Daimler roars ahead
Germany

Daimler roars ahead

The German luxury car maker Daimler, owner of Mercedes Benz, posted Thursday a third quarter net profit that far exceeded market expectations, and substantially raised its full-year target.

Suspected serial rapist admits to more assaults
Sweden

Suspected serial rapist admits to more assaults

A 23-year-old man in custody for several suspected rapes in Örebro has confessed to four more assaults.

Vote to extend nuclear power sparks protests
Germany

Vote to extend nuclear power sparks protests

Protesters scaled Chancellor Angela Merkel's party headquarters Thursday and surrounded parliament as lawmakers voted to postpone by more than a decade the date Germany is to abandon nuclear power.

Giving German schools an ‘F’ for integration
Germany

Giving German schools an ‘F’ for integration

When children of immigrants do worse at school than their German peers, it provides fodder to xenophobes. But as David Wroe reports, schools are failing to help kids integrate into society.

Pot cops sport marijuana-leaf uniforms
Germany

Pot cops sport marijuana-leaf uniforms

Drivers in Germany might be surprised to discover that some police officers making drug and alcohol traffic checks have taken to wearing cannabis-leaf emblems on their uniforms.

Swedish couple shocked to learn marriage invalid
Sweden

Swedish couple shocked to learn marriage invalid

A Dalarna couple who wedded in July were shocked to learn that they are not legally married because the minister who performed the ceremony is not registered to officiate at weddings.

Reinfeldt backs Moderate party secretary
Sweden

Reinfeldt backs Moderate party secretary

Fredrik Reinfeldt has come out in support of the Moderate Party's new party secretary Sofia Arkelsten, while one in four voters think she should step down in the wake of revelations that she accepted several all-expenses paid trips.

Small wine harvest to boost vintage’s price
Germany

Small wine harvest to boost vintage’s price

Germany's 2010 wine vintage will be more expensive than previous years due to a meagre harvest caused by bad weather, the German Wine Institute (DWI) said Thursday.

Swedish town looks to America following surprise bequest
Sweden

Swedish town looks to America following surprise bequest

A generous gift from a mysterious Swedish-American benefactor has sent officials in a small Swedish municipality scurrying for clues about a previously unknown native daughter who died in the United States in 1993.

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Sweden

Girl, 16, charged for sex with underage boys

A teenage girl from Kungsbacka in western Sweden was charged on Tuesday with sexual abuse after having sex with two boys who were 13-years-old at the time.

Generic drugs hit AstraZeneca profits
Sweden

Generic drugs hit AstraZeneca profits

Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca on Thursday reported a dip in third-quarter net profits as competition from generic drugmakers, restructuring costs and massive legal charges took their toll.

Baden–Württemberg rejects referendum on Stuttgart 21
Germany

Baden–Württemberg rejects referendum on Stuttgart 21

The Baden–Württemberg state parliament on Thursday rejected a petition by the centre-left Social Democrats to hold a referendum on the controversial Stuttgart 21 rail project.

What’s On in Sweden: October 28 – November 4
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: October 28 – November 4

What’s on in Sweden: Al Pitcher tickles Stockholm, Snowboarding in Gothenburg and Joan Armatrading comes to Malmö.

Artificial heart recipients break five-year survival record
Germany

Artificial heart recipients break five-year survival record

Three patients who received artificial hearts at the Hannover Medical School (MHH) five years ago have broken a European survival rate record. Only two other artificial heart recipients in the US have lived longer with such a device.

Global rebound boosts BASF and Bayer
Germany

Global rebound boosts BASF and Bayer

The global economic rebound helped German chemical giants BASF and Bayer post major rises in profits Thursday fuelled by growing demand across the board.

Lufthansa’s profits soar
Germany

Lufthansa’s profits soar

Germany's leading airline Lufthansa said on Thursday that its third quarter net profit soared to €628 million ($867 million), tripling its results from the same period a year earlier as the economy improved.

ABB posts drop in profits
Sweden

ABB posts drop in profits

Swiss-Swedish engineering firm ABB on Thursday reported a drop of 25 percent in third quarter net profit while orders grew strongly, thanks in part to a increased demand for renewable energy.

What’s on in Germany: October 28 – November 3
Germany

What’s on in Germany: October 28 – November 3

This Week's Highlights: Public Enemy takes the mic in Munich, an English-film premier in Mönchengladbach, and Hamburg hosts a haunting Halloween party.

Police: ‘No connection to serial shootings’
Sweden

Police: ‘No connection to serial shootings’

Malmö police have confirmed that the man arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of attempted murder for a shooting which took place in the city on October 20th, in not connected to the spate of racist shootings in the city.

Activists scale CDU roof over nuclear extension
Germany

Activists scale CDU roof over nuclear extension

Greenpeace activists occupied the roof of the conservative Christian Democratic Union's party headquarters in Berlin on Thursday, hanging an enormous banner in protest of a planned parliamentary vote to extend the life of Germany’s nuclear reactors.

School offers music classes for babies
Germany

School offers music classes for babies

A music school in Koblenz has become one of Germany’s first to offer music courses for babies in hopes of harnessing their developing cognitive skills and curiosity to make learning an instrument easier later in life.

Mainz and Dortmund edged out of German Cup in surprise defeats
Germany

Mainz and Dortmund edged out of German Cup in surprise defeats

Bundesliga leaders Mainz crashed out of the German Cup on Tuesday night when they suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at second division Alemannia Aachen, while Dortmund also exited in the second-round.

Outrage after rabbit slaughter broadcast
Sweden

Outrage after rabbit slaughter broadcast

National broadcaster Sveriges Television (SVT) has sustained a wave of outraged reactions from viewers after a news programme showed excerpts from the slaughter of rabbits.

Sweden named ‘best embassy’ in US capital
Sweden

Sweden named ‘best embassy’ in US capital

The Swedish embassy in Washington, DC has been named the city's best embassy by the readers of the Washington Post newspaper, by virtue of its design and programme of events.