Obama to visit US soldiers at Landstuhl
Germany

Obama to visit US soldiers at Landstuhl

US President Barack Obama will visit US soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan at the Landstuhl medical center in Germany during his visit to Europe next week, the White House said Thursday.

Ikea furnishes ‘copycat’ site with lawsuit
Sweden

Ikea furnishes ‘copycat’ site with lawsuit

Home furnishing giant Ikea has launched legal proceedings over the rights to the domain name iloveikea.se, a site which currently specializes in selling used Ikea furniture.

Gorleben nuclear storage site developed illegally
Germany

Gorleben nuclear storage site developed illegally

The salt dome at the Gorleben nuclear waste depot was developed illegally to be permanent storage facility, according to an internal assessment by the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) attained by daily Frankfurter Rundschau on Thursday.

Summery spring spoils Germany with sunshine
Germany

Summery spring spoils Germany with sunshine

After a bitterly long winter in Germany, the spring season has been “unusually summery,” meteorologists from the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Thursday.

Krona slides further on Baltic economy worries
Sweden

Krona slides further on Baltic economy worries

Concerns about economic developments in the Baltic region are the likely cause of the krona’s steady slide in recent days, according to several experts.

Opel’s automotive onus
Germany

Opel’s automotive onus

Andrew Bulkeley explains why Berlin’s politicians might be driving carmaker Opel off a cliff.

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Sweden

Swedish companies use crisis as pretext to shed poor performers

Companies in Sweden are using the economic crisis as an excuse to fire workers who don’t measure up, according to a new study.

Blogger Profile: Scot James
Sweden

Blogger Profile: Scot James

When Långholmen Football Club began life seven years ago, it was a small group of English-speaking foreigners looking to play their favourite game in Sweden. Now, with a large fan-base and pool of players, the club represents 18 different nationalities in its members, and is continuously expanding.

English-language movies in Germany: May 28 -June 3
Germany

English-language movies in Germany: May 28 -June 3

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

Hillevi Larsson: an egalitarian voice from the south
Sweden

Hillevi Larsson: an egalitarian voice from the south

It was a high school’s broken ventilation system that started Hillevi Larsson’s career in politics – something she now calls a fortunate series of events, which drastically affected her life.

Berlin passes new anti-terrorism laws
Germany

Berlin passes new anti-terrorism laws

The German Bundestag, or lower house of parliament, passed legislation on Thursday making terrorist activity – even with no clear intent to carry out an attack – punishable by up to ten years in prison.

More foreigners earning PhDs in Sweden
Sweden

More foreigners earning PhDs in Sweden

Foreign students make up one third of doctoral candidates studying at Swedish universities and more than half of them stay in Sweden upon completing their studies, new statistics show.

US Army offers literary lessons for warrior writers
Germany

US Army offers literary lessons for warrior writers

It’s no surprise many US soldiers stationed in Germany often have unique stories to tell, so Rhea Wessel sat in on a recent writing workshop with best-selling author Daniel Wallace in Heidelberg.

What’s on in Germany: May 28 – June 3
Germany

What’s on in Germany: May 28 – June 3

This Week's Highlights: A jazz rally in Düsseldorf, a forest festival in Frankfurt, and a Carnival of Cultures descends on Berlin.

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Sweden

Meat thieves left cow slaughtered in a field

Authorities in southern Sweden are investigating a macabre theft involving a dead cow and nearly 200 kilogrammes of missing meat.

Arrested pirates to face trial in Kenya
Sweden

Arrested pirates to face trial in Kenya

Seven pirates arrested off the coast of Somalia by a Swedish naval unit on Tuesday are likely to be taken to Kenya to face trial.

Poland’s Kaczynski bashes Germany in run-up to EU poll
Germany

Poland’s Kaczynski bashes Germany in run-up to EU poll

Two weeks ahead of the European elections, Poland's right-wing opposition leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski is stirring up anti-German sentiment in an attempt to garner votes.

Unemployment rate drops amid dire labour market predictions
Germany

Unemployment rate drops amid dire labour market predictions

Germany's unemployment rate fell to 8.2 percent in May from 8.6 percent the previous month, unadjusted figures released on Thursday by the Federal Labour Agency showed.

Transrapid test track reopens after crash
Germany

Transrapid test track reopens after crash

Two-and-a-half years after 23 people died in a maglev train collision, the Transrapid tracks in Lathen have reopened, daily Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Thursday.

Knife man gets reduced sentence after dog bite to testicles
Sweden

Knife man gets reduced sentence after dog bite to testicles

A 32-year-old man in southern Sweden found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend has been granted a lower than usual sentence because of the suffering caused when he was bitten in the testicles by the woman's Rottweiler.

What’s on in Sweden: May 29 – June 4
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: May 29 – June 4

What's on in Sweden: Bruce Springsteen and Dylan Moran in Stockholm; Speedway Grand Prix in Gothenburg; The Eagles in Malmö/Lund

Kindergarten strikes continue after failed wage talks
Germany

Kindergarten strikes continue after failed wage talks

Public day care workers staged strikes across Germany for the sixth day in a row on Thursday after negotiations with state employers failed on Wednesday.

Berlin miffed at US as Opel talks collapse
Germany

Berlin miffed at US as Opel talks collapse

Talks aimed at saving General Motors Europe's Opel unit broke down amid acrimony between Germany and the United States on Thursday as fears mounted for tens of thousands of jobs across Europe.

Kurras’ Stasi past almost revealed by researcher six years ago
Germany

Kurras’ Stasi past almost revealed by researcher six years ago

Karl-Heinz Kurras, the recently exposed Stasi collaborator and former West Berlin police officer who infamously shot a student protester in 1967, was almost discovered six years ago, the Office for Stasi Files (BStU) said Thursday.

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Sweden

Amnesty slams Sweden over refugee policies

Shortcomings in Sweden’s refugee policies and the country’s dismal record at bringing reported rapes to trial have come in for criticism by Amnesty International in its 2008 annual report.

Swedish teen tackles centuries-old numbers challenge
Sweden

Swedish teen tackles centuries-old numbers challenge

A 16-year-old Iraqi immigrant in central Sweden has single-handedly figured out a formula with Bernoulli numbers that is normally reserved for much more seasoned mathematicians, earning him praise from professors at prestigious Uppsala University.

Princess Victoria on climate change visit to Greenland
Sweden

Princess Victoria on climate change visit to Greenland

The three heirs to the thrones of Scandinavia landed in the Danish territory of Greenland on Wednesday to raise awareness of how the Arctic region has been affected by climate change, a spokeswoman said.