VW to acquire 49.9 percent of Porsche by year’s end
Germany

VW to acquire 49.9 percent of Porsche by year’s end

Volkswagen, the biggest European automaker, said on Tuesday it would buy 49.9 percent of the luxury sports car maker Porsche by the end of this year for around €3.9 billion ($5.8 billion).

Stuttgart confident ahead of Sevilla Champions League clash
Germany

Stuttgart confident ahead of Sevilla Champions League clash

VfB Stuttgart coach Markus Babbel is confident his struggling Bundesliga side can defeat Sevilla in Tuesday's Champions League clash, despite the Spaniards defending a 100 percent record.

Far-right ‘no threat’ to red-green cooperation
Sweden

Far-right ‘no threat’ to red-green cooperation

Left Party leader Lars Ohly on Tuesday changed his stance regarding pre-election cooperation with other parties on the left, emphasizing that the far-right Sweden Democrats would never threaten to split the nascent red-green partnership.

Train work uncovers Bronze Age bounty
Germany

Train work uncovers Bronze Age bounty

A massive dig along 22 kilometres of a new high-speed train route in Saxony-Anhalt has revealed a spectacular discovery of 55,000 artefacts – among them skeletons that date back to the Bronze Age.

All-time October low recorded in Bavaria
Germany

All-time October low recorded in Bavaria

Meteorologists on Tuesday morning recorded the lowest ever October temperature in Germany, as the mercury dipped to a chilly -24.3 degrees Celsius in Bavaria’s Berchtesgaden national park.

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Sweden

Wilander quits as head of Sweden’s Davis Cup team

Swedish tennis great Mats Wilander said on Tuesday he planned to step down as captain of Sweden's Davis Cup team in order to spend more time with his family.

Eriksson rejects Swedish top job offer
Sweden

Eriksson rejects Swedish top job offer

Former England and Mexico boss Sven-Göran Eriksson has ruled himself out as a candidate for the vacant post as Swedish national team coach.

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Sweden

Swedes upbeat about the economy: poll

Swedes have become more positive about the country’s economic development, as well as developments in their own pocketbooks, according to a new study.

High court begins case on controversial child welfare benefits
Germany

High court begins case on controversial child welfare benefits

Germany’s high court began hearings on Tuesday over whether the Hartz IV welfare benefits for some 1.7 million children are sufficient to cover their daily needs.

‘Poop in boots’ scandal has Cats cast hissing
Sweden

‘Poop in boots’ scandal has Cats cast hissing

Accusations of sexual harassment and a feces-filled counterattack have rocked the Stockholm production of the musical Cats, despite rave reviews and sellout crowds.

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Sweden

Stockholm Q & A: Where can I find Argentinian food in Stockholm?

In our regular column answering readers' questions about Stockholm, Peter Vinthagen Simpson gives tips on where to find good Argentinian cuisine in Stockholm.

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Sweden

No appreciation for Token as kid’s name: Swedish tax agency

Swedish tax authorities have decided to continue their fight to bar a Stockholm-area mother from naming her child Token.

German doctor kidnapped and dumped before French courthouse
Germany

German doctor kidnapped and dumped before French courthouse

A German cardiologist convicted of killing his French lover's daughter 27 years ago was kidnapped and dumped, bound and gagged, outside a French courthouse, police said Tuesday.

Sweden Democrat leader reported for ‘hate speech’
Sweden

Sweden Democrat leader reported for ‘hate speech’

An opinion piece by Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Åkesson in which he labels Muslims a major threat has been reported to Sweden's highest legal official by the Centre Against Racism (Centrum Mot Rasism).

Erotic farm girls calendar aims to make agriculture alluring
Germany

Erotic farm girls calendar aims to make agriculture alluring

Hoping to make working in agriculture more attractive to younger Germans, a Bavarian farming association has presented the latest edition of a calendar showing farm girls in erotic poses.

‘Henke’ Larsson to quit professional football
Sweden

‘Henke’ Larsson to quit professional football

Swedish football legend Henrik Larsson has announced he is retiring from professional football at the conclusion of the current season.

Mail-order giant Quelle to be liquidated
Germany

Mail-order giant Quelle to be liquidated

Administrators of Germany’s insolvent mail-order giant Quelle announced late on Monday night that the storied firm would be liquidated and up to 7,000 employees laid off after efforts to find a new investor were fruitless.

Government should give special vaccine to at risk groups, medical authority says
Germany

Government should give special vaccine to at risk groups, medical authority says

The German Medical Association said Tuesday it was angered by reports that government workers will receive a special swine flu vaccination and said it should be given to high risk groups instead.

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Sweden

Bank robber in custody following ‘religious awakening’

Police in western Sweden may soon be able to close their files on a daring four-year old bank robbery after one of the thieves experienced a religious salvation during his time on the run.

Custodial worker strike washes over Berlin
Germany

Custodial worker strike washes over Berlin

Nationwide strikes by custodial workers began in Berlin on Tuesday after failed wage negotiations, trade union IG BAU announced.

Swedbank’s losses worse than expected
Sweden

Swedbank’s losses worse than expected

Swedbank has reported an operating loss of 2.6 billion kronor ($373.6 million) for the third quarter, a worse result than analysts expected for the Swedish bank with heavy exposure in the troubled Baltic region.

EU unlikely to challenge Opel deal
Germany

EU unlikely to challenge Opel deal

The European Commission may have its doubts that a Berlin-backed plan to save Opel is legal but it is unlikely to challenge the deal for fears it would only drive the automaker into bankruptcy, observers said on Tuesday.

‘Renationalize Sweden’s schools’: Liberals
Sweden

‘Renationalize Sweden’s schools’: Liberals

The state ought to once again take over primary responsibility for Sweden’s schools, according to a proposal under consideration within the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet).