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Sweden

Ghostbuster Swedes bag Belarus win

Reigning Olympic champions Sweden saw off the challenge of Belarus on Friday, eight years on from a defeat at the hands of the same opponents that still haunts the men in blue and yellow.

Spirited Haag snags sensational silver
Sweden

Spirited Haag snags sensational silver

Swedish cross-country skier Anna Haag clinched a superb second spot on Friday in the 15 km pursuit event at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

Weapons stockpile found at school attacker’s home
Germany

Weapons stockpile found at school attacker’s home

Police issued an arrest warrant on Friday for the 23-year-old man who is suspected of stabbing his former teacher to death at a Ludwigshafen vocational school on Thursday. A search of his apartment revealed a stockpile of weaponry.

Lufthansa sets up emergency plan for strike
Germany

Lufthansa sets up emergency plan for strike

Faced with a looming pilot strike on Monday, Lufthansa has prepared an emergency flight schedule in an attempt to avert what could be the worst disruption in service to hit the airline in years.

Deadbeats should have dole benefits docked, Westerwelle says
Germany

Deadbeats should have dole benefits docked, Westerwelle says

Continuing his fiery criticism of Germany’s social welfare benefits, Foreign Minister and head of the pro-business Free Democrats Guido Westerwelle on Friday advocated tough action against those who abuse them.

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Sweden

Antonov pledges $100 million for Saab deal

Vladimir Antonov, the Russian businessman and backer of Spyker Cars, has pledged that he is ready to lend $100 million to the Dutch car maker in order to finance their takeover of Saab, according to details from an interview with news agency Reuters.

Fees make competition for students more equal
Sweden

Fees make competition for students more equal

A bill proposing tuition fees for students from non-EU countries will enable Sweden to compete on a more level playing field with universities in other countries, argues Niklas Tranæus from the Swedish Institute.

Weather agency issues fresh storm warning
Sweden

Weather agency issues fresh storm warning

Snowfalls of up to 30-40 centimetres have been forecast for southern and central areas of Sweden on Friday evening. Meteorological agency SMHI has issued a storm warning with traffic disruption as a result.

Ikea founder ‘cried like a baby’ over Russian bribery scandal
Sweden

Ikea founder ‘cried like a baby’ over Russian bribery scandal

Ikea's founder Ingvar Kamprad on Friday expressed "distress" over a bribery affair which has led to the firing of the Swedish furniture giant's two top managers of its Russian division.

Germany raises pressure on Iran over nukes
Germany

Germany raises pressure on Iran over nukes

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday the international community had little choice but to consider fresh sanctions on Iran as Germany's two biggest insurers pulled out of the Islamic republic.

Bishop Mixa under fire for sexual abuse scandal comments
Germany

Bishop Mixa under fire for sexual abuse scandal comments

Augsburg Bishop Walter Mixa on Friday faced continuing criticism for claiming the sexual revolution was partially to blame for the widespread abuse of children at German Catholic schools.

Baden-Württemberg to ban nighttime alcohol sales
Germany

Baden-Württemberg to ban nighttime alcohol sales

As of March, Baden-Württemberg will become the first state in Germany to institute a ban on retail alcohol sales between the hours of 10 pm and 5 am, the state Interior Ministry announced on Friday.

Foreign students to pay university fees
Sweden

Foreign students to pay university fees

University fees for foreign students studying in Sweden will be introduced in the autumn of 2011, the Swedish government announced on Friday morning.

Poverty charity boss outed for driving Maserati company car
Germany

Poverty charity boss outed for driving Maserati company car

A poverty relief organisation in Berlin is under pressure this week after it emerged that the director’s company car is a Maserati driven by two chauffeurs.

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Sweden

Unions slam fees for foreign students

Student groups have roundly criticised the Swedish government's move to charge fees to non-EU/EEA college and universty students from the autumn term 2011.

Munich Re to stop doing business in Iran
Germany

Munich Re to stop doing business in Iran

Munich Re, the world's biggest reinsurer, on Friday became the latest German firm to pull out of Iran as pressure grows for new sanctions against the Islamic republic over its nuclear programme.

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Sweden

More Moderates resign over internal vote fraud

Two Moderate Party politicians in Stockholm have handed in their resignations amid an ongoing internal vote-rigging probe.

Extreme winter strains accident insurers
Germany

Extreme winter strains accident insurers

Insurers are paying a hefty toll for this season’s brutal winter and are expected to cover tens of thousands more accidents this year, a media report said on Friday.

Riesch takes gold in super-combined
Germany

Riesch takes gold in super-combined

The achievement brought a broad smile, but tears then trickled down the cheeks of Maria Riesch as she finally became Germany's Olympic golden girl on Thursday.

Berlinale crowd boos movie about notorious Nazi propaganda film
Germany

Berlinale crowd boos movie about notorious Nazi propaganda film

A big-budget German movie about the Nazis' most successful propaganda picture and the pact with the devil sealed by its lead actor premiered to boos Thursday at the Berlin Film Festival.

Car falls from bridge onto train tracks in deadly accident
Germany

Car falls from bridge onto train tracks in deadly accident

A spectacular auto accident in Wiesbaden on Thursday night has led to the death of an 82-year-old woman, police in the German state of Hesse reported.

‘Force councils to accept refugees’
Sweden

‘Force councils to accept refugees’

The opposition Social Democrats have called for legislation to force all of Sweden's municipalities to accept their share of refugees. The new integration policy proposal was presented by Luciano Astudillo and Anders Lago in newspaper Dagens Nyheter on Friday.

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Sweden

Cannabis farm found at Swedish primary school

A water leak led on Thursday to the discovery of a small cannabis farm in a school in southern Sweden, local newspaper Blekinge Läns Tidning reports.

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Sweden

Sweden seeks approval for SAS sale

The Swedish government has announced plans for the sale of its stake in SAS Scandinavian Airlines after seeking parliamentary approval on Thursday.