Koenigsegg backs out of Saab deal
Sweden

Koenigsegg backs out of Saab deal

A group headed by Swedish sports car maker Koenigsegg has broken off negotiations over the purchase of Saab Automobile, the prospective buyer has said.

Teen girl gets five years for failed firebomb attack on school
Germany

Teen girl gets five years for failed firebomb attack on school

A 16-year-old girl who tried to firebomb her school in May and attacked a fellow pupil with a sword was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in a juvenile detention centre.

Police raid homes of alleged Chinese spies
Germany

Police raid homes of alleged Chinese spies

Munich investigators on Tuesday searched the apartments of four alleged Chinese agents on suspicion they have been spying on the city's Uighur community, news magazine Der Spiegel reported.

Swedish consumer group ‘a bunch of idiots’: Ryanair CEO
Sweden

Swedish consumer group ‘a bunch of idiots’: Ryanair CEO

Outspoken Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary slammed a Swedish consumer rights group on Tuesday, adding that the discount airline has not yet ruled out requiring passengers to pay to use the toilet while in the air.

Business confidence jumps as growth picks up
Germany

Business confidence jumps as growth picks up

Evidence mounted on Tuesday that the German economy was on the mend, with a closely-watched survey showing business confidence surging just as data confirmed third-quarter growth was the fastest in nearly two years.

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Sweden

Avoiding conflict at work doubles heart risk: study

New Swedish research shows that men with pent-up frustrations about perceived workplace injustices run twice the risk of suffering a heart attack.

Swedish ref on handball goal: ‘It wasn’t my fault’
Sweden

Swedish ref on handball goal: ‘It wasn’t my fault’

Martin Hansson, the much-criticized Swedish referee who last week missed a handball by French international Thierry Henry, has spoken out about the incident for the first time.

Chief inspector found stabbed to death in garage
Germany

Chief inspector found stabbed to death in garage

A chief police inspector has been found dead from stab wounds in southern Brandenburg, the state's Interior Ministry announced on Tuesday.

Murder probe explores World of Warcraft ties
Sweden

Murder probe explores World of Warcraft ties

Prosecutors are looking into what role the popular online adventure game World of Warcraft may have played in the weekend death of a woman in a Stockholm suburb.

Merkel expects ‘thank you’ as GM repays loans
Germany

Merkel expects ‘thank you’ as GM repays loans

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday she was expecting a "thank-you letter" from General Motors after the US firm paid Berlin back for huge loans to keep its Opel unit afloat.

Jewish ghetto tale scoops 2009 August Prize
Sweden

Jewish ghetto tale scoops 2009 August Prize

A novel detailing the heartache and hope of a World War II Jewish ghetto in the Polish city of Łódź has earned author Steve Sem-Sandberg Sweden’s most prestigious prize for literature.

Catholic official calls for end to celibacy for priests
Germany

Catholic official calls for end to celibacy for priests

Alois Glück, the new head of Germany’s main Catholic association, on Tuesday called for an end to celibacy vows for priests.

Swedish naval base baffled by 28 tonnes of dead fish
Sweden

Swedish naval base baffled by 28 tonnes of dead fish

A state agency responsible for military maintenance is facing charges of negligence after 28 tonnes of dead roach were found when a dock was emptied for cleaning at an underground naval base south of Stockholm.

EasyJet recalls magazine with Holocaust memorial fashion shoot
Germany

EasyJet recalls magazine with Holocaust memorial fashion shoot

British discount airline easyJet has recalled some 280,000 copies of its in-flight magazine after complaints about a fashion shoot staged at Berlin’s Holocaust memorial, daily Financial Times Deutschland reported on Tuesday.

Bonn bank manager plays Robin Hood for overdrawn customers
Germany

Bonn bank manager plays Robin Hood for overdrawn customers

A former bank manager from a Bonn suburb has been handed a suspended sentence for helping out poor clients by temporarily transferring money from the accounts of wealthy people.

Students plan protest of university conference
Germany

Students plan protest of university conference

Several thousand students are planning to demonstrate for improvements to the education system and against tuition fees on Tuesday in Leipzig as the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) meets to discuss reforms.

Swedish pig farms flout animal protection laws
Sweden

Swedish pig farms flout animal protection laws

Living conditions for Swedish pigs are worse than previously realized, an animal rights group claims, citing its own video evidence.

Bayern Munich needs luck and a win against Haifa
Germany

Bayern Munich needs luck and a win against Haifa

German giants Bayern Munich go into their home Champions League group stage fixture against Israel's Maccabi Haifa FC on Wednesday with their destiny no longer in their own hands.

Heavy wind storms rage through Germany
Germany

Heavy wind storms rage through Germany

Low-pressure system “Ludwig” tore through much of southern and central Germany overnight, tearing up trees by their roots and causing property damage, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Voters continue to flee Social Democrats: poll

Support for the Social Democrats continues to slide, having now dipped below 30 percent, according to a new poll.

Sweden’s Nordqvist claims second LPGA tournament title
Sweden

Sweden’s Nordqvist claims second LPGA tournament title

Eight final round birdies by Swedish golfer Anna Nordqvist helped her take home an unexpected win at the LPGA Tour Championship on Monday.