Spyker extends Saab deal deadline
Sweden

Spyker extends Saab deal deadline

Dutch sports car maker Spyker has dropped its Monday evening bid deadline and remains in talks with General Motors over the possible purchase of iconic Swedish brand Saab Automobile.

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Sweden

Spyker and GM in last ditch Saab talks

The head of Dutch sports car maker Spyker met with General Motors on Monday afternoon in a final attempt to convince the US auto company to sell Saab Automobile, the iconic Swedish brand facing an imminent wind-down.

Rapper fined over ‘nauseating’ misogynist lyrics
Germany

Rapper fined over ‘nauseating’ misogynist lyrics

A Berlin rapper who goes by the stage name of Frauenarzt – or "gynaecologist" – was fined €8,400 by a court on Monday for distributing violent pornographic writings and depictions of violence.

Kleindienst to build on Dubai islands despite Nakheel bankruptcy
Germany

Kleindienst to build on Dubai islands despite Nakheel bankruptcy

A German property developer announced on Monday plans to build luxury villas and hotels on six artificial islands off the Dubai coast despite the Gulf emirate’s recent financial woes.

Turkish militant suspect turns himself in to German authorities
Germany

Turkish militant suspect turns himself in to German authorities

A German citizen of Turkish descent has been arrested on suspicion of carrying out firebombings for a far-left group and trying to "liquidate" rivals, federal prosecutors said Monday.

PCs may be exempt from broadcast fee
Germany

PCs may be exempt from broadcast fee

Owners of computers with internet connections may in future not have to pay the dreaded broadcasting licence fee after a court ruled on Monday certain computers should be exempt.

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Sweden

Autoliv slashes 820 jobs worldwide

Swedish car safety giant Autoliv has announced several global plant closures and major job cuts as part of a cost-cutting strategy to adapt to a worldwide auto industry downturn.

Analysts wary of Spyker bid amid crisis talks
Sweden

Analysts wary of Spyker bid amid crisis talks

Sweden's government held crisis talks with union representatives in Stockholm on Monday as the clock ticks down on Saab Automobile's stay of execution.

Bavarian ski resorts look to a brighter, if warmer, future
Germany

Bavarian ski resorts look to a brighter, if warmer, future

Global warming and the mediocre outcome at Copenhagen aren't daunting Bavarian ski resorts. Rather, in keeping with the cold spell of recent days, they are pouring investment money into Germany's southern slopes.

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Sweden

Swedish university guilty of gender discrimination

A Swedish appeals court ruled on Monday that it was illegal for a university to prioritize men for its veterinary education programme, upholding a previous decision finding the institution guilty of illegal gender discrimination.

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Sweden

Court orders Betsson to shutter Stockholm office

Swedish gaming company Betsson has been forced to shut its betting office in Stockholm following a decision by the Swedish Administrative Court of Appeal (Kammarrätten).

Schäuble foreshadows serious belt tightening
Germany

Schäuble foreshadows serious belt tightening

Berlin will embark on a major savings programme by the middle of next year to get the nation’s finances back in shape after taking on massive debt to fight the economic downturn, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Monday.

Sweden boasts record high population growth
Sweden

Sweden boasts record high population growth

The Swedish population grew more in 2009 than it has in any year since 1946, according to new figures from Statistics Sweden (Statistiska centralbyrån - SCB). The increase is attributed to high birth and immigration rates, as well as sharply reduced emigration and fewer deaths.

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Sweden

Hide-and-seek flash mob invades Swedish Ikea branch

Some 150 kids infiltrated Ikea in Karlstad in western Sweden on Friday to play hide-and-seek following a call to arms on Facebook.

Myth-testing teenager injures tongue on chilly lamppost
Germany

Myth-testing teenager injures tongue on chilly lamppost

A teenager in Saarland who wanted the test the popular theory about tongues and lampposts in sub-zero weather learned a painful lesson over the weekend, police reported.

Egypt demands return of Nefertiti bust from Germany
Germany

Egypt demands return of Nefertiti bust from Germany

Egypt's antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said on Sunday that Cairo will demand the return of a 3,400 year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti, accusing Germany of fraudulently acquiring it.

Israeli military admits to organ harvesting
Sweden

Israeli military admits to organ harvesting

Following diplomatic tensions over an August article published in Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet accusing the Israeli army of illegally harvesting the organs of Palestinians, Israel has admitted its forensic pathologists removed organs from dead bodies without consent from their families, reports the Associated Press.

Westerwelle wary on Afghan troop rise
Germany

Westerwelle wary on Afghan troop rise

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle expressed pointed scepticism about raising the number of German soldiers in Afghanistan on Monday, adding uncertainty to the government’s position on the controversial question.

Police recover stolen Auschwitz gate sign
Germany

Police recover stolen Auschwitz gate sign

Polish police have recovered the stolen “Arbeit macht frei” sign from the gate of Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz and arrested five men over the theft, authorities announced Monday morning.

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Sweden

Swedish generosity on the rise

Swedes have become all the more generous despite – or perhaps because of – the economic crisis.

Every third driver texts behind the wheel
Sweden

Every third driver texts behind the wheel

Every third Swedish driver occasionally reads or sends text messages while behind the wheel. Experts say that texting can impair driving ability even more than extreme intoxication.

Unions urge GM to review new Saab bid
Sweden

Unions urge GM to review new Saab bid

Swedish union leaders are urging GM to consider Dutch sports carmaker Spyker's new offer for Saab.