Merkel calls for joint action to stem crisis
Germany

Merkel calls for joint action to stem crisis

Chancellor Angela Merkel called Thursday for urgent coordinated action to ease the impact of the financial crisis on the mainstream economy, but said new jobless data gave a glimmer of hope.

Five arrests in Malmö gang war
Sweden

Five arrests in Malmö gang war

Five people have been arrested in Malmö in connection with an ongoing gang feud in the southern city, local media report.

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Sweden

AstraZeneca sees profits rocket

Anglo-Swedish pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca posted third quarter profits on Thursday up 28.8 percent on the same period last year.

Going out in Gothenburg: Friday, Oct 31
Sweden

Going out in Gothenburg: Friday, Oct 31

Find out what's happening in Gothenburg this Halloween Friday with Djungeltrumman's nightclub recommendations.

Stockholm going out guide: Friday, Oct 31
Sweden

Stockholm going out guide: Friday, Oct 31

Friday night has a Halloween flavour this week. Sample all the scary wares with tips from The Local's club partners Djungeltrumman.

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Sweden

Diarrhea ‘no excuse’ for speeding

A woman from southern Sweden has lost her bid to have a speeding fine overturned on the grounds that she was suffering from diarrhea at the time of the offence.

Physical and sexual abuse affects 40 percent of women
Germany

Physical and sexual abuse affects 40 percent of women

An estimated 40 percent of all German women will be physically or sexually abused in their lifetime, the Robert Koch Institute reported on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: October 30-November 5
Germany

What’s on in Germany: October 30-November 5

This Week's Highlights: Berlin's month of photography, a long night of museums in Cologne, and a guitar festival in Frankfurt.

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Sweden

Crisis prompts spike in financial crime reports

If a recent increase in suspected cases of wrongdoing is any guide, it appears as if perpetrators of financial crimes in Sweden have no plans to let up due to the financial crisis.

Naked man sparks police chopper search
Germany

Naked man sparks police chopper search

Bavarian cops took a naked, half-frozen man into custody on Thursday after several complaints sparked an elaborate hunt involving a police helicopter.

Traffic agency bans reverse oral sex
Sweden

Traffic agency bans reverse oral sex

Officials with Sweden’s Road Administration (Vägverket) have denied a driver’s request for a licence place with what at first glance appears to be a completely innocent combination of characters.

Germany launches first gay TV channel
Germany

Germany launches first gay TV channel

After months of careful preparation, Germans will be able to tune into the country’s first completely gay TV channel on Saturday.

Swedish study: heart attack risk and daylight savings linked
Sweden

Swedish study: heart attack risk and daylight savings linked

Researchers in Sweden have found that the twice yearly ritual of resetting the clock according to daylight savings time can affect one’s chances of suffering a heart attack.

What’s on in Sweden: October 31 – November 6
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: October 31 – November 6

What's on in Sweden: October 31st - November 6th. Keane, US Election Party, and Balkan ecstasy in Stockholm; Nortec Collective and international fashion exhibition in Gothenburg; Aimee Mann in Malmö.

US election watch: The case for McCain
Sweden

US election watch: The case for McCain

As Americans everywhere prepare to go to the polls, Swedish politician Mathias Sundin - who spent a month this summer working as a volunteer for John McCain - explains why he’s rooting for the Republican candidate.

First snow snarls southern traffic
Germany

First snow snarls southern traffic

The first snowfall of the year snarled traffic in the southwestern German state of Baden-Württemberg on Thursday morning.

Berlin inaugurates contemporary art hall
Germany

Berlin inaugurates contemporary art hall

Berlin's new contemporary art hall opened on Wednesday night with an inaugural exhibition by artist Candice Breitz in the heart of the city. The Local’s Kristen Allen was there to check out the hype.

Choc news: Sweden in public display of confection
Sweden

Choc news: Sweden in public display of confection

Cocoa fan Robert La Bua spills the beans on Chokladfabriken's Martin Isaksson, Sweden's master chocolatier.

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Sweden

The Lowdown: Chocolate

Robert La Bua gives us the lowdown on how chocolate works and why English-speakers really struggle to pronounce words with five letters and three syllables.

VW earnings resist economic slump
Germany

VW earnings resist economic slump

German auto giant Volkswagen said on Thursday it has resisted the current economic slump better than rival carmakers in the first nine months of 2008 and that it stood by its outlook for the full year.

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Germany

BASF lowers 2008 earnings targets

BASF, the world's leading chemical group, lowered on Thursday its 2008 earnings targets and voiced concern about a possible recession next year.

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Germany

Retailer Metro warns of slower sales

Metro, the biggest German retailer and number two in Europe, published figures on Thursday showing it had been hit by cautious shopping, and growth slowed in the third quarter.

German unemployment hits 16-year low
Germany

German unemployment hits 16-year low

The number of people unemployed in Germany fell below three million for the first time for 16 years in October, data from the Federal Labour Agency showed on Thursday.

English-language theatre group stages comedy double bill
Sweden

English-language theatre group stages comedy double bill

The Stockholm Players are veteran performers on the Swedish stage. Jennifer Heape meets the group as they put the last preparations in place for the autumn season.

Snow on the way
Sweden

Snow on the way

Much of central and southern Sweden can expect to experience the first snow of the season on Thursday evening, meteorologists say.

Steinbrück expects private banks to ask for state aid
Germany

Steinbrück expects private banks to ask for state aid

A certain number of German banks will apply for state aid in the coming days, including some who had said they would not need it, Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück told the Financial Times Deutschland on Thursday.

Germany mulling tax break for green cars
Germany

Germany mulling tax break for green cars

The German government is reportedly considering temporarily eliminating taxes on low-emission new cars in an attempt to aid the country’s ailing auto industry.

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Sweden

‘One-eye’ defence fails for drunken driver

A Swedish woman stopped by police for driving while intoxicated did her best to get officers to turn a blind eye toward her offence.

Germans back nationalization of key industries
Germany

Germans back nationalization of key industries

A large majority of Germans would back partial nationalizations within strategic sectors to protect them against potential foreign takeovers, a poll published in weekly magazine Stern on Thursday showed.

Swedish commander in line for EU military post
Sweden

Swedish commander in line for EU military post

European defence chiefs agreed on Wednesday to the appointment of Håkan Syrén, Supreme Commander of Sweden’s Armed Forces, to be the new chair of the European Union Military Committee (EUMC).

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Sweden

Banks must pay extra for loans from Swedish state

Sweden's recently approved financial sector support package calls for institutions which borrow money to pay a fee of 0.5 percent of the loans or more, according to details published on Wednesday.