Gaelic invasion: It’s football, Sven, but not as we know it
Sweden

Gaelic invasion: It’s football, Sven, but not as we know it

Ireland's national sport of Gaelic football is growing rapidly in Sweden and it isn't just the ex-pats who are sinking a few points, writes Patrick Reilly.

States mutiny against Merkel’s tax cut bill
Germany

States mutiny against Merkel’s tax cut bill

The January 2010 tax cuts planned by Chancellor Angela Merkel's new centre-right coalition faced failure on Friday amid growing resistance from Germany's states. Politicians are now discussing the possibility of pushing the changes back to 2011.

Father of Winnenden school shooter charged with manslaughter
Germany

Father of Winnenden school shooter charged with manslaughter

Prosecutors in the German state of Baden-Württemberg on Friday pressed manslaughter charges against the father of a 17-year-old boy who killed 15 people during a rampage started at his old school in March.

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Sweden

Force smokers to quit before surgery: agency

Surgeons should be able to demand that a patient refrains from smoking in the period before and after an operation, the director-general of the Swedish Welfare Board (Socialstyrelsen) argued on Friday.

US man missing for seven days in Frankfurt
Germany

US man missing for seven days in Frankfurt

A 22-year-old American man went missing in Frankfurt seven days ago – vanishing without a trace after attending a concert with a friend, his father told The Local on Friday.

GM, not Sweden, should find Saab buyer: minister
Sweden

GM, not Sweden, should find Saab buyer: minister

Sweden's enterprise minister Maud Olofsson laid responsibility for the sale of Saab firmly at the feet of owner GM on Friday, hitting back at criticism from Saab CEO Jan Åke Jonsson.

Jung resigns over Afghan air strike
Germany

Jung resigns over Afghan air strike

German Labour Minister Franz Josef Jung resigned on Friday amid accusations of a cover-up surrounding a controversial NATO air strike in Afghanistan during his tenure as defence minister.

Malmström handed weighty policy portfolio
Sweden

Malmström handed weighty policy portfolio

Incoming Swedish EU commissioner Cecilia Malmström has been offered the substantial portfolio covering the police, migration and organized crime, EU Commission President Manuel Barroso announced on Friday.

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Sweden

UK road runner Swede jailed over stabbing

A Swedish woman has been jailed for five years by a UK court for the manslaughter of a man she met shortly after she and her twin sister made a dash into oncoming traffic on the M6 motorway.

A contract for both sides of Germany’s integration equation
Germany

A contract for both sides of Germany’s integration equation

The German government’s newly proposed “integration contract” for immigrants could be a step forward – but only if its a two-way commitment, argues Der Tagesspiegel’s Jost Müller-Neuhof.

Flawless golf keeps Swedes in World Cup hunt
Sweden

Flawless golf keeps Swedes in World Cup hunt

Sweden's Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson produced a scintillating display of golf for the second day running on Friday to keep the country in strong contention for the World Cup title in China.

Cops play cowboy after cattle block A6 motorway
Germany

Cops play cowboy after cattle block A6 motorway

The southbound A6 motorway near Mannheim was closed for six hours on Friday morning after a truck transporting cattle tipped over and the freed animals roamed the autobahn.

Ethics watchdogs call for end to baby hatches
Germany

Ethics watchdogs call for end to baby hatches

Germany’s baby hatches, which allow mothers to give up their children anonymously, have been called into question by the German Ethics Council, which has deemed them morally “problematic.”

Steel giant Thyssenkrupp to slash 20,000 jobs
Germany

Steel giant Thyssenkrupp to slash 20,000 jobs

Thyssenkrupp said on Friday it would slash its workforce worldwide by about 20,000 in the coming year, as the steelmaker battles with record losses and an industry in crisis.

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Sweden

Pre-teen boy held for rape attempt

A 12-year-old boy attacked and tried to rape a 19-year-old woman in Borås in southern Sweden on Thursday evening. Police were able to detain the boy after the intervention of a neighbour.

Geely secures Volvo financing: report
Sweden

Geely secures Volvo financing: report

The prospective buyers of Sweden-based Volvo Cars, Chinese firm Geely, have confirmed that they have secured the necessary financing for the deal, reports Bloomberg News citing a Geely spokesperson.

Two dangerous criminals escape Aachen prison
Germany

Two dangerous criminals escape Aachen prison

Police have issued a warning to the public after two dangerous criminals escaped from an Aachen prison on Thursday night. The men, who were serving sentences for murder and kidnapping, are believed to be armed.

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Sweden

Stockholm falls as Dubai shocks global markets

The Stockholm stock exchange fell by 3.1 percent on Thursday in response to an announcement that Dubai World has requested deferment on its $59 billion mountain of debt.

No winter weather in sight as Christmas markets open
Germany

No winter weather in sight as Christmas markets open

Germany's Christmas market season kicks off this weekend, but mild and wet weather will put a damper on the wintry atmosphere, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Friday.

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Sweden

EU parliament pushes for Dawit Isaak release

The European Parliament has increased pressure on Eritrea to free Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak. The speaker has demanded Isaak's release along with the other journalists arrested in 2001.

Bayern Munich hopes to return to winning ways after boost
Germany

Bayern Munich hopes to return to winning ways after boost

Bayern Munich striker Ivica Olic warned the German giants will use their midweek Champions League success to boost their flagging confidence in a highly-emotional Bundesliga game at Hannover on Sunday.

Sahlin open to centre- right cooperation
Sweden

Sahlin open to centre- right cooperation

Social Democrat party leader Mona Sahlin has responded to a new opinion poll showing an increased support for the far-right Sweden Democrats by voicing the possibility of governing with the Liberal and Centre parties.