Zlatan featured in Man City ‘squad’
Sweden

Zlatan featured in Man City ‘squad’

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was one of a host of world stars who unexpectedly turned up bearing a Manchester City strip in the official programme ahead of a Europa League clash with Aris Thessaloniki on Tuesday.

Chinese firms struggling to enter German market, study says
Germany

Chinese firms struggling to enter German market, study says

Small and medium-sized companies are among the most likely Chinese investors in Germany, but many struggle with bureaucratic constraints, limited market knowledge and intercultural differences, according to a study released on Friday.

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Sweden

Strike looms as Swedish bank union locks horns

Talks have broken down between Sweden's Financial Sector Union and an industry association over the wages and employment conditions of its 30,000 members.

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Switzerland

Uzbek gas exports ‘controlled through Swiss firm’

The Uzbek president's daughter controlled central Asia's hydrocarbons market through a Swiss-based firm, according to leaked US diplomatic cables.

Three soldiers killed, several others injured
Germany

Three soldiers killed, several others injured

Three German soldiers were killed and several others injured in northern Afghanistan on Friday at an outpost visited just one day prior by Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.

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Switzerland

Swiss ease Egypt travel curbs

Switzerland on Thursday lifted restrictions on travel to Egypt's Red Sea resorts but warned that non-urgent visits to the rest of the country should be avoided.

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Switzerland

Six hurt in Alpine helicopter crash

Six people were injured when their helicopter crashed Thursday on the Swiss alps, Swiss police said.

Sweden’s population nears 9.5 million
Sweden

Sweden’s population nears 9.5 million

Sweden's population continued to grow at the end of 2010, despite a drop in immigration for the first time since 2004.

Wiesbaden tops real estate investment ranking
Germany

Wiesbaden tops real estate investment ranking

For those investing in real estate, forget the sexy, better-known cities like Munich and Hamburg. The biggest rate of return on property is in Wiesbaden, according to a new ranking just published in manager magazin.

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Sweden

Midsummer murderer gets 18 years

A Swedish district court has sentenced a 33-year-old man to 18 years in prison for the murder and mutilation of a 30-year-old man on Midsummer's Eve last year in southern Sweden.

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Sweden

Convictions overturned in Malmö pimping trial

The court of appeal in Malmö (Hovrätten) has overturned guilty verdicts served to two men in connection with the sale of a mentally handicapped 14-year-old girl for sex, reducing a third man's sentence for pimping.

Drunk driving Swedish police rarely fired: report
Sweden

Drunk driving Swedish police rarely fired: report

Despite 55 serving police officers being caught drink driving over the past five years, only one has lost his job, the Metro daily reported on Thursday.

Biker reportedly stopped Berlin metro attack
Germany

Biker reportedly stopped Berlin metro attack

A member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang reportedly prevented youths who severely beat a man in the Berlin U-Bahn metro from attacking his co-worker. Other witnesses of the assault, however, stood by doing nothing.

Business master’s courses tempt overseas students to Stockholm
Sweden

Business master’s courses tempt overseas students to Stockholm

A strong academic base, English-language instruction and superb career prospects have made Stockholm University School of Business one of the most popular destinations for overseas master's students in Sweden.

Swedish city declares tap water ‘drinkable’
Sweden

Swedish city declares tap water ‘drinkable’

After almost three months of boiling their water supplies following a parasite outbreak, the residents of Östersund in northern Sweden have been told that their tap water is once again safe to drink.

Third Reich 3D films discovered
Germany

Third Reich 3D films discovered

An Australian director has uncovered two films shot in 3D in pre-war Nazi Germany, according to the trade magazine Variety. He said the Nazis were well ahead of Hollywood with the technology, whose popularity peaked in the 50s but is enjoying a renaissance today.

Lights, camera, action: Portraits honour German film industry greats
Germany

Lights, camera, action: Portraits honour German film industry greats

A new exhibition by photographer Jim Rakete timed to accompany the Berlinale celebrates the leading lights of Germany's film industry. Ruth Michaelson reports on the glamour.

CDU heading for Hamburg hammering
Germany

CDU heading for Hamburg hammering

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats are on course for a bad start to a crunch year on Sunday, with a heavy defeat in Hamburg looming in the first of seven state elections this year.

Oil slick threatens Sweden’s west coast
Sweden

Oil slick threatens Sweden’s west coast

Oil leaking from a vessel which ran aground off Norway on Thursday evening is threatening the Kosterhavet national park off the west coast of Sweden.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrat expelled from union

A Sweden Democrat elected as a municipal councillor in southeastern Sweden has been expelled from a union representing transportation and security workers because of his involvement in the party.

Guttenberg drops Dr. title
Germany

Guttenberg drops Dr. title

Following accusations he plagiarized parts of his doctoral dissertation, Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Friday said he would stop using his academic title and apologized for making mistakes.

Foreign students eschew studies in Sweden
Sweden

Foreign students eschew studies in Sweden

Top foreign students are eschewing the opportunity to study at Swedish universities and colleges, deterred by the introduction of tuition and registration fees, as well as the lack of scholarships.

Terror threat still high, intelligence chief says
Germany

Terror threat still high, intelligence chief says

Despite Germany's recent easing of anti-terror measures, the head of the country's domestic intelligence service said in an interview published on Friday that the terror threat is still serious.

Hit the slopes in southern Sweden? <i>Javisst!</i>
Sweden

Hit the slopes in southern Sweden? Javisst!

The mountainous north isn't the only place in Sweden where ski bums can carve their way down the hill. Even the flatlands of Skåne have a few slopes that can provide for some wintertime fun, The Local's Karen Holst explains.

US tech offer threatens Brazil Gripen deal
Sweden

US tech offer threatens Brazil Gripen deal

Swedish defence firm Saab has faced another setback in its bid to sell its Gripen aircraft to Brazil after a US official announced that it has offered the country a "significant technology transfer" if it buys US-made fighter jets.

Gaming company made secret political donations, report says
Germany

Gaming company made secret political donations, report says

Leading German gaming company Gauselmann is reported to have secretly contributed more than €1 million since 1990 to political parties in a bid to prevent further regulation of the gambling industry, the Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote on Friday.