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Sweden

Swedes irked by biathlon hold up

Sweden's coaching team was left fuming on Wednesday as 10km pursuit medal hopeful Anna-Carin Olofsson-Zidek was held up at the starting line, eventually finishing fourth.

Eagle eye Ferry strikes Olympic gold
Sweden

Eagle eye Ferry strikes Olympic gold

Swedish biathlete Björn Ferry shot himself into the Olympic history books on Tuesday with a sensational win in the 12.5 kilometre pursuit event in Vancouver.

Meeting the ‘golden girls’ of prostitution
Germany

Meeting the ‘golden girls’ of prostitution

Audiences at this year's Berlin International Film Festival have embraced a documentary by a budding German filmmaker tackling a titillating topic – working prostitutes old enough to be grandmothers.

Contaminated Austrian cheese kills two Germans
Germany

Contaminated Austrian cheese kills two Germans

Two people have died in Germany from eating contaminated Austrian cheese that has sparked a massive product recall and consumer warning, authorities announced on Tuesday.

John F Kennedy love letters to Swedish siren up for auction
Sweden

John F Kennedy love letters to Swedish siren up for auction

Passionately tender correspondence written by John F Kennedy to his Swedish sweetheart is up for auction in the United States.

VW offers job guarantees to 100,000 workers
Germany

VW offers job guarantees to 100,000 workers

Nearly 100,000 Volkswagen employees in Germany have had their jobs guaranteed until the end of 2014 under a deal struck between the carmaker and union officials on Tuesday.

Deutsche Bahn to ditch English
Germany

Deutsche Bahn to ditch English

German rail operator Deutsche Bahn is ditching or changing its use of English terms such as “Service Point,” “hotline” and “Call a Bike” amid concerns gratuitous and unintelligible Anglicisms are irking its customers.

Police slammed over helicopter heist
Sweden

Police slammed over helicopter heist

The Swedish police made several serious mistakes in connection with the helicopter heist robbery in Västberga in southern Stockholm last autumn, according to former police superintendent Eric Rönnegård.

Swedish officers reported for ‘force feeding’ conscripts
Sweden

Swedish officers reported for ‘force feeding’ conscripts

A lieutenant and a captain at the Air Combat Training School in Uppsala in central Sweden have been reported to military authorities for ordering young conscripts to eat food in humiliating circumstances.

Policeman killed in Karlsruhe tram collision
Germany

Policeman killed in Karlsruhe tram collision

A policeman was killed on Monday night when his patrol car collided with a tram in Karlsruhe – the latest in string of serious streetcar accidents in the southwestern German city.

Damages for Catholic abuse could cost millions
Germany

Damages for Catholic abuse could cost millions

As more victims of sexual abuse by priests in the German Catholic church in the 1970s and 80s come forward, their lawyers said on Tuesday that compensation could reach into the millions.

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Germany

The winners of The Local’s Berlinale book giveaway

Five lucky subscribers to our weekly newsletter have won a copy of the book inspiring Roman Polanski's film "The Ghost Writer," which just premiered at this year’s Berlinale.

Sweden’s Borg talks tough on Greece debt
Sweden

Sweden’s Borg talks tough on Greece debt

Sweden's finance minister Anders Borg has led the chorus of European partners calling on Greece to "surpass" market expectations in dealing with its debt crisis.

Sweden’s top ten tasty buns
Sweden

Sweden’s top ten tasty buns

It’s Fettisdag, Fat Tuesday, the day known in English as Shrovetide, Pancake Tuesday and, er, Mardi Gras. In Sweden, the day is synonymous with the creamy semla, one of many fine buns that make this country great.

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Sweden

Spyker chief opens door to Russian owner

Spyker CEO Viktor Muller has declared that he would welcome the return of controversial Russian financier Vladimir Antonov to the firm, which recently announced the takeover of Sweden's Saab Automobile.

Cologne may use controlled flooding to save metro
Germany

Cologne may use controlled flooding to save metro

Cologne authorities have drawn up a drastic plan to prop up the city’s precarious metro construction sites by flooding them with water if a collapse seems imminent, city officials said Monday.

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Sweden

Forsberg defies age and injury to lead Sweden

Swedish ice-hockey's talisman, Peter Forsberg, reports that he is winning his fight to be fit to seek his third Olympic crown with the Tre Kronor (Three crowns) national team.

Swedish seniors lead EU in mobile use: report
Sweden

Swedish seniors lead EU in mobile use: report

Nearly all Swedish over 65s own and use a mobile phone and are at the forefront of the technology's use in comparison with European counterparts, a new report published on Tuesday shows.

Fake medicine trade booming
Germany

Fake medicine trade booming

More than one in three Germans has bought prescription medicines without a doctor's script, according to a study released Tuesday that reveals the scope of Europe's counterfeit pharmaceutical trade.

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Sweden

Swedish bishop quits after office bashing

Sven Thidevall, the Swedish bishop at the heart of a period of ecclesiastical turbulence which left the diocese of Växjö in southern Sweden reeling, has resigned to take up a research post.

Hartz IV ruling sparks jump in welfare applications
Germany

Hartz IV ruling sparks jump in welfare applications

Job centres in Germany have been flooded by applications for welfare payments following a Constitutional Court ruling that could pave the way for Hartz IV benefits to be raised, daily Bild reported Tuesday.

Stockholm Skavsta and Ryanair hold crisis talks
Sweden

Stockholm Skavsta and Ryanair hold crisis talks

Stockholm Skavsta Airport and Irish budget airline Ryanair held crisis talks on Monday evening to try to resolve a long running dispute over unpaid bills and limited service, local newspaper Södermanlands Nyheter reports.

Germany takes skating bronze despite fall
Germany

Germany takes skating bronze despite fall

Germany has risen to second place in the medal tally at the Winter Olympics after figure skaters Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy snared a bronze medal overnight despite an error-riddled performance.

Swedish researchers discover new bird species
Sweden

Swedish researchers discover new bird species

Swedish researchers, together with their Lao colleagues, have discovered a previously unknown bird species in south-east Asia.