Sweden’s presidency hit by Barroso setback
Sweden

Sweden’s presidency hit by Barroso setback

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt announced on Friday that no decision will be made in July as to the eventual re-election of European Commision President Jose Manuel Barroso.

Berlin S-Bahn chaos set to continue
Germany

Berlin S-Bahn chaos set to continue

A spokesman for the Berlin S-Bahn train system announced on Friday that the current chaos will not let up for the next few days. Around a third of the trains are currently out of action.

Shrugging off news of my shrinking baby
Sweden

Shrugging off news of my shrinking baby

In the first of a new series, Joel Sherwood explains that fatherhood in Sweden is going so well that he isn't even particularly fazed by news that his child is growing smaller.

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Sweden

Borg bashes business group ‘ideologues’

Sweden’s finance minister Anders Borg lashed out at the country’s business community on Friday, calling Sweden’s main business group “ideological megaphones” who’ve shirked their responsibility during the economic crisis.

Parliament sets new record for laws passed
Germany

Parliament sets new record for laws passed

The latest legislation period has been the most productive in Germany’s post-war history, German media reported on Friday – the last day of parliament before summer recess. More than 580 new laws have been passed since the parliament’s formation October 18, 2005. The Local singles out some of those passed in its final week.

Officials move to ban flat-rate bordellos
Germany

Officials move to ban flat-rate bordellos

A mayor in the state of Baden-Württemberg has started an initiative to outlaw so-called flat-rate bordellos, the SWR4 radio station reported on Friday.

Doctors say ex-Nazi guard Demjanjuk fit for trial
Germany

Doctors say ex-Nazi guard Demjanjuk fit for trial

Prosecutors said Friday that ex-Nazi camp guard John Demjanjuk, accused of leading 29,000 Jews to their deaths, is fit to be tried in what could be Germany's last major Nazi case.

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Sweden

Supreme Court in landmark rape rulings

Testimony from the victim of an alleged rape is not sufficient to secure a conviction without additional supporting evidence, Sweden’s highest court ruled on Friday.

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Sweden

Ericsson wins China broadband order

Ericsson has been awarded contracts to provide broadband internet in China in cooperation with three telecom operators, the Swedish mobile phone network supplier said on Friday.

Printer refuses to deliver new Quelle catalogues
Germany

Printer refuses to deliver new Quelle catalogues

Print company Schlott Gruppe, which prints catalogues for troubled mail-order giant Quelle, announced Friday it is stopping the production of new catalogues because payment has not yet been received.

Stolen Mongolian crown found at police station after 20 years
Sweden

Stolen Mongolian crown found at police station after 20 years

A decorative Mongolian silver crown stolen in 1984 from a Stockholm museum has been found on the premises of the Swedish Police Service, where it has spent more than twenty years in accidental storage.

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Sweden

Swedes’ unpaid debts continue to pile up

Swedes’ cumulative unpaid debts reached a new record of 62.2 billion kronor ($7.9 billion) in June, with Swedes at the higher end of the earnings scale finding it increasingly hard to pay their bills.

Woman killed in courtroom bloodbath was pregnant
Germany

Woman killed in courtroom bloodbath was pregnant

A woman stabbed to death in a Dresden courtroom was three months pregnant, reported German newspaper Bild on Friday.

Merkel’s guards revealed as ex-Stasi
Germany

Merkel’s guards revealed as ex-Stasi

Two policemen assigned to guard Chancellor Angela Merkel’s weekend house in the Uckermark region of Brandenburg used to be in the East German secret police, known as the Stasi, it was revealed Friday.

Founder of ex-Nazi Chilean commune hospitalised
Germany

Founder of ex-Nazi Chilean commune hospitalised

A former Nazi corporal, who founded the notorious German-speaking enclave of Colonia Dignidad in Chile, has been hospitalized and is dangerously ill, police said Thursday.

EU mulls diplomatic pullout in Iran: Sweden
Sweden

EU mulls diplomatic pullout in Iran: Sweden

The Swedish Foreign Ministry has said the EU is considering taking action if Iran fails to release British embassy staff being held in the capital Tehran.

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Sweden

Suicide link in mother and child killing

Police in Stockholm who discovered a young woman and her infant son dead in an apartment late on Thursday night suspect the killings may be related to the suicide of a man who jumped in front of a train.

Swiss students attack man in Munich for ‘fun’
Germany

Swiss students attack man in Munich for ‘fun’

A group of Swiss students on a field trip to Munich have severely beaten a 46-year-old man because they were out for a “kick,” the city’s public prosecutor’s office reported.

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Sweden

Drunken Swedish soldiers in armed Kosovo kerfuffle

A shot was fired when two drunken and armed Swedish soldiers got into a fight with local residents in Kosovo, prompting an investigation by Sweden’s Armed Forces.

Siemens fined $100 mln in fraud scandal
Germany

Siemens fined $100 mln in fraud scandal

German industrial giant Siemens will pay $100 million over 15 years into a fund to fight corruption after probes revealed fraud at its subsidiaries, the World Bank said.

Bildt to meet accused war criminal’s lawyer
Sweden

Bildt to meet accused war criminal’s lawyer

Foreign minister Carl Bildt has agreed to meet the lawyer representing former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to discuss the possibility of testifying at the accused war criminal’s trial.