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Sweden

Polish booze smugglers caught at Swedish border

Norway caught two Poles attempting to smuggle in almost 15,000 litres of contraband alcohol via Sweden, the biggest seizure of its kind since 2002, customs authorities said on Monday.

Woman who hid dead babies in freezer jailed
Germany

Woman who hid dead babies in freezer jailed

A Münster court on Monday sentenced a woman who hid the bodies of two of her newborn babies under frozen pizzas in the freezer to five years behind bars for manslaughter.

Zlatan to sit out friendly against Germany
Sweden

Zlatan to sit out friendly against Germany

Swedish international striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not play in Wednesday's friendly against Germany, coach Erik Hamrén said Monday.

Crown Princess Victoria moves into Haga Palace
Sweden

Crown Princess Victoria moves into Haga Palace

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel have officially moved into their new home, Haga Palace in Solna north of Stockholm, on Monday.

UFC hopes homegrown fighters will convince sceptical Germans
Germany

UFC hopes homegrown fighters will convince sceptical Germans

The controversial sport Ultimate Fighting faces heavy opposition in Germany, but its backers hope a few local heroes will help its bruising battle for acceptance. Joe Morgan reports.

Local Liberal too ‘un-Swedish’ for top post
Sweden

Local Liberal too ‘un-Swedish’ for top post

A local Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) politician from suburban Stockholm is accusing her party colleagues of racism after being told she was unfit for a leadership post because she was "un-Swedish."

Hamburg rounds up Alster swans
Germany

Hamburg rounds up Alster swans

In a centuries-old ritual that signals chilly weather is officially on the way, Hamburg’s famous Alster swans were rounded up from the open water on Monday and transported to their winter quarters where they will be held until spring.

‘Almost nothing was achieved under Sahlin’
Sweden

‘Almost nothing was achieved under Sahlin’

In the end, Mona Sahlin’s toughness wasn’t enough to compensate for the Social Democratic party’s complete lack of leadership and progress, argues political scientist Nicholas Aylott.

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Sweden

Swedish man charged for running over, killing wife

A man from Landskrona in southwestern Sweden has been charged for deliberately running his wife over with his car and killing her in September.

Greece blames Berlin for Irish debt crisis
Germany

Greece blames Berlin for Irish debt crisis

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou blamed Germany on Monday for the spectacular rise in the borrowing costs of Ireland and Portugal last week, accusing Berlin of spooking the bond markets.

Black Forest family fights winter blues with huge sun mirror
Germany

Black Forest family fights winter blues with huge sun mirror

Fed up with going up to five months a year without sunshine, a couple living deep inside Germany’s Black Forest have erected an enormous mirror to reflect light onto their valley home during the winter.

Scania eyes merger with MAN
Germany

Scania eyes merger with MAN

Swedish truckmaker Scania and Germany's MAN, both of which are partly owned by Volkswagen, are considering merging, Scania said in a statement on Monday.

Adidas creates new brand to tap youth fashion market
Germany

Adidas creates new brand to tap youth fashion market

German sports apparel giant Adidas said Monday it hoped to win sales of more than €1 billion with a new brand aimed at the lucrative 12 to 19-year-old market that is already being launched in Asia.

Feisty Merkel fires up conservatives
Germany

Feisty Merkel fires up conservatives

Chancellor Angela Merkel was re-elected head of Germany's Christian Democrats on Monday, as she tried to rally fellow conservatives in the face of public opposition to her government's more "contentious" policies.

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Sweden

Swedes’ borrowing increases at record pace

Swedish households increased their loans from banks and housing credit institutions by 53 billion kronor ($7.72 billion) in the third quarter, the highest increase ever recorded for July to September, Statistics Sweden (SCB) reported on Monday in its latest savings barometer.

An indictment of the Social Democrats?
Sweden

An indictment of the Social Democrats?

While Mona Sahlin bears ultimate responsibility for the Social Democrats' poor electoral performance, her departure as party leader can also be seen as an indictment of a party in deadlock, writes social democratic commentator Eric Sundström.

Northern German accent in its last generation, experts say
Germany

Northern German accent in its last generation, experts say

The northern German accent is dying out. The quirky regional manner of speech has become more homogeneous and won’t be passed on to young people, language experts said Monday.

Swedish honeymooner killed in South Africa
Sweden

Swedish honeymooner killed in South Africa

A Swedish woman on honeymoon in South Africa with her British millionaire husband has been found dead following a carjacking incident outside of Cape Town.

Funeral home tries to cater to gay funerals with erotic caskets
Germany

Funeral home tries to cater to gay funerals with erotic caskets

A Cologne funeral home is hoping to draw in gay clientele by offering erotic caskets with nude renaissance imagery or rainbow-coloured urns, along with other tailored services for homosexuals and their mourners.

Social Democrats’ leadership hunt begins
Sweden

Social Democrats’ leadership hunt begins

Two prominent Social Democrats, Margot Wallström and Thomas Bodström, announced that they are not interested in replacing outgoing leader Mona Sahlin following her resignation on Sunday.

Scania in merger talks with Germany’s MAN
Sweden

Scania in merger talks with Germany’s MAN

Swedish truckmaker Scania and Germany's MAN, who both have links to the Volkswagen automotive group, are considering merging, Scania said in a statement Monday.

Weather extremes bring record heat and flooding
Germany

Weather extremes bring record heat and flooding

It was a weekend of extremes in Germany, as many cities reported high temperature records for November while others suffered torrential rain, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported.

‘Wetlands’ author offers sex to president for nuclear extension veto
Germany

‘Wetlands’ author offers sex to president for nuclear extension veto

German writer Charlotte Roche offered in an interview Sunday to spend the night with President Christian Wulff if he votes against government plans to extend the lifetime of Germany's nuclear reactors.

Söderling wins first Masters title over Monfils
Sweden

Söderling wins first Masters title over Monfils

Sweden's Robin Söderling secured his first-ever Masters title by defeating local favourite Gaël Monfils 6-1, 7-6 (7/1) in the ATP Paris Masters final on Sunday.

Merkel seeks to rally CDU ahead of election year
Germany

Merkel seeks to rally CDU ahead of election year

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will look on Monday to rally her ruling conservatives behind her at a party conference ahead of what is set to be a make-or-break year.

Zlatan sinks former club Inter in Milan derby win
Sweden

Zlatan sinks former club Inter in Milan derby win

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the lone goal for AC Milan as his team headed back to the top of the league standings after meeting former club Inter Milan for the first time in a derby since leaving for Barcelona in 2009.