Balmy summer highs expected throughout the weekend
Germany

Balmy summer highs expected throughout the weekend

Summer isn’t over quite yet, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Friday. While the weekend will be a mixed affair, temperatures will at least remain warm across the country.

Geely to build large Volvo factory in China
Sweden

Geely to build large Volvo factory in China

The official website of the district of Jiading in Shanghai has announced that Volvo has decided to set up its Chinese headquarters and factory in the municipality.

Paul the octopus picks England to host 2018 World Cup
Germany

Paul the octopus picks England to host 2018 World Cup

Paul the octopus, the German oracle of the World Cup in South Africa, has become an official ambassador for England’s bid to host the tournament in 2018, organisers said Friday.

Sweden hikes growth forecast for 2010, 2011
Sweden

Sweden hikes growth forecast for 2010, 2011

Sweden's government on Friday raised its economic growth forecast to 4.5 percent for 2010 and to 4.0 percent in 2011, a dramatic shift from previous estimates of 3.3 percent and 3.8 percent respectively.

Lambs likely killed by wolves in Brandenburg
Germany

Lambs likely killed by wolves in Brandenburg

German farmers have been warned to get used to living with wolves after 15 lambs were killed and another 20 animals were severely injured in an attack in Brandenburg this month.

Girl with dragon tattoo rides for historic win
Sweden

Girl with dragon tattoo rides for historic win

Sweden's Inez Karlsson will attempt to become the first female jockey to win the prestigious 28th annual Arlington Million northwest of Chicago on Saturday with her horse Rahystrada.

Stuttgart braces for huge rail project protest
Germany

Stuttgart braces for huge rail project protest

Opponents of the controversial revamp of Stuttgart's main train station said Friday they hoped at least 20,000 people would take part in a protest later in the day.

Bundesbank’s Weber says ECB to hold course into 2011
Germany

Bundesbank’s Weber says ECB to hold course into 2011

Bundesbank chief Axel Weber indicated Friday the European Central Bank would pursue relaxed monetary policies into 2011 while suggesting he might not be a "diplomatic" ECB head.

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Sweden

Study: Challenge beats pay in new job search

Swedes prioritise the challenge over remuneration when looking to change job, a new survey ranking priorities among job-seekers published by Manpower/Kairos Future on Friday has shown.

Opposition to planned nuclear tax grows
Germany

Opposition to planned nuclear tax grows

Some 40 German bosses and economic figures lashed out Friday at a government proposal to tax nuclear energy production, warning it would hamper investment in Europe's biggest economy.

Court rules no automatic dismissal for civil servants with child porn
Germany

Court rules no automatic dismissal for civil servants with child porn

A German court has ruled that the private possession of child pornography is not automatically grounds for dismissal of teachers and other public officials.

High cocoa content gives Swedish hearts the edge
Sweden

High cocoa content gives Swedish hearts the edge

Swedish women who regularly consume small amounts of dark chocolate have lower risks of heart failure than their US counterparts due to the higher quality and cocoa content in Swedish chocolate, a new Harvard study suggests.

Navy training ship Gorch Fock sets sail for South America
Germany

Navy training ship Gorch Fock sets sail for South America

The German Navy’s legendary three-mast barque the “Gorch Fock” set sail on Friday on what’s expected to be its longest training mission ever.

Swedish octopus ‘tips’ Alliance election win
Sweden

Swedish octopus ‘tips’ Alliance election win

The centre-right alliance will win the upcoming parliamentary election election, according to Melvin the octopus at the Universeum science centre in Gothenburg.

Princess’s honeymoon gift ‘not a bribe’
Sweden

Princess’s honeymoon gift ‘not a bribe’

Swedish anti-corruption prosecutors have said that Crown Princess Victoria’s decision to accept free use of a billionaire’s private jet for her honeymoon did not make her liable to prosecution for taking bribes.

Most Germans reluctant to donate to Pakistan
Germany

Most Germans reluctant to donate to Pakistan

The majority of Germans don’t want to donate to aid efforts in Pakistan despite the increasingly dire floods endangering millions of people there, a poll revealed on Friday.

Business groups want holidays cut for growth
Germany

Business groups want holidays cut for growth

Two leading business associations recommended on Friday that Germany reduce holiday time for employees from six weeks to four or five, in order to bolster growth.

Postmen warned for stand over ‘racist’ mail
Sweden

Postmen warned for stand over ‘racist’ mail

Several postmen in Södertälje have been warned by their employer Posten after refusing to distribute election campaign material from the far-right National Democrats (Nationaldemokraterna - ND).

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Sweden

Young woman found murdered, man arrested

A woman was found murdered near a small town in Kronoberg in southern Sweden on Thursday evening after a police search. A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the killing.

Poll: Alliance retains slight lead
Sweden

Poll: Alliance retains slight lead

The centre-right Alliance coalition remains slightly ahead of the Red-Green opposition with only a month left before the election, according to a new poll published by Synovate on Friday.

Magath threatens to quit Schalke over criticism from fans
Germany

Magath threatens to quit Schalke over criticism from fans

On the eve of the new Bundesliga season, Schalke coach Felix Magath threatened on Thursday to quit the title contenders after being repeatedly criticised by the club’s fans.