Qatar locks down Porsche stake
Germany

Qatar locks down Porsche stake

Luxury carmaker Porsche said Friday the Gulf state of Qatar would take a stake in the company and acquire the majority of stock options the firm holds in Volkswagen.

Sales up at Swedish state liquor stores
Sweden

Sales up at Swedish state liquor stores

Sales at Sweden's state-run alcohol retail monopoly Systembolaget, measured in terms of the amount of goods sold, increased by 9.2 percent in the first seven months of 2009 compared to the same period last year.

Porpoises make welcome Baltic return
Sweden

Porpoises make welcome Baltic return

Marine biologists have been thrilled to hear of two porpoise sightings in the Baltic Sea in recent days. The blunt-snouted mammals, relatively common off Sweden's west coast, have become almost extinct in the Baltic.

Secret CIA terrorist prisons were planned from Frankfurt
Germany

Secret CIA terrorist prisons were planned from Frankfurt

Three controversial secret CIA prisons built after September 11, 2001 to house alleged terrorists were planned from Frankfurt, The New York Times reported this week.

Uppsala father gets two years in prison
Sweden

Uppsala father gets two years in prison

A 58-year-old father of four in Uppsala has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for abusing his wife and children.

Small Muslim group opens up to outsiders
Germany

Small Muslim group opens up to outsiders

Germany has some four million adherents to Islam, but as David Wroe reports, a small group of Muslims is making a big effort to become a recognised part of German society.

Merkel and Medvedev meet for economy talks
Germany

Merkel and Medvedev meet for economy talks

Chancellor Angela Merkel met Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Russia Friday and both called for deeper economic ties amid talk of several major Russian-German industrial deals in the works.

Amusement parks report thrilling sales despite crisis
Germany

Amusement parks report thrilling sales despite crisis

While most branches of the German tourism industry are suffering post-crisis losses, close-to-home amusement parks are welcoming more guests than ever, daily Financial Times Deutschland reported on Friday.

Berlin hosts epic sprint duel between Bolt and Gay
Germany

Berlin hosts epic sprint duel between Bolt and Gay

The epic sprint duel between Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay will headline a star-studded World Athletics Championships in Berlin this weekend.

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Sweden

Le Bon Palais, Barnhusgatan 12

Le Bon Palias is a stylish nightclub with a comfortable and inviting atmosphere. With its beautiful chandeliers and expensive furniture, this place truly knows the essence of luxury. The large discotheque can easily hold 1,000 people, and it usually does on most nights.

Sweden’s Assman hosts human duck race
Sweden

Sweden’s Assman hosts human duck race

The small western Sweden village of Uddebo will play host to a slew of "flabby old men" dressed as ducks racing down the Assman waterway next Saturday.

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Sweden

Youth unemployment doubles in Sweden

Unemployment in Sweden amounted to 251,000 in July, with a further 4,400 served notice.

Althaus moots end to ‘Soli’ tax for East German reconstruction
Germany

Althaus moots end to ‘Soli’ tax for East German reconstruction

Dieter Althaus, the premier of the eastern state of Thuringia, said on Friday an election victory for Chancellor Angela Merkel next month could spell the end of a “solidarity surcharge” levied to help fund the reconstruction of Germany’s economically depressed east.

Vietnamese workers in north-south berry dispute
Sweden

Vietnamese workers in north-south berry dispute

Vietnamese migrant workers, in Sweden to harvest berries, have gone out on strike in protest at the tough working conditions, according to a report in local newspaper Värmlands Folkblad.

Biker gang member shot dead in Berlin
Germany

Biker gang member shot dead in Berlin

A member of a biker gang has been shot and killed in Berlin’s Hohenschönhausen district, police reported on Friday.

‘Super bunker’ houses Sweden’s top criminals
Sweden

‘Super bunker’ houses Sweden’s top criminals

The new high security bunker at Kumla prison in central Sweden is now home to around a dozen of Sweden's most hardened criminals. The facility has space for 24 in total.

Prize-winning businessmen give the gift of experience
Sweden

Prize-winning businessmen give the gift of experience

Crowned Stockholm businessmen of the year in 2008, Brits Martin Charlton and Jonathan Kirby are the people to turn to when it comes to giving the gift of dog-sledding, hot-air ballooning or wolf-patting.

Greens remove campaign poster featuring bare buttocks
Germany

Greens remove campaign poster featuring bare buttocks

The Green party in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia have decided to take down campaign posters featuring a white woman’s hands grabbing a black woman’s bare buttocks after critics said it was racist and offensive.

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Sweden

Parents jailed for lashing 11-year-old son

The parents of an 11-year-old boy have been imprisoned by a Swedish court for doling out regular punishment with a belt which left their son bleeding from cuts on his back.

Fuglesang heads for second space adventure
Sweden

Fuglesang heads for second space adventure

Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang has begun preparations in Houston, Texas for his second trip into space.

Weekend set for friendly weather
Germany

Weekend set for friendly weather

High-pressure weather system Katrin will bring weekend-friendly weather with it, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

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Sweden

School offers reward for student recruits

The perilous financial position for many independent schools in Jönköping in southern Sweden has led to one offering unusual incentives to persuade friends to sign up.