Swedish journalists attacked by Cairo mob
Sweden

Swedish journalists attacked by Cairo mob

Two Swedish reporters were attacked by an angry mob Wednesday while reporting in an impoverished area of Cairo before a soldier arrested them and held them for several hours, their daily said.

Krombacher profits bubble up thanks to soft drink sales
Germany

Krombacher profits bubble up thanks to soft drink sales

German beer company Krombacher has managed to tap into greater sales using soft drinks, and in so doing bucked the trend of falling profits across German breweries.

Samurai sword killer flees hospital
Germany

Samurai sword killer flees hospital

Police are searching for a psychiatric patient who killed a woman in a church with a samurai sword and has subsequently run away during an excursion from a Baden-Württemberg hospital, media reported Wednesday.

New car sales up 17 percent
Germany

New car sales up 17 percent

New car sales in Germany gained an annualised 17 percent in January to 211,100 vehicles, the VDA auto federation said on Wednesday, with diesel-powered autos posting particularly strong gains.

Firemen called to rescue beer
Germany

Firemen called to rescue beer

A drunk man at the Kaiserslautern train station sounded a fire alarm Wednesday in hopes that fire fighters would rescue his beer, police reported. He is now under investigation for the misuse of emergency services.

Scania MAN merger on hold
Sweden

Scania MAN merger on hold

Swedish truckmaker Scania reported booming profits in its 2010 report published on Wednesday, advising that the proposed merger with Germany's MAN is on hold.

Fire extinguisher behind post office explosion
Sweden

Fire extinguisher behind post office explosion

The explosion at a post terminal in Borlänge in central Sweden on Wednesday morning was caused by a fire extinguisher, Dalarna police have confirmed.

Ice causes traffic chaos, but warmer weather lies ahead
Germany

Ice causes traffic chaos, but warmer weather lies ahead

Icy roads and fog caused hundreds of traffic accidents across Germany Wednesday morning and sparked traffic chaos for commuters, but meteorologists are tipping the mercury to rise in the coming days.

Bayern Munich to settle Robben row with Netherlands friendly
Germany

Bayern Munich to settle Robben row with Netherlands friendly

Bayern Munich has agreed to play the Netherlands in a friendly in May 2012 to compensate the German champions for the loss of Arjen Robben to injury in the first half of this season.

Swedish body finds ‘Boxer’-clad cartoon ‘offensive to men’
Sweden

Swedish body finds ‘Boxer’-clad cartoon ‘offensive to men’

The Swedish Advertising Ombudsman (Reklamombudsmannen -- RO) has ruled as sexist an advert for TV operator Boxer featuring its animated pin up Robert dressed only in boxer shorts.

Sweden warns firms of cloud computing risks
Sweden

Sweden warns firms of cloud computing risks

Hundreds of Swedish companies have lost out on large international contracts after their secrets were leaked to competitors due to security breaches as a result of the explosion in cloud computing.

Egyptian protests trip up Miss Germany pageant preparations
Germany

Egyptian protests trip up Miss Germany pageant preparations

Historic demonstrations in Egypt may not have toppled President Hosni Mubarak yet, but on Wednesday they did claim one glamorous victim: preparations for the "Miss Germany" beauty pageant.

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Sweden

Sweden launches major nuke accident exercise

Sweden's largest-ever crisis management exercise on how to act in the event of a nuclear accident was launched on Wednesday.

Bildt hails end of Mubarak era in Egypt
Sweden

Bildt hails end of Mubarak era in Egypt

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt has hailed the end of the "Mubarak era" in Egypt, as Egyptians in Sweden planned additional demonstrations in support of pro-democracy forces in their home country.

Left Party apologises for King book review
Sweden

Left Party apologises for King book review

The publisher of the Left Party's official newspaper has apologised to King Carl XVI Gustaf for publishing a recent book review that alleged he visited prostitutes with tax money, a claim not made in a recent biography about him.

Egypt and Mideast top Munich conference
Germany

Egypt and Mideast top Munich conference

Revolt in Egypt and the implications for the stalled Middle East peace process are set to be key talking points for top defence officials at the Munich Security Conference in Germany starting Friday.

Hesse bans burkas for state workers
Germany

Hesse bans burkas for state workers

The state of Hesse has banned the wearing of the burka – the Muslim dress that covers a woman’s face – by state employees during work hours, officials announced late Tuesday.

Former squat eviction sparks violent protest
Germany

Former squat eviction sparks violent protest

Five police officers were wounded and 23 left-wing protesters arrested Wednesday morning during clashes over the eviction of residents at one of Berlin’s few remaining former squats.

Nordea tops estimates with soaring profit
Sweden

Nordea tops estimates with soaring profit

Nordic bank Nordea recorded a 15-percent hike in net profit for 2010 and a 72-percent jump in the fourth quarter, boosted by Sweden's strong economic recovery.

Condemn the Swedish model, not Kamprad
Sweden

Condemn the Swedish model, not Kamprad

Rather than denounce Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad, people should instead take aim at the Swedish system that forced him to move the company's fortunes abroad and replace it with a culture of charitable giving, argues business school professor Hans Sjögren.

Westerwelle welcomes Mubarak’s promise
Germany

Westerwelle welcomes Mubarak’s promise

The Egyptian people have reacted angrily to the delay, but on Wednesday German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said he welcomed President Hosni Mubarak’s announcement that he would surrender power in September.

Electrolux earnings fall below expectations
Sweden

Electrolux earnings fall below expectations

Fourth quarter results for Swedish white goods manufacturer Electrolux failed to meet expectations, as the rising cost of raw materials put additional cost pressure on the company.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrat in racist email controversy

A local Sweden Democratic politician from eastern Sweden is under fire after sending a racist email to Swedish newspapers in connection with a series of articles on slumlords who mismanage rental properties.

Polish cleaner lifts the lid on dirty Germany
Germany

Polish cleaner lifts the lid on dirty Germany

A Polish domestic cleaning lady has spilled the dirt on her German employers in a new memoir, "Under German Beds." The book is a best-seller, but as Hannah Cleaver reports, heavy criticism is coming from unlikely places.

German wins sixth straight Empire State Building stair race
Germany

German wins sixth straight Empire State Building stair race

German runner Thomas Dold has won the annual race up the Empire State Building, New York City's tallest skyscraper, for the sixth consecutive year.

‘Jihad Jane’ admits to Lars Vilks murder plot
Sweden

‘Jihad Jane’ admits to Lars Vilks murder plot

An American woman who called herself "JihadJane" pleaded guilty Tuesday to terror-related charges stemming from a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist.