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Sweden

‘Totally overwhelming’: voices from Trollhättan

Saab sale sparks delight in Trollhättan in western Sweden, home to some 3,400 Saab employees.

The inside track: Spyker
Sweden

The inside track: Spyker

Dutch luxury sportscar maker Spyker, which is to buy Sweden's Saab from US auto giant General Motors, is a minnow in the global automotive industry.

Parents on dole must repay €20 windfall
Germany

Parents on dole must repay €20 windfall

Most of Germany’s unemployed parents receiving Hartz IV welfare support will be obligated to return an extra €20 in child benefit mistakenly paid out this month.

Saab enters new era
Sweden

Saab enters new era

General Motors on Tuesday announced a "binding agreement" to sell its Saab division to Dutch luxury sports car maker Spyker, in an eleventh hour deal saving the storied Swedish brand.

Merkel warns Iran of coming sanctions
Germany

Merkel warns Iran of coming sanctions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel ramped up pressure on Iran Tuesday over its disputed nuclear programme, saying next month would be a critical time for the world community to decide on sanctions.

Heavy snow to follow record lows
Germany

Heavy snow to follow record lows

Parts of Germany on Tuesday experienced the coldest temperatures of the winter so far, with overnight lows dipping to -21 degrees Celsius. But meteorologists are predicting even chillier weather and heavy snowstorms for the coming days.

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Hospital morgue wrestles with rotting corpses

Corpses at the morgue of the Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge, south of Stockholm, have started to rot due to a breakdown in procedures related to renovation of the facility.

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Sweden

Trading in Spyker halted on Dutch exchange

Trading in Dutch sports car maker Spyker has been halted on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange as speculation mounts about a takeover of Saab Automobile.

Renée Zellweger joins Berlinale jury
Germany

Renée Zellweger joins Berlinale jury

Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger will join the jury for the 60th Berlin International Film Festival next month, organisers said on Tuesday.

Geely to make 300,000 Volvos a year in China
Sweden

Geely to make 300,000 Volvos a year in China

Geely aims to manufacture 300,000 cars a year in China, but intends to keep Volvo’s Swedish operations intact, according to plans the company has presented to Chinese authorities.

Larsson’s partner ‘didn’t just proofread’ trilogy
Sweden

Larsson’s partner ‘didn’t just proofread’ trilogy

Eva Gabrielsson, the long-time partner of author Stieg Larsson, has admitted having a greater role in the late Swedish author’s writing than previously believed.

Folklorists baffled over ‘love locks’ in Cologne
Germany

Folklorists baffled over ‘love locks’ in Cologne

Cologne city officials are trying to determine the origins of a new romantic phenomenon dubbed “love locks” on a bridge stretching across the Rhine River.

Police shoot student at Swedish college
Sweden

Police shoot student at Swedish college

A knife-wielding student at a college in western Sweden is recovering in hospital after being shot by a police officer on Tuesday morning.

Berlin sending 500 extra troops to Afghanistan
Germany

Berlin sending 500 extra troops to Afghanistan

Germany plans to send 500 more troops to Afghanistan, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday ahead of a London conference on the international mission's future.

Best Picture honours for first ‘Millennium’ thriller
Sweden

Best Picture honours for first ‘Millennium’ thriller

A movie based on the first book of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling “Millennium” trilogy took home top honours at the Swedish film awards on Monday night, scooping up three awards, including best picture and best actress.

Business confidence continues record rise
Germany

Business confidence continues record rise

German business confidence rose for a record 10th month in a row, the Ifo index showed Tuesday, raising hopes that Germany's economy, Europe's largest, could lead the continent from its slump.

Sportsman in hate speech row over Tottenham anti-Jew ‘joke’
Sweden

Sportsman in hate speech row over Tottenham anti-Jew ‘joke’

A Swedish bandy player has been reported for hate speech after calling for English Premier League side Liverpool to "push forward harder than the Germans did on the Night of the Broken Glass" in their recent match against Tottenham, a club he refers to as "the greedy Jews".

Hotel chain Starwood warns of possible credit card fraud
Germany

Hotel chain Starwood warns of possible credit card fraud

Customers who stayed at one of the hotels owned by international hotel conglomerate Starwood within Germany may have been victim to widespread credit card fraud, the company confirmed on Tuesday.

Two dead after boulder crushes family home
Germany

Two dead after boulder crushes family home

Two people are dead and another two seriously injured after an enormous boulder crushed a family home in the southern Bavarian town of Stein an der Traun on Monday evening.

Genii Capital pulls out of Saab bidding process
Sweden

Genii Capital pulls out of Saab bidding process

The Luxembourg investment firm backing Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone's efforts to purchase Saab from General Motors said on Monday it was dropping out, leaving Dutch carmaker Spyker as the last remaining bidder.

Mercedes shows off ‘Brawny’ Schumacher
Germany

Mercedes shows off ‘Brawny’ Schumacher

Mercedes GP launched their new Silver Arrow car this week, but the real firepower in the German team's camp is set to be the renewed partnership between Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn.

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Sweden

School to start testing students for drugs

A high school in south central Sweden plans to go ahead with drug testing on students, despite criticism from the national education agency.

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Sweden

Many foreign-born in Sweden lack work: study

More than two out of three foreign-born residents who have been in Sweden for two years or less don’t have work, new statistics show.