Protestors arrested in anti-US demo
Sweden

Protestors arrested in anti-US demo

Five anti-military protesters have been arrested after breaking into a Swedish Air Force base to demonstrate against joint exercises planned with the US Air Force.

China approves Geely’s takeover of Volvo
Sweden

China approves Geely’s takeover of Volvo

China's Ministry of Commerce has approved Zhejiang Geely Holding's plans to buy Sweden's Volvo Cars from Ford, a report said on Thursday.

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Sweden

Couple suspected of dog smuggling set free

A man and a woman suspected of having smuggled nine dogs into Sweden were released on Thursday in connection with the detention hearing in Karlskrona.

Behemoth wine barrel to be tapped after 400 years
Germany

Behemoth wine barrel to be tapped after 400 years

The world’s oldest giant wine barrel, held in a Saxony-Anhalt hunting mansion, has been refilled for the first time in its 400-year history and will be filling glasses at a festival beginning on Friday.

Elderly woman robbed by fake relative after weekend reunion
Germany

Elderly woman robbed by fake relative after weekend reunion

Police are searching for a woman who robbed a retiree after she claimed to be a relative and spent the weekend at her home along with a child and dog, police said on Thursday.

The Local’s Guide to Pride
Sweden

The Local’s Guide to Pride

Scandinavia's biggest gay pride festival starts building to a climax on Thursday, with the popular Schlager evening in "Pride Park" outside Stockholm's Maritime Museum. We guide you through the highlights of a long weekend of partying, with just a little politics thrown in.

Single-parent families on the rise in Germany
Germany

Single-parent families on the rise in Germany

The number of single-parent families in Germany has risen over the past decade, with nearly one in five mothers and fathers now raising their children on their own, a national “microcensus” revealed Thursday.

Weatherman Kachelmann released from jail
Germany

Weatherman Kachelmann released from jail

Four months after he was arrested for allegedly raping his girlfriend, weatherman Jörg Kachelmann was released from custody on Thursday.

Church calls for swear ban after gay sex rant
Sweden

Church calls for swear ban after gay sex rant

The Church of Sweden is being asked to introduce football-style penalties for swearing, after a priest used foul language at last year’s meeting of the church’s governing body.

VW quadruples profits, beating forecasts
Germany

VW quadruples profits, beating forecasts

Volkswagen, Europe's biggest automaker, posted Thursday a second quarter net profit of €1.25 billion, well above forecasts and more than four times the previous year's figure.

‘Job miracle’ stalls as unemployment rises in Germany
Germany

‘Job miracle’ stalls as unemployment rises in Germany

Germany's unemployment rate rose slightly in July, official figures showed Thursday, a blip in what has become known as a "jobs miracle" as Europe's top economy powers its way out of recession.

Migrationsverket cuts asylum seeker estimates
Sweden

Migrationsverket cuts asylum seeker estimates

The National Migration Board (Migrationsverket) believes that the number of asylum seekers in Sweden will decline to 29,000 in 2010 and 27,000 next year.

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Sweden

Over 650 travellers from Sweden stranded in Iraq

Travel agency Flyhome, which was founded last year, had advertised "ethnic flights" as its specialty and arranged trips to Lebanon and Iraq from Sweden, with immigrants from those countries as its main target.

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Sweden

Swedes more positive about economy: study

Consumer confidence in the economy among Swedes is considerably more positive than normal, the National Institute of Economic Research (Konjunkturinstitutet) wrote in its latest monthly barometer.

Home offices should be tax-deductible, court rules
Germany

Home offices should be tax-deductible, court rules

Teachers, professors and other people who keep a second office at home are in for a windfall after a court ruled Thursday that tax deductions on home offices should be expanded.

AstraZeneca Q2 profit jumps on drug sales
Sweden

AstraZeneca Q2 profit jumps on drug sales

Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca said on Thursday that second-quarter net profit jumped to $2.1 billion (15.35 billion kronor) on strong performance across emerging markets and key drug sales.

What’s on in Germany: July 29 – August 4
Germany

What’s on in Germany: July 29 – August 4

This week's highlights: Toots & The Maytals in Munich, hot air Balloons in Leipzig, and a queen's wardrobe goes on view near Berlin.

Speed cameras catch record haul
Sweden

Speed cameras catch record haul

A record number of people were caught by speed cameras on Sweden’s roads last year, according to figures released on Thursday.

Germany still paying for Chernobyl fallout
Germany

Germany still paying for Chernobyl fallout

More than 24 years after the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in Ukraine, the German government continues to spend large sums on fixing environmental damage, a media report said on Thursday.

Hundreds of Russians drawn to Swedish town
Sweden

Hundreds of Russians drawn to Swedish town

Hundreds of Russians have said they want to move to a small town in the far north of Sweden, after council leaders earlier this year launched an appeal for immigrants.

Pressure grows for Duisburg mayor to resign
Germany

Pressure grows for Duisburg mayor to resign

Pressure on Duisburg Mayor Adolf Sauerland to resign intensified on Thursday, with the North Rhine-Westphalia state premier insisting that he and the city must take responsibility for the deaths of 21 Love Parade participants in a stampede over the weekend.

Neo-Nazis hack into Buchenwald concentration camp website
Germany

Neo-Nazis hack into Buchenwald concentration camp website

Neo-Nazis have hacked into Germany's Buchenwald concentration camp website, defacing it and redirecting visitors to a revisionist site, the camp's memorial foundation director said late on Wednesday.