Sweden renews Assange arrest warrant
Sweden

Sweden renews Assange arrest warrant

Swedish police have released a new international arrest warrant for WikiLeaks frontman Julian Assange to satisfy the requirements of the police in Britain, the prosecutor's office said Friday.

Wealthy lean toward ‘social Darwinism’ after economic crisis
Germany

Wealthy lean toward ‘social Darwinism’ after economic crisis

Hostility towards minorities and the poor has increased significantly among Germany's middle and upper classes, a development likely stemming from the global economic crisis, according to a new study.

Non-European execs scarce in Sweden: study
Sweden

Non-European execs scarce in Sweden: study

People with non-European backgrounds remain largely absent from the upper echelons of Sweden’s publicly traded companies, according to a new report.

Social Democrats blame taxes for election loss
Sweden

Social Democrats blame taxes for election loss

The Social Democrats likely lost the election because of their tax policy proposals, an internal report from the party’s crisis commission has concluded.

Hotel ad cited for inviting guests to ‘sleep with us’
Sweden

Hotel ad cited for inviting guests to ‘sleep with us’

Nordic hotel chain First Hotels has been slammed by the Swedish advertising ombudsman (Reklamombudsman - RO) for an internet campaign featuring scantilly clad employees and sexual innuendo.

Biofuels give German brewers a hangover
Germany

Biofuels give German brewers a hangover

As lucrative biofuel crops crowd out barley acreage in Germany, brewers say the drive for alternative energy sources will force them to raise the price of beer next year. Alexander Bakst reports.

Bundesbank sees record growth in 2010
Germany

Bundesbank sees record growth in 2010

The German economy, Europe's biggest, should post record growth of 3.6 percent this year followed by expansions of 2.0 percent in 2011 and 1.5 percent in 2012, the central bank forecast on Friday.

Winter tyre rule causes supply shortage
Germany

Winter tyre rule causes supply shortage

As Germany continues to dig out after a hefty winter storm, authorities reminded drivers on Friday that they have just one day left to get their obligatory seasonal tyres. Anyone caught driving in wintry conditions without them faces a fine.

Laggard Swedish grads costly to economy: report
Sweden

Laggard Swedish grads costly to economy: report

Swedish students who take their time to graduate from post-secondary study are extremely costly to the economy, a new government study has shown.

Sweden’s Persbrandt signs up for Hobbit role
Sweden

Sweden’s Persbrandt signs up for Hobbit role

Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt has landed a role in the sequel to "Lord of the Rings", according to the Aftonbladet daily.

Family of ‘veil martyr’ files case against Dresden judges
Germany

Family of ‘veil martyr’ files case against Dresden judges

The family of the pregnant Egyptian woman murdered last year in a Dresden courtroom has filed a case against the two judges on the bench that day for not preventing her death, city officials said Friday.

A guide to Christmas markets in Stockholm
Sweden

A guide to Christmas markets in Stockholm

As Sweden’s holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, The Local offers a few tips for where gift seekers in Stockholm can combine getting a taste of the Christmas spirit with the hunt for the perfect gift.

Volvo and Geely clash on China expansion
Sweden

Volvo and Geely clash on China expansion

Volvo Cars and its Chinese owner Geely appear headed on a collision course regarding Volvo's expansion in China, the Financial Times reported late on Thursday.

Jail terms more likely after Pirate Bay: expert
Sweden

Jail terms more likely after Pirate Bay: expert

The appeals court ruling to confirm the convictions and custodial sentences against the backers of The Pirate Bay could lead to more file sharers being imprisoned, according to a Swedish copyright law prosecutor.

Berliners strip naked to protest rising rents
Germany

Berliners strip naked to protest rising rents

A group of young Berliners who call themselves “Hedonist International” has begun turning up at apartment viewings to throw nude parties in protest of rising rents as the city becomes more gentrified.

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Sweden

Man lay dead in his flat for more than a year

A family from Landskrona in southern Sweden had never seen anyone go into or out of the apartment across the hall until police entered on Wednesday and made a grisly discovery.

Germany’s disabled live in a separate world, official says
Germany

Germany’s disabled live in a separate world, official says

Disabled people in Germany live in a separate world, shut out by insufficient efforts to create barrier-free public spaces and fears from the rest of society, the country’s federal commissioner for the disabled said Friday.

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Germany

FDP fires ‘mole’ revealed by Wikileaks

A day after the Free Democrats (FDP) fired a high-ranking official for feeding secret information to the US embassy, members of the party demanded on Friday that America's ambassador to Berlin be removed.

Sweden ‘tricked’ in failed Norway Gripen bid
Sweden

Sweden ‘tricked’ in failed Norway Gripen bid

Sweden was deceived by both the United States and Norway regarding the latter’s interest in signing a multi-billion kronor deal to buy Sweden's JAS Gripen fighter plane.

Consumer groups call for end to EU light bulb ban
Germany

Consumer groups call for end to EU light bulb ban

Consumer protection organisations have demanded a suspension of the EU ban on incandescent light bulbs, citing official tests that showed the new compact fluorescent lamps to be dangerous if broken.