Berlin vows to combat crisis with Beijing
Germany

Berlin vows to combat crisis with Beijing

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Thursday said the world’s two biggest exporters would work together to help combat the global economic crisis.

Unemployment jumps as economy slides
Germany

Unemployment jumps as economy slides

German unemployment jumped 387,000 to just under 3.5 million in January, as the world economic crisis took its toll on Europe's biggest economy.

Somali pirates seize German tanker
Germany

Somali pirates seize German tanker

Somali pirates hijacked a German gas tanker with 13 Filipino and Indonesian crew members in the Gulf of Aden on Thursday, a Kenyan maritime official said.

Jewish leader breaks with Catholics over Holocaust row
Germany

Jewish leader breaks with Catholics over Holocaust row

The head of Germany's Jewish community said on Thursday she was pulling out of a dialogue with representatives of the Roman Catholic church over a bishop under investigation for denying the Holocaust.

Tempo tissues turn 80
Germany

Tempo tissues turn 80

Tempo, like Kleenex in the US, is the brand name used as the common noun for tissue in Germany. The brand marks its 80th birthday on Thursday, but most people would need a Tempo if they knew the inventor's tragic story.

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Sweden

Volvo applies for massive European loan

Ford-owned Swedish car maker Volvo has applied for a 475 million euro loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Swedish government said on Thursday.

Peanut butter crisis hits US military in Germany
Germany

Peanut butter crisis hits US military in Germany

The US military is conducting a mass recall of peanut butter products from their German and European facilities after Salmonella-tainted foods caused eight deaths and some 500 illnesses across America this week, Europe Regional Medical Command in Heidelberg said on Thursday.

Sweden offers ships to fend off pirates near Somalia
Sweden

Sweden offers ships to fend off pirates near Somalia

Sweden plans to send naval vessels to assist an EU force protecting humanitarian aid from pirates off the coast of Somalia, pending approval by the Riksdag.

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Sweden

New lift for Sweden’s minority languages

The Swedish government has promised to do more to preserve and promote the country’s official minority languages.

Tom Cruise’s honourable mention
Germany

Tom Cruise’s honourable mention

Roger Boyes, Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, explains why Scientologist actors and German politicians could learn something from a suicidal billionaire.

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Sweden

Ericsson to announce 1,000 layoffs

Telecommunications giant Ericsson is set to give notice to 1,000 employees in Sweden later on Thursday, according to news agency TT.

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Sweden

AstraZeneca profits up as more job cuts announced

Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca on Thursday reported 2008 annual net profits were up 9 percent to $6.10 billion, but that the company plans to shed 7,000 more jobs by 2013.

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Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: January 30 – February 5

What's on in Sweden: Rodney Crowell and All That Remains in Stockholm; International Film Festival continues in Gothenburg; Dead Man Walking in Malmö.

Famous lovesick swan goes missing
Germany

Famous lovesick swan goes missing

Petra, a black swan in the northwestern German city of Münster famous for falling in love with a large, swan-shaped paddle boat, has been missing since early January, fans reported this week.

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Sweden

Nordea sold thongs and lingerie

The head office of Sweden's state-owned bank Nordea got its knickers in a twist this week on discovering that the website of its Polish subsidiary was selling thongs and see-through lingerie.

Football fan dies in Dortmund stadium
Germany

Football fan dies in Dortmund stadium

A 21-year-old football fan fell to his death Wednesday evening at Dortmund's famous Westfalen stadium just before a Germany Cup qualifier, police in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia reported.

Rents on the rise in affordable Germany
Germany

Rents on the rise in affordable Germany

More Germans rent their homes than anywhere else in Europe, but it‘s not such an affordable option as it once was, according to a new study released on Thursday by real estate association IVD.

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö
Sweden

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö

Reasons to be cheerful: All the latest weekend club and concert recommendations from The Local’s nightlife partners Djungeltrumman.

What’s on in Germany: January 29 – February 4
Germany

What’s on in Germany: January 29 – February 4

This Week's Highlights: A night of fashion and rock and roll in Berlin, a fairy tale extravaganza in Hamburg, and The Simpsons go under the microscope in Munich.

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 31
Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 31

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 30
Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 30

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 31
Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 31

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 30
Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 30

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 31
Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, Jan 31

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 30
Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, Jan 30

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Deutsche Bahn strike disrupts rail traffic
Germany

Deutsche Bahn strike disrupts rail traffic

Workers for German national rail provider Deutsche Bahn staged a warning strike early on Thursday morning that disrupted train traffic around the country, trade union Transnet reported.

Steinbrück open to ‘bad bank’ to ease toxic investments
Germany

Steinbrück open to ‘bad bank’ to ease toxic investments

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück is open to the establishment of controversial "bad banks" to help out the country’s financial institutions by taking over their risky investments and loans, daily Berliner Zeitung reported on Thursday.

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Sweden

Profits on the rise at Sweden’s H&M

Sweden's cheap'n chic fashion chain H&M on Thursday reported strong profit gains for the fourth quarter, bringing a welcome change to the stream of otherwise gloomy economic news.

Saab hit by new South Africa bribery probe
Sweden

Saab hit by new South Africa bribery probe

A subsidiary of Swedish aerospace company Saab is under investigation for bribery in connection with the 1999 sale of JAS Gripen combat aircraft to South Africa.

German Cup quarter-finalists ready for battle
Germany

German Cup quarter-finalists ready for battle

Bayer Leverkusen, Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg booked their places in the quarter-finals of the German Cup on Wednesday, while second-tier Wehen Wiesbaden sprung a surprise with a 1-0 win at first-division Karlsruhe.

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Sweden

Zetterberg signs landmark contract with Detroit

Swedish star Henrik Zetterberg signed a 12-year multi-million dollar contract with Detroit in a deal that will likely keep him with the Red Wings for the remainder of his career.

Swede places second in prestigious cooking contest
Sweden

Swede places second in prestigious cooking contest

Sweden’s 30-year-old culinary star Jonas Lundgren burnished his reputation and that of his homeland with a second place finish at the 2009 Bocuse d'Or cooking awards on Wednesday.