Flooded Görlitz takes legal action against Polish dam operators
Germany

Flooded Görlitz takes legal action against Polish dam operators

Officials in Görlitz announced Friday they had registered a criminal complaint against the operators of the Polish Witka dam after the eastern German city suffered devastating flooding from mass quantities of water sent downriver.

VW sales increase by almost three percent for July
Germany

VW sales increase by almost three percent for July

Germany's Volkswagen, Europe's biggest automaker, said Friday its July sales rose 2.9 percent to 572,200 vehicles worldwide.

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Sweden

Orders fall in June – but are up on 2009

Swedish industry saw orders fall by 2.5 percent between May and June, according to preliminary figures from Statistics Sweden. But the figures were a 15.5 percent rise on June 2009.

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Sweden

Saab and Volvo speed up production

Swedish carmakers Saab and Volvo have both increased production to satisfy rising demand for their cars. Several hundred workers who had previously been laid off have been rehired.

Ex-partner of missing woman released
Sweden

Ex-partner of missing woman released

The former partner of a woman who went missing in western Sweden last month was released from police custody on Friday, but remains suspected of her murder.

German privacy gets tangled in Google’s web
Germany

German privacy gets tangled in Google’s web

Google's announcement it would soon launch its "Street View" program in 20 German cities has sparked outrage among the country’s politicians and data protection experts. But how upset are average citizens? And is their privacy truly threatened? David Wroe reports.

Israeli agent suspected of links to Dubai killing released on bail
Germany

Israeli agent suspected of links to Dubai killing released on bail

A German court released an alleged Israeli agent Friday suspected of links to the January killing of a Hamas leader, in a discreet end to a case that threatened to sour bilateral ties.

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Sweden

Pirate Party amends manifesto on child porn

The Swedish Pirate Party has changed its election manifesto after criticism over its position on child pornography.

Lone pensioner keeps dog sled crabbing tradition alive
Germany

Lone pensioner keeps dog sled crabbing tradition alive

Though his catches may be meagre, a German pensioner is single-handedly keeping the centuries-old tradition of North Sea crabbing via dog sled alive.

Swedish seniors set to vote in droves
Sweden

Swedish seniors set to vote in droves

Almost all Swedish people aged 55-85-years-old plan to make the effort to vote in the September 19th general elections, a new survey shows.

Controversial demolition of Stuttgart train station begins
Germany

Controversial demolition of Stuttgart train station begins

Controversial demolition work on Stuttgart’s historic train station started on Friday, as up to 10,000 demonstrators were expected to take part in protests later in the day.

Man City offers 5 million a week to Ibrahimovic
Sweden

Man City offers 5 million a week to Ibrahimovic

Premier League football club Manchester City has offered Barcelona and Sweden star Zlatan Ibrahimovic around 5.5 million kronor ($745,000) per week to swap the Camp Nou for England's north-west, according to a report in UK newspaper The Sun.

Three dead in head-on collision with train
Germany

Three dead in head-on collision with train

Three people are dead after a passenger vehicle collided head-on with a regional train in the North Rhine-Westphalian town of Ibbenbüren on Thursday evening.

Bus in boat rescue as rains hit Sweden
Sweden

Bus in boat rescue as rains hit Sweden

Bus passengers were involved in a dramatic boat rescue in western Sweden on Friday morning as heavy rains led to flooding on the E20 in Halland, with the meteorological office forecasting continued wet weather for the weekend.

Defence Ministry plans troop reduction to 165,000 volunteers
Germany

Defence Ministry plans troop reduction to 165,000 volunteers

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg’s new model for the Bundeswehr includes ending conscription and reducing troops from 250,000 to 165,000 volunteers, a media report said on Friday.

Economy thunders ahead with record growth
Germany

Economy thunders ahead with record growth

Germany posted its best quarterly growth since reunification in 1990 on Friday, with one economist saying it was "in a league of its own" as other leading industrial nations showed signs of slowing down.

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Sweden

Swedish paedophile to remain in Cambodian jail

The 63-year-old Swedish man convicted for sexually assaulting three boys in Cambodia, will serve his 6.5 year sentence after a Cambodian court confirmed his conviction.

Court approves neo-Nazi march, but bans counter demonstration
Germany

Court approves neo-Nazi march, but bans counter demonstration

A Hannover court has approved a neo-Nazi march in the Lower Saxony spa town of Bad Nenndorf this weekend, but declined to authorise a counter-demonstration by left-wing protestors because they allegedly pose a greater danger and the neo-Nazis registered first.

Ship runs aground, captain suspected drunk
Sweden

Ship runs aground, captain suspected drunk

A Dutch freighter has run aground off the coast of Helsingborg in southern Sweden, with the captain taken in for police questioning after he appeared drunk at the helm.

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Sweden

Police discover stash of napalm material

Swedish police have discovered a store of ammunition in rural Österlen in southern Sweden after a raid targeting two men, aged 20 and 23-years-old. Among the items seized was alunat, a material used to make napalm.