Siemens wins Danish wind turbine deal
Germany

Siemens wins Danish wind turbine deal

German engineering giant Siemens said Friday it has won one of its biggest ever renewable energy contracts, worth more than €2 billion ($2.5 billion) for wind turbines for a Danish firm.

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Sweden

Police in ‘biggest ever’ piracy raid

Police in the Stockholm area have seized a computer server believed to contain the largest quantity of pirated material ever discovered in Sweden.

Former East Germany weathering recession better than the west
Germany

Former East Germany weathering recession better than the west

Two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, states that belonged to former East Germany are surviving the financial crisis better than those in the former West, a research institute said Friday.

Elite German graduates to teach at troubled schools
Germany

Elite German graduates to teach at troubled schools

This autumn, around 100 of Germany’s top university graduates will begin teaching under-privileged school children in a new scheme emulating the Teach for America programme. The Local’s Kristen Allen talks with the founder of the ambitious project.

The Panel: Mary Uhlin
Sweden

The Panel: Mary Uhlin

Get acquainted with the members of our regular readers panel.

Missing Portuguese man found dead in Berlin river
Germany

Missing Portuguese man found dead in Berlin river

A 27-year-old Portuguese man missing in Berlin since January was found dead in the Spree River by police officers on Friday.

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Sweden

Gothenburg tram driver’s offensive remarks ‘not a crime’

The Gothenburg District Court has ruled that a racially and sexually charged insult hurled by a tram driver at a boarding passenger does not constitute a crime.

Berlin says Opel bailout decision to take weeks
Germany

Berlin says Opel bailout decision to take weeks

Reportedly furious over a half-baked rescue plan from carmaker Opel, the German government on Friday said any decision for a state bailout could take weeks. But has GM already given Opel patents to the US Treasury Department as collateral?

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Sweden

Wise currency position yields profit for Sweden’s Debt Office

.Sweden's National Debt Office (Riksgälden) reported on Friday that it made 2.5 billion kronor ($271 million) by taking an active position for a stronger dollar against the euro

Swedish study shows health benefits of exercise after 50
Sweden

Swedish study shows health benefits of exercise after 50

A new Swedish study shows that starting a regimen of regular exercise after the age of 50 has health benefits for men on par with quitting smoking.

Court orders doc held over baby’s death
Sweden

Court orders doc held over baby’s death

The doctor suspected of having killed a newborn baby was remanded in custody on Friday on suspicion of manslaughter.

SPD’s Tauss steps down after child porn probe
Germany

SPD’s Tauss steps down after child porn probe

Social Democratic (SPD) parliamentarian Jörg Tauss said Friday he would step down from his leadership positions after his offices were searched in a child pornography investigation.

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Sweden

Sweden names new military chief

Sweden's defence minister revealed on Friday that Sverker Göranson will take over as head of the country’s armed forces.

Unstable conditions delay search at collapsed Cologne archive
Germany

Unstable conditions delay search at collapsed Cologne archive

Three days after the dramatic collapse of Cologne’s historical archive, the search for two missing men has beeen hampered because rescue workers can’t stabilise the site, authorities said on Friday.

Bruno the bear’s half-brother possibly headed for Bavaria
Germany

Bruno the bear’s half-brother possibly headed for Bavaria

Wildlife experts believe that bears may soon return to Germanya only a few years after Bruno, a supposedly toublemaking brown bear, shot and killed in the Bavarian Alps in June 2006.

Davis Cup protests underway in Malmö
Sweden

Davis Cup protests underway in Malmö

Around 20 demonstrators braved the chilly morning temperatures in Malmö on Friday to protest against Sweden’s Davis Cup tennis match with Israel.

Volvo execs charged for Saddam-era bribes
Sweden

Volvo execs charged for Saddam-era bribes

Three executives from Volvo’s construction equipment subsidiary have been charged for paying bribes to the regime of Saddam Hussein to skirt restrictions related to the United Nations’ Oil-for-Food Programme.

Hamburg police shoot man four times
Germany

Hamburg police shoot man four times

Hamburg police said on Friday that they had been forced to shoot a man in his apartment out of self-defense when he became violent late on Thursday evening.

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Sweden

Moderate Party: ‘half our candidates will be women’

Sweden’s Moderate Party says it wants half of the party’s candidates for the 2010 elections to be women.

‘Swiss gigolo’ to go on trial for blackmailing BMW heiress
Germany

‘Swiss gigolo’ to go on trial for blackmailing BMW heiress

The 'Swiss gigolo' who seduced BMW heiress Susanne Klatten will face trial in Munich next week, charged with blackmailing a string of wealthy women out of millions of euros.

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Sweden

Ryanair to start bus route in Sweden: source

Ryanair has plans to compete for routes on the ground in Sweden, according to the head of the Flygbussarna coach service.