Some tips on watching Kate and William tie the knot from Sweden
Sweden

Some tips on watching Kate and William tie the knot from Sweden

The Local offers a quick guide for readers in Sweden about where and how to watch the royal wedding between Britan's Prince William and Kate Middleton.

Housing boss guilty in Gothenburg bribe trial
Sweden

Housing boss guilty in Gothenburg bribe trial

A former housing chief was sentenced to 6 months in prison on Thursday for aggravated bribery as the court delivered its verdict in the first trial of the major Gothenburg bribery scandal.

Swedish bathers in naked shower outcry
Sweden

Swedish bathers in naked shower outcry

Regular visitors to a Stockholm-area public swimming pool have expressed their outrage over the refusal of fellow bathers to get naked.

Profits up at Nordea bank on ‘record’ income
Sweden

Profits up at Nordea bank on ‘record’ income

The top Nordic bank Nordea posted Thursday a stronger than expected 15-percent increase in net profit to €740 million ($1.1 billion).

Germans cool to marriage and monogamy
Germany

Germans cool to marriage and monogamy

Germans have serious doubts about marriage, monogamy and life-long partnerships, according to a survey released on Thursday.

Sweden’s Saab – back to the future?
Sweden

Sweden’s Saab – back to the future?

With Swedish carmaker Saab once again teetering on the brink of financial disaster a little over a year after it was saved from bankruptcy, The Local’s Peter Vinthagen Simpson reviews the recent trials and tribulations of this once iconic brand.

Bayer raises outlook on strong results
Germany

Bayer raises outlook on strong results

German chemical and pharmaceutical group Bayer posted an 8.4-percent increase in first-quarter net profit on Thursday while signalling improvement in its agricultural products division.

Germany dubious on Palestinian unity deal
Germany

Germany dubious on Palestinian unity deal

Germany has joined Israel and the United States in expressing deep scepticism about the reconciliation between former rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas, declaring the latter too radical and violent for a peace agreement.

Antonov gets green light for Saab stake
Sweden

Antonov gets green light for Saab stake

Russian financier Vladimir Antonov has received approval from former Saab Automobile owner General Motors (GM) to become a part owner of troubled Swedish automaker.

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Switzerland

Priest cancels biker blessing after bread theft

A traditional Catholic Mass to bless a rally for motorcyclists has been cancelled due to bad behaviour at last year's event.

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Sweden

Swedish police called after sandbox brawl

A seven-year-old boy reported a suspected assault to the police following a sandpit brawl in Arboga, central Sweden, on Tuesday.

Scania profits soar as new order growth lags
Sweden

Scania profits soar as new order growth lags

Swedish truckmaker Scania said Wednesday its net profit rose 77 percent in the first quarter of 2011, but that orders grew more modestly.

Jobless rate hovers around 20-year low
Germany

Jobless rate hovers around 20-year low

Unemployment in Germany dropped slightly in April, hovering around the lowest level for about 20 years, official statistics showed on Thursday, as Europe's top economy continues to power ahead.

Surrogate children have no right to German passport, court rules
Germany

Surrogate children have no right to German passport, court rules

In a crucial decision on surrogate births, a court ruled this week that a child born to a surrogate mother in India has no right to a German passport despite having a German biological father.

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Switzerland

Money laundering cases up by a third

More than 1,000 suspected money laundering cases were reported in 2010, up 29 percent from the figure a year ago, federal police said on Thursday.

Swedish Olympian in coach sex abuse tell-all
Sweden

Swedish Olympian in coach sex abuse tell-all

Revelations that Swedish Olympic high jumper Patrik Sjöberg faced years of sexual abuse by his late coach and stepfather have left the Swedish athletics establishment reeling.

Anti-Semitic flyer found on The Left website
Germany

Anti-Semitic flyer found on The Left website

Prosecutors on Thursday said they were investigating an anti-Semitic leaflet which was found on the website of a regional Ruhr Valley chapter of Germany's socialist party The Left.

What’s on in Germany: April 28 – May 4
Germany

What’s on in Germany: April 28 – May 4

This Week's Highlights: A festival of animated films screens in Stuttgart, a swan of a different stripe dances in Munich, and it's Gallery Weekend in Berlin.

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Switzerland

Swiss researchers link armadillos to leprosy

Swiss and US researchers have identified a strain of leprosy found in armadillos in dozens of people in the southern United States, indicating the skin disease can be transmitted directly from animals to humans.

Swiss wine lovers drink more
Switzerland

Swiss wine lovers drink more

Wine drinkers in Switzerland consumed 1.7 percent more in 2010 than the year before.

Deutsche Bank quarterly profit surges
Germany

Deutsche Bank quarterly profit surges

Deutsche Bank, the biggest German bank, posted on Wednesday the second-best quarterly profit in its history, owing in large part to recent acquisitions.

Moderate u-turn on political party donations
Sweden

Moderate u-turn on political party donations

The Moderate Party plans to "immediately" reveal the names of individuals who donate substantial sums of money to the party following renewed criticism from European anti-corruption officials.

India rejects Saab Gripen fighter bid
Sweden

India rejects Saab Gripen fighter bid

India has scrapped Saab's Gripen from its fighter jet shortlist in its drive to modernise its armed forces, the Swedish aircraft builder said Wednesday.

One third of Deutsche Bahn trains found late
Germany

One third of Deutsche Bahn trains found late

Germany's national railway operator Deutsche Bahn has a serious problem with punctuality – one third of its long-distance trains are late, according to a new survey.

Competition authority probes Lufthansa
Germany

Competition authority probes Lufthansa

German authorities are reportedly probing the airline Lufthansa for allegedly distorting competition among business travellers.

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Sweden

Sweden seeks clarity on FARC suspect arrest

Sweden has demanded an explanation from Venezuela as to why it was not informed about the arrest of one its nationals suspected of links to the FARC rebels or his extradition to Colombia.

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Sweden

Saab staff on hold as cash search continues

Cash-strapped Swedish car maker Saab told staff on Wednesday that they were not needed back at work as the search for financing continues to enable the firm to restart production lines left idle for over three weeks.

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Sweden

Putin offers Sweden ‘world best’ nuclear tech

During a visit to Stockholm on Wednesday, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin offered to enhance Sweden's nuclear safety with Russian technology, which he described as the safest in the world.

Berlin braces for surges in May Day violence
Germany

Berlin braces for surges in May Day violence

The anarchist uproar following the eviction of a Berlin squat in January could mean the city faces more leftist violence than usual during this year’s May Day demonstrations. Exberliner magazine's Anne-Lena Mösken spoke to a member of the leftist scene.