A Swedish island idyll
Sweden

A Swedish island idyll

Ask most Swedes of their idea of an idyllic summer, they won’t talk of the beaches of the south of France or villas in Capri. But then why would they want to leave Sweden when have a stunning coastline on their doorstep, speckled with tens of thousands of picture-perfect islands?

Retailer Hertie to close all stores
Germany

Retailer Hertie to close all stores

Century-old German department store chain Hertie, owned by British financial group Dawnay Day, said Wednesday it was going out of business and closing all 54 of its stores.

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Sweden

‘Clamp down on fake universities’: Agency

The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket) has appealed to the government to protect the terms "university" (universitet) and "college" (högskola) from abuse following recent revelations that two fake universities have set up shop in Sweden.

Berlin to pick favoured Opel suitor next week
Germany

Berlin to pick favoured Opel suitor next week

Germany will choose its preferred bidder for General Motors' Opel unit by early next week, a minister said Wednesday, after the stricken US auto giant said there were at least three potential suitors.

Oktoberfest beer Maß prices bubble over
Germany

Oktoberfest beer Maß prices bubble over

Visitors to Munich’s world-famous beer bash Oktoberfest will have to dig even deeper in their pockets for a one-litre Maß of delicious amber nectar this year, with prices set to climb up to €8.60 per mug.

Showbiz reps appeal for more Pirate Bay loot
Sweden

Showbiz reps appeal for more Pirate Bay loot

The US entertainment companies who last month claimed victory in The Pirate Bay trial have now appealed the verdict, arguing that the fines imposed on the four men convicted in the case were too low.

English language movies in Germany: May 21 – 27
Germany

English language movies in Germany: May 21 – 27

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

German chosen for new crop of European astronauts
Germany

German chosen for new crop of European astronauts

A 33-year-old physicist from the German state of Baden-Württemberg has been chosen as a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut along with five other candidates, the organisation said in Paris on Wednesday.

Neukölln: Beyond the hype
Germany

Neukölln: Beyond the hype

Despite the buzz that fuelled the resettlement of the young and hip in Berlin's Neukölln district, the area is still light years away from the gentrification of the city's trendy eastern areas.

Alf Svensson’s ethical undertaking
Sweden

Alf Svensson’s ethical undertaking

At 70 years old, there’s no sign of Alf Svensson slowing down.

UEFA Cup’s ‘Paper Wad of God’ up for auction on Ebay
Germany

UEFA Cup’s ‘Paper Wad of God’ up for auction on Ebay

A fist-sized wad of paper that sparked controversy during a UEFA Cup semi-final between Hamburg SV and Werder Bremen two weeks ago is now for sale on internet auction site Ebay. The auction ends Wednesday night.

Job losses lead to spike in forced home sales
Sweden

Job losses lead to spike in forced home sales

More and more Swedes are having their homes repossessed and sold through executive auction as household budgets tighten in the wake of job losses caused by the economic crisis.

Far-right leader egged at rowdy election rally
Sweden

Far-right leader egged at rowdy election rally

Jimmie Åkesson, the head of the far-right Sweden Democrats, literally ended up with egg on his face during an election rally in Linköping in central Sweden on Wednesday.

Bundesbank workers hurt by strange vapour
Germany

Bundesbank workers hurt by strange vapour

Several employees from a regional branch of Germany’s central bank were injured last week by mysterious vapours emanating from redeemed bank notes, according to a letter obtained by The Local on Wednesday.

Russia and China spying on German firms
Germany

Russia and China spying on German firms

German businesses have become a popular target for industrial espionage by China and Russia that cost the country billions each year, head of the ASW association for economic security Berthold Stoppelkamp told daily Mitteldeutsche Zeitung on Wednesday.

Zaida Catalán: Getting the vote out for a greener Europe
Sweden

Zaida Catalán: Getting the vote out for a greener Europe

Climate change, women’s rights and economic sustainability are high-priority issues for the Green Party’s Zaida Catalán, but when asked what she hopes to achieve if elected to EU Parliament, she says with a laugh, “What don’t I want to achieve?”

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Sweden

Journalist injured in suspected bomb attack

A journalist employed by Sweden’s TV4 was taken to hospital early Wednesday morning following a powerful explosion at the door of her Stockholm apartment.

What’s on in Sweden: May 22 – 28
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: May 22 – 28

What's on in Sweden: Ingmar Bergman theatre festival in Stockholm; International performance art in Gothenburg; Ghostface Killah and Funda Arar in Malmö/Lund.

Weak krona entices more tourists to choose Sweden
Sweden

Weak krona entices more tourists to choose Sweden

The persistently weak krona is expected to lead to another record year for Sweden’s tourism industry.

Neo-Nazi leader banned from German military association
Germany

Neo-Nazi leader banned from German military association

Leader of the neo-Nazi NPD party Udo Voigt has been kicked off the DBwV German Military Association after being sentenced to incitement of hatred and slander in a racial discrimination trial last month, broadcaster RBB reported on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Goose shooter cleared over wayward toilet seat pot shot

A hunter from western Sweden has been cleared of charges of endangering human life after accidentally shooting a distant toilet seat rather than the goose at which he had taken aim.

Telekom spied on applicant’s sex life
Germany

Telekom spied on applicant’s sex life

The Deutsche Telekom spying scandal has been found to extend to the sex lives of job applicants abroad, financial daily Handelsblatt reported on Wednesday.

Skeleton found in Germany believed to be ‘missing link’
Germany

Skeleton found in Germany believed to be ‘missing link’

Scientists in New York have unveiled a skeleton found in Germany that they said could be the common ancestor to humans, apes and other primates.

‘Swedish anti-piracy and privacy laws clash’
Sweden

‘Swedish anti-piracy and privacy laws clash’

Sweden’s recently enacted anti-file sharing law will be rendered totally ineffectual when the government implements new rules on the storage of personal data next year, according to the head of a Swedish internet provider.

German cargo ship released by Somali pirates
Germany

German cargo ship released by Somali pirates

Somali pirates have released a German-owned cargo ship which was hijacked last month with a crew that reportedly included a Polish captain and 15 Filipino sailors, Poland's foreign ministry said late on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Stopping meds made Swedish woman’s ‘dementia’ disappear

An 86-year-old Swedish woman who had been ill for several years and was thought to be suffering from dementia made a rapid and unexpected recovery when doctors stopped her medication.

Saab requests for more time to restructure
Sweden

Saab requests for more time to restructure

Saab Automobile on Tuesday asked a Swedish court for additional time to restructure in preparation for a sale by its US-based owner General Motors.