Sweden set for sunny weekend weather
Sweden

Sweden set for sunny weekend weather

Swedes are gearing up unseasonably warm weather during the final weekend in May, with temperatures expected to reach as high as 30 degrees Celsius before dipping back down to the mid teens in the first days of June.

Rosa Luxemburg’s body likely found 90 years after murder
Germany

Rosa Luxemburg’s body likely found 90 years after murder

The corpse of German communist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg, murdered in 1919 by right-wing forces, may have been in the forensic medicine department of Berlin’s Charité hospital for some 90 years, weekly news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Friday.

Greece issues arrest warrant for Siemens exec
Germany

Greece issues arrest warrant for Siemens exec

Greece on Friday issued an arrest warrant on a second former Siemens executive who failed to testify in a graft probe implicating the country's main two parties, a judicial source said.

China hold Germany to a draw
Germany

China hold Germany to a draw

Germany’s weakened national football team was held on Friday to a 1-1 draw by China in a friendly in front of a passionate home crowd in Shanghai.

Retail sales up in April
Germany

Retail sales up in April

German retail sales rose by an unexpected 0.5 percent in April from March, official statistics showed Friday, suggesting that consumption could help ease the country's historic recession.

Tax agency ready for June 1st ID card rush
Sweden

Tax agency ready for June 1st ID card rush

After two and half years of waiting, immigrants arriving in Sweden will finally be able to obtain Swedish national identity cards.

Merkel pips Dalai Lama for world popularity and power
Germany

Merkel pips Dalai Lama for world popularity and power

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is among the best-loved and most-influential politicians in the world – second only to US President Barack Obama and ahead of the Dalai Lama, according to a poll released on Friday.

Police arrest drug dealing 81-year-old granny
Germany

Police arrest drug dealing 81-year-old granny

Police in Nuremberg on Friday said they have arrested an 81-year-old woman for dealing heroin with her son – supposedly because her pension wasn’t enough to make ends meet.

Swedish Pirate Ellen Söderberg is EU’s youngest candidate
Sweden

Swedish Pirate Ellen Söderberg is EU’s youngest candidate

Ellen Söderberg is the youngest candidate in the EU Parliament elections, but the 18-year-old high school student says she’s not intimidated by the competition or her relative lack of political experience.

Opel future uncertain as Berlin talks stall
Germany

Opel future uncertain as Berlin talks stall

General Motors' German unit Opel and its 25,000 employees were staring into the abyss on Friday after the two firms bidding to take control appeared to get cold feet.

Poll sees Christian Democrats ahead in European vote
Germany

Poll sees Christian Democrats ahead in European vote

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats look set to win a clear victory in the upcoming European elections, according to a new opinion poll published Friday.

Sarkozy snubs Sweden: French press
Sweden

Sarkozy snubs Sweden: French press

French president Nicolas Sarkozy has cancelled an official visit to Sweden in reaction to comments made by Sweden's foreign minister advocating Turkish EU membership, according to French media reports.

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Sweden

Volvo Group cancels planned layoffs after union deal

Sweden's Volvo Group has scrapped plans to make 600 employees redundant following the completion of a deal with Swedish unions to cut working hours instead, the company announced on Friday.

Titanic exhibition opens in Stockholm
Sweden

Titanic exhibition opens in Stockholm

It was April 15th, 1912, when the world’s first “unsinkable ship” sank while crossing the Atlantic Ocean on her maiden voyage.

Paedophile charged for webcam sex crimes
Sweden

Paedophile charged for webcam sex crimes

A man who allegedly threatened to kill dozens of girls if they didn’t pose nude for him in front of a webcam was charged on Friday by the district court in Uppsala.

Germany’s most-wanted fugitive arrested in Hamburg
Germany

Germany’s most-wanted fugitive arrested in Hamburg

Thomas Wolf, Germany’s most-wanted criminal, was arrested without a fight on Hamburg’s notorious Reeperbahn red-light strip on Thursday evening. He had been on the run for nine years.

Saab given three more months to restructure
Sweden

Saab given three more months to restructure

Saab Automobile has been granted an extra three months to restructure, a Swedish judge said Friday, as parent company General Motors looks to sell the loss-making unit.

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Sweden

‘Biggest GDP drop in Swedish history’

Sweden’s GDP took a historic dive in the first quarter of 2009, plummeting by 6.5 percent, according to new statistics.

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Sweden

Man admits to rail station knife attack

A 22-year-old man has admitted to stabbing a 20-year-old woman at a rail station in Hallstahammar in central Sweden on Thursday afternoon.

Swedes’ English is bewilderingly excellent: Dylan Moran
Sweden

Swedes’ English is bewilderingly excellent: Dylan Moran

Award-winning Irish stand-up comedian Dylan Moran heads to Sweden next week, where he will perform in Stockholm and Gothenburg. The Local gave him a call.

Berlin passes synthetic heroin treatment law
Germany

Berlin passes synthetic heroin treatment law

The Bundestag, or the lower house of parliament, passed a law on Thursday allowing the controversial treatment of the country’s worst addicts with synthetic heroin.

Swedes killed in fighting in Somalia
Sweden

Swedes killed in fighting in Somalia

Several young men who left Sweden to join the radical Islamic militant group al-Shabaab in Somalia have been killed in battle, according to Sweden’s security service Säpo.

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Germany

Teenager arrested for school shooting threat in Hesse

A 15-year-old was apprehended by police in the Hesse town of Kirchhain after threatening a school killing on an internet forum, authorities reported on Friday.

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Sweden

Man files police report after woman backs out of sex deal

A 66-year-old Swedish man has reported a woman to the police for fraud because she refused to have sex with him.