Opel headed for loss of €1.4 billion this year
Germany

Opel headed for loss of €1.4 billion this year

Opel, the European unit of US auto group General Motors, expects to report a loss of €1.4 billion this year, Opel head Nick Reilly said in a magazine interview in Frankfurt on Monday.

Sweden braces for new winter storm
Sweden

Sweden braces for new winter storm

Another blast of winter weather is set to sweep across much of Sweden in the coming days, bringing heavy snowfall and bone-chilling winds to many parts of the country.

Police fear sex crime in teen murders
Germany

Police fear sex crime in teen murders

Two teenagers found dead in the Lower Saxony town of Bodenfelde were possibly the victims of a sexual predator, investigators said Monday.

Kids with ‘smart’ parents smoke more weed: study
Sweden

Kids with ‘smart’ parents smoke more weed: study

The use of cannabis among Swedish high school students is more common among those with university-educated parents, according to a new study published by the National Institute of Public Health (Statens folkhälsoinstitutet).

Driver charged in murder of Swedish honeymooner
Sweden

Driver charged in murder of Swedish honeymooner

The driver of a van in which a Swedish honeymooner was kidnapped and killed in South Africa's southern city of Cape Town appeared in court on Monday as the third suspect in her murder.

Swiss schoolboys jailed over Munich assaults
Germany

Swiss schoolboys jailed over Munich assaults

Three Swiss schoolboys who went on a violent rampage while on a class trip in Munich last year, indiscriminately beating five passers-by and leaving two with life-threatening injuries, were sentenced to lengthy jail terms on Monday.

H&M gives frugal fashionistas a new taste of haute couture
Sweden

H&M gives frugal fashionistas a new taste of haute couture

Hot on the heels of news that Swedish fashion giant Hennes and Mauritz (H&M) is expanding to Singapore, the AFP’s Emma Charlton looks at the latest top name design house to cooperate with the shabby-chic retailer.

Andrew Preble: Bringing the Big Easy to Berlin
Germany

Andrew Preble: Bringing the Big Easy to Berlin

The Local’s series “Making it in Germany” presents Andrew Preble, a Louisiana native serving up proper Cajun cuisine in the German capital. Mark Worth reports.

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Sweden

‘Nothing wrong’ with naked Swedish farm student video

An internet video featuring naked Swedish high school students frolicking with farm animals and riding tractors on school property is nothing out of the ordinary for Sweden, according to the school’s principal.

Namibian airport police officer charged for fake bomb scare
Germany

Namibian airport police officer charged for fake bomb scare

A court formally charged a senior officer in Namibia's airport police on Monday for placing a fake bomb at the country's airport to be put on a Germany-bound plane last week, but postponed his case.

Third most-wanted Nazi war criminal dies ahead of trial
Germany

Third most-wanted Nazi war criminal dies ahead of trial

Nazi death camp guard Samuel Kunz, number three on the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s most wanted list, has died aged 89, just months before he was due to stand trial, German prosecutors said Monday.

Swede surprise over Turkish painting jackpot
Sweden

Swede surprise over Turkish painting jackpot

A small-time collector from Småland in southern Sweden was left "shocked and happy" after he was told that a painting that he had thought was worth a few thousand kronor went for over 1.6 million.

Sweden ready to open coffers for Ireland: Borg
Sweden

Sweden ready to open coffers for Ireland: Borg

Sweden could lend Ireland, which is negotiating a debt rescue deal, up to 10 billion kronor ($1.46 billion), Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg said Monday.

Reichstag dome closed amid terrorism fears
Germany

Reichstag dome closed amid terrorism fears

Police have closed the dome and roof terrace of Berlin’s Reichstag in a dramatic security clampdown following reports that Islamists were planning a Mumbai-style attack on the building.

Psychiatrists needed to cope with army trauma
Germany

Psychiatrists needed to cope with army trauma

Germany’s military urgently needs psychiatrists as a growing number of soldiers return home from foreign missions traumatised, according to a Monday media report.

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Sweden

Woman’s finger found at children’s playground

Children playing at the Busfabriken indoor playground in Norrköping in eastern Sweden on Friday afternoon were left shocked after they found a severed finger.

Body of anti-nuclear protestor found in stream
Germany

Body of anti-nuclear protestor found in stream

Nearly two weeks after a massive anti-nuclear protest in Lower Saxony ended, the body of a demonstrator has been found drowned in a stream, police announced late on Sunday.

Most Israelis cannot forgive Germany for Holocaust
Germany

Most Israelis cannot forgive Germany for Holocaust

Most Israelis still find it impossible to forgive Germany for the Holocaust, a poll published Monday has found.

Schäuble defends Ireland euro bailout
Germany

Schäuble defends Ireland euro bailout

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has insisted Germany’s economy is safe despite the announcement that fellow euro zone member Ireland has asked for an international bailout of nearly €100 billion.

H&M to launch in Singapore in 2011
Sweden

H&M to launch in Singapore in 2011

Swedish clothing retail giant Hennes & Mauritz has announced its first foray into the south-east Asian market by opening a store in Singapore.

Police investigate double teen killing
Germany

Police investigate double teen killing

Police are investigating the apparent murder of two teenagers whose bodies were found on Sunday next to a stream in Lower Saxony.

Explosion destroys store in Malmö suburb
Sweden

Explosion destroys store in Malmö suburb

A powerful explosion ripped through a convenience store in the Rosengård area of Malmö on Monday morning.

Söderling suffers loss at ATP World Finals
Sweden

Söderling suffers loss at ATP World Finals

Sweden's Robin Söderling got off to a poor start at the ATP World Finals on Sunday, losing his opening match to Britain's Andy Murray in straight sets.