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Germany

ECB extends unlimited cash loans to euro zone banks

The European Central Bank said it would keep providing unlimited amounts of cash in operations that underpin euro zone lending at fixed rates aimed at unblocking key interbank markets, on Thursday in Frankfurt.

Is it time for Sweden to join the eurozone?
Sweden

Is it time for Sweden to join the eurozone?

With the Swedish currency foundering in a deepening economic crisis, Jonathan Ward wonders if Sweden should reconsider its decision to shun the euro.

Germany ‘did not help US in Iraq war’
Germany

Germany ‘did not help US in Iraq war’

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has vehemently denied that the German secret service (BND) helped the US in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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Sweden

Car industry aid sparks heated debate

The Social Democrats’ economic political spokesperson Tomas Eneroth slammed the government’s reaction to the problems plaguing the Swedish auto industry during a special debate in the Riksdag on Thursday.

Segregation ‘widespread’ for Swedish immigrants
Sweden

Segregation ‘widespread’ for Swedish immigrants

A study released on Thursday by Statistics Sweden (SCB) reports widespread segregation in the fields of education, housing, employment and politics.

IMF chief urges Germany to increase spending
Germany

IMF chief urges Germany to increase spending

IMF director general Dominique Strauss-Kahn urged Germany to boost public spending, in line with other European countries, to stave off global recession, in a television interview on Thursday.

German pope gets special Bavarian Christmas delivery
Germany

German pope gets special Bavarian Christmas delivery

Bavarian-born Pope Benedict XVI doesn’t want to miss out on his country’s traditional Christmas goodness and had his personal courier drive up to the southern German state to pick up holiday treats and Christmas trees for the Vatican, news agency DPA reported on Thursday.

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Sweden

Swedish scientists struggle to explain post-beer munchies

Swedish researchers found they had jumped out of the frying pan into the fire when their attempts to explain what causes people to eat more after an evening out drinking ultimately failed to satisfy.

Drunk man killed on highway after police let him go
Germany

Drunk man killed on highway after police let him go

Hannover police have reported that a pedestrian was killed on the autobahn after they had decided to let him continue walking home despite stopping him for intoxication.

What’s on in Sweden: December 19 – 25
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: December 19 – 25

What's on in Sweden: December 19th - 25th. Magic Numbers and Clash tribute in Stockholm; Polar exhibition and Woody West's Christmas Bash in Gothenburg; magical organic market near Malmö

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Sweden

Swedes’ assets shed billions in value

Swedish households’ net wealth fell by 6.6 percent, or 185 billion kronor ($24.3 billion), during the third quarter of 2008, with losses from shares and funds accounting for 45 percent of the drop.

Swedish dance bands: a musical mystery wrapped in spandex
Sweden

Swedish dance bands: a musical mystery wrapped in spandex

Musical styles may come and go, but Swedish dance bands remain as popular as ever. But why does the nation remain loyal to its perennial bearers of outrageous costumes? Jennifer Heape endeavours to find out.

Immigrants central to swelling population
Sweden

Immigrants central to swelling population

Sweden’s foreign-born population is expected to reach 14 percent by the end of 2008, a year in which the country’s overall population had its greatest increase since 1970.

Riksbank urges Sweden to ditch 50 öre coin
Sweden

Riksbank urges Sweden to ditch 50 öre coin

The Riksbank wants Sweden to ditch the 50 öre coin, currently the smallest denomination of the country’s currency.

Fourth grade students try to poison teacher’s pet
Germany

Fourth grade students try to poison teacher’s pet

School children have tried to poison their classmate at a primary school in Hamburg because she was too smart, daily Express reported this week.

Volvo Cars guilty of manslaughter
Sweden

Volvo Cars guilty of manslaughter

An appeals court in France on Thursday affirmed a €200,000 ($300,000) fine against Volvo Cars, finding the Swedish automaker guilty of manslaughter in a case resulting from a fatal 1999 car crash.

Business sentiment hits all-time low for December
Germany

Business sentiment hits all-time low for December

Business sentiment dropped in Germany for the seventh straight month to a record low point of 82.6 points in December, the key Ifo index showed on Thursday, while business activity fell sharply across the 15-nation eurozone.

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö
Sweden

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö

Jingle your bells and rock around the Christmas tree as the clubs and concert halls of Sweden get into full seasonal celebration mode this weekend.

Kidnappers demand prisoner release in exchange for hostages
Germany

Kidnappers demand prisoner release in exchange for hostages

Yemeni tribesmen who are holding a German family hostage are demanding the release of two Yemenis detained in the United States for supporting Al-Qaeda, a tribal source told AFP.

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, Dec 20
Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, Dec 20

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, Dec 19
Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, Dec 19

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, Dec 20
Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, Dec 20

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, Dec 19
Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, Dec 19

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, Dec 20
Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, Dec 20

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Swedish woman turns Canadian in citizenship mix up
Sweden

Swedish woman turns Canadian in citizenship mix up

Swedish tax authorities inadvertently took away a Stockholm woman's Swedish citizenship and made her a citizen of Canada without telling her.

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, Dec 19
Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, Dec 19

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

CSU threatens to torpedo stimulus plan
Germany

CSU threatens to torpedo stimulus plan

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Bavarian allies have threatened to torpedo any new stimulus package to boost the flagging economy unless it includes tax cuts.

Couple charged with helping Passau neo-Nazi murder suspect
Germany

Couple charged with helping Passau neo-Nazi murder suspect

A couple picked up by police this week for questioning regarding the neo-Nazi stabbing attack on the Passau police chief have been arrested on suspicion of assisting the assailant.

Bird-loving Berlin man ruffles feathers with 1,700 budgies
Germany

Bird-loving Berlin man ruffles feathers with 1,700 budgies

Berlin city officials, summoned by complaints over the noise, found a 60-year-old man sharing his two-room flat with 1,700 budgerigars.

Unrest continues near vacated Malmö mosque
Sweden

Unrest continues near vacated Malmö mosque

Fresh disturbances erupted on Wednesday evening near the basement location which had previously served as a mosque in Malmö's Rosengård district.

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Sweden

Nobel Committees investigated for bribery

Swedish prosecutors have launched a preliminary investigation into possible bribery after revelations that members of three Swedish Nobel Committees received free trips to China from the Chinese government.