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Germany

Cologne’s best beer gardens

The Local's guide to Germany's best beer gardens heads to where they drink copious amounts of brew from tiny glasses all summer long.

Lufthansa traffic down 2.8 percent in June
Germany

Lufthansa traffic down 2.8 percent in June

The leading German airline, Lufthansa, said on Thursday it suffered a 2.8-percent fall in traffic in June from the figure for the same month in 2008, owing to the global economic crisis.

Apple iPod suspected in bizarre Swedish car fire
Sweden

Apple iPod suspected in bizarre Swedish car fire

An iPod music player is at the centre of an investigation into a mysterious car fire which completely destroyed a Saab automobile in western Sweden over the Midsummer holiday weekend.

Sunday set to bring back summer heat
Germany

Sunday set to bring back summer heat

July began with true summer weather, but this week long-faced Germans have had to contend with cool and rainy weather. Never fear, balmy biergarten weather is set to begin its slow return by the end of the weekend, German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Thursday.

‘Stasi regimes’ fuel demand for web anonymity: Pirate Bay source
Sweden

‘Stasi regimes’ fuel demand for web anonymity: Pirate Bay source

Internet users looking to remain anonymous when surfing the web are eagerly awaiting the expected weekend launch of Ipredator, a new service from the developers of The Pirate Bay.

Military ‘Bombodrom’ plans go bust
Germany

Military ‘Bombodrom’ plans go bust

The Bundeswehr will not install its controversial proposed military bombing range near Wittstock, known locally as “Bombodrom,” German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung confirmed on Thursday in Berlin.

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Sweden

Praise for Sweden’s development aid

Sweden’s development aid policies received generally high marks in a review published on Thursday by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

German shippers’ pirate problems persist
Germany

German shippers’ pirate problems persist

As negotiations continue for the release of the Hansa Stavanger, a German freighter captured by pirates more than three months ago, more German marine shipping companies are feeling the financial strain of the pirate threat in waters off the coast of Africa.

Insurers deny dead soldier payouts with ‘war clause’
Germany

Insurers deny dead soldier payouts with ‘war clause’

The German Defence Ministry has taken over the life and accident insurance payments for 21 Bundeswehr soldiers killed in Afghanistan because their insurance companies have refused to pay their families.

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Sweden

Sweden to extradite genocide suspect

Sweden will soon extradite a Rwandan man accused of participating in the 1994 genocide to his home country, the Swedish government announced on Thursday.

Study touts reed as new sustainable fuel source
Germany

Study touts reed as new sustainable fuel source

Wetland reeds, traditionally used for instruments, thatched roofs, paper and boats, may have a new use. A new German study reported this week that the plant could be used to fuel local power plants across much of the country.

What’s on in Germany: July 9-15
Germany

What’s on in Germany: July 9-15

This Week's Highlights: BMX bikers strut their stuff in Cologne, Dusseldorf nods to the French and Hannover's royal garden is transformed into a whimsical stage.

Swedes join public King of Pop dance tribute
Sweden

Swedes join public King of Pop dance tribute

A large crowd led by members of the Bounce dance troupe performed a collective dance tribute to deceased pop legend Michael Jackson in Stockholm's city centre on Wednesday.

Swedish strip club continues McDonald’s-inspired expansion
Sweden

Swedish strip club continues McDonald’s-inspired expansion

Having settled a logo dispute with McDonald’s, an enterprising Swedish strip club owner is courting new controversy as he attempts to build an empire echoing that of the fast food giant.

Merkel hails G8 climate change as ‘step forward’
Germany

Merkel hails G8 climate change as ‘step forward’

Chancellor Angela Merkel called the Group of Eight’s consensus on fighting climate change a “clear step forward” late on Wednesday after talks in L’Aquila, Italy.

What’s on in Sweden: July 10 – 16
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: July 10 – 16

What's on in Sweden: Jazz Festival & Britney Spears in Stockholm; Deep Purple (UK) in Gothenburg; Bennie Man (JAM) & Bollywood in Malmö.

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Sweden

Swedish prices continue to drop

Consumer prices in Sweden dropped by 0.6 percent in June on a 12-month basis, according to new figures from Statistics Sweden.

Municipal posts rife with 17,000 former Stasi workers
Germany

Municipal posts rife with 17,000 former Stasi workers

Some 17,000 former East German secret police workers are likely working in local government authorities in eastern states despite background checks, daily Financial Times Deutschland reported on Thursday.

Germany to violate EU deficit laws until 2013
Germany

Germany to violate EU deficit laws until 2013

Germany will likely violate the European Union's rules on public deficits until at least 2013, according to finance ministry figures published on Wednesday.

Deadly traffic accidents at 55-year low
Germany

Deadly traffic accidents at 55-year low

The numbers of traffic fatalities in Germany fell to its lowest rate in 55 years for the year 2008, new figures from the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) revealed on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Paedophile found guilty of webcam sex crimes

A Swedish court has ruled that a 32-year-old father of two is guilty of having used threats to force more than 60 young girls to pose nude for him in front of their webcams.

Thigh injury to keep Klüft out for six months
Sweden

Thigh injury to keep Klüft out for six months

Sweden’s Carolina Klüft will miss the world athletics championships in August following a serious injury to her thigh muscle earlier this week.

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Sweden

Octogenarian charged in fatal axing

An 81-year-old Swedish man was charged on Wednesday with murder for killing his girlfriend with an axe because she refused to speak with him.