German joins EU group against women’s quota
Germany

German joins EU group against women’s quota

Germany seems set to torpedo attempts to establish a legally required women’s quota in management by the European Union, according to a letter written by the two relevant ministers.

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Sweden

Police catch ‘ruthless’ subway robber

Police on Saturday said they are certain that the man arrested on Friday is the subway robber caught on security camera emptying the pockets of an unconscious man at a Stockholm station, leaving him to be run over by a train.

New rules drive suicide firm to Switzerland
Germany

New rules drive suicide firm to Switzerland

A German assisted suicide organisation said on Friday it had opened an office in Switzerland for fear of possible prosecution at home.

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Sweden

Police suspect missing woman was abducted

Residents in Mariestad in western Sweden are forming a search party on Saturday afternoon with hopes of finding a 29-year-old woman who went missing on Thursday.

SPD turns from idea of working with Merkel
Germany

SPD turns from idea of working with Merkel

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) is turning against the idea of a “grand coalition” with Chancellor Angela Merkel. Two of the three potential chancellor candidates said this weekend they would not work with her.

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Sweden

Pippi’s monkey banned from child’s obituary

Parents of a three-year-old boy who died suddenly at the end of last month wanted to include in their child's obituary a picture of Mr Nilsson - the monkey from the famous children's books about Pippi Longstocking. But Saltkråkan Ltd, which owns the image rights, said no.

Brits jailed for stealing museum rhino horns
Germany

Brits jailed for stealing museum rhino horns

Two British men who stole rhino horns from a museum to sell on the Asian market as medicine and potency drugs were sentenced to prison in Germany on Friday.

‘Assange could spend a year in embassy’: father
Sweden

‘Assange could spend a year in embassy’: father

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's father said Saturday that his son thought he could spend as long as a year holed up in Ecuador's embassy in London, but that he still plans to run for the Australian Senate in 2013.

‘The government acted too slowly’: relatives
Sweden

‘The government acted too slowly’: relatives

Relatives of freed journalists Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye, jailed in Ethiopia on terror charges, have for the first time openly criticized the Swedish government's handling of their case.

Merkel worries Arab violence could spread
Germany

Merkel worries Arab violence could spread

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday voiced her "great concern" about the violence spreading in Arab countries over an anti-Islamic film as she condemned an attack on the German embassy in Khartoum.

Germany ready to help Japan go non-nuclear
Germany

Germany ready to help Japan go non-nuclear

Germany stands ready to help Japan with the "demanding" goal of phasing out nuclear energy by drawing on its own nuclear exit progress, a government spokesman said on Friday.