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Sweden

Baby seal killed in road accident

Police in eastern Sweeen thought they had fallen victim to an early April Fool's joke when motorist Åke Andersson called to say he had run over a baby seal while driving home to Norrtälje.

Development minister stokes foreign aid debate
Germany

Development minister stokes foreign aid debate

Development Minister Dirk Niebel once demanded his ministry be abolished. But the former paratrooper is earning applause for plans to streamline Berlin's foreign aid apparatus - and condemnation for his equivocal stance on how much Germany spends on the world's poorest.

Zoo opens Body Worlds anatomical exhibition for animals
Germany

Zoo opens Body Worlds anatomical exhibition for animals

The controversial Body Worlds creator Gunther von Hagens is bringing a new anatomical exhibition to the Neunkirchen Zoo in the state of Saarland. The show features some of the world’s largest animals preserved in various states of dissection using his famed plastination process.

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Sweden

‘Every wasted krona amounts to theft’

It’s hardly a well-guarded secret that Sweden’s heavily taxed electorate is fed up over government waste – both in terms of the staggering volume and hamfisted management. Recognizing this pent-up frustration, the Swedish Taxpayers Association has joined hands with the free-market think tank Timbro to appoint a special ombudsman to which citizens can report wasteful government spending. Inaugural Taxpayer Ombudsman Johan Ingerö lays out the case for SlösO (WasteO).

Educational web game by Nestlé sparks privacy concerns
Germany

Educational web game by Nestlé sparks privacy concerns

A German educational foundation for reading faced criticism on Thursday for allowing food company Nestlé to collect information on children via an online learning game. But the group claims it was unaware of the practice.

Blogger profile: Julie Lindahl
Sweden

Blogger profile: Julie Lindahl

With a new book just published and another on the way, The Local's blogger Julie Lindahl is keeping productivity high and stress levels low.

Sahlin slams Erdogan over expulsion threat
Sweden

Sahlin slams Erdogan over expulsion threat

Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin has blasted Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan over threats that he would consider ordering 100,000 Armenians to leave Turkey.

Israeli drugmaker Teva buys Ratiopharm
Germany

Israeli drugmaker Teva buys Ratiopharm

Israeli pharma group Teva on Thursday said it would buy generic drugmaker Ratiopharm, formerly owned by a German billionaire who killed himself, for €3.6 billion ($4.9 billion).

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Sweden

Sweden bans university affirmative action

The Swedish government has announced that from August 1st it will no longer be permitted to favour prospective university students by virtue of their gender.

Siemens plans 4,200 job cuts worldwide
Germany

Siemens plans 4,200 job cuts worldwide

German industrial giant Siemens announced on Thursday a broad restructuring of its SIS information technology division that includes the elimination of 4,200 jobs worldwide.

House price bubble ‘a myth’
Sweden

House price bubble ‘a myth’

House price inflation is not a problem for monetary policy and the market poses no current risks, the deputy-governor of Sweden's Riksbank, Lars E O Svensson said at a seminar on Thursday.

Swedish MPs take Disneyland ‘study’ tour
Sweden

Swedish MPs take Disneyland ‘study’ tour

Swedish parliament rules providing for expenses paid educational trips up to a value of 50,000 kronor ($7,000) per annum have prompted three Social Democrat MPs to use the system to 'study tourism' at California's Disneyland.

Leipzig Book Fair opens
Germany

Leipzig Book Fair opens

The Leipzig Book Fair opened its doors to the public on Thursday, emphasising young publishers among 2,071 exhibitors from 39 countries.

Hipp baby food turns to hip-replacement generation
Germany

Hipp baby food turns to hip-replacement generation

The German baby food firm Hipp has found a recipe for growth even as the nation’s birth rate stays low and its population ages – feeding its products to elderly adults.

Ikea and Google top student career wish list
Sweden

Ikea and Google top student career wish list

Swedish students have named Google, Ikea and the foreign ministry as their dream places of work, according to a new survey from Universum published on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: March 18 – 24
Germany

What’s on in Germany: March 18 – 24

This Week's Highlights: Joan Baez arrives in Düsseldorf, Romeo and Juliet take a turn through Munich, and there's lots of music in Berlin.

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Sweden

Paralysed woman demands right to die

A 31-year-old woman who is completely paralysed and has been on a respirator since she was six, has demanded the right to die in a letter to the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

Guttenberg under fire for handling of Kunduz air strike affair
Germany

Guttenberg under fire for handling of Kunduz air strike affair

Opposition politicians attacked German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Thursday, saying he has made contradictory statements about his knowledge of the deadly Afghan air strike currently under review by a parliamentary commission.

Politicians call on government to save German shipbuilding
Germany

Politicians call on government to save German shipbuilding

Politicians from Germany’s coastal states on Thursday called on the government to help save the country's shipbuilding industry.

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Sweden

Nighttime skier crashes into promenading elk

A cross-country skier crashed into an elk on Tuesday evening while out exercising by torchlight on Billingen Hill near Skövde in western Sweden.

Skanska lands ‘Ground Zero’ rail contract
Sweden

Skanska lands ‘Ground Zero’ rail contract

Swedish construction firm Skanska has secured a $434 million contract to help build the commuter train station at the site of the World Trade Centre in New York.

Second poker heist bandit arrested
Germany

Second poker heist bandit arrested

After a man turned himself in earlier this week a second suspect has been arrested for a heist on a high-stakes German poker tournament that netted the thieves nearly a quarter of a million euros, authorities said late on Wednesday.

‘Jihad Jane’ pleads not guilty
Sweden

‘Jihad Jane’ pleads not guilty

Colleen LaRose aka 'Jihad Jane' has pleaded not guilty to charges of masterminding a failed plot to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks.