Left-wing activists held over Stockholm car fires
Sweden

Left-wing activists held over Stockholm car fires

Stockholm-area police arrested nine left-wing activists on Wednesday in connection with a string of disturbances in the southern suburb of Fittja in Botkyrka.

Bundeswehr: NATO clears German officer
Germany

Bundeswehr: NATO clears German officer

A NATO report into a deadly air strike in Afghanistan that caused outrage in the region concluded the German colonel ordering the strike acted correctly, the Bundeswehr's top commander said on Thursday.

Police website falls victim to cyber attack
Sweden

Police website falls victim to cyber attack

A number of major Swedish websites were rendered inaccessible on Thursday in what is believed to be a malicious distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. The Swedish authorities have thus far had no success in locating the source of the attack.

US holiday Halloween casts a spell over German youth
Germany

US holiday Halloween casts a spell over German youth

Halloween celebrations are becoming increasing popular in Germany, particularly among young people, according to a new survey released on Thursday.

Volkswagen betting on China for 2009 profit
Germany

Volkswagen betting on China for 2009 profit

Volkswagen's third quarter profit plunged 85.7 percent on a 12-month basis on Thursday, but Europe's biggest carmaker said it should still end the year in the black thanks to the booming Chinese market.

Lost cut of Metropolis premiering at Berlinale
Germany

Lost cut of Metropolis premiering at Berlinale

The original lost cut of Fritz Lang’s legendary 1927 silent film “Metropolis” – found last year in a Buenos Aires archive – will premiere at the Berlinale in February following its restoration, the film festival's organisers said on Thursday.

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Sweden

Reinfeldt urges EU unity on climate change aid

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt pushed European leaders to commit to concrete figures for helping poor countries fight climate change as EU heads gathered for a summit in Brussels on Thursday.

Hockey team on thin ice over swine flu queue hop
Sweden

Hockey team on thin ice over swine flu queue hop

A Swedish ice hockey team has come in for withering criticism after it was revealed on Thursday that the squad’s players were vaccinated for the swine flu ahead of pregnant women and the chronically ill.

Estonia agrees to repay emergency Swedbank loan
Sweden

Estonia agrees to repay emergency Swedbank loan

Swedbank learned on Thursday that the government of Estonia was planning to repay the €50 million ($74 million) it borrowed from the Swedish bank to help it through the country’s economic crisis.

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Sweden

Swedes more positive toward immigrants: study

The number of Swedes reporting positive experiences with immigrants is on the rise. The most positive reports come from women, young people and individuals with tertiary education. However, more people are critical of the wearing of the Muslim veil (or hijab) in schools and workplaces, according to a new study.

Hamburg hospital develops treatment to ‘fish out’ cancer cells
Germany

Hamburg hospital develops treatment to ‘fish out’ cancer cells

Researchers at the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) won a national contest on Thursday to further develop their so-called “nano-fishing” cancer treatment, a method which aims to pluck cancer cells from a patient’s bloodstream.

Dresden institute ranked best place for scientists to work
Germany

Dresden institute ranked best place for scientists to work

The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden has been ranked as the best international place for scientists to work in academia.

Deutsche Bank pockets hefty Q3 profits
Germany

Deutsche Bank pockets hefty Q3 profits

Deutsche Bank, the biggest German bank, presented crisis-beating results on Thursday, cutting provisions against bad loans and reporting its third big quarterly net profit in a row.

What’s on in Germany: October 29 – November 4
Germany

What’s on in Germany: October 29 – November 4

This Week's Highlights: Bebel Gilberto sambas into Cologne, Lily Allen prances through Hamburg, and Anne Frank's diary goes opera in Munich.

MAN warns of tough times ahead
Germany

MAN warns of tough times ahead

German conglomerate MAN warned Thursday that it saw no improvement in prospects for its heavy truck division and also expected the global slowdown to hit its diesel motor and turbo operations.

BASF’s profits fall amid rocky recovery
Germany

BASF’s profits fall amid rocky recovery

German chemical giant BASF reported on Thursday a sharp drop in third quarter net profit, but said it had begun to gain ground in a recovery that it warned would be slow and uneven.

Hammarby relegated as AIK and IFK vie for title
Sweden

Hammarby relegated as AIK and IFK vie for title

Stockholm club Hammarby, Swedish champions as recently as 2001, were relegated from the top flight on Wednesday night following a 2-4 defeat at Trelleborg.

Greenpeace finds pesticides in a quarter of tested cooking spices
Germany

Greenpeace finds pesticides in a quarter of tested cooking spices

A new study by Greenpeace discovered pesticides in more than a quarter of all conventional dried cooking spices sold in Germany, the organisation announced on Thursday in Hamburg.

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Sweden

Geely faces Volvo image challenge: analysts

Geely Automobile's confirmed bid for Volvo is evidence of China's growing economic clout, but the company will face the tough challenge of ensuring the Swedish brand's reputation for safety, analysts say.

Police call for strict hooligan stadium ban
Germany

Police call for strict hooligan stadium ban

In order to stem a dramatic increase in hooliganism in Germany, the country's national police union (GdP) on Thursday appealed to a federal court to allow violent football fans to be banned from stadiums even if they don't have a criminal conviction.

Formerly ‘red’ East German farm becomes a ‘green’ success
Germany

Formerly ‘red’ East German farm becomes a ‘green’ success

Brodowin, nestled close to the Polish border, is home to one of Europe's largest farms, the legacy of collectivisation in communist East Germany, and a surprising success story. AFP’s Laure Fillon reports.

Unique Stone Age burial items unearthed in central Sweden
Sweden

Unique Stone Age burial items unearthed in central Sweden

Swedish archaeologists are marveling over a collection of 9,000 year old artifacts recently uncovered at an excavation site central Sweden.

Sweden sending mystery man home to Berlin after memory-loss hoax
Germany

Sweden sending mystery man home to Berlin after memory-loss hoax

A mysterious man who woke up in a Malmö, Sweden hospital in September claiming to have lost his memory has been identified as a Berlin resident who probably made the whole story up, a Swedish broadcaster reported on Wednesday night.

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Sweden

Publishers triumph in anti-piracy test case

Sweden’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that broadband provider ePhone is obligated to hand over customer data to five audio book publishers.

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Sweden

Engineering firm ABB sees profits rise as expected

Net profits at Swedish-Swiss engineering group ABB jumped 12 percent in the third quarter to $1.03 billion, the company announced on Thursday.

What’s on in Sweden: October 30 – November 5
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: October 30 – November 5

What's on in Sweden: Alaska & William Fitzimmons (US) in Stockholm; Cirque du Soleil in Gothenburg; Jay Reatard (US) in Malmö/Lund.

Mystery Malmö man with no memory identified
Sweden

Mystery Malmö man with no memory identified

The mystery of a man who woke up in a Malmö hospital in September claiming to have lost his memory and not know who he was has been solved.