Swedish women nab Nordic skiing gold
Sweden

Swedish women nab Nordic skiing gold

Ida Ingemarsdotter and Charlotte Kalla combined to hand Sweden the gold medal from the women's team sprint event at the world Nordic ski championships on Wednesday.

Swedish Left looks to halt privatised healthcare
Sweden

Swedish Left looks to halt privatised healthcare

Sweden's Left Party has set its sights on stopping the privatisation of Sweden’s largely publicly-funded healthcare system.

Two Americans shot dead at Frankfurt Airport
Germany

Two Americans shot dead at Frankfurt Airport

Two US servicemen were shot dead at Frankfurt Airport and at least two others seriously injured on Wednesday after a man opened fire on bus for American soldiers. Both US President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel expressed shock and outrage.

Borg bashes Swedish banks’ booming profits
Sweden

Borg bashes Swedish banks’ booming profits

Sweden’s Finance Minister Anders Borg wants to put the squeeze on Swedish banks, where profits have swelled, shareholder dividends ballooned, and interest margins on mortgages doubled.

‘God’s House’ being built in suburban Stockholm
Sweden

‘God’s House’ being built in suburban Stockholm

As religious tensions continue to cause friction in Sweden and elsewhere, Lutherans, Catholics, and Muslims in a small Stockholm suburb have come together to present a new model for religious tolerance, The Local's Geoff Mortimore discovers.

Zürich zoo celebrates gorilla birth
Switzerland

Zürich zoo celebrates gorilla birth

A gorilla at Zürich Zoo has given birth to her first ever child, zoo authorities announced on Tuesday.

Manchester United target Schalke’s Neuer
Germany

Manchester United target Schalke’s Neuer

Manchester United have expressed interest in signing Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from Schalke 04, the Bundesliga club's president said on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Swedish court jails internet paedophile

A 36-year-old man in southern Sweden charged 39 counts of committing sex crimes against 30 young girls has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

Sweden raps Iran envoy over opposition arrests
Sweden

Sweden raps Iran envoy over opposition arrests

The Swedish foreign ministry said Wednesday it had summoned Iran's ambassador to protest the reported arrests of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi in Tehran.

E.ON sells British power grid to US group
Germany

E.ON sells British power grid to US group

E.ON, Germany's biggest power group, said Wednesday that it will sell its British electric grid business Central Networks to the US group PPL for €4.7 billion ($6.5 billion).

De Maizière to become defence minister
Germany

De Maizière to become defence minister

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reshuffled her cabinet on Wednesday, making Thomas de Maizière defence minister following Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg's resignation. Hans-Peter Friedrich will take over the Interior Ministry.

VW unveils new ‘Bulli’ bus prototype
Germany

VW unveils new ‘Bulli’ bus prototype

Volkswagen caused a sensation at the Geneva Auto Show this week with a long-awaited remake of its classic "Bulli" minibus, which still has a devoted cult following around the world.

Assange lawyer under investigation in Sweden
Sweden

Assange lawyer under investigation in Sweden

Julian Assange's Swedish lawyer Björn Hurtig is under investigation by the Swedish Bar Association (Advokatsamfundet) following accusations made by a British judge during the WikiLeaks founder's extradition trial.

Police face outbreak of spring fever in randy Ruhr Valley
Germany

Police face outbreak of spring fever in randy Ruhr Valley

An outbreak of spring fever has lead to a spurt of lusty behaviour in the Ruhr Valley, leading police to throw some metaphorical buckets on cold water on matters that got out of hand.

SPD flying high after Guttenberg scandal and Hamburg victory
Germany

SPD flying high after Guttenberg scandal and Hamburg victory

The plagiarism scandal entangling former German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg and a landslide victory in a state election in Hamburg have boosted the popularity of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) in a poll published Wednesday.

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Switzerland

Swiss Re: NZ quake will cost $800 million

Reinsurer Swiss Re has said the New Zealand earthquake would cost insurers up to $12 billion, with its own bill reaching $800 million.

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Sweden

Two Swedes acquitted of plotting terror crimes

Two Swedes of Somali decent have been acquitted of planning terrorist crimes in Somalia by a Swedish court of appeal.

Swedish firm unveils eye-controlled laptop
Sweden

Swedish firm unveils eye-controlled laptop

A Swedish company has revealed the world's first eye-controlled laptop computer, allowing users to switch between windows and scroll through documents in the blink of an eye.

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Switzerland

Swiss banker in US tax probe

US investigators on Tuesday lodged a legal complaint against a Credit Suisse banker for fraud while working for UBS, a week after indicting four of his colleagues.

Gadgets galore wow CeBIT crowds
Germany

Gadgets galore wow CeBIT crowds

A Shakespearean robot, the world's most merciless alarm clock and "intelligent" cocktail shakers were among the gadgets wowing visitors at the CeBIT high-tech fair on Wednesday.

Arrest prompts Swedish filesharing site to close
Sweden

Arrest prompts Swedish filesharing site to close

A well-known Swedish filesharing site has been shuttered following the arrest of a man who has since confessed to uploading more than 1,000 films to the network affiliated with the site.

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Switzerland

Optimism dominates in Geneva

Top car makers took a bullish outlook at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday, as the industry lined up 170 model launches with an eye on thriftier hybrid vehicles and, above all, emerging markets.
 

Adidas doubles earnings
Germany

Adidas doubles earnings

Sportswear maker Adidas saw a dramatic jump in its net earnings in 2010, thanks in large part to the World Cup in South Africa and strong growth at its US subsidiary Reebok, the company reported on Wednesday.

Cabinet to back ban for phone ‘on hold’ fees
Germany

Cabinet to back ban for phone ‘on hold’ fees

Germany's cabinet is expected to agree on a draft law on Wednesday that would prevent companies from charging customers while they are on hold on the telephone.

Talk begins about a Guttenberg comeback
Germany

Talk begins about a Guttenberg comeback

Almost immediately after Defence Minster Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg resigned due to a plagiarism scandal, a number of conservative politicians began expressing their hopes for a comeback. They say Germany needs a political talent like Guttenberg.

Swedish officers killed by friendly fire: report
Sweden

Swedish officers killed by friendly fire: report

Two Swedish officers who were shot to death in Afghanistan in February last year appear to have been killed by Swedish bullets.

Grounded ship’s fuel leak threatens Swedish coast
Sweden

Grounded ship’s fuel leak threatens Swedish coast

An Icelandic cargo ship that ran aground last month inside Norway's only marine natural reserve, was on Tuesday leaking oil along the Swedish coast as it sailed towards Denmark where it will undergo repair, the Swedish coast guard said.