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Germany

ECB starts swap arrangement with US Federal Reserve

The European Central Bank announced on Monday a "swap" arrangement with the US Federal Reserve that would help the Fed loan euros to US companies.

Lidl Germany boss fired over spying scandal
Germany

Lidl Germany boss fired over spying scandal

Discount chain Lidl has sacked the head of its German operation after the firm was found to be spying on its employees and collating information about their health, the company said Monday.

Sweden set to break wind farm record
Sweden

Sweden set to break wind farm record

Sweden looks likely to play host to Europe's largest wind farm after a northern county gave its seal of approval to a major new energy project.

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Sweden

Åhlens mulls pharmacy departments

Swedish department store chain Åhlens has said it plans to begin operating pharmacies on its premises if the country's pharmaceutical retail monopoly ceases to exist this summer.

Court rules Bavarian brothel must enforce condom use
Germany

Court rules Bavarian brothel must enforce condom use

The management of a brothel in Augsburg has been ordered to enforce the use of condoms by a court ruling on Monday.

Tennis body targets Malmö over fine
Sweden

Tennis body targets Malmö over fine

The Swedish Tennis Association said on Monday it is considering billing Malmö city council for 330,000 kronor ($25,000) if it loses its appeal against a fine incurred for playing Sweden's Davis Cup match against Israel behind closed doors.

CSU criticises Obama’s support of Turkey
Germany

CSU criticises Obama’s support of Turkey

The centre-right sister party of the Christian Democrats (CDU), the Christian Social Union (CSU) sharply criticised US President Barack Obama’s support for Turkey’s entry into the European Union on Monday.

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Sweden

Swedes forecast falling house prices

The number of Swedish households expecting property prices to fall has increased after a recent decline, a new survey shows.

Saab gears up for June sale
Sweden

Saab gears up for June sale

Swedish car maker Saab has twenty prospective buyers, according to documents presented to Vänersborg district court on Monday.

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Sweden

Student loans body hunts overseas defaulters

The Swedish student loans body (CSN) has announced that it is to intensify its work to track down defaulting debtors resident overseas.

Swedish national library reported for child porn
Sweden

Swedish national library reported for child porn

The Swedish national library will on Monday afternoon be reported to the police for the possession and distribution of child pornography.

Another German freight ship hijacked by Somalian pirates
Germany

Another German freight ship hijacked by Somalian pirates

Pirates have hijacked another German cargo ship off the coast of Somalia, spokesmen for the German Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday, adding that they had appointed a crisis team.

Copy of original ‘Schindler’s list’ found in Australian library
Germany

Copy of original ‘Schindler’s list’ found in Australian library

An Australian library has discovered it has a carbon copy of the original complete “Schindler’s List,” detailing 801 of the more than 1,000 Jews saved by Oskar Schindler from Nazi extermination, the Sydney Morning Herald reported on Monday.

File sharing – Time to come out of the closet?
Sweden

File sharing – Time to come out of the closet?

File sharing, once the preserve of armchair anarchists, has slowly trickled down to the middle classes, writes Peter Vinthagen Simpson. And with a new law cracking down on the practice, even the dinner party set are getting their hands dirty.

Merkel visits German troops in Afghanistan
Germany

Merkel visits German troops in Afghanistan

Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Afghanistan on Monday, following a key NATO summit, to meet German troops stationed in the north of the war-torn country, officials announced.

Abu Dhabi may rescue Opel
Germany

Abu Dhabi may rescue Opel

A senior member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family has confirmed United Arab Emirate's interest in buying into stricken car manufacturer Opel.

Twenty buyers eyeing Saab: report
Sweden

Twenty buyers eyeing Saab: report

Swedish car maker Saab has twenty prospective buyers, according to documents presented to Vänersborg district court on Monday.

Drunk policewoman kills man in hit-and-run
Germany

Drunk policewoman kills man in hit-and-run

A drunk off-duty policewoman ran over a pedestrian and left him to die, German daily Bild reported on Monday.

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Sweden

Stockholm bartender jailed for pimping

A 35-year-old bartender has been sentenced to imprisonment for the pimping of 118 Swedish women for sex buyers in Stockholm.

Two teens declared dead after boozy Turkish class trip
Germany

Two teens declared dead after boozy Turkish class trip

Two Lübeck students flown home from Turkey after falling into an alcohol-induced coma have been declared dead, doctors announced late on Sunday.

China recalls German baby powder containing asbestos
Germany

China recalls German baby powder containing asbestos

China's state quality watchdog said baby skin powder manufactured by German housekeeping and healthcare products maker MAPA has been removed from shelves in China for allegedly containing asbestos.

Judgment day for Saab as creditors gather
Sweden

Judgment day for Saab as creditors gather

The future of beleaguered Swedish car maker Saab hangs in the balance on Monday as creditors gather in court to determine if the group's restructuring process can continue.

Bomb explodes in Malmö
Sweden

Bomb explodes in Malmö

A powerful explosion destroyed windows and the entrance to a restaurant in central Malmö on Sunday night.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrat leader joins white power singsong

Leading members of the far-right Sweden Democrats (SDU) sang racist songs while attending a party conference.