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Sweden

Sweden to prioritize deportations in 2009

Swedish police are mulling chartering special planes in anticipation of the government’s wishes to step up the pace of deportations of the thousands of unsuccessful asylum seekers estimated to be in the country.

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Sweden

One third of jobless lack insurance

Almost one third of people out of work in Sweden lack unemployment insurance and rely on dole payouts of a maximum 5,500 kronor ($715) per month after tax, according to new figures from the public employment agency (Arbetsförmedlingen).

Merkel pledges aid to depressed west
Germany

Merkel pledges aid to depressed west

After nearly 20 years of heavy public spending to help rebuild Germany's former communist eastern regions, more money should now be spent in the west, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said.

What’s on in Germany: December 18 – 24
Germany

What’s on in Germany: December 18 – 24

This week's highlights: A marionette show at Berlin's Hanukkah market, an exhibition on Nico in Cologne, and Christmas carolling in Hannover.

Twelve-year-old hurt in mailbox bombing out of danger
Germany

Twelve-year-old hurt in mailbox bombing out of danger

She nearly lost her arm in a mailbox bombing in November, but a 12-year-old Berlin girl will likely be released from intensive care before Christmas, news agency DPA reported on Thursday.

Ex-Telekom official arrested in spy scandal
Germany

Ex-Telekom official arrested in spy scandal

Police have held the former head of internal security for Deutsche Telekom since last week on suspicion of breach of trust in an ongoing spy scandal investigation, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

File sharing reaches the masses in Sweden
Sweden

File sharing reaches the masses in Sweden

Nearly 700,000 Swedes, or close to 8 percent of the population, used peer-to-peer file sharing programs in early 2008, according to new statistics.

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Sweden

Swedish quake ‘strongest in two decades’

The earthquake which rattled southern Sweden on Tuesday morning wasn’t as powerful as initially thought, according to new data about the tremor.

Berlin backs new custody rules for binational children
Germany

Berlin backs new custody rules for binational children

The German cabinet on Wednesday backed new legislation that would aim to protect children from binational families during custody disputes.

Deutsche Bahn irked over lack of rail competition in France
Germany

Deutsche Bahn irked over lack of rail competition in France

German railway Deutsche Bahn has told French counterpart SNCF that it is fed up with a lack of competition in France, according to a letter obtained by news agency AFP.

What’s the best thing about Christmastime in Sweden?
Sweden

What’s the best thing about Christmastime in Sweden?

Every week a panel of readers discusses a topic of current interest. This week: Christmas in Sweden - ho, ho, ho or no, no, no?

Doctors missed pencil in Swedish boy’s brain
Sweden

Doctors missed pencil in Swedish boy’s brain

Two doctors from Karlskrona in southern Sweden have been reprimanded for failing to spot the five centimetre piece chunk of a pencil lodged in the brain of a 14-year-old boy.

2008 among Germany’s warmest years in the last century
Germany

2008 among Germany’s warmest years in the last century

Climate change made its presence known this year in Germany, one of the warmest years since 1901. While many may enjoy the balmy temperatures, scientists are alarmed because five of the century’s last seven warmest years have been very recent, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported this week.

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Sweden

Sweden’s Debt Office announces krona purchase

Sweden’s National Debt Office (Riksgälden) announced plans to purchase up to 15 billion kronor ($1.9 billion) and increase its share of foreign currency debt in an effort to reduce the costs of servicing Sweden’s government debt.

German deficit seen ballooning to €30 billion
Germany

German deficit seen ballooning to €30 billion

Germany will reportedly be forced to borrow at least €30 billion ($42 billion) in 2009, more than double the amount this year, due to the weakening economy.

German woman to head French culinary bible
Germany

German woman to head French culinary bible

The famed Michelin Guide France has for the first time not only chosen a woman, but a foreigner to head the culinary bible beginning in January.

Release date set for triple murderer
Sweden

Release date set for triple murderer

Nikita Fouganthine, the man responsible for the brutal murders of three people in a village in northern Sweden in 1988, is to be released from jail in February, a Helsinki court ruled on Wednesday.

Sweden freezes aid to Rwanda following UN report
Sweden

Sweden freezes aid to Rwanda following UN report

Foreign aid minister Gunilla Carlsson said on Wednesday that Sweden is stopping aid to Rwanda for 2008 after the UN found evidence the country was supporting armed rebels in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Man speeds to company Christmas party at 200 kph
Germany

Man speeds to company Christmas party at 200 kph

Police in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate stopped a man speeding at almost 200 kilometres per hour (125 miles per hour) on Tuesday night. His excuse? He couldn’t be late to the office Christmas party.

Man and woman arrested in neo-Nazi police stabbing
Germany

Man and woman arrested in neo-Nazi police stabbing

A man and woman arrested on Tuesday night in the attempted neo-Nazi murder on Passau police chief Alois Mannichl are not suspects, authorities told German radio station B5.

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Sweden

Crematorium to help heat Swedish town

In a bid to increase energy efficiency, a town in western Sweden is planning to connect the local crematorium to its district heating system.

Ex-communist states create network for secret police archives
Germany

Ex-communist states create network for secret police archives

Authorities charged with managing the secret police archives of seven ex-communist states in eastern Europe formed a network Tuesday to assist victims of state repression and aid historical research.

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Sweden

Heart patient died while doctor slept

An anesthesiologist who was asleep wearing earplugs while on-call at a Swedish hospital is facing disciplinary action after missing an alert that a patient’s heart had stopped.