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Germany

SPD rules out deal with Left

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats on Monday tried to smooth over a rift caused by plans for cooperation with ex-communists and ruled them out as national coalition partners.

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Sweden

Man arrested for rape of disabled woman

A man in his twenties has been arrested in connection with the rape of a disabled woman in Uppsala, Sveriges Radio reports.

Court: Campogiani trial open to public
Sweden

Court: Campogiani trial open to public

The trial of those accused in the beating death of 16-year-old Riccardo Campogiani will be open to the public, the Stockholm Court of Appeals has decided.

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Germany

Man turns off fire truck to ‘save environment’

An environmentally conscious resident of Essen, Germany turned the engine of a fire truck off during an emergency call. The man turned the car off because he disapproved of the idling truck's wasteful fumes.

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Sweden

Porsche swallows Volkswagen as VW grabs Scania

Monday was a memorable day for Europe's largest automaker Volkswagen AG – only hours after buying a controlling stake in Swedish truck manufacturer Scania, VW was in turn swallowed by the holding company of luxury carmaker Porsche.

Auto industry jewel slips into foreign hands
Sweden

Auto industry jewel slips into foreign hands

Volkswagen's acquisition Monday of truckmaker Scania saw one of the Swedish auto industry's last crown jewels pass into foreign hands, following in the footsteps of Volvo and Saab, but analysts said the brand would remain strongly linked to Sweden.

Porsche swallows Volkswagen as VW grabs Scania
Germany

Porsche swallows Volkswagen as VW grabs Scania

Monday was a memorable day for Europe's largest automaker Volkswagen AG – only hours after buying a controlling stake in Swedish truck manufacturer Scania, VW was in turn swallowed by the holding company of luxury carmaker Porsche.

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Sweden

Scania’s main union welcomes VW deal

Scania's main workers union said Monday it was pleased German car maker Volkswagen had taken control of the Swedish truck maker following an agreement announced on Monday,

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Germany

Germany must take Russia’s Medvedev at his word

Despite lingering questions about Russian democracy, Germany must be willing to take president-elect Medvedev at his word, writes Werner Hoyer, the deputy chairman of the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) parliamentary group.

Obama wins primary in Sweden
Sweden

Obama wins primary in Sweden

Barack Obama has handily defeated rival Hillary Clinton in a vote by registered members of the Democratic Party living in Sweden.

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Sweden

Palme Prize official: ‘let Ardalan leave Iran’

The organizers of the Olof Palme Prize on Monday urged Iran to drop a ban on Iranian feminist and journalist Parvin Ardalan leaving her country to receive the 2007 award in Stockholm.

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Sweden

Boys convicted for distributing nude video of classmate

Two teenage boys have been convicted of slander and sentenced to community service for distributing a nude video of a classmate, Borås Tidning reports.

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Germany

Springer posts loss after mail unit problems

German media group Springer has said it posted a loss last year as it was forced to take a large write-down on the value of its troubled mail delivery unit Pin.

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Sweden

Michelin-starred restaurants in Gothenburg

Matt O'Leary discovers there is plenty of fine dining to be had in a city not always associated with gourmet grub.

Attacks force Berlin to increase public transport security
Germany

Attacks force Berlin to increase public transport security

Following a series of violent attacks on public buses and trains in Berlin, the city’s public transportation network has said it will add up to 1,000 security personnel.

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Germany

Facebook goes Deutsch

Now Germans can "anstupsen" their friends. A newly launched German-language version of the social networking website Facebook makes a Teutonic version of "poke" possible.

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Germany

Merkel congratulates Medvedev as Berlin criticizes vote

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday congratulated Russian president-elect Dmitry Medvedev, but her spokesman regretted irregularities in the run-up to the vote.

Germany threatened by massive public sector strikes
Germany

Germany threatened by massive public sector strikes

The ongoing public sector labour dispute in Germany has reached a boiling point. Everything from trash collection to German airports could be affected by paralyzing strikes this week.

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Sweden

Triple-record for 2007 Swedish labour market

More than 100,000 Swedes entered the labour force in 2007, allowing more Swedes to work more hours on average than almost ever before and bringing full-year unemployment down to 6.1 percent.

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Sweden

Palme Prize winner barred from leaving Iran

Iranian feminist and journalist Parvin Ardalan said on Monday that she was prevented from leaving the country to receive her 2007 Olof Palme Prize in Stockholm.

Volkswagen increases stake in Sweden’s Scania
Germany

Volkswagen increases stake in Sweden’s Scania

German automaker Volkswagen has bought a huge stake in Scania to increase its influence over the Swedish truck builder.

Volkswagen makes Scania swoop
Sweden

Volkswagen makes Scania swoop

Europe's biggest auto firm Volkswagen said on Monday it has won control of Scania, a step that could dramatically reshape the heavy vehicle industry via an eventual merger of the Swedish truck maker with German rival MAN.

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Sweden

Woman admits lies after man attends anti-violence course

A man in Värmland in western Sweden has won an appeal against a woman who accused him of throwing knives at her and kicking her in the stomach.

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Germany

Support for Germany’s hard left surges

Germany's hard socialist Left Party is making strong gains with voters, according to a new poll. The shifting party alliances could potentially shake up the country's political scene ahead of elections next year.

Lufthansa plane avoids near catastrophe
Germany

Lufthansa plane avoids near catastrophe

A Lufthansa airliner narrowly avoided a deadly catastrophe while trying to land in Hamburg during heavy winds over the weekend, according to several reports in the German media.

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Sweden

Woman strangled on safety device

An 82-year-old woman in the town of Tierp, north of Uppsala, apparently strangled to death last week when the cord of a security device fastened in her walker.