A quickie with… Daily Show regular Lewis Black
Sweden

A quickie with… Daily Show regular Lewis Black

Citizens of Stockholm should prepare to be in stitches on June 5th – stand-up comedian Lewis Black is coming to town, and the funnyman’s performance is sure to be nothing short of hilarious.

Berlin ‘still open’ to other Opel bidders
Germany

Berlin ‘still open’ to other Opel bidders

The German government said Wednesday it was "still open" to other bidders for Opel while Canada's Magna and General Motors haggled over finalising their preliminary agreement.

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Sweden

Borg blasts Swedish banks’ Baltic bonanza

Finance Minister Anders Borg has lambasted Swedish banks for their "careless expansion" in the Baltic region as the Swedish krona felt the pinch on Wednesday from a deepening crisis in Latvia.

Agency steps up efforts to unmask strawberry cheats
Sweden

Agency steps up efforts to unmask strawberry cheats

Swedish agriculture authorities are going hi-tech to crack down on the sale of imported strawberries which have been falsely marked as being home grown.

Redesigning the Fatherland
Germany

Redesigning the Fatherland

Ingo Niermann, the man out save Germany by completely overhauling it, talks to Daniel Miller.

EU commissioner calls German banking system ‘outdated’
Germany

EU commissioner calls German banking system ‘outdated’

The European Union's top competition regulator hit out at Germany's "outdated" banking system on Wednesday, calling for urgent reforms to help get the European economy back on track.

Fredrik Malm: Enlarge the European Union
Sweden

Fredrik Malm: Enlarge the European Union

“When I first got involved in politics, the main issues that interested me were internationalism and cooperation in Europe,” says Fredrik Malm, and in the current EU Parliamentary election campaign these issues have remained top priorities for the young politician.

Zoo hails gay penguin couple as foster parents
Germany

Zoo hails gay penguin couple as foster parents

Two homosexual Humboldt penguins have become happy foster parents at the Bremerhaven Zoo, marking the first time two male penguins have helped hatch a baby bird in the northern German port city.

Court rejects attempt to stop ‘Big Brother with babies’ show
Germany

Court rejects attempt to stop ‘Big Brother with babies’ show

An association of concerned German parents failed on Wednesday with an eleventh-hour attempt to stop the airing of a new reality TV show involving teenagers looking after other people's babies.

Petrol prices soar for summer holidays
Germany

Petrol prices soar for summer holidays

Just in time for summer road trips, petrol prices in Germany reached a new high in May after five consecutive months of increases, German auto club ADAC reported on Wednesday.

Östhammar wins bid to store nuclear waste
Sweden

Östhammar wins bid to store nuclear waste

The eastern Swedish town of Östhammar has seen off rival bidder Oskarshamn and secured a lucrative deal to store nuclear waste for the next 100,000 years, the Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB) said in a statement on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Telenor to cut 400 jobs in Sweden

The Swedish business of Norwegian telecom operator Telenor announced plans on Wednesday to slash 400 jobs in Sweden due to disappointing sales figures.

Swedish collector snags former queen’s desk at auction
Sweden

Swedish collector snags former queen’s desk at auction

A recently discovered 300-year-old desk which once belonged to Sweden’s Queen Hedvig Eleonora has been sold at auction in Uppsala in central Sweden.

SPD’s Roth-Behrendt: ‘Corporate greed has become so obvious’
Germany

SPD’s Roth-Behrendt: ‘Corporate greed has become so obvious’

Voters across the European Union head to the polls this week to elect a new European Parliament. In the first of a series of interviews with German MEPs, The Local spoke with Dagmar Roth-Behrendt from the Social Democratic Party.

Steinmeier tells the secret of his silver hair
Germany

Steinmeier tells the secret of his silver hair

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Social Democratic candidate for chancellor in the September election, has revealed for the first time the secret of how his hair turned grey practically overnight.

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Sweden

Migration Board slams refugee housing plan

The head of Sweden’s Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has slammed a proposal that would cut benefits for asylum seekers who refuse to live in housing set aside for those waiting to have their claims heard.

Heidelberg pushes nighttime booze ban to curb youth drinking
Germany

Heidelberg pushes nighttime booze ban to curb youth drinking

After repeated problems with publicly intoxicated young people, the city of Heidelberg wants to implement a law banning late-night alcohol sales sooner than the planned 2010 start date.

Patriot Söderling receives Borg approval
Sweden

Patriot Söderling receives Borg approval

Robin Söderling has revealed that his giant-killing exploits at the French Open in Paris have been warmly received by his legendary Swedish compatriot Björn Borg.

Germany moves to nationalise Hypo Real Estate
Germany

Germany moves to nationalise Hypo Real Estate

Shareholders in the troubled German bank Hypo Real Estate approved late Tuesday a nearly €3-billion capital increase to be subscribed by the state, one of the last steps in total nationalisation by Berlin.

Zugspitze gets protective sun shield blanket for summer
Germany

Zugspitze gets protective sun shield blanket for summer

Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze (2,962 metres), is getting an enormous shield to protect its glacier from melting again this year, the company that runs the mountain's ski resort said on Wednesday.

‘Sheep’s Chill’ cold snap hits Germany
Germany

‘Sheep’s Chill’ cold snap hits Germany

An early summer weather pattern known as Schafskälte, or “Sheep’s Chill," has arrived in Germany, bringing chilly polar air, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Wednesday.

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Sweden

‘Mafia’ ruined Swedish teens’ shopping spree

Two Swedish teenage girls who took a family safe to finance a day of shopping allege their plans were spoiled when they inadvertently handed the safe over to someone with ties to the mob.

Borg in verbal row with aggressive civilian
Sweden

Borg in verbal row with aggressive civilian

A government driver was forced to intervene when Swedish finance minister Anders Borg was approached by an aggressive man while waiting for a car in the garage of the government offices in central Stockholm.

Obama’s German visit focused on extremism
Germany

Obama’s German visit focused on extremism

US President Barack Obama will visit Dresden and the former Nazi camp Buchenwald this week during the German leg of a tour underlining the importance of fighting extremism, past and present.

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Sweden

Bildt can’t help prove Karadzic’s alleged immunity deal

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt said he has no information to help prove Radovan Karadzic had cut a deal with Western diplomats to guarantee the Bosnian Serb leader’s immunity.