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Sweden

Sweden’s welfare state ‘alive and kicking’

A wave of liberal reforms has swept across Sweden since the centre-right government came to power in 2006, notably with the sale last week of the state's crown jewel Absolut vodka, but the welfare state is still alive and kicking, analysts insist.

German nudist flight could be grounded
Germany

German nudist flight could be grounded

A planned and much publicized charter flight for nudists from the town of Erfurt to the Baltic Sea island of Usedom might not take place after all. The carrier appears to have gotten cold feet.

Report: Libya training was payback to Qaddafi
Germany

Report: Libya training was payback to Qaddafi

According to a newspaper report, the alleged secret training of Libyan security forces by German police could have been in return for Tripoli's help in a Philippine hostage crisis.

Bundeswehr missions cost over €900 million in 2007
Germany

Bundeswehr missions cost over €900 million in 2007

Germany's foreign military engagements cost the country €910.7 million in 2007, a slight uptick from the year before.

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Sweden

Alliance parties close in on opposition

The governing four party Alliance is closing in on the opposition, a new voter poll shows.

Polar bear cub Snowflake prepares for media debut
Germany

Polar bear cub Snowflake prepares for media debut

Germany's newest polar bear cub, Snowflake, is about to experience the media scrum as she makes her live television debut. She might take some advice from her predecessor, the now very adult Knut.

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Sweden

Man offers 200,000 kronor reward for job

Film-maker Shahram Afsar has offered 200,000 kronor ($34,000) for information leading him to a permanent job. Afsar claims that his Iranian name has forced him to take drastic measures.

Train disruption after Sollentuna garage fire
Sweden

Train disruption after Sollentuna garage fire

A fire in a garage in Sollentuna continues to caused disruption to train services north of Stockholm on Sunday.

A Red Baron with pacifist streak to hit movie screens
Germany

A Red Baron with pacifist streak to hit movie screens

A new German blockbuster has resurrected the legend of the Red Baron, marking the first time since the Nazi era that the country has cast one of its military figures as a screen hero.

Ica beats new meat retreat
Sweden

Ica beats new meat retreat

Supermarket chain Ica has recalled 16 tonnes of beef mince following tests that showed high levels of bacteria. The meat has been on sale at Ica stores across Sweden since Tuesday.

Telekom to face irate shareholders in court
Germany

Telekom to face irate shareholders in court

Deutsche Telekom will be in the dock from Monday in a case already rewriting German legal history, brought on behalf of 16,000 shareholders who feel cheated by the former public phone company.

Ten-year-old Dalarna girl missing
Sweden

Ten-year-old Dalarna girl missing

A ten-year-old is missing in Dalarna. The search for the girl continues after she went missing after football training on Saturday afternoon.