Westerwelle attacks ‘socialist’ welfare debate
Germany

Westerwelle attacks ‘socialist’ welfare debate

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle refused to back down on Friday after being assailed from all quarters for slamming the “socialist leanings” of a national debate on welfare.

Thin Alpine air has slimming effect on the obese
Germany

Thin Alpine air has slimming effect on the obese

Obese people can quickly lose weight and keep it off for weeks afterwards by spending time at higher altitudes, German scientists revealed this week, in a discovery that could lead to new obesity treatments.

Spyker chief upbeat as EIB approves Saab loan
Sweden

Spyker chief upbeat as EIB approves Saab loan

The European Investment Bank has given the all clear for the completion of a €400 million loan to Saab Automobile.

Vancouver 2010 gets underway
Sweden

Vancouver 2010 gets underway

The Vancouver 2010 Olympics gets underway on Friday at 7pm Swedish time. The opening events include ski jumping, the men's downhill and Sweden's women's hockey team in action against the Swiss.

ThyssenKrupp posts strong Q1 profit
Germany

ThyssenKrupp posts strong Q1 profit

The German steel group ThyssenKrupp posted on Friday a first quarter profit that was much better than expected, but warned a recovery remained fragile because sales would level off this year.

German athletes go for gold at Winter Olympics in Vancouver
Germany

German athletes go for gold at Winter Olympics in Vancouver

A winter-sports powerhouse, Germany is hoping to dominate the Olympic Games starting in Vancouver on Friday.

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Sweden

Saab green light from Spyker shareholders

Spyker's shareholders have given the all clear for the Dutch luxury car maker to press ahead with the purchase of Saab Automobile from General Motors.

Swede denies Auschwitz sign theft charges
Sweden

Swede denies Auschwitz sign theft charges

One-time neo-Nazi leader Anders Högström has denied the charges against him following his arrest on Thursday in connection with the theft of the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign from Auschwitz.

Anna Lindh widower Bo Holmberg dies
Sweden

Anna Lindh widower Bo Holmberg dies

Bo Holmberg, the husband of assassinated Swedish foreign minister Anna Lindh, has died aged 67.

HIV-positive No Angels singer charged with bodily harm
Germany

HIV-positive No Angels singer charged with bodily harm

Prosecutors said Friday they have charged Nadja Benaissa, a member of Germany's all-female pop group No Angels, with causing bodily harm for failing to inform sexual partners that she was HIV positive.

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Sweden

Runaway cat returns home after nine years on the road

Stockholm resident Vera Dettmann was left brimming with emotions of joy and disbelief on Thursday when she was unexpectedly reunited with pet cat Lakrits nine years after he disappeared seemingly without trace.

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Sweden

Swedes lead the world in tech usage: report

Swedes are the world's foremost users of information technology - such as mobile telephones, computers and networks - a new report shows.

Cologne considered evacuation near metro
Germany

Cologne considered evacuation near metro

Nearly a year after a dramatic cave-in underneath Cologne’s historical archive left two people dead, the city’s authorities considered evacuating large parts of the centre along a new metro line.

Rape suspicions mount against ex-police chief
Sweden

Rape suspicions mount against ex-police chief

The allegations directed at a former Swedish police chief suspected of rape continued to grow on Friday with at least five women and girls now thought to be involved in the case.

Sorry Germany, but Canada’s gold for bobsleigh champ Lueders
Germany

Sorry Germany, but Canada’s gold for bobsleigh champ Lueders

Win or lose, there's nothing to match Canada in the view of four-time Olympian and 1998 bobsleigh champion Pierre Lueders - even if it upsets Germany.

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Sweden

Disappointed Eriksson leaves Notts County

Sven-Göran Eriksson, the Swedish former England coach, has resigned from his job as director of football at English second division side Notts County after only six months in the post.

Polanski only a ‘ghost’ at Berlinale premiere
Germany

Polanski only a ‘ghost’ at Berlinale premiere

Roman Polanski's new film "The Ghost Writer" premieres Friday at the 60th Berlin Film Festival but the director, under house arrest in Switzerland, will be at the red-carpet gala in spirit only.

Economic recovery stalls
Germany

Economic recovery stalls

The German economy stagnated in the fourth quarter of 2009, halting the European heavyweight's rebound from a deep recession, data released on Friday by the Federal Statistics Office showed.

Verdi defends wage demands after talks fail
Germany

Verdi defends wage demands after talks fail

The leader of the public workers’ union Verdi has defended his organisation’s demands after a third round of negotiations with state and municipal employers failed late on Thursday night.

Biathlon pin-up among Olympic gold favourites
Germany

Biathlon pin-up among Olympic gold favourites

Germany's biathlon pin-up Magdalena Neuner begins her assault on Olympic gold on Saturday in the women's sprint, but her main rivals for a podium place are set to come from her own team.

Liberals push for more Afghanistan troops
Sweden

Liberals push for more Afghanistan troops

The Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) has argued that the Swedish contingent in Afghanistan is understaffed and wants the force to be strengthened by a further 100 soldiers.

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Sweden

Bildt plugs Swedish fighter on Brazil visit

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt argued the advantages of the Gripen NG jet fighter over rivals from the USA and France while on a visit to Brazil.

Iranian demo in clash with Swedish police
Sweden

Iranian demo in clash with Swedish police

Two people have been arrested and two others were hurt on Thursday in clashes between anti-Tehran demonstrators and Swedish police outside the Iranian embassy in Stockholm.