BASF looks to invest billions in Asia
Germany

BASF looks to invest billions in Asia

The world's biggest chemical firm, BASF, will invest more than €2 billion ($2.6 billion) in Asia by 2014, with more than half the sum earmarked for China, a senior executive said on Monday.

‘Chlamydia blog’ mum regains sick benefits
Sweden

‘Chlamydia blog’ mum regains sick benefits

Annica Holmquist, whose daughter highlighted her plight battling the Swedish Social Insurance Agency on her blog ahead of the Swedish general election in September, has regained her right to receive sickness benefits.

Fruit giant to dole out $200,000 over Bananas!* lawsuit
Sweden

Fruit giant to dole out $200,000 over Bananas!* lawsuit

A Los Angeles judge has ruled that food giant Dole Foods must pay $200,000 (1.4 million kronor) to cover the lawyers' fees incurred by the Swedish filmmakers behind a controversial documentary criticising the company.

Why Sweden abandoned its workers’ party
Sweden

Why Sweden abandoned its workers’ party

As Social Democrats brace themselves for the presentation on Friday of the findings of its own election crisis commission, contributor Naomi Powell takes a closer look at how the traditionally dominant party lost its place at the apex of Swedish politics.

Being born a poster child for the Third Reich
Germany

Being born a poster child for the Third Reich

How is it discovering you’re the product of a Nazi breeding scheme, Heinrich Himmler’s godson and the bastard child of a war criminal? Exberliner’s Titus Chalk has one man’s story.

Merkel’s leadership derided by US diplomats
Germany

Merkel’s leadership derided by US diplomats

Diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks to German news magazine Der Spiegel over the weekend include embarrassingly frank US assessments of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is described as a weak leader.

iPad set to hit Swedish shelves on Tuesday
Sweden

iPad set to hit Swedish shelves on Tuesday

After weeks of speculation, Apple has confirmed that its iPad tablet PC will be released in Sweden on Tuesday.

Cream and sugar with your jet fuel? Plane water tanks mistakenly filled
Germany

Cream and sugar with your jet fuel? Plane water tanks mistakenly filled

Three planes belonging to the airline Germanwings reportedly took off this weekend with jet fuel in their drinking water tanks, which nearly made it into passengers' coffee cups.

Schäuble says markets acting irrationally towards eurozone
Germany

Schäuble says markets acting irrationally towards eurozone

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble on Monday called market speculation over the eurozone's financial woes irrational, as he hailed a rescue deal that he said would put Ireland back on track.

WikiLeaks makes world ‘less safe’: Bildt
Sweden

WikiLeaks makes world ‘less safe’: Bildt

WikiLeaks' release of hundreds of thousands of US diplomatic cables will severely weaken global diplomacy and make the world more prone to conflict, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said Monday.

German Media Roundup: A timid Merkel and inept Westerwelle?
Germany

German Media Roundup: A timid Merkel and inept Westerwelle?

As Washington scrambled on Monday to explain leaked diplomatic communiqués disparaging leaders in Berlin, newspapers in The Local’s media roundup tried to assess the damage to German-American relations.

Schools failing to integrate special needs students, study finds
Germany

Schools failing to integrate special needs students, study finds

Germany has been slow to develop schools including children with special needs despite signing an international accord to create a more inclusive educational system, a new study revealed Monday.

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Sweden

Swedish economy posts record growth

Sweden's economy easily beat expectations to post record growth in the third quarter, driven by strong domestic demand, as the government warned against over-confidence.

Sweden enlists cartoon bear to help asylum seeking children
Sweden

Sweden enlists cartoon bear to help asylum seeking children

The popular Swedish children’s character, Bamse -- the world’s strongest bear, has found a new role: helping kids who seek asylum in Sweden.

Murder case of Swedish honeymooner postponed
Sweden

Murder case of Swedish honeymooner postponed

The murder case of three men accused of killing a Swedish honeymooning tourist was postponed in Cape Town on Monday for a week to allow further investigation and finalise a plea bargain with one of the accused.

Swedish diplomat: new WikiLeaks ‘regrettable’
Sweden

Swedish diplomat: new WikiLeaks ‘regrettable’

Over 800 secret American documents about relations with Sweden have been released by WikiLeaks, according to Swedish media reports.

Hamburg vote set for February after coalition collapses
Germany

Hamburg vote set for February after coalition collapses

Following the collapse of Germany’s first state-level conservative-Green coalition in Hamburg, city officials announced Monday that an election will be held on February 20, 2011.

Stomach bug wreaks havoc on Swedish town
Sweden

Stomach bug wreaks havoc on Swedish town

More than 2,000 residents of Östersund in northern Sweden have become ill with a suspected intestinal parasite, Sveriges Radio (SR) reports.

Apoteket rated highest by Swedish customers
Sweden

Apoteket rated highest by Swedish customers

Sweden's Apoteket and Systembolaget were rated highest by their customers, according to a new measurement of retail outlets gauging customer satisfaction.

German Jews elect first post-Holocaust generation leader
Germany

German Jews elect first post-Holocaust generation leader

Germany's Jewish community, which is thriving thanks to immigration from the former Soviet Union, has elected its first post-war leader who is not a survivor of the Holocaust.

Sweden’s Karlsson pips Poulter in thrilling playoff
Sweden

Sweden’s Karlsson pips Poulter in thrilling playoff

Sweden's Robert Karlsson denied England's Ian Poulter back-to-back titles on the European Tour when he won the $7.5 million (52.49 million kronor) Dubai World Championship after a thrilling playoff battle on Sunday.

Snowstorm snarls road and air traffic
Germany

Snowstorm snarls road and air traffic

Snow and ice in Germany caused hundreds of accidents, lengthy traffic jams and dozens of flight delays on Monday, as meteorologists forecast frigid temperatures and a possible storm surge along the coast.

Sweden’s Pietilä Holmner wins first World Cup title
Sweden

Sweden’s Pietilä Holmner wins first World Cup title

Sweden's Maria Pietilä Holmner won her first World Cup title in the women's alpine slalom on Sunday in Aspen, Colorado.