Austrian count arrested for Saab Gripen bribes
Sweden

Austrian count arrested for Saab Gripen bribes

An Austrian count has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to bribe politicians to buy Swedish firm Saab's Gripen aircraft.

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Sweden

Swedish man found dead in France

A 21-year-old Swedish man reported missing in north-western France was found dead on Saturday afternoon.

CDU politician arrested for alleged heroin smuggling
Germany

CDU politician arrested for alleged heroin smuggling

A Christian Democrat Union politician has been arrested for smuggling heroin, party colleagues confirmed on Saturday.

Book claims Gorbachev gave up on East Germany in 1980s
Germany

Book claims Gorbachev gave up on East Germany in 1980s

The decision by Mikhail Gorbachev not to try to prevent German reunification was more than ideology – the Soviet Union had decided to give up on Eastern Germany during the 1980s according to a new book, “The Warsaw Pact” published in Berlin this week.

SPD to target wealthy as report says middle classes pay more tax
Germany

SPD to target wealthy as report says middle classes pay more tax

Social Democrat Party chairman Franz Müntefering, has called for the rich to be taxed more heavily and warned that if the CDU did not cooperate on this topic, the SPD will make it an issue in September’s general election.

Women still lagging behind in government
Germany

Women still lagging behind in government

Despite having a woman chancellor, and the fact that six of the 14 ministers are female, the government is doing badly in promoting equal opportunities at the top of political appointments, according to Der Spiegel magazine.

Visitors flood big new Duisburg mosque
Germany

Visitors flood big new Duisburg mosque

More than 50,000 people have visited the Merkez mosque in Duisburg since it opened four months ago - so many that three people work on arranging tours and catering for those who want to come to see it.

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Sweden

Alliance parties close on opposition: poll

The huge lead long enjoyed by the tri-partite opposition in Swedish politics has been almost completely eroded as the Alliance parties continue gain voter support, a new poll shows.

Nazi sex slave story finally told at camp
Germany

Nazi sex slave story finally told at camp

A new exhibition at Nazi concentration camp Ravensbrück near Berlin details the fate of women forced to work as sex slaves for fellow prisoners during World War II.

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Sweden

Saab resumes production

Embattled Swedish car maker Saab Automobile has resolved its dispute with the Swedish Customs Agency (Tullverket) over a failure to pay customs duties.

Stieg Larsson thriller proves a hit at the box office
Sweden

Stieg Larsson thriller proves a hit at the box office

Swedish cinema goers rushed to snap up tickets for the long-awaited film adaptation of the first novel in Swedish author Stieg Larsson's cult "Millennium" crime trilogy, which premièred on Friday.

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Sweden

Swedish man missing in France

A 21-year-old Swedish man has been reported missing in France. Nils Wärmegård left a bar in Le Mans in the north-west of the country on Sunday night but never arrived home.