Saab joins forces with India’s Tata for Gripen bid
Sweden

Saab joins forces with India’s Tata for Gripen bid

Swedish aerospace firm Saab announced an agreement on Monday with India’s Tata group to jointly develop a new version of its Gripen fighter plane in hopes of landing a $12 billion tender from India’s air force.

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Sweden

Central bank to transfer billions to treasury

Sweden's central bank said on Monday its general council had proposed to transfer 5.9 billion kronor ($723 million) to the Treasury.

‘Anti-Semitism on the rise in Sweden’
Sweden

‘Anti-Semitism on the rise in Sweden’

An ugly wave of anti-Semitism is on the rise in Sweden, and politicians who compare Israel with Nazi Germany or apartheid-era South Africa cannot claim to be free of responsibility, writes David Stavrou, a freelance Israeli journalist based in Sweden.

Princess Lilian taken to hospital
Sweden

Princess Lilian taken to hospital

Princess Lilian, 93, the British-born aunt of Sweden's King Carl Gustaf, is being treated at hospital on Monday after taking a tumble at her Stockholm home.

Berlinale sifts through wreckage of the global financial crisis
Germany

Berlinale sifts through wreckage of the global financial crisis

Award-winning British director Michael Winterbottom unveiled "The Shock Doctrine" Monday, one of a raft of Berlin Film Festival entries looking at what set off the chaos ravaging the global economy.

German heroin smuggler faces death penalty in Taiwan
Germany

German heroin smuggler faces death penalty in Taiwan

A German man faces the death penalty in Taiwan after being apprehended with 2.4 kilogrammes of heroin at Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport, officials on the island said on Monday.

Military training ‘cyber soldiers’ for digital wars
Germany

Military training ‘cyber soldiers’ for digital wars

The German military is creating a special unit to fight "cyber wars," according to news magazine Der Spiegel on Monday.

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Sweden

Man high on drugs filmed by cops for birthday gag

Two police officers from Malmö filmed a man high on drugs at a psychiatric clinic with a mobile phone while he delivered a birthday greeting to a colleague of theirs.

Opposition presses ahead with anti-nuke stance
Sweden

Opposition presses ahead with anti-nuke stance

Sweden’s three opposition political parties plan on arriving at government energy talks on Thursday armed with a common position, the parties announced on Monday.

Global downturn hits German trade surplus
Germany

Global downturn hits German trade surplus

Germany, the world's biggest exporter, said on Monday that its trade surplus plunged last year as the global economic downturn pushed it into recession.

Lawsuit looms for garbage strikers
Sweden

Lawsuit looms for garbage strikers

Garbage workers currently on a wildcat strike in Stockholm have been threatened with a lawsuit by their employers.

Football league nixes naughty 69 jersey for Karlsruhe’s Drpic
Germany

Football league nixes naughty 69 jersey for Karlsruhe’s Drpic

Dino Drpic, the new Croatian defender at Bundesliga side Karlsruhe SC, apparently wanted 69 put on his jersey as an homage to the fiery love he has with his vixen pop star wife Nives Celzijus, but the German football league nixed the naughty number.

Althaus was not drunk or speeding in ski accident
Germany

Althaus was not drunk or speeding in ski accident

There is no evidence that Thuringia’s state premier Dieter Althaus is guilty of manslaughter under “especially dangerous circumstances” in the New Year’s ski accident that killed a Slovakian woman, an Austrian state prosecutor said on Monday.

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Sweden

Escaped kangaroo freezes to death south of Stockholm

Police in Stockholm received a report Monday morning of a dead kangaroo lying in a ditch in the village of Sorunda south of the city.

Guttenberg named new economy minister
Germany

Guttenberg named new economy minister

German Chancellor Angela Merkel scrambled Monday to replace Economy Minister Michael Glos after his shock resignation with Germany in recession and a general election only seven months away.

Stockholm Furniture Fair: Sit down and smell the coffee
Sweden

Stockholm Furniture Fair: Sit down and smell the coffee

As just about everyone has started to feel the effects of the economic crunch, young designers are repurposing old materials and questioning the ways we live, writes Charlotte West. The message is clear – sit down, slow down and enjoy a cup of coffee.

German classical artists honoured at 51st Grammy Awards
Germany

German classical artists honoured at 51st Grammy Awards

German artists were honoured at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday evening. The Berliner Philharmoniker and the Rundfunkchor Berlin won for a Stravinsky recording and composers Hans Zimmer and a colleague took home Grammys for their film score to “The Dark Knight.”

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Sweden

Sweden to announce Carnegie buyer

Sweden is reported to have found a buyer for Carnegie, the embattled investment bank that was nationalized towards the end of last year.

China asks UK to go easy on German shoe thrower
Germany

China asks UK to go easy on German shoe thrower

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has asked authorities to show mercy on the German student who attacked him with a shoe during a speech last week at Cambridge University.

More public workers strike as wage dispute wears on with states
Germany

More public workers strike as wage dispute wears on with states

Public workers staged limited strikes on Monday in the states of Schleswig-Holstein and Baden-Württemberg as a long-running wage dispute between public workers and states continues.

Probe to follow naked Swedish police party
Sweden

Probe to follow naked Swedish police party

The presence of a male stripper and pictures of naked police officers brandishing their service weapons have prompted an investigation of a party thrown for members of the Gothenburg police force.

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Sweden

Dead woman discovered in ditch in central Sweden

A woman was found dead Sunday evening in a ditch near her home east of Tibro in Västergötland in central Sweden.

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Sweden

Right-wing activist beaten in Stockholm

A 35-year-old man active in a Swedish far-right political movement was taken to hospital after being attacked by a large gang in Hagsätra south of Stockholm on Sunday night.