Antonov ready to be an owner of Saab
Sweden

Antonov ready to be an owner of Saab

Russian financier Vladimir Antonov expressed his doubts about sales goals for Saab Automobile on Thursday, adding that the Swedish automaker may need an extra buffer.

Guttenberg requests Deep Purple send-off
Germany

Guttenberg requests Deep Purple send-off

Germany's former Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg plans to leave office with characteristic flair on Thursday night. The aristocratic rock fan has requested Deep Purple’s classic song “Smoke on the Water” be played at his military send-off ceremony.

‘Wild card’ Juholt faces challenge of mending a party in crisis
Sweden

‘Wild card’ Juholt faces challenge of mending a party in crisis

The choice of Håkan Juholt as candidate to take over as leader of the Social Democrats, while answering one question, leaves much about the party's future unresolved, The Local's David Landes discovers

Foreign students may get six months to find work
Sweden

Foreign students may get six months to find work

Foreign students who have completed their university studies in Sweden would get an additional six months to find employment, according to a new proposal.

Swedish great Hysén’s footballing son: I’m gay
Sweden

Swedish great Hysén’s footballing son: I’m gay

Anton Hysén, the son of former Liverpool and Fiorentina legend Glenn Hysén, became the first Swedish male footballer to openly declare his homosexuality on Wednesday, courting support but also derision from some quarters of the footballing world.

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Switzerland

Libyan rebel meets Calmy-Rey for talks

Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey on Wednesday met a member of Libya's rebel leadership in the capital Bern to find more about the insurgents' aims.

Coalition proposal would tie residency permits to German skills
Germany

Coalition proposal would tie residency permits to German skills

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition is considering altering immigration laws in a bid to force foreigners to learn German, a media report said Thursday. The measure would require certain immigrants to pass an exam to receive more than a temporary residence permit.

Afghan police say woman killed by German troops
Germany

Afghan police say woman killed by German troops

Police in northern Afghanistan said Thursday that German troops based in the area had accidentally killed one woman and injured another during an exchange of fire.

BMW profits race ahead
Germany

BMW profits race ahead

The world's leading luxury carmaker BMW reported record profits and sales for 2010 on Thursday and said it expected more of the same this year.

Pete Doherty suspected of drunken music store theft in Bavaria
Germany

Pete Doherty suspected of drunken music store theft in Bavaria

British scandal rocker Pete Doherty is suspected of drunkenly stealing from a music store in the picturesque Bavarian city of Regensburg, where he is filming a costume drama also starring French actress Charlotte Gainsbourg.

Lady Gaga hackers charged with spying and copyright infringement
Germany

Lady Gaga hackers charged with spying and copyright infringement

Duisburg prosecutors on Thursday charged two Germans with breaking copyright law and stealing data after hacking email accounts of pop stars like Lady Gaga and Ke$ha to purloin unreleased tracks and compromising photos.

Berlin annoyed as Paris recognizes Libyan rebels
Germany

Berlin annoyed as Paris recognizes Libyan rebels

Germany expressed caution Thursday on the issue of recognising Libya's opposition as the country's representative, as France irked Berlin by opening diplomatic relations with opponents of Muammar Qaddafi‘s regime.

Ten Swedes make Forbes billionaires list
Sweden

Ten Swedes make Forbes billionaires list

Ten Swedes have made it onto the Forbes billionaires list for 2011, with H&M owner Stefan Persson placing highest among the Swedes considered to be the world's wealthiest.

Dark horse MP named as Sahlin’s successor
Sweden

Dark horse MP named as Sahlin’s successor

Håkan Juholt, current chair of the Riksdag's Committee on Defence, has been put forward as the Social Democrats' top choice to become the party's new leader, the chair of the party's nomination committee announced on Thursday.

German exports shift from US to China
Germany

German exports shift from US to China

German exports in January rose 24.2 percent from a year earlier, pushing the country's trade surplus higher, while China overtook the Untied States as the leading importer of German goods, official figures showed Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: March 10 – 16
Germany

What’s on in Germany: March 10 – 16

This week's highlights: Poetry in Berlin, apple wine in Frankfurt, Iranian opera in Cologne, and Munich hosts one of the biggest St. Patrick's Day parties on the continent.

Assange case officer ‘friend’ of accuser: report
Sweden

Assange case officer ‘friend’ of accuser: report

The lead police interrogator in the case of suspected rape involving Julian Assange has personal and political connections to one of the two WikiLeaks founder's accusers.

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Sweden

Sweden ends arms sales to two Mideast states

Sweden has halted the deliveries of weapons to two Middle Eastern and North African countries due to the civil unrest gripping the region, the head of a government agency said on Wednesday.

Vintage photo booths make a comeback in Berlin and beyond
Germany

Vintage photo booths make a comeback in Berlin and beyond

Revamped photo booths that last saw the light of day in the late 1970’s are popping up all over Europe, but it was Berlin that gave birth to the trend. Ruth Michaelson talks with one of the men behind the phenomenon.

Strike cripples rail traffic nationwide
Germany

Strike cripples rail traffic nationwide

A strike by train drivers for both freight and passenger routes crippled rail traffic in Germany Thursday morning, with hundreds of cancellations and countless delays reported across the country.

Sweden’s Ekholm claims world biathlon gold
Sweden

Sweden’s Ekholm claims world biathlon gold

Sweden's Helena Ekholm won the gold in the women's 15km at the biathlon world championships in Khanty Mansiysk in Russia on Wednesday.

Schalke beats Valencia to make Champions League quarter-finals
Germany

Schalke beats Valencia to make Champions League quarter-finals

Schalke 04 on Wednesday brushed off reports coach Felix Magath will be dismissed at the end of the season, beating Valencia 3-1 and booking their place in the Champions League quarter-finals.

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Sweden

Swede causes airborne meningitis scare

A Swedish woman was at the heart of a meningitis scare aboard a plane which was held in isolation at Copenhagen Kastrup airport on Wednesday after revealing that she may be suffering from the potentially fatal condition.