Spotify shuts down ads as virus strikes
Sweden

Spotify shuts down ads as virus strikes

Swedish online music streaming service Spotify has switched off its adverts after users of its ad-supported version reported being hit by a virus attack.

Police seize boy in mafia fancy dress costume
Germany

Police seize boy in mafia fancy dress costume

An 18-year-old student dressed in a “mafia outfit” with a realistic toy gun stuck in his waistband triggered a federal police response near the Bremen train station, officials said Friday.

Juholt confirmed as Social Democrat leader
Sweden

Juholt confirmed as Social Democrat leader

As expected Håkan Juholt has been confirmed as the new leader of Sweden's Social Democrat party, following a vote at the party congress in Stockholm on Friday.

Former coach Heynckes set for Bayern Munich comeback
Germany

Former coach Heynckes set for Bayern Munich comeback

Bayern Munich said Friday that veteran Jupp Heynckes is set to replace Louis van Gaal at the end of the season for a third stint coaching the Bundesliga giants.

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Sweden

Policemen cleared of assaulting whistleblower

Two police officers have been cleared of assault in a case that attracted widespread attention after a blogger used techniques worthy of a Stieg Larsson plot to restore photographs and video footage that he claimed the officers had forced him to delete.

Malmö ‘femme fatale’ robbers charged
Sweden

Malmö ‘femme fatale’ robbers charged

A gang of six who are alleged to have drugged and robbed a 25-year-old Malmö man after one of their number, an 18-year-old girl, had used her charms to trick her way into his apartment, were charged on Friday.

Germany provokes more tensions over Libya
Germany

Germany provokes more tensions over Libya

Angela Merkel’s government has gone on the offensive over its maligned Libya policy, pushing hard for a complete oil embargo and even hinting that its NATO allies are hypocrites for bombing the country while still buying its oil.

Bundestag votes to broaden Afghan mission
Germany

Bundestag votes to broaden Afghan mission

Facing criticism over Germany’s refusal to contribute to the military intervention in Libya, the Bundestag voted Friday to relieve NATO allies by broadening the German mission in Afghanistan.

Fancy phones force watchmakers to innovate
Switzerland

Fancy phones force watchmakers to innovate

With the younger generation opting to use their smartphones to tell time, the watch-making industry is being forced to get smart and high-tech to recapture consumers, AFP's Hui Min Neo discovers at the Baselworld watch and jewellery fair.

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Sweden

Agency tells Swedes to ‘stop throwing food away’

Swedes cause “completely unnecessary” damage to the environment by throwing away more than one kilo of fully edible foodstuffs per person each week, the National Food Administration (Livsmedelsverket) has revealed.

Police: Zurich is getting even safer
Switzerland

Police: Zurich is getting even safer

Picturesque Zurich is generally associated with a safe and crime-free quality of life. Now official figures show that life in Switzerland's largest city is getting even safer.

Thirty Swedes bought kidneys abroad: study
Sweden

Thirty Swedes bought kidneys abroad: study

Around 30 Swedish kidney patients have travelled abroad since the 1980s to have transplants using organs bought from impoverished people in foreign countries, according to an unpublished study from Karolinska University Hospital.

Swiss Defence Minister slams “Atomic Hysteria”
Switzerland

Swiss Defence Minister slams “Atomic Hysteria”

Swiss defence minister Ueli Maurer has said he sees no reason to reassess Switzerland's attitude to nuclear power following the Fukushima crisis.

Japanese food import checks tightened
Germany

Japanese food import checks tightened

Germany is demanding tougher inspections of Japanese produce following the partial meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear power plant there, Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Minister Ilse Aigner said Friday.

Fallout continues after Brüderle’s nuclear gaffe
Germany

Fallout continues after Brüderle’s nuclear gaffe

The government’s reversal on nuclear power caused further embarrassment Friday, with an industry leader contradicting Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle’s claim he was misquoted saying the backflip was an election tactic.

Sweden’s Borg eyes post-election exit
Sweden

Sweden’s Borg eyes post-election exit

Sweden’s finance minister Anders Borg has admitted to deriving little enjoyment from his work and says he is looking forward to becoming a “normal person” with a “normal job” after the next general election.

Free Google initiative aims to get small businesses online
Germany

Free Google initiative aims to get small businesses online

Small and medium-sized businesses make up the backbone of Germany’s economy, but few are active online. An initiative led by search engine Google hopes to change this by offering free educational events and online tutorials on building websites.

Pubs in Stockholm: keeping it real
Sweden

Pubs in Stockholm: keeping it real

Like most capitals, Stockholm offers plenty of watering holes for the homesick expat looking for a “taste of home”, The Local's Geoff Mortimore discovers.

Petrol industry calls for biofuel tax cut
Germany

Petrol industry calls for biofuel tax cut

The petroleum industry is demanding that the tax on a controversial ethanol blended fuel be slashed in response to the flaccid sales, according to a Friday news report.

Badly behaved MPs face €2,000 fines
Germany

Badly behaved MPs face €2,000 fines

Members behaving badly in the federal parliament will face fines of up to €2,000 under changes to rules of conduct, according to a Friday news report.

Saab CEO resigns after ‘three demanding years’
Sweden

Saab CEO resigns after ‘three demanding years’

Jan Åke Jonsson has decided to resign as president and CEO of Swedish car maker Saab Automobile, the company announced in a statement on Friday.

Merkel annoys Europe with euro change
Germany

Merkel annoys Europe with euro change

Chancellor Angela Merkel won a political battle late Thursday in Brussels over the euro rescue fund that is expected to help her party in future elections but has angered European colleagues.

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Sweden

Sahlin prepares Social Democrats handover

Mona Sahlin is set to open the Social Democrat extra congress on Friday, her last speech as chairperson of the party before handing over to new leader Håkan Juholt, as polls show the party remains far behind.

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Sweden

Islamic group invited anti-Semitic speaker

The Islamic Association in Sweden (Islamiska Förbundet) engaged lecturers with anti-Semitic opinions at a conference in Stockholm in December, with one known for spreading myths about Jewish conspiracies and ritual killings, reported the Dagens Nyheter (DN) daily.