Merkel defends Germany’s dependence on exports
Germany

Merkel defends Germany’s dependence on exports

Chancellor Angela Merkel defended on Monday Germany's heavy dependence on exports that has made Europe's largest economy one of the biggest casualties of the global recession.

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Sweden

‘Sex education a must for Swedish learners’

Sex education should form part of the curriculum for all adults attending Swedish for Immigrants (SFI) classes, a new government report has proposed.

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Germany

Prince Ernst August of Hannover denies assault charges

Princess Caroline of Monaco's husband Prince Ernst August of Hannover denied in court on Monday that he drunkenly beat up a hotel manager with a knuckle duster on the Kenyan island of Lamu in 2000.

Swedish and US yachts do battle over Stockholm stage
Sweden

Swedish and US yachts do battle over Stockholm stage

Sweden's two Ericsson yachts were neck and neck with US entry Puma Ocean Racing Monday as the boats sprinted for Stockholm on the ninth stage of the Volvo race around the world.

German women found dead in Yemen
Germany

German women found dead in Yemen

At least two German women and a South Korean woman kidnapped in Yemen last Friday have been murdered, according to Yemeni authorities.

Study finds half of German immigrants feel like outsiders
Germany

Study finds half of German immigrants feel like outsiders

Half of all immigrants feel like outsiders in German society and say their achievements find less acknowledgement than those of Germans, according to a survey released Monday.

Adopting in Sweden: a draining process with amazing returns
Sweden

Adopting in Sweden: a draining process with amazing returns

Meet the Roberts family: Brett, 34, owns a small building company; his wife, Eleonore, is 33 and works in banking; their daughter, Iris, is two and just begun pre-school. On paper, they may seem like any other, but the family is a truly unique trio living in the heart of Stockholm.

Neo-Nazi fined €1,200 for putting swastika flag on a coffin
Germany

Neo-Nazi fined €1,200 for putting swastika flag on a coffin

A prominent neo-Nazi who buried a comrade with a swastika flag was fined €1,200 Monday, after a Passau judge found him guilty of displaying unconstitutional symbols.

Odin’s wrath brings storms to Germany
Germany

Odin’s wrath brings storms to Germany

A low-pressure area named after the Norse god Odin brought storms and flooding to central Germany on Monday, but summery weather is on its way soon, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

Sixty-year-old half-track stolen
Germany

Sixty-year-old half-track stolen

Unknown thieves stole a 60-year-old Czech-made half-track from its home in Heilbronn in southern Germany, according to the police on Monday.

‘Sweden needs an abortion register’
Sweden

‘Sweden needs an abortion register’

A report presented to the government on Monday has proposed that Sweden establish a national abortion registry and distribute free contraceptives to students over fifteen in a bid to lower the number of unwanted pregnancies and abortions.

Introducing…Boris Becker
Germany

Introducing…Boris Becker

Introducing…is The Local's guide to the fabulous world of German celebrity. Know all there is about tennis legend and public lothario Boris Becker? Meet the man who is as famous in Germany for his turbulent love life as his boom-boom backhand.

Truck scrambles 18 tonnes of eggs onto the autobahn
Germany

Truck scrambles 18 tonnes of eggs onto the autobahn

Eighteen tonnes of eggs went over-easy on the autobahn in the eastern German state of Brandenburg after a truck overturned early Monday morning.

Strike could threaten Midsummer schnapps
Sweden

Strike could threaten Midsummer schnapps

An unofficial strike at a Systembolaget (Swedish alcohol retail monopoly) warehouse south of Stockholm is currently underway, possibly threatening the supply of Sweden's favourite holiday beverage.

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Sweden

Extra police resources to combat piracy

As the Pirate Party is gearing up for Brussels, Swedish police authorities are ramping up their efforts against file sharers.

Two dead in Swedish air crash
Sweden

Two dead in Swedish air crash

Two people have died after a small aircraft crashed on the runway shorty after takeoff at Midlanda airport in Sundsvall in northern Sweden on Monday morning.

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Sweden

Church of Sweden rocked by sex scandals

The Church of Sweden has already been shaken by several sex scandals this year. Archbishop Anders Wejryd regrets the incidents, and maintains that transparency is the best policy.

Deutsche Bank economist sees unemployment hitting 5 million
Germany

Deutsche Bank economist sees unemployment hitting 5 million

German unemployment will exceed five million by next year, warned Deutsche Bank’s chief economist in an interview with daily Bild Monday.

Merkel and Obama to meet for a third time in three months
Germany

Merkel and Obama to meet for a third time in three months

Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to visit Washington later this month to hold talks with US President Barack Obama, a government spokesman confirmed Monday.

Berlin summons Iran’s ambassador
Germany

Berlin summons Iran’s ambassador

Germany's foreign minister summoned Iran's ambassador on Monday in protest at heavy-handed police action against demonstrators following the weekend's disputed presidential election.

Egypt aims to ‘prove’ Germany stole Nefertiti bust
Germany

Egypt aims to ‘prove’ Germany stole Nefertiti bust

Egypt will soon provide evidence that the 3,400-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti was taken illegally out of the country by Germany, according to Egyptian antiquities chief Zahi Hawass.

Nineties babies face major housing shortage
Sweden

Nineties babies face major housing shortage

As they start to leave the nest, children of the nineties will face an ever-increasing housing shortage, according to a new study by the Swedish Union Of Tenants. At the same time, business daily Dagens Industri (DI) reports that housing construction is at a record low.

Students start nationwide education strikes
Germany

Students start nationwide education strikes

Students from universities and schools across Germany are planning to take part in a nationwide strike protesting the state of country’s education system starting on Monday.

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Sweden

Education minister clamps down on high school repeats

Swedish high school students will no longer be able to take courses at municipal adult education programmes (Komvux) in order to improve their grades, according to a new schools bill to be presented on Monday.

EU wants total review of Opel rescue plan
Germany

EU wants total review of Opel rescue plan

EU Industry Commissioner Günter Verheugen wants a thorough examination of plans to rescue troubled German automaker Opel, which he believes would ultimately benefit Russia.

Surprise victory for Nordqvist at LPGA Championship
Sweden

Surprise victory for Nordqvist at LPGA Championship

Anna Nordqvist, who turned 22 last week, became the fourth Swede to win a golf major with her surprise victory at the LPGA Championship on Sunday.

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Sweden

18-year-old serial rape suspect arrested

Several cases of unsolved rapes in Tensta might soon be closed, according Stockholm police authorities. An 18-year old man has been arrested on suspicion of three rapes and is suspected of an additional five rapes in Belgium.