3 missing after Cologne archive collapses
Germany

3 missing after Cologne archive collapses

Three people were missing after a building housing Cologne's historical archive collapsed into a nearby metro tunnel on Tuesday afternoon.

Althaus fined for negligent homicide
Germany

Althaus fined for negligent homicide

Thuringia’s state premier Dieter Althaus was convicted on Tuesday of negligent homicide and fined €33,300 for a skiing accident leaving one woman dead and him with a severe brain injury on New Year’s Day.

High court kyboshes e-voting
Germany

High court kyboshes e-voting

Germans taking part in the upcoming general election in September will not be able cast their ballots by computer, following a high court ruling on Tuesday that electronic voting machines used in 2005 were unlawful.

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Germany

Auto sales surge on junk car premium

German new car sales leapt by 22 percent in February from the same month a year earlier, mainly owing to a bonus offered to those who turned in old cars, while exports slumped, figures released Tuesday by the sector federation VDA showed.

Record thickness for Sweden’s ozone layer
Sweden

Record thickness for Sweden’s ozone layer

The layer of ozone above Sweden in February reached a thickness not seen in decades, according to the Swedish meteorological institute SMHI.

Explosive growth for Swedish arms exports in 2008
Sweden

Explosive growth for Swedish arms exports in 2008

Swedish arms exports jumped up 32 percent in 2008, with large purchases by five countries accounting for nearly 60 percent of total.

German navy captures pirates off Somalia
Germany

German navy captures pirates off Somalia

The German navy thwarted an attack on cargo ship off the coast of Somalia on Tuesday and capture nine pirates, according to military officials in Berlin.

Filthy Berlin locales named and shamed
Germany

Filthy Berlin locales named and shamed

Berlin’s Pankow district recently began publishing a list of restaurants that violate city health codes online - an initiative that the entire capital city may soon emulate, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Tuesday.

Untangling the role of Swedish banks in Latvia’s financial woes
Sweden

Untangling the role of Swedish banks in Latvia’s financial woes

As economies in the Baltic states falter, The Local’s Juris Kaza looks at why so many observers have placed much of the blame for Latvia’s financial woes on Swedish banks.

‘Taxes still too high in Sweden’
Sweden

‘Taxes still too high in Sweden’

Sweden's government needs to continue lowering taxes if the country is to get to grips with excessive public spending and an eroding work ethic, argues Nima Sanandaji.

Farting underwater creatures release greenhouse gases
Germany

Farting underwater creatures release greenhouse gases

Humans and farm animals were known to emit harmful greenhouse gases through digestion, but German researchers said Tuesday that aquatic worms and bugs are contributing to climate change by farting laughing gas.

Smiling while you eat
Germany

Smiling while you eat

Worried about a fly in your soup? Elvira Drobinski-Weiß, consumer affairs spokeswoman for the centre-left Social Democratic Party, argues a new smiley-face system indicating good hygiene at German restaurants benefits both consumers and the food industry.

GM chief proposes Volvo-Saab merger
Sweden

GM chief proposes Volvo-Saab merger

Senior General Motors executive Bob Lutz has suggested that a solution to the problems faced by Swedish car firms Volvo and Saab would be to merge them.

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Sweden

Danish gang war spills over into Malmö

A Danish gangster has been remanded into custody on suspicion of blackmail by a Malmö court as police fear that a Copenhagen gang war is spilling over onto the southern Swedish city's streets.

Bayer slammed by global downturn
Germany

Bayer slammed by global downturn

The German pharmaceutical and chemicals group Bayer said Tuesday that net profits fell more than 63 percent in 2008 owing to weak results in a high-tech materials unit and because the previous year had been boosted by one-off gains.

Schwarzenegger tells CeBIT fair that only ‘losers whine’
Germany

Schwarzenegger tells CeBIT fair that only ‘losers whine’

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger kicked off the world's biggest high-tech fair in Germany Tuesday after telling crisis-hit executives to stop their "whining" and invest in the future.

Brandenburg cops might get spy-style gyrocopter
Germany

Brandenburg cops might get spy-style gyrocopter

The city of Potsdam in Brandenburg has recommended the purchase of three mini "gyrocopters" for police surveillance use, according to documents obtained by daily Der Tagesspiegel on Tuesday.

Sweden concerned over ‘useless’ flu vaccine stockpiles
Sweden

Sweden concerned over ‘useless’ flu vaccine stockpiles

Tamiflu, the medication used to combat influenza, is useless in large parts of the world. Sweden has meanwhile built up large stocks of the drug.

Defence: file sharing an ‘internet problem’
Sweden

Defence: file sharing an ‘internet problem’

The Pirate Bay's operations are completely legal, the defence counsel representing one of the defendants, Fredrik Neij emphasized in his concluding comments on Tuesday morning.

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Sweden

New beetle species confirmed in Sweden

For the first time in 100 years, a new species of beetle has been confirmed in Sweden.

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Sweden

Newspaper thief claims crossword jackpot

A 64-year-old woman has been arrested in Uppsala in central Sweden on suspicion of theft. The woman stole up to ten newspapers twice a week - to do the crossword.

Google Earth launches 3D Berlin project
Germany

Google Earth launches 3D Berlin project

Berlin is now the first German city that can be viewed in 3-D format on internet program Google Earth, the project’s organiser Berlin Partner GmbH announced.

Opel crisis puts Merkel in a predicament
Germany

Opel crisis puts Merkel in a predicament

General Motors's fight to stay alive is creating a storm in Germany, with the fate of Opel putting Chancellor Angela Merkel between a rock and a hard place six months before elections.

Mysterious night explosion kills two in Munich apartment
Germany

Mysterious night explosion kills two in Munich apartment

Munich police are investigating the cause of an explosion late on Monday night that left two people dead, authorities reported on Tuesday.

Arts college admits error in approving faked psychosis project
Sweden

Arts college admits error in approving faked psychosis project

Sweden's University College of Arts, Craft and Design (Konstfack) plans to introduce new ethics guidelines in the wake of two controversial student art projects.

UK spy probe targeted Swedish actress
Sweden

UK spy probe targeted Swedish actress

The late Swedish actress Mai Zetterling and a world famous US photographer were both trailed by British spy services for fear that the two were communist sympathizers, according to secret files released on Tuesday.