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Germany

Steinmeier calls for European jobs pact

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who will challenge German Chancellor Angela Merkel next year, put forward an ambitious set of recipes Thursday to help Europe out of the economic slump.

Lufthansa snaps up Austrian Airlines
Germany

Lufthansa snaps up Austrian Airlines

Austrian Airlines will be sold to German carrier Lufthansa, the Austrian state holding company OeIAG, which has a 41.6-percent stake in the loss-making airline, announced Thursday evening.

Lidl issues scavenger poisoned food apology
Sweden

Lidl issues scavenger poisoned food apology

Discount German supermarket chain Lidl has issued an apology after workers at one of its Swedish stores deliberately poisoned discarded food in a bid to keep homeless people at bay.

The Local – making translation easier
Sweden

The Local – making translation easier

An innovative new service from The Local will allow readers to find the Swedish translation of any word on the site with a simple mouse click.

Lidl apologises for poisoning trashed food
Germany

Lidl apologises for poisoning trashed food

German discount retailer Lidl apologised Thursday after media reports revealed staff at one of its Swedish stores had poured poison on discarded goods to ward off homeless people searching for food.

What’s on in Germany: November 13 – 19
Germany

What’s on in Germany: November 13 – 19

This Week's Highlights: A Japanese festival in Berlin, the Roots play Cologne, and a Hamburg theatre group performs an Oscar Wilde classic.

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Sweden

Twenty years of Christmas gift joy and tears

The unveiling each November of the Christmas Present of the Year has become an institution as Swedish as overconsumption of herring at the seasonal smörgåsbord. Michael Aiossa looks at twenty years of gifts – from the gee whizz of the GPS to the aching disappointment of the bread machine.

O Tannenbaum, your price is so uninviting!
Germany

O Tannenbaum, your price is so uninviting!

Getting into the Christmas spirit will require Germans to dig a bit deeper into their wallets this year. Both Christmas trees and their candles will be more expensive, consumer magazine Guter Rat reported on Thursday.

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Sweden

Sweden to issue more debt as Riksbank stresses crisis’s depth

The Swedish government on Thursday asked the National Debt Office (Riksgälden) to sell as much as 200 billion kronor ($25 billion) in T-bills next year, as the head of the central bank emphasized the severity of the current financial crisis.

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Sweden

School handed dunce’s cap over birthday invitation saga

A primary school in southern Sweden has been given a stern talking to by parliament for confiscating an eight-year-old's birthday invitations after he failed to invite everybody in his class.

Berliner Charité to return Aborigine skulls
Germany

Berliner Charité to return Aborigine skulls

Berlin's Charité hospital has agreed this week to return 18 Aborigine skulls to their native country of Australia, after having them for more than 120 years.

What’s on in Sweden: November 14 – 20
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: November 14 – 20

What's on in Sweden: November 14th – 20th. Ron Sexsmith & DV8 Physical Theatre in Stockholm; Cirkus Cirkör and English farce in Gothenburg; Lambchop and Dirty Pretty Things in Malmö.

Frings left out of squad for England friendly
Germany

Frings left out of squad for England friendly

Rebel midfielder Torsten Frings has not been recalled for next week's friendly against England after Germany coach Joachim Löw announced his squad on Thursday.

Family charged for brutal axe attack against neighbour
Sweden

Family charged for brutal axe attack against neighbour

A father and his five children were charged on Thursday for their involvement in a vicious axe attack against a 47-year-old man last spring near Haparanda in northern Sweden.

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Sweden

Man attacked by bear in northern Sweden

A 39-year-old man has been taken to hospital after he was attacked by a bear outside Bollnäs in northern Sweden.

Woolly rhinoceros lived in Germany earlier than thought
Germany

Woolly rhinoceros lived in Germany earlier than thought

German palaeontologists have found the remains of a 460,000-year-old woolly rhinoceros, proving the prehistoric species migrated from Asia to Europe much earlier than previously thought.

Cops find drunk German with record alcohol level
Germany

Cops find drunk German with record alcohol level

Police in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on Thursday said they were shocked to find a drunk man still alive in a Stralsund garden with record-breaking breath alcohol level of 7.67 per mille.

EU: Swedish bank network ‘tied to terror’
Sweden

EU: Swedish bank network ‘tied to terror’

The European Commission has ordered that the Stockholm-based al Barakaat banking network remain on the United Nation’s list of terrorist organizations, Sveriges Radio reports.

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Sweden

Black & Decker nailed over ‘gender discrimination’ in ad

US power tool maker Black & Decker has received a hammering from a Swedish advertising watchdog for an advert described as "degrading" to women.

The Local’s new translation tool
Sweden

The Local’s new translation tool

Ever find yourself pausing on a word in one of The Local’s articles and wondering what the Swedish equivalent is? Now, the answer is just a mouse-click away.

Malmö nightclub tips: Saturday, Nov 15
Sweden

Malmö nightclub tips: Saturday, Nov 15

Stay in tune with what's happening in Malmö this Saturday with the aid of The Local and club pros Djungeltrumman.

Seven injured in Cologne metro fire
Germany

Seven injured in Cologne metro fire

Seven people were injured late on Wednesday when a fire broke out on a Cologne metro, the fire department reported.

Tilda Swinton to head  Berlin Film Festival jury
Germany

Tilda Swinton to head Berlin Film Festival jury

Coming closer to the German film-event of the year, Berlinale organizers have announced their pick of who will lead the international jury at the 59th Berlin Film Festival in February.

Malmö nightclub tips: Friday, Nov 14
Sweden

Malmö nightclub tips: Friday, Nov 14

Discover the night-time jewels of the city in the south with the aid of recommendations from The Local in association with entertainment guide Djungeltrumman.

Going out in Gothenburg: Saturday, Nov 15
Sweden

Going out in Gothenburg: Saturday, Nov 15

The Local offers some tips for Saturday night following consultation with Djungeltrumman, the people in the know.

Going out in Gothenburg: Friday, Nov 14
Sweden

Going out in Gothenburg: Friday, Nov 14

The Local scales the heights of the Gothenburg club scene with the able assistance of Djungeltrumman's highly skilled sherpas of the night.

Stockholm going out guide: Saturday, Nov 15
Sweden

Stockholm going out guide: Saturday, Nov 15

Brighten up a mid-November Saturday night in Stockholm with a going out guide from The Local in association with Djungeltrumman.

Stockholm going out guide: Friday, Nov 14
Sweden

Stockholm going out guide: Friday, Nov 14

Have a great night out in Stockholm with top tips from the club watchers at Djungeltrumman.

Study shows divorce can be deadly
Germany

Study shows divorce can be deadly

A new German study shows that people who divorce die years sooner than others, putting them in company with smokers, the homeless, and the poorly educated.

Stockholm ranks as fourth most expensive city
Sweden

Stockholm ranks as fourth most expensive city

A new study confirms what Stockholm residents have long suspected: consumer goods in Sweden’s capital city are expensive.

Germany falls into recession
Germany

Germany falls into recession

Germany has officially fallen into recession after the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) on Thursday reported Europe's largest economy contracted in the third quarter.

Give the gift of experience this Christmas
Sweden

Give the gift of experience this Christmas

When Santa Claus comes shimmying down Swedish chimneys this year he will arrive bearing a sack laden with experiences, the Swedish Retail Institute is predicting.

Thousands queue for midnight ‘Warcraft’ game sale
Germany

Thousands queue for midnight ‘Warcraft’ game sale

Thousands of online gaming fans came out to queue outside more than 100 Berlin electronics stores for Thursday’s midnight debut of "World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King."

Cyclist Ullrich swears oath he didn’t dope
Germany

Cyclist Ullrich swears oath he didn’t dope

Former Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich on Wednesday won €340,000 in back pay after denying on oath taking drugs in the early part of 2003 before a German court in Düsseldorf.

New direct flight to connect Gothenburg to New York
Sweden

New direct flight to connect Gothenburg to New York

US airline Delta announced plans on Wednesday to open a new non-stop flight between Gothenburg and New York City in June 2009.

Alshammar sets new swimming world record
Sweden

Alshammar sets new swimming world record

Swedish swimmer Therese Alshammar broke the 50 metre butterfly short course world record in the World Cup meeting in Stockholm on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Scania dodged UN sanctions in Iraq

Swedish government agencies allowed truck maker Scania to ignore United Nations sanctions in order to sell buses and trucks in Iraq in the early 2000s, Sveriges Radio reports.