Investigation into sex abuse by Mixa dropped
Germany

Investigation into sex abuse by Mixa dropped

German prosecutors said on Friday they were discontinuing an investigation into charges of sexual abuse by former Catholic Bishop Walter Mixa, who resigned last month amid claims he had beaten children and misused Church funds.

Tiger and Elin to divorce in Sweden: reports
Sweden

Tiger and Elin to divorce in Sweden: reports

Britain's Daily Telegraph reported on Wednesday that Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren will file for divorce in Sweden in an attempt to keep the details of what would be one of the world's largest settlements under wraps.

Victoria ‘kidnapped’ for her hen party
Sweden

Victoria ‘kidnapped’ for her hen party

With her wedding only a month away, friends of Crown Princess Victoria have been gathering to help her bid farewell to her days as a spinster, according to reports.

Sweden’s SEB mulling sale of German bank unit
Germany

Sweden’s SEB mulling sale of German bank unit

SEB Group has confirmed it is talking to potential buyers regarding the sale of its German retail banking business.

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Sweden

More Swedes denied sick benefits

The number of Swedes who have been denied sick benefits has risen sharply over the past year, according to new statistics.

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Sweden

EU supports Carnegie takeover by government

The Swedish National Debt Office's (Riksgälden) controversial takeover of investment bank Carnegie in 2008 has been given the green light by the European Commission.

Hamburg’s merry buccaneers celebrate a century of football
Germany

Hamburg’s merry buccaneers celebrate a century of football

Newly promoted to the Bundesliga, the Hamburg football club St. Pauli celebrates its 100th birthday this weekend. Jeff Kavanagh reports on its legendary devout following.

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Sweden

Triple murder suspect ‘may have Asperger’s’

The lawyer of the 21-year-old man who admitted he killed his two half-siblings and their father in Härnösand said the suspect may have Asperger's syndrome.

Jobs and climate top priorities for Greens
Sweden

Jobs and climate top priorities for Greens

Investing in jobs and climate policies remain the top priorities for the Greens, the party said as it opened its annual party congress in Uppsala.

Hard-rocking Tokio Hotel guitarist in sex party Viagra overdose
Germany

Hard-rocking Tokio Hotel guitarist in sex party Viagra overdose

Tom Kaulitz, a member of German pop band Tokio Hotel, reportedly suffered a two-day erection after overdosing on Viagra for a sex party with groupies in Taiwan.

Municipalities face €15-billion shortfall
Germany

Municipalities face €15-billion shortfall

Germany’s local governments are slipping into their budget worst crisis since World War II, with total deficits of €15 billion forecast for this year, the German Association of Cities warned Friday.

Alliance best for economy: poll
Sweden

Alliance best for economy: poll

A majority of Swedes believe that the Alliance government has the best policies for the economy, taxes and businesses, according to a survey by Novus Opinion published in Dagens Industri.

France reportedly threatened to ditch euro
Germany

France reportedly threatened to ditch euro

French President Nicolas Sarkozy muscled Chancellor Angela Merkel by threatening to pull his country out of the euro currency union unless Germany helped Greece with its debt crisis, a Spanish newspaper reported Friday.

Going the distance: students race towards fuel-efficient cars
Germany

Going the distance: students race towards fuel-efficient cars

Self-proclaimed car nerds from around Europe recently gathered at a Brandenburg race track. But instead of burning rubber, the high school and university students were breaking long-distance fuel-efficiency records. Kristen Allen reports for The Local's automotive series Abgefahren.

Why Victoria’s gown will be more than just a dress
Sweden

Why Victoria’s gown will be more than just a dress

Queen Silvia's wedding dress was created by French fashion house Dior. But Crown Princess Victoria is widely expected to find her gown closer to home, writes The Local's royal correspondent Juan Navas.

Deutsche Bank chief doubts Greece can repay
Germany

Deutsche Bank chief doubts Greece can repay

The head of Germany's biggest bank has cast doubt on whether debt-wracked Greece will be able to repay billions of euros in loans, prompting fierce criticism in the financial press Friday.

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Sweden

SEB may sell German retail banking business

SEB Group has confirmed it is talking to potential buyers regarding the sale of its German retail banking business.

Banker’s wife kidnapped
Germany

Banker’s wife kidnapped

A massive police operation was underway Friday to find a senior banker’s wife who has been kidnapped and held to ransom for several hundred thousand euros.

McDonald’s accused of selling old food
Sweden

McDonald’s accused of selling old food

McDonald's restaurants in Sweden have been accused of re-dating old food that should have been thrown out, according to a report on Sveriges Television.

Löw unsatisfied with 3-0 win against Malta
Germany

Löw unsatisfied with 3-0 win against Malta

German coach Joachim Löw declared himself underwhelmed by his team's lukewarm 3-0 friendly win against minnows Malta on Thursday night.

Far-right leader sues over hotel ban
Germany

Far-right leader sues over hotel ban

The leader of the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party, Udo Voigt, is suing a Brandenburg hotel that openly turned him away because of his far-right views, a media report said Friday.

Protestors try to storm Iranian Embassy
Sweden

Protestors try to storm Iranian Embassy

Police and protesters opposed to Iran's rulers clashed in front of the Iranian Embassy in Stockholm on Thursday when demonstrators threw rocks and tried to enter.

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Sweden

Drug-dealing women hide stash in porcelain dog

Two middle-aged women from southern Sweden have been jailed for drug dealing after large quantities of amphetamines were found in their apartments.

Käßmann stirs Catholics with pill speech
Germany

Käßmann stirs Catholics with pill speech

Former Protestant leader Margot Käßmann caused a stir at Munich’s interfaith gathering Thursday night by describing the birth control pill as “God’s gift” – in a Catholic cathedral.