The German year
Germany

The German year

As Germany prepares to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its democratic rebirth on Saturday, The Local’s Marc Young explores the impact of the crumbing Iron Curtain and three defeated Roman legions on modern German society.

Köhler favoured to win second term
Germany

Köhler favoured to win second term

Germany's incumbent President Horst Köhler is favoured to win re-election on Saturday, but analysts said it’s not a sure thing just yet.

What’s on in Germany: May 21 – 27
Germany

What’s on in Germany: May 21 – 27

This Week's Highlights: Talib Kweli takes the mic in Berlin, a season of architecture opens in Hamburg, and Munich's got a new museum.

Mortician discovers live patient pronounced dead by mistake
Germany

Mortician discovers live patient pronounced dead by mistake

A doctor in Lower Saxony is under investigation after falsely declaring an elderly woman dead, a mistake discovered by an undertaker when he tried to place her in a coffin, the state public prosecutor’s office said this week.

Rain and thunder greet holidaying Swedes
Sweden

Rain and thunder greet holidaying Swedes

The holiday weekend is forecast to offer up a mix of rainy and changeable weather in most parts of Sweden with only glimpses of sun.

Bridge murder suspect sentenced to life
Germany

Bridge murder suspect sentenced to life

A Lower Saxony court has sentenced a man to life in prison for throwing a chunk of wood from a motorway bridge, killing a mother of two who was riding in a car below.

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Sweden

Men charged for teen train rape

Two men have been charged with raping a 14-year-old girl on a night train from northern Sweden bound for Stockholm on May 1st.

Interest high on EU election day opener
Sweden

Interest high on EU election day opener

Interest for the "forgotten" EU election appears to be greater than at first feared.

Dachshund dies after adopting abandoned baby tiger
Germany

Dachshund dies after adopting abandoned baby tiger

A dachshund that adopted an abandoned baby tiger met his tragic end with a postal delivery car shortly after his special friendship made national headlines.

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Sweden

Police officer drunk in charge of firearms unit

The Swedish prosecutor acquitted the police officers who shot at a man with an automatic weapon and who also hit cars and houses in the vicinity outside of Luleå in northern Sweden last year.

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Sweden

Estonia signs loan deal with Swedbank

Estonia has signed a multi-million euro loan deal with Swedish bank Swedbank, the Tallinn government confirmed on Wednesday.

Artists to get faster unemployment benefits
Germany

Artists to get faster unemployment benefits

Germany’s cabinet approved a new rule on Wednesday to provide unemployment benefits to artists more quickly than other professions because the nature of their work is often based on short-term projects.

Rolling science exhibition may travel as far as China and India
Germany

Rolling science exhibition may travel as far as China and India

How will we feed nine billion people in the future? Can we ever have a disease-free world? Can robots play football?