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Sweden

Scania and Ericsson see shares tumble

Shares in truck maker Scania plummeted on the Stockholm stock exchange on Tuesday following Monday's acquisition of the company by Volkswagen. Telecoms giant Ericsson also contributed to a rough day of trading.

Vietnamese human trafficking ring goes on trial
Sweden

Vietnamese human trafficking ring goes on trial

A total of 34 people, mostly from Vietnam, went on trial in southern Sweden on Tuesday accused of trafficking people from Vietnam to Sweden, judicial sources said.

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Germany

Study finds German middle class shrinking

The German middle class has shrunk dramatically in recent years as the wealth gap in Europe's biggest economy has widened, a study published on Tuesday found.

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Sweden

Professor resigns after sex offence conviction

A professor convicted of groping a teenage girl has resigned from his job at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm.

Air and rail strikes threaten to paralyze Germany
Germany

Air and rail strikes threaten to paralyze Germany

German train drivers and airport workers will stage nationwide strikes in the coming days. In a country known for it's love of order, these strikes, combined with other service industry strikes could wreak havoc on German commerce.

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Germany

SPD’s Ypsilanti seeks leftist support in Hesse

Reneging on a campaign promise, the head of centre-left Social Democratic Party in the German state of Hesse, Andrea Ypsilanti, is seeking to build a minority government tolerated by the hard socialist Left Party.

Committee sets climate sights high
Sweden

Committee sets climate sights high

A Swedish parliamentary committee on Tuesday presented a series of measures aimed at reducing the Scandinavian country's greenhouse gases in a report commissioned by the government.

US fashion designer makes ‘plagiarized’ scarf payout
Sweden

US fashion designer makes ‘plagiarized’ scarf payout

Göran Olofsson, a 55-year-old from Arvika in western Sweden, has received compensation from the Marc Jacobs fashion house after the US designer appeared to copy a scarf created by the Swede's father in the 1950s.

Ludwigshafen fire ‘unlikely’ to be arson
Germany

Ludwigshafen fire ‘unlikely’ to be arson

German investigators have determined a tragic fire in February that killed nine Turkish residents in the southwestern city of Ludwigshafen was unlikely to have been arson.

German soldiers too fat to fight
Germany

German soldiers too fat to fight

Some 40 percent of German soldiers are overweight and don't exercise enough, according to the 2007 annual report on the readiness of the German armed forces.

Hot German athlete boasts ‘mind-blowing’ career
Germany

Hot German athlete boasts ‘mind-blowing’ career

Blonde superstar biathlete Magdalena Neuner totes a gun, but boasts wholesome hobbies. She also tests clean in a sport that's often scandalized by doping, reports AFP's Ryland James.

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Sweden

Six arrested for Gothenburg postal robbery

Six men were arrested in the Stockholm area this morning for suspected involvement in the dramatic Gothenburg postal depot robbery in January.

Sweden recognizes Kosovo
Sweden

Sweden recognizes Kosovo

Sweden has recognized Kosovo's independence from Serbia, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

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Germany

Strong euro hurts 2007 German exports

The soaring euro is hampering German exports outside of Europe, according to the latest figures from the Federal Statistics Office.

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Germany

Struck backs Beck as next SPD chancellor

SPD parliamentary group leader Peter Struck has given his backing to embattled Social Democratic chairman Kurt Beck as the party's 2009 candidate for chancellor amid ongoing concerns of his leadership.

Reflecting on gender equity on the 6.37am bus
Sweden

Reflecting on gender equity on the 6.37am bus

Social democratic newspaper editor Eric Sundström thinks about the position of women in society today.

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Sweden

Swede dies in UN helicopter crash

UN arms monitors from Sweden, Gambia, Indonesia and South Korea died when their UN helicopter crashed in the mountains of eastern Nepal, the world body said Tuesday.

Germany hit by widespread strikes
Germany

Germany hit by widespread strikes

Widespread public sector strikes hit 11 of Germany’s 16 states on Tuesday, as garbage collectors, nurses, and bus drivers all walked off the job as a warning to government employers.

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Germany

Britain tried astrology to defeat Hitler

Britain drafted a bogus Hungarian nobleman to help defeat Nazi Germany using astrology, despite serious reservations from spy chiefs, according to declassified files released Tuesday.

Merkel and Sarkozy make nice
Germany

Merkel and Sarkozy make nice

France and Germany's leaders appeared to patch up relations late on Monday, announcing agreements on two key issues that had led a rumoured chill in relations.

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Sweden

Swedish firms seek patents in record numbers

Swedish companies set a new record last year for the number of international patent applications.

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Sweden

Body believed to be missing Uppsala woman

Police believe that a body found Monday in a forested area outside Uppsala may be that of the 26-year-old woman who has been missing for more than two months.

Moderates: No forced retirement
Sweden

Moderates: No forced retirement

The Moderate Party believes older workers deserve protection from forced retirement.