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Sweden

Swedes draw Dutch and Finns in Euro 2012 qualifiers

Sweden face Holland, Hungary and neighbours Finland in a Euro 2012 qualification group that gives Erik Hamrén's side a chance to settle old scores.

Watchdog eyes Opel state help
Germany

Watchdog eyes Opel state help

The European Union’s competition watchdog vowed on Sunday to keep a tight rein on how state aid is given to ailing carmaker Opel, as the firm’s parent company prepares its pitch for help from countries including Germany.

Knobloch to step down as Jewish leader
Germany

Knobloch to step down as Jewish leader

The Central Council of Jews in Germany is set for a historic generational shift after Charlotte Knobloch announced Sunday she would retire as president, making her the last leader to come from the Holocaust-survivor generation.

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Sweden

Two Swedes killed in Afghanistan

Two Swedish military officers and a local interpreter were killed on Sunday when their unit came under fire west of Mazar-e Sharif in Afghanistan.

Bundeswehr probes claims that teen girl was killed in shootout
Germany

Bundeswehr probes claims that teen girl was killed in shootout

Germany is investigating claims a 14-year-girl was killed during a firefight between its Bundeswehr soldiers and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

Germany scores lucky draw for 2012 Euro Cup
Germany

Germany scores lucky draw for 2012 Euro Cup

Germany’s national football team has scored a good draw for the 2012 European Cup qualifying games, facing Turkey, Austria, Belgium, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, organisers announced Sunday.

Germany under ice Queen’s spell
Germany

Germany under ice Queen’s spell

Germany’s roads and footpaths will remain treacherously slippery for some days to come, with freezing temperatures and some snow set to preserve a sheet of ice on the ground, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported Sunday.

Google ‘Street View’ hits fresh privacy snag
Germany

Google ‘Street View’ hits fresh privacy snag

Google's "Street View" service faces a new hurdle in Germany, with Consumer Minister Ilse Aigner branding it on Sunday a “million-fold violation of the private sphere” and demanding the internet giant get additional consent from people photographed.

Proposed tax writeoffs for computer and TV installation
Sweden

Proposed tax writeoffs for computer and TV installation

Swedish national elections are still months away. But political parties are already vaunting enticing proposals to woo voters.

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Sweden

Dangerous cargo slips off ship near Gotland

A Coast Guard search has failed to find a container housing environmentally dangerous substances that slipped off a Finnish ship south of the Baltic Sea island of Gotland off the Swedish east coast on Saturday.

Guttenberg calls for NATO reform, blasts Iran
Germany

Guttenberg calls for NATO reform, blasts Iran

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg called for quick reform of the NATO security alliance on Sunday, claiming “we talk too much and achieve too little.”

Marlene Dietrich the first star on ‘Berlin Walk’
Germany

Marlene Dietrich the first star on ‘Berlin Walk’

Berlin-born Hollywood legend Marlene Dietrich will be immortalised on the streets of her home city on a new "Walk of Fame" to be unveiled during the Berlin film festival this week, promoters said Saturday.

Merkel urged to lead integration debate
Germany

Merkel urged to lead integration debate

The leaders of Germany’s Turkish and Islamic communities called on Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday to get personally more involved in socially integrating disillusioned youngsters from immigrant backgrounds.

Citizen protests block hotel expansion in heritage town
Sweden

Citizen protests block hotel expansion in heritage town

Following a vigorous citizen protest, an historic hotel in Sweden’s oldest town has been denied permission to expand. Sigtuna Stads Hotell in the thousand-year town of Sigtuna must content itself with just 26 rooms.

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Sweden

Sweden fares badly in global economic report

Swedish citizens have fared badly compared to other developed nations during the deepest depression since the 1930s.

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Sweden

One thousand pigs survive barn roof collapse

Winter should not come as a surprise in Sweden. But it did – after many mild seasons.