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Germany

Police arrest suspected terrorist backer

German police have arrested a 30-year-old Turkish man suspected of recruiting fighters and collecting money and equipment for terrorist network al Qaida.

Germany leads opposition to EU sales tax cuts
Germany

Germany leads opposition to EU sales tax cuts

EU finance ministers clashed Saturday on whether to shake up European sales tax rules to allow reduced rates for targeted services and products, with Germany a vocal opponent to any cuts.

Officials reportedly admit nuclear security lacking
Germany

Officials reportedly admit nuclear security lacking

National and state officials from Baden-Württemberg have admitted deficits in Germany's atomic energy authority, according to a report in the Saturday edition of the Berliner Zeitung.

Karlsson in fine form as Ryder Cup beckons
Sweden

Karlsson in fine form as Ryder Cup beckons

Sweden's Robert Karlsson fired a second round of 69 to give him a one shot lead at the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Cologne on Friday. The Swede's impressive form bodes well as Europe's defence of the Ryder Cup nears.

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Sweden

H&M opens first Japanese outlet

Swedish high-street clothing giant Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) opened its first store in Japan on Saturday. H&M's Tokyo store signals the firm's entry into one of world's most competitive casual fashion markets.

Labour union head warns against low-wage explosion
Germany

Labour union head warns against low-wage explosion

Frank Bsirske, head of the Verdi labour union, has warned against the growth of the low-wage sector in Germany, saying the country is well on the way to creating a US-style class of working poor.

Metallica rocks new O2 arena in Berlin
Germany

Metallica rocks new O2 arena in Berlin

US heavy metal band Metallica launched its long-awaited new album, “Death Magnetic” in Berlin on Friday night – the band's only appearance in Germany during its current tour.

Survey: Stockholm brand ranks high
Sweden

Survey: Stockholm brand ranks high

Stockholm has been ranked as the seventh strongest brand among European cities. Furthermore Stockholm ranked second in how well it makes use of its brand, according to a new survey by Saffron Consultants.

McDonald’s withdraws ‘deafening’ toys
Sweden

McDonald’s withdraws ‘deafening’ toys

Fast-food chain McDonald's has announced the withdrawal of musical toys sold with Happy Mealsin Sweden. The toys have been roundly criticized as dangerous to children's hearing.

ABBA museum suffers delay
Sweden

ABBA museum suffers delay

The proposed ABBA museum in Stockholm has been delayed. Renovations to the 100-year-old Stora Tullhuset - which will house the museum - mean that the doors will not open in 2009.