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Sweden

Volvo sold to China’s Geely

Chinese car maker Zhejiang Geely Holding has signed a deal to buy Sweden's Volvo Cars from US auto maker Ford.

Deutsche Bahn wins UAE rail contract
Germany

Deutsche Bahn wins UAE rail contract

Deutsche Bahn has won a contract to build a rail network in the United Arab Emirates, signing a memorandum of understanding on Sunday in Abu Dhabi.

Merkel visits Turkey amid broad disagreements
Germany

Merkel visits Turkey amid broad disagreements

German Chancellor Angela Merkel flies into Turkey on Monday for a delicate two-day visit against a backdrop of profound differences with its leaders over its limping EU accession bid.

Chainsaw massacre averted in southern Sweden
Sweden

Chainsaw massacre averted in southern Sweden

Peace has returned to the small community of Klippan in southern Sweden after a 25-year fired up his chainsaw and chased unsuspecting passers-by down the street last weekend, threatening to kill them.

Millions smuggled out of East Berlin in 1990s to be returned
Germany

Millions smuggled out of East Berlin in 1990s to be returned

A court has ordered the return of more than €230 million which was smuggled out of Eastern Germany during the financial chaos of the early 1990s and laundered in an Austrian bank.

Volvo unions on board as deal looms
Sweden

Volvo unions on board as deal looms

The takeover of Volvo by Zhejiang Geely Holding looks set to go ahead on Sunday as unions linked to the Swedish car maker agreed to the Chinese company's purchase.

Culture fans demonstrate in support of local theatres
Germany

Culture fans demonstrate in support of local theatres

Thousands of culture fans from across the country took to the streets in Wuppertal at the weekend to demonstrate their support for the Schauspielhaus theatre there which is threatened with closure.

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Sweden

Reinfeldt weighs in on village rape case

Sweden's prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has added his voice to the outcry over the treatment of a 14-year-old girl shunned by her village community after being raped in a school toilet.

Odenwaldschule board resigns in wake of abuse claims
Germany

Odenwaldschule board resigns in wake of abuse claims

Nearly the entire board of the Odenwaldschule progressive boarding school in Hesse have resigned following the exposure of a long-neglected history of child sex abuse there.

Government promises tax cut for pensioners
Sweden

Government promises tax cut for pensioners

Sweden's centre-right government has indicated it will include tax cuts for pensioners to the tune of five billion kronor ($688 million) in its impending spring budget.

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Sweden

Lottery player wins record jackpot

A national lottery contestant in Helsingborg in southern Sweden hit the jackpot on Saturday evening with a record 214.6 million kronor ($29.5 million) win.

Germany prepares to receive Gitmo prisoners
Germany

Germany prepares to receive Gitmo prisoners

The government is preparing to allow a number of Guantanamo Bay prisoners to settle in Germany as the US slowly closes the jail in Cuba and releases those held there not considered a threat.