‘Send peacekeepers to Georgia’: Bildt
Sweden

‘Send peacekeepers to Georgia’: Bildt

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has said he would welcome international peacekeepers in the Georgian breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

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Sweden

How does Swedish parental leave work?

I’ve been trying to find out the rules for parental leave in Sweden, but it has been hard finding them in English. Can you explain how it all works? -- Marcel, Lidingö

Plácido Domingo to sing in Berlin
Germany

Plácido Domingo to sing in Berlin

Legendary opera singer Plácido Domingo is returning to Berlin this spring, Die Welt reported on Thursday. The world-renowned tenor will be back at the Berlin State Opera (Staatsoper Unter den Linden) this March to perform "Parsifal."

Deutsche Bahn passengers slam ticket price hike
Germany

Deutsche Bahn passengers slam ticket price hike

German railway operator Deutsche Bahn said on Friday it plans to raise ticket prices by 3.9 percent by mid-December, sparking outrage among customers and politicians.

Swedish prison: fermented herring a ‘security risk’
Sweden

Swedish prison: fermented herring a ‘security risk’

Forget firearms or terrorist plots. In Sweden, prison administrators have sounded the alarm about the security threat posed by a can of foul-smelling fermented herring.

German man confesses to dismembering girlfriend
Germany

German man confesses to dismembering girlfriend

Police in Bavaria have identified the limbless torso of a woman discovered a few days ago and arrested her German boyfriend who has confessed to killing and mutilating his partner.

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Sweden

‘No new trial’ in Arboga murder case

A court in western Sweden has decided not to hold a new trial in the case of the murder of two toddlers in Arboga, despite claims that several lay judges were biased against the main suspect.

Steinmeier sceptical on sanctions against Russia
Germany

Steinmeier sceptical on sanctions against Russia

Germany's Foreign Minister Steinmeier is opposed to proposals to slap EU sanctions on Russia, he told a German newspaper on Friday.

Jumbo jet hostel rolls into place near Arlanda
Sweden

Jumbo jet hostel rolls into place near Arlanda

The opening of the world’s first jumbo jet youth hostel moved a step closer on Thursday when a Boeing 747 was towed a few kilometres from Stockholm’s Arlanda airport.

Allianz likely to sell Dresdner Bank to Commerzbank
Germany

Allianz likely to sell Dresdner Bank to Commerzbank

The board of German insurer Allianz is to recommend its Dresdner Bank unit be sold to Commerzbank paving the way for a major overhaul of Germany’s banking sector, press reports said on Friday.

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Sweden

Stockholm art gallery guide: August 29 – September 5

Stockholm art gallery guide from Kalendarium (Click links for more information)

Three civilians killed at German checkpoint in Afghanistan
Germany

Three civilians killed at German checkpoint in Afghanistan

Three civilians were killed in northern Afghanistan after German troops opened fire on two cars that failed to stop at a checkpoint, the German defence ministry said on Friday.

Emergency call turns out to be horror film
Germany

Emergency call turns out to be horror film

Blood-curdling screams of pain caused concerned neighbors to call police late on Thursday night in Tuttlingen, but the emergency turned out to be a high-decibel slasher film.

Bankrupt builder may sue Ibrahimovic for millions
Sweden

Bankrupt builder may sue Ibrahimovic for millions

A contract dispute between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a bankrupt building company could result in a lawsuit against the Swedish football star.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert guide: August 29 – 30

Stockholm club and concert tips from Kalendarium (Click links for more information)

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Sweden

Teen dies from knife wounds

A 16-year-old boy died Friday morning from injuries sustained in a knife fight in Hallstahammar in central Sweden.

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Germany

Essen U-bahn metro erupts in flames during morning rush

An full U-bahn metro train caught fire Wednesday morning during rush hour in Essen, according to police.

Smaller minarets win approval for huge Cologne mosque
Germany

Smaller minarets win approval for huge Cologne mosque

Authorities in Cologne have given the green light for the construction of what will be one of Europe’s biggest mosques after Germany’s main Muslim group agreed to shorten the minarets.

Home sale duties boost Swedish tax revenues
Sweden

Home sale duties boost Swedish tax revenues

Rising housing prices have been a boon to Sweden’s treasury, as income from duties levied on real estate transactions has doubled in the last eight years.

Soldier killed in Afghanistan because of flimsy vehicle
Germany

Soldier killed in Afghanistan because of flimsy vehicle

The German soldier killed by an explosive this week in Afghanastan was not riding in a properly armored vehicle when the attack occurred, according to German daily Rheinische Post on Friday.

Decision looms for new Bayreuth Opera Festival leader
Germany

Decision looms for new Bayreuth Opera Festival leader

When the curtain came down on this year’s Bayreuth Festival on Thursday, the choice of opera for the final performance Richard Wagner’s last opera “Parsifal”—was deeply symbolic.

VW beats Ford to become world’s third largest automaker
Germany

VW beats Ford to become world’s third largest automaker

Volkswagen, the biggest European car maker, has passed US rival Ford to become the third biggest auto manufacturer in the world, behind General Motors and Toyota.

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Sweden

Swede pleads guilty following US internet sex sting

A 47-year-old Swedish man who travelled to the United States to have sex with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl has struck a plea bargain with prosecutors near Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Sweden

Government in press subsidy reversal

The Swedish government will not implement a controversial proposal which would drastically cut press subsidies to the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) and Skånska Dagbladet newspapers.

Swedish magazine’s recipe mistake poisons four
Sweden

Swedish magazine’s recipe mistake poisons four

Four people were poisoned after following a faulty recipe from a Swedish food magazine, prompting the publication to recall ten thousand copies of the periodical.