Germany’s young Turk Özil sinks Turkey
Germany

Germany’s young Turk Özil sinks Turkey

Germany's young playmaker Mesut Özil scored in his side's 3-0 win over Turkey in Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier to keep Joachim Löw's side top of Group A with three straight wins.

Swedish biker gangs in expansion fast lane
Sweden

Swedish biker gangs in expansion fast lane

The Bandidos, Hells Angels and other criminal motorcycle gangs have ramped up their expansion in Sweden, while at the same time gaining a foothold in Europe.

Journos slam sacking of new minister’s sister
Sweden

Journos slam sacking of new minister’s sister

The removal of a prominent Swedish television news presenter following her sister’s appointment to be a minister in Fredrik Reinfeldt’s new government has prompted sharp criticism from a number of prominent journalists.

Neo-Nazi caught coaching youth football despite club ban
Germany

Neo-Nazi caught coaching youth football despite club ban

A children’s football coach suspended from his club in the German state of Saxony-Anhalt for his membership in the neo-Nazi NPD party has defied the ban and is back on the pitch, according to media reports on Friday.

Sweden world’s most respected country: study
Sweden

Sweden world’s most respected country: study

Sweden has topped the reputation consulting firm Reputation Institute's annual survey measuring public perception of 39 countries around the world.

BMW and Daimler sales surge
Germany

BMW and Daimler sales surge

German groups BMW and Daimler, the world's leading luxury car makers, said Friday that September sales roared higher, powered by the US and Chinese markets, and added that the outlook for the rest of 2010 was bright too.

Passed out Swede in pub ‘prison’ nightmare
Sweden

Passed out Swede in pub ‘prison’ nightmare

An inebriated man who fell asleep in a bar in Gothenburg on Thursday night woke up to discover he had been locked inside and had no way to get out.

Germany asks China to release Nobel laureate
Germany

Germany asks China to release Nobel laureate

Germany on Friday urged China to free jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo to allow him to attend the award ceremony for his 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

Swedish activists praise Peace Prize winner Liu
Sweden

Swedish activists praise Peace Prize winner Liu

Swedish democracy activists praised the choice of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize, but emphasised that although his work is very important, he is not the only prisoner of conscience in China and that all of them should be released.

MPs allowed iPads in Bundestag
Germany

MPs allowed iPads in Bundestag

Laptops are not allowed in German parliamentary debates because they create a visual obstruction, but now lawmakers have been granted permission to use Apple iPads and other tablet PCs on the floor of the Bundestag, a media report said Friday.

Zlatan stuns Swedish teen with AC Milan trial
Sweden

Zlatan stuns Swedish teen with AC Milan trial

Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have discovered storied Italian club AC Milan’s next superstar – right in his own backyard.

‘My two-year-old speaks more German than I do’
Germany

‘My two-year-old speaks more German than I do’

The Local’s series "The New Berliners" explores the lives of immigrants from around the world in Germany’s capital. For the third installment, Julia Lipkins spoke with the Palestinian butcher Nasser Ayyade.

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Sweden

Teen aimed gun at teacher during class

A French lesson at a middle-school in Linköping in eastern Sweden was disrupted recently when a teenage boy who wasn't a student at the school aimed an air rifle at the teacher's head.

O2 cuts 1,100 jobs
Germany

O2 cuts 1,100 jobs

The German unit telecommunications firm Telefonica O2 announced on Friday it would lay off for more than 1,100 employees following its recent takeover of rival internet service provider Alice.

Schools must curb immigrant pupils’ anti-German attitudes, Böhmer says
Germany

Schools must curb immigrant pupils’ anti-German attitudes, Böhmer says

City officials in Berlin must take action against anti-German views among students with immigrant backgrounds, Germany’s commissioner for integration Maria Böhmer said on Friday.

Stuttgart 21 mediation questioned after flap
Germany

Stuttgart 21 mediation questioned after flap

Baden-Württemberg politicians squabbled Friday over whether they can resolve the growing tension over the controversial Stuttgart 21 rail project. The bickering followed a mediator’s disputed announcement that construction would be halted.

Swedbank denies merger talk rumours
Sweden

Swedbank denies merger talk rumours

Two of Sweden’s largest banks are flirting with Swedbank about a possible merger, according to media reports.

Sparks fly in first Left- Sweden Democrat duel
Sweden

Sparks fly in first Left- Sweden Democrat duel

Left Party leader Lars Ohly and his Sweden Democrat counterpart Jimmie Åkesson sparred over immigration and other issues in their first debate on Thursday,

Sunny but crisp autumn weekend ahead
Germany

Sunny but crisp autumn weekend ahead

A high-pressure system is on its way to Germany, bringing sunshine for a crisp and bright autumn weekend, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

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Sweden

Surgeon convicted for bogus billing

A female surgeon from Stockholm has been sentenced to four years in prison for aggravated fraud after having swindled public health authorities out of more than 7 million kronor ($1 million).

Löw wary of fit and rested Turkish team
Germany

Löw wary of fit and rested Turkish team

Germany coach Joachim Löw has admitted he is wary of Turkey ahead of Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier and compared Guus Hiddink's side to Bundesliga surprise package Mainz.