Merkel calls for new global economic order
Germany

Merkel calls for new global economic order

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Friday for a global economic charter to enforce new standards when the world comes out of the financial crisis.

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Sweden

Veolia appeals Stockholm metro contract

A Swedish court has suspended a decision awarding the running of the Stockholm metro to Hong Kong company MTR after French rival Veolia appealed the decision, Veolia said on Friday.

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Sweden

Pawn business booming in Sweden as economy suffers

The economic downtown has created a windfall for one of Sweden's main pawn broker chains, which on Friday reported a 20 percent increase in loans given out last year compared to 2007.

Vonn beats best friend Riesch
Germany

Vonn beats best friend Riesch

American starlet Lindsey Vonn on Friday showed her form in Garmisch-Partenkirchen ahead of the world championships by consolidating her World Cup rankings lead with success in the women's slalom.

Crisis forces Porsche to throttle production
Germany

Crisis forces Porsche to throttle production

German luxury carmaker Porsche on Friday said it would cut production amid crashing turnover due to the global financial crisis.

Military offers proposal on defence cuts
Sweden

Military offers proposal on defence cuts

Sweden’s top military commander on Friday handed over to the government a lengthy report detailing a range of proposed reductions to the country’s armed forces.

Steinbrück aims to crack lottery jackpot as German debt balloons
Germany

Steinbrück aims to crack lottery jackpot as German debt balloons

Desperate times call for desperate measures. As Germany looks set to rack up massive new debt this year, Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück has been spotted casting a hopeful eye at his lottery ticket.

Irate doc to ‘psychotic’ art student: get a haircut
Sweden

Irate doc to ‘psychotic’ art student: get a haircut

The chief physician of the psychiatric ward at a Stockholm hospital has rebuked an art student after she pretended to be psychotic as part of an art project.

Frigid weather headed to Germany from Russia
Germany

Frigid weather headed to Germany from Russia

High pressure system Friederike is blowing icy air toward northeast Europe from Russia, bringing temperatures as low as -13 degrees Celsius (8.5 degrees Fahrenheit) and a chance of snow to Germany this weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Friday.

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Sweden

Government puts off sale of SBAB

The Swedish government announced on Friday it was postponing the sale of state-owned mortgage lender SBAB because of the financial crisis.

World powers to meet in Berlin over Iran’s nuclear programme
Germany

World powers to meet in Berlin over Iran’s nuclear programme

Senior diplomats from six world powers will attempt to convince Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions next week at a meeting in Germany for their first meeting since US President Barack Obama took office, a German official said Friday.

Sweden won’t hasten pipeline approval
Sweden

Sweden won’t hasten pipeline approval

Sweden doesn’t want to be rushed into approving a Russian-German natural gas pipeline project under the Baltic Sea before a careful review of environmental concerns, a minister said Friday.

Officials checking water near Asse nuke facility
Germany

Officials checking water near Asse nuke facility

Germany’s Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) has announced it began checking drinking water for radiation in Kissenbrück near the controversial nuclear waste facility Asse in Lower Saxony this week.

Russians in Sweden: taming a fear of the bear
Sweden

Russians in Sweden: taming a fear of the bear

In the first of a series highlighting different communities in Sweden, The Local’s David Landes takes a look at how the sprawling and complex history of Swedish-Russian relations affects life for Russians living in Sweden today.

Berlin’s corset look: primping the prostitute way
Germany

Berlin’s corset look: primping the prostitute way

With Berlin Fashion Week currently in full swing, Sarah Giblin from Exberliner Magazine examines a style particular to the German capital’s prostitutes: the corset look.

Row breaks out over Rosengård report
Sweden

Row breaks out over Rosengård report

Three academics who demanded to see the source material behind a controversial new report on religious and poltical extremism in the Malmö suburb of Rosengård have been told that the material no longer exists.

Photo special: Berlin Fashion Week
Germany

Photo special: Berlin Fashion Week

Get the skinny on next season's hottest fashion collections from German labels like Hugo Boss, Joop! and Strenesse Blue with The Local's photo gallery special of Berlin Fashion Week.

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Sweden

‘We need to do more for bank sector’: Borg

Finance Minister Anders Borg spoke on Thursday of the need for Sweden to further bolster the banking sector.

Workers find €170,000 in bank safe sent to scrap yard
Germany

Workers find €170,000 in bank safe sent to scrap yard

Workers at a Brandenburg steel plant couldn’t believe their eyes when €170,000 in cash rained from a safe that a bank had sent to be scrapped, daily Henningsdorfer Generalanzeiger reported on Friday.

Virtual world crime increasing
Germany

Virtual world crime increasing

Crime in online virtual worlds is on the rise, according to the Baden-Württemberg state office of criminal investigation (LKA) on Friday.

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Sweden

Metro to stop publishing in Spain

Swedish media company Metro International announced on Thursday that it was shuttering the Spanish version of its free Metro newspaper due to plummeting advertising revenue coupled with the global economic crunch.

Norway to raise toxic Nazi submarine wreck
Germany

Norway to raise toxic Nazi submarine wreck

Norway's government has said it plans to surface a Nazi submarine loaded with mercury that sank off its shores in 1945 that poses an environmental hazard.

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Sweden

Sales force told to use ‘Swedish’ names

Employees with foreign backgrounds working for a telemarketing company in Jönköping in central Sweden claim management encouraged them to change their names in order to increase sales.

Moderates gain as opposition support drops: poll
Sweden

Moderates gain as opposition support drops: poll

The opposition has hit a two year low in voter support, while the Moderate Party has reached heights not seen since the month following Sweden’s last election, according to a new survey.