Deutsche Bahn to recall part of ICE train fleet
Germany

Deutsche Bahn to recall part of ICE train fleet

German national railway operator Deutsche Bahn plans to recall part of its high-speed ICE train fleet this Saturday because the manufacturers have not provided reliable guarantees for axles which have caused concern since a derailment in Cologne this July and another in Hamburg this week.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Smoke-filled SAS plane in emergency landing

A Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) plane bound for Arlanda Airport made an emergency landing in Västerås in central Sweden on Friday after the aircraft filled up with smoke.

Hitler’s favourite meal stinks up Belgian cooking show
Germany

Hitler’s favourite meal stinks up Belgian cooking show

Belgians next week will discover the culinary secrets behind trout in butter sauce, as a television cooking show focuses on Adolf Hitler's "favourite meal" in a controversial programming choice.

Seven-year-old runs amok in stolen go-kart
Germany

Seven-year-old runs amok in stolen go-kart

A seven-year-old from Lower Saxony went on a shoplifting spree Thursday, stealing several hundred euros in toys from various stores. His getaway vehicle of choice: A stolen go-kart.

SAD: You can beat the winter blues
Sweden

SAD: You can beat the winter blues

In a country famed for its long winter days, the impending darkness is a source of widespread grumbling. However, for some inhabitants, the short daylight hours are a cause for serious concern, as Jennifer Heape investigates.

Germany rejects ‘naked’ airport security scanner
Germany

Germany rejects ‘naked’ airport security scanner

The German government on Friday rejected the European Commission’s plan to allow so-called backscatter x-ray security scanners at airports.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Downshift in Scania orders sends shares plummeting

Swedish truckmaker Scania said Friday that orders had plunged because of the financial crisis but that it had made slim rise in third-quarter profits.

Eighteenth century Swedish king drew penises in diary
Sweden

Eighteenth century Swedish king drew penises in diary

A private Swedish collector has revealed that the private diaries of King Karl XIII contain a number of previously undisclosed details, including small illustrations of the male reproductive organ.

Kandinsky retrospective kicks off world tour in Munich
Germany

Kandinsky retrospective kicks off world tour in Munich

A major retrospective of artworks by Wassily Kandinsky kicks off in Munich on Saturday as part of a world tour almost as peripatetic as the Russian-born modernist artist himself.

One-third of Swedes want to live in gated communities: study
Sweden

One-third of Swedes want to live in gated communities: study

One in three Swedes wants to live in a gated community which prohibits unauthorized people from entering, a new study shows.

Volkswagen to cut output
Germany

Volkswagen to cut output

German auto giant Volkswagen will cut output to deal with effects of the financial and economic crises but denied Friday that it would eliminate 25,000 jobs and confirmed its 2008 sales targets.

Swedes cool towards ethnic diversity
Sweden

Swedes cool towards ethnic diversity

Greater numbers of Swedes are expressing hostility towards ethnic diversity, according to a new study.

Drunk fined €2,400 for swiping sausage in Cologne
Germany

Drunk fined €2,400 for swiping sausage in Cologne

A Cologne district court on Friday fined a man €2,400 ($3,076) for stealing 100 grammes of pork sausage from a supermarket in a drunken fit of hunger.

DAX and euro slide to new lows
Germany

DAX and euro slide to new lows

Stocks and the euro were battered on Friday, as Germany’s leading stock index the DAX hit a three-year low in early trading and the single currency dipped to the lowest point this year against the US dollar.

‘Cannibal from Rotenburg’ loses appeal
Germany

‘Cannibal from Rotenburg’ loses appeal

Armin Meiwes, known as the "Cannibal from Rotenburg" for castrating, butchering and eating a Berlin man in 2001, has lost his final appeal to Germany's highest court for a murder conviction.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

US agents helped unmask Swedish credit card swindler

Assistance from the US Secret Service led to the indictment on Thursday of a Swedish man suspected of involvement in the ShadowCrew cybercrime network.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Volvo trucks profits on downhill roll

Volvo trucks took a major stock market hit on Friday morning on news that third quarter profits were down 35.5 percent on last year.

Stock exchange down five percent
Sweden

Stock exchange down five percent

The Stockholm stock exchange took a tumble in early trading on Friday, with the OMXS index dropping 5 percent by 9.15am. Shares in Volvo shed 19 percent of their value.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Supreme Court: secret sex films not ‘molestation’

Sweden’s Supreme Court (Högsta domstolen) has ruled that secretly filming someone having sex does not constitute molestation.

China’s Hu labels ties with Germany ‘good’
Germany

China’s Hu labels ties with Germany ‘good’

Chinese President Hu Jintao on Friday told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that relations were "good," indicating the two sides had patched up a row over the Dalai Lama.

Doctor charged for reusing dirty needles
Germany

Doctor charged for reusing dirty needles

Some 1,800 people in the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg have reportedly been told to be tested for HIV after police discovered their doctor had been reusing needles in her practice.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Swedish consumption hit record levels in 2007

Household consumption in Sweden rose by a record seven percent in 2007, reaching an all-time high, while the gap between rich and poor expanded to new levels, Statistics Sweden said on Thursday.

Sweden proposes law against hooliganism
Sweden

Sweden proposes law against hooliganism

Sweden plans to combat on hooliganism with a new law allowing police to ban troublemakers from stadiums and making it illegal to storm the pitch, throw objects and light firecrackers, the government said on Thursday.