Snow replaces May heatwave
Sweden

Snow replaces May heatwave

Meteorological agency SMHI has issued a weather warning for central and northern Sweden, with heavy snowfalls forecast for Thursday night and Friday morning.

Baltic Sea sharks under threat
Germany

Baltic Sea sharks under threat

Overfishing threatens many of the 31 species of sharks that swim in the cold Baltic Sea off the northern German coast, researchers warned on Thursday.

Strikes hit Greece after OTE-Deutsche Telekom deal
Germany

Strikes hit Greece after OTE-Deutsche Telekom deal

Thousands protested and strikes shut down parts of Greece on Thursday after Germany's Deutsche Telekom completed a controversial deal giving it joint management of the country's main telecoms operator.

Webcams: see Sweden in sixty seconds
Sweden

Webcams: see Sweden in sixty seconds

While properly traversing Europe's fourth largest country (when measured by total area) would take weeks—or even months, an easy alternative is taking The Local's virtual tour of Sweden as seen from a series of webcams.

Email scam targets Nordea
Sweden

Email scam targets Nordea

Customers banking with Nordea have been the victims of a new fraud attempt.

Berlin’s ‘Döner King’ to pay €40K in rotten meat case
Germany

Berlin’s ‘Döner King’ to pay €40K in rotten meat case

A Berlin court fined a meatpacking plant owner known as the "Döner King" €40,000 ($62,000) on Thursday for mislabelling and storing four tonnes of rotting meat.

Decision day looms for Löw on German Euro 2008 squad
Germany

Decision day looms for Löw on German Euro 2008 squad

With Germany aiming to reach the pinnacle of European football this summer, head coach Joachim Löw will scale one of the country's highest mountains on Friday to announce his team for next month's European Championship.

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Sweden

Report: Sweden 9th most competitive country

Sweden has maintained its ninth place ranking among the world’s most competitive countries, according to an annual list compiled by the Swiss business school IMD.

What’s on in Germany: May 15 – 21
Germany

What’s on in Germany: May 15 – 21

Sharks threatened by overfishing in Swedish waters
Sweden

Sharks threatened by overfishing in Swedish waters

Continued fishing threatens to kill off several species of sharks from Swedish waters, researchers warn.

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips – May 16 – 18

Where to go out in Gothenburg this weekend? Monthly Magazine has the answers (Click links for more information)

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Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: May 16 – 22

What's on this week in Sweden: Nick Cave in Stockholm, major running event in Gothenburg, musical sailing tour in Malmö.

When scared, Germans reach for salty snacks
Germany

When scared, Germans reach for salty snacks

If inviting Germans over to watch horror movie "Saw," you had better stock up on salty snacks like crisps, according to a study of movie snacking habits released in Munich on Thursday.

‘Sweden can no longer defend itself’
Sweden

‘Sweden can no longer defend itself’

Armed Forces Supreme Commander Håkan Syrén fears that proposed cuts to the military will diminish its capacity to defend Sweden's borders.

Schäuble: Islamists top threat to Germany
Germany

Schäuble: Islamists top threat to Germany

Presenting the government's annual domestic intelligence report, Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble on Thursday said Islamic fundamentalists posed a bigger threat to Germany than neo-Nazis, anarchists or other extremist groups.

Internet dating goes to the movies
Sweden

Internet dating goes to the movies

Internet dating has begun taking its first tentative steps into the offline world. Allegra Grevelius attends a movie dating event and meets everyone from a youngster with a hankering for yummy mummies to older singles looking for love.

Chavez launches new attack on Merkel
Germany

Chavez launches new attack on Merkel

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez launched a fresh attack on German Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying she was "throwing stones" without any provocation.

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Sweden

‘I must have looked threatening in my underpants’

A burglar in Linköping thought he was in luck on Tuesday night when he spotted an open door on a balcony leading to a 79-year-old woman's apartment - but he hadn't reckoned on an encounter with her well-built son.

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Sweden

Sweden’s oldest person dies

Astrid Zachrison, Sweden’s oldest person, passed away on Wednesday night, just shy of what would have been her 113th birthday on Thursday.

Man sets new Swedish drunk driving record
Sweden

Man sets new Swedish drunk driving record

A 22-year-old from Varberg in western Sweden may have arranged his own sad entry in the record books.

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Sweden

Mobile-hating grandpa makes granddaughter’s ears ring

When a grandfather saw his granddaughter talking on a mobile phone while holding her newborn child during a family outing, he became furious.

German economy surprises with robust Q1 growth
Germany

German economy surprises with robust Q1 growth

The German economy got off to a stronger-than-expected start to the year, growing 1.5 percent in the first quarter, preliminary data from the Federal Statistics Office showed on Thursday.

China angered by German visit with Dalai Lama
Germany

China angered by German visit with Dalai Lama

China will officially protest the planned meeting between German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul and the Dalai Lama, according to a newspaper report on Thursday.

Massive blaze breaks out in central Berlin
Germany

Massive blaze breaks out in central Berlin

A massive fire broke out at a paper storage facility on Wednesday evening in central Berlin that firefighters battled to control most of the night.

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Sweden

Free care for illegal immigrants

Migration Minister Tobias Billström hinted that he is open to offering healthcare to immigrants who find themselves in Sweden without proper residence permits.

Tre Kronor ekes out OT win against Czechs
Sweden

Tre Kronor ekes out OT win against Czechs

Mattias Weinhandl scored the game winner in overtime as Sweden beat the Czech Republic 3-2 in the quarter-finals of the World Ice Hockey Championships on Wednesday.