Why Angie ain’t no Maggie
Germany

Why Angie ain’t no Maggie

Forbes magazine recently proclaimed Angela Merkel to be the most powerful woman in the world. Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, explains why he finds it a strange choice.

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Sweden

Sweden plans new bank crisis law

Sweden plans to introduce new rules by year-end to clarify how and when the government would take control of a domestic bank facing financial problems, a finance ministry adviser told Reuters on Wednesday.

World Bank ranks Germany as 25th best place to do business
Germany

World Bank ranks Germany as 25th best place to do business

Germany has fallen behind countries like Georgia and Mauritius when it comes to having the best atmosphere for business because of chronic reform problems, according to a new World Bank study, “Doing Business 2009.”

Insurgents attack Bundeswehr troops in Afghanistan
Germany

Insurgents attack Bundeswehr troops in Afghanistan

German troops in northern Afghanistan suffered another attack by insurgents, the Bundeswehr confirmed on Wednesday to public radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk.

Labour migrants set sights on Sweden
Sweden

Labour migrants set sights on Sweden

The Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) estimates that 37,000 labour migrants from countries outside the European Union (EU) will seek work permits in Sweden next year.

Sweden’s school report cards to include truancy
Sweden

Sweden’s school report cards to include truancy

All students in Sweden’s middle and high schools will soon have unauthorized absences recorded on their report cards along with their grades.

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Germany

Iranian ‘spy’ to be tried in Germany

German prosecutors said Wednesday they are bringing charges against an alleged Iranian "secret agent" accused of illegally procuring weapons equipment.

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Sweden

Man sentenced to life in prison for axe murder

A 45-year-old man was sentenced on Wednesday by the Svea Court of Appeal to life in prison for killing a 29-year-old mother of two with an axe in March.

Book warns German children watch porn at 8 and have sex at 12
Germany

Book warns German children watch porn at 8 and have sex at 12

A provocative new book released in Germany on Wednesday is warning that the country's hypersexualized youth is losing the ability to have meaningful partnerships.

Mouse stops traffic in Bochum
Germany

Mouse stops traffic in Bochum

A wee mouse caused whopping traffic delays on a Bochum motorway by chewing through the traffic signal wires, police said on Wednesday.

Many Swedes fine with using black market services
Sweden

Many Swedes fine with using black market services

Many Swedes have no problem with the idea of turning to the black market for household improvement services, and according to a new survey, 13 percent have already done so.

US Ambassador: Russian gas no laughing matter
Sweden

US Ambassador: Russian gas no laughing matter

Russia’s recent incursion into Georgia has brought into renewed focus the need for Sweden to continue the development and promotion of alternative energy sources, writes US Ambassador to Sweden, Michael M Wood.

Wheelchair basketball player sent home for doping at Paralympics
Germany

Wheelchair basketball player sent home for doping at Paralympics

A German wheelchair basketball player has been sent home from the Paralympics in Beijing on Wednesday after testing positive for doping.

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Sweden

Sweden drops in business friendliness ranking

Sweden has fallen three places in a new report ranking countries according to how easy it is to do business.

Exciting new gallery challenges design orthodoxy
Sweden

Exciting new gallery challenges design orthodoxy

There’s more to Swedish design than minimalist Scandinavian pine and Ikea flatpacks, as Jennifer Heape discovered at Stockholm’s newest art space, Designgalleriet.

Deportation fears delayed abuse report
Sweden

Deportation fears delayed abuse report

The fears of a refugee family in hiding and those protecting them provide at least a partial explanation of how a 58-year-old man managed to hold a woman captive in a cabin outside of Eksjö in south central Sweden for nine years without detection.

EU sees Germany headed for recession
Germany

EU sees Germany headed for recession

The European Commission on Wednesday said Germany, along with other EU economic heavyweights Britain and Spain, was headed for recession this year.

German states bicker over parking stripe colours
Germany

German states bicker over parking stripe colours

Germans in some states could start parking their cars like Americans soon. The country's national committee of traffic regulation has agreed to a pilot program modelled on US-style street markings instead of signs, according to daily Bild on Wednesday.

Funding for German asylum seekers hits new low
Germany

Funding for German asylum seekers hits new low

Resources for asylum seekers in Germany have reached a new low, according to figures released by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) on Wednesday.

Podolksi plans to shoot Germany to victory over Finland
Germany

Podolksi plans to shoot Germany to victory over Finland

Hot-shot striker Lukas Podolski aims to continue his purple patch against Finland on Wednesday as Germany look to win their second straight World Cup 2010 qualifier.

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Germany

Teens draw swastikas on disabled man

German authorities have opened an investigation against two teenagers who scrawled Nazi symbols and slogans on the skin and clothing of a mentally disabled man, authorities said late on Tuesday.

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Sweden

More elderly Swedes prescribed anti-psychotic drugs

Around 45,000 people over age 75 were given anti-psychotic drugs last year despite questions about the medical necessity of the prescriptions.

Ikea sales reach all-time high
Sweden

Ikea sales reach all-time high

Sales by Swedish home furnishings giant Ikea continue to grow despite the weakening global economy.

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Sweden

Sword-wielding man shot by Gothenburg police

A man under the influence of drugs and armed with a sword was shot twice in the leg by police on Hisingen in Gothenburg on Tuesday night.