Opel splits from GM
Germany

Opel splits from GM

Stricken German car-manufacturer Opel announced on Friday that it will part company with its US parent corporation General Motors.

Polish prime minister calls on Merkel to drop Steinbach
Germany

Polish prime minister calls on Merkel to drop Steinbach

Shortly before meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Hamburg on Friday, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk made a strong statement warning her not to appoint controversial politician Erika Steinbach to the board of a German-Polish foundation focused on creating a memorial in Berlin.

Riksbank offers support to Estonian central bank
Sweden

Riksbank offers support to Estonian central bank

Sweden’s central bank announced on Friday it was entering into a “precautionary arrangement” with its Estonian counterpart should the Baltic country’s battered financial system need assistance.

Software turns phone into time machine
Germany

Software turns phone into time machine

The Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (IGD) in Darmstadt has launched new software that can seamlessly blend a mobile phone photo of a landmark with pictures and background information from historical archives. The launch was staged at the CeBIT trade fair in Hannover on Thursday.

Acquittals for suspects in ‘Romario’ killing
Sweden

Acquittals for suspects in ‘Romario’ killing

All three suspects charged in the stabbing death of 23-year-old Ahmed “Romario” Ibrahim Ali were acquitted on Friday by a Stockholm-area court.

Swedish economy in ‘long, dark winter’
Sweden

Swedish economy in ‘long, dark winter’

Sweden’s GDP fell by 4.9 percent in the 4th quarter of 2008 compared to the same period a year before.

Study says ban on headscarves violates human rights
Germany

Study says ban on headscarves violates human rights

The German state ban on religious symbols and clothing for teachers discriminates against Muslim women who wear a headscarf, Human Rights Watch (HRW) told The Local on Friday.

German inflation up to one percent in February
Germany

German inflation up to one percent in February

German inflation ticked up slightly to 1.0 percent in February, preliminary data released on Friday by the national statistics office showed, but was expected to fall again soon.

Sweden’s national parks celebrate 100 years
Sweden

Sweden’s national parks celebrate 100 years

While Sweden can boast of having invented household names such as IKEA, ABBA and Volvo, fewer people are aware that the country also bears the distinction of having created Europe’s first national parks, which this year celebrate their 100th anniversary.

Vasaloppet organizers hope for cold weekend weather
Sweden

Vasaloppet organizers hope for cold weekend weather

Cross-country ski enthusiasts in Sweden are gearing up for the 85th Vasaloppet ski race on Sunday, in which 15,000 skiers will compete across a punishing 90-kilometre course.

Police call other police to aid injured woman
Germany

Police call other police to aid injured woman

Police called to an emergency in a Berlin bar arrived to find the call had come from another set of officers who considered the crime scene outside their jurisdiction, authorities reported on Friday.

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Sweden

Well-endowed thief in late night condom raid

A student association in southern Sweden is on the lookout for a thief with a preference for extra large condoms after fifty commodious rubbers went missing on Monday night.

Jewish council calls Williamson’s apology a ‘third-class regret’
Germany

Jewish council calls Williamson’s apology a ‘third-class regret’

Bishop Richard Williamson has apologized for his denial of the Holocaust, Catholic news agency Zenit reported late on Thursday, but Germany’s Central Council of Jews in Germany rejected the statement.

Avalanche buries senior in mountain hut for two days
Germany

Avalanche buries senior in mountain hut for two days

Rescue workers have freed an 84-year-old shepherd woman after she spent two days buried under an avalanche in her cabin on a mountainside in the Bavarian Alps, daily Bild reported on Wednesday.

One third of Swedes want King to abdicate
Sweden

One third of Swedes want King to abdicate

A new poll shows that Swedes generally support the country’s current monarch, King Carl XVI Gustaf, but one in three think he should hand over the throne to Crown Princess Victoria.

Break down in talks on Swedish energy policy
Sweden

Break down in talks on Swedish energy policy

Joint talks on Sweden’s future energy policy between the government and the opposition have been called off, energy minister Maud Olofsson announced on Thursday.

Deutsche Telekom upbeat after meeting 2008 targets
Germany

Deutsche Telekom upbeat after meeting 2008 targets

Europe's biggest telecoms operator, Deutsche Telekom, said Friday it had achieved its 2008 targets and voiced confidence about this year's results as well.

Toni wants Bayern to play Bremen with passion
Germany

Toni wants Bayern to play Bremen with passion

Luca Toni insists Bayern Munich must use the same passion they showed in their Champions League hammering of Sporting Lisbon in midweek to get their Bundesliga campaign back on track in Bremen on Sunday.

Thousands of workers strike in four states
Germany

Thousands of workers strike in four states

Public workers in four of Germany’s states went on the latest in a series of warning strikes on Friday, hoping to put pressure on employers in an ongoing wage dispute.

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Sweden

Suspect denies involvement in Eskilstuna hotel fire

The 37-year-old man arrested for his suspected role a starting a fire which consumed part of an Eskilstuna hotel on Wednesday has denied any wrongdoing.

Saab workers stage demonstration
Sweden

Saab workers stage demonstration

Saab employees filled a main thoroughfare in the company’s home base of Trollhättan in central Sweden on Thursday night to show their faith in the future of the beleaguered automaker.

Volvo Group to boost executive pay despite losses
Sweden

Volvo Group to boost executive pay despite losses

Sweden’s Volvo Group announced on Thursday it had approved pay raises for 250 high-ranking executives this year, despite heavy fourth quarter losses at the world’s second largest truck maker.