Kabel BW sold to Liberty Global for €3.16 billion
Germany

Kabel BW sold to Liberty Global for €3.16 billion

Sweden's EQT fund announced Monday it was selling Kabel BW, Germany's number three cable operator, to US-based Liberty Global for €3.16 billion ($4.49 billion).

Autopsy searches for clues to Knut’s untimely demise
Germany

Autopsy searches for clues to Knut’s untimely demise

Vets on Monday began an autopsy on Knut, the Berlin Zoo's beloved polar bear, as fans left flowers, candles and poignant messages to mark his untimely demise.

Swedish house backs Libya involvement
Sweden

Swedish house backs Libya involvement

The Swedish government can count on the broad support in parliament to send JAS Gripen aircraft to assist the UN-backed Libyan operation, with only the Sweden Democrats expressing a dissenting opinion.

Vernal equinox provides celestial proof of spring
Sweden

Vernal equinox provides celestial proof of spring

For long suffering residents of Sweden, Sunday's vernal equinox brought with it celestial proof that spring is indeed on its way, contributor Tom Callen writes.

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Sweden

‘Honour killing’ dad faces 18 years in prison

A man in Sweden has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after being found guilty of murdering his daughter in a so-called honour killing.

918 Spyder supercar to be Porsche’s most expensive model ever
Germany

918 Spyder supercar to be Porsche’s most expensive model ever

Porsche announced Monday the sale of its most expensive model ever, the 918 Spyder hybrid “super sports car.” The luxury German carmaker will make just 918 units costing a cool €645,000 – before tax, that is.

Feathers fly at mass pillow fight in Berlin
Germany

Feathers fly at mass pillow fight in Berlin

A mass pillow fight erupted in front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate on Sunday with the aim of breaking the world record for pillow-wielding participants. In the festive atmosphere, even city police got a piece of the action.

Swedish tents save lives at stricken nuclear plant
Sweden

Swedish tents save lives at stricken nuclear plant

Swedish-made equipment is being used in the rescue operation at the Japanese nuclear plant Fukushima and surrounding areas.

Sugar price spike in Poland leads to rationing in border region
Germany

Sugar price spike in Poland leads to rationing in border region

Eastern German grocery stores have begun rationing sugar, as thrifty Poles cross the border to buy up the sweet staple for half the price in their own country. German customers are reportedly outraged.

Missing Swede turns up in Sri Lanka
Sweden

Missing Swede turns up in Sri Lanka

A 28-year-old Swedish woman reported missing during a trip to Sri Lanka has been found and has made herself known to local police, Sri Lanka and Swedish authorities have confirmed.

Sweden slammed over EU oceans directive
Sweden

Sweden slammed over EU oceans directive

Swedish Greenpeace experts have accused the Swedish government of breaking European law as the government after failing to implement safeguards against the exploitation of the seas.

Incest trucker confesses
Germany

Incest trucker confesses

A German trucker accused of sexually abusing his daughter and fathering eight children with his stepdaughter, confessed to all charges on Monday, a court spokesman said.

Germany’s cowardly foreign policy
Germany

Germany’s cowardly foreign policy

The German government’s decision not to participate in military action against Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi – primarily for domestic political reasons – is deeply irresponsible, argues Markus Horeld from ZEIT ONLINE.

Swedish bank to Ingrid, 87: ‘invest long term’
Sweden

Swedish bank to Ingrid, 87: ‘invest long term’

Swedish bank SEB advised an 87-year-old customer to invest her savings 'long term' and has now been found to be at fault by the consumer complaints board.

Google Street View maps Swedish slopes
Sweden

Google Street View maps Swedish slopes

A team of snowmobiles deployed by US firm Google has spent the past week travelling Sweden's ski resorts, mapping out the peaks and the valleys for its Street View service.

Group offers to take in young Japanese to avoid nuclear fallout
Germany

Group offers to take in young Japanese to avoid nuclear fallout

A chapter of the German-Japanese Society (DJG) on Monday invited young Japanese people to stay for several months in Erfurt to avoid the dangers of possible nuclear fallout from the Fukushima power plant.

Swedish Gripen fighters on Libya standby
Sweden

Swedish Gripen fighters on Libya standby

The Swedish military said Monday that they would be ready to deploy JAS Gripen fighter aircraft within ten days, should Sweden be asked to participate in the military action against Libya.

US city honours Swedish NHL star Lidström
Sweden

US city honours Swedish NHL star Lidström

Swedish NHL star Nicklas Lidström has been honoured by his US hometown in recognition of his sporting achievements with the Detroit Red Wings.

Westerwelle finds reason to fear Libya mission
Germany

Westerwelle finds reason to fear Libya mission

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Monday said Arab League criticism of alliance action in Libya showed that Germany had "good reasons" to fear military intervention.

Pallbearers fear for the dead on busy Swedish road
Sweden

Pallbearers fear for the dead on busy Swedish road

Pallbearers transporting coffins to Maria church in Båstad in southern Sweden have complained that they risk life and limb when crossing the road as car drivers show an apparent disregard for the dead.

Swedish woman missing in Sri Lanka
Sweden

Swedish woman missing in Sri Lanka

A 28-year-old Swedish woman has been reported missing during a trip to Sri Lanka, leaving only a Facebook message to say that she had been robbed and beaten.

New flight tax pushing passengers to airports abroad
Germany

New flight tax pushing passengers to airports abroad

This year’s new flight tax has brought in far less money than expected, a media report said Monday. Frugal Germans may be using airports across the country’s borders to save money.

Neo-Nazis face court for online radio content
Germany

Neo-Nazis face court for online radio content

Eighteen operators of a right-wing extremist online radio station face a Koblenz court on Monday for incitement of hatred. They face up to five years in prison.

Social Democrats eject Sahlin old guard
Sweden

Social Democrats eject Sahlin old guard

Thomas Östros and Ylva Johansson, key figures in the Social Democrat leadership under former leader Mona Sahlin, are set to be replaced on the party's executive committee (verkställande utskottet - VU).