Overstretched Porsche agrees to VW merger
Germany

Overstretched Porsche agrees to VW merger

Porsche and Volkswagen agreed on Wednesday to merge into a new German automobile giant – putting a new twist on the indebted luxury carmaker's attempted takeover of the much larger VW.

19,000 German daycare workers go on strike
Germany

19,000 German daycare workers go on strike

Several thousand parents were left without childcare on Wednesday as an estimated 19,000 teachers and social workers went on strike across Germany.

Economic recovery could bring quick rate hikes: Riksbank
Sweden

Economic recovery could bring quick rate hikes: Riksbank

Sweden’s central bank could raise interest rates quickly to combat inflation associated with an economic recovery in Sweden, Riksbank chief Stefan Ingves warned on Wednesday.

BMW reports first-quarter loss, but shares surge
Germany

BMW reports first-quarter loss, but shares surge

German automaker BMW fell into a loss early this year on weak demand for luxury cars and expects a tough entry into 2010, but its results surprised analysts on Wednesday as shares surged.

Germany cannot refuse Guantánamo inmates
Germany

Germany cannot refuse Guantánamo inmates

The United States has asked Berlin to accept Guantánamo Bay inmates. Some politicians are reluctant to do so, but Germany must help close this dark chapter for the West, argues Ludwig Greven from Zeit Online.

Wolfsburg’s Magath to coach Schalke despite title dreams
Germany

Wolfsburg’s Magath to coach Schalke despite title dreams

Felix Magath, coach of current Bundesliga leaders Wolfsburg, will join rivals Schalke 04 at the end of the season, he confirmed on Wednesday.

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Sweden

TetraPak billionaire offers Borg unsolicted tax policy advice

Hans Rausing, the self-exiled Swedish billionaire who founded the TetrPak packaging empire, has taken the liberty of advising finance minister Anders Borg on what he could do to attract more companies to Sweden.

Arson suspected outside Saudi embassy
Sweden

Arson suspected outside Saudi embassy

One man has been arrested following a suspicious car fire outside of Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Stockholm on Wednesday afternoon.

What’s on in Sweden: May 8 – 14
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: May 8 – 14

What's on in Sweden: English speaking theatre and American Vaudeville in Stockholm; Uncle Vanya and LGBT Festival in Gothenburg; Jean Michel Jarre in Malmö

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Sweden

Politicians’ text messages ‘public documents’: Swedish court

Text messages sent to or from politicians can be considered public documents, a Swedish has ruled.

Police arrest would-be school attacker
Germany

Police arrest would-be school attacker

Police staged a massive operation in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein to arrest a boy on Wednesday after fellow classmates revealed his plans to commit a school shooting.

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Sweden

First swine flu case confirmed in Sweden

Swedish health officials have confirmed that a woman in her 50s in the Stockholm area has contracted a mild form of the swine flu virus that has claimed at least 31 lives.

Foster parents ‘hung boys from hooks’
Sweden

Foster parents ‘hung boys from hooks’

The plight of three young brothers who were allegedly placed in sacks and hung from hooks in the attic of a foster home in central Sweden has led to charges against the couple in whose care the boys were placed following the death of their mother.

Mass deportation of Vietnamese nationals planned
Germany

Mass deportation of Vietnamese nationals planned

The largest deportation of Vietnamese nationals in years is planned for the beginning of June, a spokesperson for the German Federal Police in Potsdam told daily Berliner Zeitung this week.

Drunk Ukrainian politician detained at Frankfurt airport
Germany

Drunk Ukrainian politician detained at Frankfurt airport

An intoxicated Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko and his son Oleksandr caused a scene at the Frankfurt airport this week when a German Lufthansa pilot refused to allow them onto a plane, daily Bild reported on Wednesday.

English language movies in Germany: May 7 – 13
Germany

English language movies in Germany: May 7 – 13

So far, we have listings for Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart; other cities will be added in the coming weeks. This week’s cinematic highlight is the mystery thriller “Angels & Demons” with Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor and the latest edition of the “Star Trek” franchise.

The Local’s guide to voting in the 2009 EU Parliament elections
Sweden

The Local’s guide to voting in the 2009 EU Parliament elections

Welcome to The Local’s Essential Guide to Voting in the 2009 European Parliamentary Elections.

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Sweden

The European Parliament in 30 seconds or less

The European Parliament is the EU’s primary legislative body and meets (in true EU fashion) both in Brussels and in Strasbourg, France, depending on the day of the week.

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Sweden

European Parliamentary Elections

Elections to the European Parliament are held every five years.

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Sweden

Who can vote in Sweden?

All Swedish citizens aged 18 or over are eligible to vote. In addition, all citizens of EU countries resident in Sweden are eligible to vote in Sweden.

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Sweden

How do I vote and how does the election work?

If you are eligible to vote, you should receive a voting card in the post from the Election Authority by May 19th.

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Sweden

Who on earth do I vote for on June 7th?

Good question.

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Sweden

But what do the parties in Sweden actually want to do?

In order to keep our sanity (and your attention), we’ll restrict our quick-and-dirty summaries to the seven Riksdag parties and four smaller parties making headlines ahead of this year’s vote.

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Sweden

Riksdag Parties (from left to right)

Below are several short election platform summaries for the seven political parties currently represented in the Riksdag.

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Sweden

Other parties to watch (in no particular order)

Here are some of the other political parties with the potential to have an impact in the 2009 European Parliamentary elections.

MAN offices raided on bribery suspicions
Germany

MAN offices raided on bribery suspicions

Authorities have raided the offices of German utility vehicle manufacturer MAN facilities on suspicion of bribery and corruption, the Munich public prosecutor’s office said.

Pirates hijack another German cargo ship
Germany

Pirates hijack another German cargo ship

Pirates off the coast of Somalia have hijacked a German cargo ship only days after Berlin aborted the rescue attempt of another vessel in the region.

Com Hem under fire for major power outage
Sweden

Com Hem under fire for major power outage

The Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (Post- och telestyrelsen - PTS) is to launch an inquiry into a television, internet and IP telephony outage that affected hundreds of thousands of Com Hem's customers on Tuesday evening.

Fiat denies Opel merger to spark huge job cuts
Germany

Fiat denies Opel merger to spark huge job cuts

Italian automaker Fiat has denied a report that it plans to slash 18,000 jobs by closing or scaling down 10 factories in Europe in a possible takeover of Germany's Opel.

Warming climate making spiders bigger and more fertile
Germany

Warming climate making spiders bigger and more fertile

Climate change could be leading to bigger and more numerous spiders, according to a new study published by a group of German and Danish scientists in British journal Biology Letters on Wednesday.

Obama planning to visit Germany soon
Germany

Obama planning to visit Germany soon

US President Barack Obama will return to Germany for a visit soon, according to daily Bild on Wednesday.

US asks Germany to take in Uighur inmates from Gitmo
Germany

US asks Germany to take in Uighur inmates from Gitmo

Washington has asked Germany to take in some of the 17 Uighurs held at Guantanamo Bay for years and cleared for release, while France will accept an Algerian inmate, US officials said Tuesday.

Cryptic list of British POWs surfaces near Auschwitz
Germany

Cryptic list of British POWs surfaces near Auschwitz

A list of 17 names believed to refer to World War II British prisoners of war held by Nazi Germany near its infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp has surfaced in Poland, an Auschwitz museum historian said Tuesday.

Reinfeldt extracts EU presidency ‘truce’ from opposition
Sweden

Reinfeldt extracts EU presidency ‘truce’ from opposition

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Tuesday urged party leaders from the political opposition to agree to a truce on contentious domestic issues during Sweden’s upcoming European Union (EU) presidency.

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Sweden

Swede indicted for NASA computer hack

US authorities announced on Tuesday the indictment of a 21-year-old Swede on charges of hacking into computer systems at the NASA space agency and US networking giant Cisco.

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Sweden

Porn scandal shakes Swedish airport agency

Sweden’s airport authority is reeling after an investigation into computer network problems revealed that several employees were surfing pornographic websites while on the job.