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Germany

Munich airport police find skeleton in carry-on luggage

Two elderly women stunned police at Munich airport when they passed through security with a human skull and several bones in their carry-on luggage, German authorities said on Wednesday.

Berlin’s Tempelhof is more than just an airport
Germany

Berlin’s Tempelhof is more than just an airport

Plans to close Berlin’s historic Tempelhof airport this autumn have divided Germany’s capital. But the controversy shouldn’t be allowed to overshadow the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, argues the director of city’s Allied Museum Helmut Trotnow.

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Germany

Allianz offers Tsunami area microinsurance

One of the world's largest private insurers plans to offer natural disaster and accident insurance in parts of India hit by the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami for under €0.10 a month.

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Sweden

Man sentenced for carrying offensive placard

A man who displayed a placard accusing immigrants of group rape at an anti-racism rally has been convicted of agitation against an ethnic group.

Storm ‘Kirsten’ gets feisty
Germany

Storm ‘Kirsten’ gets feisty

Northern and central Germany were bracing themselves on Wednesday for the second big storm to hit the country in as many weeks.

Dutch ditching dykes for Dalarna
Sweden

Dutch ditching dykes for Dalarna

Hundreds of Dutch want to move to Dalarna and the county is using some innovative methods to help people leave the crowded Netherlands and its soggy dykes for central Sweden’s open landscapes.

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Sweden

Tough to stop peeing in public

A decision late last year to make free toilets available on weekends in the university town of Linköping has not stopped the common practice of urinating on walls.

Australian author wins Astrid Lindgren prize
Sweden

Australian author wins Astrid Lindgren prize

Australian author Sonya Hartnett has been awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for 2008.

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Germany

Ex axes door and stabs two

A stalker in the German town of Dinklage broke down his ex-girlfriend's balcony door with an axe before stabbing her to death on Tuesday. He then wounded his own sister and fled.

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Sweden

Ten years for student murder

A 22-year-old man charged with having stabbed a 20-year-old women to death in Jönköping last year has been sentenced to ten years in jail.

Austria grapples with Nazi past 70 years after Anschluss
Germany

Austria grapples with Nazi past 70 years after Anschluss

Austria, which commemorates the 70th anniversary of its annexation by Nazi Germany this week, is still struggling to come to terms with its grim past, which saw it welcome the invaders and destroy its own elite, Phillipe Schwab reports.

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Germany

Support for Social Democrats plummets

A new poll has revealed that the turbulence of the last two weeks has left Germany's Social Democrats with their lowest public backing ever.

Ministry: joblessness nearly double official figures
Germany

Ministry: joblessness nearly double official figures

The real number of unemployed in Germany is nearly twice as high as officially reported figures since some people without jobs are not counted, the Labour Ministry admitted on Wednesday.

Two injured in Lufthansa emergency landing
Germany

Two injured in Lufthansa emergency landing

Two people were slightly injured after a Lufthansa jet made an emergency landing at Belgium's Charleroi airport Wednesday during a flight from Germany to France, an airport spokesman said.

Housing prices heading back up
Sweden

Housing prices heading back up

Housing values in Sweden are expected to rise in the coming months, ending several months of falling prices.

Bono praises crusading Germany
Germany

Bono praises crusading Germany

Achtung Berlin: Bono from the Irish rock band U2 says he is a "fan" of Germany and the country's financial support for aid programmes in the developing world.

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Sweden

Brazil leave out Ronaldinho for Swedish friendly

Brazil coach Dunga on Tuesday left out Barcelona star Ronaldinho from a squad to face Sweden in a March 26th friendly in London.

Chatting on the internet: Grounds for dismissal?
Sweden

Chatting on the internet: Grounds for dismissal?

Axel Bringéus, 24, was fired from his job at Procter & Gamble last week after a newspaper published excerpts from his personal blog. Here he reflects on an irrational fear of the internet, which he thinks contributed to his dismissal.

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Germany

Lufthansa expects to soar in 2008

German airline Lufthansa said Wednesday that it expected its operating profit and sales to grow this year and next on the back of unfettered demand for air travel.

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Sweden

Sweden may delay privatization drive

Sweden's financial markets minister Mats Odell said the government is reviewing its privatization programme in light of the subprime crisis, reported the Financial Times.

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Germany

Poll: Germans support public worker strikes

The public service worker wage dispute that has been playing out on German streets for the last week is largely supported by the German public, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

Young Swedes trapped by SMS loan debt
Sweden

Young Swedes trapped by SMS loan debt

Fire off a simple text message, wait 15 minutes and presto, 3000 kronor ($500) land in your account; the simplicity of obtaining SMS loans in Sweden is increasingly luring youths into debt.

German-Muslim integration improving despite ‘mistrust’
Germany

German-Muslim integration improving despite ‘mistrust’

Leader of the German Islamic Council, Ali Kizilkaya, said Wednesday that Muslims and Christians are making progress in living together in Germany. But there is still a “great mistrust” of Islam, he added.

Liechtenstein retracts all art loans to Germany
Germany

Liechtenstein retracts all art loans to Germany

Liechtenstein’s royal household said Tuesday it will suspend loans of art works from its collection to Germany, marking a new low in ties between the two countries embroiled in a tax scandal.

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Sweden

Sweden puts suicide reduction in focus

The Swedish government is to present a new plan on Wednesday designed to sharply reduce the number of suicides in Sweden.

Swedish dads steer clear of paternity leave
Sweden

Swedish dads steer clear of paternity leave

Swedish fathers enjoy one of the most generous paternity leave policies in the world but few dads take advantage of the opportunity, with mothers in gender-equal Sweden still leading the charge in childcare.

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Sweden

Bildt supports EU candidacy for Serbia

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner have pronounced their support for eventual Serbian membership in the EU.