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Sweden

Vattenfall bosses in 90 million kronor pay offs

Swedish state-owned energy utility Vattenfall has paid out more than 90 million kronor ($14 million) in severance pay over a four year period to three German executives, reported the Sydsvenskan daily.

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Sweden

Swedish church: don’t christen asylum seekers

A Bishops' letter being sent out to priests in Sweden is advising them to avoid christening asylum seekers that have converted to Christianity because it could be dangerous, reported news agency TT.

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Sweden

Sweden’s far-right votes with the government: study

The far-right Sweden Democrats vote with the government nine out of ten times.

Germany briefly basks in the sun before spring returns
Germany

Germany briefly basks in the sun before spring returns

Record temperatures across Germany over the weekend raised momentary hopes that the summer may have arrived, with the hottest measurement of 26.6 degrees measured in northern Baden-Württemberg.

Westerwelle stepping down as FDP leader
Germany

Westerwelle stepping down as FDP leader

Embattled Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Sunday he would quit as leader of his ailing Free Democratic Party (FDP) next month but stay on as Germany's top diplomat.

Suspicions raised in alleged Nazi criminal’s death
Germany

Suspicions raised in alleged Nazi criminal’s death

An alleged Nazi war criminal who died shortly before his trial was set to begin last November could have been murdered, according to authorities, who have opened an investigation.

Most Germans would sacrifice lifestyle to ditch nuclear energy
Germany

Most Germans would sacrifice lifestyle to ditch nuclear energy

A majority of Germans would sacrifice a certain level of quality of life in order to close down the country’s nuclear power stations, according to a new survey.

Swedish police target football hooligans
Sweden

Swedish police target football hooligans

The Allsvenskan football premiere kicks off this weekend and Swedish police say they want more officers to report what they call "risky fans".

Knut fans protest his stuffing
Germany

Knut fans protest his stuffing

Around 50 fans of Berlin’s dead polar bear Knut protested outside the capital’s zoo on Saturday in an attempt to halt plans to stuff his body and put it on display.

Bakery prompts ire using black baby to sell chocolate cake
Germany

Bakery prompts ire using black baby to sell chocolate cake

A bakery that used a photo of a black baby to advertise its special offer on chocolate cakes has defended its campaign, saying protests and complaints of racism have come from an over-sensitive minority.

Sweden’s Gripen aircraft reach Sicily
Sweden

Sweden’s Gripen aircraft reach Sicily

All eight Swedish JAS Gripen fighters have landed at a base in Siciliy and are now under NATO command. They can be in the airspace over Libya by the middle of next week, reported news agency TT.