Half of Swiss bats have malaria
Switzerland

Half of Swiss bats have malaria

Half of some species of bats in Switzerland carry malaria, a new study has shown, in research that could help in the search for treatments for the disease.

How to find a Swiss home of your own
Switzerland

How to find a Swiss home of your own

Moving home provokes more stress than almost any major upheaval except death, divorce and delivery goes the tired cliché. So how does it rate if you throw in a change of country and culture? Looks like you might need our survival guide.

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Sweden

Corporate deals set to take off in Sweden in 2011: report

Sweden is one of the hottest markets in the Nordic region for corporate mergers and acquisitions, according to a new report.

BMW and Peugeot team up for hybrid technology
Germany

BMW and Peugeot team up for hybrid technology

The German luxury carmaker BMW and PSA Peugeot Citroen of France announced Monday they would invest €100 million ($138 million) in a joint venture to develop hybrid vehicle technology.

Finding a job in Switzerland
Switzerland

Finding a job in Switzerland

The benefits of finding a job in Switzerland are juicy: high wages, at least four weeks holiday and an unemployment safety net that beggars belief. But with fierce competition and vital paperwork, you need to do your homework before setting out, writes Marcus Berry.

Tech fair CeBIT rides bullish IT sector
Germany

Tech fair CeBIT rides bullish IT sector

With the IT industry in a bullish mood, CeBIT opens on Tuesday in Hannover. The world's top high-tech trade fair is preparing to wow visitors with head-spinning futuristic gadgets and the latest in 'cloud computing' technology.

Luxury and green power dominate Geneva motor show
Switzerland

Luxury and green power dominate Geneva motor show

Major car makers are set to dazzle visitors to the Geneva motor show over the coming week with a touch of luxury, but China and emerging markets will be firmly in mind at the European showcase.

Palme was ‘the best politician we ever had’
Sweden

Palme was ‘the best politician we ever had’

Roses were piled high Monday at the grave of Olof Palme, as Swedes marked 25 years since their prime minister was gunned down on an icy Stockholm sidewalk by a still unidentified assassin.

Broken vacuum cleaner sets off terror alert
Germany

Broken vacuum cleaner sets off terror alert

The war on terror recently became a battle for a clean floor in Germany after a man of Tunisian descent found out his order of a vacuum cleaner part had been flagged on a terrorism watch list.

Malmö mosque owned by group with Qaddafi ties
Sweden

Malmö mosque owned by group with Qaddafi ties

Malmö’s Islamic Center won't likely be affected by recent UN sanctions issued against Muammar Qaddafi, despite the Center being owned by a Libyan organisation founded by the embattled Libyan president.

Schavan ’embarrassed’ by Guttenberg
Germany

Schavan ’embarrassed’ by Guttenberg

Members of Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg’s fellow conservatives criticized him for plagiarizing his doctoral on Monday, calling him an embarrassment and labelling his handling of the matter a “nail in the coffin for” Germany's democracy.

Germany proposes 60-day freeze on payments to Libya
Germany

Germany proposes 60-day freeze on payments to Libya

Germany has proposed an international freeze on all payments to Libya for 60 days to deprive ruler Muammar Qaddafi of the means of "oppressing the people," Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Monday.

Bayer hit by surprise Q4 loss on heavy charges
Germany

Bayer hit by surprise Q4 loss on heavy charges

German pharmaceutical giant Bayer said Monday it suffered a surprise fourth quarter loss owing to charges that included a write-down on its Schering brand and costs of US legal proceedings.

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Sweden

Sweden best at integration: study

Sweden is the better at managing integration than other European countries, the United States, and Canada, according to a study published on Monday by the British Council and the Migration Policy Group.

Reality TV show seeks Swedish-Americans
Sweden

Reality TV show seeks Swedish-Americans

Swedish producers are scouring the United States for Americans with Swedish ancestry to take part in a new reality television series that will bring participants to Sweden to compete in cultural challenges.

Hells Angel jailed over police shooting
Germany

Hells Angel jailed over police shooting

A member of the Hells Angels biker gang was sentenced to nine years in prison by a Koblenz court Monday for killing a police officer.

Christer Pettersson: the only man ever tried for killing Olof Palme
Sweden

Christer Pettersson: the only man ever tried for killing Olof Palme

An addict with a criminal past, Christer Pettersson remains the only person ever put on trial for the killing of Olof Palme, and while he was exonerated, many still consider him guilty.

A train ride to nowhere
Germany

A train ride to nowhere

Is it no longer safe to use public transport in Germany? Recent attacks in Berlin go hand in hand with the city’s decaying infrastructure, argues Werner van Bebber from Der Tagesspiegel.

HQ to seek damages from ex-management
Sweden

HQ to seek damages from ex-management

Swedish investment bank HQ, which was forced into liquidation last year, said Monday it aimed to seek compensation from former board members, top executives and the company accountant for its woes.

Cross-eyed opossum Heidi gets Oscar tips partly right
Germany

Cross-eyed opossum Heidi gets Oscar tips partly right

Heidi's Oscar predictions were proven (mostly) right at the Academy Awards show on Sunday night. While the famous cross-eyed opossum correctly tipped the winners for the Best Actor and Actress, she got the Best Film award wrong.

Palme’s political legacy ‘put Sweden on the map’
Sweden

Palme’s political legacy ‘put Sweden on the map’

As the 25th anniversary of Olof Palme’s murder is remembered The Local’s Karen Holst explores the political legacy left by the man who delivered Sweden from obscurity and into the globalising world.

Palme conspiracy theories refuse to die
Sweden

Palme conspiracy theories refuse to die

Like many other high-profile murders, the killing of Olof Palme has spawned more than it's fair share of conspiracy theories, The Local's Geoff Mortimore discovers

Pirate Party losing wind as membership drops
Sweden

Pirate Party losing wind as membership drops

Sweden's Pirate Party membership has taken a sharp downward turn, but new party leader Anna Troberg is not concerned.

Swedes reflect on the death of Olof Palme
Sweden

Swedes reflect on the death of Olof Palme

A quarter century after the assassination of former Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, contributor Anita Badejo talks to Swedes about their memories of the killing and how it affected the country.

Foreign language Oscar to Persbrandt film
Sweden

Foreign language Oscar to Persbrandt film

A film starring Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt picked up the 2011 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film on Sunday, adding yet another prestigious film award to its collection.

Wallström’s UN job paid for by Sweden: report
Sweden

Wallström’s UN job paid for by Sweden: report

Swedish taxpayers covered most of the $1 million dollar for Margot Wallström’s job with the United Nations last year.

Health Minister rejects limit to waiting period for appointments
Germany

Health Minister rejects limit to waiting period for appointments

German Health Minister Philipp Rösler on Monday rejected plans by conservatives to ensure doctor’s appointments within three weeks for those with public health insurance, saying it would not address the real problem – a shortage of doctors.

Germans and Brits stage covert rescue in Libya
Germany

Germans and Brits stage covert rescue in Libya

The Bundeswehr teamed up with the British Royal Air Force to stage a risky covert rescue mission, plucking 132 Europeans from Libya, among them 22 Germans, according to a media report on Monday.

Erdogan slams ‘xenophobia’ and urges Turks to integrate
Germany

Erdogan slams ‘xenophobia’ and urges Turks to integrate

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday evening slammed "xenophobia" in Germany and urged Turks to integrate into German society without abandoning their own culture.

Bayern Munich gives up title hopes as Leverkusen draws with Bremen
Germany

Bayern Munich gives up title hopes as Leverkusen draws with Bremen

Ten-man Bayer Leverkusen stayed second in the Bundesliga on Sunday despite being held to a 2-2 draw at Werder Bremen, while Bayern Munich have waved the white-flag on their title aspirations.

Unsolved Palme murder still hurts after 25 years
Sweden

Unsolved Palme murder still hurts after 25 years

Twenty-five years after Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was gunned down in central Stockholm, many Swedes still consider the murder an open wound, the AFP's Nina Larsson discovers.