Google agrees to tinker with Street View amid privacy concerns
Germany

Google agrees to tinker with Street View amid privacy concerns

Google has bowed to demands in Germany to do more to protect people's privacy ahead of the launch of its Street View service in the country, officials said on Wednesday.

Feminist politician equates Pirate Party supporters with rapists
Sweden

Feminist politician equates Pirate Party supporters with rapists

A blog post comparing file sharing advocates to rapists has caused a backlash for the feminist member of the Riksdag who authored the entry.

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Germany

Baden-Württemberg’s best beer gardens

The Local's guide to Germany's best beer gardens heads to the home of the Black Forest for some southwestern flair.

Brussels blasts Sweden over excessive press subsidies
Sweden

Brussels blasts Sweden over excessive press subsidies

Sweden has received a rap on the knuckles from the European Commission for maintaining a system of press subsidies that "distorts competition".

Solidarity for German students is a two-way street
Germany

Solidarity for German students is a two-way street

With massive education protests filling Germany’s streets, The Local’s Marc Young explains (again) how the country can elegantly save its universities while offering students the chance to pay back society’s solidarity.

H&M ‘Choo’-ses new shoe partner
Sweden

H&M ‘Choo’-ses new shoe partner

Swedish clothing retailer H&M will be offering Jimmy Choo shoes and bags in select stores this autumn, the company announced on Wednesday.

Questions abound in Sweden after Saab sold to Koenigsegg
Sweden

Questions abound in Sweden after Saab sold to Koenigsegg

After US carmaker General Motors announced plans to sell its lossmaking unit Saab to luxury sportscar maker Koenigsegg, questions abounded in Sweden on Wednesday over what the future holds for Saab.

Krantz named as higher education minister
Sweden

Krantz named as higher education minister

Liberal Party Riksdag member Tobias Krantz will take over as Sweden’s Minister for Higher Education and Research, the Swedish government announced on Wednesday.

Students strike for better education
Germany

Students strike for better education

A week-long education strike hit its peak Wednesday when tens of thousands of students swarmed the streets in 90 German cities to protest of the current education system.

German stores lose billions each year to shoplifting
Germany

German stores lose billions each year to shoplifting

German retailers suffer €4 billion in losses each year to shoplifting and theft from employees and contractors, according to a study released by the European Retail Institute Wednesday.

Berlin questions Iran vote ‘irregularities’
Germany

Berlin questions Iran vote ‘irregularities’

Germany alleged on Wednesday "irregularities" in Iran's presidential election and called on authorities to allow peaceful demonstrations, release political prisoners and lift media restrictions.

Behind the lens of a legendary Swedish photographer
Sweden

Behind the lens of a legendary Swedish photographer

In the world of art and design, Swedish photographer Hans Hammarskiöld is associated with influence and innovation, both in his homeland and internationally. Since the 1940s, his work has challenged artistic boundaries, displayed new creative techniques and made a name for prominent Swedes, whom he often photographed.

Schavan slams protesting students
Germany

Schavan slams protesting students

German Education Minister Annette Schavan on Wednesday criticised the thousands of students taking part in nationwide protests this week to express their anger over the dire state of Germany’s university and school systems.

Germans snacking through recession
Germany

Germans snacking through recession

The worst recession for decades is making Germans turn to sweets and snacks as comfort food, figures suggested on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Child porn suspect commits suicide

One of the men arrested in Sweden following Tuesday’s pan-Scandinavian child porn raid has killed himself.

SPD’s Müntefering sharpens attacks on Merkel
Germany

SPD’s Müntefering sharpens attacks on Merkel

Adopting the role of attack dog as election season heats up, Social Democratic Party (SPD) boss Franz Müntefering attacked conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, calling her “dishonest” in an interview to be published Thursday.

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Sweden

Far-right climbs over pirates in May poll

Despite its recent success in the European Parliament elections, the Pirate Party would garner fewer votes than the far-right Sweden Democrats if a general election were held today, according to Statistics Sweden's biannual party preference survey.

Saab creditors accept massive write-down
Sweden

Saab creditors accept massive write-down

Saab Automobile’s creditors agreed on Wednesday to write down 75 percent of the automaker’s debts, significantly reducing the financial burden facing the Koenigsegg Group once it assumes ownership of the company.

Yemen still searching for German hostages
Germany

Yemen still searching for German hostages

Following the deaths of three women in Yemen earlier this week, authorities Wednesday continued to search for the remaining six hostages, including five Germans.

Naked burglar checks out wedding dresses
Germany

Naked burglar checks out wedding dresses

Looking for warm clothes, a naked intruder tried to rob a bridal store near Würzburg early Wednesday morning. Finding nothing that fit, he fled but was arrested by police not long thereafter.

Artists repaint East Side Gallery along Berlin Wall
Germany

Artists repaint East Side Gallery along Berlin Wall

Work began this week to repaint Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev's passionate kiss with East German strongman Erich Honecker on the longest-surviving stretch of the Berlin Wall.

Qatar’s interest in Porsche questioned
Germany

Qatar’s interest in Porsche questioned

Qatar’s interest in taking a stake in German luxury carmaker Porsche is in danger amid hesitation from its main shareholders, the Financial Times Deutschland reported on Wednesday.

Prosecutors under increasing threat: study
Sweden

Prosecutors under increasing threat: study

Prosecutors in Sweden are facing harassment and threats with increasing frequency, according to a new study.

Scientist discovers whales may be singing their own names
Germany

Scientist discovers whales may be singing their own names

A German scientist has found whales may be doing more than serenading love interests or telling their pods where the herring is by singing: through their songs, they may actually have names.

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Sweden

Gothenburg court convicts trio for heroin smuggling

Three men have been convicted and given lengthy prison sentences for their roles in a heroin smuggling operation.

Ex-member arrested in Riksdag chamber
Sweden

Ex-member arrested in Riksdag chamber

Green Party politician Ewa Larsson, a former member of parliament who currently sits on the board of the Stockholm County police department, was arrested in the Riksdag on Tuesday.