Flashy Audi roars past other VW brands
Germany

Flashy Audi roars past other VW brands

Volkswagen's flashy brand Audi is racing ahead of VW's other makes and generated more than 85 percent of total operating profit in 2009, according to group figures released on Thursday.

Police identify Uruguayan star’s tormentors
Sweden

Police identify Uruguayan star’s tormentors

Police have identified nine of the sixteen Hammarby supporters who crashed an AIK training session on Wednesday and threatened Uruguayan international midflieder Sebastián Eguren.

Aldi founder Albrecht remains richest German
Germany

Aldi founder Albrecht remains richest German

Karl Albrecht, the founder of discount supermarket chain Aldi, remains Germany’s richest person, according to Forbes magazine rankings published on Thursday.

Crumbling A1 motorway casts shadow on construction firm
Germany

Crumbling A1 motorway casts shadow on construction firm

Crumbling parts of Germany's newly paved A1 motorway is creating headaches for construction company Bilfinger Berger, which is already under investigation for its alleged role in shoddy work on a collapsed Cologne metro tunnel.

Swedish security police eye terror T-shirts
Sweden

Swedish security police eye terror T-shirts

Swedish security service Säpo has said it is monitoring Danish clothing firm Fighters + Lovers, which relocated to Sweden last year after six of its members were convicted of supporting terrorism.

Public debt swells
Germany

Public debt swells

The global financial crisis pushed Germany's public debt up 7.1 percent in 2009 to €1.7 trillion ($2.3 trillion), official data showed Thursday, the second sharpest rise since World War II.

Boy finds East German message in a bottle
Germany

Boy finds East German message in a bottle

A young boy near Göttingen this week discovered a decades-old message in a bottle sent by someone looking for a pen pal from what was once communist East Germany.

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Sweden

Murder plot suspects kept for questioning

The seven people arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of a suspected plot to assassinate Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks have had their periods of detention extended by an Irish court for another three days of questioning.

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Sweden

Ambassador ‘concerned’ over sudden Roma influx

Sweden's ambassador in Belgrade has expressed concern over the number of Serbian citizens seeking asylum in Sweden in the wake of a recent relaxation of visa restrictions.

Poles no longer fear Germany
Germany

Poles no longer fear Germany

Two decades after German reunification raised widespread concern in Poland, the overwhelming majority of Poles no longer fear their western neighbours.

Auschwitz theft suspect awaits extradition
Sweden

Auschwitz theft suspect awaits extradition

Former Swedish neo-Nazi Anders Högström is to be extradited to Poland in connection with the theft of the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign from the Auschwitz death camp, Stockholm district court ruled on Thursday.

Westerwelle under fire for family business ties
Germany

Westerwelle under fire for family business ties

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Thursday faced new allegations that he had helped promote the business interests of his friends and family during official trips abroad.

BMW optimistic despite dip in 2009 profits
Germany

BMW optimistic despite dip in 2009 profits

German luxury car maker BMW on Thursday reported a 36.4 percent drop in 2009 net profit but also issued an upbeat 2010 forecast.

‘Free’ city tours exposed for dodgy employment practices
Germany

‘Free’ city tours exposed for dodgy employment practices

The popular city tour company Sandemans New Europe has been exposed for forcing their guides to pay for leading groups through Berlin, a practice that German legal experts say is illegal.

Sweden to recognize Armenian genocide
Sweden

Sweden to recognize Armenian genocide

The Swedish parliament voted on Thursday in favour of a motion to recognize the 1915 Armenian genocide.

What’s On in Sweden: March 12th – 18th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: March 12th – 18th

What’s on in Sweden: Fly Fishing in Stockholm, Josh Rouse (pictured) in Gothenburg and the scouts hold a jumble sale in Malmö.

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Sweden

Inflation rate doubles in February

The inflation rate doubled in February to 1.2 percent on January's figure and the consumer price index climbed by 0.6 percent over the period, a new report from Statistics Sweden (SCB) shows.

What’s on in Germany: March 11 – 17
Germany

What’s on in Germany: March 11 – 17

This week's highlights: Trojan warriors dance across a Berlin stage, Cologne hosts a spring festival, and continental Europe's largest St. Patrick's Day parade marches through Munich.

Politicians bicker over gun law reforms on Winnenden anniversary
Germany

Politicians bicker over gun law reforms on Winnenden anniversary

Amid memorials on the one year anniversary of the deadly Winnenden school shooting on Thursday, politicians and law enforcement authorities bickered over whether changes to weapon laws have been successful.

Up to 30 centimetres of snow expected as winter wears on
Germany

Up to 30 centimetres of snow expected as winter wears on

Don’t put your skis in the garage just yet – up to 30 centimetres of snow is expected in many parts of the country over the weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Thursday.

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Sweden

Bicycle thieves pedal off with Malmö art work

A bronze sculpture worth some 136,000 kronor ($19,000) was stolen from an art gallery in Malmö on Wednesday evening.

Källström jubilant as Lyon eject Real Madrid
Sweden

Källström jubilant as Lyon eject Real Madrid

Swedish midfielder Kim Källström is set to play a part in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after Lyon held off the challenge of Spanish giants Real Madrid on Wednesday.

Germany clashes with Brazil on Iran sanctions
Germany

Germany clashes with Brazil on Iran sanctions

Brazil and Germany differed sharply Wednesday on whether to threaten Iran with fresh United Nations sanctions in a bid to rein in its disputed nuclear program.

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Sweden

Two Swedes named on world rich list

Two Swedes have been named among the richest people in the world, according to the latest Forbes ranking which ranks Mexican Carlos Slim in first place.