Early end to season for German herring fishermen
Germany

Early end to season for German herring fishermen

Many of northeastern Germany’s coastal herring fishermen will be forced to return to port early this year. An EU reduction in the catch quota means many crews have already reached their limit, fishery groups said on Wednesday.

McDonald’s in Swedish strip club dispute
Sweden

McDonald’s in Swedish strip club dispute

Hamburger chain McDonald's has reacted with ire to a new neon sign outside a Swedish strip club in southern Sweden.

Metro construction to continue near collapsed Cologne archives
Germany

Metro construction to continue near collapsed Cologne archives

Four weeks after the collapse of the Cologne’s historical archive, construction on the controversial north-south Stadtbahn, the underground metro believed to be the cause of the accident, is set to resume.

Publishers begin hunt for Swedish file sharers
Sweden

Publishers begin hunt for Swedish file sharers

With the new anti-file-sharing IPRED law fresh on Sweden's law books, five book publishers have applied to the courts to trace a suspected illegal file sharer.

Scrapping bonus exceeds allotted €1.5 billion budget
Germany

Scrapping bonus exceeds allotted €1.5 billion budget

The €1.5 billion allotted for the German Abwrackprämie, or scrapping premium, has been spent, according to of the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (Bafa) on Wednesday.

Säpo to investigate chicken glass mystery
Sweden

Säpo to investigate chicken glass mystery

Sweden's security police (Säpo) have been called in to assist the National Investigation Department (Rikskriminalen) in its investigation into a slew of recent incidents involving glass in chicken products.

Steinbrück says crisis will take years to overcome
Germany

Steinbrück says crisis will take years to overcome

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück fears that the country will take years to recover from the financial crisis, German weekly magazine Stern reported today.

Merkel says G20 can’t afford inaction on global economy
Germany

Merkel says G20 can’t afford inaction on global economy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday she was confident that leaders at a G20 summit in London would take action, saying they could not afford to "stick their heads in the sand."

Dog poo biofuel to power Berlin buses
Germany

Dog poo biofuel to power Berlin buses

The city of Berlin announced on Wednesday plans for a large-scale urban dog waste composting pilot programme to deal with the growing health hazard posed by lazy dog owners who refuse to clean up after their pets.

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Sweden

Swedish media enjoy April Fool jokes

The royal wedding, doggie doo DNA and a confession from Alfie Atkins' secret friend, as well as The Local's own Japanese girl band, were among the traditional April Fool's Day hoaxes in the Swedish media on Wednesday.

Mystery Malmö loverboy tops Japanese charts
Sweden

Mystery Malmö loverboy tops Japanese charts

A catchy hit inspired by a lovestruck Tokyo girl’s new life in Malmö has soared to the top of the charts in Japan, as a wave of Swedish influences washes over the country's musical landscape.

Germany and France want tougher G20 stance on tax havens
Germany

Germany and France want tougher G20 stance on tax havens

President Nicolas Sarkozy insisted on Wednesday that G20 leaders must use their London summit to crack down on tax havens, warning Paris and Berlin are not happy with current drafts for an accord.

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Sweden

Church delays decision on pastor’s teen love affair

The future of a female Church of Sweden pastor is in the balance following revelations that she had a love affair with a 15-year-old confirmation candidate.

Man’s welfare benefits reduced due to street magazine sales
Germany

Man’s welfare benefits reduced due to street magazine sales

Göttingen’s social welfare bureau has reduced a man’s welfare benefits due to meagre profit from sales of the German street magazine Tagessatz, the Göttinger Tageblatt reported on Wednesday.

Borg forecasts mass unemployment
Sweden

Borg forecasts mass unemployment

Sweden's finance minister Anders Borg has predicted that the country's unemployment rate will hit 12 percent in 2011.

Borg forecasts mass unemployment
Sweden

Borg forecasts mass unemployment

Sweden Finance Minister Anders Borg has predicted that the country's unemployment rate will hit 12 percent in 2011.

Steelworkers union reaches an agreement in wage dispute
Germany

Steelworkers union reaches an agreement in wage dispute

Steelworkers union and their employers agreed to a two percent wage increase and a €350 one-time payment for workers in a second round of negotiations in Düsseldorf late Tuesday night, according to a spokesperson for industry labour union IG Metall.

Arboga murderer: ‘Sweden not governed by law’
Sweden

Arboga murderer: ‘Sweden not governed by law’

Christine Schürrer, the German woman found guilty of murdering two children in Arboga, has complained about her trial and claims that Sweden has no right to consider itself a state governed by law.

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Sweden

‘You couldn’t hope for a better presidency’

In a time of severe economic crisis, the European Union is fortunate to have Sweden taking up the presidential reins this summer, British Ambassador to Sweden Andrew Mitchell tells The Local's James Savage.

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Sweden

Gang leader studies fraud law in prison

While imprisoned for serious drugs offences, Andreas Olsson, the leader of the Bandidos organized crime gang in Stockholm, has been studying courses in financial criminal law at the taxpayer's expense.

Ten postal workers injured by blue chemical powder
Germany

Ten postal workers injured by blue chemical powder

Ten Augsburg postal workers were injured on the job by a mysterious blue powder on Tuesday evening. Bavarian police evacuated the building and then found a similar powder on a nearby street.

Famed Nefertiti bust got a major makeover
Germany

Famed Nefertiti bust got a major makeover

German researchers said this week that they have uncovered a second, hidden face within one of ancient Egypt's most treasured artefacts, the bust of legendary beauty Queen Nefertiti.

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Sweden

Swedish banks pay out billions in bonuses

Sweden's main banks, some of which have requested state assistance to help cover substantial losses, have rewarded employees for their performance in 2008 with a total of 5.7 billion kronor ($690 million) in bonuses.

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Sweden

Sweden aids US over North Korea journalists

Swedish diplomats in Pyongyang are continuing their efforts to help secure the release of two US journalists being held by North Korea.