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Sweden

Swedish reporters plan prison protest

Two Swedish journalists are planning to go to jail of their own accord in a bid to draw attention to the plight of other writers in captivity.

Özdemir says Greens must not rule out governing with conservatives
Germany

Özdemir says Greens must not rule out governing with conservatives

While negotiations continue on forming a state government with the Social Democratic Party in Berlin the Greens have become embroiled in a public dispute about potential coalition partners.

Springer rattles media landscape with bid for biggest newspaper rival
Germany

Springer rattles media landscape with bid for biggest newspaper rival

A surprise bid by Germany’s biggest newspaper firm Axel Springer for the second-largest group WAZ has rattled the media landscape, prompting speculation over possible ulterior motives.

Education minister spent €150,000 on flight to Pope
Germany

Education minister spent €150,000 on flight to Pope

Education Minister Annette Schavan flew to a personal audience with Pope Benedict XVI using a military jet, at a cost of around €150,000 – despite commercial flights being available - according to a report in Der Spiegel.

Berlin pipe bomber suspect arrested
Germany

Berlin pipe bomber suspect arrested

A 44-year-old man was arrested on Friday evening, suspected of building at least two pipe bombs and leaving them in Berlin parks – one of which seriously injured a gardener.

Overcrowding persists in Sweden’s hospitals
Sweden

Overcrowding persists in Sweden’s hospitals

Despite stricter rules, Swedish hospitals still struggle to avoid overcrowding and any institution caught breaking the rules will now face heftier fines, after previous measures have shown only limited effects, according to a report by Sveriges Radio (SR).

Football fan killed by train while urinating on tracks
Germany

Football fan killed by train while urinating on tracks

A German football fan died on Friday evening after urinating on a train track and being hit by a high-speed train.

Swedish app developers to pay VAT twice
Sweden

Swedish app developers to pay VAT twice

In a potentially huge blow to Swedish high tech companies, those selling mobile and tablet apps within the EU are set to face a double VAT (moms) hit.

Merkel criticises new Israeli settlements
Germany

Merkel criticises new Israeli settlements

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to demand a quick return to peace talks - and said she 'absolutely did not understand' settlement expansion in east Jerusalem.

Saab to reshuffle board, save company
Sweden

Saab to reshuffle board, save company

In the latest chapter of the long running Saab saga, Swedish Automobile, the company’s management, has called an extraordinary general meeting next month to discuss restructuring the board of directors.

Shock revelation for Swedish pension savers
Sweden

Shock revelation for Swedish pension savers

Swedish pension savers were shocked to hear on Thursday that the Sjunde AP-Fonden, has lost around 20 billion kronor (3 billion dollars), some 20 per cent of its value in the past two months.