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Sweden

Young people hazy about EU elections

According to an opinion survey conducted by Novus Opinion, almost half (44 percent) of Sweden’s young people aged between 18 and 28 are not aware that elections to the European Parliament will be held this year. However, seven out of ten think voting is a good idea.

Berlin girds for conflict in Afghanistan
Germany

Berlin girds for conflict in Afghanistan

As German NATO troops take a more aggressive stance in Afghanistan, the Taliban is reportedly planning to step up its military campaign to exploit political sensitivities in the run-up to Germany's general election.

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Sweden

Near-fatal knifing in Södermalm

A man was taken to hospital early on Saturday morning after being stabbed near the heart in a building in the Södermalm district of Stockholm.

Lufthansa moves to take over Austrian Airlines
Germany

Lufthansa moves to take over Austrian Airlines

German airline Lufthansa has submitted plans to take over Austrian Airlines (AUA) to the European Union competition authorities, with the Austrians expecting a ruling in the middle of June.

Hamburg police hunt cross-dressing armed bank robber
Germany

Hamburg police hunt cross-dressing armed bank robber

Police in Hamburg are asking for information about an armed bank robber who disguised himself as an old woman on Friday, stole several thousand euros and escaped a huge operation to catch him.

Income protection for out-of-work teachers
Sweden

Income protection for out-of-work teachers

Teachers’ incomes are to be protected under a new insurance scheme set up by teachers’ unions in the wake of a wave of redundancy notices in schools across the country. Under the scheme, unemployed teachers will be entitled to amounts over and above normal unemployment benefit, writes Dagens Nyheter.

Weakened Helmut Kohl appears in public after operation
Germany

Weakened Helmut Kohl appears in public after operation

Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl appeared in public on Friday, his first appointment since a serious head injury necessitated an operation last year.

Topography of Terror starts last stage to completion
Germany

Topography of Terror starts last stage to completion

The former Berlin headquarters of the Nazi regime’s instruments of terror, the Gestapo and SS, is finally on track to opening for visitors with a ceremony planned for Monday.

Social Democrats and Moderates top new EU pre-election poll
Sweden

Social Democrats and Moderates top new EU pre-election poll

The Social Democratic Party and the Moderate Party both emerged clear leaders ahead of elections to the European Parliament in the latest Sifo opinion poll, with 43 percent of respondents saying they would turn out on election day, 7 June.

Unions warn of mass job losses in autumn
Germany

Unions warn of mass job losses in autumn

Despite some more optimistic data for the German economy recently, Frank Bsirske, head of the service industries trade union Verdi, has warned of mass job losses in the autumn.

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Sweden

Daycare centre ordered to repay fees

Complaints by a group of parents about inadequate supervision at a Stockholm child daycare centre in Stockholm have been upheld by the National Board for Consumer Complaints (Allmänna reklamationsnämnden – ARN).

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Sweden

SVT faces new cuts

Swedish Television Head Eva Hamilton warns of new spending cuts, despite ongoing cutbacks totalling hundreds of millions of kronor, reports Dagens Nyheter. Hamilton has outlined the broadcasting company’s parlous financial situation in a letter to the Ministry of Culture.

The subtle pleasures of Europe Day: Margot Wallström
Sweden

The subtle pleasures of Europe Day: Margot Wallström

"If you tried to market the EU as an aphrodisiac, it would rate up there with a nice pair of socks," writes Sweden's EU Commissioner Margot Wallström. But, she adds, May 9th is Europe Day and there's much to celebrate.