Web-savvy ad campaign backfires with bloggers
Germany

Web-savvy ad campaign backfires with bloggers

An ad campaign meant to reach out to web-savvy Germans by mobile phone company Vodafone has been met with heavy scepticism and criticism from the blogosphere, resulting in the retreat of one of its paid bloggers.

Deutsche Bank admits to four spying cases
Germany

Deutsche Bank admits to four spying cases

Deutsche Bank has admitted uncovering four suspected cases of spying carried out by companies it hired but stressed the incidents were "isolated".

Anders Borg: Sweden’s long-haired maverick minister
Sweden

Anders Borg: Sweden’s long-haired maverick minister

With Anders Borg, Sweden’s pony-tailed Minister of Finance, now helping the EU navigate through the global economic slump, the AFP’s Marc Preel takes a look back at the rise of this self-described pragmatist.

Sweden’s MTG surges on strong profits
Sweden

Sweden’s MTG surges on strong profits

Swedish media concern Modern Times Group has reported a pre-tax profit of 566 million kronor ($74 million) for the second quarter 2009, exceeding market forecasts.

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Sweden

Prison for assault on far-right activists

Three women were sentenced to prison on Wednesday for assaulting the girlfriend of the spokesperson for the far-right Sweden Democrats.

Magna remains Berlin’s favourite to take over Opel
Germany

Magna remains Berlin’s favourite to take over Opel

Berlin is still backing the bid of Canadian car maker Magna to take over the struggling General Motors subsidiary Opel, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Blind women training to detect breast cancer
Germany

Blind women training to detect breast cancer

A new programme called “Discovering Hands” is training blind women to use their developed tactile skills to detect breast cancer earlier and more precisely than doctors, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Wednesday.

Bundeswehr joins major Afghanistan offensive
Germany

Bundeswehr joins major Afghanistan offensive

The German military is currently taking part in major combat operations in Afghanistan against the Taliban, a Defence Ministry spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.

Stockholm reported for using too much English
Sweden

Stockholm reported for using too much English

Stockholm city council has been reported to the Swedish Parliamentary Ombudsman (Justitieombudsman - JO) for its widespread use of the English language.

HIV-positive man gets further eight years for unprotected sex
Germany

HIV-positive man gets further eight years for unprotected sex

An HIV-positive man was sentenced on Wednesday to eight years in prison after having unprotected sex with three women, including a 13-year-old girl.

Wallander: a Swedish detective in America
Sweden

Wallander: a Swedish detective in America

Kurt Wallander, the brooding protagonist of Henning Mankell’s famed crime novels, recently came to United States’ television screens in a performance by Kenneth Branagh, giving viewers an unexpected opportunity for reflection, The Local’s Marge Thorell explains.

Supermarket collapses 20 minutes after closing
Germany

Supermarket collapses 20 minutes after closing

Customers and employees at a supermarket in Falkensee near Berlin barely avoided a catastrophe when the roof collapsed just 20 minutes after closing time, police said on Wednesday.

Eriksson finds new role in lower ranks of English football
Sweden

Eriksson finds new role in lower ranks of English football

Embattled Swedish football manager Sven-Göran Eriksson said money had nothing to do with his decision so sign on ss director of football with English Division Two club Notts County.

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Sweden

Police hunt would-be child strangler

Police in Trollhättan are hunting a man who attacked and tried to strangle an eight-year-old girl last Sunday, fearing that he might strike again.

States clean up amidst more severe weather warnings
Germany

States clean up amidst more severe weather warnings

Stormy weather walloped Germany Tuesday night causing heavy damage, including disruption to train services, fires and the death of 120 pigs.

Parade crash claims third victim
Germany

Parade crash claims third victim

A third person has died due to injuries sustained on Sunday when a retiree rammed his car into a parade in North-Rhine Westphalia city of Menden.

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Sweden

Tele2 shares soar on booming profits

Swedish telecom firm Tele2 has reported a dramatic rise in profits for the second quarter and the firm's share price shot up 5.9 percent in early trading on Wednesday.

Swedish researchers develop Alzheimer’s test
Sweden

Swedish researchers develop Alzheimer’s test

A major Sweden-based study has shown that a combination of three different tests could be used to identify incipient Alzheimer's disease (AD) in patients with mild cognitive impairment.

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Sweden

Bildt: Iranian government facing ‘legitimacy’ issues

Speaking for the EU Presidency, Sweden's Carl Bildt reiterated on Tuesday that the government of Iran was dealing with questions about its legitimacy in the eyes of voters following last month’s controversial presidential elections.

Former mines to be inspected after landslide kills three
Germany

Former mines to be inspected after landslide kills three

Four days after a landslide pulled homes into a lake killing three people in Nachterstedt, the state of Saxony-Anhalt’s premier announced on Wednesday that all lakes made from former open-pit mines will be inspected.

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Sweden

Tolgfors touts closer EU-Nato ties during Pentagon talks

Swedish defence minister Sten Tolgfors called for closer cooperation between the European Union and Nato during meetings with his American counterpart in Washington on Tuesday.

Prison for Stockholm casino shooter
Sweden

Prison for Stockholm casino shooter

The 23-year-old man charged for shooting in the entrance of Casino Cosmopol in Stockholm on Christmas Eve has been sentenced to ten years in prison for attempted murder.

State of Schleswig-Holstein is ‘broke’
Germany

State of Schleswig-Holstein is ‘broke’

The state of Schleswig-Holstein is on the verge of bankruptcy, taxpayers’ alliance BdST told daily Bild on Wednesday.

Sea lion mates himself to death at Nuremberg zoo
Germany

Sea lion mates himself to death at Nuremberg zoo

A male sea lion from California called Mike has died of exhaustion after over-exerting himself during the mating season in an animal park in Nuremberg, the city said on Tuesday.