Black Cobra gang steals selection of small cakes
Sweden

Black Cobra gang steals selection of small cakes

Criminals with connections to the Black Cobra network are suspected by police of pilfering 120 boxes of almond tarts, punch rolls, apple crowns and brownies from a delivery truck in southern Sweden on Thursday.

FDP says Westerwelle criticism threatens democracy
Germany

FDP says Westerwelle criticism threatens democracy

As Chancellor Angela Merkel defended Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Friday against accusations of inappropriately promoting the business interests of friends and family, his political allies said such attacks were a threat to German democracy.

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Sweden

Ombudsman backs police on pepper spray at refugee wedding

The Swedish Parliamentary Ombudsman (Justitieombudsmannen, JO) has ruled that there is no case to answer for the police officers who interrupted a wedding to arrest a 24-year-old groom at Malmö city hall, using pepper spray on him in the process.

Vattenfall sells German power grid to Australian fund
Germany

Vattenfall sells German power grid to Australian fund

The Swedish energy group Vattenfall said on Friday it will sell its German high-tension power grid to Belgium's Elia and Australian investment fund IFM for €810 million ($1.1 billion).

Germany’s Sorbs celebrate Zapust festival
Germany

Germany’s Sorbs celebrate Zapust festival

The Sorbs, Germany’s small Slavic minority, recently celebrated Zapust, an important cultural festival in the Lausitz region near the Polish border. Photographer Penny Bradfield went to the village of Turnow near Cottbus to catch the spectacle.

Good and bad news for allergy sufferers this year
Germany

Good and bad news for allergy sufferers this year

Winter might have been brutally long in Germany this year, but allergy sufferers will benefit – sort of. Pollen isn't expected to begin plaguing people until two weeks later than normal, but the delay could make allergies much more intense.

‘Foreign student places under threat’: agency
Sweden

‘Foreign student places under threat’: agency

New admissions regulations for Swedish universities set to be introduced in the autumn are likely to mean fewer places available for foreign students and could be in breach of EU law, according to the National Agency for Higher Education.

Toyota wins case over Volvo ‘safest car’ claims
Sweden

Toyota wins case over Volvo ‘safest car’ claims

Sweden's Market Court (Marknadsdomstolen) has ruled that Volvo Car's marketing of its XC60 vehicle as the "safest in the world" is misleading and lacks supporting evidence.

Church to appoint child sex abuse watchdog
Germany

Church to appoint child sex abuse watchdog

The head of Germany's Catholic Church issued a new apology to victims of paedophile priests as he met the pope Friday and announced the creation of a watchdog to counter abuses.

VW to jump-start Chinese electric car market
Germany

VW to jump-start Chinese electric car market

German carmaker Volkswagen is reportedly aiming to offer electric vehicles for the booming Chinese market within the next three years.

Top flight footballer sentenced for rape
Sweden

Top flight footballer sentenced for rape

Yannick Bapupa, a Congolese professional football player with Swedish top flight club Kalmar, has been sentenced to two years for rape.

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Sweden

Vattenfall sells German power grid

Swedish energy firm Vattenfall announced the sale on Friday of its German power grid to Belgium's Elia and Australian investment fund IFM for $1.1 billion.

Crisis-hit Iceland and Greece target German tourists
Germany

Crisis-hit Iceland and Greece target German tourists

Some Germans might be known as finicky and demanding travellers, but crisis-hit European countries like Greece and Iceland are targeting Teutonic tourists in hopes of easing their economic woes.

Swedish Eurovision fever cools
Sweden

Swedish Eurovision fever cools

Is Sweden falling out of love with Eurovision? On the verge of this year's national final, new statistics show that while the event still tops the ratings, viewing figures and public voting are in decline, according to a report in Dagens Nyheter (DN).

Top exec salaries remain high despite crisis
Germany

Top exec salaries remain high despite crisis

Germany’s top business executives last year brought home handsome paycheques worth only marginally less than what they earned before the country's worst recession since World War II.

Heavy fog and snow cause huge autobahn pile-up in Bavaria
Germany

Heavy fog and snow cause huge autobahn pile-up in Bavaria

Police in Bavaria reported that up to 170 vehicles were involved in a massive accident on the A8 motorway on Friday morning, as a spring snowstorm and thick fog created dangerous road conditions throughout the southern state.

Genocide vote sparks diplomatic fallout
Sweden

Genocide vote sparks diplomatic fallout

Sweden's ambassador to Turkey, Christer Asp, was summoned to the Turkish foreign ministry on Friday morning after the Swedish parliament voted to recognize the 1915 mass killing of Armenians and other ethnic groups as genocide.

Nazi wreck puts Berlin at odds with salvager
Germany

Nazi wreck puts Berlin at odds with salvager

The Admiral Graf Spee, the German "pocket battleship" scuttled to Uruguay in 1939, is caught in the middle of a struggle between the businessman salvaging it and the German government, which wants to prevent its commercialization.

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Sweden

Swede killed in Afghanistan

A Swedish woman from Örebro in eastern Sweden was shot and killed in Kabul in January. The woman was visiting relatives in the Afghan capital, according to a report in Nerikes Allehanda.

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Sweden

Bildt: Icesave deal key to Iceland IMF money

Sweden's Carl Bildt joined a chorus of Nordic foreign ministers on Thursday calling on Iceland to reach a banking payback deal with Britain and The Netherlands.