedish man fined for putting nude pics of wife on porn site

A 40-year-old man from Medelpad in northern Sweden has been convicted for gross slander for secretly putting nude photos of his wife on pornographic websites.

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Sweden

Swedish statistics agency published faulty inflation data

Sweden’s central bank was relying on bad inflation data when it decided to raise interest rates last week, Statistics Sweden has revealed.

Tarantino looking for ‘Aryan’ extras for new WWII film
Germany

Tarantino looking for ‘Aryan’ extras for new WWII film

A German casting agency has called for extras to try out in late September for the new Quentin Tarantino film “Inglorious Basterds,” but only those who fit Aryan stereotypes need apply.

British doctors talk up Swedish ‘snus’
Sweden

British doctors talk up Swedish ‘snus’

Swedish moist snuff, or 'snus', should be made available on the UK market as a healthier alternative to smoking, according to the Royal College of Physicians.

Siegburg police identify wily mystery kangaroo
Germany

Siegburg police identify wily mystery kangaroo

Police and fire department workers in Siegburg had an unusual Monday night chasing a kangaroo through the city.

Immigrants to be issued ID cards
Sweden

Immigrants to be issued ID cards

After months of silence, the government on Tuesday confirmed that Sweden’s Tax Agency (Skatteverket) will be asked to take over responsibility for issuing national identification cards.

20,000 visitors expected at WindEnergy trade fair
Germany

20,000 visitors expected at WindEnergy trade fair

Thirty-five countries are taking part in the WindEnergy 2008 trade show that begins in Husum, Schleswig-Holstein on Tuesday.

Beck says lack of trust within SPD forced his resignation
Germany

Beck says lack of trust within SPD forced his resignation

Kurt Beck on Tuesday said he made a “conscious decision” to resign as head of the Social Democrats over the weekend after he felt he could no longer lead the party due to a lack of trust within the SPD.

German insurer warns against growing vampire teeth trend
Germany

German insurer warns against growing vampire teeth trend

German health insurance providers are concerned with health problems caused by the growing popularity of vampire teeth among their customers.

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Germany

Germany says Indian nuclear deal not a message to Iran

Germany has expressed grudging acceptance of a landmark atomic energy deal with India and denied it undermined the West's efforts to convince Iran to stop sensitive nuclear work.

Georgia conflict delays Swedish defence plan
Sweden

Georgia conflict delays Swedish defence plan

Sweden’s defence minister Sten Tolgfors confirmed on Tuesday that the government’s report on the future of the Swedish Armed Forces will be delayed until spring 2009.

German Afghanistan base hit by rocket fire
Germany

German Afghanistan base hit by rocket fire

A German base in Afghanistan came under rocket attack on Monday, Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung confirmed.

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Germany

Afghan minister calls for anti-rebel attacks in Pakistan

Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta said Monday the battle against insurgents in his country must be taken to its “breeding ground” in neighbouring Pakistan.

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Sweden

Police hit Gothenburg prostitution ring

A 35-year-old woman believed to be at the centre of a major Gothenburg prostitution operation has been arrested on suspicions of pimping.

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Sweden

Military under fire for poor helicopter maintenance

The Swedish Accident Investigation Board (SHK) has leveled sharp criticism toward the Armed Forces for the way it maintains its helicopters.