Fresh cash, new Chinese partner set to revive Saab
Sweden

Fresh cash, new Chinese partner set to revive Saab

Production at Swedish car maker Saab is set to resume within a week after the firm secured a deal for a €30 million ($45 million) cash injection on Monday evening.

Bavarians revel in maypole intrigue
Germany

Bavarians revel in maypole intrigue

Last weekend, villages across Bavaria erected maypoles for traditional springtime celebrations. But before the parties started, Chris Cottrell spent a night with a crew taking part in the longstanding ritual of pole snatching.

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Switzerland

Swiss try to confiscate ‘Baby Doc’ millions

The Swiss finance ministry announced Monday that it had taken legal action to secure the confiscation of Haiti ex-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier's frozen Swiss millions after a 25-year court battle.

Beheading al-Qaida: Is Germany safer?
Germany

Beheading al-Qaida: Is Germany safer?

The death of Osama bin Laden is a historic moment coinciding with key al-Qaida arrests in Germany. But does it make us safer? The Local asked Christian Tuschhoff, terrorism expert at Berlin's Free University.

Commerzbank shares surge as Q1 profit jumps
Germany

Commerzbank shares surge as Q1 profit jumps

Germany's second-biggest private lender, Commerzbank, said on Monday that its first-quarter net profit rose 40 percent to about €1.0 billion ($1.5 billion), sending its shares soaring in Frankfurt.

Tax agency warns of last gasp declaration delays
Sweden

Tax agency warns of last gasp declaration delays

The Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) has warned that many of those seeking to file online tax returns could suffer problems as its website struggles to cope with the last minute rush.

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Switzerland

Swiss biotech firm faces big bill after US lawsuit

Swiss biotech group Actellion has been told by a US court that it will have to pay a Japanese company up to $547 million over a cancelled contract.

Saab debts mount as cash search continues
Sweden

Saab debts mount as cash search continues

The problems continue to mount at Swedish carmaker Saab with mounting debts, falling sales and an ongoing search for finance still without result.

Frost and snow to return
Germany

Frost and snow to return

As colder temperatures return to Germany this week, parts of the country could see frost and even snow at higher altitudes, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Monday.

Stabbed Green politician denied ambulance: report
Sweden

Stabbed Green politician denied ambulance: report

Prominent Green Party official Anders Wallner was made to wait for an ambulance despite having sustained serious stab wounds in an attack on Sunday near a Stockholm metro station, one his companions has claimed.

Coalition split by anti-terror laws row
Germany

Coalition split by anti-terror laws row

Tensions are mounting within Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition over tougher laws to battle terrorism, with differences brought into stark relief by the recent arrest of three suspected al-Qaida-linked extremists.

Swedish forests spawn new ‘green’ diesel
Sweden

Swedish forests spawn new ‘green’ diesel

As fuels derived from forestry industry waste power an increasing number of Swedish cars, The Local's Karen Holst discovers not everyone is convinced that this new biodiesel fuel will deliver long-term environmental benefits.

Topless sunbathing goes out of style
Germany

Topless sunbathing goes out of style

German women are less willing to sunbathe topless than they were in the past, a recent survey shows. The primary reason for the new prudishness? Unwanted attention by men.

Single transplant drains Swedish blood supplies
Sweden

Single transplant drains Swedish blood supplies

A single organ transplant operation in Gothenburg emptied blood supplies throughout southern Sweden, forcing the hospital to buy blood from Finland.

Annika Östberg walks free after 30 years
Sweden

Annika Östberg walks free after 30 years

Annika Östberg Deasy, convicted of a double murder in the US in 1983, was released on Monday after 30 years in custody.

Swedish ‘king’ turns Obama into a bushel of Wiki-carrots
Sweden

Swedish ‘king’ turns Obama into a bushel of Wiki-carrots

US president Barack Obama was transformed into a bunch of carrots for more than an hour on Monday morning thanks to a mischievous Wikipedia user claiming the name of the Swedish king.

Social Democrats call for Swedish Muslim holiday
Sweden

Social Democrats call for Swedish Muslim holiday

Sweden's Social Democrats argued on Monday for a review of Sweden's public holidays, arguing that the country's Muslim community should also be recognised.

Woman puts attacking deer in sweaty headlock
Germany

Woman puts attacking deer in sweaty headlock

A jogger fought off a crazed, attacking deer by putting it in a headlock and scaring it off.

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Switzerland

Zurich May Day demo largely peaceful

 

No major disturbances were reported when left-wing demonstrators took to the streets of Zurich for May Day, despite the arrest of 500 people.

 

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Switzerland

Two Swiss dead in Moroccan bomb attack

Two Swiss men from the Italian-speaking area of Switzerland were confirmed among the victims of last week’s bombing in Marrakech, Morocco.

Bildt hails ‘better world’ after bin Ladin death
Sweden

Bildt hails ‘better world’ after bin Ladin death

Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt welcomed the news from the US that al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Ladin has been killed in Pakistan in a comment on Monday morning.

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Sweden

Housing scam targets Swedish college students

Dozens of Swedish university students desperate to find accommodation in Stockholm lost at least 350,000 kronor ($58,000) in a housing scam carried out on the popular buy-sell site Blocket.se.

First offshore commercial wind farm goes online
Germany

First offshore commercial wind farm goes online

Chancellor Angela Merkel will help unveil Germany’s first commercial offshore wind farm, Baltic 1, on Monday.

Handful of arrests on mostly quiet May Day
Germany

Handful of arrests on mostly quiet May Day

Police arrested several people after left-wing extremists and the police clashed in the German capital late Sunday following peaceful May Day marches by tens of thousands in the city.

Germany on high alert after bin Laden death
Germany

Germany on high alert after bin Laden death

The United States embassy as well as American military bases in Germany are on high alert to the risk of terrorists reprisals after President Barack Obama announced late Sunday that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden had been killed.

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Sweden

Stabbing puts top Green Party official in hospital

Prominent Green Party official Anders Wallner was stabbed early Sunday morning near a Stockholm metro station.

Sweden’s Hjorth tops upstart teen in LPGA win
Sweden

Sweden’s Hjorth tops upstart teen in LPGA win

Sweden's Maria Hjorth capitalised on teenager Alexis Thompson's final-round fade Sunday, rallying to win the Avnet LPGA Classic for her fifth LPGA tour title.