The man in the driver’s seat: VW’s Ferdinand Piech
Germany

The man in the driver’s seat: VW’s Ferdinand Piech

Ferdinand Piech, the grandson of the inventor of the VW Beetle, was more than ever the Germany's auto godfather on Thursday after his vision of a Volkswagen-Porsche tie-up prevailed.

Volkswagen takes the wheel at Porsche
Germany

Volkswagen takes the wheel at Porsche

After years of industrial and familial battles, Europe's biggest car marker Volkswagen appeared close Thursday to taking over fellow German carmaker Porsche.

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Sweden

Scania reports surpise second quarter losses

Swedish truckmaker Scania was hit with unexpected losses in the second quarter due to weak demand, and warned that no recovery is yet in sight.

Schleswig-Holstein triggers early election
Germany

Schleswig-Holstein triggers early election

Peter Harry Carstensen, the conservative premier of the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, lost a confidence vote as expected on Thursday, clearing the way for early elections on September 27.

What’s on in Germany: July 23 – 29
Germany

What’s on in Germany: July 23 – 29

This Week's Highlights: Santigold plays Hamburg, a fashion exhibition opens in Düsseldorf, and Frankfurt screens "Blowup" under the stars.

Children tell of ‘hell’ under abusive father
Sweden

Children tell of ‘hell’ under abusive father

Three children of a father accused of abusing and imprisoning his family spoke out on Thursday as the trial of the 58-year-old kicked off in Uppsala in eastern Sweden.

GM says China’s BAIC out of contention to buy Opel
Germany

GM says China’s BAIC out of contention to buy Opel

The race to take over General Motors Opel unit was reduced to a head-to-head duel on Thursday after GM jettisoned an offer from China's BAIC, leaving just Magna and RHJ International standing.

Man dies after headfirst jump into disco pool with glass shards
Germany

Man dies after headfirst jump into disco pool with glass shards

Stuttgart police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old man who bled to death Thursday morning after he jumped head first into a swimming pool at a disco, a spokesperson told The Local on Thursday.

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Sweden

What’s on in Stockholm: July 24 – 30

What's on in Stockholm: Stockholm Pride & Opera al fresco in Stockholm.

Most Germans believe in love at first sight
Germany

Most Germans believe in love at first sight

More than half of Germans believe in love at first sight – many of them through their own experience, a poll for the German edition of Reader’s Digest revealed on Thursday.

Lesbian couples cause run on Swedish sperm banks
Sweden

Lesbian couples cause run on Swedish sperm banks

A shortage of healthy sperm and a spike in demand from lesbian couples has caused a backlog of artificial insemination applications at Swedish fertility clinics.

Swedish ferry crash: ‘everything shook’
Sweden

Swedish ferry crash: ‘everything shook’

Two passenger ferries have collided in heavy fog near the port of Nynäshamn off Sweden's east coast. Ten people sustained minor injuries, according to the latest reports.

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Sweden

Sweden to close New York and LA consulates

The Swedish foreign ministry announced on Thursday it was closing one embassy and four consulates general, including those in New York and Los Angeles due to budget constraints.

Zypries backs adoption for gay couples
Germany

Zypries backs adoption for gay couples

German Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries on Thursday backed changing the law to allow gay couples adopt children.

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Sweden

ABB beats expectations despite profit slump

Although profits reported by Swedish-Swiss engineering group ABB fell significantly in the second quarter, its results still exceeded consensus expectations.

Berlin accepts highest concentration of immigrants
Germany

Berlin accepts highest concentration of immigrants

Berlin had the highest concentration of immigrants in 2008, welcoming 13 new people for every 1,000 residents, a report from the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) said on Thursday.

The rise and fall of Porsche’s Wendelin Wiedeking
Germany

The rise and fall of Porsche’s Wendelin Wiedeking

Wendelin Wiedeking was a savvy manager who saved Germany's Porsche from the brink and transformed it into a firm as impressive as one of its roaring sports cars.

Bunny pic unmasks Swedish benefits cheat
Sweden

Bunny pic unmasks Swedish benefits cheat

A Swedish man who claimed to be wheelchair bound has been asked to repay millions of kronor in social insurance benefits after authorities obtained a picture of him dancing with a life-sized rabbit.

Sweden raps Vattenfall over recent scandals
Sweden

Sweden raps Vattenfall over recent scandals

Following a wave of scandals surrounding Vattenfall, the Swedish government has demanded concrete measures be taken by the board of the state-owned nuclear operator.

Clues to unstable ground near landslide were ignored
Germany

Clues to unstable ground near landslide were ignored

There were clues that the ground in Nachterstedt was unstable years before a landslide pulled homes into a lake killing three people earlier this week, daily Frankfurter Rundschau reported on Thursday.

What’s on in Sweden: July 24 – 30
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: July 24 – 30

What's on in Sweden: Stockholm Pride & Opera al fresco in Stockholm; eccentric variety show in Gothenburg; Möllevången music, theatre & arts festival in Malmö

Job losses driving Swedish men back to school
Sweden

Job losses driving Swedish men back to school

The current recession has put increased pressure on Sweden's institutions of higher education as more and more men head back to school due to the shaky job market.

Porsche boss and finance chief step down
Germany

Porsche boss and finance chief step down

The German luxury sports car maker Porsche announced Thursday the resignation "with immediate effect" of chief executive Wendelin Wiedeking and financial director Holger Härter.

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Sweden

Woman admits killing 81-year-old mother

A 60-year-old woman from central Sweden was arrested and remanded in custody on Wednesday after confessing to killing her mother.

Blogger Profile: Vic ‘GameReactor’ Bassey
Sweden

Blogger Profile: Vic ‘GameReactor’ Bassey

In the world of gaming production and development, Sweden has earned itself an all-time high score, ranking as a top-three nation alongside the US and UK, according to gaming whiz Vic Bassey.

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Sweden

Pirate Party sets sights on Swedish local elections

The Pirate Party will be getting its feet wet in local politics in several municipalities in eastern Sweden next year.

Merkel comic book sells out
Germany

Merkel comic book sells out

A new comic book about the life of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as "Miss Tschörmänie" has sold out in four days.