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Sweden

Sweden’s first swine flu death confirmed

Medical officials at Uppsala University Hospital in eastern Sweden confirmed on Monday evening that a man in the town died after contracting the swine flu virus.

Ballack says Germany must improve to seal World Cup spot
Germany

Ballack says Germany must improve to seal World Cup spot

Captain of the national football team Michael Ballack says Germany need to raise their game if they are to seal qualification for next year's World Cup in South Africa.

Tempelhof to become enormous city park
Germany

Tempelhof to become enormous city park

The airfield of Berlin's historic Tempelhof airport will become the German capital’s largest park by the summer of 2010, city officials announced on Monday.

Merkel brushes aside campaign critics
Germany

Merkel brushes aside campaign critics

German Chancellor Angela Merkel brushed aside calls on Monday from within her own party to pull off the gloves in her battle for re-election in four weeks after strong setbacks in state polls.

Israel organ harvesting scandal ‘medically impossible’
Sweden

Israel organ harvesting scandal ‘medically impossible’

Aftonbladet's organ harvesting allegations are ludicrous from a medical perspective, writes Andrea Meyerhoff MD, Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, who also argues that Sweden missed an opportunity to "reject anti-Semitism and reaffirm principles of good journalism."

Steinbrück says bankers should pay for crisis
Germany

Steinbrück says bankers should pay for crisis

Bankers should stump up for the consequences of the global financial crisis, Germany's finance minister said to his G20 counterparts in an letter obtained by AFP on Monday.

More German professionals taking on second jobs
Germany

More German professionals taking on second jobs

The number of Germans working two jobs has nearly doubled since 2002, the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) reported on Monday.

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Sweden

Milk price hike to save dairy farmers

Dairy company Milko will raise the price of milk next week by one krona per litre ($0.14), with all of the increase going to dairy farmers, say Milko’s chairman Per Åsling and CEO Erik Gumabon, writing in the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Art student convicted over faked psychosis
Sweden

Art student convicted over faked psychosis

Art student Anna Odell has been fined by Stockholm District Court after acting out a faked suicide attempt as part of an art project.

State polls muddle German general election
Germany

State polls muddle German general election

If no one wins is everyone a loser? The Local’s Marc Young attempts to find the significance of Germany’s muddled state elections on Sunday less than a month ahead of a national poll.

Politicians say Twitter ‘damages democracy’ after exit poll leak
Germany

Politicians say Twitter ‘damages democracy’ after exit poll leak

German politicians were outraged on Monday after election results for three states were relayed over micro-blogging site Twitter 1.5 hours before polls closed on Sunday evening.

Runway eludes drunk German pilot
Germany

Runway eludes drunk German pilot

A natural high proved to be too meagre for a German hobby pilot flying in the state of Thuringia over the weekend. The man got so intoxicated during his flight that officials had to send help to guide him safely to earth.

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Sweden

Italy: EU should condemn Aftonbladet article

Italy’s foreign minister, Franco Frattini, says he has met with his Swedish counterpart Carl Bildt to iron out a strategy for resolving the fallout from an article published in the Aftonbladet newspaper, which reported allegations that the Israeli army harvested the organs of dead Palestinians, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports.

Bildt to Afghanistan for talks
Sweden

Bildt to Afghanistan for talks

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt arrived in Kabul on Sunday to begin two days of talks with international representatives and Afghan officials, including President Hamid Karzai.

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Sweden

Swine flu claims first Swedish victim: report

A man aged around 30 in Uppsala in eastern Sweden has died at home of an illness health officials suspect may be the swine flu virus.

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Sweden

Nordea announces Danish bank takeover

Sweden's biggest bank Nordea has announced the purchase of rival Danish lender Fionia for 900 million Danish kroner ($173 million).

Flights delayed and cancelled nationwide as LTU pilots strike
Germany

Flights delayed and cancelled nationwide as LTU pilots strike

Air Berlin, LTU and dba customers across Germany should expect delays and cancelled flights on Monday after pilots’ union Cockpit called for a 16-hour strike in an ongoing wage dispute.

Old bunkers get new life as flats in Bremen
Germany

Old bunkers get new life as flats in Bremen

Bremen-based architect Rainer Mielke has made a career out of transforming old bunkers into modern, affordable apartments. Out of these dilapidated buildings, Mielke and his partner Klaus Freudenberg create unexpectedly airy spaces that marry the old with the new.

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Sweden

Firebomb chaos in Uppsala

Authorities are convening a crisis meeting in Uppsala today after a wild weekend of firebombings and burning cars.

Fare dodgers need harsher fines, transportation alliance says
Germany

Fare dodgers need harsher fines, transportation alliance says

The VDV alliance of German transportation providers on Monday encouraged cities to take a stronger hand against public transport fare dodgers.

Fuglesang arrives at space station
Sweden

Fuglesang arrives at space station

Space shuttle Discovery, with Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang on board, docked successfully with the International Space Station in the early hours of Monday morning.

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Sweden

Wounded bear attacks hunter

A hunter in northern Sweden was bitten on the arm on Sunday by an onrushing bear that had already survived two gunshots.

Steinmeier exults in SPD state election gains
Germany

Steinmeier exults in SPD state election gains

Chancellor Angela Merkel's challenger hit the final four weeks of election campaigning on Monday claiming he could still win after Merkel's conservatives suffered heavy losses in two states following elections on Sunday.

Hedblom holds off compatriot to seal Gleneagles win
Sweden

Hedblom holds off compatriot to seal Gleneagles win

Peter Hedblom saw off a late surge from fellow Swede Martin Erlandsson to win the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles on Sunday.