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Sweden

Women’s American football goes global in Sweden

It is hard to avoid the football World Cup at the moment, but in one corner of Stockholm attention is focused not on round balls, but on oval balls. And they are not being kicked around by muscled Calvin Klein models, but by the world’s best female American football players, who are competing in the first ever Women’s World American Football Championship.

Songwriter royalty fees surge through Spotify
Sweden

Songwriter royalty fees surge through Spotify

Payments from the Swedish Performing Rights Society (Sveriges Tonsättares Internationella Musikbyrå, STIM) for music listening through Spotify have increased eightfold in one year.

Drunk football fan beats police officer with vuvuzela
Germany

Drunk football fan beats police officer with vuvuzela

A drunken German football fan severely beat a police officer with a vuvuzela horn after the national team’s victory over Ghana on Wednesday night, the authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia said on Thursday.

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Sweden

Court gives access to Swedish Stasi archives

Documents containing the names of Swedes who worked for the Stasi, East Germany’s security service, must be made available to researchers, a court ruled on Friday.

Germany hopes Schweinsteiger will be fit for England clash
Germany

Germany hopes Schweinsteiger will be fit for England clash

Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger and Jerome Boateng face a race to be fit for Sunday's World Cup Round of 16 clash with old rivals England.

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Sweden

More Swedes excluded from job market

The government has failed to achieve its main goal of reducing the number of people who are inactive in the job market. New statistics show that their numbers have swelled by 6,500 in the last four years.

BMW and Daimler ramp up amid surging demand
Germany

BMW and Daimler ramp up amid surging demand

A surge in demand for luxury cars has BMW and rival Daimler scrambling on Thursday to ramp up production in Germany and the United States, the groups said.

Summer decides to show up after all
Germany

Summer decides to show up after all

Football fans itching to watch some World Cup action outside have a reason to cheer: glorious summer weather is finally expected to arrive in Germany this weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Thursday.

H&M to open 240 new stores in 2010
Sweden

H&M to open 240 new stores in 2010

H&M announced on Thursday that its second-quarter profit increased 24 percent, but it still narrowly missed estimates due to bad weather for spring sales. It added it will meet its objective of opening 240 new stores this year.

Terrified lover calls police from wardrobe
Germany

Terrified lover calls police from wardrobe

Police have rescued an Aachen man from a wardrobe after he fled there to escape his girlfriend’s angry ex-partner and then used his mobile phone to call for help, the authorities announced Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: June 24 – 30
Germany

What’s on in Germany: June 24 – 30

This Week's Highlights: An arts festival in Berlin-Neukölln, classical music outdoors in Düsseldorf and Harleys in Hamburg.

Yemen question German after suicide attack on UK ambassador
Germany

Yemen question German after suicide attack on UK ambassador

Yemeni authorities are questioning a German, an Iraqi and two Yemenis in connection with a failed suicide attack on the British ambassador in Sanaa, the ministry of defence website said on Thursday.

Sweden set for mixed Midsummer weather
Sweden

Sweden set for mixed Midsummer weather

Sweden looks set to enjoy typical Midsummer weather on Friday - that is to say an unpredictable mix of sunshine, clouds and showers.

Chinese state investor gets 40 percent of Volvo
Sweden

Chinese state investor gets 40 percent of Volvo

Volvo Cars now has a government partner among its investors, but it is not the Swedish state, TV4's business news program Ekonominyheterna reported late on Wednesday.

Standardised tests reveal huge learning gaps
Germany

Standardised tests reveal huge learning gaps

Southern German students have come out on top of the country’s first nationwide standardised language tests, according to results presented this week by state education ministers.

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Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: June 25th – July 1st

What’s on in Sweden: Women's American Football in Stockholm, Mountain Man in Gothenburg and Japandroids come to Malmö.

Nordqvist to defend LPGA Championship title
Sweden

Nordqvist to defend LPGA Championship title

Sweden's Anna Nordqvist will attempt to become the fifth woman to defend her title at the LPGA Tour Championship, which kicks off on Thursday.

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Sweden

Social services stood by while girl sold sex

Social service chiefs in Helsingborg are under fire for not intervening to help a 16-year-old girl, despite receiving several reports that she was abusing drugs and selling sex.

Social Democrats at 10-year low: poll
Sweden

Social Democrats at 10-year low: poll

Sweden's Social Democrats are haemorrhaging support and are less popular than at any time in the past 10 years, according to a new poll from Synovate. Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's Moderate Party has a stable lead over its main rival, the poll shows.

Merkel hits back at Obama fiscal criticism
Germany

Merkel hits back at Obama fiscal criticism

Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Wednesday night to stick to the government‘s tough savings programme and hit back at criticism from Washington that austerity by Europe’s biggest economy could put world growth at risk.

Toyota test driver killed in head-on crash
Germany

Toyota test driver killed in head-on crash

The chief test driver for Japanese auto giant Toyota was killed in a head-on road crash in the Rhineland while driving a supercar prototype, the carmaker said Thursday.

Children’s stone attack on Jews sparks outrage
Germany

Children’s stone attack on Jews sparks outrage

Germany’s Jewish community has reacted with shock to a stone-throwing attack by Muslim children as young as 10 on a Jewish dance troupe performing at a Hannover festival, media reported Thursday.