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Sweden

More bright signs for Sweden’s labour market

The number of Swedes registered as unemployed dropped by nearly a full percent in November, while the number of available jobs rose by more the 50 percent compared to a year ago.

Police raid German-based Ford plants in corruption probe
Germany

Police raid German-based Ford plants in corruption probe

Some 100 police officers raided sites linked to the US automaker Ford in Germany early Monday in connection with a corruption probe, prosecutors in the western city of Cologne said.

Assange accusers had ‘an agenda’: lawyer
Sweden

Assange accusers had ‘an agenda’: lawyer

As WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange awaits his extradition hearing in London related to rape and sexual molestation allegations, his Swedish attorney lashed out at his client’s accusers, claiming they had “an agenda”.

Roller derby warriors skate to glory
Germany

Roller derby warriors skate to glory

With the fringe contact sport roller derby gaining popularity in Germany, Melanie Sevcenko heads to the rink to soak up the atmosphere of the country’s first national championship.

Sweden’s Assa Abloy buys out Cardo
Sweden

Sweden’s Assa Abloy buys out Cardo

Swedish lock giant Assa Abloy has offered to buy industrial and garage door maker Cardo for 11.3 billion kronor ($1.64 billion).

German ignorance of economics revealed
Germany

German ignorance of economics revealed

Germans know extremely little about economics and three quarters don't even have a full grasp of how percentages work, a new study has found.

Sweden bomber ‘friendly’ immigrant turned radical
Sweden

Sweden bomber ‘friendly’ immigrant turned radical

The man suspected of being the suicide bomber behind two Stockholm bombings on Saturday was described on Monday as an ordinary friendly young immigrant to Sweden who drastically changed after moving to the UK to study.

Swedish Lucia: a celebration with song
Sweden

Swedish Lucia: a celebration with song

For anyone unable to make it to a Lucia concert this year, contributor Fern Scott Olsson sets the scene and offers some serene video footage of a renowned youth choir in Stockholm taking part in one of Sweden's most cherished holiday traditions.

Sweden attack message ‘very serious’: Reinfeldt
Sweden

Sweden attack message ‘very serious’: Reinfeldt

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt believes that everyone should take "very seriously" the message urging more people to commit acts of violence in the audio file that news agency TT received on Saturday.

Suicide bomber was ‘unknown’ to Säpo
Sweden

Suicide bomber was ‘unknown’ to Säpo

Swedish intelligence officials on Monday said they are "98 percent" certain about the identity of the man who blew himself up in central Stockholm on Saturday, adding he appeared to have three separate bombs.

Unions call for end to private health insurance
Germany

Unions call for end to private health insurance

Germany's trade unions are calling for the abolition of private health insurance and for all workers – including public servants and the self-employed – to be gradually brought into a consolidated public system.

Malmö shooter may suffer from mental illness
Sweden

Malmö shooter may suffer from mental illness

Peter Mangs, who is in currently in detention for murder and five attempted murders after a string of shootings in Malmö, is now under suspicion for two additional attempted murders.

Mother stabs teen son to death in Munich
Germany

Mother stabs teen son to death in Munich

A Munich mother stabbed her teenage son to death Sunday night during a family argument, police there said Monday. The young man died in front of his pregnant girlfriend before rescuers arrived.

Amazon.de victim of possible hacker attack
Germany

Amazon.de victim of possible hacker attack

Web retailer Amazon went down in Germany for at least half an hour on Sunday evening, prompting speculation that it was the latest victim of a wave of Wikileaks-related hacker attacks.

The Local’s guide to Lucia in Sweden
Sweden

The Local’s guide to Lucia in Sweden

It's one of the most enduring Swedish winter traditions. Lucia brings some much needed light into Sweden's winter darkness as The Local's James Savage explains.

Police raid Hells Angels bikers allegedly planning rival murder
Germany

Police raid Hells Angels bikers allegedly planning rival murder

German police staged raids against the Hells Angels motorcycle gang in three states on Monday morning, searching for evidence of plans to murder a rival group member, prosecutors reported.

Stephanie zu Guttenberg joins husband on Afghanistan visit
Germany

Stephanie zu Guttenberg joins husband on Afghanistan visit

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg’s wife Stephanie has taken the unusual step of joining her husband on a surprise visit to Germany’s troops in Afghanistan, officials announced Monday.

Sweden bomber fulfilled al-Qaeda threat: will
Sweden

Sweden bomber fulfilled al-Qaeda threat: will

The perpetrator suspected of carrying out Saturday's bomb attacks in Stockholm claimed in a purported will that he was fulfilling a threat by al-Qaeda in Iraq to attack Sweden, according to a group that tracks the online activity of terrorist organisations on Monday.

Röttgen calls for 30-percent carbon cuts
Germany

Röttgen calls for 30-percent carbon cuts

German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen has stepped up expectations for climate change action in Europe, calling on neighbours to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2020.

UK police search home of Swedish suicide bomber
Sweden

UK police search home of Swedish suicide bomber

Police in the UK are continuing their search of a house in southeastern England on Monday that is believed to be the home of a man who blew up a car and then himself in Stockholm on Saturday.

FDP woes likened to East German downfall
Germany

FDP woes likened to East German downfall

A senior Free Democrat has likened his party’s current difficulties to the downfall of communist East Germany, adding another self-inflicted wound to the junior partner in Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition.

Police probe Dewani case link to 2007 murder
Sweden

Police probe Dewani case link to 2007 murder

South African police are investigating a possible link between the murder of Swedish newlywed Anni Dewani and the 2007 killing of a local doctor under similar circumstances, media reported on Sunday.

AC Milan pull away atop Serie A on Zlatan goal
Sweden

AC Milan pull away atop Serie A on Zlatan goal

AC Milan went six points clear at the top of Serie A on Sunday after earning its 10th win in 12 league games with a 3-0 romp over Bologna, sealed by a goal from Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.