Kings, castles and kitsch: Getting to know the real Bavaria
Germany

Kings, castles and kitsch: Getting to know the real Bavaria

Popular clichés about Bavaria have created lasting impressions of Germany around the world. But Mark Worth takes the time to find out that the former kingdom has more to offer than just men in short leather trousers and beer.

Reward for ‘phantom killer’ reaches record €300,000
Germany

Reward for ‘phantom killer’ reaches record €300,000

The reward for clues leading to the arrest of one of Germany’s most hotly pursued criminals has been doubled to a record €300,000, daily Bild reported on Tuesday.

Mecom sells German media holdings
Germany

Mecom sells German media holdings

British-owned Mecom, publisher of dailies Berliner Zeitung and Hamburger Morgenpost, has sold its German holdings to Cologne-based media group M. DuMont Schauberg just three years after entering the market, the company confirmed on Tuesday in London.

Merkel defends stimulus package
Germany

Merkel defends stimulus package

Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the biggest stimulus package in Germany's post-war history against critics Tuesday, saying it would leave Europe's top economy in better shape than before the crisis.

Group wants Oktoberfest named ‘intangible’ UNESCO site
Germany

Group wants Oktoberfest named ‘intangible’ UNESCO site

The German festival association DSB wants Munich’s Oktoberfest to be added to the UNESCO’s list as an Intangible Cultural Heritage element, daily tz reported on Tuesday.

Thin ice causes spate of skating accidents
Germany

Thin ice causes spate of skating accidents

Frigid temperatures have frozen lakes, canals and rivers across Germany, but authorities are warning ice skaters to stay off of certain bodies of water after one man died and 19 other fell through ice in the state of Bavaria in recent days.

Volvo plans 1,620 layoffs
Sweden

Volvo plans 1,620 layoffs

Volvo Group has given notice to 1,620 workers in Sweden, the company announced on Tuesday afternoon.

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Sweden

Ex-cop convicted of smuggling oil in ancient vessel

A 40-year-old former police officer was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for charges including oil smuggling by a court in Halmstad in western Sweden on Monday

Critics assail German stimulus package
Germany

Critics assail German stimulus package

Germany has thrashed out the biggest stimulus package in its post-war history, but critics dismissed it Tuesday as is too little, too late to shore up Europe's leading economy.

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Sweden

Murder at Örebro psychiatric clinic

A 70-year-old man has been killed at a psychiatric clinic in Örebro in southern Sweden. A 52-year-old fellow patient has been arrested on suspicion of the murder.

Commerzbank secures Dresdner Bank deal
Germany

Commerzbank secures Dresdner Bank deal

Commerzbank, Germany's second biggest bank, has wrapped up its purchase of peer Dresdner Bank, nailing down a risky deal that has taken months to finalise.

Interview with economist Michael Burda: ‘Germany has to do its part’
Germany

Interview with economist Michael Burda: ‘Germany has to do its part’

The German government on Monday night agreed to a €50-billion stimulus package, but will it be enough to bolster Europe’s largest economy? The Local spoke with Prof. Michael Burda, director of the Institute for Economic Theory at Berlin’s Humboldt University.

Veteran and vampires claim top Swedish movie awards
Sweden

Veteran and vampires claim top Swedish movie awards

Jan Troell's Everlasting Moments reaped five 'Golden Beetle' awards at Monday night's domestic film industry awards ceremony. Domestic vampire shocker Let The Right One In also received five awards.

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Sweden

Inflation takes record tumble

Consumer prices fell on average 1.3 percent from November to December, mainly due to a sharp decrease in mortgage costs, new figures from Statistics Sweden (SCB) show.

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Sweden

Jewish burial chapel attacked in Malmö

A burial chapel in the Jewish cemetery in central Malmö was fire bombed early on Tuesday morning. It is the third time the chapel has been attacked in recent weeks, according to a report in Sydsvenska Dagbladet.

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Sweden

Skilled workers set sights on Sweden

IT consultants dominate the ranks of people applying for work permits in Sweden under new legislation passed in December.

Aldi making big push into American market
Germany

Aldi making big push into American market

German discount grocer Aldi plans to open at least 75 stores in the United States in the coming year, hoping to draw traditional Wal-Mart shoppers to even cheaper deals during the economic downturn, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Bavarian interior minister warns against Mannichl gossip
Germany

Bavarian interior minister warns against Mannichl gossip

Bavaria’s Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann has warned against speculation in the case of the alleged neo-Nazi stabbing of Passau police chief Alois Mannichl, daily Passauer Neue Presse reported on Tuesday.

Number of part-time auto workers to soar
Germany

Number of part-time auto workers to soar

The number of auto workers forced to accept reduced hours could rise to as many as 300,000 in the coming months as the financial crisis takes hold in Germany, industry expert Ferdinand Dudenhöffer told daily Bild on Tuesday.

Government settles on huge stimulus package
Germany

Government settles on huge stimulus package

Germany's governing coalition hammered out on Monday the country's biggest economic stimulus package in its post-war history, aimed at heading off a painful recession in the world's number one exporter.

Swedish cows make lousy earthquake detectors: study
Sweden

Swedish cows make lousy earthquake detectors: study

Data gathered during Sweden’s mid-December earthquake shows that cows in Skåne barely noticed the shaking beneath their feet, disappointing researchers who suspected the animals had an innate ability to detect natural disasters.

‘Boycott Israel in Davis Cup’: Social Democrat
Sweden

‘Boycott Israel in Davis Cup’: Social Democrat

A prominent member of Sweden's largest political party likened Israel to apartheid South Africa and Nazi Germany in calling for a boycott of Sweden’s upcoming Davis Cup tennis match against the Middle Eastern country.

Official: Sweden won’t own Saab or Volvo
Sweden

Official: Sweden won’t own Saab or Volvo

After meetings with executives from General Motors and Ford at the Detroit auto show Monday, a Swedish government official reiterated that the state had no intention of buying Saab and Volvo.