Germany welcomes new wave of Iraqi refugees
Germany

Germany welcomes new wave of Iraqi refugees

Four hundred Iraqi refugees from camps in Syria and Jordan will arrive in Germany this month at the start of a European resettlement programme, human rights groups said Wednesday.

Two feared dead in Cologne archive rubble
Germany

Two feared dead in Cologne archive rubble

Two people feared trapped in the rubble of Cologne's historic archives and adjacent buildings are almost certainly dead, officials in the western German city said on Wednesday.

Berlin’s public WiFi project rankles tech industry
Germany

Berlin’s public WiFi project rankles tech industry

A scheme to provide free wireless internet in the centre of Berlin has the German tech industry worried about its potential commercial impact. But city officials remain keen despite setbacks for municipal WiFi elsewhere.

Two Germans make short-list for ‘Best Job in the World’ contest
Germany

Two Germans make short-list for ‘Best Job in the World’ contest

The tourism board for the Australian state of Queensland has chosen two Germans as finalists for their "Best Job in the World" contest, where the winner will become caretakers on the tropical paradise Hamilton Island for six months.

The Pirate Bay’s Sunde to join Sweden’s Green Party
Sweden

The Pirate Bay’s Sunde to join Sweden’s Green Party

Peter Sunde, one of the four men charged in The Pirate Bay trial, has announced that he is becoming a member of Sweden’s Green Party.

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Sweden

School violence sends teacher to hospital

A female teacher has been taken to hospital after a vicious fight broke out between rival factions at a high school (gymnasium) in Vimmerby in southern Sweden on Wednesday afternoon.

Germany tinkers with junk car scheme rules to fight fraud
Germany

Germany tinkers with junk car scheme rules to fight fraud

German officials have changed the rules for the popular new auto “scrap premium,” or Abwrackprämie, because of fraud, an Economy Ministry spokesperson told The Local on Wednesday.

State to compensate Swede for broken ‘hash’ pipe
Sweden

State to compensate Swede for broken ‘hash’ pipe

Sweden’s National Police Board (Rikspolisstyrelsen) has been ordered to pay a man 300 kronor ($33) in compensation after police destroyed his pipe during a drug raid.

Netball club sets new goals in Sweden
Sweden

Netball club sets new goals in Sweden

Sweden is something of a haven for indoor sports, with floorball already established as a popular institution. Netball on the other hand has yet to grip the popular imagination, but a new club in Stockholm is doing all it can to take the sport out of the shadows.

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Sweden

Volvo drops bid to boost executive pay

Sweden’s Volvo Group bowed to criticism and said it was scrapping a proposal to raise executive bonuses on Wednesday, the same day that its truck making subsidiary announced it was stopping production at one of its plants because of dropping demand.

Mother gets 8 years for three infant deaths
Germany

Mother gets 8 years for three infant deaths

A Zwickau court on Wednesday sentenced a German woman to eight years in prison for killing three of her babies shortly after giving birth.

Machine tool orders continue plunge
Germany

Machine tool orders continue plunge

Orders for German machine tools, a key export product for Europe's biggest economy, fell by another 42 percent in January, the sector federation VDMA said on Wednesday.

Prince’s relationship crumbles following royal engagement
Sweden

Prince’s relationship crumbles following royal engagement

After nearly a decade together, Sweden’s Prince Carl Philip and his girlfriend Emma Pernald have decided to go their separate ways.

Cologne mayor says continuing metro work ‘almost irresponsible’
Germany

Cologne mayor says continuing metro work ‘almost irresponsible’

Cologne’s Mayor Fritz Schramma on Wednesday called into question further construction of a metro line after the dramatic collapse of the city’s historical archive left two people missing and a gaping hole where half a block of buildings once stood.

Opel cutting jobs as Merkel says the car maker isn’t ‘relevant’
Germany

Opel cutting jobs as Merkel says the car maker isn’t ‘relevant’

The head of the European division of stricken US carmaker General Motors, Carl-Peter Forster, told daily Bild on Wednesday that its German unit Opel will likely have to lay off 3,500 workers.

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Sweden

Swedish teen fined for oinking at police

A Swedish teenager who made oinking noises as he walked past two police officers has been convicted for the insult and ordered pay a fine.

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Sweden

Doctor accused of murdering child

A female doctor in Stockholm has been detained on suspicion of murder for the alleged mercy killing of a baby girl.

AMF Pension CEO named Sweden’s top businesswoman
Sweden

AMF Pension CEO named Sweden’s top businesswoman

Ingrid Bonde, the head of Swedish pension firm AMF Pension, has been named Sweden’s most powerful businesswoman by a leading business magazine.

Steinbach forgoes board spot on German-Polish memorial project
Germany

Steinbach forgoes board spot on German-Polish memorial project

After weeks of controversy, conservative politician Erika Steinbach has withdrawn her candidacy to become a board member of a German-Polish foundation aiming to create a memorial for WWII refugees in Berlin.

Adidas warns of difficult times after posting 2008 profit
Germany

Adidas warns of difficult times after posting 2008 profit

The German sports equipment and clothing maker Adidas posted on Wednesday a 2008 profit that exceeded its target, but the company warned that business would be tougher this year.

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Sweden

Cargo ship needed to store unsold cars off Swedish coast

Car sales in Sweden have fallen off so sharply that Japanese automaker Toyota was forced to lease a cargo ship in Malmö to store 2,500 unsold cars, according to a port official.

Several bidders eyeing Saab: source
Sweden

Several bidders eyeing Saab: source

A number of potential bidders, including two Chinese care makers, Geely Automobile and Dongfeng Motor Group, have shown an interest in purchasing Saab, sources with knowledge of the situation said on Tuesday.