Sweden releases Qaddafi aircraft pics
Sweden

Sweden releases Qaddafi aircraft pics

The Swedish Armed Forces have released photographs, which it claims indicates that Muammar Qaddafi still retains several fighter aircraft.

Hamburg-based Iranian bank to be blacklisted
Germany

Hamburg-based Iranian bank to be blacklisted

The EU is set to blacklist a German-based Iranian-owned bank which it believes is involved in the Islamic republic's secret nuclear weapons' programme, a German government official said Friday.

Two decades later, teen’s murder solved by DNA
Germany

Two decades later, teen’s murder solved by DNA

Twenty-four years after she was slain, the murder of a Kiel teenager has been solved using DNA evidence linked to a long-dead sex offender.

Westerwelle to cling on as foreign minister
Germany

Westerwelle to cling on as foreign minister

Despite simmering anger among Free Democrats, Guido Westerwelle appears likely to keep his job as Germany's foreign minister after the party’s new leaders sought to smooth over tensions at their annual conference on Friday.

Cool, wet weekend forecast
Germany

Cool, wet weekend forecast

A cool and wet weekend is forecast for much of the country, offering farmers much-needed respite after weeks of near-drought conditions, the German Weather Service (DWD) said Friday.

World’s farmers draw blades for Swedish ploughing showdown
Sweden

World’s farmers draw blades for Swedish ploughing showdown

Sweden hosts the World Ploughing Championships this weekend and with over 25,000 visitors expected to attend, contributor Anita Badejo finds that there is more to this spectator sport than digging dirt.

Borg positive to Danish border controls
Sweden

Borg positive to Danish border controls

Sweden's finance minister, Anders Borg, sees no immediate problems with Denmark's decision to increase border controls between the two countries.

Media roundup: Is Europe coming apart?
Germany

Media roundup: Is Europe coming apart?

As European countries threaten to reintroduce border controls, some worry the idea of a united Europe is in danger. In The Local's media roundup, the German media expresses its scepticism and concern for the future.

Pensions firm head resigns after tax planning revelations
Sweden

Pensions firm head resigns after tax planning revelations

The chairman for Swedish insurance company AMF, Bertil Villard, is leaving his post after the firm's owners took exception to his tax affairs.

Mourner shocked over rental van hearse
Sweden

Mourner shocked over rental van hearse

A funeral guest in Örebro, in eastern Sweden, was recently shocked to see a hired transit van park by the crematorium and staff starting to unload several coffins, according to local paper Eskilstuna-Kuriren.

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Switzerland

Solar plane heads abroad for first time

 

Pioneering Swiss solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse, which holds a 26-hour record for flight duration, took off from Switzerland on Friday on its first international flight to Belgium.


 

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Switzerland

Cannibal shot after ‘dinner’ pulls out

A Swiss man who had agreed to be killed and eaten by a Slovak cannibal reported the plan to the police and helped them catch his would-be murderer.

 

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Sweden

Free school applications hit new highs

Sweden's independent school sector continues to expand, with applications for new schools increasing 12 percent on 2010, according to new figures from the Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen).

VW and Audi to invest in wind power
Germany

VW and Audi to invest in wind power

Auto maker Volkswagen plans a major shift towards green energy by investing in wind farms and selling the electricity as part of a package to power its electric cars, German media reported Friday.

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Sweden

Swedish girl gang targets elderly single men

After a spate of robberies by a gang of young women in Västerås in central Sweden, police have issued a warning to single elderly men to be on their guard.

Economy firing on all cylinders in first quarter
Germany

Economy firing on all cylinders in first quarter

Germany's economy is off to a strong start this year, growing a quarterly 1.5 percent in the first three months to a level last seen before the economic crisis in 2008, provisional data showed on Friday.

Sweden’s Saade claims Eurovision final spot
Sweden

Sweden’s Saade claims Eurovision final spot

Eric Saade stepped up to the plate and did his duty for Sweden on Thursday, singing and dancing his way into the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Dusseldorf, Germany.

New film makes Paul the Octopus a celluloid cephalopod
Germany

New film makes Paul the Octopus a celluloid cephalopod

The exploits of Paul, the octopus famous for correctly picking the winner of eight straight games at the 2010 World Cup, seemed the stuff of movies. A new film about the sentient cephalopod makes it reality.

Stockholm gold heist nets ‘millions’
Sweden

Stockholm gold heist nets ‘millions’

Gold wholesaler Nordiska Guldjuveler on Södermalm in Stockholm was robbed on Thursday afternoon and after a haul which ‘picked the shop clean’, the thieves are believed to have escaped with a substantial amount of money.

Nuclear energy exit ‘irreversible’, says CDU
Germany

Nuclear energy exit ‘irreversible’, says CDU

The general secretary of Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union, Hermann Gröhe, has declared that Germany’s accelerated move away from nuclear power is now “irreversible.”

Lena faces down Irish twins, French tenor
Germany

Lena faces down Irish twins, French tenor

The rivals standing in the way of Lena Meyer-Landrut’s bid to keep her crown in Saturday night’s Eurovision Song Contest are now set after the second semi-final left Irish pop duo twins Jedward as the favourites.

Saab future in doubt after Chinese fall out
Sweden

Saab future in doubt after Chinese fall out

The future of Swedish car maker Saab was thrown back into doubt without a way into the crucial Chinese market, after a funding deal for the Saab-Spyker group fell through on Thursday.

Cybersex Swedes claim they did ‘nothing wrong’
Sweden

Cybersex Swedes claim they did ‘nothing wrong’

The two Swedish IT-experts jailed for life in the Philippines for running a cybersex den say they are living a nightmare among hardened criminals and maintain that they have done nothing wrong.