Sweden set for summer heat wave
Sweden

Sweden set for summer heat wave

As many Swedes start to head off on their annual holidays this week weather forecasters are predicting a heat wave across much of the country.

Former students face prison for teacher killing
Sweden

Former students face prison for teacher killing

The prosecutor called for a long prison sentence for the main defendant as the trial of three suspects for the killing of their former teacher ended on Monday.

Brussels forces VW to delay MAN plans
Germany

Brussels forces VW to delay MAN plans

Volkswagen bowed to European Union pressure on Monday and delayed its bid to take effective control of the board of truckmaker MAN amid EU antitrust concerns.

Scania CEO reports prosecutor over ‘oil-for-food’ bribery claims
Sweden

Scania CEO reports prosecutor over ‘oil-for-food’ bribery claims

Scania CEO Leif Östling has reported Sweden's top anti-corruption prosecutor for violating confidentiality rules in connection with his investigation into the Swedish truckmaker's alleged skirting of UN sanctions in Iraq.

Dresden police chief steps down over phone sweep scandal
Germany

Dresden police chief steps down over phone sweep scandal

Dresden’s police chief has been forced out of his job after it emerged that police collected a massive amount of data from mobile phones during February anti-fascist demonstrations that left more than 100 officers injured.

Saab to pay staff after new China order
Sweden

Saab to pay staff after new China order

A Chinese firm has ordered 582 cars from the crisis-hit Swedish car maker Saab in an order worth around €13 million ($18 million) to the firm.

Hot, humid weather to give way to mid-week rain
Germany

Hot, humid weather to give way to mid-week rain

Sunshine will heat up most of Germany on Monday and Tuesday, but noticeably cooler and potentially stormy conditions are in store for the latter half of the week, the German Weather Service (DWD) said Monday.

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Sweden

Chinese man jailed for exchange student killing

A 24-year-old Chinese exchange student has been sentenced to 16 years in prison by a Swedish court for the murder of a Chinese woman who was also studying at Örebro University in central Sweden.

Company fights espionage by putting cell phones in biscuit tins
Germany

Company fights espionage by putting cell phones in biscuit tins

A German chemicals company said on Monday its managers have begun keeping their mobile phones in biscuit tins during meetings in order to guard against industrial espionage.

Swedish museum takes aim at Facebook censor
Sweden

Swedish museum takes aim at Facebook censor

Fotografiska, a contemporary photography museum in Stockholm, has elected to censor its own promotional material for an upcoming exhibition to draw attention to Facebook's strict nudity ban.

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Switzerland

Boarding school child abuse trial opens

The trial of a man accused of sexually abusing over 50 children and teenagers in the French-speaking part of Switzerland opens on Monday.

 

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Switzerland

Swiss flight cancelled after pilot reports sick

A Swiss flight connecting Zurich to Sao Paulo was canceled on Saturday because of a short-notice sick pilot. Holidays and new routes mean the airline's staff are thinly spread.

 

Lawmakers push to boost rate of organ donation
Germany

Lawmakers push to boost rate of organ donation

Every person in Germany would be actively asked if they want to be an organ donor under plans being drafted by lawmakers to boost the rate of donation.

Family firms blast Merkel over debt crisis
Germany

Family firms blast Merkel over debt crisis

A coalition of 100 family businesses has issued a “Berlin declaration” slamming the Merkel government’s handling of the debt crisis and demanding that serious debt sinners such as Greece be thrown out of the union.

China backs Lagarde’s bid to head IMF: report
France

China backs Lagarde’s bid to head IMF: report

French finance minister Christine Lagarde received support from the head of China's central bank on Monday in her bid to lead the International Monetary Fund.

Bear sighted in popular Engadine region
Switzerland

Bear sighted in popular Engadine region

A brown bear has been recently spotted in the mountains of the Canton Graubünden, the easternmost region in Switzerland, reports say.

Mystery shrouds Swedish farmer’s death
Sweden

Mystery shrouds Swedish farmer’s death

Police in southern Sweden are pursuing several lines of inquiry after a 53-year-old man was found dead on Friday, only two years after his brother and sister-in-law died in mysterious circumstances.

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France

French soldier shot dead in Afghanistan

A 24-year-old French soldier was killed in action in Afghanistan, France's presidential office said Saturday, marking the 63rd French soldier to be killed there since 2001.

Black Eyed Peas star wows Paris crowd in surprise show
France

Black Eyed Peas star wows Paris crowd in surprise show

US pop star Will.I.Am of The Black Eyed Peas delighted Parisians on Saturday with a surprise concert on a neighbourhood park.

 

Bodenfelde child-killer gets life sentence
Germany

Bodenfelde child-killer gets life sentence

The 26-year-old man who killed two teenagers and cannibalized their bodies in Bodenfelde in Lower Saxony was sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday, with additional preventive detention that means he is likely never to be released.

Lapping up Sweden’s rivers: rafting in the land of the midnight sun
Sweden

Lapping up Sweden’s rivers: rafting in the land of the midnight sun

While Sweden is perhaps better known for its archipelagos and lakes, the country's rivers can also serve up summer fun to thrill seekers and nature lovers alike, The Local’s Karen Holst discovers.

UK sprouts firm rejects French E.coli claims
France

UK sprouts firm rejects French E.coli claims

A British company has distanced itself from a French minister's claims that sprouts ordered from the firm were to blame for a recent E.coli outbreak in France.

China a challenge to German economy, Rösler says
Germany

China a challenge to German economy, Rösler says

As Chancellor Angela Merkel prepared to greet Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Monday, her coalition partner, Free Democrats leader Philipp Rösler, warned China posed a challenge as well as an opportunity to Germany.

Thieves swiping kids’ keys in new home break-in trend
Sweden

Thieves swiping kids’ keys in new home break-in trend

Burglars in Sweden are employing increasingly daring tactics leading up to home break-ins, including sneaking into schools and stealing children's house keys and mobile phones.

Tax cuts only to help FDP, Steinmeier says
Germany

Tax cuts only to help FDP, Steinmeier says

The centre-left opposition accused Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday of trying to push through irresponsible tax cuts purely to give a leg up to her ailing pro-business coalition partners the Free Democratic Party (FDP).

Sweden’s Jacobson snags first US PGA title
Sweden

Sweden’s Jacobson snags first US PGA title

Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson fired a four-under par 66 on Sunday to capture his first US PGA victory, winning the Travelers Championship by one shot over Americans Ryan Moore and John Rollins.

Muller only member left on Saab board
Sweden

Muller only member left on Saab board

Saab CEO Victor Muller is the only member left on the board of directors of the troubled Swedish automaker after the departure of several board members in recent days.

Nervous Germany beats Canada in opener
Germany

Nervous Germany beats Canada in opener

Hosts and defending champions Germany got their women's World Cup campaign off to a flying start on Sunday as they beat Group A rivals Canada 2-1 at Berlin's Olympic Stadium.