Works council officials says Opel needs European aid to survive
Germany

Works council officials says Opel needs European aid to survive

Opel, the German subsidiary of US car maker General Motors, will require European state aid to survive, the head of its works council said Monday amid reports the firm could go under with the loss of 25,000 jobs.

Stockholm wins EU green capital award
Sweden

Stockholm wins EU green capital award

Stockholm and Hamburg became the first cities to be named European Green Capital on Monday, as the European Commission announced the winners of its new environmental initiative.

DAX plunges below 4,000 points
Germany

DAX plunges below 4,000 points

Germany’s leading stock index the DAX on Monday plunged to its lowest level in over four years as worries about the economy dragged it below 4,000 points.

Starbucks sues to shutter Gothenburg’s Starcups café
Sweden

Starbucks sues to shutter Gothenburg’s Starcups café

A Gothenburg-area café owner is confident he will prevail in a naming dispute with US coffee shop giant Starbucks.

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Sweden

Saab has potential buyers: Sweden

Struggling car maker Saab has received interest from a number of potential buyers, the Swedish government said on Wednesday, refusing to divulge any names.

Karneval revellers brave chilly rain for Rosenmontag parade
Germany

Karneval revellers brave chilly rain for Rosenmontag parade

Despite a chilly drizzle, Cologne’s Karneval parade lived up to its festive reputation on Rosenmontag or Shrove Monday in the heart of the predominantly Roman Catholic Rhineland region of Germany.

Who’s afraid of the Saxon wolf?
Germany

Who’s afraid of the Saxon wolf?

Two centuries after being hunted to extinction, the wolves have returned to Germany. But not everyone is welcoming them – David Wroe heads to Saxony to track down the country’s most controversial canines.

Spotify interview: The source of the stream
Sweden

Spotify interview: The source of the stream

The Local’s Thanh Dinh catches up with Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify, the Sweden-based music streaming service that is making friends with everyone from the armchair music fan to Bono.

German gender wage gap above EU average
Germany

German gender wage gap above EU average

German women earn almost one-quarter less than men, placing the country well above average in European Union gender inequality statistics, daily Die Welt reported on Monday.

GM ‘hasn’t taken responsibility for Saab’
Sweden

GM ‘hasn’t taken responsibility for Saab’

Sweden’s enterprise minister Maud Olofsson praised Saab employees following meetings with company representatives on Monday, while at the same time chastising General Motors for abandoning the troubled Swedish brand.

Murder charges in Carolin Stenvall killing
Sweden

Murder charges in Carolin Stenvall killing

Prosecutors in Gällivare in northern Sweden on Monday formally charged a 51-year-old man with murder in the death of 29-year-old Carolin Stenvall.

Deutsche Bank predicts massive 2009 recession
Germany

Deutsche Bank predicts massive 2009 recession

Is Germany in for dire downturn this year? Germany's gross domestic product will likely shrink by more than five percent in 2009, chief economist for Deutsche Bank Norbert Walter told daily Bild on Monday.

Vattenfall buys Dutch energy company
Sweden

Vattenfall buys Dutch energy company

Sweden’s state-owned power company Vattenfall announced Monday it has offered €8.5 billion ($10.9 billion) for Netherlands-based Nuon in a deal that would “create a leading European energy company”.

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Sweden

Stockholm courts Israel Davis Cup match

Officials in Stockholm are hoping the capital can replace Malmö as the host of Sweden's forthcoming Davis Cup match against Israel after the southern city ruled that the game should be played behind closed doors.

Özdemir worried by Muslim anti-Semitism
Germany

Özdemir worried by Muslim anti-Semitism

Germany should take anti-Semitic tendencies among its Muslim population seriously, Turkish-German Green party leader Cem Özdemir warned in an interview with daily Frankfurter Rundschau on Monday.

What’s in a name: crime suspects and the Swedish press
Sweden

What’s in a name: crime suspects and the Swedish press

The Local’s David Landes attempts to shed some light on the Swedish media’s sometimes peculiar practice of omitting the names of criminal suspects.

German short film wins Oscar
Germany

German short film wins Oscar

The German short film Spielzeugland, or "Toyland," won an Oscar on Sunday night at the 81st annual Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

Saab laments ‘mixed messages’ from Sweden
Sweden

Saab laments ‘mixed messages’ from Sweden

Tensions were high during a debate between Sweden’s enterprise minister Maud Olofsson and the CEO of Saab Automobile televised on Sveriges Television (SVT) Sunday night.

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Sweden

Drunken ‘rescuer’ smashes snowmobile into tree

A mountain rescuer from western Sweden has been relieved of his duties after attempting a rescue while under the influence.

Man and toddler drown after falling through icy pond
Germany

Man and toddler drown after falling through icy pond

A father and his three-year-old son have been found after falling through thin ice and drowning, police in the German state of Brandenburg said on Monday.

Nuder to leave Riksdag
Sweden

Nuder to leave Riksdag

Pär Nuder, a prominent Social Democrat who served as Sweden’s finance minister under Göran Persson, has announced he won’t seek re-election to the Riksdag in the 2010 parliamentary elections.

Steinmeier says ‘turbo-capitalism’ is dead
Germany

Steinmeier says ‘turbo-capitalism’ is dead

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called for tighter domestic regulations on the financial markets to restore confidence in capitalism and free markets, in an interview with Financial Times Deutschland on Monday.