Germany’s election campaign to nowhere
Germany

Germany’s election campaign to nowhere

A government car scandal, an industrial policy paper no one wants to accept responsibility for and plenty of noise: Katharina Schuler from Zeit Online believes German voters deserve a better election campaign.

Israeli ambassador ‘upset and furious’
Sweden

Israeli ambassador ‘upset and furious’

Israel's Ambassador to Sweden, Benny Dagan, has expressed fury at a Swedish newspaper article accusing Israel of trading in the internal organs of dead Palestinians.

Pensioner kills three in shooting rampage
Germany

Pensioner kills three in shooting rampage

A German pensioner who went on a shooting rampage that left three people dead did so in order to teach people "not to mess" with him or his family, police said on Wednesday.

Merkel marks East German dash for freedom
Germany

Merkel marks East German dash for freedom

Twenty years after hundreds of East Germans breached the Iron Curtain in Hungary, Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday attended celebrations marking the historic event known as the Pan-European Picnic.

Munich’s famous glockenspiel hits the wrong note
Germany

Munich’s famous glockenspiel hits the wrong note

The famous glockenspiel in the tower of the Munich town hall has been playing the wrong tune for two years, the daily Münchner Merkur reported on Wednesday.

Teen murder case opens behind closed doors
Sweden

Teen murder case opens behind closed doors

The trial of two teenagers charged with the murder of a 15-year-old girl in the Stockholm suburb of Stureby in June began on Wednesday. The trial is set to proceed behind closed doors, after a court decision.

Germany gets amped for electric cars
Germany

Germany gets amped for electric cars

The German government unveiled plans Wednesday to get one million electric cars zipping around the country by 2020, offering sweeteners to jump-start national giants like BMW and Volkswagen into action.

Comedian brightens dull election campaign
Germany

Comedian brightens dull election campaign

With the Obama-inspired slogan "Yes Weekend" and a pledge to make a bunny the national symbol, a mock candidate for German chancellor has injected some much-needed humour into a drab election campaign. AFP’s Richard Carter reports.

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Sweden

Sweden slams paper over Israel allegations

Sweden's embassy in Tel Aviv has sharply condemned Sweden's largest circulation newspaper Aftonbladet for publishing an article accusing the Israeli Defence Forces of harvesting the organs of Palestinians.

Man barricades himself after injuring family with blast
Germany

Man barricades himself after injuring family with blast

A man barricaded himself inside his apartment in Viernheim near Mannheim on Wednesday after igniting explosives that injured a family of four. Police believe he may have been involved in another blast in a neighbouring town.

Swedish vodka firm sues UK radio station
Sweden

Swedish vodka firm sues UK radio station

The owners of Swedish vodka brand Absolut are pursuing legal proceedings against the UK-based Absolute Radio - formerly Virgin Radio - for alleged trademark infringement.

Poisonous find in salad ruining German rocket farmers
Germany

Poisonous find in salad ruining German rocket farmers

One week after a poisonous plant was found in a container of prepackaged rocket salad in Hannover, farmers producing the leafy greens are reportedly facing financial ruin.

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Sweden

Police station cat killer under arrest

A 20-year-old man has been arrested after nailing a dead cat to the door of a police station in western Sweden.

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Sweden

Collapse in Swedish residential construction

Residential construction collapsed by 45 percent during the first half of 2009, new figures from Statistics Sweden (SCB) show.

Town in Lower Saxony pines for the Iron Curtain
Germany

Town in Lower Saxony pines for the Iron Curtain

The collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1989 robbed the town of Hitzacker in Lower Saxony of its major tourist attraction. Twenty years later, its is still looking for ways to bring the visitors back.

Madonna wows crowd at birthday concert in Munich
Germany

Madonna wows crowd at birthday concert in Munich

Madonna’s only German show in her current tour went down like a storm in Munich on Tuesday evening, with fans singing Happy Birthday to the singer and throwing balloons onto the stage to celebrate her 51st birthday last Sunday.

Making it in Germany: an American jokester
Germany

Making it in Germany: an American jokester

The Local's series "Making it in Germany" presents John Doyle, an American comedian with a knack for turning the foibles of expat life into German-language stand-up.

Sweden refuses to fill capital hole in Saab deal
Sweden

Sweden refuses to fill capital hole in Saab deal

The Swedish government has refused a request from Koenigsegg Group to lend a reported additional 3 billion kronor ($412 million) to enable the firm to complete the purchase of Saab Automobile AB from ailing US giant General Motors.

Schmidt suggests official car rules be changed for politicians
Germany

Schmidt suggests official car rules be changed for politicians

German Health Minister Ulla Schmidt has defended her use of an official car on vacations, saying rules for politicians need to be changed if appropriate behaviour can cause such a scandal.

Swedish school bans handshakes amid swine flu fears
Sweden

Swedish school bans handshakes amid swine flu fears

In a bid to curb the spread of swine flu a school in Borlänge in central Sweden has forbidden teachers from shaking hands with their pupils.

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Sweden

Söderling falls at Hewitt hurdle

Swedish tennis star Robin Söderling was beaten by Australia's Lleyton Hewitt over four sets in the second round at the ATP Cincininnati Masters on Tuesday.

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Sweden

National police join hunt for missing woman

Officers from the National Murder Commission (Mordkommissionen) have joined the search for the 32-year-old woman who went missing from her home in Falun in the beginning of August.

Nerius claims first gold for Germany at IAAF championships
Germany

Nerius claims first gold for Germany at IAAF championships

Steffi Nerius of Germany won the women’s javelin gold here at the world athletics championships on Tuesday to end her frustrating run of three successive world bronzes.