Carolin Stenvall murder trial begins
Sweden

Carolin Stenvall murder trial begins

Toni Alldén, 51, the man who has confessed to killing 29-year-old Carolin Stenvall in northern Sweden, said he had "no explanation" for why he had taken the woman's life as his trial began on Monday.

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Sweden

Man expelled from Sweden after 27 years

Sweden's Court of Appeal has issued a lifetime deportation order to a man who has lived in Sweden for 27 years.

VW targets market share during crisis
Germany

VW targets market share during crisis

Volkswagen, Europe's biggest car maker, threw down the gauntlet to rivals on Monday, saying 2008 profit had gained 15 percent and predicting it would gain market share during the global auto sector crisis.

Premier Althaus faces manslaughter charge
Germany

Premier Althaus faces manslaughter charge

Thuringia’s state premier Dieter Althaus will face a manslaughter charge for a New Year’s Day ski accident that left a woman dead and Althaus with a severe brain injury, Austrian state prosecutors said on Monday.

Opel makes case for German bailout
Germany

Opel makes case for German bailout

Opel lobbied German authorities on Monday for state aid, arguing the struggling car maker could stand on its own feet despite the problems of its US parent company General Motors.

Rostock politician demands DNA dog poop testing
Germany

Rostock politician demands DNA dog poop testing

A German lawmaker from the Baltic Sea city of Rostock proposed on Monday a high-tech way of dealing with the menace of dog poo on the streets: DNA testing to identify the canine culprit and fine its owner.

Junk-car bonus inspires other sectors to offer trade-ins
Germany

Junk-car bonus inspires other sectors to offer trade-ins

The new “scrap bonus” - or Abwrackprämie - which gives Germans €2,500 to scrap their old cars and buy a new one - is inspiring other industries to make similar offers to boost business, according to daily Der Tagesspiegel.

Piracy clampdown: ‘A step on the road to a police state’
Sweden

Piracy clampdown: ‘A step on the road to a police state’

Ongoing moves to tighten the screws on file sharers are pushing Sweden ever closer to the development of a police state, argues Green Party member of parliament Lage Rahm.

Sweden unveils EU presidency logo
Sweden

Sweden unveils EU presidency logo

Sweden on Monday released the official logo and website for the government’s upcoming chairmanship of the rotating European Union presidency.

Germany gives €150 million to rebuild Gaza
Germany

Germany gives €150 million to rebuild Gaza

Germany said on Monday it will contribute €150 million for reconstruction efforts in the Gaza Strip following the devastating Israeli military campaign last year.

Union sanctions pay cuts to save jobs
Sweden

Union sanctions pay cuts to save jobs

One of Sweden’s largest manufacturing sector unions said on Monday that its members are willing to allow employers to cut wages in order to avoid more layoffs.

IT sector grows despite recession
Germany

IT sector grows despite recession

Despite the general economic downturn, Germany’s booming information and telecommunications industry is desperate to fill 18,000 jobs on offer across the country.

Pirate on prosecutor: ‘The old bastard’s crazy’
Sweden

Pirate on prosecutor: ‘The old bastard’s crazy’

Making his closing arguments in The Pirate Bay trial on Monday, prosecutor Håkan Roswall called for each of the defendants to spend a year in prison for operating the file sharing site.

New online e-book platform to offer 100,000 German titles
Germany

New online e-book platform to offer 100,000 German titles

Some 100,000 German books will be available in digital format via an ambitious new online platform libreka! when the Leipzig book fair kicks off on March 12.

Bavarian brewers strike
Germany

Bavarian brewers strike

In terrifying news for Weißbier fans, Bavarian beer brewers staged temporary strikes on Monday morning in an ongoing wage dispute with employers in the southern German state.

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Sweden

GM agrees to pay Saab’s debts to suppliers

Saab’s US owner General Motors has said it will start paying money owed to the struggling Swedish automaker’s suppliers in order to keep Saab's production lines running.

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Sweden

Wallenberg suicide secrets emerge after three decades

New documents have shown that the mother and stepfather of Raoul Wallenberg both committed suicide in 1979 having dedicated much of their lives in a despairing search for the missing Swedish diplomat who helped rescue thousand of Jews from extinction during the Second World War, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Fire ravages Mölndal apartment building
Sweden

Fire ravages Mölndal apartment building

One person has been taken to hospital with smoke injures and an entire block evacuated in the wake of a devastating fire in Mölndal in western Sweden.

Car dealers offering record discounts
Germany

Car dealers offering record discounts

The Abwrackprämie – a €2,500-premium for junking an old cars to buy a new one – has created record-level discounts at German car dealerships of nearly 50 percent, daily Bild reported on Monday.

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Sweden

Volvo pay raise ‘insulting’: Reinfeldt

Volvo Group’s plan to raise the salaries of 250 top executives is “insulting” according to Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt.

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Sweden

Reinfeldt denounces state auto bailouts

Fredrik Reinfeldt on Sunday blasted plans by his European counterparts to aid their domestic auto sectors with taxpayer money, calling instead for a cut in capacity.

Economic crisis encourages Germans to mind their manners
Germany

Economic crisis encourages Germans to mind their manners

Politeness in an impolite world? More Germans are taking etiquette courses as they look for a way to ground themselves during uncertain economic times.

Coach Klinsmann says Bayern played ‘without urgency’
Germany

Coach Klinsmann says Bayern played ‘without urgency’

Bayern Munich coach Jürgen Klinsmann admitted his side lacked urgency and were lethargic on Sunday as 10-man Werder Bremen held the defending champions to a 0-0 draw.