Adidas and Puma end 60-year family feud with football match
Germany

Adidas and Puma end 60-year family feud with football match

Rival German sportswear giants Adidas and Puma ended a decades-long family feud on Monday by playing a football match in their home town of Herzogenaurach, in northern Bavaria.

A nation of 80 million Merkels
Germany

A nation of 80 million Merkels

With less than a week before Germany’s election, Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times, muses that the country’s voters like being bored by Angela Merkel and her political cohorts.

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Sweden

SAS uses Facebook to call out Ryanair’s ‘dirty tricks’

An offer of “free flights” by discount airline Ryanair to executives of Scandinavian airline SAS has erupted into a war of words between the rival airlines on Facebook which has invoked the character of a popular Jim Carrey film.

Ansbach school attacker driven by hate of people
Germany

Ansbach school attacker driven by hate of people

The 18-year-old who attacked his school in Ansbach, Bavaria last week planned to kill as many students as possible out of a general hatred towards people and feelings of inadequacy, investigators said on Monday.

Clinic hit with new case of deadly ‘super’ bacteria
Sweden

Clinic hit with new case of deadly ‘super’ bacteria

Another child has been infected with a strain of multiresistant bacteria at the same hospital in central Sweden where three newborns died from similar infections in August.

German archaeologists find undisturbed royal crypt in Syria
Germany

German archaeologists find undisturbed royal crypt in Syria

A team of German and Syrian archaeologists have located an undisturbed Bronze Age crypt under the former royal palace of Qatna in Syria, the University of Tübingen announced on Monday.

One tonne of fish dead after dairy farmer protest
Germany

One tonne of fish dead after dairy farmer protest

Dairy farmers who dumped truckloads of milk in protest of EU policies last week in Saxony-Anhalt are now under investigation after more than a tonne of fish died in a nearby pond over the weekend, a police spokesperson told The Local on Monday.

Carolina Gynning: hectic days in the life of one non-blonde
Sweden

Carolina Gynning: hectic days in the life of one non-blonde

Swedish celebrity Carolina Gynning takes time out from her career juggling to chat with The Local about taking control over her life and nascent plans to save the planet.

New bias suspicions in Pirate Bay legal battle
Sweden

New bias suspicions in Pirate Bay legal battle

Rumours are circulating about a possible conflict of interest in the upcoming appeals court proceedings against the men behind Swedish file sharing site, The Pirate Bay.

Australian killed by train after Oktoberfest visit
Germany

Australian killed by train after Oktoberfest visit

A drunken Australian man visiting Munich’s Oktoberfest died early on Monday after being hit by an S-Bahn commuter train, according to the police.

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Sweden

Consulting firm fails to trump Swede’s domain name claim

A Swedish man has successfully beaten back repeated attempts by Mercer, a prominent multinational consulting firm, to claim a Swedish internet domain name to which he has the rights.

Experts ask Germans to help save chestnut trees from moths
Germany

Experts ask Germans to help save chestnut trees from moths

As autumn sets in, experts are asking Germans to carefully collect chestnut tree leaves to protect the beloved biergarten fixtures from a growing moth problem.

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Sweden

Swede claims women’s boxing world title

Swedish boxer Maria Lindberg took the middleweight world champion boxing crown on Sunday, registering a resounding victory over Brit Sara Davis in Rülzheim, Germany.

Older Europeans drinking more: Swedish study
Sweden

Older Europeans drinking more: Swedish study

Alcohol consumption is on the rise among older Europeans, according to a Swedish study, with researchers claiming that public health officials have been slow to react to the problem.

Lufthansa plans to cut staff by 15 percent
Germany

Lufthansa plans to cut staff by 15 percent

Germany’s largest airline Lufthansa plans to cut some 15 percent of its staff by 2012, financial daily Handelsblatt reported on Monday.

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Sweden

‘Dawn pyromaniac’ re-arrested in Skåne

A 45-year-old convicted pyromaniac was taken in for questioning by police in Ystad in southern Sweden early Monday morning on suspicions of attempting to set fires in the area.

Money ministers warn of hard times to come
Germany

Money ministers warn of hard times to come

Just one week ahead of national elections, both Germany’s finance and economy ministers warned of hard times to come after the vote on a Sunday night political talk show.

Gains for gay marriage foes in church elections
Sweden

Gains for gay marriage foes in church elections

Opponents of same-sex marriage made significant gains in Sweden’s church elections on Sunday, on a voter turnout of barely 12 percent.

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Sweden

‘Saddam’s body guard’ to be deported from Sweden

An Iraqi man who claimed to have worked as a bodyguard for Saddam Hussein is to be deported from Sweden despite findings by the Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) that his life is at risk if he returns to Iraq.

Police issue warrant for doctor after group therapy drug deaths
Germany

Police issue warrant for doctor after group therapy drug deaths

Berlin police said on Monday they have issued an arrest warrant for a 50-year-old doctor who conducted a drug-fuelled group therapy session that ended in two deaths and several poisonings.

Battered SPD limps into national election
Germany

Battered SPD limps into national election

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) are limping towards what could be their worst post-war election result this Sunday, opinion polls suggest, possibly condemning them to a period in opposition.

Budget bill sees Sweden shedding more jobs
Sweden

Budget bill sees Sweden shedding more jobs

Sweden's unemployment will climb above 11 percent, according to the 2010 budget bill presented by the government to the Riksdag on Monday, requiring measures focused on job creation and jump-starting growth.