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Sweden

Migration Board bans ‘racist’ lawyer

An asylum lawyer and local politician from Skåne in southern Sweden has been blacklisted by the country’s migration authorities following revelations about his personal blog on which he referred to Islam as a “psychosocial disease”.

Merkel meets Medvedev to discuss energy
Germany

Merkel meets Medvedev to discuss energy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will Thursday welcome Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev for talks set to be dominated by efforts to avoid another crisis over gas supplies to Europe this winter.

‘Sackey Wasky’ whacks wallets of Swedish men
Sweden

‘Sackey Wasky’ whacks wallets of Swedish men

A cunning internet con artist posing as a love-struck woman from Ghana has succeeded in defrauding a number of Swedish men of hundreds of thousands of kronor.

Bavaria to filter smoking ban
Germany

Bavaria to filter smoking ban

Smokers in Bavaria rejoiced on Wednesday as the state’s parliament loosened the regulations on a smoking ban instituted 18 months ago.

Drunk driver cruises into metro tunnel
Germany

Drunk driver cruises into metro tunnel

A 29-year-old man tested the limits of his car when he drove it 200 metres into a metro tunnel in Bochum early Wednesday morning.

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Sweden

EU mulls visas for Canadian tourists

Speaking for the European Union presidency, Swedish migration minister Tobias Billström said on Wednesday that the EU supported requiring visas for Canadians travelling to the EU in response to Canada’s decision to impose visa restrictions on Czech nationals.

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Sweden

Sharp fall in earnings for ball bearings giant

Swedish ball bearing manufacturing SKF on Wednesday reported a 77 percent drop in earnings for the second quarter, blaming weak sales and restructuring costs.

‘EU Big Brother planning to watch you more closely’
Sweden

‘EU Big Brother planning to watch you more closely’

The European Union's wide-ranging Stockholm Programme risks further damaging citizens' hard earned privacy rights, argues Pirate Party member and long-time libertarian blogger Henrik Alexandersson.

Consumer group slams Air Berlin for add-on fees
Germany

Consumer group slams Air Berlin for add-on fees

The Federation of German Consumer Associations (VZBV) has warned discount airlines Air Berlin and Ryanair to cease charging passengers hidden fees, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Wednesday.

MAN to put €650 million into Chinese market
Germany

MAN to put €650 million into Chinese market

The German heavy truck maker MAN unveiled a key Chinese investment Wednesday, saying it would buy 25 percent plus one share of the country's leading truck maker, Sinotruk.

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Sweden

Carin Wester, Rörstrandsgatan 40

VW and Porsche to hold simultaneous board meetings
Germany

VW and Porsche to hold simultaneous board meetings

Volkswagen, the biggest European carmaker, said on Wednesday it would hold a special board meeting next week coinciding with a meeting by its main shareholder, Porsche, in a context of restructuring talk.

Pandemic fears prompt new flu guidelines
Sweden

Pandemic fears prompt new flu guidelines

Swedish health officials have revised their strategy for dealing with a swine flu pandemic, arguing that it is no longer realistic to focus resources on preventing a major outbreak that is becoming increasingly inevitable.

Radioactive brine found in Asse nuclear dump
Germany

Radioactive brine found in Asse nuclear dump

Radioactive brine has been found at the controversial salt-mine nuclear waste storage facility in Asse, Lower Saxony, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) confirmed on Tuesday.

Study urges more rights for trafficking victims
Germany

Study urges more rights for trafficking victims

A new survey released Wednesday by the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates there are 15,000 victims of human trafficking in Germany.

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Sweden

Rest home resident dies after swallowing false teeth

Health authorities in eastern Sweden have reported their own inaction to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) after an 85-year-old man swallowed his false teeth and died.

Swedish ISP to appeal file sharing verdict
Sweden

Swedish ISP to appeal file sharing verdict

Swedish broadband provider ePhone has said it will appeal a controversial court ruling obliging it to hand over information about its customers to five publishers looking into copyright violations.

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Sweden

EU’s Stockholm Programme to ‘bolster individual privacy rights’

As European Union ministers gather in Stockholm on Wednesday Swedish ministers Beatrice Ask and Tobias Billström explain the Stockholm Programme, which outlines the EU’s efforts to promote cross-border cooperation in the areas of justice, home affairs, and migration over the next five years.

Robert Redford marries German painter in Hamburg
Germany

Robert Redford marries German painter in Hamburg

American film star Robert Redford secretly married his long-time girlfriend Sibylle Szaggars in Hamburg over the weekend, daily Hamburger Abendblatt reported on Wednesday.

‘City of losers’ makes a comeback from communist past
Germany

‘City of losers’ makes a comeback from communist past

Even for East Germany's communist rulers, Chemnitz was only second choice when they were seeking a "model Socialist town" to rename as Karl Marx City in 1953. AFP’s Deborah Cole reports.

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Sweden

Swedish women plagued by ‘video masturbator’

Police in Lund in southern Sweden are working to track down a man suspected of placing sexually harassing video calls to two women in the area.

Young math minds converge on Bremen
Germany

Young math minds converge on Bremen

Nearly 600 students from around the world are sharpening their pencils to divide and conquer at the 50th International Mathematical Olympiad in Bremen this week.

Demand soars for Swedish solar panel subsidies
Sweden

Demand soars for Swedish solar panel subsidies

Subsidies on offer to Swedes to help cover the cost of installing solar panels have proven more popular than government officials expected.

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Sweden

Bildt set to meet Karadzic lawyer

Sweden’s foreign minister and former Balkans peace envoy Carl Bildt is set to meet the lawyer of Bosnian war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic next week in Brussels, the lawyer said Tuesday.