East German opposition figure Bohley dies
Germany

East German opposition figure Bohley dies

Bärbel Bohley, a key figure in East Germany's reform movement that helped oust its communist leadership, died Saturday, an association she co-founded said. Bohley was 65.

Swedes’ party loyalty very much in play: poll
Sweden

Swedes’ party loyalty very much in play: poll

More than one million Swedish voters may yet change their allegiance on election day, according to a new poll, signaling that the battle for control of the Riksdag is far from over.

Swede sought for selling phony iPhones
Sweden

Swede sought for selling phony iPhones

An Uppsala businessman suspected of having imported more than 1,400 counterfeit iPhones from China and sold them to telecom operators in Sweden is under investigation for fraud.

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Sweden

Local Sweden Democrat: ‘ban’ practicing Muslims

A local politician from the far-right Sweden Democrats argued during an election debate on Thursday that Muslims shouldn't be allowed to practice their faith in Strömsund in northwestern Sweden.

Key figure in 1980s Flick corruption affair commits suicide with wife
Germany

Key figure in 1980s Flick corruption affair commits suicide with wife

A captain of German industry during the 1970s and a key figure in the Flick corruption affair, Eberhard von Brauchitsch, and his wife Helga have committed suicide together.

Woman sues Raab for mocking her prisoner camp description
Germany

Woman sues Raab for mocking her prisoner camp description

A 79-year-old woman is suing German entertainment mogul Stefan Raab after he took a video clip of her talking about her experiences at the hands of Soviet prisoner camp warders and made fun of her.

Berlin Festival pulls plug after crowd build-up
Germany

Berlin Festival pulls plug after crowd build-up

The Berlin Festival was closed early on Friday night and thousands of people sent home after a crowd built up around the entrance to one of the hangers being used as venues at Tempelhof Airport.

Gothenburg lifts limits on street musicians
Sweden

Gothenburg lifts limits on street musicians

Street performers will once again be allowed to play music in downtown Gothenburg after the town council voted to reverse a controversial ordinance forcing musicians to seek permits.

Stuttgart 21 protests continue as Bahn head admits costs not certain
Germany

Stuttgart 21 protests continue as Bahn head admits costs not certain

Protesters against the Stuttgart 21 railway project formed a human chain through the city on Friday evening, stretching between the headquarters of the two main political parties, with organisers estimating more than 69,000 people taking part.

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Sweden

Social Democrats call for market prices on public asset sales

The Social Democrats have called for new legislation to prevent local governments from selling public assets at below-market prices.

Berlin opens Boulevard of Stars to honour German cinema greats
Germany

Berlin opens Boulevard of Stars to honour German cinema greats

Germany got its own version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with the Friday evening opening of the Boulevard of Stars in Berlin to celebrate German-language films.

Nationalised HRE bank gets another €40 billion
Germany

Nationalised HRE bank gets another €40 billion

Germany's troubled Hypo Real Estate bank, which last year narrowly avoided bankruptcy before being nationalised, will get another €40 billion in state guarantees, a government agency said on Friday.