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Sweden

Sweden Democrat quits over anti-Muslim views

The head of the far-right Sweden Democrats’ local chapter in Falkenberg in western Sweden has quit the party in the wake of an anti-Muslim article published by party leader Jimmie Åkesson.

Design festival promotes Leipzig’s creative industries
Germany

Design festival promotes Leipzig’s creative industries

Hoping to step out of Berlin's shadow, the eastern German city of Leipzig will host its fifth annual Designers’ Open event this weekend to highlight the city's up-and-coming creative scene.

Famed fictional resident helps Ystad land Swedish tourism prize
Sweden

Famed fictional resident helps Ystad land Swedish tourism prize

The draw of Swedish crime novel protagonist Kurt Wallander has helped the coastal town of Ystad in southern Sweden develop an award winning tourism industry.

High court backs equal rights for gay marriages
Germany

High court backs equal rights for gay marriages

Germany’s high court strengthened the rights of gay couples on Thursday, ruling that government employees with registered civil unions are entitled to the same pension plans as married couples.

Wealthy Germans launch petition for higher taxes
Germany

Wealthy Germans launch petition for higher taxes

Some rich Germans have launched a web petition to call for the resumption of a wealth tax to help the country bounce back from an economic crisis, because, as one said, he had "a lot of money I do not need."

Daimler to invest billions in German plants
Germany

Daimler to invest billions in German plants

The German luxury car maker Daimler will make major investments in the country to reinforce production of compact models, its boss Dieter Zetche said on Thursday.

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Sweden

Sweden does most to help world’s poor: study

Sweden has the best foreign aid policies among the world’s wealthy countries, according to a new ranking.

What’s on in Germany: October 22 – 28
Germany

What’s on in Germany: October 22 – 28

This Week's Highlights: A Little Mermaid ballet in Hamburg, Super 8 films in Frankfurt, and Berlin hosts an art show in a historic bathhouse.

Anti-racism groups slam ‘Black Like Me’ film
Germany

Anti-racism groups slam ‘Black Like Me’ film

A new documentary film by a white journalist posing as a Somali immigrant is meant to highlight rampant racism in Germany, but his undercover method is garnering heavy criticism from black advocacy groups.

Robbie Williams to give free concert in Berlin on Friday
Germany

Robbie Williams to give free concert in Berlin on Friday

After a 3 year hiatus from show business, UK popstar Robbie Williams has surprised his German fans by deciding to play a free concert in Berlin on Friday.

What’s on in Sweden: October 23 – 29
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: October 23 – 29

What's on in Sweden: African film festival & lullabies for the environment in Stockholm; Hammarkullen carnival fun & exile film festival in Gothenburg; Steve Earle (US) in Malmö/Lund.

Church of Sweden says yes to gay marriage
Sweden

Church of Sweden says yes to gay marriage

The Synod of the Lutheran Church of Sweden has come down in favour of church weddings for homosexuals in a vote held on Thursday morning.

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Sweden

Swedish forces to remain in Afghanistan

Swedish troops are set to extend their stay in Afghanistan to the end of 2010, the foreign ministry said on Thursday.

FDP to demand Germany end daylight saving time changes
Germany

FDP to demand Germany end daylight saving time changes

Germany’s Free Democrats (FDP), soon to be the junior coalition partner of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, want to end annual daylight saving changes in favour of keeping Europe on summer time for the entire year.

Sweden releases war criminal Plavsic
Sweden

Sweden releases war criminal Plavsic

Bosnian Serb war criminal Biljana Plavsic is to be released from a Swedish prison later this month after serving two thirds of an 11-year-sentence.

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Sweden

Riksbank keeps interest rate at 0.25 percent

Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank, has announced that its benchmark interest rate is to remain unchanged at 0.25 percent. The bank also reiterated that it expects the rate to remain at the same level until autumn 2010.

Court rules insurance must pay for ex-soldier’s breast surgery
Germany

Court rules insurance must pay for ex-soldier’s breast surgery

A transsexual has won a lawsuit against her German health insurance, which will now have to pay for the former British soldier's re-constructive breast surgery, news magazine Der Spiegel reported late on Wednesday.

Kidnapped German doctor held in France for 1982 murder
Germany

Kidnapped German doctor held in France for 1982 murder

A German doctor who was kidnapped and taken to France was ordered held Wednesday on a warrant issued following his conviction for the 1982 murder of a French girl, a judicial official said.

Police evacuate 10,000 for bomb detonation
Germany

Police evacuate 10,000 for bomb detonation

A World War II-era bomb was detonated early on Thursday morning near Osnabrück’s main train station, police in the state of Lower Saxony reported.

Ericsson hit by falling profits
Sweden

Ericsson hit by falling profits

Swedish telecom equipment manufacturer Ericsson announced third quarter pretax profits of 4 billion kronor ($580 million), a 35 percent drop from the 6.2 billion kronor reported for the same quarter last year.

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Sweden

Basic maths befuddle Swedish third graders

One in four Swedish nine-year-olds does not understand the relationship between the four basic arithmetic operations, a set of new national test results reveals.

Bayern crash and burn in Bordeaux
Germany

Bayern crash and burn in Bordeaux

FC Bayern Munich had two men sent off before going down 2-1 to Bordeaux on Wednesday night's Champions League match.

Söderling cruises into second round at Stockholm Open
Sweden

Söderling cruises into second round at Stockholm Open

Robin Söderling continued his quest to gain a spot in next month's ATP finals, defeating Giovanni Lapentti 6-3, 6-0 on Wednesday in the first round of the Stockholm Open.

Depleted Wolfsburg held to draw against Besiktas
Germany

Depleted Wolfsburg held to draw against Besiktas

Ten-man Wolfsburg were held to a goalless draw by Turkish side Besiktas in the Champions League on Wednesday to leave the race for second-place in Group B behind Manchester United wide open.