Police against body scanners as airport security debate reignites
Germany

Police against body scanners as airport security debate reignites

The failed terrorist attack on a transatlantic flight to Detroit has re-started a debate in Germany on full-body scanners. The national police union (GdP) has declared itself against their use.

Hölzl wins big as Olympics near
Germany

Hölzl wins big as Olympics near

Germany's Kathrin Hölzl won the giant slalom race in Lienz, Austria on Monday after American World Cup leader Lindsey Vonn suffered a nasty fall.

Sweden prepares for another deep freeze
Sweden

Sweden prepares for another deep freeze

Temperatures across much of Sweden are expected to plunge well below freezing on Monday night, creating slippery road conditions and leaving the country in a chill expected to last through the end of the year.

Prince-to-be named Sweden’s hottest country bumpkin
Sweden

Prince-to-be named Sweden’s hottest country bumpkin

Daniel Westling, who is set to become Prince and Duke of Västergötaland when he marries Crown Princess Victoria next June, can now also add “hottest hick” of the year to his list of titles.

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Sweden

Swede in coma after Philippines attack

A Swedish citizen is fighting for his life after being assaulted by two security guards at a nightclub in Angeles City in the Philippines.

Marketing guru: I can save Saab
Sweden

Marketing guru: I can save Saab

A French-born, US-based marketing expert who has often criticized American carmakers claims he can turn around troubled Swedish automaker Saab Automobile.

FDP speaks out against bank bonus tax
Germany

FDP speaks out against bank bonus tax

The head of the Free Democratic Party's (FDP) parliamentary faction Birgit Homburger has labelled the idea of taxing manager's bonuses "populist," after both Great Britain and France declared their intention to do so.

Berlin condemns Iran
Germany

Berlin condemns Iran

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday slammed the "unacceptable" crackdown on Iranian pro-opposition demonstrators by state security forces and pressed Tehran to respect civil rights.

McDonald’s used to help Swedish children learn English
Sweden

McDonald’s used to help Swedish children learn English

Ronald McDonald is helping Swedish schoolchildren improve their English skills, unbeknownst to the US fast food giant who created the icon.

Man goes to jail after illegal street crossing
Germany

Man goes to jail after illegal street crossing

A man caught crossing the street on a red light in Finnentrop, North Rhine-Westphalia has ended up in jail after the police officer who stopped him found that a warrant was out for his arrest.

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Sweden

‘Whiskey murderer’ hit with 15-year sentence

A 42-year-old man who stabbed his girlfriend to death and then poured whiskey on her dead body has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

From Silicon Valley to Stockholm: Meeting the US Ambassador, Part 2
Sweden

From Silicon Valley to Stockholm: Meeting the US Ambassador, Part 2

In Part 2 of a two-part interview, US Ambassador Matthew Barzun talks to The Local's David Landes about succeeding President Bush's envoy, eco-friendly former Ambassador Michael Wood; the significance of The Pirate Bay; and, introducing TED.

Swedish hockey fans set to break European record
Sweden

Swedish hockey fans set to break European record

More than 31,000 spectators are expected to brave Sweden’s chilly winter temperatures to attend a hockey match in Gothenburg on Monday night, setting a new European record in the process.

From Silicon Valley to Stockholm: Meeting the US Ambassador, Part 1
Sweden

From Silicon Valley to Stockholm: Meeting the US Ambassador, Part 1

In Part 1 of a two-part interview, David Landes speaks to new US Ambassador Matthew Barzun about fundraising for Obama, adjusting to life in Sweden, Alfred Nobel's legacy, and engaging citizens in online networks.

DAX companies cut 116,000 jobs in 2009
Germany

DAX companies cut 116,000 jobs in 2009

Germany's largest companies, represented on the DAX stock market index, cut 116,000 jobs worldwide in 2009, a survey published Monday has revealed.

Germans lose faith in politics
Germany

Germans lose faith in politics

Germans have less faith in their political system than at any point in the post-war period, mainly due to what they see as a weak response to the financial crisis, a poll published Sunday showed.

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Sweden

Gambling site to repay addict’s lost millions

In a surprising move, a gaming company has agreed to pay back some of the millions of kronor a company in Uppsala in eastern Sweden lost due to an employee’s gambling addiction.

Police clear out protesting students
Germany

Police clear out protesting students

The directors of Munich's Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU) asked the police to end a six-week student sit-in in one of their lecture halls. The students had previously accused the directors of starving them out.

Afghan teens dumped in Swedish forest
Sweden

Afghan teens dumped in Swedish forest

Five chilled and hungry Afghan teenagers stumbled into a southern Swedish town on Christmas Eve after being left by smugglers in a deserted stretch of forest days earlier, a priest who had taken them in said Sunday.

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Sweden

Sweden names Olympic men’s ice hockey troupe

Swedish hockey legend Peter Forsberg, who has twice helped his country capture Olympic gold, was among the 23 players provisionally named on Sunday to the squad heading to Vancouver to defend Sweden’s Olympic ice hockey title.

Germany set to lose export crown
Germany

Germany set to lose export crown

China is likely to overtake Germany as the world's largest exporter in 2009, despite a sharp fall in shipments as the global downturn took its toll, a high-ranking trade official has said.