Volkswagen posts record sales for 2009
Germany

Volkswagen posts record sales for 2009

Volkswagen on Monday reported record results in 2009 despite a difficult year for the auto industry, as it pursues Japanese rival Toyota for the title of world's number one carmaker.

Moderate in the poo over immigrant labour claims
Sweden

Moderate in the poo over immigrant labour claims

An aide to Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt was put on the defensive on Monday following a Facebook passage in which he praised pro-employment policies that resulted in immigrant labourers cleaning up faeces on the weekend.

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Sweden

Music industry demands fines for Pirate Bay duo

Fredrik Neij and Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, two of the men found guilty for their role in operating The Pirate Bay file sharing site, both find themselves once again in the recording industry’s crosshairs.

Police investigating students after 12-year-old killed by schoolbus
Germany

Police investigating students after 12-year-old killed by schoolbus

A young boy in the state of Saxony was hit and killed by a schoolbus while waiting at a stop on Monday morning. Police are now investigating whether he was pushed in front of the vehicle by fellow students.

When the lights go out in Wallywood
Germany

When the lights go out in Wallywood

Wallywoods, a seminal gallery for Berlin’s avant-garde art scene, is locked in a Stalingrad-esque struggle for survival with intractable municipal officials. Ben Knight slips behind the lines to talk with its curator of chaos.

Afghan opinion of Germany worsens
Germany

Afghan opinion of Germany worsens

Germany’s reputation in Afghanistan has been damaged significantly in the last year, a new poll revealed on Monday.

Agency blasts Sweden’s ‘most expensive’ ranking
Sweden

Agency blasts Sweden’s ‘most expensive’ ranking

The Swedish Institute has slammed as “nonsense” an index released last week which ranked Sweden as the most expensive country in the world.

Counterfeiting of euro banknotes surges
Germany

Counterfeiting of euro banknotes surges

The number of fake euro banknotes seized in the second half of 2009 was eight percent higher than in the first six months, the Frankfurt-based European Central Bank said on Monday, continuing a trend that began in late 2007.

Convicted double murderer found dead
Sweden

Convicted double murderer found dead

Ulf Olsson, who had been in court-ordered psychiatric care since his 2004 conviction for two murders, was found dead early on Sunday morning shortly after blogging about his desire to kill himself.

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Sweden

Norwegian mafia tied to car trunk murder case

Police in Oslo are to investigate suspicions that Norwegian drug gangs may be connected to the grisly find of two burned bodies in the boot of a car in western Sweden last week.

Circus trainer returns to ring after tiger attack
Germany

Circus trainer returns to ring after tiger attack

The circus showman nearly killed by tigers during a Hamburg dinner performance in December re-entered the ring over the weekend, daily Augsburger Allgemeine reported on Monday.

Blast rocks Malmö nightclub
Sweden

Blast rocks Malmö nightclub

A powerful explosive device detonated at the entrance of a night club in central Malmö early on Monday morning.

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Sweden

AIK defender Hooiveld heading to Scotland’s Celtic

Dutch defender Jos Hooiveld, who helped lead Stockholm club AIK to the 2009 Swedish football championship, has been signed by Scottish club Celtic.

Pirate Party protests ‘naked’ scanners in their underpants
Germany

Pirate Party protests ‘naked’ scanners in their underpants

Scantily clad Pirate Party supporters demonstrated over the weekend at several German airports to show their opposition to controversial “naked” scanners planned for security checks.

Northern Germany battles winter chaos
Germany

Northern Germany battles winter chaos

Much of northern Germany on Monday was still grappling with the effects of a treacherous winter storm that cut off Baltic island villages, snarled traffic and closed schools.

Harsh winter means major losses for construction industry
Germany

Harsh winter means major losses for construction industry

German industry trade experts fear the harsh winter could mean billions of euros in losses, daily Bild reported on Monday. But more cold, snow and traffic chaos were forecast after a stormy weekend.

Yemen reports new information on German hostages
Germany

Yemen reports new information on German hostages

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Monday made a surprise visit to Yemen, where the government said it had new information on five Germans that have been held hostage for some six months.

New Saab 9-5 may never be released: GM exec
Sweden

New Saab 9-5 may never be released: GM exec

The updated version of the Saab 9-5, which stands ready for production, may very well not make it to market as a result of General Motor’s decision to wind down the Swedish automaker, according to a GM executive.

German MP3 inventor turns to smartening up ‘dumb’ devices
Germany

German MP3 inventor turns to smartening up ‘dumb’ devices

A German electrical engineer who helped make MP3 players a reality has turned his attention to making "dumb devices" act smart.

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Sweden

Renewed criticism over Swedish bank bonuses

Bonus payments increased at Sweden’s four largest banks last year, despite a sharp drop in the banks’ results, according to an ongoing review by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority (Finansinspektionen – FI).