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Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: December 25th – 31st

What’s on in Sweden: Choral Christmas in Stockholm, a New Year's Eve run in Gothenburg and get your skates on in Malmö.

Naser steps down over BayernLB fiasco
Germany

Naser steps down over BayernLB fiasco

The president of Bavaria’s Savings Bank Association, Siegfried Naser, bowed to public pressure over the €3.75 billion BayernLB bank debacle and resigned on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Cross-party support for Volvo deal

Enterprise Minster Maud Olofsson was joined by leading Social Democrats on Wednesday in welcoming a deal over the sale of Volvo Cars to China's Geely. But labour group Unionen expressed concern for the future of the Swedish marque.

‘We have a major lack of leadership’
Germany

‘We have a major lack of leadership’

Green Party security speaker and chair of the parliamentary defence committee Omid Nouripour has been among Germany’s most outspoken critics of the administration as the deadly Kunduz air strike scandal continues to unfold. The Local caught up with him to find out where he stands.

Young Swedish women more likely to have sex with each other: study
Sweden

Young Swedish women more likely to have sex with each other: study

Young Swedes have ever more fluid definitions of sex and sexuality, according to a new study from Malmö University in southern Sweden. Women in particular are more likely to pursue sexual activities with others of the same gender.

Dresden joins list of airport closures
Germany

Dresden joins list of airport closures

Dresden became the latest German airport to shut down due to bad weather as snow and ice on Wednesday continued to wreak havoc with planes, trains and automobiles during the busiest travel week of the year.

China’s Geely: from fridge parts to car giant
Sweden

China’s Geely: from fridge parts to car giant

The Geely group, which US auto giant Ford said Wednesday had agreed to terms for buying its Swedish brand Volvo, began as a refrigerator parts supplier but, in just two decades, has grown into one of China's largest private carmakers.

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Sweden

Parents refused right to name son Allah

In the latest battle over what people may legally call their children, the Swedish Tax Authority (Skatteverket) has ruled that the parents of a two-month-old boy in Skåne in southern Sweden may not call their child Allah.

Siemens partners with Dong Energy for stake in Lincs wind project
Germany

Siemens partners with Dong Energy for stake in Lincs wind project

German industrial group Siemens and Danish group Dong Energy said Wednesday they would boost cooperation in the offshore wind power sector with a jointly-held stake in the British project Lincs.

RAF’s Becker released from custody
Germany

RAF’s Becker released from custody

Former Red Army Faction (RAF) member Verena Becker is once again free after being held for four months over her suspected involvement in the 1977 murder of West Germany’s Chief Federal Prosecutor Siegfried Buback.

Ford confirms Volvo sale agreement
Sweden

Ford confirms Volvo sale agreement

US auto giant Ford confirmed late on Wednesday morning that an agreement has been reached to sell Volvo Cars to Zhejiang Geely Holding. The deal is to be signed in the first quarter of 2010 and completed in the second quarter.

Poison gas kills two men in homemade sauna
Germany

Poison gas kills two men in homemade sauna

Two Hamburg men have died in a homemade sauna after apparently being poisoned by a carbon monoxide leak, police said Tuesday.

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Sweden

Immigrants listed as a ‘risk factor’ nationwide

It is not just HSB housing association in Skåne in southern Sweden that has classified immigrants as a risk factor in assessments of working environments. The criteria have been used by real estate companies across the entire country for at least a decade, reports Swedish daily Metro.

Report says Bundeswehr lied during Kunduz strike
Germany

Report says Bundeswehr lied during Kunduz strike

The German military deliberately misled the American fighter pilots who carried out the Kunduz air strikes in which up to 142 Afghans, including many civilians, were killed, daily Frankfurter Rundschau reported Wednesday.

What’s on in Germany: December 24-January 6
Germany

What’s on in Germany: December 24-January 6

This Week's Highlights: Swan Lake swirls through Frankfurt, Renaissance art hangs in Munich, and independent American films screen in Berlin.

Spud missile offender found not guilty due to age
Sweden

Spud missile offender found not guilty due to age

A court in western Sweden has cleared a potato-gun-wielding 15-year-old boy of weapons charges due to his young age.

Kidnapped German family may still be alive in Yemen
Germany

Kidnapped German family may still be alive in Yemen

There have been signs of life from a German family of five who were kidnapped in Yemen this summer, daily Bild reported on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Swedish funding bodies: ‘Apply in English’

A number of Swedish organizations that provide research funding have petitioned the Swedish government to require potential recipients to submit their applications in English, a practice that the Swedish Ombudsman of Justice (Justitieombudsmannen) has ruled to be in violation of Swedish language law.

Politicians reject mooted unemployment insurance hike
Germany

Politicians reject mooted unemployment insurance hike

Senior government figures spoke out against a spike in the contribution German workers pay towards unemployment insurance on Wednesday, as a whirlwind of debate raged over how to get the nation’s finances back under control.

Gävle goat succumbs to flames
Sweden

Gävle goat succumbs to flames

Yuletide arsonists have once again successfully set the Gävle goat ablaze. Police received a call around 3am on Wednesday that the Christmas goat in the eastern Swedish town was on fire.

Schumi with Mercedes for the long haul
Germany

Schumi with Mercedes for the long haul

Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher said Wednesday he has signed a three-year deal to return to Formula One racing with Mercedes GP from next season.

Women twice as likely to get whiplash: study
Sweden

Women twice as likely to get whiplash: study

Women run twice the risk of men of whiplash injuries during a car accident. Furthermore, whiplash prevention measures in new cars are much less effective for women than for their male counterparts, according to a new study.

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Sweden

Geely expected to close Volvo deal

In what has been a tumultuous month for the Swedish auto industry, Chinese carmaker Zhejiang Geely Holding could close a deal with American Ford on Wednesday for the purchase of Volvo cars, Swedish public television reports.