Söderling rockets into French Open final
Sweden

Söderling rockets into French Open final

Robin Söderling blasted his way past Tomas Berdych into the French Open final on Friday.

SAS sells 49 percent stake in Estonian Air
Sweden

SAS sells 49 percent stake in Estonian Air

SAS has reached an agreement with the Estonian government to sell its 49 percent stake in Estonian Air.

German companies to build world’s biggest wind park
Germany

German companies to build world’s biggest wind park

German companies Siemens, RWE and SWE are teaming up to build the world’s largest wind park off the coast of Wales in the Irish Sea, they announced together on Friday.

Neo-Nazi parties look for salvation through a merger
Germany

Neo-Nazi parties look for salvation through a merger

Germany’s two main neo-Nazi parties are considering a merger in an apparent bid to turn around their flagging political fortunes, a media report said Friday.

Moderates pledge to uphold job security law
Sweden

Moderates pledge to uphold job security law

The Moderate Party has pledged to uphold Sweden's generous employment security laws (Lagen om anställningsskydd, LAS), despite its Alliance partners' wishes to make fundamental reforms.

Court agrees to German trial for Somali pirates
Germany

Court agrees to German trial for Somali pirates

A Dutch court on Friday approved the extradition of ten alleged Somali pirates for trial in Germany, a court official said.

Interview: How a Swedish model exposed Goa’s drug dealing cops
Sweden

Interview: How a Swedish model exposed Goa’s drug dealing cops

Swedish model Lucky Mångårda Amori went to Bollywood to act, but first she directed a real-life Indian crime drama. Paul O’Mahony meets the former reality TV show contestant who trained a camera on the police and captured corruption on an epic scale.

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Sweden

Man held after Migration Board hostage drama

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault after two people were taken hostage during an attempted break out at the Migration Board (Migrationsverket) detention centre in Ljungaskog in southern Sweden on Friday.

EADS to launch algae-powered airplane
Germany

EADS to launch algae-powered airplane

European aerospace firm EADS will present the world’s first airplane that runs only on algae fuel next week at the ILA Berlin Air Show, the company’s technical director said on Friday.

Sweden Democrats decry secular school song
Sweden

Sweden Democrats decry secular school song

The far-right Sweden Democrats have proposed forcing schools to offer a church service sing-song at the end of term, expressing concern over the secular trend among Swedish schools.

Still rockin’ on the Ring after 25 years
Germany

Still rockin’ on the Ring after 25 years

Germany’s largest music festival Rock am Ring kicked off this week in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate with organisers expecting 85,000 fans to celebrate the event’s 25th anniversary.

Snow cover sets new winter record
Sweden

Snow cover sets new winter record

Summer has been a long time coming for Storlien-Visjövalen ski resort in central Sweden, near the Norwegian border, where the last of the snow only melted away on Wednesday.

German media roundup: Little excitement for Wulff presidency
Germany

German media roundup: Little excitement for Wulff presidency

The announcement Thursday night that the coalition government was backing Lower Saxony premier Christian Wulff as Germany's new president got a mixed reaction. The Local gauges the mood of the nation's papers.

Bungee jumping ‘killed off’ by new safety rules
Sweden

Bungee jumping ‘killed off’ by new safety rules

Strict new safety rules could spell the end of bungee jumping in Sweden, companies who organize the activity have warned.

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Sweden

Anti-piracy law test case ‘on its way’ to EU Court

The first case tried since the passage of Sweden's anti-file sharing law (Ipred) in April 2009 looks destined for the EU Court of Justice after a ruling by the Supreme Court.

Teachers call for student weigh-ins to curb obesity
Germany

Teachers call for student weigh-ins to curb obesity

Following a recent report that Germans are getting fatter, the teachers' association (DL) called on Friday for stronger obesity prevention at schools, including regular weigh-ins and handing severe cases to child protection services.

Rösler’s health reforms rebuffed by coalition colleagues
Germany

Rösler’s health reforms rebuffed by coalition colleagues

Health Minister Philipp Rösler’s signature policy to begin reforming health insurance by introducing an extra €30 monthly fee for millions of patients has met a brick wall in the coalition government, media reported Friday.

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Sweden

Study: Low IQ linked to suicide risk

A study involving a million Swedish men has shown that there is a higher risk of attempted suicide later in life among those with lower IQ at the age of 18.

Löw feeling good after final friendly win
Germany

Löw feeling good after final friendly win

Germany coach Joachim Löw said his side will travel to South Africa in a positive mood after an impressive 3-1 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina on Thursday in their final World Cup dress rehearsal.

Banker’s wife found dead
Germany

Banker’s wife found dead

The police on Friday confirmed a dead woman found in the woods in Baden-Württemberg is Maria Bögerl, a banker’s wife who was kidnapped three weeks ago.

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Sweden

Man drops trousers in foiled pharmacy heist

A 40-year-old man has been charged over a bungled raid on a Malmö pharmacy which left him with his pants down after he fell into a bush with the loot, only to be caught on film by a passer-by.

Social Democrat slide continues: poll
Sweden

Social Democrat slide continues: poll

The Social Democrats have continued their election year slide in the opinion polls and are now smaller than the Moderate Party and under 30 percent for the first time in a Demoskop poll.