#Sweden

A medical worker gives the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to a patient at a vaccination centre in Vantaa, Finland, on March 11, 2021. Markku Ulander / Lehtikuva / AFP
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Nordic countries play safe with AstraZeneca jab

Nordic countries were among the first to suspend use of AstraZeneca's Covid vaccine amid fears of side effects and, unlike most of the rest of Europe, they're holding off on resuming
At the heart of Northvolt’s plans is what the company calls a “gigafactory” producing batteries in northern Sweden. Photo: Ronny Hartmann / AFP
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Northvolt: building one of Europe’s largest battery factories

Swedish electric car battery maker Northvolt, which recently received a $14 billion (11.7-billion-euro) order from Volkswagen, has ambitious plans to become one of Europe's largest battery makers
A healthcare worker wishes farewell to a patient at the Portimao Arena sports pavilion converted in a field hospital for Covid-19 patients at Portimao, in the Algarve region, on February 9, 2021. (Photo by PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)
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Europe plays safe with virus curbs, fearing new variants

While some European countries are seeing virus cases fall, most are keeping national curbs in place, fearing new more infectious variants could cause infections to soar
European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell attends a press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) after their meeting. The European Union's highest-ranking diplomat Josep Borrell has repeated the bloc's call for Russia to release anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny.
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EU still smarting over expulsion of diplomats seen at Navalny demo

The tension grows between Russia and the European Union as Russia expells three EU diplomats - from Germany, Poland and Sweden - for their alleged participation in rallies supporting jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
A night train of the Osterreichische Bundesbahnen (OBB) Austrian railway company stands on a platform at the railway station in Gries am Brenner at the Austrian-Italian border, on February 23, 2020. Photo: Johann Groder / APA / AFP
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Back on track: Europe’s fading night trains win reprieve

Increasing awareness of the carbon footprint from air travel, coupled with shrinkage in the airline sector due to the coronavirus, mean that night trains may be in line for an unexpected renaissance
European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen (L) and European Council President Charles Michel bump elbows after a news conference following a four-day European summit at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, early July 21, 2020. Photo: Stephanie Lecocq / Pool / AFP
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EU’s virus recovery plan: historic but imperfect

The 750-billion-euro coronavirus recovery deal struck by EU leaders may be a historic landmark, but analysts are already warning it comes with substantial flaws
Belgium, Brussels: Ursula von der Leyen (r), President of the European Commission, takes part in a special session on the second day of the EU special summit. Photo: -/EU/XinHua/dpa
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EU leaders cautiously optimistic deal on virus recovery fund in sight

European Union leaders are currently having major talks for a shared economic stimulus package to recoup the damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic for the fourth day in a row. An agreement seems difficult to reach.
(LtoR) Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (up L), President of the European Council Charles Michel and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen meet on the sidelines of a special European Council summit in Brussels on February 20, 2020, held to discuss the next long-term budget of the European Union (EU). (Photo by Virginia Mayo / POOL / AFP)
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Sweden and Denmark step out of the shadows as EU’s frugals

Normally perceived as team players, Sweden and Denmark have found themselves playing the unaccustomed role of outliers in EU politics, blocking the widely backed COVID-19 recovery plan