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Sweden

Christmas unrest in Stockholm suburb

For the second night running unrest broke out in the Stockholm suburb of Tensta. A massive police presence managed to gain control of the situation in the early hours of Christmas Eve.

Minister calls for better family support in new year
Germany

Minister calls for better family support in new year

German Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen called on politicians and economic leaders to “work hard” towards helping people reconcile work and family commitments in the new year.

Gävle goat survives to Christmas
Sweden

Gävle goat survives to Christmas

Despite vandals managing to get to some of its smaller cousins the traditional Gävle goat has managed to survive until Christmas.

New German stimulus package smaller than expected
Germany

New German stimulus package smaller than expected

Extra measures by the German government to stop Europe's biggest economy slipping into its worst post-war recession may be considerably smaller scale than expected, newspapers reported on Wednesday.

Retailers have a happy Christmas after all
Germany

Retailers have a happy Christmas after all

German retailers are satisfied with their Christmas business, Josef Sanktjohanser, president of the Association of German Retailers (HDE), said Wednesday morning.

Köhler says financial crisis can be beat in Christmas speech
Germany

Köhler says financial crisis can be beat in Christmas speech

German President Horst Köhler said that the global financial crisis could be overcome, but that it would take cooperative effort, in his annual Christmas address to the nation.

A very Portnoy Christmas
Germany

A very Portnoy Christmas

In the latest dispatch of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy contemplates the extended frenzy he faces each holiday season.

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Sweden

Man shot dead in Christmas ‘showdown’

Christmas shoppers in Landskrona in southern Sweden were left shocked on Tuesday when a 44-year-old man was shot dead by a masked gunman in the town's main shopping precinct.

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Sweden

MAN states ‘strategic interest’ in Scania

The German heavy truck maker MAN said on Wednesday it had raised its voting rights access in Swedish counterpart Scania to more than 20 percent, and emphasized its strategic interest in the firm.

Advent candles start retirement home fire
Germany

Advent candles start retirement home fire

Advent candles caused a fire that injured 24 people Tuesday night in a retirement home in Steinach, Bavaria.

Baby Jesus in hotel crib second coming
Sweden

Baby Jesus in hotel crib second coming

The life-size baby Jesus stolen from a manger outside a hotel in Jönköping in southern Sweden was back in his crib on Tuesday evening.

MAN increases sway over Sweden’s Scania
Germany

MAN increases sway over Sweden’s Scania

The German heavy truck maker MAN said on Wednesday it had raised its voting rights access in Swedish counterpart Scania to more than 20 percent, and emphasized its strategic interest in the firm.

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Germany

Germany challenges Italy on Nazi massacre

Germany has challenged at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) an Italian court's ruling that it pay damages to the families of victims of Nazi war crimes there.

Germans open pet soup kitchens as recession begins to bite
Germany

Germans open pet soup kitchens as recession begins to bite

In a sign of the times in Europe's biggest economy, poodles, pinschers, terriers, and sheep dogs are queuing up for rations at Berlin's first soup kitchen for pets, writes AFP's Marion Meyer-Radtke.