Germany kills Russian nuclear waste shipments
Germany

Germany kills Russian nuclear waste shipments

Germany on Monday called off hotly-disputed plans to ship radioactive nuclear waste to Russia as it doubted the cargo would be disposed of safely, a spokeswoman for the Environment Ministry said.

Surging Afghan dislike of Bundeswehr troops
Germany

Surging Afghan dislike of Bundeswehr troops

Germany and its soldiers are disliked by Afghans more than ever before, a new poll revealed Monday, with almost 40 percent of respondents living near Bundeswehr bases favouring attacks on its troops.

Tattoo convention draws ink aficionados
Germany

Tattoo convention draws ink aficionados

Berlin hosted its 20th annual Tattoo Convention this weekend. The Local’s Ruth Michaelson went along to snap shots of a little bare skin and a lot of ink.

Calls to probe Sweden-US intel contacts
Sweden

Calls to probe Sweden-US intel contacts

Morgan Johansson, the Social Democrat chair of the parliamentary justice committee, has demanded clarification on alleged informal intelligence contacts between the Swedish government and the US authorities.

How Moderate success could doom the Alliance
Sweden

How Moderate success could doom the Alliance

While Sweden’s Moderate Party basks in the glow of record high support, the struggle by its junior partners for recognition and a unique identity could ultimately spell the end of the four-party centre-right Alliance, contributor Naomi Powell explains.

Baden-Württemberg buys €4.7-billion EnBW stake
Germany

Baden-Württemberg buys €4.7-billion EnBW stake

The German state of Baden-Württemberg said Monday it was buying a 45-percent stake in utilities group EnBW from France's Electricite de France (EDF) for €4.7 billion ($6.3 billion).

Continental fined for deadly Concorde crash
Germany

Continental fined for deadly Concorde crash

A French court fined Continental Airlines Monday over the Concorde crash ten years ago in which 97 Germans died, but did not jail anyone for the disaster that effectively ended commercial supersonic air travel.

Flight bomb threat possibly linked to Vietnamese deportation
Germany

Flight bomb threat possibly linked to Vietnamese deportation

A bomb threat that delayed a flight from Berlin’s Schönefeld airport on Monday may have been in protest of the deportation of some 45 Vietnamese passengers, a media report said.

FT ranks Borg fourth of EU financial chiefs
Sweden

FT ranks Borg fourth of EU financial chiefs

Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg came in fourth among a ranking of 19 European finance ministers published by the Financial Times (FT) newspaper on Monday.

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Sweden

Trial to start in killing of Swedish honeymooner

The driver of the car in which the Swedish wife of a British businessman was killed on honeymoon in South Africa will go on trial on Tuesday, said prosecutors who confirmed a plea bargain deal had been struck.

Swedes sour on train travel: survey
Sweden

Swedes sour on train travel: survey

Swedes are losing faith in national rail service SJ, according to a survey conducted by Swedish Quality Index (Svenskt kvalitetsindex). Results look better, however, for airlines SAS, Sverigeflyg and Norwegian, as well as for many bus companies.

Wikileaks reveals potential terrorist targets
Germany

Wikileaks reveals potential terrorist targets

Wikileaks released another sensitive US diplomatic cable over the weekend, this time detailing overseas sites Washington considers vital to global security and threatened by terrorism – among them several German assets.

Swedish pro footballer cleared of rape
Sweden

Swedish pro footballer cleared of rape

Swedish football player Dulee Johnson of Stockholm side AIK was cleared on Monday of charges relating to the alleged rape of a woman earlier this year.

Ericsson chairman announces resignation
Sweden

Ericsson chairman announces resignation

Ericsson chairman Michael Treschow informed the Swedish telecommunications firm on Monday that he will resign from his post next year or in 2012, the company announced in a statement.

Sweden’s Hjorth ends LPGA drought with win
Sweden

Sweden’s Hjorth ends LPGA drought with win

Sweden's Maria Hjorth fired a par-72 final round on Sunday to capture her first LPGA title since 2007, capturing the season-ending Tour Championship by one stroke ahead of South Korean Amy Yang in Orlando, Florida.

Sweden’s Karlberg wins golf’s Indian Open
Sweden

Sweden’s Karlberg wins golf’s Indian Open

Sweden's Rikard Karlberg reigned as King of Delhi after his triumph in the $1.25 million (8.53 million kronor) Hero Honda Indian Open with a grandstand finish on Sunday.

ZDF promises better safety after show mishap
Germany

ZDF promises better safety after show mishap

ZDF said Monday German entertainment institution Wetten, dass? will continue despite a serious accident involving a contestant last weekend. But the public broadcaster has promised to improve the TV show's safety standards.

Bildt a ‘medium-sized dog’: US embassy
Sweden

Bildt a ‘medium-sized dog’: US embassy

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt is compared to a "medium-sized dog" in a cable sent from the US embassy in Stockholm and released by WikiLeaks.

Hochtief hopes Qatar stake will fend off ACS
Germany

Hochtief hopes Qatar stake will fend off ACS

German construction group Hochtief, fighting off a hostile bid from Spanish rival ACS, said on Monday that Qatar was acquiring a 9.1-percent stake in the firm following the issue of seven million new shares.

Swedish hunter shoots elk, mistakenly kills skier
Sweden

Swedish hunter shoots elk, mistakenly kills skier

A single shot fired by a Swedish hunter that first hit an elk continued to travel, hitting a 71-year-old skier and killing him on Saturday, police have concluded in their initial investigation.

Breakthrough unlikely at Cancún climate summit, Röttgen says
Germany

Breakthrough unlikely at Cancún climate summit, Röttgen says

German Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen said Monday he does not expect any breakthroughs at the ongoing UN climate change summit in Cancún, Mexico. Instead leaders should focus on implementing small steps, he said.

Dangerous conditions follow thaw
Germany

Dangerous conditions follow thaw

Wintry conditions exacerbated traffic problems in Germany on Monday, with fresh snow in southern regions and black ice across the country. Two deaths were reported in the north.

Sweden’s Ekholm third in biathlon World Cup event
Sweden

Sweden’s Ekholm third in biathlon World Cup event

Sweden's Helena Ekholm finished third in the World Cup women's 10 kilometre biathlon pursuit in Östersund on Sunday.

Charges against Assange ‘not political’: prosecutor
Sweden

Charges against Assange ‘not political’: prosecutor

A Swedish prosecutor investigating the rape allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange denied speculation from one of his lawyers Sunday that the case is politically motivated.