What’s On in Sweden: March 19th – 25th
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What’s On in Sweden: March 19th – 25th

What’s on in Sweden: Ship shape tour in Stockholm, Cameroonian Jazz in Gothenburg and a spin on Cinderella in Malmö. Plus English comedy in Linköping.

Official report: Dresden bombing killed 25,000
Germany

Official report: Dresden bombing killed 25,000

Up to 25,000 people were killed in the controversial Allied bombing of the German city of Dresden during World War II, fewer than often estimated, an official commission concluded Wednesday.

March in Sweden: Slush, bears and skiing royals
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March in Sweden: Slush, bears and skiing royals

The Year in Sweden - March: Journalist Kim Loughran sketches a month by month account of the country he has called home ever since his accidental migration in 1966.

Elisa Moolecherry: Bringing English theatre to Munich
Germany

Elisa Moolecherry: Bringing English theatre to Munich

The Local's series "Making it in Germany" presents Elisa Moolecherry, the Canadian actor and entrepreneur behind Munich’s English-language BeMe Theatre.

Fifteen boys abused by sports coach
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Fifteen boys abused by sports coach

At least fifteen boys are now believed to have been sexually abused by a sports coach in the Stockholm area as the case against a 22-year-old suspect widens.

BMW looks forward to strong profits
Germany

BMW looks forward to strong profits

The world's top-selling luxury car maker, BMW, announced Wednesday its pre-tax profit for 2010 would grow significantly, helped by a surge in new or revamped models such as the popular 5-series.

Erdogan urges German Turks not to integrate
Germany

Erdogan urges German Turks not to integrate

The Turkish government has reportedly angered Turkish-German politicians by inviting them to an Istanbul conference and then urging them to resist political and social integration in their adopted homeland.

Porsche sheds debt but expects yearly loss
Germany

Porsche sheds debt but expects yearly loss

The German luxury carmaker Porsche said on Wednesday that has paid down nearly half its mountain of debt but that it expects to suffer a net loss in its current fiscal year.

British woman dead after German doctor botches operation
Germany

British woman dead after German doctor botches operation

An elderly British woman died after a German surgeon working as a locum botched an operation on her hip, severing an artery, British media reported on Wednesday.

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Bomb squad removes police station explosive

Police bomb technicians have concluded that an explosive left at the reception desk of a police station in central Stockholm did not pose any threat to people or property.

Ikea offers repose in Paris metro marketing campaign
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Ikea offers repose in Paris metro marketing campaign

Swedish furniture chain Ikea has adopted an unorthodox method to get its products into the mind's eye of discerning Parisians - by lining metro station platforms with living room furniture.

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Swedish prisoners seek higher learning

An increasing number of prisoners at Swedish correctional facilities are taking the chance to study, according to new figures from the Swedish Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalvården).

Guttenberg kick-starts shorter conscription periods
Germany

Guttenberg kick-starts shorter conscription periods

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is to bring forward the government’s scheduled reduction of compulsory military service from 2011 to this autumn despite criticism from the ranks, a media report said Wednesday.

Merkel: paedophilia not just a Church problem
Germany

Merkel: paedophilia not just a Church problem

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday said that sexual abuse of children was not solely a problem facing the Catholic Church in Germany, amid a snowballing scandal over paedophile priests.

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Swedish house prices top two million barrier

The price of the average Swedish house has passed the two million kronor ($300,000) mark for the first time new figures from Statistics Sweden (SCB) show.

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Swedish lab offers hope on genital herpes vaccine

Researchers in Gothenburg have developed a promising new vaccine against genital herpes, with successful tests on mice offering hope of an STD-free future for millions, Gothenburg daily Göteborgs-Posten reports.

Half of Germany’s new hires face job insecurity
Germany

Half of Germany’s new hires face job insecurity

One half of new hires - mainly immigrants, women and young people - receive only temporary contracts from their German employers, sparking calls from trade unions to make changes to employment law.

Opposition youth league registers government ‘Alliance’ brand
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Opposition youth league registers government ‘Alliance’ brand

SSU, the opposition Social Democrat party youth league, has registered the patent for the Swedish word Alliansen (The Alliance) - the collective name used by the government for its four-party coalition.

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Axelsson takes aim for biathlon challenge

Håkan Axelsson, the only athlete at the Vancouver Paralympics with both a visual impairment and an amputation, is gunning for gold on Wednesday in the 12.5 km biathlon.

Turks leave Social Democrats in protest
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Turks leave Social Democrats in protest

The association of Turkish Social Democrats in Gothenburg has elected to discontinue its operations after last week's parliamentary vote to recognize as genocide the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks.

Siemens to cut 1,000 jobs in spin-off
Germany

Siemens to cut 1,000 jobs in spin-off

The German industrial group Siemens will cut at least 1,000 jobs as it restructures its SIS information services unit with an eye towards listing it on the stock market, a press report said on Wednesday.

Westerwelle attacks homophobic: colleague
Germany

Westerwelle attacks homophobic: colleague

The hailstorm of criticism that has battered Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle lately over his travel entourage was partly driven by homophobia, his ministerial colleague Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said Wednesday.

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Turkey PM hails ‘friend’ Reinfeldt

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's decision to distance himself from a Swedish parliament vote on the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks has been hailed as "very positive" by his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Soaring ATM fees targeted by parliament
Germany

Soaring ATM fees targeted by parliament

German banking customers being stung by cash machine withdrawal fees of up to €10 may get some relief after parliament's consumer affairs official declared Wednesday he planned to investigate the soaring costs.

University massacre threat suspect released
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University massacre threat suspect released

The 33-year-old student held on suspicion of the massacre threat at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm on Monday has been released. He remains suspected of making illegal threats.

Poker bandit turns himself in to police
Germany

Poker bandit turns himself in to police

Eleven days after armed robbers snatched €242,000 from a poker game in a daring heist at Berlin’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, one of the culprits has turned himself into police.