Police foil Hells Angels kidnap plot
Sweden

Police foil Hells Angels kidnap plot

In a mysterious incident in Gothenburg, a kidnapped man in his 50s was freed by police after they found him bound and gagged in the boot of a car.

New Berlin airport gearing up for summer opening
Germany

New Berlin airport gearing up for summer opening

The new Berlin airport, expected to start operations in a little more than six months, has entered a key test phase and authorities are determined to figure out problems ahead of the June 3, 2012 opening.

Nuclear waste train trundles towards protests
Germany

Nuclear waste train trundles towards protests

Thousands of anti-nuclear protestors were awaiting the arrival of a train carrying radioactive nuclear waste from France to its destination in northern Germany Saturday.

Sweden Democrats in nationalism ideology row
Sweden

Sweden Democrats in nationalism ideology row

The Sweden Democrat Party began its second congress on Saturday debating a proposal for a new policy program. It proposes, among other things that name of the new ideology should be "social conservative" in a move to distance itself from the more nationalistic overtones of the current “democratic nationalist” line.

Toyota discusses green car alliance with BMW
Germany

Toyota discusses green car alliance with BMW

Japanese auto giant Toyota is in discussions with Germany's BMW over a partnership in eco-friendly cars, according to report Saturday in the business daily Nikkei.

Former chief judge backs exploring NPD ban
Germany

Former chief judge backs exploring NPD ban

A new legal effort to ban Germany's far-right NPD party should be considered, according to the former high court judge that presided over the last failed attempt.

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Sweden

Steep hike in immigrant unemployment

More than one third of people registered as unemployed come from outside Sweden, according to a new unofficial report revealed by Dagens Nyheter.

Pope sued for not wearing seat belt
Germany

Pope sued for not wearing seat belt

A man from Dortmund has filed a complaint against Pope Benedikt XVI for not wearing a seat belt in his "Popemobile" during his last trip to Germany.

Saab backer Antonov released on bail
Sweden

Saab backer Antonov released on bail

Russian financier and former Saab-speculator Vladimir Antonov was released on bail by a British court on Friday, following his arrest in London on suspicion of fraud.

Girl sends lone Knut memorial entry
Germany

Girl sends lone Knut memorial entry

A seven-year-old girl has sent in the only design for a proposed memorial to Berlin's late celebrity polar bear Knut.

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Sweden

Swede reported kidnapped in Mali

A Swedish man is said to be among a group of three people kidnapped in Mali on Friday, according to unconfirmed reports.