Clouds gather over delayed Opel deal
Germany

Clouds gather over delayed Opel deal

General Motors' sale of its European brand Opel was thrown into doubt on Friday when an executive pushed back the signing date and a press report said GM wanted to hang on to the company.

Exhibition explores Vandal legacy
Germany

Exhibition explores Vandal legacy

Being billed as the most comprehensive exhibition about the Vandal civilisation ever, a new show about the notorious Germanic tribe opens on Friday at Baden's state museum in Karlsruhe.

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Sweden

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EU probes German aid to HSH Nordbank
Germany

EU probes German aid to HSH Nordbank

The EU on Friday announced it will investigate €3.0 billion in state aid given by German authorities to HSH Nordbank, citing "doubts" over their compatibility with European competition rules.

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Sweden

‘Anti-depressants cut suicides’: Swedish study

The number of suicides reported among the Swedish adult population has declined considerably and anti-depressants are credited with saving up to 500-600 lives per annum, a new study argues.

Clocks turn back to welcome winter
Sweden

Clocks turn back to welcome winter

Summer time comes to an official close on Saturday night as Swedes turn the clocks back and welcome in the darker days of the winter months.

Israel wants Berlin to finance two new warships
Germany

Israel wants Berlin to finance two new warships

Israel is hoping to order two modern German-made warships without paying for them, daily Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Friday.

Merkel’s new coalition hammers out final issues
Germany

Merkel’s new coalition hammers out final issues

Chancellor Angela Merkel's new coalition haggled on Friday over how to cut taxes and shore up Germany's tattered public finances in a final push to finalise a common programme this weekend.

Reinfeldt and Olofsson back Green party talks
Sweden

Reinfeldt and Olofsson back Green party talks

The Moderates and Centre party have backed Alliance coalition partner the Liberal party in calls to work with the Green party instead of the Sweden Democrats if the far-right party held the balance of power in parliament after the 2010 general election.

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Sweden

Czechs praise Swedish input on Lisbon treaty

Sweden was lauded on Friday by the Czech President Vaclav Klaus for framing

Swedes discover British WWI sub in Baltic Sea
Sweden

Swedes discover British WWI sub in Baltic Sea

A British submarine which disappeared in the Baltic Sea during the First World War has been discovered by a Swedish expedition near an island off the Estonian coast.

Bundesliga Preview: Leverkusen look to stay top without Rolfes
Germany

Bundesliga Preview: Leverkusen look to stay top without Rolfes

Bundesliga-leaders Bayer Leverkusen must make do without injured captain Simon Rolfes on Friday at home to Borussia Dortmund, but coach Jupp Heynckes has every faith in his side.

EU designates <i>Maultaschen</i> a protected regional food
Germany

EU designates Maultaschen a protected regional food

The European Union will begin protecting Maultaschen, a Swabian dish similar to ravioli, as regional specialty next month, the state of Baden-Württemberg announced on Friday.

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Sweden

Husqvarna slashes staff in Sweden as profits fall

Swedish outdoor power products manufacturer Husqvarna has responded to a third quarter drop in profits by announcing the closure of factories in Sweden and the USA.

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Sweden

Enqvist to lead Sweden’s Davis Cup team

Former top five professional tennis player Thomas Enqvist has been named as the replacement for Mats Wilander as captain of Sweden's Davis Cup tennis team, the Swedish tennis federation announced on Thursday.

Out-of-wedlock births show huge east-west German divide
Germany

Out-of-wedlock births show huge east-west German divide

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany remains firmly divided over family matters. According to a new study, dramatically more children are born out of wedlock in the formerly communist eastern half of the country.

Dutch court clamps down on Pirate Bay
Sweden

Dutch court clamps down on Pirate Bay

A Dutch court on Thursday ordered Swedish file sharing website The Pirate Bay to remove links to material owned by members of a Netherlands-based music and film copyright protection group.

Gloomy, but warmer weekend weather ahead
Germany

Gloomy, but warmer weekend weather ahead

The weekend weather in Germany will be a bit warmer, but residents can also expect cloud cover and rain, the German Weather Service reported on Friday.

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Sweden

Liberals open to Green support to block far-right

Liberal party leader Jan Björklund has opened up the possibility of cooperatiing with the Green party if the far-right Sweden Democrats garnered enough votes to hold the balance of power after the 2010 election.

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Sweden

Truck maker Volvo posts heavy losses

The world's second-biggest truck maker Volvo Group on Friday posted a lighter than expected third-quarter net loss and said the market was looking up, particularly in Asia, after several tough months.

Authority opens access to new .de country domain names
Germany

Authority opens access to new .de country domain names

As of Friday internet users in Germany have more options available for registering their own .de domain names.

Swine flu cases at record high
Sweden

Swine flu cases at record high

Cases of swine flu reached record levels last week with 198 new cases in comparison to 93 the previous week. The Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (Smittskyddsinstitutet) has now warned of serious affections among 15-40-year-olds.

Berlin wants to rid Germany of US nukes
Germany

Berlin wants to rid Germany of US nukes

Germany's new ruling coalition will call for US nuclear weapons to be removed from the country's territory, according to a document seen by AFP.