A tattoo too far
Sweden

A tattoo too far

Ben Kersley admires some naked bodies (artistically) and gets a permanent souvenir of Sweden at the Swedish Tattoo Fair in Norrköping.

Czech EU presidency slams German job market restrictions
Germany

Czech EU presidency slams German job market restrictions

The Czech Republic – which currently holds the rotating EU presidency – on Thursday slammed Germany and Austria for keeping labour restrictions on citizens from Eastern Europe in place until 2011.

Holiday weekend promises almost perfect party weather
Germany

Holiday weekend promises almost perfect party weather

Most of April has been blessed with copious sunshine, but as the month draws to a close it will bring just a few of its proverbial showers. The rest of the May Day holiday weekend promises glorious barbecuing weather for much of Germany.

British military suspends civilians in corruption probe
Germany

British military suspends civilians in corruption probe

Twenty-one civilians have been suspended following raids at several British military facilities in Germany this week. They are suspected of accepting bribes to give lucrative maintenance contracts to local companies.

Taliban possibly tapping Berlin’s secrets
Germany

Taliban possibly tapping Berlin’s secrets

Deadly attacks on the German military by the Taliban in Afghanistan this week have led intelligence experts to suspect the Islamist group may have access to German government information.

HSV looks for revenge against Bremen in UEFA Cup
Germany

HSV looks for revenge against Bremen in UEFA Cup

Hamburg coach Martin Jol is relishing facing Bundesliga rivals Werder Bremen in Thursday's UEFA Cup semi-final despite the heartbreak of losing to them on penalties in the German Cup last week.

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Sweden

Gang rapists jailed

Six young men have been jailed for their parts in the group rape of several young girls in Södertälje, near Stockholm.

Wheels of justice chase Balls of Steel
Sweden

Wheels of justice chase Balls of Steel

A Swedish television programme based on the British Channel 4 show Balls of Steel has been reported to police for disorderly conduct and sexual harassment.

US investor Flowers rejects Berlin’s HRE takeover offer
Germany

US investor Flowers rejects Berlin’s HRE takeover offer

US investor Christopher Flowers, who heads a consortium owning almost a quarter of Hypo Real Estate (HRE), has refused an offer by the German government to buy the shares to nationalise the troubled mortgage lender.

New law sees Swedish web traffic plunge
Sweden

New law sees Swedish web traffic plunge

A month into life under tougher anti-internet piracy measures, new statistics suggest that Swedes have abandoned their previous enthusiasm for internet file sharing.

Germans to erect 46,000 maypoles this spring
Germany

Germans to erect 46,000 maypoles this spring

Whether a sign of love, spring or both – Germans will put up as many as 46,000 maypoles this season.

Lufthansa reports first-quarter loss
Germany

Lufthansa reports first-quarter loss

Germany's leading airline Lufthansa posted Thursday a first-quarter net loss of €256 million ($290 million) as the sector was slammed by the ongoing recession.

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Sweden

Sweden prepares for swine flu pandemic

Sweden is preparing for the onset of a swine flu pandemic after the WHO raised the warning level to phase five. Although no cases have yet been confirmed in Sweden the government has moved to secure vaccines.

Prince Charles receives German environment award
Germany

Prince Charles receives German environment award

On his first official trip to Germany in seven years, Britain’s Prince Charles was honoured in Berlin on Wednesday evening for his efforts championing environmental causes.

English language movies in Germany: April 30 – May 6
Germany

English language movies in Germany: April 30 – May 6

So far, we have listings for Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Nuremberg and Stuttgart; other cities will be added in the coming weeks. This week’s new movie releases are the Sci-Fi thriller “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” with Hugh Jackman, crime thriller “Duplicity” with Julia Roberts and the family comedy “Beverly Hills Chihuahua.”

Swedish woman falls for internet lottery deception
Sweden

Swedish woman falls for internet lottery deception

A 52-year-old Swedish woman has been left out of pocket after she was lured into handing over her cash to secure an imaginary lottery win.

What’s on in Germany: April 30 – May 6
Germany

What’s on in Germany: April 30 – May 6

This week's highlights: It's Art Gallery Weekend in Berlin, Audrey Hepburn graces the Hauptbahnhof, and Stuttgart hosts a fantastic animated film festival.

Ericsson profits slide by a third
Sweden

Ericsson profits slide by a third

Sweden's Ericsson, the world's leading mobile phone network equipment supplier, reported a 30 percent decline in first-quarter net profits on Thursday.

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Sweden

Teen forced to have sex with 500 men

A teenager had sex with 500 men over five years of being forced to work as a prostitute. The trial against a Stockholm couple accused of involvement in the pimping operation came to a close this week.

Farmers demand swine flu name change
Germany

Farmers demand swine flu name change

German farmers urged officials on Thursday to change the name of swine flu out of fears it will encourage consumers to shun pork products.

Brussels seat in sight for Pirate Party
Sweden

Brussels seat in sight for Pirate Party

A new poll shows the Pirate Party may soon be representing Sweden in the European Parliament, as it rides a wave of popular support in the wake of the guilty verdict in The Pirate Bay trial.

Steinmeier visits wounded soldier after two attacks on troops
Germany

Steinmeier visits wounded soldier after two attacks on troops

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with an injured Bundewehr soldier on Thursday after two insurgent attacks on German forces overshadowed his visit to Afghanistan with one death and four injuries.

Authorities brace for May Day violence
Germany

Authorities brace for May Day violence

Germany is bracing for its biggest May Day protests in years amid fears of a rise in social unrest caused by the worst recession since World War II in Europe's biggest economy.

Sweden triumphant in comeback hockey win over US
Sweden

Sweden triumphant in comeback hockey win over US

Sweden scored a thrilling, 6-5 come from behind victory against the United States in sudden death overtime on Wednesday night at the World Ice Hockey Championships in Berne, Switzerland.

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Sweden

Saab targeted by 12 buyers: union leader

As many as to 12 potential buyers are still in contention to purchase Saab Automobile nearly two months after its struggling US owner General Motors said it wanted to sell the Swedish automaker.