This question is inspired by Emerton's question whether the ideal class of the different has a canonical square root.

Consider the diagram (of elements; the groups these lie in are the ideal class group of $L$ in the top row and that of $K$ in the bottom row) $$ \matrix{ ? & \to & [diff(L/K)] \cr \downarrow & & \downarrow \cr [St(L/K)] & \to & [disc(L/K)]} $$ where the horizontal maps are squaring and the vertical maps are taking norms from $L$ down to $K$. Here $diff(L/K)$ is the different of an extension of number fields, and $disc(L/K)$ its discriminant. The element $[St(L/K)]$ of the class group of the base field $K$ is the Steinitz class (see KConrad's comment to Emerton's question).

My question is whether there exists an element in the class group $Cl(L)$ that is at home in the left upper corner of this diagram. The most simple question would be whether the Steinitz class is always a norm; and if it is, whether it is the norm of a class whose square is the different class. The last question would be whether this element "?" is unique up to elements that lie in the intersection of the kernel of the norm and that of squaring.