Steinmeier heads to Mideast for Gaza truce
Germany

Steinmeier heads to Mideast for Gaza truce

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier will travel to the Middle East Wednesday for the second time in a week in a renewed bid to help forge a truce in the Gaza Strip.

Railway ticket machines crash nationwide
Germany

Railway ticket machines crash nationwide

Customers of Germany's national railway operator Deutsche Bahn have been unable to use ticket vending machines after they crashed across the entire country on Wednesday afternoon.

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö
Sweden

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö

La Fleur, one half of the Housewives duo, rolls up her sleeves and travels to Gothenburg to play some records. The Concretes and Peter, Bjorn and John do the same in Stockholm. And US band +/- take a trip to Malmö.

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Germany

Berlin mulls partial Hypo Real Estate nationalisation

The German government is considering partially nationalising distressed mortgage lender Hypo Real Estate (HRE), a spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party told AFP on Wednesday.

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 17
Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 17

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 16
Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 16

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

German diplomat censured for graveside eulogy in Sri Lanka
Germany

German diplomat censured for graveside eulogy in Sri Lanka

A German ambassador has been censured by the Sri Lankan government for holding a eulogy for a murdered newspaper editor critical of the island’s government, the Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday.

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 17
Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 17

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 16
Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 16

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

More Iraqis at risk of losing asylum appeals in Sweden

Most of the thousands of Iraqis waiting for asylum in Sweden will likely have their applications rejected because of improved security conditions in the country.

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 17
Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 17

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 16
Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 16

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Cabinet backs sweeping law punishing terrorist activity
Germany

Cabinet backs sweeping law punishing terrorist activity

The German cabinet on Wednesday backed legislation that makes involvment in terrorist activity – even with no clear intent to carry out an attack - punishable by up to ten years in prison.

Esso and Tchibo stop ad campaign with Nazi slogan
Germany

Esso and Tchibo stop ad campaign with Nazi slogan

Petrol station chain Esso and coffee company Tchibo have stopped an advertising campaign after finding out the slogan also hung above the entrance to a Nazi concentration camp, daily Frankfurter Rundschau reported on Wednesday.

New video reveals clues about motorcycle ‘Ghostrider’
Sweden

New video reveals clues about motorcycle ‘Ghostrider’

Swedish police hope a new video by the famed “Ghostrider” motorcycle driver, known for darting in and out of traffic at speeds nearing 300 kilometres per hour, may lead to his capture.

Bandidos leader gets nine years in jail
Sweden

Bandidos leader gets nine years in jail

The leader of the Bandidos criminal gang, Mehdi Seyyed, has been sentenced to nine years in jail for his part in two 2006 car bombing incidents in Gothenburg.

Merkel calls stimulus plan a ‘difficult decision’
Germany

Merkel calls stimulus plan a ‘difficult decision’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that the decision to adopt the country's biggest postwar economic stimulus programme was her most difficult since taking office.

Deutsche Bank loses nearly €5 billion in Q4
Germany

Deutsche Bank loses nearly €5 billion in Q4

Deutsche Bank, Germany's largest bank, said on Wednesday it expected to incur a massive loss of nearly €5.0 billion in the fourth quarter after market conditions "severely impacted" its sales and trading operations.

China surpasses Germany as world’s third-largest economy
Germany

China surpasses Germany as world’s third-largest economy

China has surpassed Germany to become the world’s third-largest economy, according to new figures released by Beijing on Wednesday.

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Sweden

High honours for Swedish chef’s Paris eatery

Acclaimed Swedish chef Petter Nilsson has picked up high marks for culinary creativity in France's creme-de-la-creme Omnivore 2009 roadie food guide, a listing of 200 restaurants across the country featuring "100 percent young cuisine".

Land mine scare turns out to be bed warmer
Germany

Land mine scare turns out to be bed warmer

A police station in Bochum was evacuated after a woman brought in what she believed to be a land mine she had used as a doorstop for the last decade, authorities said on Wednesday. But the object turned out to be an antique bed warmer.

Are you worried about losing your job in 2009?
Sweden

Are you worried about losing your job in 2009?

As a wave of layoffs descends on Sweden, we ask whether The Local's regular panelists are concerned about finding themselves unemployed.

Karolinska to cut 900 jobs
Sweden

Karolinska to cut 900 jobs

Karolinska University Hospital has announced that 900 jobs will be cut from its facilities in the greater Stockholm region.

Blocket ads worth more than Estonia
Sweden

Blocket ads worth more than Estonia

Business is thriving on Swedish buy-and-sell site Blocket.se as the market for second hand goods soars in the wake of the economic crisis.

Althaus ski crash prompts run on helmets
Germany

Althaus ski crash prompts run on helmets

The fatal ski accident that killed a Slovakian woman and seriously injured Thuringia’s state premier Dieter Althaus has dramatically increased the demand for helmets in recent weeks.

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Sweden

Mystery lottery winner found

Members of a family from Skåne in southern Sweden couldn't believe their luck this week when they returned home from a winter holiday to find they had won the lottery jackpot of more than 110 million kronor ($13.5 million).

German growth slowed sharply in 2008
Germany

German growth slowed sharply in 2008

The German economy slowed sharply last year as exports were hit by the global slowdown and consumption failed to gain ground, the Federal Statistics office said on Wednesday.

Almost half of Germans consider Israel aggressive
Germany

Almost half of Germans consider Israel aggressive

Almost half of Germans believe Israel is an aggressive country, according to a poll released by news magazine Stern on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Air France-KLM eyeing SAS: report

French airline Air France-KLM is considering taking a stake in troubled Scandinavian airline SAS, according to French media reports.

Citizenship test a breeze for immigrants
Germany

Citizenship test a breeze for immigrants

Some 98.9 percent of immigrants applying for German citizenship have passed a controversial new test that went into effect in September 2008, daily Rheinische Post reported on Wednesday.

Swede in Thailand risks death penalty
Sweden

Swede in Thailand risks death penalty

A Swedish man in his forties who was convicted of manslaughter in the killing of a female prostitute in Thailand in 2005 may soon be facing the death penalty.

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Germany

Italian court rules Germany must pay damages in Nazi case

No exemption treaty with Germany can block the damages that Italy's highest court has ordered to be paid to the families of Italian victims of Nazi war crimes during the Second World War, a written judgement said Tuesday.

Sweden to ban mercury
Sweden

Sweden to ban mercury

Mercury is to be banned in Sweden starting June 1st, environment minister Andreas Carlgren has announced.