What’s On in Sweden: October 8th – 14th
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What’s On in Sweden: October 8th – 14th

What’s on in Sweden: Fringe Festival and ice hockey in Stockholm, John Cleese silly walks into Gothenburg, and the sound of the Theremin haunts Malmö.

Ballack unlikely to play again in 2010
Germany

Ballack unlikely to play again in 2010

Germany captain Michael Ballack is not expected to play football again in 2010 after it was revealed on Wednesday his knee injury is worse than first thought.

Germany criticises terrorism travel warnings
Germany

Germany criticises terrorism travel warnings

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere hit out Wednesday at travel warnings for visitors to Europe issued because of the risk of al-Qaida attacks, saying such tactics helped "terrorists" spread fear.

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Unions propose task force on job security law

Sweden's main trade union organisation has proposed establishing a joint team to try to reach an agreement with employers over the law on job security.

Daimler to launch Smart brand in US
Germany

Daimler to launch Smart brand in US

German automaker Daimler and US partner Penske Automotive Group said Wednesday they would launch a five-door Smart model based on a Nissan platform in the United States by 2012.

New government faces ambitious autumn
Sweden

New government faces ambitious autumn

The Swedish government plans to present 77 motions and written communications in the period to January.

Bundesbank warns of forex manipulation
Germany

Bundesbank warns of forex manipulation

The German Bundesbank weighed into the simmering currency dispute between the United States and China on Wednesday, warning against the harmful effects of exchange rate manipulation.

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Sweden

Swedish towns strained by asylum seeker spike

Many municipalities are feeling the squeeze from a large onslaught of asylum seekers.

Bishop’s sermon at the opening of the Riksdag
Sweden

Bishop’s sermon at the opening of the Riksdag

Stockholm bishop Eva Brunne's sermon addressing racism at the opening of Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, on Tuesday has been the topic of intense discussion. Here is the full text of her words in English.

Bayreuth festival cancels invitation to Israeli orchestra
Germany

Bayreuth festival cancels invitation to Israeli orchestra

Germany's Bayreuth Festival has withdrawn an invitation for an Israeli orchestra to play at its annual Richard Wagner gathering over fears it would create a backlash in the Jewish state, an Israeli newspaper said on Wednesday.

Teacher sacked for schoolgirl rape Tweet
Sweden

Teacher sacked for schoolgirl rape Tweet

A preschool teacher in Gothenburg in western Sweden has been fired after he Tweeted about wanting to rape little girls.

Swedish teacher releases iPhone maths app
Sweden

Swedish teacher releases iPhone maths app

Emboldened by the success of his online instruction videos, a teacher at a school in Gävle north of Uppsala on the east coast has released a maths education application for the iPhone.

Major football match-fixing trial begins
Germany

Major football match-fixing trial begins

Four suspected ringleaders of what is believed to be European football's biggest fraud scandal went on trial in Germany on Wednesday, accused of fixing more than thirty matches across Europe.

Sweden tries to rein in religion at free schools
Sweden

Sweden tries to rein in religion at free schools

While Sweden’s publicly-funded, privately-managed ‘free’ schools (friskolor) have inspired education authorities in other countries to explore similar approaches, the Swedish model is not without its problems, explains contributor Nils Adler.

Greens overtake SPD as strongest opposition
Germany

Greens overtake SPD as strongest opposition

The Greens' claim to being Germany’s main opposition party was bolstered on Wednesday by a new poll putting them ahead of the centre-left Social Democrats for the first time ever.

Boy arrested for series of sexual assaults against joggers
Germany

Boy arrested for series of sexual assaults against joggers

A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a series of joggers over the last several months, Bavarian police announced on Wednesday.

Drivers face crackdown on winter tyres
Germany

Drivers face crackdown on winter tyres

German drivers will be forced to make sure they have proper tyres for driving in mud and snow this winter after Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer announced a safety crackdown on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Surprise rise in Swedish bankruptcies

Bankruptcies rose 15 percent in September, snapping the streak of declining bankruptcies observed so far this year.

Injured Stuttgart 21 protestor could stay blind
Germany

Injured Stuttgart 21 protestor could stay blind

The man whose bleeding eyes shocked Germany in the wake of last week’s clash between Stuttgart 21 protestors and police has been identified as 66-year-old Dietrich Wagner. The pensioner was hit full in the face by a water cannon blast.

Chemistry Nobel shared by three scientists
Sweden

Chemistry Nobel shared by three scientists

Three scientists, Richard Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki, have been awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work on palladium catalysed cross-coupling.

World’s biggest book fair begins in Frankfurt
Germany

World’s biggest book fair begins in Frankfurt

The 62nd annual Frankfurt Book Fair kicked off on Wednesday, honouring literature from Argentina and focusing on the digital and multimedia innovations that are rapidly transforming the industry.

Bayer develops ‘vaginal atrophy’ drug
Germany

Bayer develops ‘vaginal atrophy’ drug

German pharmaceutical giant Bayer is developing a kind of female Viagra in the form of a new treatment for post-menopausal women experiencing vaginal atrophy that can lead to sexual dysfunction.

Rebtel: connecting the world through cheap long-distance calls
Sweden

Rebtel: connecting the world through cheap long-distance calls

Rebtel is a Swedish VoIP company that strives to make international calls and text messages cheaper around the world.

Rebtel: connecting the world through cheap long-distance calls
Germany

Rebtel: connecting the world through cheap long-distance calls

Rebtel is a Swedish VoIP company that strives to make international calls and text messages cheaper around the world.

Press reacts to Sweden Democrat ‘spectacle’
Sweden

Press reacts to Sweden Democrat ‘spectacle’

Leader pages across Sweden condemned as petty and immature the Sweden Democrats’ walking out on a bishop’s speech about racism on Tuesday, while others took aim at Fredrik Reinfeldt's new government.

Drone strike kills key militant planning European attacks
Germany

Drone strike kills key militant planning European attacks

A United States drone strike in Pakistan has killed the key militant being groomed to lead attacks against Germany and other European countries, British media reported Wednesday.

Germany to end ‘nuclear sharing’ with US
Germany

Germany to end ‘nuclear sharing’ with US

Germany has moved a step closer to ridding its soil of atomic weapons, bowing out of the “nuclear sharing” agreement under which its fighter jets can be used to drop US bombs, media reported on Wednesday.

Man charged for biting head off live mouse
Sweden

Man charged for biting head off live mouse

Animal cruelty charges have been filed against a 23-year-old Swede who bit the head off a live mouse while one of his friends filmed the episode on a mobile phone camera.

Many smokers keep puffing post heart attack
Sweden

Many smokers keep puffing post heart attack

Only a little over half of smokers who have suffered a heart attack quit smoking, despite the habit being one of the largest risk factors for cardiovascular disease, a Swedish study shows.

Binge drinking worse among girls
Germany

Binge drinking worse among girls

Dangerous drinking among youths, long thought to be predominantly a problem for boys, is actually more common for girls, a study has found.