Spain end Germany’s World Cup dream
Germany

Spain end Germany’s World Cup dream

A second-half goal from Spain's Carles Puyol ended Germany's dream of reaching the World Cup final, as the Iberians beat Die Mannschaft 1-0 on Wednesday night.

3 and Tele2 top mobile broadband providers
Sweden

3 and Tele2 top mobile broadband providers

Mobile operators 3 and Tele 2 have the best coverage for mobile broadband in Sweden, according to a new test by monthly magazine Mobil.

Cologne shopping street ranked Germany’s most popular
Germany

Cologne shopping street ranked Germany’s most popular

Cologne’s Schildergasse is the most popular shopping street in the country, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

Germany to accept two Gitmo prisoners
Germany

Germany to accept two Gitmo prisoners

Germany has agreed to take in two Guantanamo Bay prisoners after months of wrangling over security concerns following a US request, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière announced Wednesday.

Alm freed from custody ahead of sentencing
Sweden

Alm freed from custody ahead of sentencing

Falun district court ruled on Wednesday to release Mattias Alm, who was cleared of the murder of his partner Linda Chen late in May, from prison while he awaits sentencing on other counts on July 14th.

World Cup row shooting suspect surrenders
Germany

World Cup row shooting suspect surrenders

A German man suspected of shooting two Italians in a pub in Hannover after a row about the World Cup has surrendered to authorities on the Spanish island of Majorca, police said Wednesday.

Berlin Fashion Week begins
Germany

Berlin Fashion Week begins

The Berlin Fashion Week begins on Wednesday as the German capital transforms itself into a giant catwalk for designers, models and fashion industry insiders for the next few days. But plenty of the events are also open to the public.

Carl Philip steps in to hand out Victoria Award
Sweden

Carl Philip steps in to hand out Victoria Award

Prince Carl Philip is set to fill his big sister's shoes and hand out this year's Victoria Award (Victoriastipendiet) as the Crown Princess is away on her honeymoon, organisers announced on Wednesday.

Mass murderer could be released in five years
Sweden

Mass murderer could be released in five years

Swedish mass murderer Mattias Flink's life sentence will be commuted to 32 years in prison and he could be released in just over five years, Örebro District Court ruled on Wednesday.

Stockholm goes orange as Dutch claim final spot
Sweden

Stockholm goes orange as Dutch claim final spot

The Dutch embassy played host to a carnival atmosphere of 150 Dutch expats, Swedes, Germans and even a Welshman, as the Netherlands beat Uruguay 3-2 to reach the World Cup final for the first time since 1978.

Space probe captures echoes of Big Bang
Germany

Space probe captures echoes of Big Bang

The smouldering heat left over from the universe’s creation has been captured in unprecedented detail by a deep space observatory behind which Germany is playing a driving role.

Feminist cash burning provokes backlash
Sweden

Feminist cash burning provokes backlash

The Feminist Initiative's (Feministiskt Initiativ - Fi) controversial burning of 100,000 kronor ($13,000) in Visby on Tuesday in a demonstration for equal pay between the sexes has come in for criticism, from allies and opponents alike.

Banks’ €5 ATM fee cap rejected
Germany

Banks’ €5 ATM fee cap rejected

A €5 limit on cash machine withdrawal fees offered by banks amid intense criticism and government pressure was dismissed Wednesday by the competition watchdog as not good enough.

Scantily clad German men happy to bare their beer bellies
Germany

Scantily clad German men happy to bare their beer bellies

Germans aren't known for being particularly shy about nudity, but a new survey confirms what many people have unwillingly witnessed during the recent heat wave - scantily clad men proudly putting their bulging beer bellies on display in public.

Bundeswehr outlines cuts to military hardware
Germany

Bundeswehr outlines cuts to military hardware

Germany’s armed forces are planning deep cuts to their military hardware to save nearly €10 billion amid intense pressure from the government to rein in spending, the media reported Wednesday.

Lahm’s captaincy remarks raise hackles
Germany

Lahm’s captaincy remarks raise hackles

Hints of irritation plagued the German World Cup team ahead of its semi-final clash with Spain on Wednesday following skipper Philipp Lahm’s untimely announcement that he never wanted to hand the captaincy back to Michael Ballack.

Critics savage Rösler’s health reform plan
Germany

Critics savage Rösler’s health reform plan

The centre-right government’s health reform plan was blasted Wednesday by opposition parties, unions and insurers as a failure to tackle the deep problems with the health system that would burden the poorest.

Billström appointed employment minister
Sweden

Billström appointed employment minister

The Swedish government has announced that migration minister Tobias Billström will take temporary charge of the employment ministry following the resignation of Sven Otto Littorin, citing personal reasons.

Opposition agrees education compromise
Sweden

Opposition agrees education compromise

The centre-left opposition has proposed the introduction of national testing from seventh grade with written testimonials already from first grade, the leaders of the three parties confirmed at a press conference in Visby on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Brothers deny Lars Vilks arson attack

The trial of two brothers accused of fire-bombing the home of Swedish Muhammad cartoonist Lars Vilks opened on Tuesday with one of them describing the artist as "Islams's greatest enemy".

EU approves Geely Volvo purchase
Sweden

EU approves Geely Volvo purchase

The takeover of Sweden's Volvo Cars by Chinese carmaker Zhejiang Geely Holding and the a regional state investment fund based in the Chinese petroleum city of Daqing was cleared by the European Union's competition watchdog on Tuesday.