Thousands of students travel to Obama speech
Germany

Thousands of students travel to Obama speech

Thousands of German and French students turned out to witness US President Barack Obama’s speech in Strasbourg, France on Friday afternoon ahead of the 60th anniversary summit.

Podolski fined for slapping Ballack
Germany

Podolski fined for slapping Ballack

Germany striker Lukas Podolski has agreed to pay €5,000 to the German Football Federation (DFB) by way of reparation for slapping national captain Michael Ballack, the DFB announced on Friday.

Government may extend scrapping bonus next week
Germany

Government may extend scrapping bonus next week

The German government must still decide if it will prolong a popular €2,500 car scrapping bonus at its current value, a spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.

Merkel makes a fashion faux pas in trousers
Germany

Merkel makes a fashion faux pas in trousers

Fashion has never been the foremost thing on Angela Merkel’s mind, and now the German chancellor has come up against the fashion firing squad again on Friday for showing up to a high-profile event in what she wears every day – her perpetual pantsuit.

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Sweden

Sweden secures ethanol toll exemption

Sweden has secured an exemption to higher EU tolls on the imports of Brazilian ethanol, it was announced on Friday.

Germany adopts emergency bank nationalisation law
Germany

Germany adopts emergency bank nationalisation law

Germany adopted a highly controversial emergency law on Friday allowing the government to nationalise stricken banks by seizing investors' shares if necessary.

Two Swedes arrested in file sharing raid
Sweden

Two Swedes arrested in file sharing raid

Two men have been arrested in Skövde in southern Sweden on suspicion of breaching copyright legislation.

Swedes back bonuses: study
Sweden

Swedes back bonuses: study

Despite intense media focus on the issue of executive bonuses, the majority of Swedes are in favour of performance-related pay, a new survey published on Friday shows.

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Sweden

‘Heart cells undergo continual replacement’: Swedish study

Heart cells are replenished throughout life, enabling improved treatments to repair damage caused by cardiac arrest or illness, a new Swedish study published on Friday has shown.

Hamburg man suspected of illegal trade in pesticide poisons
Germany

Hamburg man suspected of illegal trade in pesticide poisons

Authorities are investigating the sale of highly poisonous substance nicotine sulphate to more than 200 companies that allegedly used the poison, media reports said on Friday.

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Sweden

University maths test ‘impossible to solve’

A maths test presented to students at the prestigious Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm contained problems that proved impossible to solve.

Bavarian actress a finalist for ‘Best Job in the World’
Germany

Bavarian actress a finalist for ‘Best Job in the World’

A Bavarian actress is among the top 16 finalists for the “Best Job in the World,” the tourism board for the Australian state of Queensland announced on Friday.

New law increases demand for anonymous web surfing
Sweden

New law increases demand for anonymous web surfing

Anonymous internet surfing has become more popular in Sweden as the country's new anti-file sharing measures come into force.

Economic crisis leaves many animals homeless
Germany

Economic crisis leaves many animals homeless

Many animal lovers are opting to give their pets away to animal shelters in an attempt to cut costs during the recession, Cologne daily Express reported on Friday, adding that some of the animals may be euthanised.

The Local at Five: ‘It’s not cool and it’s not funny’
Sweden

The Local at Five: ‘It’s not cool and it’s not funny’

The Local's founder and CEO Paul Rapacioli talks about the birth of Sweden's News in English, conversational silences and his inherent lack of coolness.

Kronberg: Classic and castles for kids
Germany

Kronberg: Classic and castles for kids

Some kids might resist exposure to classical music, but as The Local’s Rhea Wessel reports, the town of Kronberg offers a stunning fairy-tale atmosphere that will inspire their imaginations and please grown-ups too.

German journalist expelled from China earthquake zone
Germany

German journalist expelled from China earthquake zone

A German journalist said Friday that police had physically barred him from the scene of last year’s devastating earthquake in southwest China after speaking with families of the victims.

Police clash with NATO summit protestors
Germany

Police clash with NATO summit protestors

French police said Friday they made 300 arrests in clashes with demonstrators in Strasbourg ahead of a two-day NATO summit attended by 28 leaders including US President Barack Obama.

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Sweden

Immigrant ID cards set for June launch

Immigrants living in Sweden will be able to receive national identification cards from the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) from June 1st, it was announced on Friday.

Malmö blacklisted over Israel tennis shutout
Sweden

Malmö blacklisted over Israel tennis shutout

Malmö has been banned from hosting Davis Cup tennis matches for five years following the city's controversial decision to stage Sweden's clash with Israel in an empty arena.

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Sweden

Married pastor on probation after sex with grieving mother

A married Church of Sweden pastor in Skurup in southern Sweden has been put on probation after having sex with a woman in his congregation who was grieving her deceased son.

Brother admits to ‘honour killing’ of sister for secret abortion
Germany

Brother admits to ‘honour killing’ of sister for secret abortion

A Kurdish-German man has admitted to the brutal honour killing of his sister one month ago, police in Kleve announced late on Thursday.

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Sweden

Shopkeeper stabbed to death

Police in Norrköping in eastern Sweden are searching for two people, a man and a woman, suspected of stabbing and killing a 55-year-old store owner at his place of work on Thursday evening.

‘Ivan the Terrible’ Nazi guard attempts to block extradition
Germany

‘Ivan the Terrible’ Nazi guard attempts to block extradition

A Nazi death camp guard facing charges of assisting in the murder of at least 29,000 Jews has filed an appeal to avoid extradition to Germany, arguing the move would be tantamount to torture, his US lawyer said.