Saab made to wait as Brazil delays fighter deal
Sweden

Saab made to wait as Brazil delays fighter deal

Brazil has announced that it will delay a decision to buy 36 fighter jets following a slew of budget cuts, leaving Swedish firm Saab, along with French and US rival bids, playing the waiting game over the lucrative deal.

Sweden’s Pietilä Holmner claims world ski bronze
Sweden

Sweden’s Pietilä Holmner claims world ski bronze

Sweden's Maria Pietilä Holmner won the bronze medal in the women's world slalom at the world skiing championships in Germany on Saturday, coming in behind Austria's Marlies Schild and Kathrin Zettel.

Iran frees two German reporters
Germany

Iran frees two German reporters

Two German journalists held by Iran for more than four months after entering the country on tourists visas were released on Saturday, the Foreign Ministry has confirmed.

Eurovision Song Contest entry is decided
Germany

Eurovision Song Contest entry is decided

Germany’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest has been chosen – Lena Meyer-Landrut will sing an electro-pop song called ‘Taken by a Stranger’ after television viewers picked it over several other songs.

Swedes drink less alcohol: study
Sweden

Swedes drink less alcohol: study

Swedish average alcohol consumption declined in 2009, in comparison with 2008, but remains high in a historical perspective, a new report published on Friday showed.

Neo-Nazis and protestors fill a tense Dresden
Germany

Neo-Nazis and protestors fill a tense Dresden

Thousands of anti-fascists and neo-Nazis as well as police officers trying to keep them apart filled Dresden's city centre on Saturday after organisers of three neo-Nazi demonstrations were given the judicial go-ahead to march.

Guttenberg accused of using parliamentary researcher for thesis
Germany

Guttenberg accused of using parliamentary researcher for thesis

Embattled Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg included a ten-page political analysis he commissioned a parliamentary researcher to write, almost untouched, in his own doctoral thesis, according to new information.

Favourable weather aids oil slick clean up
Sweden

Favourable weather aids oil slick clean up

The Swedish and Norwegian coast guard continued work to clean up the oil spill caused by a grounded Icelandic vessel just north of the Swedish border on Thursday, reporting that weather conditions remained favourable.

German police officers work undercover abroad
Germany

German police officers work undercover abroad

The German police force has admitted sending undercover officers to other countries, including Scotland, during a parliamentary hearing into the controversial deployment of an undercover British policeman in Germany.

Argentine film takes top Teddy award as Berlinale prizes approach
Germany

Argentine film takes top Teddy award as Berlinale prizes approach

The first prizes of the Berlin film festival were awarded on Friday night, with the Teddy Award for best gay and lesbian film going to the Argentine melodrama Ausente.

Police hunt Einstein family murder witness
Germany

Police hunt Einstein family murder witness

A reward of €5,000 is being offered for information about the murder of three members of Albert Einstein’s family in 1944 as authorities launch a last-ditch attempt to find the killer.

Embassy closures can’t be avoided: Bildt
Sweden

Embassy closures can’t be avoided: Bildt

Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt has said that planned closure of several Swedish embassies can not be avoided through organizational changes or greater efficiency.