What’s on in Sweden: July 3 – 9
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What’s on in Sweden: July 3 – 9

What's on in Sweden: Millennium trilogy tour and roots festival in Stockholm; BB King in Gothenburg; Anthony Joseph & The Spasm Band (UK) in Malmö.

Russia snubs Sweden summit plans
Sweden

Russia snubs Sweden summit plans

Sweden's fraught relationship with Moscow has come to the fore on the first day of the Swedish EU presidency as Russia objects to plans to hold a major summit in Stockholm.

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Swedish becomes official ‘main language’

Swedish is now officially considered the main language in Sweden, according to a new language law which, along with more than two dozen other laws, took effect on Wednesday.

Parliament to fast-track reform for Lisbon Treaty
Germany

Parliament to fast-track reform for Lisbon Treaty

After the constitutional court’s ruling that reforms in parliamentary law will be necessary to green-light the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, the German parliament agreed on Wednesday to speed up the process in time for Ireland’s referendum on October 4.

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German firm plans 100 pharmacies in Sweden

German pharmaceutical company Celesio has revealed plans to open a chain of more than 100 pharmacies in Sweden in an announcement that coincides with the introduction of a new law bringing an end to Sweden's pharmacy retail monopoly.

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Sweden chips in for Iceland bailout

Sweden has joined neighbours Denmark, Norway and Finland in signing loan deals worth €1.78 billion ($2.52 billion) for crisis ridden Iceland.

Sweden’s pharmacy monopoly finished
Sweden

Sweden’s pharmacy monopoly finished

Sweden’s state-run pharmacy monopoly ended on Wednesday, paving the way for new entrants into the market for drug sales and for the eventual sale of non-prescription drugs in other retail outlets.

Germany tops G8 climate action ranking
Germany

Germany tops G8 climate action ranking

Germany is performing ahead of other G8 nations in the fight against climate change according to the World Wildlife Fund’s G8 Climate Scorecard released on Wednesday. But the country barely got a passing grade.

July in Sweden: Clock off, tune in, chill out
Sweden

July in Sweden: Clock off, tune in, chill out

The Year in Sweden - July: Journalist Kim Loughran sketches a month by month account of the country he has called home ever since his accidental migration in 1966.

Defendant kills witness in Dresden court
Germany

Defendant kills witness in Dresden court

A 32-year-old woman was killed in a Dresden court on Wednesday after being stabbed by the defendant. Meanwhile bystanders were injured as the 28-year-old man was overpowered.

‘Explosive’ biker gang war grips Germany
Germany

‘Explosive’ biker gang war grips Germany

The northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein is in the midst of a biker gang war as the Bandidos move into the Hells Angels territory. Police have conducted raids in recent days, daily Hamburger Abendblatt reported on Wednesday.

German Woolworth chain on verge of bankruptcy
Germany

German Woolworth chain on verge of bankruptcy

The Frankfurt district court has opened insolvency proceedings against the retail chain Woolworth.

Austrian coin trick confounds German border control
Germany

Austrian coin trick confounds German border control

German investors have found a cunning way to get large amounts of money across the border from Austria, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Wednesday. It's all down to a silver collector’s coin.

Expert finds identity of Beethoven’s mysterious Elise
Germany

Expert finds identity of Beethoven’s mysterious Elise

A German musicologist claims he has discovered the identity of the woman for whom Ludwig van Beethoven wrote his famous song, "Für Elise."

Swedish docs cleared over misplaced colon
Sweden

Swedish docs cleared over misplaced colon

Health authorities in Sweden have decided not to punish two doctors who mistakenly stitched a 65-year-old patient’s bladder to his large intestine.

Outgoing NATO head pans Germany’s policy in Afghanistan
Germany

Outgoing NATO head pans Germany’s policy in Afghanistan

Outgoing NATO commander General John Craddock has criticised Germany’s policy on the war in Afghanistan on Wednesday in an interview published daily Stuttgarter Zeitung.

DHL planning major expansion in Chinese operations
Germany

DHL planning major expansion in Chinese operations

German logistics giant DHL plans to open 10 new regional transportation hubs in China this year, state media said Wednesday, tripling the number of such centres it operates in the country.

Ex-model brings feminine touch to fashion week
Sweden

Ex-model brings feminine touch to fashion week

Fashion Week by Berns in Stockholm was in full swing on Tuesday, with several well-known Swedish designers displaying their work.

Sweden urges EU states to tighten belts
Sweden

Sweden urges EU states to tighten belts

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has said the country's EU presidency will push member states to curtail spending and work towards sustaining public finances across the union.

Unstable WWII bomb detonated in Hannover
Germany

Unstable WWII bomb detonated in Hannover

Police detonated an unstable 250-kilogramme bomb from World War II early on Wednesday morning at a military facility in Hannover after evacuating thousands of residents from the area, authorities reported.

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CEO gives board members a pornographic surprise

The CEO of a municipal housing company in Dalarna in central Sweden has been reprimanded after pornographic pictures popped up during a recent presentation to the company’s board.

Umeå’s women footballers to challenge American all-stars
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Umeå’s women footballers to challenge American all-stars

The reigning champions of the Swedish women’s professional football league, Umeå IK, are heading to the United States to play a team of stars from the American Women's Professional Soccer (WPS).

‘Politically precarious’ banned East German film premieres
Germany

‘Politically precarious’ banned East German film premieres

The last reel to be dug out of East Germany's banned film vault premieres for the first time in Dresden on Wednesday, 43 years after it got the censor’s ax.

Sweden takes over EU presidency
Sweden

Sweden takes over EU presidency

Sweden on Wednesday assumed the six-month rotating presidency of the European Union, promising to combat climate change as well as the rising joblessness in the wake of the global economic crisis.