Swedish ex-Nazi extradited over sign theft
Sweden

Swedish ex-Nazi extradited over sign theft

Former Swedish neo-Nazi leader Anders Högtröm has been extradited from Sweden to Poland where he is suspected of involvement in the theft of the infamous "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign from the Auschwitz death camp.

Medvedev starts Baltic gas pipeline construction
Germany

Medvedev starts Baltic gas pipeline construction

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday launched construction of the controversial Nord Stream gas pipeline that will link Russia and Germany via the Baltic Sea and supply the European Union with gas.

Merkel mourns fallen Bundeswehr soldiers
Germany

Merkel mourns fallen Bundeswehr soldiers

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday paid her respects to three Bundeswehr soldiers who fell in battle against the Taliban last week, marking the first time a post-war German leader has attended such a memorial service.

Top bloggers take on tax agency
Sweden

Top bloggers take on tax agency

Three women with enormously popular lifestyle blogs have joined forces in a rearguard action against the Swedish Tax Agency, which plans to tax the scribes for gifts they've received from firms keen to promote their products online.

UN climate talks in Bonn suffer early setbacks
Germany

UN climate talks in Bonn suffer early setbacks

Hopes of hoisting the UN process for tackling climate change out of the mire after December's flawed Copenhagen summit suffered early setbacks at talks in Bonn, Germany on Friday.

Air traffic controllers back strike
Germany

Air traffic controllers back strike

Germany’s air traffic controllers have decided to strike following failed negotiations with the country’s DFS air traffic authority, the group’s union GdF announced on Friday.

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Sweden

Swedbank pulls out of state bank rescue plan

Swedbank's board has announced that the bank will leave the Swedish government's bank rescue programme with immediate effect as the bank credit market has stabilized.

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Sweden

Swedish cars scrapped overseas

The number of cars scrapped in Sweden has halved over the past two years and is at its lowest level since the mid-1990s, according to a new report in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily.

Munich’s makeshift Michael Jackson memorial sparks bitter row
Germany

Munich’s makeshift Michael Jackson memorial sparks bitter row

Michael Jackson fans in Munich want to erect a monument to their late idol. But the city’s authorities aren’t particularly keen and a temporary memorial faces constant sabotage.

Police powerless to close paedophile forums
Sweden

Police powerless to close paedophile forums

Despite a new law designed to tackle grooming of young people by suspected paedophiles on internet websites, police are unable to act against those hosting chat forums, contact sites and advice pages.

Transport minister suggests autobahn ban on trucks passing
Germany

Transport minister suggests autobahn ban on trucks passing

Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer said Friday he wants to clean up traffic jams on German motorways, recommending that states institute a ban on passing for trucks on the autobahn.

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Sweden

Supporter cleared over hooligan battle

A 36-year-old Hammarby supporter has successfully appealed a conviction for assault following an arranged fight between around 100 rival football fans in a small town in southern Sweden.

Rebounding trade and weak euro boost exports
Germany

Rebounding trade and weak euro boost exports

German exports surged in February after sharp drop in January, official data showed on Friday, boosted by stronger global trade and a weaker euro.

Taliban attacks ahead of Bundeswehr funeral
Germany

Taliban attacks ahead of Bundeswehr funeral

Taliban insurgents attacked the Bundeswehr on Friday as Chancellor Angela Merkel prepared to attend a memorial service for three German soldiers killed last week in Afghanistan.

Top Social Democrats talk tough on rape
Sweden

Top Social Democrats talk tough on rape

Punishments for the most serious rape crimes must be increased, former justice minister Thomas Bodström and former equality ombudsman Claes Borgström have urged.

Cities beg for federal financial help
Germany

Cities beg for federal financial help

Many German cities and municipalities will go broke if the federal government does not help pay for social benefits programmes, the head of the German Association of Cities and Towns (DST) said on Friday.

Gloomy weekend weather expected
Germany

Gloomy weekend weather expected

The mild spring temperatures of the last week won’t stick around for the weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Friday. A low front will bring cooler temperatures and cloud cover instead.

Bayern Munich hoping for historic treble
Germany

Bayern Munich hoping for historic treble

Fresh from a memorable triumph over Manchester United in the Champions League, German giants Bayern Munich will aim to stretch their lead at the top of the Bundesliga on Saturday with only five games to go.

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Sweden

Norrland church thief demands cash for stolen statue

The Spanish man jailed in 2006 for a spate of thefts from churches in northern Sweden has demanded 60,000 kronor ($8,300) for the return of a stolen statue.

Greek man sues Swedish firm over Turkish yoghurt pic
Sweden

Greek man sues Swedish firm over Turkish yoghurt pic

A Greek man has sued a dairy firm in southern Sweden after his picture ended up on a Turkish yoghurt product.

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Sweden

Vitamin pills can increase cancer risk: study

Women who take multivitamin pills daily have a higher incidence of breast cancer than those that do not take vitamins supplements, according to a new Swedish study which has been unable to explain why.