Lufthansa ticketed seven passengers on Spanair flight
Germany

Lufthansa ticketed seven passengers on Spanair flight

Lufthansa said seven people bought tickets through the German carrier for the Spanair flight that crashed on Wednesday at Madrid airport killing many of those on board.

Nobel a likely no-no for Sweden’s king of crime fiction
Sweden

Nobel a likely no-no for Sweden’s king of crime fiction

The most popular work of crime fiction ever published in Sweden is never likely to win a Nobel Prize. But it should, argues Jeanne Rudbeck, who is left spellbound by Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy.

German by choice
Germany

German by choice

In the latest dispatch of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy takes the German conservatives to task over their seemingly backward attitudes toward citizenship.

German CEO pay rose with profits last year
Germany

German CEO pay rose with profits last year

Managers at Germany's biggest companies saw record profits turn into fat pay raises last year, according to a study released this week by a German investors' association.

Catholic priest stripped of leadership for blessing gay union
Germany

Catholic priest stripped of leadership for blessing gay union

A Roman Catholic dean has been removed from his leadership position for blessing a gay marriage, the diocese of Limburg in central Germany announced on Wednesday.

Two Swedes in fatal Madrid plane crash
Sweden

Two Swedes in fatal Madrid plane crash

Two Swedes were among 173 people on board a Spanish tourist plane that crashed in Madrid on Wednesday afternoon.

Berlin calls Russian pullout ‘unsatisfactory’
Germany

Berlin calls Russian pullout ‘unsatisfactory’

Germany called on Russia on Wednesday to stick to its promise to withdraw its troops from Georgia by the weekend, calling troop movements so far "very unsatisfactory."

German fertility rate inches upward
Germany

German fertility rate inches upward

Germany's long-stagnant fertility rate last year was the highest its been since 2000, despite two previous years of decline, the German Statistical Office announced on Wednesday.

German conservatives slammed for ‘racial ideology’ on citizenship
Germany

German conservatives slammed for ‘racial ideology’ on citizenship

A leading parliamentarian for Germany’s Social Democratic Party has criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats for pursuing citizenship rules based on “racial ideology” instead of allowing dual nationality.

Wrestler Abrahamian files official complaint
Sweden

Wrestler Abrahamian files official complaint

Swedish Olympic wrestler Ara Abrahamian has filed an official complaint with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the International Wrestling Federation (FILA).

Germany to block sovereign wealth fund takeovers
Germany

Germany to block sovereign wealth fund takeovers

Berlin on Wednesday to block takeovers of German firms by petrodollar-rich investment vehicles known as sovereign wealth funds if they are deemed to jeopardize national security.

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Sweden

SAS faces headache as Spanair pilots threaten strike

Spanair pilots threatened to strike on Wednesday in protest that the loss-making airline, owned by Nordic carrier SAS, lacked a plan to save itself.

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Sweden

Tattoo thieves indicted for scissors attack

Two men have been indicted for forcefully attempting to cut away a tattoo belonging to a 32-year-old man in Kalmar, south-east Sweden.

Teen murderer gets reduced sentence
Sweden

Teen murderer gets reduced sentence

A 19-year-old man found guilty of murdering a teenage girl in Mora in north-central Sweden has been given nine years instead of ten years in prison.

Swedish teachers fail Holocaust test
Sweden

Swedish teachers fail Holocaust test

Swedish school teachers display glaring inadequacies in their knowledge of Holocaust history, according to a study carried out by the country's Living History Forum.

What’s on in Germany: August 21 – 27
Germany

What’s on in Germany: August 21 – 27

What's on in Germany: August 21 - 27

Gold medal strongman Steiner backs anti-doping fight
Germany

Gold medal strongman Steiner backs anti-doping fight

Amid a tale of personal tragedy and triumph, Germany’s adopted gold medallist strongman Matthias Steiner is backing the sport's efforts to rid itself of doping cheats.

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Sweden

Boom time for Swedish fast food restaurants

Sweden's cafes and fast food restaurants have increased their turnover by almost eight percent during the year's first quarter compared to the same period last year, according to figures from the Swedish Retail Institute (Handelns Utredningsinstitut - HUI).

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Sweden

Credit card ban for Swedish pensioners

Swedish clients over the age of 75 are not eligible for credit cards at the US-owned Citibank in Sweden, Dagens Nyheter reports.

Information on entire German population in circulation
Germany

Information on entire German population in circulation

The head of an independent state privacy protection centre believes the addresses of the entire German population, as well as a growing amount of illegal bank account information, are being used for marketing purposes.

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Sweden

Ericsson in mobile joint venture

Swedish telecoms equipment group Ericsson has announced it is to join forces with semiconductor group STMicroelectronics.

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Sweden

Ibrahimovic set to miss France friendly

Sweden's star strike Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been ruled out of Wednesday's friendly international against France with a knee injury.

14 people ‘spoiled Arboga crime scene’
Sweden

14 people ‘spoiled Arboga crime scene’

The lack of forensic evidence in the high profile Arboga child murder case is a direct result of at least 14 people unwittingly spoiling the crime scene, experts say.

Leipzig switches on Europe’s biggest gaming convention
Germany

Leipzig switches on Europe’s biggest gaming convention

Europe's biggest gaming convention in Leipzig will mark 30 years since "Space Invaders" this week with a homage to the video game classic, as well as 500 exhibitors showing how far the industry has come since then.

SV Lieth wins dirty locker room contest
Germany

SV Lieth wins dirty locker room contest

SV Lieth, a sporting club in the northern German town of Elmshorn, has won a filthy changing room competition sponsored by a cleaning product manufacturer.