EU sues Germany over Bavarian farm subsidies
Germany

EU sues Germany over Bavarian farm subsidies

The European Commission said on Tuesday it would sue Germany for the failure of Bavarian authorities to publish how much farmers in the state receive in EU handouts, as required by the bloc's rules.

Prosecutor shuts down Gripen bribes probe
Sweden

Prosecutor shuts down Gripen bribes probe

Sweden’s top prosecutor has decided to abandon his ongoing bribery investigation in connection with the export of Saab AB’s JAS Gripen fighter jet.

UK Conservative leader makes Nazi gaffe
Germany

UK Conservative leader makes Nazi gaffe

David Cameron, the leader of Britain’s opposition Conservative Party, unsettled a discussion about ID cards in the UK by adopting a fake German accent on Monday evening.

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Sweden

Swedish docs investigated for medical errors in the UK

Revelations that patients in the UK treated by Swedish doctors were more than ten times more likely to suffer from post-operative complications has prompted medical groups in Sweden to launch an investigation.

Mud, sun and Neil Young: The Local’s festival survival tips
Sweden

Mud, sun and Neil Young: The Local’s festival survival tips

Stuart Roberts traipsed through the mud at Stockholm’s ‘Where the Action is’ to compile this season’s summer festival survival guide.

Holiday plans not affected by recession
Germany

Holiday plans not affected by recession

The German economy may be going down the tubes, but the recession isn’t stopping Germans from taking their summer vacation, according to a new poll.

Web pioneer to be next US ambassador
Sweden

Web pioneer to be next US ambassador

A 38-year-old internet entrepreneur who went on to become one of Barack Obama’s top fundraisers will soon be nominated to become the United States’ next ambassador to Sweden.

Facebook loses legal fight against StudiVZ
Germany

Facebook loses legal fight against StudiVZ

Facebook’s legal challenge to shut down its German rival, StudiVZ, has failed after a Cologne court rejected the social networking site’s argument that StudiVZ ripped off Facebook’s design.

New list reveals common Swedish and English spelling mistakes
Sweden

New list reveals common Swedish and English spelling mistakes

People struggling to straddle what can sometimes seem like a cavernous divide between the Swedish and English languages will likely appreciate a new list of common misspellings in both languages.

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Sweden

Swedish navy locates German WWII mines

The Swedish Navy has uncovered a ten-kilometre band of German World War II mines at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.

Alpine hikers get finder’s fee for Stone Age mummy Ötzi
Germany

Alpine hikers get finder’s fee for Stone Age mummy Ötzi

After a 15-year legal struggle, an Italian regional government will reward €150,000 to a German couple who discovered one of the best-preserved mummies from the Stone Age.

German business confidence zooms ahead
Germany

German business confidence zooms ahead

A key signal that the German economy, the biggest in Europe, could be past the worst of the crisis flashed on Tuesday when the ZEW confidence index surged in June to the highest level for more than three years.

Koenigsegg buys Saab: confirmed
Sweden

Koenigsegg buys Saab: confirmed

Saab Automobile is to be sold to Swedish sports car maker Koenigsegg, Saab has confirmed.

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Sweden

Dozens questioned in Nordic child porn raid

Police in four Nordic countries carried out a join action on Tuesday morning to break up a suspected child pornography ring.

Intelligence officials: all Yemen hostages dead
Germany

Intelligence officials: all Yemen hostages dead

German intelligence services believe that all nine hostages taken in Yemen have been killed by al-Qaida, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Saab takes new road after 20 years with GM

The announcement by General Motors on Tuesday that it will sell Swedish automaker Saab to niche sportscar manufacturer Koenigsegg ends ties dating back 20 years with the Detroit auto giant.

More parents lose custody rights
Germany

More parents lose custody rights

After a spate of highly publicised child abuse cases, more German parents are having their children taken away from them by the state, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported Tuesday.

Hamburg politican wants to ban ‘spontaneous’ parties
Germany

Hamburg politican wants to ban ‘spontaneous’ parties

After spontaneous beach party on the exclusive North Sea island of Sylt drew 5,000 guests last weekend, a Hamburg politician says such gatherings shouldn’t be permitted.

Firms hoping to tap African sun to power German households
Germany

Firms hoping to tap African sun to power German households

A consortium of 20 top firms is planning a massive solar power project in sunny Africa to send electricity to grey Germany.

Swedish boat sails to overall victory in Volvo Ocean Race
Sweden

Swedish boat sails to overall victory in Volvo Ocean Race

Ericsson 4 of Sweden won the 2009-2010 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race on Monday, marking the second time a Swedish boat has placed first in the grueling nine-month round-the-world sailing competition.

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Sweden

Remand order for Red Cross fraud suspect

The former head of communications at the Swedish Red Cross (Röda Korset) has been remanded in custody on suspicions of having defrauded the organization.

Trabis and Wartburgs become rare on German roads
Germany

Trabis and Wartburgs become rare on German roads

It was an iconic image of the heady days of 1989, an East German Trabant, leaving the communist state for the first time to explore the West. Twenty years later, the little cars that could are disappearing from German roads.

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Sweden

IMF praises Sweden’s response to financial crisis

Sweden’s approach to managing the financial crisis has resulted in praise from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).