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Sweden

Swede jailed for desertion despite end of conscription

A 20-year-old Swedish conscript has been convicted for desertion, even though compulsory military service ended in Sweden three months ago.

WikiLeaks’ Assange requests new lawyer
Sweden

WikiLeaks’ Assange requests new lawyer

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange announced on Tuesday that he would like to replace lawyer Leif Silbersky as his defence attorney.

OECD: Education deficit threatens nation’s future
Germany

OECD: Education deficit threatens nation’s future

Germany is producing too few university graduates to sustain its own supply of skilled workers and continues to lag well behind other countries in education spending, an OECD report released Tuesday found.

Will a Red-Green Sweden really take aim at US military might?
Sweden

Will a Red-Green Sweden really take aim at US military might?

With the election drawing closer, Fredrik Westerlund takes a light-hearted look at a Red-Green foreign policy promise to 'demand' the United States shut down its foreign military bases. Along the way he talks to academics, embassies and one furious press secretary.

Prosecutors drop investigation of ‘Germany’s stupidest bankers’
Germany

Prosecutors drop investigation of ‘Germany’s stupidest bankers’

German prosecutors said Tuesday they had dropped a probe into six bankers from state-owned KfW for transferring some €320 million ($408 million) to Lehman Brothers after it had collapsed.

Introducing the Social Democrats
Sweden

Introducing the Social Democrats

The Social Democrats are the largest party within the centre-left Red-Green coalition that is fighting to wrestle back power after four years in opposition.

Nuclear extension sparks Austrian meltdown
Germany

Nuclear extension sparks Austrian meltdown

Germany’s plan to extend the lives of its nuclear reactors has upset neighbouring Austria, where a environmental official has warned that a reactor near the border poses clear “safety risks.”

Berlitz provides the language boost for your career
Sweden

Berlitz provides the language boost for your career

Although Valérie Frohly had learned another Scandinavian language before moving to Stockholm, the French expat turned to Berlitz to help her further her career in an almost exclusively Swedish-speaking work environment.

Industry orders post sharp decline
Germany

Industry orders post sharp decline

Industrial orders in Germany dropped sharply in July after a strong rise the month before, official data showed Tuesday, dealing a setback to the economic recovery of Europe's powerhouse.

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Sweden

First arrest made in Gothenburg bribe probe

A contractor with a municipal housing company became the first suspect arrested in connection with a bribery scandal that rocked Gothenburg earlier this year, a prosecutor with Sweden's National Anti-Corruption Unit (Riksenheten mot korruption) announced on Tuesday.

Mourinho says Bayern’s Schweinsteiger will ‘belong’ to Real
Germany

Mourinho says Bayern’s Schweinsteiger will ‘belong’ to Real

Having already brought two German World Cup stars, Sami Khedira and Mesut Özil, to Real Madrid, coach Jose Mourinho has now reportedly set his sights on a third: Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Borg warns against new EU bank tax
Sweden

Borg warns against new EU bank tax

Sweden has slammed what is sees as a 'detrimental' proposal for higher taxes on banks in Europe, cautioning on Tuesday that institutions would simply relocate to avoid the charges.

Swedish police raid file sharing ‘scene’
Sweden

Swedish police raid file sharing ‘scene’

Swedish police raided locations across the country on Tuesday, including WikiLeaks' ISP PRQ, acting on information from Belgian police in an international operation targeting the file sharing network known as "The Scene".

Steeper landings set to cut aircraft noise
Germany

Steeper landings set to cut aircraft noise

Aviation authorities and carrier Air Berlin are testing a new system of steeper landings and curved flight patterns to avoid residential areas in a bid to reduce ground noise by up to 40 percent, allowing more flights to land at night.

Much ado about Thilo
Germany

Much ado about Thilo

Germans must forget the hysteria surrounding Thilo Sarrazin and take an honest look at the integration of immigrants into their society, argues Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for the British daily The Times.

Introducing the Moderates
Sweden

Introducing the Moderates

The Moderates are the largest party in the centre-right Alliance coalition that has been in government since 2006.

Stormy weather ahead
Germany

Stormy weather ahead

The German Weather Service issued a 24-hour storm warning for the northwestern coast on Tuesday, predicting gale-force winds and heavy rainfall with similar conditions expected in the southwest later in the day.

Founders give H&M workers 1 billion kronor
Sweden

Founders give H&M workers 1 billion kronor

The well-heeled founding family of Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has donated 4 million shares in the company to fund a new employee incentive programme.

Voddler sets sights on Finland following new investment
Sweden

Voddler sets sights on Finland following new investment

Swedish online video service Voddler has completed a private placement share issue injecting an additional 40 million kronor ($5.51 million) in new capital into the company.

De Maizière suggests ‘digital eraser’ for online privacy
Germany

De Maizière suggests ‘digital eraser’ for online privacy

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière wants to give Germans the right to a “digital eraser” to delete personal online content, he said on Tuesday. He hopes to add the idea to a new data protection law set for completion this autumn.

Interior Ministry raids neo-Nazi group locations nationwide
Germany

Interior Ministry raids neo-Nazi group locations nationwide

The Interior Ministry staged raids on outposts of a right-wing extremist group in several German states on Tuesday morning, searching buildings and confiscating evidence.

Police clear tree house of Stuttgart 21 activists
Germany

Police clear tree house of Stuttgart 21 activists

Police overnight cleared a tree house full of activists protesting the controversial Stuttgart 21 rail project as opponents in the southwestern city continue to draw attention to their cause.

Poll: Alliance extends lead
Sweden

Poll: Alliance extends lead

The centre-right Alliance has extended its lead over the Red-Greens in Skop's latest opinion survey.

Söderling win sets up Federer last eight clash
Sweden

Söderling win sets up Federer last eight clash

Swedish fifth seed Robin Söderling beat Spanish 21st seed Albert Montanes 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 on Monday to join the last eight in the US Open.

Experts: global weather threatens food security
Sweden

Experts: global weather threatens food security

Experts gathering in Stockholm for the World Water Week conference have warned that global weather threatens food security, with the Russian droughts and Pakistan floods part of a global trend of unpredictable weather.