30 Swedish firms in Forbes Global 2000
Sweden

30 Swedish firms in Forbes Global 2000

Forbes Magazine has included 30 Swedish companies on its list of the world's most successful major companies, including Nordea Bank, ABB and H&M.

Merkel backs added EU budgetary surveillance
Germany

Merkel backs added EU budgetary surveillance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday welcomed new proposals to shore up eurozone financial stability as a "step in the right direction" and said she was unfazed by EU plans to vet states' budgets.

Pirate Bay judges ruled unbiased
Sweden

Pirate Bay judges ruled unbiased

The judges appointed to preside over the appeal of the four men found guilty in the Pirate Bay appeals hearing in September have been cleared from bias allegations, the Supreme Court (Högsta Domstolen) ruled on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Jehovah’s Witness claims she was fired for beliefs

A care assistant from northern Sweden has reported her employers after they allegedly fired her for her religious beliefs.

Three men arrested for triple murder
Sweden

Three men arrested for triple murder

Three men have been arrested for a triple murder in Härnosand, northern Sweden.

Parties hold firm on euro despite Greek crisis
Sweden

Parties hold firm on euro despite Greek crisis

The Local's Peter Vinthagen Simpson and Vivian Tse review party policy as Sweden's backing of a €750 million ($1 trillion) eurozone bailout brings the issue of Sweden's membership back into focus.

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Sweden

Reinfeldt slams EU plan to vet national budgets

Sweden’s Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has criticized proposals that would mean all EU countries' budgets being reviewed in advance by the European Commission.

Glitch shuts down German internet
Germany

Glitch shuts down German internet

A major technical glitch shut down a wide swath of the German internet on Wednesday, leaving many websites with .de domains unavailable.

Reinfeldt congratulates Cameron on victory
Sweden

Reinfeldt congratulates Cameron on victory

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday congratulated his new British counterpart David Cameron and called on him to reduce the deficit left behind by Gordon Brown's Labour Party.

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Sweden

Increased oversight of financial firms proposed

Sweden's government has proposed increasing the supervision on a wide range of financial businesses.

Bosch opens Southeast Asian office for green technologies
Germany

Bosch opens Southeast Asian office for green technologies

German industrial group Bosch on Wednesday opened its Southeast Asian headquarters in Singapore focusing on environmentally clean technologies.

Suspects in Vilks attack released
Sweden

Suspects in Vilks attack released

Three suspects arrested for an attack on controversial artist Lars Vilks have been released on Wednesday, police have said.

Turks found worst integrated group amid widespread bigotry
Germany

Turks found worst integrated group amid widespread bigotry

A new survey of immigrants in Germany has revealed that residents with Turkish roots, who make up the largest group of foreigners in the country, are the most alienated – but German prejudices are also at fault.

Bavaria reports heavy damage after overnight storm
Germany

Bavaria reports heavy damage after overnight storm

Police have reported significant damage in Bavaria after heavy storms and torrential rain battered the region on Tuesday night.

Berlin Airlift remembered at Tempelhof
Germany

Berlin Airlift remembered at Tempelhof

Just days after Berlin's Tempelhof Airport was turned into a giant city park, people gathered on Wednesday in the German capital to commemorate the Berlin Airlift.

Voter support split evenly between coalitions: poll
Sweden

Voter support split evenly between coalitions: poll

Sweden's ruling centre-right coalition has registered its strongest support since 2006 in a new poll, and is now in a statistical dead heat with the Red-Green opposition.

Growth offers hope amid eurozone gloom
Germany

Growth offers hope amid eurozone gloom

The German economy grew by a modest 0.2 percent in the first quarter, official figures showed Wednesday, giving hope as Europe battles a fiscal crisis.

Church member leader urges end to celibacy for Catholic priests
Germany

Church member leader urges end to celibacy for Catholic priests

The Catholic Church needs to reconsider its sexual policies and end mandatory celibacy for priests in the wake of a massive child abuse scandal, the head of Germany's leading Catholic group said on Wednesday.

Day care guarantee not in danger, minister says
Germany

Day care guarantee not in danger, minister says

Families will still be guaranteed a day care spot for their young children by 2013 despite Germany's worsening budgetary situation, Family Minister Kristina Schröder assured on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Swede teen claims damages for ‘lost youth’

A teenager diagnosed with autism has filed a demand for damages with Sweden's highest legal official after being taken into involuntary care, a decision which was rejected as lacking legal grounds after two years.

EU court slams German penal system
Germany

EU court slams German penal system

The European Court of Human Rights this week condemned Germany's preventive detention system, which holds prisoners considered dangerous in jail for an indefinite period.

Merkel congratulates new British Prime Minister Cameron
Germany

Merkel congratulates new British Prime Minister Cameron

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was among the first world leaders to congratulate Britain’s new Prime Minister David Cameron via telephone on Tuesday night and has invited him for a visit to Berlin.

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Syrian diplomat expelled over ‘kidnap plot’

Syria's top envoy to Sweden has been expelled and a Swedish politician arrested on suspicion of plotting to kidnap the diplomat's daughter because of a relationship she was having, Sveriges Television (SVT) reported on Tuesday.