German Media Roundup: can Opel motor on without GM?
Germany

German Media Roundup: can Opel motor on without GM?

Would German carmaker Opel be better off without its troubled US parent General Motors? German newspapers in The Local’s media roundup aren’t so sure.

GM reportedly considering axeing three Opel factories in Europe
Germany

GM reportedly considering axeing three Opel factories in Europe

Ailing US auto maker General Motors is reportedly poised to close or sell three European factories from its German unit Opel – but state officials in Germany are still hoping to split the two companies.

ABBA star blasts ‘stingy’ file sharers
Sweden

ABBA star blasts ‘stingy’ file sharers

ABBA star Björn Ulvaeus has launched a stinging broadside at advocates of internet piracy.

Steinmeier makes surprise visit to Iraq
Germany

Steinmeier makes surprise visit to Iraq

German Foreign Minister Frank Steinmeier made a surprise trip to Iraq on Tuesday - the first such visit for more than 20 years.

Friesland health office discovers Nazi-era eugenics records
Germany

Friesland health office discovers Nazi-era eugenics records

Friesland county health department officials have discovered seven cardboard boxes full of Nazi files on cases of forced sterilisation in a Jever office attic, administration director Jochen Meier told The Local on Tuesday.

Attack sparks fear of rising neo-Nazi violence
Germany

Attack sparks fear of rising neo-Nazi violence

A vicious attack at a motorway rest stop after a huge neo-Nazi march in Dresden last weekend has sparked alarm across Germany. As David Wroe reports, some believe the country’s far-right scene is undergoing a dangerous transformation.

US embassy ‘bomb’ was Statue of Liberty
Sweden

US embassy ‘bomb’ was Statue of Liberty

A suspected bomb discovered outside of the US embassy in Stockholm on Tuesday turned out to be a Statue of Liberty souvenir.

A quickie with… Ben Kersley
Sweden

A quickie with… Ben Kersley

Englishman Ben Kersley is billed as Sweden's only Swenglish stand-up comedian. The Local catches up with him as he prepares to perform two shows in Stockholm this weekend.

Toymaker Brio facing financial train wreck
Sweden

Toymaker Brio facing financial train wreck

Swedish wooden toymaker Brio, famous for its small, multicoloured train sets, is teetering on bankruptcy, the company announced on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Krona’s slide sparks exchange rate debate

The Swedish krona has continued its slide against major world currencies as a Riksbank official raised the prospect on Tuesday of zero interest rates and "exchange rate targets" to stimulate the economy.

Daimler warns rough ride ahead in 2009
Germany

Daimler warns rough ride ahead in 2009

German luxury automaker Daimler warned Tuesday it could suffer a significant fall in sales this year after posting a sharp drop in 2008 profit.

Pirate Bay prosecutor amends charges
Sweden

Pirate Bay prosecutor amends charges

Håkan Roswall, the prosecutor in the trial of the men behind the popular file sharing site The Pirate Bay surprised a Stockholm court by amending the charges as the trial entered its second day on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Police to investigate Swedish sex offender website

Following a slew of protests from the general public, Sweden's Data Inspection Board has reported a website that names and shames convicted sex offenders, to the police.

Malmö man freed from terror financing charges
Sweden

Malmö man freed from terror financing charges

A Malmö court has acquitted the head of the al-Aqsa Foundation in Sweden on charges that he used funds from the charity to support Hamas.

McDonald’s hopeful Germans will opt for cheap eats in recession
Germany

McDonald’s hopeful Germans will opt for cheap eats in recession

Fast food chain McDonald’s is banking on increased sales and adding some 2,000 new jobs in Germany in 2009 as customers look for cheaper nourishment amid a stark recession.

German woman rescued from New Zealand ‘horror house’
Germany

German woman rescued from New Zealand ‘horror house’

A Leipzig woman flew to New Zealand hoping to find love with a 33-year-old PhD student she had met online, but found an old man living in a “horror house” instead, New Zealand paper Otago Daily Times reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Autistic woman attacks boy in Gothenburg

A 30-year-old woman suffering from autism attacked a five-year-old boy while on a walk with caregivers in Gothenburg on Monday. The woman is being held on suspicion of attempted murder.

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Sweden

Swedish woman receives own death certificate in the post

A woman suffering from cancer has received some shocking news from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) - a letter informing her that she had been declared dead.

Twin KaDeWe robbery suspects headed to Berlin jail
Germany

Twin KaDeWe robbery suspects headed to Berlin jail

The twin brother suspects in the KaDeWe jewellery heist will be brought to Berlin on Tuesday where they will be held and interrogated, one of their lawyers told daily Berliner Zeitung.

‘Porn king’ nailed with whopping tax bill
Sweden

‘Porn king’ nailed with whopping tax bill

Berth Milton, head of the Private Media Group adult entertainment empire, has been hit with an 865 million kronor ($100 million) tax bill following a Swedish court judgment.

Roads dangerous with more snow on the way
Germany

Roads dangerous with more snow on the way

Motorists in Germany had to contend with snow and wintry driving conditions on Tuesday morning, as meteorologists forecast up to 40 centimetres of snow in some areas.

Germans look for love on the ‘Flirt Express’ speed dating train
Germany

Germans look for love on the ‘Flirt Express’ speed dating train

Not put off by the bad luck omens, 60 German singles gathered on Friday the 13th on platform 13 in Berlin's Potsdamer Platz station for a Valentine's Eve speed-dating party with a difference, AFP's Richard Carter reports.

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Sweden

Disturbances hit Stockholm suburb

Police responded on Monday night to several reports of a brawl involving 40 to 50 young people in Tensta north of Stockholm.

Moderates want tougher immigration rules
Sweden

Moderates want tougher immigration rules

Naturalized Swedes who received their citizenship under false pretenses could have their Swedish passports revoked, according Migration Minister Tobias Billström.