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Germany

The Left’s Gysi grilled for alleged Stasi links

Gregor Gysi, a top leader of Germany's hard-line socialist party The Left, came under fire on Wednesday from parliamentary deputies accusing him of having informed for East Germany's feared Stasi secret police.

German milk strike spills across Europe
Germany

German milk strike spills across Europe

With food costs soaring around the world, German dairy farmers began a strike over falling milk prices on Wednesday in a protest that a European milk body said is spreading to other EU countries.

Nursing strike over
Sweden

Nursing strike over

Both the healthcare workers union and their employers have accepted an offer put forward by mediators on Wednesday afternoon, effectively ending Sweden's nursing strike.

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Sweden

Swedish apartments sold like hot cakes in 2007

A record of nearly 97,000 apartments changed owners last year in Sweden.

Iraqi prime minister arrives in Sweden
Sweden

Iraqi prime minister arrives in Sweden

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki arrived in Sweden on Wednesday ahead of an international conference seen as an important step toward Iraq's long-term stability.

Khat: Sweden’s forgotten immigrant drug
Sweden

Khat: Sweden’s forgotten immigrant drug

Use of the illegal drug khat is widespread in Sweden's immigrant suburbs but the police have chosen to turn a blind eye, Faisal Enayat Khan reports.

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Germany

Woman arrested for dead baby in freezer

A woman in the state of Baden-Württemberg has given herself up to police after relatives discovered she had put her newborn baby in a freezer, police in Horb-am-Neckar said on Wednesday.

Riksbank: ‘charge for cash withdrawals’
Sweden

Riksbank: ‘charge for cash withdrawals’

A Riksbank official has called on banks in Sweden to implement a surcharge on cash machine withdrawals to steer consumers toward more efficient card payments.

Swedish sun is summer’s star attraction
Sweden

Swedish sun is summer’s star attraction

He may not be able to back it up with hard science, but David Bartal is willing to wager that Sweden has probably the best sunshine in the world.

Löw cuts trio from German Euro 2008 squad
Germany

Löw cuts trio from German Euro 2008 squad

Germany head coach Joachim Loew on Wednesday dropped striker Patrick Helmes plus midfielders Jermaine Jones and teenager Marko Marin from his final Euro 2008 squad.

Messerschmitt mishap briefly shuts Berlin airport
Germany

Messerschmitt mishap briefly shuts Berlin airport

Berlin’s ILA aerospace trade fair and air show got off to a bumpy start after an antique World War II German Messerschmitt crash landed, forcing the nearby Schönefeld airport to temporarily halt air traffic late on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Guard acquitted after filming under woman’s skirt

A security guard who surreptitiously filmed a woman in a sporting goods store has been acquitted by a Stockholm court because the woman didn’t know she was being filmed.

Germany pledges €500 mln at UN biodiversity talks
Germany

Germany pledges €500 mln at UN biodiversity talks

Germany on Wednesday pledged €500 million ($785 million) to help defend threatened forests and called on others to join its effort at a UN conference on biodiversity in Bonn.

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Germany

Four bidders shortlisted for stake in German bank IKB

Four bidders are interested in buying German bank IKB, which has reported a nine-month loss of about €1 billion ($1.57 billion), a spokesman for its dominant shareholder KfW told AFP on Wednesday.

Tillich takes over as premier of Saxony
Germany

Tillich takes over as premier of Saxony

Stanislaw Tillich became the new premier of Saxony on Wednesday, making him both the first easterner and member of the ethnic Sorbian minority to govern the German state.

Chocolate penis craving lands man in court
Sweden

Chocolate penis craving lands man in court

A 28-year-old man is headed to court after being unable to control a strange urge that overcame him while visiting a condom shop in Gothenburg with his fiancee last November.

German classical musicians turning to drugs and alcohol
Germany

German classical musicians turning to drugs and alcohol

A growing number of classical musicians in Germany are turning to drugs and alcohol, according to the vice president of the German Association for Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine (DGfMM).

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Sweden

Swedish UN envoy sees ‘light at end of tunnel’ in Iraq

Major tensions remain in Iraq but there are signs the situation is improving, the top UN envoy in Baghdad said Tuesday, just ahead of an international conference on the war-torn country in Stockholm.

Former Deutsche Telekom boss implicated in spy scandal
Germany

Former Deutsche Telekom boss implicated in spy scandal

A former personnel director of the German telecommunications operator Deutsche Telekom Wednesday accused two of the group’s former bosses of involvement in a telephone spy scandal.

Plans for Sweden’s largest wind farm move ahead
Sweden

Plans for Sweden’s largest wind farm move ahead

Sweden's government on Tuesday approved the building of the largest offshore wind farm in the Scandinavian country and one of the biggest in Europe, the environment ministry said in a statement.

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Sweden

Sweden favours electric cars over ethanol

The government has changed its strategy for green cars, deciding that electric is better than ethanol.

Amnesty criticizes deaths in German police custody
Germany

Amnesty criticizes deaths in German police custody

Human rights organization Amnesty International has criticized Germany’s explanation of deadly police incidents.

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Germany

German import prices climb in April: report

German import prices climbed higher in April, gaining 0.9 percent from the previous month, figures released Wednesday by the national statistics office showed.

Workers spot crocodile in Hildesheim river
Germany

Workers spot crocodile in Hildesheim river

City workers say they saw a crocodile in a river channel in Hildesheim in the German state of Lower Saxony.

Key nuke evidence stuck in the mail
Sweden

Key nuke evidence stuck in the mail

Police investigating last week's security incident at the Oskarshamn nuclear power are at odds over a decision to send the key piece of evidence to Sweden's National Laboratory of Forensic Science by regular mail.

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Sweden

Sweden outlines EU presidency priorities

Sweden, France, and the Czech Republic, who will fill the EU's rotating presidency from July, unveiled on Tuesday a 75-page outline for their shared priorities in piloting the 27-nation bloc.