Swedish trophy reveals unexpected message
Sweden

Swedish trophy reveals unexpected message

A former Swedish national team doctor who performed keyhole surgery on a football trophy was shocked to discover that the secret message within was not a pledge of allegiance to the trophy creator's beloved club, but a rival team across town.

Daimler boss predicts auto boom
Germany

Daimler boss predicts auto boom

Dieter Zetsche, head of auto-giant Daimler, has predicted rosy times ahead for the global car industry. He said the number of cars in the world will double by 2030.

General knowledge tops for Swedish status: study
Sweden

General knowledge tops for Swedish status: study

Swedes consider having broad general knowledge, being skilled at one's job and being a good parent as the most important qualities for status, a new survey has revealed.

Bribery scandal hits Foreign Ministry
Germany

Bribery scandal hits Foreign Ministry

German embassy workers in Africa, South America and the former Soviet Union have been "systemically" selling visas to human trafficking rings, according to a report in news weekly Der Spiegel.

Transport minister rules out new winter-tyre laws
Germany

Transport minister rules out new winter-tyre laws

German Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer dismissed opposition calls for new winter-tyre regulations, accusing the Social Democratic Party and the Greens of opportunistically changing their position.

Sweden’s Arla in merger talks with German co-op
Sweden

Sweden’s Arla in merger talks with German co-op

Swedish-Danish dairy cooperative Arla Foods confirmed on Friday that it is in merger talks with Germany's Hansa-Milch, also a cooperative.

Sweden bomber’s father-in-law ‘not sad’ for death
Sweden

Sweden bomber’s father-in-law ‘not sad’ for death

The father-in-law of the man believed to have carried out Sweden's first suicide bombing on Saturday revealed on Friday that he is "not sad" about his death, adding that the man did not divulge his plans to family members.

UK EU budget deal not tight enough: Reinfeldt
Sweden

UK EU budget deal not tight enough: Reinfeldt

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said that he would not support Britain's drive to restrict EU spending, saying it was not far-reaching enough, Sveriges Radio (SR) reported on Friday.

Spanish police bust timeshare con targeting Germans
Germany

Spanish police bust timeshare con targeting Germans

Spanish police have detained 25 people suspected of taking part in a 10-million-euro fraud scheme that targeted German owners of timeshare holiday properties on Spain's Canary Islands, the interior ministry said Friday.

Thousands stuck at Frankfurt airport
Germany

Thousands stuck at Frankfurt airport

As many as 120 flights have already been cancelled at Frankfurt airport on Saturday as blizzard conditions continue throughout Germany. An airport spokesman described the atmosphere as "very tense."

Merkel makes surprise trip to Afghanistan
Germany

Merkel makes surprise trip to Afghanistan

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Saturday for the first time that German troops were fighting a war in Afghanistan, as she addressed them on a surprise visit to the country.