Eriksson fired from Mexico job
Sweden

Eriksson fired from Mexico job

Sven-Göran Eriksson has been sacked from his position as coach of the Mexican national team following defeat to Honduras in a World Cup qualifier.

Germany and France brace for NATO protests
Germany

Germany and France brace for NATO protests

The French city of Strasbourg and neighbours Kehl and Baden Baden in Germany are bracing for turbulence as 25,000 police assemble to face huge protests during a NATO summit opening Friday.

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö
Sweden

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö

Longer evenings, more clement weather and clubs aplenty. Spring into action with our weekend going out guide: The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, April 4

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, April 3

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, April 4

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Missing person’s bones found hanging in tree 29 years later
Germany

Missing person’s bones found hanging in tree 29 years later

Bavarian police said on Thursday they have likely identified the bones found hanging more than 30 feet up a tree as those of a man who left a suicide note almost three decades ago and hasn’t been seen since.

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Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, April 3

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, April 4

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, April 3

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

March car sales up by 40 percent after scrapping premium ‘frenzy’
Germany

March car sales up by 40 percent after scrapping premium ‘frenzy’

German auto sales shot up 40 percent in March compared with the same month in 2008 in what analysts on Thursday called a "shopping frenzy" that will lighten the recession in Europe's top economy.

K+S buys America’s Morton Salt for €1.266 billion
Germany

K+S buys America’s Morton Salt for €1.266 billion

Fertilizer producer K+S is now the world’s largest salt producer after buying America’s Morton Salt in a billion-euro sale, the company confirmed on Thursday.

Longer jail terms for axe attack family
Sweden

Longer jail terms for axe attack family

Members of the family convicted for involvement in a vicious axe attack in a village outside of Haparanda in the far north of Sweden in 2008 have had their penalties increased by an appeals court.

What’s on in Sweden: April 3 – 9
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: April 3 – 9

What's on in Sweden: New York Stories bids farewell in Stockholm; Sahara Hotnights in Gothenburg; Chicks on Speed in Malmö.

Court rules in favor of man who sold Porsche for €5.50
Germany

Court rules in favor of man who sold Porsche for €5.50

A German court ruled on Thursday that a man who accidentally sold a Porsche 911 on eBay for €5.50 will not have to pay the buyer damages after refusing to deliver the sports car.

Swedish football: A beginner’s guide to the Allsvenskan
Sweden

Swedish football: A beginner’s guide to the Allsvenskan

With the Swedish football season kicking of this weekend, Nic Townsend separates the title hopefuls from the relegation woefuls in a team by team analysis of the Allsvenskan.

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Sweden

AMF Pension ex-CEO makes pensions agreement public

AMF Pension embattled former CEO Christer Elmehagen has reached an agreement with the firm's chairperson Göran Tunhammar to make public part of his controversial pension agreement.

Munich museum opens IKEA ‘democratic design’ exhibition
Germany

Munich museum opens IKEA ‘democratic design’ exhibition

The International Design Museum in Munich launched a debut exhibition on Thursday dedicated to the concept of “democratic design” as seen through the lens of IKEA, the world’s biggest furniture store.

What’s on in Germany: April 2 – 8
Germany

What’s on in Germany: April 2 – 8

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Sweden

Sweden extends bank rescue plan

Sweden's government announced on Thursday a six month extension to the 1.5 trillion kronor ($183.8 billion) bank rescue plan that was announced in October.

Germany stars Podolski and Ballack face off in on-field tussle
Germany

Germany stars Podolski and Ballack face off in on-field tussle

The German national football team won against Wales in Wednesday night’s World Cup qualifying game, but star players Michael Ballack and Lukas Podolski had an unseemly confrontation that got physical during the 2-0 victory.

Clinton and Blair in Stockholm climate conference
Sweden

Clinton and Blair in Stockholm climate conference

Tony Blair, Bill Clinton and Nobel prize-winner Wangari Maathai, met Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt in Stockholm on Wednesday to discuss the impact of the financial crisis on work to arrest climate change.

English-language movies in Germany April 2-8
Germany

English-language movies in Germany April 2-8

English-language films dubbed into German are irritating at best. Wish you could soak up the gravelly tones of Jack Nicholson instead of his German Doppelgänger? The Local's guide to English language films in Germany tells you where and when to find the real thing. So far, we have listings for Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Düsseldorf; other cities will be added in the coming weeks.

Glass found in Falun sausage
Sweden

Glass found in Falun sausage

A fragment of glass has been found in a Falun sausage bought from a store in Karlsborg in southern Sweden. The incident has been reported to police, according to TV4 Skaraborg.

Neo-Nazi NPD party near financial collapse
Germany

Neo-Nazi NPD party near financial collapse

The Bundestag served right-wing extremist National Democratic Party (NPD) with more than €2.5 million in penalties on Thursday, putting the party close to financial ruin, according to a German daily Berliner Zeitung.

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Children’s TV presenter cuts off finger tip on air

A Swedish children's television presenter gave credence to the well-worn phrase "don't try this at home" when she sliced the tip off a finger while chopping a potato in the middle of a live broadcast.

Heilbronn police murder may have been mafia related
Germany

Heilbronn police murder may have been mafia related

Investigation into the murder of a Heilbronn police officer overlooked early indications that the mafia could have been involved in a rush to blame the mysterious “phantom killer,” German weekly Stern reported in this week’s edition.

Airbus admits to spying on employee bank details
Germany

Airbus admits to spying on employee bank details

Airplane manufacturer Airbus has announced that it is the lastest in a string of German companies to have spied on its own employees.

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Sweden

Unpaid blogger risks losing unemployment benefits

A former Volvo worker in southern Sweden has been told to stop blogging for his local newspaper if he wants to retain his unemployment insurance.

YouTube blocks music videos on German site in licensing tiff
Germany

YouTube blocks music videos on German site in licensing tiff

German music fans hoping to catch their idols' latest hits on video-sharing website YouTube are set for disappointment since the site has blocked premium music videos over a licensing dispute.

New Deutsche Bahn leader nominated
Germany

New Deutsche Bahn leader nominated

The German government said Thursday it would nominate Rüdiger Grube as head of the national rail operator Deutsche Bahn after its former boss resigned amid a staff spy scandal.

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Sweden

New law sees dip in internet traffic

Internet use in Sweden dipped by 30 percent on Wednesday, as the country's new anti-file sharing measures came into force.

Sweden passes new gay marriage law
Sweden

Sweden passes new gay marriage law

Sweden's parliament passed new legislation by a wide majority on Wednesday that will allow homosexuals to marry in church and civil weddings.