Westerwelle debates human rights with Saudis
Germany

Westerwelle debates human rights with Saudis

Guido Westerwelle, Germany's first openly gay foreign minister, said he fully aired Berlin's differences with Saudia Arabia over human rights issues during a visit to the country on Saturday.

Government moots delaying tax cuts
Germany

Government moots delaying tax cuts

The German government is considering putting back its tax reform plans for a year to compensate for lost revenue from the weak economy, according to Der Spiegel magazine.

Winter storm freezes nation’s transport
Germany

Winter storm freezes nation’s transport

The big snow storm for which Germany was braced on Saturday did not hit as early as expected, but freezing weather and gusty winds still caused transport problems across the country.

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Sweden

Drunk driver’s wet-wipe defence thrown out on appeal

A court of appeal has overturned a non-guilty verdict of a 36-year-old drunk driver who was freed when a wet-wipe containing alcohol was used as evidence.

Germans trace Hezbollah coke smuggling profits
Germany

Germans trace Hezbollah coke smuggling profits

German investigators are uncovering the drug-smuggling business of the Syrian-backed Lebanese militant organisation Hezbollah, moving cocaine from Beirut into Europe via Frankfurt airport.

Wallström voters’ pick for Prime Minister: poll
Sweden

Wallström voters’ pick for Prime Minister: poll

Social Democrat Margot Wallström is a more popular choice than Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt to lead the country, according to a new poll. The result follows speculation surrounding a secret plan to oust opposition leader Mona Sahlin.

CIA agent says the US planned to kidnap but not kill Darkazanli
Germany

CIA agent says the US planned to kidnap but not kill Darkazanli

The US authorities have denied having made plans to execute Hamburg businessman Mamoun Darkazanli for his extensive ties to the terrorists behind the 9/11 attacks.

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Sweden

Expansion plans for Volvo production in China

Chinese carmaker Geely, which is poised to acquire Swedish auto brand Volvo from US giant Ford, plans to expand the production of Volvo cars in China, according to media reports.

German firms to build giant British offshore wind farms
Germany

German firms to build giant British offshore wind farms

German companies have won contracts worth more than €100 billion to build Britain’s planned network of offshore wind farms in the North Sea.

Airport scanners to be deployed this summer
Germany

Airport scanners to be deployed this summer

Body scanners will be tested in major German airports as early as this summer despite concerns over privacy and unanswered radiation-related health questions.

Vattenfall wins joint bid to build world’s biggest wind farm
Sweden

Vattenfall wins joint bid to build world’s biggest wind farm

Sweden's state-owned energy company is set to build a huge offshore wind farm in the UK in partnership with a Spanish energy company.

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Sweden

Swede offered top UN Afghanistan role

Veteran Swedish diplomat and former UN envoy to Iraq, Steffan de Mistura, has been offered the job of top UN representative to Afghanistan according to the US pointman for the country.

Saab can still be sold: General Motors
Sweden

Saab can still be sold: General Motors

General Motors announced on Friday it had begun "an orderly wind-down" of its Swedish unit Saab, but would consider any late proposals for the brand, in a move drawing protests from Sweden.