Saab rolls out futuristic concept car in Geneva
Sweden

Saab rolls out futuristic concept car in Geneva

Saab unveiled its new concept car today at the International Geneva Motor Show - a futuristic sports car with butterfly doors known as the PhoeniX.

Riksdag moves to stop Swedish state sell-offs
Sweden

Riksdag moves to stop Swedish state sell-offs

The Riksdag's Committee on Industry and Trade (Näringsutskottet) wants to halt the sale of government shares in mortgage lender SBAB, Posten Norden and telecommunications company TeliaSonera.

Guttenberg: From political rock star to ‘Baron Cut-And-Paste’
Germany

Guttenberg: From political rock star to ‘Baron Cut-And-Paste’

Former Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg suffered a fall from grace even more sudden than his gravity-defying rise. A profile of Germany's most popular politician.

Guttenberg and the price of decency
Germany

Guttenberg and the price of decency

Decency has won the day, but the price for that victory is high. Malte Lehming from Der Tagesspiegel examines Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg’s downfall and what his resignation might mean for Angela Merkel.

Man stabs kebab shop worker over bad döner
Germany

Man stabs kebab shop worker over bad döner

Hamburg police have released surveillance footage of a stabbing at a döner kebab shop in hope of finding the attacker. The man nearly killed the snack shop worker because he was apparently unhappy with the quality of the meat he was served.

Adult illiteracy found surprisingly high
Germany

Adult illiteracy found surprisingly high

A new study showed Tuesday that the number of illiterate adults in Germany is twice as high as previously thought, an alarming development that Education Minister Annette Schavan said she hopes a new reading initiative will help.

Joblessness edges lower
Germany

Joblessness edges lower

The number of unemployed in Germany dropped sharply last month as warmer temperatures and strong order books drove job creation in Europe's biggest economy, official data showed Tuesday.

Sweden moves ahead with Libya evacuation
Sweden

Sweden moves ahead with Libya evacuation

A Swedish plane was expected to depart from Malta for Libya on Tuesday afternoon to help push evacuation plans forward following delays due to the collapse of air traffic control in Tripoli.

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Sweden

Net rumours lead to anti-refugee egg attack

A group of right-wing extremists demonstrated outside a housing facility for unaccompanied refugee children near Stockholm after internet rumours about a suspected sexual assault spiraled out of control.

Swedes toast to cheap alcohol from abroad
Sweden

Swedes toast to cheap alcohol from abroad

Every third beer that is consumed in Sweden is bought from outside its borders. And, given the strong krona, the trend won’t be stopping soon.

Window shopping with a wave of the hand
Germany

Window shopping with a wave of the hand

Always window shopping but never stopping to buy? In the future you can do both with new technology allowing you to point through the window at items and buy them with a swish of your hand.

Suicide bomb ‘may have been cannabis press’
Sweden

Suicide bomb ‘may have been cannabis press’

An apparent cannabis enthusiast has provided what could be a key clue to Swedish investigators who had previously been stumped by a cylindrical object found near the body of the Stockholm suicide bomber.

Biofuel confusion strains super petrol supplies
Germany

Biofuel confusion strains super petrol supplies

High-octane petrol is getting scarce at German gas stations as drivers uncertain about the safety of new Super E10 gasoline-ethanol mix fill up with traditional super grades. The government and auto lobby are calling for better information on the new biofuel.

Public sector strikes hit two more states
Germany

Public sector strikes hit two more states

After initial strikes in the states of Hesse and Saarland on Monday, public workers' unions called temporary strikes for members in North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein on Tuesday.

‘Record growth’ for Sweden’s economy
Sweden

‘Record growth’ for Sweden’s economy

Sweden's economy easily beat expectations to post record growth in the fourth quarter while 2010 as a whole turned out to be the strongest year since 1970, the national statistics agency said Tuesday.

Guttenberg resigns
Germany

Guttenberg resigns

Embattled German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg resigned on Tuesday amid intense political pressure following revelations he plagiarized large parts of his doctoral thesis.

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Switzerland

Swiss growth bounces back

The Swiss economy grew 2.6 percent in 2010, reversing a contraction of 1.9 percent in 2009, the economy ministry said on Tuesday.

Pirate Bay named in US ‘notorious’ market list
Sweden

Pirate Bay named in US ‘notorious’ market list

The US on Monday named leading Chinese search engine Baidu and Swedish torrent download site Pirate Bay in a list of the world's top marketplaces for pirated and counterfeit goods.

Merkel under fire in Guttenberg affair
Germany

Merkel under fire in Guttenberg affair

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is becoming the target of increasing criticism for her support of Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who has been hit by a plagiarism scandal.

Many troubled Swedish youth selling sex: report
Sweden

Many troubled Swedish youth selling sex: report

Twelve percent of girls and 4 percent of boys placed in state-run youth care homes in Sweden sold sex for drugs or money last year, according to a new report.

President Wulff slams German policy toward Arab despots
Germany

President Wulff slams German policy toward Arab despots

German President Christian Wulff has sharply criticized Germany's past dealings with some Arab regimes, saying the country had been much too accommodating to authoritarian, corrupt governments.

Military faces looming soldier shortage
Germany

Military faces looming soldier shortage

The German military could find itself short thousands of soldiers once conscription ends because few volunteers appear to be interested in signing up.

Swedish think tank in Qaddafi arms warning
Sweden

Swedish think tank in Qaddafi arms warning

Aircraft have been seen flying between Belarus and Libya, raising concerns that Minsk is sending arms to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, an official at a specialist Swedish think tank said Monday.