Rats return to Pied Piper’s Hamelin
Germany

Rats return to Pied Piper’s Hamelin

Just ahead of the 725th anniversary of the Pied Piper reputedly banishing a plague of rats from Hamelin, there has been an "explosion" in the German town's rodent population, city officials said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Ryanair CEO in swimsuit protest

Michael O'Leary, CEO of budget airline Ryanair, has criticized a Swedish advertising watchdog for its claims that the company uses naked women as part of its marketing.

Deutsche Bank linked to US tax shelter probe
Germany

Deutsche Bank linked to US tax shelter probe

Deutsche Bank is at the centre of a US investigation into illegal tax shelters - named after cartoon character Homer Simpson - the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Saxony tops new PISA scholastic achievement results
Germany

Saxony tops new PISA scholastic achievement results

German Education Minister Annette Schavan on Tuesday called the results of the latest student assessment testing "encouraging" after Saxony pushed Bavaria from the top spot for scholastic achievement.

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Sweden

Sweden taking in record numbers of immigrants

As the flow of immigrants into Sweden reaches record levels, growing numbers are choosing to live in communities featuring universities rather than in cities traditionally known for their large immigrant populations.

Ikea chief wants to ‘support social causes’
Sweden

Ikea chief wants to ‘support social causes’

Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad has said he is keen to do a lot more to help people in need, according to the Dutch foundation that owns the Swedish furniture giant.

Winter city guides for parents and kids
Sweden

Winter city guides for parents and kids

Whether you preside over a family with kids or have just been lumbered with a bout of babysitting, Jennifer Heape has scoured Sweden’s three largest cities to bring you The Local's guide for child-friendly days out.

Ditching grey Berlin for Fläming red and yellow in Brandenburg
Germany

Ditching grey Berlin for Fläming red and yellow in Brandenburg

Looking for a fun and romantic weekend away from grey Berlin this November, Brett Neely heads to Brandenburg's Hoher Fläming nature park for some beautiful scenery and outdoor activities at an affordable price.

Airline pilots stage strike in Düsseldorf
Germany

Airline pilots stage strike in Düsseldorf

Airline passengers across Germany suffered flight delays and cancellations on Tuesday when pilots’ union Cockpit called limitedstrikes for LTU and dba.

Winter city guides for parents and kids: Stockholm
Sweden

Winter city guides for parents and kids: Stockholm

Jennifer Heape combs the Swedish capital for child-friendly winter activities.

Winter city guides for parents and kids: Gothenburg
Sweden

Winter city guides for parents and kids: Gothenburg

Sweden's second city has plenty of options for families with children this winter, as Jennifer Heape finds out.

Winter city guides for parents and kids: Malmö
Sweden

Winter city guides for parents and kids: Malmö

Jennifer Heape checks out what Malmö has to offer for kids this winter.

Engineer sentenced in deadly Bavarian ice rink accident
Germany

Engineer sentenced in deadly Bavarian ice rink accident

A civil engineer responsible for building an ice rink that collapsed and killed 15 people in Bad Reichenhall almost two years ago has been handed an 18-month suspended sentence for negligent homicide on Tuesday.

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Germany

Police find pig’s head at Jewish cemetery

A pig's head has been found stuck to the entrance gate of a Jewish cemetery in eastern Germany next to a cloth with "six million lies" written on it, police said on Tuesday.

Witches help lift Sweden’s job loss curse
Sweden

Witches help lift Sweden’s job loss curse

An enterprising Swedish company seeking to hire 20 witches has provided a welcome break in the country’s otherwise steady flow of dismal employment news.

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Sweden

Volvo’s IT supplier to cut 350 jobs in Sweden

Volvo IT, which provides its parent Volvo AB with IT services, announced on Monday it would be laying off 350 employees.

Inmate escapes German prison in cardboard box
Germany

Inmate escapes German prison in cardboard box

Authorities in Willich have asked for clues in the escape of a 37-year-old inmate who managed to hide himself in a cardboard box picked up by a delivery truck last week.

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Sweden

Broken window forces emergency landing

An airplane with 63 passengers on board made an emergency landing at Gothenburg’s Landvetter airport on Tuesday morning because of a cracked cockpit window.

Werner Herzog documentary shortlisted for Academy Award
Germany

Werner Herzog documentary shortlisted for Academy Award

German film director Werner Herzog is among the 15 filmmakers who have made next year’s Oscar shortlist for best documentary film, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills has announced.

Opel executives go cap-in-hand to Merkel
Germany

Opel executives go cap-in-hand to Merkel

Desperate executives from German automaker Opel turned to Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday evening for government help in case US parent company General Motors goes bankrupt and leaves it high and dry.

New talent will shine in England friendly
Germany

New talent will shine in England friendly

With both teams top of their World Cup qualifying groups, respective coaches Joachim Löw and Fabio Capello believe Wednesday night's Germany-England friendly here is a chance to put some new talent in the spotlight.

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Sweden

Six injured in bus accident

Six people have been taken to hospital after a bus on its way from Stockholm to Copenhagen collided with a road maintenance truck early on Tuesday morning.

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Germany

Police conduct massive child porn investigation

Law enforcement agencies in Bonn are investigating 563 cases of suspected online child pornography across Germany, daily Bild reported on Tuesday.

Little support for expanding Sweden’s presence in Afghanistan
Sweden

Little support for expanding Sweden’s presence in Afghanistan

Most Swedes do not wish to see an increase in the size of the country’s force in Afghanistan, according to a new study.

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Sweden

Hate crimes plague Södertälje refugees

Muslims and newly arrived refugees in Södertälje, just south of Stockholm, are being subjected to harassment and hate crimes, according to police.