Swedish ‘al-Qaeda leader’ killed in Iraq
Sweden

Swedish ‘al-Qaeda leader’ killed in Iraq

The Swedish citizen who on Wednesday evening was reported to have been killed by US forces in Iraq was Abu Qaswara - according to the UN and EU one of the most senior al-Qaeda leaders in the country.

Lufthansa cuts ticket fuel surcharges
Germany

Lufthansa cuts ticket fuel surcharges

Germany’s leading airline Lufthansa has decided to lower its fuel surcharge on flights amid sinking oil prices.

Brown coal: Germany’s big dirty secret
Germany

Brown coal: Germany’s big dirty secret

To generate electricity, power company Vattenfall burns the dirtiest coal on earth. So far, thousands of people’s homes have been destroyed by mining, and more will follow. Will the company’s new ‘carbon capture’ technology make a difference? Exberliner's Seymour Gris reports.

Google appeals German court ruling against image searches
Germany

Google appeals German court ruling against image searches

Google has appealed two Hamburg district court rulings that prohibit the company from displaying thumbnails of copyrighted images without permission, the internet search engine told The Local on Wednesday.

Bishop Mixa slams Germany’s ‘hostile’ attitude toward children
Germany

Bishop Mixa slams Germany’s ‘hostile’ attitude toward children

Walter Mixa, the outspoken Catholic bishop of Augsburg, has slammed the German government’s modest increase in money paid to parents an “insult” and called the country’s “hostile” attitudes to children more dangerous than the global financial crisis.

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Sweden

Swedish banks ‘well-equipped’ for crisis

Sweden's four largest banks are all well placed to ride out the current economic turbulence, according to the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Finansinspektionen).

Sweden to consider tougher sentences for violent crime
Sweden

Sweden to consider tougher sentences for violent crime

Sweden needs to have tougher punishments for violent crime and recidivism, and make changes to the range of sanctions for serious cases of abuse and blackmail, according to a new report from a government commission.

English church cricket team apologises for losing to Germans
Germany

English church cricket team apologises for losing to Germans

The bell has yet to toll for English cricket as a whole - but a village side were left-red faced after their church eleven lost to German rivals, prompting an apology to locals in the parish magazine.

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Sweden

Gun threat against doc over baby sex test

A father-to-be from Hallstahammar in central Sweden has been sentenced to pay 4000 kronor ($555) in fines after threatening to put a gun to a doctor’s head if he didn’t tell the man the gender of his unborn child.

Munich Re boss warns German banks still under threat
Germany

Munich Re boss warns German banks still under threat

The international financial crisis could claim more victims among German banks, the head of re-insurance giant Munich Re warned.

Sweden second in global tax league
Sweden

Sweden second in global tax league

Sweden has maintained its position as the country with the second highest tax burden in the world, according to the OECD.

Sweden is in the eye of the beholder
Sweden

Sweden is in the eye of the beholder

Sweden means many different things to many different people. Just ask the United States Secret Service, writes Olle Wästberg, director-general of the Swedish Institute.

Thousands of WWII bombs uncovered in Köthen
Germany

Thousands of WWII bombs uncovered in Köthen

More than 2,100 bombs from World War II have been found on the outskirts of Köthen during a routine building site review, police in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt reported on Wednesday.

Europe sales lag hits Swedish car makers
Sweden

Europe sales lag hits Swedish car makers

Weak car sales across Europe have hit Swedish car brands Saab and Volvo especially hard, according to fresh sales figures.

Jersey from Sweden’s Lidström makes Bush a Redwing
Sweden

Jersey from Sweden’s Lidström makes Bush a Redwing

For the second year in a row, a famous Swede has presented US President George W. Bush with a rather unusual gift.

Merkel: world facing worst crisis since 1920s
Germany

Merkel: world facing worst crisis since 1920s

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday the world was facing the most difficult financial crisis since the 1920s, and one that would not leave Germany’s economy unscathed.

What’s on in Germany: October 16-22
Germany

What’s on in Germany: October 16-22

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Germans aren’t freaking out about financial crisis
Germany

Germans aren’t freaking out about financial crisis

The majority of Germans remain full of hope for the future despite growing panic about the worldwide financial crisis, according to a poll published on Wednesday by German weekly Stern.

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Sweden

Photographic evidence relieves man of urination fine

A 20-year-old man from Strängnäs in central Sweden who was fined for public urination has had his case overturned on appeal.

Bavarian slaughter house shut down in rotten meat scandal
Germany

Bavarian slaughter house shut down in rotten meat scandal

Another case of rotten meat has been uncovered, this time in the Bavarian city of Tapfheim, Donau-Ries district authorities announced late on Tuesday after closing a slaughter house following a raid.

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Sweden

Women plagued by harassment in Swedish workplaces

One in five female managers in Sweden has been harassed on account of her gender, while only three percent of male managers have suffered the same treatment.

High German inflation eases slightly
Germany

High German inflation eases slightly

German inflation eased in September to 2.9 percent on a 12-month basis, from 3.1 percent the previous month, final figures released on Wednesday by the national statistics office showed.

Ballack injury creates doubts for qualifier with Wales
Germany

Ballack injury creates doubts for qualifier with Wales

Germany captain Michael Ballack sat out training again on Tuesday as doubts grow whether the Chelsea star will be fit for his country in their World Cup qualifier against Wales on Wednesday.

Reinfeldt and Sahlin spar in debate
Sweden

Reinfeldt and Sahlin spar in debate

Questions Sweden's future government as well as the current economic crisis occupied much of a televised debate between prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Social Democratic party leader Mona Sahlin on Tuesday night.