Police fraud unit closed due to high workload
Sweden

Police fraud unit closed due to high workload

A special police unit in Stockholm combating share scams was closed last week by the chief safety ombudsman due to a large influx of cases.

Roland Koch named CEO of Bilfinger Berger
Germany

Roland Koch named CEO of Bilfinger Berger

Former Hessian state premier Roland Koch was named the new chairman of German construction giant Bilfinger Berger on Friday amid accusations that he may have given the company special treatment during his time in office.

More police join Malmö immigrant gunman hunt
Sweden

More police join Malmö immigrant gunman hunt

About 50 extra police have been sent to Malmö to help hunt for a suspected gunman targeting immigrants, the police chief in the southern Swedish city said on Friday.

Emergency bunkers wanted for rail network
Germany

Emergency bunkers wanted for rail network

Worried Deutsche Bahn's rail network would fail in the case of a natural disaster or terrorist attack, the German government reportedly wants the firm to build some 40 underground crisis centres around the country.

Saab owner Spyker cuts Saab 2010 sales forecast
Sweden

Saab owner Spyker cuts Saab 2010 sales forecast

Saab automobile owner Spyker Cars announced on Friday that it expects to sell 30,000 to 35,000 Saab cars this year, about 10,000 less than initially forecast.

An old-fashioned Swedish witch hunt
Sweden

An old-fashioned Swedish witch hunt

The hounding of Moderate Party secretary Sofia Arkelsten may not be the best approach to fighting corruption in Swedish politics, writes The Local's David Landes.

Volvo Cars expects to end year positively
Sweden

Volvo Cars expects to end year positively

Volvo Cars continues to guide for a full-year positive result after announcing it has achieved an operating profit in the third quarter.

October to end with mild weekend
Germany

October to end with mild weekend

Germany will get a brief break from the chilly autumn weather of recent weeks, with mild temperatures of up to 18 degrees – though there is some rain in the forecast too, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Friday.

‘Dodgy’ flat rental dogs Moderates’ Arkelsten
Sweden

‘Dodgy’ flat rental dogs Moderates’ Arkelsten

The Moderates’ party secretary, Sofia Arkelsten, was fending off new criticism on Friday after it was revealed she secured a first-hand rental contract from Stockholm’s “king” of black market flat rentals.

‘I’m Russian, my husband Turkish, my daughter Irish – we married in Denmark’
Germany

‘I’m Russian, my husband Turkish, my daughter Irish – we married in Denmark’

The Local’s series "The New Berliners" explores the lives of immigrants from around the world in Germany’s capital. For the sixth installment, Julia Lipkins spoke with the Russian teacher Angie Eren.

Swede charged for texting while driving
Sweden

Swede charged for texting while driving

A Swedish man is likely the first in the country to be charged for reckless driving in connection with text messaging while driving.

Last East German patent expires
Germany

Last East German patent expires

With the last valid East German patent set to expire this weekend, engineer and prominent inventor Dieter Mosemann looks back on a time when the communist country's economic shortages sparked innovation and creativity.

European delivery: Buying German luxury cars at the source
Germany

European delivery: Buying German luxury cars at the source

What German car fan hasn’t fantasized about shifting into high gear on the autobahn behind the wheel of a BMW, Porsche, Audi, or Mercedes? The Local's motoring series Abgefahren explores the “European delivery” schemes of Germany's top luxury brands offering overseas drivers enough travel perks and discounts to make a new car and unique vacation affordable.

A November guide to live music in Stockholm
Sweden

A November guide to live music in Stockholm

Contributor David Stavrou checks out some of the highlights awaiting Stockholm music lovers in October.

Malmö still in fear as gunman remains at large
Sweden

Malmö still in fear as gunman remains at large

As police in Malmö continue their hunt for a gunman suspected in nearly 20 shootings targeting people with immigrant backgrounds, the AFP's Nina Larsson finds the city's residents remain on edge.

TeliaSonera helps launch 3G on Mount Everest
Sweden

TeliaSonera helps launch 3G on Mount Everest

A subsidiary of Swedish phone giant TeliaSonera has enabled Mount Everest climbers to surf the web from their mobile phones and make video calls back home from the top of the world’s tallest peak.

Merkel rams through EU financial crisis reforms
Germany

Merkel rams through EU financial crisis reforms

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday hailed the results of an EU summit in Brussels that backed her demands for sweeping reforms to deal with future financial crises and ensure the stability of the euro.

Halloween magic fails to bewitch Sweden
Sweden

Halloween magic fails to bewitch Sweden

Only two in ten Swedes plan to celebrate Halloween this year, according to a new survey, much to the dismay of many shop owners.

Swede in Yemen kidnapping drama
Sweden

Swede in Yemen kidnapping drama

Yemeni tribesmen kidnapped and then later freed the Swedish technical director of a cement works in the troubled southern province of Abyan on Friday after holding him overnight, a provincial official told AFP.

Guttenberg risks ‘Obama effect,’ expert says
Germany

Guttenberg risks ‘Obama effect,’ expert says

A Bavarian political scientist warned on Friday that Germans should temper their enthusiasm over rising star Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, saying it could lead to a disappointing “Obama effect.”

Archives reveal Allies feared Nazi guerrilla war in Alps
Germany

Archives reveal Allies feared Nazi guerrilla war in Alps

Allied forces feared the Nazis were planning to fight a guerrilla campaign from a base under the Alps as the tide turned against Germany in World War II, archives released this week.

Siemens lands major contract to build trains for Amtrak in US
Germany

Siemens lands major contract to build trains for Amtrak in US

German engineering group Siemens said Thursday it has been awarded a $466-million contract to build 70 electric locomotives for US rail company Amtrak's busy northeastern routes.

Sweden set for first circumcision law trial
Sweden

Sweden set for first circumcision law trial

A 50-year-old man is the first person to be charged in Sweden on suspicions of performing illegal circumcisions.