Agnetha Fältskog open to Abba reunion: report
Sweden

Agnetha Fältskog open to Abba reunion: report

Swedish singer Agnetha Fältskog has revealed that she is open to reuniting with supergroup Abba in a detailed recent magazine interview.

Sweden deploys vintage trains to battle the snow
Sweden

Sweden deploys vintage trains to battle the snow

The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) has turned to antique rolling stock to boost resources battling the snow and to clear a stretch of track in southern Sweden, according to a report by Sveriges Television (SVT).

Top Swedish execs less keen on the euro
Sweden

Top Swedish execs less keen on the euro

A number of prominent Swedish business leaders have become more sceptical towards Sweden joining the euro in the near future, but stressed their belief in the currency's viability in the long term.

As darkness falls, Swedes celebrate light
Sweden

As darkness falls, Swedes celebrate light

As almost round-the-clock night descends on their country in December, AFP's Rita Devlin Marier discovers that Swedes turn on their own informal celebration of light, in keeping with long-held traditions and to help cope with the darkest time of the year.

ACS nears 30-percent stake in Hochtief
Germany

ACS nears 30-percent stake in Hochtief

Spain's leading construction company ACS said Monday it now had a 29.27 percent stake in Hochtief as part of its bid to take control of the German group.

Holidays a high season for Islamist recruitment
Germany

Holidays a high season for Islamist recruitment

Suspected Islamic extremists are reportedly being closely monitored during the holidays, which German intelligence authorities consider to be a high season for Islamist recruitment.

Swedish wheelchair thieves tracked in snow
Sweden

Swedish wheelchair thieves tracked in snow

A trio of Boxing Day thieves in southern Sweden were caught red-handed after police followed the tracks that the two wheelchair-bound members of the group had left in the snow.

Khodorkovsky trial called ‘step back’ for Russia
Germany

Khodorkovsky trial called ‘step back’ for Russia

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said he was "very worried" by the second fraud conviction of jailed Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky Monday, calling it a "step backward" for the country.

Reckless fireworks fans face hefty fines
Germany

Reckless fireworks fans face hefty fines

New Year’s Eve without fireworks is unthinkable for many Germans, but giddy pyromaniacs could face hefty fines for recklessly blowing things up near churches, hospitals and quaint thatched-roof houses.

Assange inks book deal to fund Sweden legal fees
Sweden

Assange inks book deal to fund Sweden legal fees

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has announced that he was forced to sign book deals reportedly worth about $1.7 million due to the ongoing financial hardships that he is currently facing, according to media reports.

Mother throws newborn out of window
Germany

Mother throws newborn out of window

A young woman threw her newborn baby out of her apartment window in Berlin, killing the infant, police said on Monday.

Volvo mulls Chinese plant within two years
Sweden

Volvo mulls Chinese plant within two years

Volvo Cars CEO Stefan Jacoby has confirmed that the firm plans to open a new assembly plant in China in two years.

Banks to face undercover investment probes
Germany

Banks to face undercover investment probes

The German government is planning to use undercover investigators to probe the quality of banks’ investment services.

Chinese hackers target government computers
Germany

Chinese hackers target government computers

The number of cyber-attacks on German government computers has risen dramatically in 2010 and authorities suspect Chinese government hackers are behind the assault, the media reported Monday.

Sleepy pastor leaves congregation in the lurch
Sweden

Sleepy pastor leaves congregation in the lurch

Parishioners at Luleå Cathedral were treated to something of an improvised Christmas Day service when the pastor overslept and only made it in time for the coffee.

Sweeping patients’ rights bill planned
Germany

Sweeping patients’ rights bill planned

Hospital patients would only have to share a room with one other person and appointments with specialists would be guaranteed within three weeks under health reforms being drawn up by the German government.

Elmander strike keeps Bolton riding high
Sweden

Elmander strike keeps Bolton riding high

Swedish striker Johan Elmander's winner against West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day helped to keep Bolton's unlikely challenge for a place in European competition on track.

Socks again for Christmas? You may be stuck with them
Germany

Socks again for Christmas? You may be stuck with them

People disappointed with their Christmas presents have been delivered some bad news by Consumer Minister Ilse Aigner – they have no legal right to return unwanted gifts.

Review finds security holes at Reichstag
Germany

Review finds security holes at Reichstag

Security at the Reichstag in Berlin is set to be dramatically tightened after an inventory showed that nearly 23,000 people including tradespeople, interns and lobbyists have virtually unfettered access to the building.

Arlanda Express resumes normal service
Sweden

Arlanda Express resumes normal service

The Arlanda Express airport train is running as normal again after an interruption lasting several hours on Monday morning due to a signalling problem.

Roads remain calm as Swedes heed warnings
Sweden

Roads remain calm as Swedes heed warnings

There were few accidents reported on Sweden's roads on Boxing Day, as warnings for treacherous conditions appeared to have been heeded by drivers.

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Sweden

Celtic mulls Ljungberg signing

Former Swedish captain and Arsenal star Freddie Ljungberg may sign for Glasgow giants Celtic as the club bids to add some experience in their push for the Scottish Premier League crown.