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Sweden

Woman indicted in Santa Claus stabbing case

A 19-year-old woman from Ulricehamn in western Sweden has been indicted on a charge of attempted manslaughter after stabbing her boyfriend in the head, Borås Tidning reports.

Making history: the Gulag, the Holocaust, and Sweden
Sweden

Making history: the Gulag, the Holocaust, and Sweden

Who suffered more, victims of Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot, or victims of Hitler, Eichmann, and Himmler? And what role does the Swedish state have in answering the question? David Landes looks at what Sweden’s papers have to say about the issue.

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Sweden

Swedish nurses strike looms

The Swedish Association of Health Professionals (Vårdförbundet) announced industrial action at 4.00pm on Friday afternoon affecting 3,500 members employed by both municipalities and county councils.

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Germany

German police bust biker drug ring

Police have raided a major biker drug ring in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, confiscating several kilos of narcotics and a horde of weapons.

Stralsund building world’s largest life-size whale model
Germany

Stralsund building world’s largest life-size whale model

Workers are currently building what will be the world's largest animal model in the world, a life-size model of 26 metre-long blue whale, in Stralsund in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Council staff lodge cream cake complaint
Sweden

Council staff lodge cream cake complaint

They ordered cream cakes and they got cream cakes. But there was way too much cream, thought the workers in Essunga council’s Nossebro offices.

Swedish women cash in on gold find
Sweden

Swedish women cash in on gold find

Two Swedish women are set for a golden future after a Canadian company agreed to pay 21 million kronor ($3.5 million) for their mining concession.

T-Mobile slashes iPhone price to €99
Germany

T-Mobile slashes iPhone price to €99

German telecoms company T-Mobile announced on its website Friday that it would drastically drop prices on the basic 8 gigabyte Apple iPhone to just €99 from April 7 to June 30.

Bulgaria confirms Cold War border shootings of Germans
Germany

Bulgaria confirms Cold War border shootings of Germans

Bulgaria confirmed for the first time on Friday that East Germans and others trying to flee the Soviet bloc for the West were killed on its soil during the Cold War.

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Germany

Subprime crisis could leave German taxpayers with the bill

Will German taxpayers foot the bill for bank errors exposed by the international subprime lending crisis? Such fears are rising after another public financial institution unveiled a bail-out this week.

Gabriel buries German biofuels plan
Germany

Gabriel buries German biofuels plan

German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Friday that the country would scrap plans to develop biofuels because they were not appropriate for millions of vehicles.

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Sweden

Government sacks employment agency head

The head of Sweden’s Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen) was surprised to learn on Thursday that he was being replaced.

Half of all cars in Germany have technical problems
Germany

Half of all cars in Germany have technical problems

Every other automobile on German streets has technical deficiencies, the German association for technical inspection GTÜ announced at the AMI auto exhibition in Leipzig on Friday.

Viking treasure found near Arlanda
Sweden

Viking treasure found near Arlanda

A unique silver treasure has been uncovered near Sweden’s Arlanda airport.

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Germany

Germans suspected in Afghan suicide plot

Two German Islamists are suspected of plotting suicide attacks against German soldiers in Afghanistan.

Police mull DNA tests for teens after autobahn murder
Germany

Police mull DNA tests for teens after autobahn murder

German police investigating the death of a woman that occurred after someone threw a wooden block from a motorway bridge are considering forcing 1,200 teens in the area to take a DNA test, regional daily Nordwest Zeitung reported on Friday.

Prominent Social Democrat named head of Svenska Spel
Sweden

Prominent Social Democrat named head of Svenska Spel

Margareta Winberg, a former Social Democratic Deputy Prime Minister, has been named the new chair of Svenksa Spel, Sweden’s state-owned gaming operation.

German elite forces involved in Libyan police training scandal
Germany

German elite forces involved in Libyan police training scandal

More than 30 members of Germany’s elite police units have illegally been training the security forces of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.

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Sweden

Oldest man in Sweden dies

Sweden's oldest man, Bengt Helldal, has died at the age of 108, Hallands Nyheter reports.

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Germany

Debit card warning for shoppers at spy-happy Lidl

German consumer protection groups have warned shoppers against paying at Lidl with debit cards due to the supermarket chain’s extensive video surveillance.

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Sweden

Major newspapers to lose press subsidies

Two major Swedish newspapers, Svenska Dagbladet and Skånska Dagbladet, are to lose almost all of the subsidies they currently receive from the state.

Merkel considered Europe’s most influential leader
Germany

Merkel considered Europe’s most influential leader

Germany is seen as the current leader of Europe and Chancellor Angela Merkel the continent's most influential politician, according to a six-nation poll released on Friday.

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Sweden

Moving bag reveals stolen Chihuahua

A 24-year-old woman has been reported for theft after slipping a Chihuahua into her handbag outside a shopping centre in Växjö in southern Sweden on Thursday evening.