We’re breaking up – what are my rights?
Sweden

We’re breaking up – what are my rights?

Ask The Local:I have been in a relationship with a Swedish guy for the past five years and moved here for him three years ago, but unfortunately we are now breaking up. I know nothing about Swedish law and am worried about getting a fair deal with regards to the division of our property etc as we weren't married. What should I expect?

Berlin returns stolen Hebrew manuscript
Germany

Berlin returns stolen Hebrew manuscript

The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation said on Friday the Berlin State Library had returned a rare Hebrew manuscript back to the Beit Ariella library in Tel Aviv.

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Germany

Waning demand for exports fuels recession fears

The amount of goods turned out by German factories fell "strongly" in September as the global slowdown hit demand for products made by the world's top exporter, the government said on Friday.

Former Deutsche Post chief indicted in tax scandal
Germany

Former Deutsche Post chief indicted in tax scandal

German prosecutors said on Friday they had charged the former head of Deutsche Post with tax evasion as part of a huge scandal involving Liechtenstein which blew up in February.

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Sweden

Volvo Cars incurs massive losses

Volvo Cars saw its problems worsen on Friday as the company recorded a third quarter loss of $458 million (3.6 billion kronor).

Porsche reports record profits
Germany

Porsche reports record profits

German luxury sports car maker Porsche posted record annual results Friday on the back of its holding in Europe's biggest car maker Volkswagen but voiced concern about the outlook as growth slows sharply.

Stockholm going out guide: Saturday, Nov 8
Sweden

Stockholm going out guide: Saturday, Nov 8

The Local teams up with Djungeltrumman to help point you in the right direction if you're planning a night out in Stockholm this Saturday.

Report faults Sweden for discrimination
Sweden

Report faults Sweden for discrimination

Swedish minorities face widespread discrimination including a lack of education in their mother tongues, Sweden's ombudsman against ethnic discrimination said on Friday.

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Sweden

Sweden blasts French financial reform plan

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Friday blasted French proposals for overhauling the global financial system, warning that EU leaders were unlikely to agree on them.

Bavarian bishop says sinful Berlin ripe for missionary work
Germany

Bavarian bishop says sinful Berlin ripe for missionary work

A Bavarian Catholic bishop said on Friday that a visit to the German capital by Pope Benedict XVI next year to mark the fall of Berlin Wall could be a good time for the city to reflect on its godlessness.

Resistance mounts to new file sharing law
Sweden

Resistance mounts to new file sharing law

A proposed measure to combat illegal file sharing may subject Sweden’s government to a storm of protests similar to the one generated by the signals intelligence law earlier this year.

Chevy Chase to guest star in Swedish sitcom
Sweden

Chevy Chase to guest star in Swedish sitcom

American comedy legend Chevy Chase will arrive in Sweden this weekend to appear as a guest star on a Swedish television sitcom.

Fashion goes green in Gothenburg
Sweden

Fashion goes green in Gothenburg

As fashion designers grow ever more ecological, even the achingly hip can dress green in all seasons, according to the first in a series of regular articles from Monthly Magazine in Gothenburg.

Bus fire likely caused by technical defect
Germany

Bus fire likely caused by technical defect

A deadly tourist bus fire that killed 20 people this week near Hannover may have been caused by a technical defect and not a cigarette as police initially thought, investigators said on Friday.

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Sweden

Threesome pastor convicted over sex game assault

A Stockholm-area pastor charged with beating his wife during a threesome has been sentenced to probation and counseling, the Metro newspaper reports.

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Sweden

Two shot in Gothenburg drug bust

Two men are being treated in hospital after they were shot by police in Gothenburg on Thursday evening.

Doctors blast bar boob battle
Germany

Doctors blast bar boob battle

German medical professionals expressed outrage on Friday that a night club in the town of Celle is planning to host a competition offering women free breast augmentation in Poland, saying it is irresponsible and risky.

Bavarian doctor jailed for faking pilot health exams
Germany

Bavarian doctor jailed for faking pilot health exams

A 54-year-old Bavarian doctor has been convicted of distributing hundreds of false health certificates to pilots after allowing his secretary to perform the health examinations.

Gävle goat a sitting duck
Sweden

Gävle goat a sitting duck

After a joyous two years of life in protective armour, Sweden's iconic Gävle goat will have to fend for itself this Christmas.

Merkel pledges to work closely with Obama
Germany

Merkel pledges to work closely with Obama

US president-elect Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a phone call to work "closely" on solving the many challenges facing the international community, Berlin said on Friday.

Class divisions less pronounced in Swedes’ internet habits
Sweden

Class divisions less pronounced in Swedes’ internet habits

The average Swede spends 18 hours a week surfing the internet, according to a new report, and students and university graduates are no longer the ones spending the most time in front of a computer screen.

Hesse rival parties agree to vote again in election crisis
Germany

Hesse rival parties agree to vote again in election crisis

Rival political parties in the in the German state of Hesse have agreed to hold a fresh election, possibly in January, after the Social Democratic Party (SPD) failed to form an alliance.

Tokio Hotel wins MTV Europe award
Germany

Tokio Hotel wins MTV Europe award

German glam pop band Tokio Hotel took home the “Best Headliner” award on Thursday night at the 15th annual MTV Europe Music Awards in Liverpool, England.

Man stands trial for attempted Merkel attack
Germany

Man stands trial for attempted Merkel attack

A German man will stand trial on Friday in Berlin for an attempted attack on Chancellor Angela Merkel last year.

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Sweden

Riksbank announces loans to Sweden’s financial sector

The Riksbank said on Thursday it would offer 60 billion kronor ($7.71 billion) in loans to financial firms at an auction on November 10th.

Sweden ill-equipped to defend itself
Sweden

Sweden ill-equipped to defend itself

Defence minister Sten Tolgfors wants Sweden’s Armed Forces to have more units ready for immediate mobilization to defend the country’s borders.