Merkel and Sarkozy back Barroso for another term at EU’s helm
Germany

Merkel and Sarkozy back Barroso for another term at EU’s helm

Germany and France on Thursday threw their weight behind a second term for European Commision President Jose Manuel Barroso, but said he must commit to a clear plan for steering Europe.

Sports car maker buys Saab: report
Sweden

Sports car maker buys Saab: report

Sporty Swedish car maker Koenigsegg has teamed up with a group of Norwegian investors to buy Saab from General Motors, according to state broadcaster Sveriges Television's news show Rapport.

Berlin mosque invites homophobic imam
Germany

Berlin mosque invites homophobic imam

An Islamic cleric who has called for the death penalty for homosexuals has been invited to speak at a mosque in the Berlin neighbourhood of Neukölln, the daily Tagesspiegel reported Thursday.

Visiting Berlin’s past
Germany

Visiting Berlin’s past

Giggling Japanese girls and buffoonish British teens? Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent of British daily The Times, looks at the flipside of the impact of tourism on the German capital.

German economy’s slump seen bottoming out
Germany

German economy’s slump seen bottoming out

The worst is over for the German economy, economists at a major research institute said Thursday. But unemployment will still rise sharply and growth will be meagre through 2010.

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Sweden

WHO declares swine flu pandemic: Sweden

The Swedish government on Thursday announced the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a swine flu pandemic, nearly two hours before the world health body's expected announcement.

US asks Germany to take Gitmo prisoners
Germany

US asks Germany to take Gitmo prisoners

The US government has asked Germany to take two detainees from its Guantamo Bay detention camp in Cuba, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry confirmed Thursday.

Prison for Gothenburg post depot robbers
Sweden

Prison for Gothenburg post depot robbers

A Gothenburg court on Thursday sentenced 13 people to prison for their role in the dramatic robbery of a postal depot in January 2008.

Opel plans cheap model as Magna mulls cuts
Germany

Opel plans cheap model as Magna mulls cuts

Opel is reportedly planning to build a low-budget version of its Astra to help it rebound, but the carmaker's likely new owner Magna is still considering massive job cuts.

Ikea dismantles plans for stores in India
Sweden

Ikea dismantles plans for stores in India

Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has scuttled plans to open stores in India due to regulations preventing foreigners from owning single brand retailers, the company announced on Thursday.

What’s on in Sweden: June 12 – 18
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: June 12 – 18

What's on in Sweden: Neil Young & Ikea exhibition in Stockholm; Euro 2009 U-21 football in Gothenburg; Orchestra Baobab in Malmö.

Anne Frank’s 80th birthday honoured in Berlin
Germany

Anne Frank’s 80th birthday honoured in Berlin

A day before what would have been Anne Frank's 80th birthday, Germany honoured the Holocaust victim and famous diarist in Berlin on Thursday.

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Sweden

Test sites named for Swedish language-learning bonus

Thirteen Swedish municipalities have been chosen to participate in the first phase of a plan to reward newly arrived immigrants who perform well in state-funded language classes.

Brad Pitt splashes out €710,000 for Neo Rauch painting
Germany

Brad Pitt splashes out €710,000 for Neo Rauch painting

A piece of German art has found its way into Brad Pitt’s home: The actor bought Neo Rauch's "Etappe" for €710,000 at Art Basel.

Swedish yacht secures home win in Volvo race
Sweden

Swedish yacht secures home win in Volvo race

Sweden's Ericsson 4 docked at Marstrand in southwest Sweden on Thursday morning as the clear leader of the nine-month yacht race, which is set to conclude later this month.

Meteor hits boy on way to school
Germany

Meteor hits boy on way to school

A pebble-sized meteorite crashed and burned into Earth, grazing 14-year-old Gerritt Blank while on his way to catch the school bus.

Taking the night train to Oslo
Sweden

Taking the night train to Oslo

Surrounded by hills and forest on three sides and a spectacular fjord to the south, Oslo is like no other capital city in Europe. During the summer, arrive the romantic way by taking the night train from Stockholm or Malmö.

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Sweden

Sweden’s food prices buck downward trend

Consumer prices have dropped in Sweden over the last twelve months, according to new figures from Statistics Sweden.

Government minister Leijonborg resigns
Sweden

Government minister Leijonborg resigns

Minister for Higher Education and Research Lars Leijonborg has resigned from the cabinet, according to an official statement.

Merkel backing Schäuble for EU post
Germany

Merkel backing Schäuble for EU post

Chancellor Angela Merkel wants Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble to become Germany’s next EU commissioner, the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Thursday.

Disease centre: swine flu could claim lives
Germany

Disease centre: swine flu could claim lives

Jörg Hacker, the head of Germany’s infectious disease centre, warned on Thursday that the rapidly spreading swine flu could lead to several deaths.

German stars ruling the home court at Halle
Germany

German stars ruling the home court at Halle

Germany's tennis players are keeping the home flag flying at Halle's ATP tournament by reaching the quarter-finals and dumping out seeds Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych.

Arson suspected in huge Gothenburg blaze
Sweden

Arson suspected in huge Gothenburg blaze

A powerful fire tore through a warehouse in Frihamnen on Hisingen in Gothenburg early Thursday morning, destroying millions of kronor worth of boats.

Sweden see off Malta to keep World Cup hopes alive
Sweden

Sweden see off Malta to keep World Cup hopes alive

Sweden’s national side came to life on Wednesday night with a convincing 4-0 victory over Malta, keeping the squad’s World Cup qualification hopes alive.

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Sweden

Women in custody for beating of far-right politician

Two young women suspected of beating up the spokesperson of the far right Sweden Democrats and his girlfriend were remanded in custody on Wednesday by the Södertörn District Court.