Papers shoot down proposed Gripen sale to Norway
Sweden

Papers shoot down proposed Gripen sale to Norway

David Landes reviews how Sweden’s newspapers reacted to plans for selling upgraded Saab Gripen combat planes to Norway.

Deadly depilation could mean jail time for beautician
Germany

Deadly depilation could mean jail time for beautician

A German beauty parlour owner is facing battery charges after a woman she injected with anaesthetic for a hair-removal procedure died.

Swedish-UK nuke power deal goes bust
Sweden

Swedish-UK nuke power deal goes bust

So far the Swedish government has kept pretty quiet about the state-owned energy company Vattenfall’s plans to buy up British Energy, a nuclear power company. But now Industry Minister Maud Olofsson has brought Vattenfall’s acquisition plans to a halt, splitting the governing Alliance parties in the process.

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Sweden

Researchers doubt charcoal’s carbon storage potential

According to the latest research done at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, charcoal´s potential as an environmentally friendly mechanism for storing carbon waste is overrated.

Garrett: Australia ready to join Europe in climate change fight
Germany

Garrett: Australia ready to join Europe in climate change fight

Rock star turned politician Peter Garrett has come to Europe to underscore Australia’s new commitment to combating climate change. David Wroe spoke with him in Berlin.

Porsche joy ride ends in German court
Germany

Porsche joy ride ends in German court

A German woman who turned a Porsche test drive into a five-day joy ride will pay a €2,500 ($3,853) fine for fraud, a Cologne court decided on Friday.

Ozzy the turtle returns after two year odyssey
Sweden

Ozzy the turtle returns after two year odyssey

After disappearing without a trace in July of 2006, Ozzy the turtle unexpectedly turned up last Saturday, much to the delight of his disbelieving owners.

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Germany

Deutsche Bahn shares reportedly to cost €20-€24

The shares of Germany’s national railway operator Deutsche Bahn will cost between €20 to €24 a piece, business daily Financial Times Deutschland reported on Friday.

German retail sales post surprise fall in March
Germany

German retail sales post surprise fall in March

Price rises kept Germans away from the shops in March, retail sales data showed on Friday, in another sign that Europe's largest economy may be slowing.

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Sweden

Swedish man missing in Thailand

A Swedish man has gone missing in Thailand after going for a swim last Sunday.

Bayern posed to become Bundesliga champions
Germany

Bayern posed to become Bundesliga champions

After disappointingly being tossed out the UEFA Cup on Thursday, FC Bayern Munich could find some consolation this weekend by being crowned Bundesliga champions.

Neo-Nazis take over train
Germany

Neo-Nazis take over train

Neo-Nazis on their way to May Day demonstrations in Hamburg took over part of a train and harassed passengers, daily newspaper Bild reported on Friday.

German suspect’s interrogation begins
Sweden

German suspect’s interrogation begins

The 31-year old German woman suspected of murdering two toddlers and attempting to murder their mother in Arboga is being interrogated for the first time by Swedish police in Sweden.

Moseying down the Mosel
Germany

Moseying down the Mosel

The Rhine may have more muscle, but Hannah Cleaver discovers Germany’s winding Mosel River offers a more picturesque off-season getaway.

Would-be Hitler assassin dies at 90
Germany

Would-be Hitler assassin dies at 90

A former German army officer involved in two failed plots to assassinate Hitler - remaining undetected until the end of World War II - has died at the age of 90, his family said Friday.

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Sweden

Immigrant pensioners draw a blank in Swedish

Thousands of immigrant pensioners in homes for the elderly are in danger of becoming more and more isolated.

Many Swedes bungle their tax forms
Sweden

Many Swedes bungle their tax forms

Despite being able to submit tax forms by text message or on the internet, many people actually post a paper declaration but then forget to put a stamp on the envelope.

A third of Germans want the mark back
Germany

A third of Germans want the mark back

Almost ten years after the introduction of the single European currency the euro, a third of all Germans would prefer to have the mark back.

Merkel receives Charlemagne award for EU efforts
Germany

Merkel receives Charlemagne award for EU efforts

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel received an annual EU prize on Thursday for helping unite Europe, as France's Nicolas Sarkozy praised her, easing frosty Franco-German relations.

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Sweden

Two critically injured following knife attack

Two men received life threatening stab wounds following a confrontation in the central Swedish town of Sandviken late on Thursday night.

Hamburg hit by May Day riots
Germany

Hamburg hit by May Day riots

The worst May Day riots in the northern German city of Hamburg in years continued into the early morning on Friday, causing police to use force to restore order.

Bomb shakes Malmö apartment building
Sweden

Bomb shakes Malmö apartment building

A powerful bomb exploded in the stairwell of an apartment building on Falsterbogatan in Malmö early Friday morning.

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Sweden

Near miss for man passed out on train tracks

A drunken 21-year-old man who had dozed off on the train tracks in Lund in southern Sweden is lucky to alive.