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Sweden

Sweden’s labour market continues to wobble

Sweden’s manufacturing sector shed more than 80,000 jobs in the third quarter compared with the same period in 2008, marking the sector’s sharpest year-on-year employment drop since 1993.

Paternity leave: an exercise in military precision
Sweden

Paternity leave: an exercise in military precision

It's time to pull on the flak jacket, maintain a stiff upper lip and refraining from slipping into bouts of mindless panic: Diarist dad Joel Sherwood is now officially on paternity leave.

SAP boss predicts ‘wave of growth’
Germany

SAP boss predicts ‘wave of growth’

With an eye towards possible acquisitions, Europe’s biggest software firm SAP is on the verge of a substantial “wave of growth,” company CEO Léo Apotheker said on Tuesday in Berlin.

A nice cup of tea – how hard can it be?
Sweden

A nice cup of tea – how hard can it be?

What does it take to get a plain old cup of steaming hot tea in Sweden? Paddy Kelly fights the fancy brew brigade and recalls countless grim encounters with tepid beige impostors.

Saab to double production in 2010
Sweden

Saab to double production in 2010

Saab Automobile plans to more than double production at its flagship Swedish factory at the start of the new year.

Socialist leader Lafontaine has cancer
Germany

Socialist leader Lafontaine has cancer

Oskar Lafontaine, the fiery leader of Germany’s socialist party The Left, announced on Tuesday he needs surgery for cancer.

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Sweden

Addict’s death leads to fines for civil servant

A manager within Gothenburg social services has been convicted for refusing to allow a 24-year-old drug addict into institutional care. The addict later died from an overdose.

Hutu rebels arrested for Congo war crimes
Germany

Hutu rebels arrested for Congo war crimes

Two leading Rwandan Hutu rebels were arrested in Germany on Tuesday on suspicion of crimes against humanity and recent war crimes in Congo, prosecutors in Karlsruhe said.

Students stage education protests nationwide
Germany

Students stage education protests nationwide

Tens of thousands of German students took to the streets on Tuesday to demonstrate against contentious reforms to the country's educational system and lacking funds for universities and schools.

Malmström Sweden’s new EU commissioner
Sweden

Malmström Sweden’s new EU commissioner

Cecilia Malmström, currently Sweden's EU affairs minister, has been nominated as the successor to the country's outgoing EU commissioner, Margot Wallström.

90-year-old charged for Nazi massacre
Germany

90-year-old charged for Nazi massacre

German prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 90-year-old former SS soldier with 58 counts of murder for the cold-blooded killings of Jewish forced labourers in the final weeks of World War II.

Online database of Soviet WWII prisoners opens to public
Germany

Online database of Soviet WWII prisoners opens to public

The world’s largest database of Soviet prisoners of war and some 10,000 records of German citizens convicted in Soviet war tribunals were made available to the public online this week.

Tanya endures six-month wait for jobless benefits
Sweden

Tanya endures six-month wait for jobless benefits

As jobs in Sweden continue to disappear, the country’s unemployment insurance funds have been struggling to keep up with jobless claims, forcing many to wait for months before receiving their benefits.

High court upholds incitement clause used against neo-Nazis
Germany

High court upholds incitement clause used against neo-Nazis

A ruling issued by Germany's Constitutional Court on Tuesday could support future bans on rallies and demonstrations by right-wing extremists intending to glorify the Nazi dictatorship.

Man suspected of blackmailing Cindy Crawford held
Germany

Man suspected of blackmailing Cindy Crawford held

A German man accused of trying to blackmail Cindy Crawford over a photo showing the former supermodel's daughter gagged and bound to a chair is now in custody, police said on Tuesday.

Lufthansa aims to mimic budget carriers
Germany

Lufthansa aims to mimic budget carriers

Germany’s top airline Lufthansa said on Tuesday it plans to boost efficiency on its European routes by copying low-cost carriers offering less space and service.

Scrapping tracker may negate Pirate Bay fines
Sweden

Scrapping tracker may negate Pirate Bay fines

The Pirate Bay file sharing site has decided to shut down the tracker that allows users to share digital files with one another in a move that could negate the court ordered fines facing two of the men behind the site.

Too early to recognize Palestinian state: Bildt
Sweden

Too early to recognize Palestinian state: Bildt

The European Union's Swedish presidency said on Monday that it was "premature" to recognize a Palestinian state, even as its leaders prepare to seek such recognition at the UN Security Council.

Berlin stokes foreign investor land rush
Germany

Berlin stokes foreign investor land rush

Berlin is a roomy place, but private investors from Britain and the United States have come to see the German capital as fertile ground for a cheap property deal. Ben Knight finds out how much of the city is left for Exberliner magazine.

Drug dealers injure three police officers
Germany

Drug dealers injure three police officers

Three police officers were injured – one seriously – while arresting drug dealers in Collenberg in Bavaria on Monday night.

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Sweden

Norway puts jail brakes on Swedish ‘son of God’ motorist

A Swedish man who claimed he was the son of God has been sentenced to prison in Norway for unlawful driving.

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Sweden

Health officials sent letters to dead children

Nearly 300 sets of parents in western Sweden received letters addressed to their dead children from regional health authorities in Västra Götaland.

Vellinge residents back refugee children: poll
Sweden

Vellinge residents back refugee children: poll

Six of ten residents in Vellinge in southern Sweden are positive toward housing refugee children in the area, despite claims by local politicians that locals oppose the move.