Google sets sights on Sweden
Sweden

Google sets sights on Sweden

US firm Google has invested significantly in Sweden in the past decade, with three of its 14 acquisitions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa since 2001 in the country.

Bayern Munich coach slams Ribery’s lazy recovery
Germany

Bayern Munich coach slams Ribery’s lazy recovery

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal on Friday criticised Franck Ribery for his lack of commitment in a friendly game organised to help him regain full fitness.

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Sweden

Rail operator refused to stop for disabled boy

14-year-old wheelchair-bound Viktor Magnusson wanted to take the train from Sundsvall to Uppsala to visit his sister, but he was told by rail operator SJ staff that he could not get off the train as it "would take too long".

VW targets Toyota with €51 billion in investments
Germany

VW targets Toyota with €51 billion in investments

German automaker Volkswagen will invest more than €50 billion in new and improved models over the next five years in a bid to unseat Toyota as the world leader in car manufacturing.

The Stockholm Players’ multicultural look at love
Sweden

The Stockholm Players’ multicultural look at love

With a new production by the Stockholm Players set to open this weekend, contributor Carina Chela takes a look at Sweden's oldest English-language theatre group.

Swedish doctor assaulted ‘for being a man’
Sweden

Swedish doctor assaulted ‘for being a man’

A doctor at Örebro University Hospital in central Sweden was attacked and kicked recently by the relatives of a critical ill woman who had just given birth, because they objected to him being a male.

Madeleine speaks out over break up ‘heartache’
Sweden

Madeleine speaks out over break up ‘heartache’

Sweden's Princess Madeleine, third in line to the throne and the youngest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, on Friday described the emotional turmoil she endured after breaking off her engagement earlier this year.

International warrant for Assange ‘on its way’
Sweden

International warrant for Assange ‘on its way’

A Swedish prosecutor on Friday submitted an application for an international arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Schlecker drugstores set for major facelift
Germany

Schlecker drugstores set for major facelift

The discount drugstore Schlecker is set for a major facelift over the next two years, with the family that owns the chain planning to invest hundreds of millions of euros in an overhaul.

Swedish officer badly hurt in Afghanistan
Sweden

Swedish officer badly hurt in Afghanistan

A Swedish officer and two Finnish soldiers were seriously injured when their vehicle was shot with a rocket launcher in Afghanistan, according to a Swedish Armed Forces (Försvarsmakten) statement.

Justice Minister warns against ‘exploiting’ terror
Germany

Justice Minister warns against ‘exploiting’ terror

The debate over tougher security laws intensified on Friday, with Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger warning against “political exploitation” of heightened terrorism fears.

Party leader candidate joins Albright group
Sweden

Party leader candidate joins Albright group

Senior Social Democrat Pär Nuder, formerly Göran Persson's finance minister and hotly tipped as a candidate to succeed outgoing party leader Mona Sahlin, has been recruited by former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright as a consultant.

Pope Benedict to visit Germany in 2011
Germany

Pope Benedict to visit Germany in 2011

Pope Benedict XVI is to make an official state visit to his native Germany in late 2011, probably in September, the German Bishops' Conference said Friday.

Training suspended on Gorch Fock after sailor’s death
Germany

Training suspended on Gorch Fock after sailor’s death

Officer training on the German navy’s traditional sailing ship the Gorch Fock has been suspended until autumn 2011 following the accidental death of a woman sailor at a Brazilian port earlier this month.

‘I can’t imagine being in a city that I could love more than Berlin’
Germany

‘I can’t imagine being in a city that I could love more than Berlin’

The Local’s series The New Berliners explores the lives of immigrants from around the world in Germany’s capital. For the final installment, Julia Lipkins spoke with Sophie, a transgender bookshop owner from Britain.

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Sweden

Swedish suicide bomber killed in Iraq

A Swedish citizen was killed in a suicide bomb attack he carried out in Iraq.

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Sweden

WikiLeaks’ Assange to challenge arrest order

A UK-based lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said his client plans to challenge an order for his arrest issued on Thursday by a Swedish court on charges of rape and sexual molestation.

Afghanistan has ‘no military solution,’ German envoy says
Germany

Afghanistan has ‘no military solution,’ German envoy says

Germany has laid out the stark reality for Afghanistan in stronger terms than before, with its special representative to the conflict-riven country saying on Friday that the war could not be won militarily.

New exhibition explores legacy of Nuremberg trials
Germany

New exhibition explores legacy of Nuremberg trials

The actual dock where Hermann Göring and other top Nazis sat in the Nuremberg trials features in a new exhibit opening this weekend in the same courthouse, exactly 65 years on.

Saab unveils new 9-4X in Los Angeles
Sweden

Saab unveils new 9-4X in Los Angeles

Sweden-based Saab Automobile showed off its new 9-4X at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Thursday, hoping its first-ever crossover SUV will be a hit in the US market.

Namibia ‘bomb’ was only a security test
Germany

Namibia ‘bomb’ was only a security test

A suspected bomb intercepted in Namibia that was to be put on a Munich-bound charter plane was only a US-made dummy used to test security checks, Germany's interior minister said Friday.

Sweden knew of US surveillance: report
Sweden

Sweden knew of US surveillance: report

Sweden’s former Social Democratic government was informed in 2002 about a surveillance programme run by the US embassy in Stockholm, secret documents reveal.