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Sweden

Girl stabbed in the back at bus stop

A manhunt is underway in eastern Sweden after a 16-year-old girl was stabbed in the back at a bus stop in the town of Upplands Väsby, 26 kilometres north of Stockholm, on Monday afternoon.

Signs ease German-Polish nude bathing war
Germany

Signs ease German-Polish nude bathing war

A long-running row between German nude bathers and their more modest Polish counterparts in the Baltic Sea resort of Usedom was eased on Monday after signs were erected on the beach dividing it into nudist and textile-wearing zones.

Porsche denies bankruptcy rumours
Germany

Porsche denies bankruptcy rumours

German luxury sportscar maker Porsche sought to deflect talk of bankruptcy on Monday after acknowledging it had borrowed hundreds of millions of euros from Volkswagen and needed billions more.

Angry dairy farmers to get tax relief
Germany

Angry dairy farmers to get tax relief

The German government on Monday agreed to dairy farmers’ demands for tax breaks to help farms hit by falling milk prices as some 6,000 protestors marched on Berlin with tractors.

Anna Maria Corazza Bildt: putting food on the EU agenda
Sweden

Anna Maria Corazza Bildt: putting food on the EU agenda

With a five-year-old son who's allergic to peanuts, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt says her election platform has sprung from personal experiences at an unlikely place: the grocery store.

Court rejects lawyers’ call to gag Pirates
Sweden

Court rejects lawyers’ call to gag Pirates

Lawyers representing record companies have demanded that a Swedish court impose fines on three of the backers of The Pirate Bay if they do not close the site. The court has now rejected the lawyers' demands to act without first giving the three a chance to respond.

Probe into former West Berlin cop’s Stasi past opened
Germany

Probe into former West Berlin cop’s Stasi past opened

Amid calls for a fresh investigation, Berlin’s interior senator Ehrhart Körting has opened a probe into the Stasi past of a former West Berlin police officer who infamously shot a student protester in 1967.

Swedish tabloid apologizes for union boss doppelganger mix-up
Sweden

Swedish tabloid apologizes for union boss doppelganger mix-up

Swedish tabloid newspaper Expressen published pictures and an interview with the head of Sweden’s Trade Union Confederation (LO), Wanja Lundby-Wedin, on Monday, only to find that they had spoken to, and photographed, the wrong woman.

Berlin urges UN action against North Korean missile tests
Germany

Berlin urges UN action against North Korean missile tests

Germany on Monday sharply condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test, calling it an "irresponsible provocation" that threatened regional stability.

The Local’s guide to EU elections
Germany

The Local’s guide to EU elections

Get out your big red marker! The German election for the European parliament will be held on June 7. If you're an expat European citizen, and you want to use your shred of influence on the only directly-elected body of the European Union, check out The Local's practical guide.

Mareike Neumann offers Swedish style counsel
Sweden

Mareike Neumann offers Swedish style counsel

Having a strong sense of style requires more than wearing any old t-shirt or listening to mainstream music, says 25-year-old Mareike Neumann. And style is something the Swedes have mastered.

‘High taxes do not equate to an effective welfare state’
Sweden

‘High taxes do not equate to an effective welfare state’

Sweden's high tax regime is counterproductive: rather than focusing on the improvement of core services, it has led to a bloated bureaucracy and an inefficient welfare state, argue Nima Sanandaji and Robert Gidehag of the Swedish Taxpayers Association.

‘Cut taxes to boost competition’: Experts
Sweden

‘Cut taxes to boost competition’: Experts

Sweden's Globalisation Council, an office under the Swedish Ministry of Education and Science, has proposed 28 billion kronor ($3.8 billion) in reforms to taxes and social insurances in its final report published on Monday.

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Sweden

Overweight inmate seeks damages for svelte fatigues

An inmate at Karlskrona prison in southern Sweden has applied for damages after the prisons service was unable to provide adequate attire to cover his considerable frame.

Police focus resources on morning drinkers
Sweden

Police focus resources on morning drinkers

Most drink-drivers get caught in the morning, a new report shows. Police now propose focusing roadside alcohol checks to meet the opening hours of the Swedish state monopoly alcohol retailer Systembolaget and at sports arenas at the weekends when parents arrive with their children.

Crows attack woman walking dog
Germany

Crows attack woman walking dog

A woman in Herne lived through a vicious scene right out of an Alfred Hitchcock film when she was attacked by three crows while walking her dog, police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia reported on Monday.

H&M mogul buys English country village
Sweden

H&M mogul buys English country village

The billionaire owner of Swedish clothing retailer H&M, Stefan Persson, is about to buy an entire English country village, setting him back a cool 300 million kronor ($40 million), British newspaper The Sunday Times reports.

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Sweden

Bildt ‘alarmed’ by North Korea nuke test

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on Monday described North Korea's nuclear test as "alarming", denouncing its decision to invest in nuclear technology rather than helping its poverty-stricken people.

Business confidence reaches 6-month high
Germany

Business confidence reaches 6-month high

Confidence among German firms rose to a six-month high in May, a key sentiment index showed on Monday, suggesting that Europe's top economy might be pulling out of its worst slump in more than 60 years.

Belgium aids Volvo in bid to protect jobs
Sweden

Belgium aids Volvo in bid to protect jobs

The Flemish government has responded positively to an appeal from Volvo Cars CEO Stephen Odell to support its Belgian operations.

Marie Wickberg: a fresh face in politics
Sweden

Marie Wickberg: a fresh face in politics

Eager to make her mark in the upcoming election, Marie Wickberg of the Centre Party presents herself as a fresh-faced alternative to the "tired old men in the European Parliament".

German cities demand faster internet
Germany

German cities demand faster internet

The German city and community alliance (DStGB), urged the government on Monday to “remove regulatory shackles” in the task of providing the entire country with speedy internet connections.

Spy jailed for aiding Iranian missile programme
Germany

Spy jailed for aiding Iranian missile programme

An Iranian-Canadian businessman who had spied for Germany for more than a decade has been convicted of supporting Tehran's missile programme, according to a German press report to published Monday.

Swedes back move to euro: survey
Sweden

Swedes back move to euro: survey

A majority of Swedes are in favour of adopting the euro as the country's currency, a new survey shows.

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Sweden

Zetterberg scores double as Detroit extend series lead

Swedish star Henrik Zetterberg netted two goals as the Detroit Red Wings completed a 6-1 rout of the Chicago Blackhawks to extend a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference final series.

Pilot strike tangles traffic in Stuttgart
Germany

Pilot strike tangles traffic in Stuttgart

Pilots at the Stuttgart airport staged a day-long strike beginning at 6 am on Monday morning, causing massive delays and cancellations for several airlines.