Germany crush England to win women’s Euro title
Germany

Germany crush England to win women’s Euro title

Germany's women footballers demolished England to secure their fifth consecutive European Championship with a resounding 6-2 victory in Helsinki on Thursday.

General Motors prepared to sell Opel to Magna
Germany

General Motors prepared to sell Opel to Magna

Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Thursday that US car giant General Motors is prepared to sell its German unit Opel to the Canadian auto parts firm Magna after all.

CDU’s Kees de Vries: ‘Integration is not only a problem for immigrants’
Germany

CDU’s Kees de Vries: ‘Integration is not only a problem for immigrants’

Continuing a series of interviews with parliamentary candidates from non-German backgrounds, The Local speaks with Christian Democrat Kees de Vries, a former Dutch dairy farmer running for a Bundestag district in Saxony-Anhalt.

Fire destroys 16th century Bavarian castle
Germany

Fire destroys 16th century Bavarian castle

A massive fire broke out in the early of hours of Thursday morning in the municipality of Ebelsbach, Bavaria, completely destroying a 16th-century castle at its centre.

WWII bomb explosion injures two at Ulm’s main train station
Germany

WWII bomb explosion injures two at Ulm’s main train station

Two construction workers were slightly injured after a World War II-era aircraft bomb detonated beneath them at Ulm’s central train station, federal police said on Thursday.

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Sweden

Swedish town mulls low pay for bad teachers

A municipality in southern Sweden has moved one step closer to implementing a proposal which would tie teacher pay to students’ performance on national standardized tests.

Swedish prices deflate due to cheap vacations
Sweden

Swedish prices deflate due to cheap vacations

Cheaper holiday packages sent Sweden’s consumer prices sliding further in August, according to new statistics released on Thursday.

Zlatan’s boasting draws fire from former Inter teammate
Sweden

Zlatan’s boasting draws fire from former Inter teammate

Comments by Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic suggesting he was responsible for the success of Inter Milan have prompted a backlash from former teammate Marco Materazzi.

Berlin S-Bahn debacle may cost Deutsche Bahn dearly
Germany

Berlin S-Bahn debacle may cost Deutsche Bahn dearly

Berlin’s mayor sharply criticised the operators of the city’s crippled S-Bahn transport system on Thursday amid reports Deutsche Bahn faces losses of several hundred million euros for the botched commuter rail service.

Billy bookshelf does battle with Big Mac Index
Sweden

Billy bookshelf does battle with Big Mac Index

Ikea’s iconic Billy bookshelf may be on its way to ousting McDonald’s Big Mac as a gauge for comparing price levels across different countries.

Swedish auction house to sell Ingmar Bergman’s possessions
Sweden

Swedish auction house to sell Ingmar Bergman’s possessions

Later this month, Bukowski's in Stockholm is set to auction the possessions of beloved Swedish film director, Ingmar Bergman, who died in 2007 at the age of 89.

Police recover €1.5-million Stradivari violin from thieves
Germany

Police recover €1.5-million Stradivari violin from thieves

Police and public prosecutors in Hannover have solved the mystery of a spectacular art theft last year, in which a Stradivari violin and several other works of art were stolen from a mansion in Lower Saxony.

What’s on in Germany: September 10 – 16
Germany

What’s on in Germany: September 10 – 16

This Week's Highlights: It's Gallery Weekend in Munich, Day of Open Monuments in Berlin, and time for the Autumn Fun Fair in Frankfurt.

Consumer agency warns of product packaging trickery
Germany

Consumer agency warns of product packaging trickery

The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (VZVB) warned this week of hidden price increases for food and other items as manufacturers take advantage of weaker portion regulations while maintaining their old package sizes.

Stock exchange gives Pirate Bay suitor the boot
Sweden

Stock exchange gives Pirate Bay suitor the boot

Global Gaming Factory (GGF), the Swedish tech company which is set to purchase The Pirate Bay file sharing site, has been thrown out of the Aktietorget stock exchange, further jeopardizing the proposed deal.

Sweden leave it late in Malta
Sweden

Sweden leave it late in Malta

An 81st minute own goal spared Sweden's blushes in Valletta on Wednesday evening, as Sweden leaped to second place in Wold Cup qualifying Group One.

New papers show Gorleben nuclear site records were doctored
Germany

New papers show Gorleben nuclear site records were doctored

The Federal Office for Radiation Protection (BfS) said Thursday that Germany's controversial nuclear waste storage facility in Gorleben cannot be considered as a permanent depot after new allegations about its safety emerged this week.

German officer reportedly violated NATO bombing rules
Germany

German officer reportedly violated NATO bombing rules

A preliminary NATO probe has found that the German officer who ordered the deadly bombing of fuel trucks in Afghanistan violated procedures, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Thursday.

Two goals by Klose keep Germany headed for World Cup
Germany

Two goals by Klose keep Germany headed for World Cup

Veteran striker Miroslav Klose kept Germany on course for a place at next year's World Cup with two second-half goals to seal a 4-0 win over Azerbaijan in Hannover on Wednesday.

Söderling falls to Federer in US Open
Sweden

Söderling falls to Federer in US Open

Sweden’s Robin Söderling’s run at the US Open tennis tournament came to an end Wednesday with a four set loss to top seed and defending champion Roger Federer.

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Sweden

EU to offer billions in climate aid to poor nations: Reinfeldt

Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday announced plans for the European Union (EU) to offer developing countries €15 billion ($22 billion) a year to help combat climate change.

Volvo to recall 26,000 cars due to software glitch
Sweden

Volvo to recall 26,000 cars due to software glitch

Volvo Cars announced on Wednesday it planned to recall 26,000 cars worldwide because of faulty software which can lead to engine problems.