Qatar eyeing more German investments
Germany

Qatar eyeing more German investments

The tiny Gulf state Qatar, already heavily involved in car giant Volkswagen and construction group Hochtief, is eyeing further investments in Germany, Economy and Finance Minister Yussef Hussein Kamal said on Friday.

Sweden may support euro countries in crisis
Sweden

Sweden may support euro countries in crisis

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt announced on Friday that Sweden has not yet ruled out the possibility of supporting a new emergency fund to bail out vulnerable euro countries.

‘Wutbürger’ named word of the year
Germany

‘Wutbürger’ named word of the year

The German Language Society (GfdS) on Friday crowned Wutbürger, or “enraged citizen,” as the most important German word of 2010. The choice reflected a year in which the angry masses took to the streets in protest of several hot-button issues.

Sweden probes suicide bomber’s Facebook
Sweden

Sweden probes suicide bomber’s Facebook

Sweden's intelligence agency said Friday it was looking at the Facebook account of the man behind the suicide bomb attack in Stockholm on Saturday in order to identify possible accomplices in the act.

Upbeat retailers push business confidence to record high
Germany

Upbeat retailers push business confidence to record high

German business confidence ended the year at an all-time high, the Ifo institute said Friday as Europe's top economy headed for record growth thanks to a solid rebound on the domestic front.

Bundesrat blocks welfare changes
Germany

Bundesrat blocks welfare changes

Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition suffered a legislative setback on Friday, when the upper house of parliament blocked proposed changes to the country’s Hartz IV welfare benefits. The defeat could delay plans to implement the reforms by January 1.

Rwandan Hutu rebels indicted for war crimes
Germany

Rwandan Hutu rebels indicted for war crimes

German prosecutors said Friday that two senior Rwandan Hutu rebel leaders have been indicted on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes.

Swedish neo-Nazi booted from local council
Sweden

Swedish neo-Nazi booted from local council

A Swedish neo-Nazi has lost his seat on a local council in Grästorp in western Sweden after authorities discovered that he does not live in the municipality.

The Local’s tips for holiday baking in Germany
Germany

The Local’s tips for holiday baking in Germany

Decking the halls wouldn’t be the same without the aroma of fresh-baked treats, but many expats in Germany struggle to find familiar baking supplies. Check out The Local’s tips on finding key ingredients and substitutions so Santa won’t go hungry this year.

Sweden announces new wolf hunt limits
Sweden

Sweden announces new wolf hunt limits

Swedish authorities announced on Friday that hunters will be allowed to cull 20 wolves next year after the wolf hunt in the country resumed this year following a 46-year ban.

Sarrazin earns millions with anti-immigration book
Germany

Sarrazin earns millions with anti-immigration book

Former Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin has become a millionaire many times over thanks to the proceeds of his inflammatory book attacking Muslim immigrants.

Swedish med students perform prof’s autopsy
Sweden

Swedish med students perform prof’s autopsy

Medical students at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute (KI) set to perform their first-ever clinical autopsy were floored to discover that the corpse was none other than one of their former instructors.

Swedish firm lets workers vote on bonuses
Sweden

Swedish firm lets workers vote on bonuses

A software firm in eastern Sweden has elected to take a democratic approach for distributing this year's 15 million kronor ($2.21 million) bonus among the company's employees.

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Sweden

Sweden deported man to the wrong country

A 52-year-old man has been deported to the wrong country after Sweden rejected his application for asylum.

A US-born Swedish singer looks to spread the spirit of Christmas
Sweden

A US-born Swedish singer looks to spread the spirit of Christmas

Fifteen years after a record-breaking Christmas concert in Stockholm, American-born Swedish opera singer Barbara Hendricks is set to spread the spirit of her “favourite time of year” in a novel repeat performance to be simulcast across the country, contributor San Malmström explains.

Extradition part of ‘smear campaign’: Assange
Sweden

Extradition part of ‘smear campaign’: Assange

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange called attempts to extradite him to Sweden part of a "smear campaign" after he was granted bail in London.

Merkel hails eurozone rescue fund agreement
Germany

Merkel hails eurozone rescue fund agreement

Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed an agreement at an EU summit on Thursday night after pushing through key German demands for a permanent rescue fund for financially troubled members of the eurozone.

Sweden in ‘coldest December in 100 years’
Sweden

Sweden in ‘coldest December in 100 years’

Power outages, traffic accidents as well as train and flight delays have left Swedes reeling from Thursday’s snowstorm, which forecasters say isn’t over yet.

Gävle goat targeted in foiled helicopter heist
Sweden

Gävle goat targeted in foiled helicopter heist

Two mysterious men attempted to bribe a guard to leave his post watching over the giant goat in Gävle in eastern Sweden in an attempt to kidnap the iconic Christmas symbol using a helicopter.

Blizzard slams Germany
Germany

Blizzard slams Germany

The blizzard “Petra” hammered Germany with more snow on Friday, causing countess road accidents, shutting down air traffic and trapping hundreds of people in an icy train.

Swedish mosques unite against bombing
Sweden

Swedish mosques unite against bombing

Last weekend’s suicide bomb attack in Stockholm will be a central theme of Friday prayers at a local mosque, which has urged mosques around the country to address the issue as well.

Church fears low turnout for pope’s Berlin visit
Germany

Church fears low turnout for pope’s Berlin visit

Pope Benedict XVI plans to visit Berlin in September 2011, and even has a parliamentary address on his agenda. But the city's Catholic officials fear the pontiff will draw embarrassingly small crowds and may not hold any public services.

Bayern Munich hopes to end season on high as Robben returns
Germany

Bayern Munich hopes to end season on high as Robben returns

Defending champions Bayern Munich face strugglers Stuttgart on Saturday hoping to end their 2010 Bundesliga campaign on a high, but with one eye on next year as Arjen Robben returns to training.

Business school injects real life into MBAs
Germany

Business school injects real life into MBAs

What is the most common criticism of many MBA graduates? That they learned a great deal, but little about the real world. If that is true, what's the point of going to business school?