Swede strikes plea deal for Auschwitz theft
Sweden

Swede strikes plea deal for Auschwitz theft

A Swedish neo-Nazi leader accused of ordering the theft of the Auschwitz death camp entrance sign will serve 32 months behind bars in his homeland under a plea bargain, Polish prosecutors said Thursday.

Priest jailed for seven years over sex abuse
Germany

Priest jailed for seven years over sex abuse

A court in Hesse sentenced a Catholic priest to seven years’ jail Thursday for sexually abusing children hundreds of times over more than a decade, often filming the assaults.

‘Wrong’ Björn Andersson elected to local Swedish council
Sweden

‘Wrong’ Björn Andersson elected to local Swedish council

Björn Andersson from eastern Sweden was surprised to learn he had been elected to the local town council despite never having been a candidate.

Mystery shipwreck found in central Stockholm
Sweden

Mystery shipwreck found in central Stockholm

The remains of a ship dating from the 1600s have been discovered outside the Grand Hotel in central Stockholm.

Merkel ‘pours cold water’ on Putin’s vision of free trade zone
Germany

Merkel ‘pours cold water’ on Putin’s vision of free trade zone

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday talked down the chances of a Russia-EU free trade zone, citing Russian tariffs and Moscow's trade relations with Kazakhstan and Belarus.

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Sweden

Swedish optimism on economy grows

A research institute has revealed that while optimism among Swedes regarding the country's economy has increased, they are feeling less positive about their own household finances.

Bailout fund could top €750 billion, Weber says
Germany

Bailout fund could top €750 billion, Weber says

Bundesbank president Axel Weber has floated the possibility of increasing the €750 billion rescue fund for the euro should further bailouts of ailing countries be required.

Germany battles rising tide of sex trafficking
Germany

Germany battles rising tide of sex trafficking

German police are fighting a boom in sex trafficking from the Balkans region, driven by pimps and traffickers recruiting increasingly young women, experts said in Berlin this week.

Swedish school criticised for prayer service
Sweden

Swedish school criticised for prayer service

The Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) has criticised Borås municipality in western Sweden for breaching regulations banning religious services at end of term celebrations.

More Swedish children dependent on benefits
Sweden

More Swedish children dependent on benefits

The number of Swedish children living in families that depend on long-term financial benefits has increased by around 10,000 in just over four years to about 54,000 children, government agency figures show.

Pensioner builds brick wall and traps himself in basement
Germany

Pensioner builds brick wall and traps himself in basement

A German DIY enthusiast accidentally walled himself into his own basement and only managed to escape by drilling his way through to his neighbours, police said Thursday.

Workers need to unplug, survey finds
Germany

Workers need to unplug, survey finds

The line between work and leisure time is becoming increasingly blurred, with the overwhelming majority of German employees now reachable by mobile phone and email outside of normal work hours, a survey has found.

Afghan refugees used to train Swedish soldiers
Sweden

Afghan refugees used to train Swedish soldiers

Sweden’s defence minister is demanding answers after it was revealed that the military used Afghan refugees, at least one of whom was scheduled to be deported, to help train Swedish soldiers.

What’s On in Sweden: November 26-December 2
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: November 26-December 2

What’s on in Sweden: Camels and horses ride into Stockholm, a month of Cock in Gothenburg and Dubstep rules in Malmö.

Suspect boasted of teen murder on Facebook
Germany

Suspect boasted of teen murder on Facebook

The man suspected of murdering two teenagers in the Lower Saxony town of Bodenfelde boasted about the first killing – that of a 14-year-old girl – on the website Facebook, media reported Thursday.

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Sweden

Swedish man dies after police intervention

A 21-year-old man died in hospital in central Sweden on Tuesday as a result of injuries sustained in a police intervention on Saturday evening.

What’s on in Germany: November 25-December 1
Germany

What’s on in Germany: November 25-December 1

This week's highlights: "A Christmas Carol" performed by candlelight in Frankfurt, holiday shopping in Cologne, and M.I.A. plays Munich.

Conservatives call on Muslims to report radicals in their midst
Germany

Conservatives call on Muslims to report radicals in their midst

As police brace themselves for a possible terrorist attack, the ruling conservatives have called on Germany’s Muslim community to root out extremists at mosques and report them to authorities.

Petraeus lauds Bundeswehr efforts
Germany

Petraeus lauds Bundeswehr efforts

US General and head of international operations in Afghanistan David Petraeus praised the Bundeswehr on Thursday for stepping up their efforts in the north of the country, calling their operations “very impressive.”

Bitter winter on the way: expert
Sweden

Bitter winter on the way: expert

The winter 2010/2011 is set to be as cold and snowy as last year, as a slew of weather phenomena push cold air from the poles down over Sweden, experts predict.

Schalke makes last 16 in Champions League with win over Lyon
Germany

Schalke makes last 16 in Champions League with win over Lyon

Schalke 04 booked their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with an impressive 3-0 win over Lyon on Wednesday night as they shook off their poor Bundesliga form to top Group B.

Tablet PC tops Swedes’ Christmas gift lists
Sweden

Tablet PC tops Swedes’ Christmas gift lists

Swedes are expected to spend some 64.7 billion kronor ($9.3 billion) on Christmas shopping this year with the gift of the moment being a tablet PC, according to the Swedish Research Institute of Trade (Handelns utredningsinstitut - HUI).

‘When We Leave’ takes European film prize
Germany

‘When We Leave’ takes European film prize

A drama about a young Turkish woman in Germany struggling to overcome her family's conservative ways has won the European Parliament prize for films exploring the continent's identity.

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Sweden

Sweden gets all-clear for Iraq deportations

Sweden can resume deportations to Iraq, the migration authority has announced, following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights to lift its suspension.