What’s on in Sweden: Nov 27 – Dec 3
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What’s on in Sweden: Nov 27 – Dec 3

What's on in Sweden: Skansen Christmas market & Charles Dickens in Stockholm; Swedish Idol & Melissa Horn in Gothenburg; Little Theatre of Gestures in Malmö/Lund

Söderling sweeps past Djokovic into ATP semis
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Söderling sweeps past Djokovic into ATP semis

Swedish tennis sensation Robin Söderling felled his second heavyweight of the week in London with a straight set victory over ATP World Tour Finals title holder Novak Djokovic.

Court rules ‘reunification tax’ unconstitutional
Germany

Court rules ‘reunification tax’ unconstitutional

In a ruling with potentially wide-ranging fiscal consequences, a court in the state of Lower Saxony on Wednesday ruled a long-standing “solidarity tax” to help fund German reunification was unconstitutional.

Swedish television primed for weekend of live e-sports
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Swedish television primed for weekend of live e-sports

In an unprecedented move, Swedish public television will provide viewers with live, web-based broadcasts from the Dreamhack computer gaming convention, which kicks off this Thursday in Jönköping in southern Sweden.

GM to keep all German Opel plants open
Germany

GM to keep all German Opel plants open

General Motors has decided to keep open all four of its Opel plants in Germany, the US carmaker's interim Europe chief Nick Reilly said on Tuesday.

Social Democrats sink to all-time low in poll
Germany

Social Democrats sink to all-time low in poll

The rivals of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats, the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), sunk to their worst-ever showing in an opinion poll published Wednesday.

Benefits for reduced working hours extended
Germany

Benefits for reduced working hours extended

Germany's cabinet approved on Wednesday a 12-month extension of a popular scheme allowing firms to reduce working hours, which has helped keep a lid on unemployment in Europe's biggest economy.

Court upholds Pechstein blood-related doping ban
Germany

Court upholds Pechstein blood-related doping ban

Germany's Olympic champion speedskater Claudia Pechstein remains barred from the sport after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Wednesday rejected her appeal against a ban due to irregularities in her blood.

Police arrest Stockholm swimming pool squatters
Sweden

Police arrest Stockholm swimming pool squatters

Police raided an indoor public pool south of Stockholm on Wednesday morning to remove three activists who were part of a group which had occupied the facility for nearly two months.

War of words erupts over scuttled Saab sale
Sweden

War of words erupts over scuttled Saab sale

A verbal spat has broken out between the political opposition and Sweden’s industry minister Maud Olofsson after Left Party leader Lars Ohly blamed the government for the failed sale of Saab.

Toni suspended after publicly airing discontent
Germany

Toni suspended after publicly airing discontent

Bayern Munich's under-pressure coach Louis van Gaal has suspended struggling Italian striker Luca Toni because of a complete breakdown in their relationship, the Bild daily reported Wednesday.

The Lowdown on classic car maker Saab
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The Lowdown on classic car maker Saab

As sports car maker Koenigsegg reverses out of its takeover deal, GM-owned Saab is increasingly being viewed by analysts as a company without a future. It aims to be a volume producer, but last year produced just 93,000 vehicles - a tiny number by global standards.

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Swedish press: Saab ‘damaged beyond repair’

Sweden's main newspapers on Wednesday struck a gloomy tone about the prospects of Saab Automobile’s survival, the day after luxury automaker Koenigsegg ditched its plans to buy the troubled Swedish brand from US parent General Motors.

The Lowdown on von Koenigsegg
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The Lowdown on von Koenigsegg

It sounded like a plot from a Bond film: a completely bald aristocratic inventor, sitting in his lair in a converted aircraft hangar, plotting the takeover of a huge chunk of the country's industrial heritage. The plan by supercar maker Christian von Koenigsegg to buy troubled Swedish carmaker Saab brought the dreamers and the cynics out in equal numbers.

Apple pulls sexy Stern magazine iPhone app
Germany

Apple pulls sexy Stern magazine iPhone app

Apple has summarily removed an iPhone application from German news magazine Stern due to objections over photo galleries featuring too much naked skin, Der Spiegel reported on Wednesday.

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Beijing car maker keeps Saab options open

Beijing Automotive Industry Holding (BAIC) is weighing up its options after the Koenigsegg Group, of which it was to become a minority owner, broke off negotiations for the acquisition of Saab.

Chinese firms could swoop for Saab: analyst
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Chinese firms could swoop for Saab: analyst

The future of Saab Automobile is hanging in the balance after Swedish sports car maker Koenigsegg announced on Tuesday that it was pulling out of a deal to buy the iconic brand from General Motors.

Retiree crushed beneath store Christmas tree while shopping
Germany

Retiree crushed beneath store Christmas tree while shopping

Holiday shopping went horribly wrong for an elderly woman in Hamburg after she was severely injured when an artificial Christmas tree fell on her, authorities reported late on Tuesday.

Sweden among favourites to claim World Cup of Golf title
Sweden

Sweden among favourites to claim World Cup of Golf title

Swedish golfers Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson are facing tough competition in their attempt to help Sweden repeat its 2008 victory at the World Cup of Golf this week.

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Swedish firm settles over offensive job interview

A 56-year-old man from Gothenburg has been awarded 60,000 kronor ($8,600) in compensation after being asked an insulting question during an employment interview.

Torture victim claims Mercedes Benz aided Argentinian regime
Germany

Torture victim claims Mercedes Benz aided Argentinian regime

A former Mercedes Benz worker who was tortured during Argentina's 1976-1983 military dictatorship has said that the German auto manufacturer collaborated with the regime.

Röttgen says Germany can’t halt nuclear exit
Germany

Röttgen says Germany can’t halt nuclear exit

Retreat from nuclear energy can no longer be halted, Germany’s new Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen told daily Bild on Wednesday.

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Sweden’s ‘obesity epidemic’ shows signs of slowing: study

After decades of progressive weight gain, Swedes’ waistlines appear to have stopped expanding, a new study shows.

Stuttgart down Rangers to keep Champions League hopes alive
Germany

Stuttgart down Rangers to keep Champions League hopes alive

VfB Stuttgart kept alive their Champions League hopes on Tuesday night, beating Glasgow Rangers side 2-0 at Ibrox.

Stockholm prison island hostel lands tourist group’s top prize
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Stockholm prison island hostel lands tourist group’s top prize

A former prison on the outskirts of downtown Stockholm has been honoured as the 2009 hostel of the year by the Swedish Tourist Association (Svenska Turistföreningen – STF).