Koenigsegg buys Saab
Sweden

Koenigsegg buys Saab

The Koenigsegg Group, a consortium led by the Swedish sports car manufacturer of the same name, confirmed late on Monday evening that it has signed a binding deal with General Motors to seal the purchase of Saab Automobile, Dagens Industri reports.

Swedish TV presenter sells breast implants
Sweden

Swedish TV presenter sells breast implants

Swedish television presenter and former Big Brother contestant Carolina Gynning has sold her silicone implants and is donating the proceeds to charity.

Former parent ‘not interested’ in Volvo Cars
Sweden

Former parent ‘not interested’ in Volvo Cars

Volvo Cars' one-time parent company Volvo Group has thrown cold water on claims that it is mulling membership of a consortium working to bring the auto maker back to Sweden.

Catching up with Germany’s culinary cop Tim Mälzer
Germany

Catching up with Germany’s culinary cop Tim Mälzer

Often called Germany’s answer to Britain’s Jamie Oliver, star chef Tim Mälzer recently opened up his own restaurant in Hamburg. Joseph Corcos bellies up to the table.

Chinese ‘specialty cook’ trafficking ring raided
Germany

Chinese ‘specialty cook’ trafficking ring raided

Law enforcement officers staged nationwide raids on Monday as part of an investigation into a Chinese human trafficking ring providing “specialty cooks” to restaurants across Germany.

German solar-panel manufacturers face financial ruin
Germany

German solar-panel manufacturers face financial ruin

The German solar industry, once at the forefront in its field, has been hit hard by the bad economy and increasing competition from Asia, the Financial Times Deutschland reported Monday.

World Athletics Championship fails to spark run on tickets
Germany

World Athletics Championship fails to spark run on tickets

While athletes set new world records at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, interest in buying tickets has fallen flat.

Where would we be without Ryanair?
Sweden

Where would we be without Ryanair?

Airline industry veteran Rick Methven talks up the virtues of low cost air travel and recalls a pre-Ryanair era of outlandish prices and skies closed to the average consumer.

US owners take major stake in Volvo Group
Sweden

US owners take major stake in Volvo Group

American investment firm Capital Group has become AB Volvo's second largest shareholder with six percent of the Swedish truck manufacturer.

Michelle’s murderer confesses as trial begins
Germany

Michelle’s murderer confesses as trial begins

The accused murderer of eight-year-old Michelle confessed to the crime and apologised to her parents as his closed trial began at a Leipzig court on Monday.

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Sweden

‘Undocumented kids have a right to school’

The Swedish government has appointed a commission with the task of establishing the right of children of illegal immigrants to attend school.

Man held after Malmö shooting
Sweden

Man held after Malmö shooting

A man has been taken into custody following a shooting in Malmö last Friday, when a 23-year-old man was shot dead.

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Sweden

Fewer claiming benefits in Sweden: report

The number of people claiming benefits in Sweden declined for the fourth consecutive year in 2008, according to new figures. But the tide is about to turn, analysts warn.

Borussia Dortmund’s stadium ranked best in the world
Germany

Borussia Dortmund’s stadium ranked best in the world

The English might cringe when it comes to taking penalties against Germany, but that didn’t stop British daily The Times from naming Borussia Dortmund’s imposing Westfalenstadion the best place in the world to watch a football match.

German couple survives collision with train
Germany

German couple survives collision with train

A German couple walked away from their crumpled car unscathed after colliding with a regional train that dragged them 20 metres along train tracks before halting near Linz, an Austrian press agency reported on Sunday.

Customers sue Otto for failing to deliver €50 Macbooks
Germany

Customers sue Otto for failing to deliver €50 Macbooks

Customers are planning to sue mail-order retailer Otto after it failed to deliver on thousands of orders for Apple Macbooks priced at €49.95, news magazine Der Spiegel reported this week.

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Sweden

Prosecutor reported over rape comments

Swedish district prosecutor Rolf Hillegren has been reported to the justice ombudsman for published comments in which he classified some categories of rape as mere regulatory offences.

Expert says politicians ignore school drop-outs
Germany

Expert says politicians ignore school drop-outs

German politicians grossly underestimate the problem of student drop-outs in Germany, news agency DDP reported on Monday.

Currywurst museum celebrates saucy opening in Berlin
Germany

Currywurst museum celebrates saucy opening in Berlin

As German as the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin's favourite snack, the curried sausage or "currywurst," now has its own museum, a shrine to the saucy delicacy that has become a national treasure.

Population up despite financial crisis: report
Sweden

Population up despite financial crisis: report

Sweden's population increased to almost 9.3 million people during the first half of 2009, new figures indicate.

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Sweden

‘Self-harm common even among boys’: study

Four out of ten young Swedes aged 14-15 have reported deliberately injuring themselves. The phenomenon is almost as common among boys as girls, a new study shows.

Industry targets immigrants for skilled labour training
Germany

Industry targets immigrants for skilled labour training

In an attempt to combat a looming shortage of skilled workers, German industry will begin actively recruiting apprentices who have immigration background, daily Bild reported on Monday.

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Sweden

Swedbank announces massive rights issue

Swedish bank Swedbank has announced a 15 billion kronor ($2 billion) guaranteed preferential rights issue, according to a company press release on Monday.