Secret meeting behind jail transfer: Reinfeldt
Sweden

Secret meeting behind jail transfer: Reinfeldt

A secret meeting between California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Fredrik Reinfeldt provided the catalyst for the transfer to Sweden of Annika Östberg, 55, after almost 30 years in a US jail, the Prime Minister has claimed.

English-language movies in Germany: April 9-15
Germany

English-language movies in Germany: April 9-15

Find the latest English-language movies in Germany with The Local's cinema guide.

Berlin hands pirates over to Kenya for trial
Germany

Berlin hands pirates over to Kenya for trial

Seven Somalis accused of firing on a German ship off the coast of Yemen have been handed over to authorities in Kenya where they will be judged, Berlin said on Wednesday.

German study shows chimps trade sex for food
Germany

German study shows chimps trade sex for food

The way to a chimp's heart is through her stomach, German researchers revealed on Wednesday.

Two dead in another family shooting in Bavaria
Germany

Two dead in another family shooting in Bavaria

Two people were killed in a shooting in a private home in the Bavarian town of Speichersdorf on Wednesday morning, the second apparent domestic tragedy in Bavaria in as many days.

One more drag
Germany

One more drag

Remember the smoking ban? You might not have noticed, but it is still legal. Now a petition is being distributed to kill it off with a referendum. Ben Knight meets the campaigners who want to reclaim their right to nicotine suicide.

Pensioner injures child with homemade explosive booby trap
Germany

Pensioner injures child with homemade explosive booby trap

A 14-year-old boy injured by a pensioner’s homemade booby trap returned home from the hospital on Wednesday, police in Dillenburg-Manderbach in the state of Hesse told The Local on Wednesday.

Klinsmann could be called as witness in NPD racism case
Germany

Klinsmann could be called as witness in NPD racism case

Former national football team coach Jürgen Klinsmann and President of the German Football Association (DFB) Theo Zwanziger could be called as witnesses in a racial discrimination trial in Berlin against the head of the neo-Nazi NPD party Udo Voigt and two of his associates.

Vechta named egg capital of Germany
Germany

Vechta named egg capital of Germany

During the Easter season, when Germans are a bit cracked out over decorated eggs, the city of Vechta in Lower Saxony is egg-stra important. There are more laying hens per square kilometre than anywhere else in Germany, according to data gathered by the State Statistical Offices.

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Sweden

Swedish taxman chases webcam strippers

The Swedish Tax Authority (Skatteverket) doesn't mind if you bare it all online so long as you pay your dues. Skatteverket is now on the hunt for internet strippers who fail to report their income.

Swedish Easter snaps lovers crave company of Mede or Nyqvist
Sweden

Swedish Easter snaps lovers crave company of Mede or Nyqvist

Aquavit and vodka producer Arcus has conducted a survey among more than 1,000 Swedes about the Swedish celebrities with whom they would most like to imbibe Easter beverages.

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Sweden

Armed bank robbery in Dalarna

Swedbank's office in Säter in Dalarna in central Sweden was robbed at gunpoint just after noon on Wednesday. Police have launched a manhunt for two armed and masked suspects.

Two women found dead in Halmstad shooting
Sweden

Two women found dead in Halmstad shooting

Two people found dead in an apartment in Halmstad in western Sweden on Wednesday were both adult women, not a woman and child as first believed, police have said.

German cabinet extends car scrapping bonus
Germany

German cabinet extends car scrapping bonus

The German cabinet agreed to extend the popular car-scrapping bonus Wednesday morning, earmarking a further €3.5 billion for the scheme. The bonus, which can be claimed until the end of the year, will also remain at €2,500, government sources said.

What’s on in Germany: April 9 – 15
Germany

What’s on in Germany: April 9 – 15

This week's highlights: Russian folk songs in Munich, Japanese film in Frankfurt, and a musical Easter egg hunt in Hamburg.

Sahlin hit by massive crisis of confidence
Sweden

Sahlin hit by massive crisis of confidence

Mona Sahlin has fallen even further behind Fredrik Reinfeldt in the public confidence race, according to Aftonbladet's most recent poll.

Fire fighting voted most trusted profession in Germany
Germany

Fire fighting voted most trusted profession in Germany

Fire fighters are the most trusted professionals in Germany for the seventh year running, according to a survey for “Reader’s Digest Deutschland” magazine released this week.

Exports down by 23.1 percent
Germany

Exports down by 23.1 percent

Germany posted a 23.1 percent drop in exports in February from the same month in 2008, provisional data released Wednesday by the National Statistical Office (Destatis) showed.

Annika Östberg lands in Sweden
Sweden

Annika Östberg lands in Sweden

Annika Östberg, who was found guilty in 1981 of being an accessory to two murders in California, is back in her native country after 27 years in an American prison.

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Sweden

Baltic banking crisis damages SEB standing

The economic plight of Sweden's Baltic neighbours doesn't bode well for the Swedish banking sector. Due to SEB's exposure to the financial crisis in the Baltics, Moody's ratings agency has downgraded its view on the Swedish bank, the agency said in a statement on Tuesday.

Majority of Germans think kids are rude
Germany

Majority of Germans think kids are rude

More than half of Germans would like to see children brought up with stricter rules, according to a study released by broadcaster ZDF on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Bildt: Bosnia not ready for EU entry

The road from Sarajevo to Brussels is a long one, cautioned Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt at a press conference in Bosnia on Tuesday.

Schaeffler gets loan lifeline
Germany

Schaeffler gets loan lifeline

Ailing German auto parts maker Schaeffler said Tuesday it has obtained a credit line of more than €1 billion ($1.3 billion) from its banks.

Pirate Bay shields 100,000 users
Sweden

Pirate Bay shields 100,000 users

The new Swedish anti-file sharing IPRED law allows copyright organisations to petition the courts to gain access to personal information about file sharers.