Television newsman Jarl Alfredius dies
Sweden

Television newsman Jarl Alfredius dies

Popular Swedish television news anchor Jarl Alfredius has died at the age of 66.

VW worker collapses on hunger strike for more hours
Germany

VW worker collapses on hunger strike for more hours

A Volkswagen temporary worker on a hunger strike for a contract extension at the firm’s Hannover plant collapsed and was taken to a local hospital on Tuesday.

T-Mobile blocks Skype for German iPhones
Germany

T-Mobile blocks Skype for German iPhones

German telecommunications giant T-Mobile will not allow their customers to use the new Skype application for the iPhone, the company told The Local on Tuesday.

Study shows pharmacies hand out drugs without prescriptions
Germany

Study shows pharmacies hand out drugs without prescriptions

In a country where people can’t buy aspirin or even rubbing alcohol at the grocery store, a new survey released on Tuesday shows that Germany’s pharmacies are rather lax when it comes to handing out prescription drugs.

‘Ferrari Swede’ arrested in Stockholm
Sweden

‘Ferrari Swede’ arrested in Stockholm

Stefan Eriksson, the reputed Swedish gangster who made global headlines when he crashed an exclusive Ferrari in Malibu, California in 2006, was arrested in Stockholm on Monday on suspicions of blackmail and other crimes.

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Sweden

GM deadline puts pressure on Saab

Washington's decision to hand General Motors a new deadline to reach viability and to demand it sack its chief executive could put more pressure on the company's beleaguered Swedish subsidiary Saab, analysts said on Tuesday.

German unemployment increased in March
Germany

German unemployment increased in March

German unemployment edged up to 8.6 percent of the workforce in March from 8.5 percent one month earlier, raw figures released on Tuesday by the national labour office showed.

VW unveils new Indian plant
Germany

VW unveils new Indian plant

Europe's largest car-maker Volkswagen on Tuesday opened a new plant in western India, which it hopes will eventually roll out 110,000 vehicles a year for the growing domestic market.

Muslim group: ‘Make halal slaughter legal’
Sweden

Muslim group: ‘Make halal slaughter legal’

The Muslim Association of Sweden (SMF) has renewed calls for the legalization of religious slaughter practices such as kosher and halal.

Staying safe in the Swedish sun
Sweden

Staying safe in the Swedish sun

With sunny weather just around the corner (fingers firmly crossed), The Local's Stuart Roberts gets some valuable safe sunbathing tips from a prominent Swedish cancer expert.

Cancer expert blasts blood clot study
Sweden

Cancer expert blasts blood clot study

Claims made in a recently published Swedish study into the health benefits of suntanning have been dismissed as dangerous speculation by one of Sweden’s leading cancer researchers.

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Sweden

Poodle owner mauled by police dog

A 66-year-old woman is seeking damages after she was badly bitten by a police dog while out for a walk in Växjö in southern Sweden.

Cologne offices raided in archive collapse investigation
Germany

Cologne offices raided in archive collapse investigation

One month after the collapse of Cologne’s historical archive, the state prosecutor on Tuesday ordered the raid of 40 local offices in the city’s investigation of the incident.

Thousands of jobs cut in Frankfurt banking merger
Germany

Thousands of jobs cut in Frankfurt banking merger

The integration of the headquarters of Commerzbank and Dresdner Bank in Frankfurt will result in the loss of approximately 2,200 full-time jobs in the city, the company announced on Tuesday.

Neo-Nazi youth organisation banned
Germany

Neo-Nazi youth organisation banned

German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble banned neo-Nazi youth group the Heimattreue Deutsche Jugend (HDJ) on Tuesday as police staged early morning raids at member homes in several states.

‘Economic crisis as bad as the 1990s’: report
Sweden

‘Economic crisis as bad as the 1990s’: report

The Swedish economy will deteriorate sharply this year. GDP will drop by 3.9 percent and 250,000 jobs will disappear by the end of 2010, according to a new report by the National Institute of Economic Research (KI), published on Tuesday.

Germany files charges in latest Somali pirate case
Germany

Germany files charges in latest Somali pirate case

The German government has filed charges against seven alleged Somali pirates who attacked a German ship this week, according to the country’s defence ministry on Tuesday.

Glass turns up in restaurant chicken
Sweden

Glass turns up in restaurant chicken

A man in Piteå in the far north of Sweden is the latest to find traces of glass in his chicken, while eating lunch at a local restaurant on Monday.

Germany must do more for NATO
Germany

Germany must do more for NATO

On the eve of the NATO’s 60th anniversary summit this week, Dr. Henning Riecke from the German Council on Foreign Relations argues Berlin must make a greater commitment to the transatlantic alliance.

Porsche profits increase dramatically
Germany

Porsche profits increase dramatically

German luxury car maker Porsche said Tuesday that its first-half profit leapt fourfold owing to its stake in Volkswagen, but that auto sales were down and it could not give a full-year forecast.

Sweden invests in parental support
Sweden

Sweden invests in parental support

Sweden is to invest in the expansion of resources offering support to parents, public health minister Maria Larsson announced in an opinion article in Dagens Nyheter on Tuesday.

Nazi concentration camp survivors testify in Spanish trial
Germany

Nazi concentration camp survivors testify in Spanish trial

Two Spaniards who survived a Nazi concentration camp have appeared as witnesses in a suit filed against four men who allegedly worked as camp guards, judicial sources said.

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Sweden

Teacher taped young boy’s mouth shut

A pre-school teacher in Sweden has been reported to police for taping a six-year-old’s mouth shut after he refused to be quiet.

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Sweden

Molestation charges for face-licking bus driver

A bus driver in Falun in central Sweden has been charged for licking the faces of young girls while on duty.

Swede visits Americans held in North Korea
Sweden

Swede visits Americans held in North Korea

Sweden’s foreign ministry and the US State Department confirmed on Monday that a Swedish envoy acting on behalf of the United States has met with two American journalists being held in North Korea.