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Sweden

Police slow to act in captive woman case

Police were informed about the woman held captive in a small cabin in southern Sweden for nine years, in November 2007. They acted first yesterday to arrest her captor - a 58-year-old man missing, thought dead, since 1982.

Steinmeier takes position to lead SPD
Germany

Steinmeier takes position to lead SPD

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier would be the most popular Social Democrat (SPD) candidate to stand against Chancellor Angela Merkel in next year’s election, according to a poll published this weekend.

Berlin too scared to take on Greenpeace over Sylt rocks
Germany

Berlin too scared to take on Greenpeace over Sylt rocks

The German government is reportedly too scared of bad publicity to tackle environmental group Greenpeace over direct action it has taken near the North Sea island of Sylt to stop fishing and dredging.

Lidl faces fines for spying on staff
Germany

Lidl faces fines for spying on staff

Discount supermarket giant Lidl is due to be fined several million euros with several German state governments expected to hand down punitive decisions this month, according to a report in Der Spiegel this weekend.

Domestic energy prices will continue to rise
Germany

Domestic energy prices will continue to rise

Domestic gas and electricity costs are likely to continue rising in Germany in the long term, even if costs dip a little first, according to head of energy giant RWE, Jürgen Großmann.

Eastern cities becoming better places to be
Germany

Eastern cities becoming better places to be

Eastern German cities are becoming increasingly attractive, dynamic places to live, according to an annual assessment of places across the country, which ranks cities according to more than 100 criteria.

‘Sloppy security’ at Forsmark nuclear plant
Sweden

‘Sloppy security’ at Forsmark nuclear plant

Forsmark nuclear power plant has been criticized by the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) for slack security after it found that an emergency cooling system vent had been shut for a year.

Cyprus opens for Turkey EU entry during Stockholm visit
Sweden

Cyprus opens for Turkey EU entry during Stockholm visit

Cyprus President Demetris Christofias expressed tentative support for Turkey joining the European Union, when he met Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt in Stockholm on Friday.

Löw confident Liechtenstein will fall to Germany
Germany

Löw confident Liechtenstein will fall to Germany

Coach Joachim Löw says Germany will win both their opening games on the road to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa as they begin their campaign at minnows Liechtenstein on Saturday.

Soaring funeral costs mean more Germans leave bodies to science
Germany

Soaring funeral costs mean more Germans leave bodies to science

Everyone knows the cost of living has gone through the roof. But the cost of dying?

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Sweden

Björklund: ‘Leijonborg ouster rumours false’

Liberal party (Folkpartiet) leader Jan Björklund has rejected reports that he is set to remove his predecessor Lars Leijonborg from the government in October.

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Sweden

Study: Snoring dangerous to health

Normal levels of snoring are dangerous to health and leave those afflicted sleepy and prone to involuntary catnaps, a new study has shown.