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Sweden

Swedish success attracts Japanese attention

Sweden’s remarkable recovery from the international financial crisis and the country’s robust economic climate has attracted a major Japanese newspaper to produce a special report on the secret of Sweden’s success.

Daimler unveils Indian truck brand BharatBenz
Germany

Daimler unveils Indian truck brand BharatBenz

The German car and truck manufacturer Daimler unveiled on Thursday its fifth truck brand, BharatBenz, which is aimed at the fast-developing Indian market.

Swedish forced marriage laws ‘not strong enough’
Sweden

Swedish forced marriage laws ‘not strong enough’

Swedish laws against forced marriages and child marriages are not effective, the country's migration board stated in a report to the government on Wednesday.

Fewer Germans consider children essential part of life
Germany

Fewer Germans consider children essential part of life

More Germans are deciding children are not necessary to having a fulfilling life, according to a survey published this week.

Australia appeals to Sweden over Assange
Sweden

Australia appeals to Sweden over Assange

Australia's ambassador in Stockholm has written an appeal to Sweden's justice minister for assurances that Julian Assange, an Australian national, will be treated fairly should the WikiLeaks founder be extradited to Sweden.

Rise in abuse of foreign wives in Sweden: report
Sweden

Rise in abuse of foreign wives in Sweden: report

Reports of assault and sexual abuse from women who come to Sweden to be with Swedish men have become increasingly common, according to a new report.

Police officer suspended following Stasi informant allegations
Germany

Police officer suspended following Stasi informant allegations

A Cottbus police spokesman was suspended from his duties Thursday following allegations he worked as an informant for the Stasi, East Germany’s feared secret police.

Neo-Nazis and leftists clash at assault trial
Germany

Neo-Nazis and leftists clash at assault trial

Right-wing extremists and leftists clashed in a Nuremberg courtroom on Thursday, spurring the judge to clear the hall in order to continue a trial against a neo-Nazi charged with beating a teenage boy so severely that he remains permanently disabled.

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Sweden

Swedish inflation advances in January

Sweden's inflation rate rose at a higher clip in January than the previous month, partly due to rising housing costs.

Daimler reportedly wants to sell EADS stake to government
Germany

Daimler reportedly wants to sell EADS stake to government

Automaker Daimler wants to sell half of its remaining 15 percent stake in the aerospace and defence group EADS to the German government, the Financial Times Deutschland said Thursday.

Al-Qaeda issues new Sweden threat: report
Sweden

Al-Qaeda issues new Sweden threat: report

An English-language online publication with links to the al-Qaeda terrorist network has paid tribute to the suicide bomber who attacked in Stockholm in December while calling for new acts of terrorism in Sweden in indirect terms.

The education of Dr. Googleberg
Germany

The education of Dr. Googleberg

With Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg under suspicion of plagiarizing parts of his doctoral dissertation, ZEIT ONLINE’s Dagny Lüdemann wonders whether the incident is a symptom of a broader malaise at German universities.

Failure to buckle-up on planes grounds for removal
Germany

Failure to buckle-up on planes grounds for removal

Airline captains have the right to kick passengers off of their planes for refusing to wear seatbelts at takeoff, according to a German court verdict published Thursday.

Soviet-era files reveal Swedes’ civil war fears
Sweden

Soviet-era files reveal Swedes’ civil war fears

Sweden's ambassador in Moscow expressed concerns of a "civil war" in the former Soviet Union in a telex to the Swedish foreign ministry in August 1991, according to secret diplomatic reports released by the agency on Thursday.

Beer in Sweden: it’s not as bad as you think
Sweden

Beer in Sweden: it’s not as bad as you think

In his first monthly column on malted beverages, blogger Darren Packman reminds readers that beer, not wine, helped build empires and explains what it's like to taste a 1,150 kronor ($178) bottle of beer.

Swedish midwife re-used needle from HIV patient
Sweden

Swedish midwife re-used needle from HIV patient

An attendant midwife at Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge in southern Stockholm used the same needle to treat a new mother as she had for another HIV positive patient.

What’s on in Germany: February 17 – 23
Germany

What’s on in Germany: February 17 – 23

This Week's Highlights: Frankfurt gets surreal, an English troupe takes on Woody Allen in Hamburg, and a Munich museum invites you to play.

‘Germans are fixated on earning titles’
Germany

‘Germans are fixated on earning titles’

Accusations Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg plagiarized his doctoral thesis highlights Germany's unhealthy obsession with academic titles, anti-cheating expert Prof. Debora Weber-Wulff told The Local.

Ice Festival brings winter warmth to Uppsala
Sweden

Ice Festival brings winter warmth to Uppsala

Looking for ways to celebrate, rather than bemoan, Sweden's long-lasting winter chill? Check out the Ice Festival in Uppsala, where contributor Oliver Gee learns about the many ways that frozen water can make winter fun.

Activists injured in nuclear waste train blockades overnight
Germany

Activists injured in nuclear waste train blockades overnight

A number of anti-nuclear activists were injured overnight while trying to block a radioactive waste transport to Lubmin, but the train arrived safely on Thursday morning, authorities said.

Guttenberg on surprise trip to Afghanistan
Germany

Guttenberg on surprise trip to Afghanistan

Embattled Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg made a surprise visit to German troops in Afghanistan on Thursday as accusations that he plagiarized parts of his PhD dissertation continued to emerge.

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Sweden

Drunk Swede drove to police station to pick up drunk friend

A 28-year-old man is facing drunk driving charges after he drove to a police station in Malmö in southern Sweden to pick up his friend who had been arrested for driving under the influence earlier that day.

Swedes die in Vietnam boating accident
Sweden

Swedes die in Vietnam boating accident

Two Swedes were among the dead after a tour boat broke in half and sank in Vietnam's Halong Bay on Thursday, the Swedish government has confirmed.

Daring Nazi comedy applauded at Berlin film festival
Germany

Daring Nazi comedy applauded at Berlin film festival

An Austrian "Nazi satire" about a Jewish man who dons the uniform of an SS officer to save himself and his mother from the Holocaust was surprisingly well-received Wednesday at the Berlin film festival.

ABB upbeat on growth despite profits fall
Sweden

ABB upbeat on growth despite profits fall

Swedish-Swiss engineering giant ABB on Thursday said its 2010 net profit fell 12 percent to $2.56 billion but insisted this year will be much better while announcing large cost cuts.