US ambassador to Sweden to step down
Sweden

US ambassador to Sweden to step down

Current US ambassador to Sweden, Matthew Barzun, announced on Friday he is stepping down from his post to lead fundraising efforts for president Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.

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Sweden

Lund slave auction response: ‘stop being defensive and listen’

In the aftermath of the recent 'slave auction' stunt carried out by several students at Lund University, there has been too much protesting, and not enough listening, argues US graduate student Cate Bridenstine, who witnessed the event.

Al-Qaida suspects seized with explosives
Germany

Al-Qaida suspects seized with explosives

German police on Friday detained three alleged members of al-Qaida, federal prosecutors said, as a report said they had been plotting attacks in Germany.

Reinfeldt forced to flee dilapidated palace home
Sweden

Reinfeldt forced to flee dilapidated palace home

Burnt toast, faulty elevators and a host of other problems have forced Fredrik Reinfeldt and his family to evacuate the Swedish prime minister's official residence in Stockholm.

Mother of Frankfurt club victim seeks justice
Germany

Mother of Frankfurt club victim seeks justice

Lee Heath, a British man living in Germany, died after being brutally assaulted by bouncers in a Frankfurt club this week. The Local spoke with his mother about seeking justice for her son.

Eastern immigrants warned to integrate
Germany

Eastern immigrants warned to integrate

Eastern European immigrants who arrive under relaxed EU labour rules after Sunday should be mindful they integrate with Germany society, the government's integration commissioner Maria Böhmer warned Friday.

Law student lands Swedish ‘beach bum’ job
Sweden

Law student lands Swedish ‘beach bum’ job

Law student Åsa Dejus from Obbola in northern Sweden thousands beat out thousands of applicants to land a sought after 'beach tester' position offered by a Swedish women’s lifestyle magazine.

Losses continue for Saab owner Spyker
Sweden

Losses continue for Saab owner Spyker

Saab Automobile owner Spyker Cars reported a net loss of €76.3 million ($113 million) for the first quarter, but sales of the iconic Swedish brand shows signs of upward swing.

Lagerfeld approves Kate’s ‘elegant and chic’ bridal gown
Germany

Lagerfeld approves Kate’s ‘elegant and chic’ bridal gown

Notoriously snarky German couturier Karl Lagerfeld hailed Kate Middleton's royal wedding dress Friday, describing the Alexander McQueen and Sarah Burton gown as "elegant and chic."

Biker boss suspected in Bögerl murder
Germany

Biker boss suspected in Bögerl murder

Police in the Czech Republic have arrested the German boss of the feared Bandido biker gang suspected of involvement in the kidnapping and murder of banker’s wife Maria Bögerl, media reported Friday.

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Sweden

Sweden hands back Maori skulls

The remains of three Maori aboriginals were returned Friday at a solemn ceremony in Lund, in the south of Sweden.

Hidden treasure turns up in Swede’s seafood pizza
Sweden

Hidden treasure turns up in Swede’s seafood pizza

A Swedish family managed to bite off a little more than they could chew when a normal midweek dinner revealed an unexpected surprise.

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Switzerland

Swiss health officials open new front on war on cancer

A Swiss anti-cancer association has launched a new national cancer programme for 2011-2015 to help stop the disease from spreading.

 

Lock up leftist May Day troublemakers, conservatives say
Germany

Lock up leftist May Day troublemakers, conservatives say

In the face of anticipated leftist violence at Sunday’s May Day demonstrations in Berlin, members of Angela Merkel’s conservatives have called for known anarchist troublemakers to be taken into custody as a preventive measure.

Valborg – Sweden blazes into springtime
Sweden

Valborg – Sweden blazes into springtime

Winter's over. Summer is just around the corner. That's as good a cause for celebration in Sweden as any, and the revelry on Valborgsmässoafton - Walpurgis Night - on April 30th gets pretty heated.

Money laundering on the rise in Sweden
Sweden

Money laundering on the rise in Sweden

Police statistics reveal a 30 percent increase in the number of reported cases of money laundering in Sweden for 2010, prompting calls for the creation of a new agency to combat the problem.

Hunter charged for shooting elk, killing skier
Sweden

Hunter charged for shooting elk, killing skier

A 32-year-old Swedish hunter who fired a single shot that passed through an elk before hitting and killing a cross-country skier has been charged with manslaughter.

Swiss solar plane preps for Brussels flight
Switzerland

Swiss solar plane preps for Brussels flight

A Swiss solar-powered aircraft is set to fly to Brussels as early as next week in what would be its first international flight, the project manager said on Thursday.

Swiss climber falls to his death on birthday hike
Switzerland

Swiss climber falls to his death on birthday hike

Swiss mountaineer Erhard Loretan, one of the few climbers to reach all 14 world’s highest peaks, died on Thursday in a mountain accident.

Merkel reportedly to back Draghi as ECB chief
Germany

Merkel reportedly to back Draghi as ECB chief

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has thrown her crucial support behind Italy's Mario Draghi as the next head of the European Central Bank, the daily Bild reported on Friday.

Petrol price hits new high
Germany

Petrol price hits new high

Petrol prices in Germany have hit a record high and look set to crack €1.60 per litre ($8.98 per gallon) of premium gasoline.

Daimler nearly doubles first-quarter profit
Germany

Daimler nearly doubles first-quarter profit

Germany's Daimler, which owns luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz, said Friday that its first-quarter net profit nearly doubled, underpinning a positive outlook for 2011 as a whole.

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Sweden

Swedish invention tracks spread of HIV

Swedish scientists have developed new highly sensitive equipment that may have a huge impact on tracking the spread of HIV and detecting signs of bio terrorism and water contamination.

British ambassador stunned by interest in royal wedding
Germany

British ambassador stunned by interest in royal wedding

Simon McDonald, the United Kingdom’s ambassador to Germany, said he was perplexed by the country’s huge interest in the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday.

Guggenheim ‘Lab’ set to swing through Berlin
Germany

Guggenheim ‘Lab’ set to swing through Berlin

New York’s Guggenheim Museum is creating travelling “laboratories” that will look at the design of cities. Berlin is believed to be one host city, but a redevelopment dispute is complicating matters.

Swede provides ‘proof’ in Obama birth debate
Sweden

Swede provides ‘proof’ in Obama birth debate

A Swedish woman, Monica Danielsson, 78, may have provided the last piece in a the puzzle on where US president Barack Obama was born, when CNN recently went to Hawaii finally lay the matter to rest.

Victoria ‘stole the show’ on London red carpet
Sweden

Victoria ‘stole the show’ on London red carpet

Crown Princess Victoria and husband Daniel Westling made a splash when they arrived at the party that Queen Elizabeth II was hosting in London on the night before the wedding, but the couple are not among the few who will attend all the wedding festivities.