Västervik: dreaming of Midsummer
Sweden

Västervik: dreaming of Midsummer

Whether you want to quack like a frog around a May Pole in June or collect seven enchanted flowers to find true love: Västervik is place to be.

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Sweden

Mobiles ‘don’t increase brain tumour risk’

There is no increased risk of brain tumours in people who have used a mobile phone regularly for 10 years, according to an international study including researchers at Stockholm's Karolinska Institutet.

Man unscathed after high-speed Ferrari crash
Sweden

Man unscathed after high-speed Ferrari crash

A man driving a Ferrari on a racetrack at an estimated 250 km/h on Monday has escaped from the car with little assistance after it flipped over about ten times and caught fire.

US social commerce site Groupon buys Citydeal
Germany

US social commerce site Groupon buys Citydeal

The popular US online discount service Groupon announced on Monday it would takeover its European rival Citydeal just months after the German clone website was established.

Government’s Islamic Conference gets off to a rocky start
Germany

Government’s Islamic Conference gets off to a rocky start

The second German Islamic Conference began on Monday in Berlin, but it was overshadowed by the withdrawal of one Muslim group amid a policy squabble and the disqualification of another.

Berlin to present plan for new EU deficit rules
Germany

Berlin to present plan for new EU deficit rules

Germany will lay out wide-ranging proposals to bolster Europe's fiscal rules on Friday, a spokesman said, declining to comment on reports Berlin would push for an EU equivalent of its own debt-limiting law.

Borg calls on EU partners to disclose deficit cuts
Sweden

Borg calls on EU partners to disclose deficit cuts

Sweden's Finance Minister Anders Borg has demanded that Spain and Portugal disclose their plans to reduce budget deficits at a meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Brussels that begins later on Monday.

Injured Ballack ruled out of World Cup
Germany

Injured Ballack ruled out of World Cup

Germany captain Michael Ballack has been forced to pull out of the World Cup finals in South Africa, the German football federation (DFB) said Monday.

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Sweden

Police extend search for missing 10-year-old

Police remain without leads in the case of the ten-year-old girl who went missing from a playground in Svenljunga in southern Sweden on Friday, as the search entered its fourth day on Monday.

Germany spared volcanic ash cloud – for now
Germany

Germany spared volcanic ash cloud – for now

The volcanic ash cloud from Iceland that is once again crippling air traffic across Europe will likely spare German airports for the immediate future, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Monday.

Björk shares Polar Music Prize
Sweden

Björk shares Polar Music Prize

Eccentric Icelandic singer Björk has been awarded the 2010 Polar Music Prize, along with Italian composer, arranger and conductor Ennio Morricone, organisers announced on Monday.

The Best of Berlin in May
Germany

The Best of Berlin in May

Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, this month gets ready for its movie close-up in Babelsberg, fights for inner peace and squats the city.

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Sweden

Landskrona car park killing trial begins

The trial of a man accused of beating a 78-year-old woman to death in a car park in Landskrona in southern Sweden in March opens in Helsingborg District Court on Monday.

Apartment prices fall in Stockholm
Sweden

Apartment prices fall in Stockholm

Prices for apartments in Stockholm fell in April, with market commentators claiming that this could indicate a broader fall in the hitherto booming housing market across Sweden.

Police enlist Turkey Vulture for corpse searches
Germany

Police enlist Turkey Vulture for corpse searches

German police are hoping that a Turkey Vulture could be the latest, low-tech weapon in their armoury: they want to harness the bird's incredible sense of smell to locate dead bodies that sniffer dogs can't reach.

Municipal doctors strike across country
Germany

Municipal doctors strike across country

Hospital patients faced long delays on Monday, when doctors went on an indefinite strike at municipal clinics in 14 states across Germany.

Gap narrows as far-right and Left decline: poll
Sweden

Gap narrows as far-right and Left decline: poll

The gap between the two political blocs in Sweden closed to 3.1 percent (3.5) in the May voter poll by Sifo, while the far-right Sweden Democrats, the Left Party, and the Christian Democrats also showed steep declines.

Arsonists attack Rhineland synagogue
Germany

Arsonists attack Rhineland synagogue

Unknown arsonists attacked a synagogue in Worms on Sunday night, police in the Rhineland-Palatinate city said on Monday.

Discount tickets on sale for Deutsche Bahn’s 175th anniversary
Germany

Discount tickets on sale for Deutsche Bahn’s 175th anniversary

German national rail provider Deutsche Bahn on Monday kicked off celebrations for the 175th anniversary of the country's first railroad with special offers for discount tickets.

King foots half of daughter’s wedding bill
Sweden

King foots half of daughter’s wedding bill

The June wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling is set to cost at least 20 million kronor ($2.63 million), half of which will be met by the the bride's father, King Carl XVI Gustaf, with the remainder funded by the Swedish taxpayer.

Hanson claims Mallorca crown despite penalty
Sweden

Hanson claims Mallorca crown despite penalty

Swedish golfer Peter Hanson claimed his third European tour title after shrugging off a one-shot penalty to win the Mallorca Open on Sunday.

Volcano ash causes flight disruption
Sweden

Volcano ash causes flight disruption

Volcano ash from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano on Iceland has caused further disruption to flights from Sweden on Monday after the UK and Ireland were forced to close airports.