Saab completes Kockums shipyard deal
Sweden

Saab completes Kockums shipyard deal

Swedish defence giant Saab has completed its acquisition of the German owned submarine shipyard for 340 million kronor ($50.4 million) the company announced in a statement late Sunday night.

Dog thrown from van in Horsching
Austria

Dog thrown from van in Horsching

Two unknown men threw a dog out of their car on Sunday morning in Horsching, in the district of Linz in Upper Austria.

Danes want Swedes to break ‘spiral of silence’
Denmark

Danes want Swedes to break ‘spiral of silence’

A new Danish radio programme hopes to get Swedes talking about taboo subjects. The Local spoke with host Mikael Jalving about the cultural divide between Denmark and Sweden when it comes to discussing social issues.

Fischer to visit Estonia and Latvia
Austria

Fischer to visit Estonia and Latvia

Austrian President Heinz Fischer is due to start a three-day trip (June 30 to July 2) to Estonia and Latvia with his wife, Margit.

Data storage restricted in Austria by ECJ ruling
Austria

Data storage restricted in Austria by ECJ ruling

The right of individuals to maintain privacy was held as more important than a state's convenience in fighting crime, based on a ruling from the European Court of Justice.

Germany to push for economic reforms in G7
Germany

Germany to push for economic reforms in G7

Germany wants to promote structural economic, financial market and tax reform when it takes over the presidency of the G7 club of rich nations next week, German media reported on Sunday.

Game of Thrones sparks Swede baby name trend
Sweden

Game of Thrones sparks Swede baby name trend

The hit show has inspired swarms of new parents in Sweden to name their babies after characters featured in the HBO series according to new statistics.

Hundertwasser’s last project blocked
Austria

Hundertwasser’s last project blocked

One of Austria's most famous contemporary artists and architects, the late Friedensreich Hundertwasser, could have been honoured one last time with the construction of his last design, but the New Zealand town considering it has voted against funding.

Löfven promises dole payouts shake-up
Sweden

Löfven promises dole payouts shake-up

Social Democrat leader Stefan Löfven has promised to raise the ceiling for unemployment insurance payments and hinted at changes to paternity leave if he wins September's election.

Tired Pope Francis back at work with a smile
Italy

Tired Pope Francis back at work with a smile

Pope Francis returned from a brief respite on Saturday, receiving the Madagascan president and delegates from the Orthodox Church after a "sudden indisposition" forced him to cancel a visit a day earlier.

Evra fights his way out of French sin bin
France

Evra fights his way out of French sin bin

The Manchester United defender is enjoying an international renaissance at World Cup 2014, four years on from his pivotal role when French players went on strike in South Africa.

Germans reject talk of Algerian ‘revenge’
Germany

Germans reject talk of Algerian ‘revenge’

Germany coach Joachim Löw insists the settling of a 32-year-old World Cup score should not be a motivator for Algeria in Monday's last 16 clash at Brazil 2014.

Poker pro found dead in Slovenia
Germany

Poker pro found dead in Slovenia

The body of German professional poker player Johannes Strassmann, who had been missing for six days, has been found in a river in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, police said on Saturday.

Cop rapped for using dating site at work
Sweden

Cop rapped for using dating site at work

A police officer in southern Sweden had his pay deducted after it emerged that he visited a dating site over 3,500 times whilst on the job.

Injury ends World Cup for Swiss football star
Switzerland

Injury ends World Cup for Swiss football star

Switzerland forward Mario Gavranovic is heading home from the World Cup after tearing his cruciate knee ligament in training, his federation (ASF) said on Saturday.

Italian port ups security for weapons transfer
Italy

Italian port ups security for weapons transfer

The southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro stepped up security measures on Saturday ahead of the final transfer of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal next week.

Bank chief warns of ‘severe’ punishment
France

Bank chief warns of ‘severe’ punishment

The head of BNP Paribas has conceded the bank will be "punished severely" ahead of what is expected to be a multi-billion dollar fine for breaching US economic sanctions.

Merkel praises would-be Hitler assassins
Germany

Merkel praises would-be Hitler assassins

Chancellor Angela Merkel paid tribute on Saturday to the army officers who attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler towards the end of the World War II.