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Sweden

Icy Swedish rooftops could be deadly

The Great Chill enveloping Northern Europe shows signs of lessening, but Sweden faces another type of problem. Far too much snow and ice on rooftops must be removed immediately–and there are laws about this. But there aren’t enough skilled roof cleaners to do the job, reports the national daily Dagens Nyheter.

Germany rejects Spanish plans to penalise EU budget breakers
Germany

Germany rejects Spanish plans to penalise EU budget breakers

Germany has rejected Spanish proposals to impose sanctions on European Union members that miss economic targets.

Merkel under pressure from party ranks
Germany

Merkel under pressure from party ranks

Internal squabbling and a lack of tangible results in the first few months of the new government resulted in growing political pressure against Chancellor Angela Merkel from leading members of her own party over the weekend.

Germany grinds to a halt under thick blanket of snow
Germany

Germany grinds to a halt under thick blanket of snow

Broad stretches of northern Germany were closed down over the weekend by blizzards, with many villages completely cut off and hundreds of drivers stuck in their cars over Saturday night.

Wolves liquidated after Swedish zoo escape
Sweden

Wolves liquidated after Swedish zoo escape

An entire pack of wolves has been liquidated at a Swedish wildlife park after escaping from their sanctuary. The incident occurred just days after a controversial nationwide hunt to cull wolves.

Oktoberfest security to be kept at last year’s high level
Germany

Oktoberfest security to be kept at last year’s high level

The extra tough security measures deployed to combat terrorist threats at last year's Oktoberfest in Munich will likely become a permanent requirement, organisers said over the weekend.

Last-ditch Swedish effort to save Saab
Sweden

Last-ditch Swedish effort to save Saab

A Swedish Government delegation has flown to the United States to coax General Motors into considering latest bids to keep its ailing Saab Automobile unit alive and running. The automotive giant announced on Friday that it had commenced formal liquidation proceedings of the Swedish-based brand.

Courts hear business cases in English
Germany

Courts hear business cases in English

Courts in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia have offered to handle business cases in English for a pilot project under keen observation by other courts, which could soon follow their example.

Bahn to lose Berlin S-Bahn monopoly
Germany

Bahn to lose Berlin S-Bahn monopoly

Berliners kicking their heels in the snow after months of local rail breakdowns have been told the city will end rail operator Deutsche Bahn's monopoly over its urban train network.

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Sweden

Swedish church losing 1 million members by 2020

The Church of Sweden says it will lose 1 million members within 10 years.