‘Isolationism is passé – Sweden needs to join NATO’: Liberals
Sweden

‘Isolationism is passé – Sweden needs to join NATO’: Liberals

With neutrality outdated and Sweden unable to effectively defend it's borders, the country needs to set aside its hang-ups and start thinking seriously about joining NATO, argues Birgitta Ohlsson, foreign policy spokesperson for the Liberal Party.

Demjanjuk vows to fight death camp charges
Germany

Demjanjuk vows to fight death camp charges

An 89-year-old former Nazi death camp guard, John Demjanjuk, arrived in Germany on Tuesday after his deportation from the United States, vowing to fight charges that he assisted in the murder of over 29,000 Jews.

Low income earners face high tax, social contribution burden
Germany

Low income earners face high tax, social contribution burden

Not much left of your paycheque at the end of the month? Workers in Germany have the second highest tax and social contribution burden of 30 nations, according to a new study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Porsche under investigation for market manipulation
Germany

Porsche under investigation for market manipulation

German financial regulator Bafin confirmed Tuesday that it had filed a formal investigation against luxury sports car maker Porsche for possible market manipulation.

Top contenders for Saab purchase named
Sweden

Top contenders for Saab purchase named

Three bidders from three different countries are said to be the most likely buyers for Saab Automobile, according to an unnamed source with Saab's owner, General Motors (GM).

Sweden to freeze guilty Pirates’ loot
Sweden

Sweden to freeze guilty Pirates’ loot

Bank accounts belonging to the four men found guilty in the Pirate Bay trial will be frozen as early as Wednesday, according to Sweden’s official debt collection agency.

Homemade bomb found in teen school attacker’s room
Germany

Homemade bomb found in teen school attacker’s room

Investigators have found a homemade bomb in the room of a 16-year-old girl who planned to torch her school and attacked another student with a knife near Bonn, the website of magazine Focus reported on Tuesday.

Study says teens familiar with pornography and alcohol
Germany

Study says teens familiar with pornography and alcohol

A study by Germany’s most popular youth magazine Bravo says that two-thirds of teenagers in the country have already viewed pornographic films or images and every second 14-year-old has been drunk at least once.

Foreign student fees delayed until 2011
Sweden

Foreign student fees delayed until 2011

The Swedish government’s proposal to charge university tuition fees to non-European students has been postponed by one year, Anders Steinwall of the Ministry of Education told The Local.

Berlin thanks airlift pilots 60 years later
Germany

Berlin thanks airlift pilots 60 years later

The city of Berlin on Tuesday kicked off celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Soviet blockade of West Berlin.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Weapons smuggled in planes used to send aid: think tank

A prominent Swedish think tank has warned that air cargo companies hired to deliver humanitarian aid and support peacekeeping operations in Africa are also often used to smuggle weapons.

Former cop fined for decapitating Hitler wax figure
Germany

Former cop fined for decapitating Hitler wax figure

A former police officer who ripped off the head of a Madame Tussauds waxwork of Adolf Hitler last year was fined €900 in damages by a Berlin court on Tuesday.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Two Swedes caught in Thai child sex sting

Police in Thailand working together with their Swedish counterparts have arrested two Swedes suspected of sex crimes involving children.

Tongues wagging over ‘torture’ sheikh’s Bavarian second home
Germany

Tongues wagging over ‘torture’ sheikh’s Bavarian second home

The picturesque Bavarian town of Dietramzell gained unwanted attention this month as the second home of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Issa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan – recently exposed on tape viciously torturing a man. The Local spoke with Mayor Leni Gröbmaier.

German Jews slam Pope Benedict’s Yad Vashem visit
Germany

German Jews slam Pope Benedict’s Yad Vashem visit

The German Jewish Council has slammed Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem “disappointing” and lacking “credibility” in light of the pontiff’s failure to address concerns about the controversial Pius Brotherhood.

Peter Gabriel shares Polar Music Prize with Venezuelan conductor
Sweden

Peter Gabriel shares Polar Music Prize with Venezuelan conductor

British rocker Peter Gabriel along has been awarded the 2009 Polar Music Prize, along with Venezuelan conductor and composer Jose Antonio Abreu, organizers announced on Tuesday.

Sweden and Ernman gear up for Eurovision
Sweden

Sweden and Ernman gear up for Eurovision

Malena Ernman is in Moscow preparing for her semi-final heat of the Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday. Meanwhile Swedes are gearing up for the party, hopeful that the opera singer can bring home the glory.

Nazi guard Demjanjuk lands in Munich
Germany

Nazi guard Demjanjuk lands in Munich

Former Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk arrived in Germany from the United States on Tuesday to face charges that he assisted in the murder of over 29,000 Jews.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Baltic Sea on slow path to recovery: Swedish study

The Baltic Sea is slowly recovering and the negative environmental trend has been broken, according to new Swedish research.

Böhmer says low naturalisation figures need explanation
Germany

Böhmer says low naturalisation figures need explanation

Falling numbers of immigrants seeking German citizenship require a thorough investigation, the government’s integration representative Maria Böhmer told broadcaster ARD on Tuesday.

Beekeepers demand protection from honey-loving bears
Sweden

Beekeepers demand protection from honey-loving bears

The Swedish National Association of Beekeepers has, in a letter to the government, demanded protection for their bees from "problem bears" that have developed an unhealthy appetite for their honey.

Ex-Nazi guard deported to Germany for trial
Germany

Ex-Nazi guard deported to Germany for trial

Former Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk was taken from his Ohio home Monday and deported to Germany where he faces charges of helping murder 29,000 Jews in World War II.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Hidden treasure discovered in southern Sweden

A unique collection of silver coins and an unidentified skeleton have been found in Skänninge in southern Sweden.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Sweden rules ‘gender-based’ abortion legal

Swedish health authorities have ruled that gender-based abortion is not illegal according to current law and can not therefore be stopped, according to a report by Sveriges Television.

Sweden urged to do more to combat crisis
Sweden

Sweden urged to do more to combat crisis

Sweden's centre-right government has been urged to do more to offset the effects of the global economic crisis, notably to combat soaring unemployment, a panel of economic experts said on Monday.