Germany rejects EU complaints about Opel aid
Germany

Germany rejects EU complaints about Opel aid

The German government on Thursday defended controversial state aid to car maker Opel against complaints by Britain and other European countries, saying Germany would bear the brunt of recently announced job losses.

Growing military trauma cases going untreated
Germany

Growing military trauma cases going untreated

The number of German soldiers suffering from psychological issues has risen dramatically in recent months, but the Bundeswehr has too few therapists to care for them.

What’s on in Sweden: September 25 – October 1
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: September 25 – October 1

What's on in Sweden: Alela Diane (US) and football derby in Stockholm; International Book Fair & French acrobats in Gothenburg; Ane Brun (NO) in Malmö

Swedes struggle to make sense of a new diet trend
Sweden

Swedes struggle to make sense of a new diet trend

A new diet has surfaced in Sweden recently, the Low-Carb High Fat diet (LCHF), but experts remain divided over the new method for trimming one’s waistline, The Local’s Caroline Gravel discovered.

Family of four killed in a car blaze outside Berlin
Germany

Family of four killed in a car blaze outside Berlin

The charred bodies of a woman and three children were found in a burned out car in Schönefeld just outside Berlin on Thursday morning. The police believe them to be the missing family of a local man.

Swedish household wealth rebounds: study
Sweden

Swedish household wealth rebounds: study

Swedish household wealth has rebounded strongly in 2009 and has now clawed back half of the 976 billion kronor ($143 billion) fall in the wake of the stock market crash.

German trucker jackknifes first himself then his rig in Sweden
Germany

German trucker jackknifes first himself then his rig in Sweden

Swedish police suspect a German truck driver was on drugs and masturbating while he wrecked his rig south of the western city of Borås earlier this week.

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Sweden

Record company lawsuits a ‘threat to free culture’

Are lawsuits and threats the music industry's new money-spinning idea, now that record sales have fallen, asks Madeleine Sjöstedt, Stockholm's Vice Mayor for Culture and Sports and member of the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet).

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Sweden

Trucker flips his rig after masturbating while driving

A German trucker suspected of driving under the influence of drugs crashed his vehicle near Borås in western Sweden on Tuesday. He subsequently admitted to masturbating at the time of the accident.

Ikea shutting down ‘Billy’ factory in Saxony-Anhalt
Germany

Ikea shutting down ‘Billy’ factory in Saxony-Anhalt

Workers in Gardelegen, Saxony-Anhalt have assembled Ikea’s famed “Billy” bookcases since 1982. But the factory is now closing its doors as the Swedish company pursues cheaper Slovakian labour, weekly magazine SuperIllu reported on Thursday.

Bias allegations mount in Pirate Bay case
Sweden

Bias allegations mount in Pirate Bay case

Two of the three judges in the Pirate Bay case are biased, according to the defence counsel, Per E. Samuelsson.

Merkel to demand new financial rules at G20
Germany

Merkel to demand new financial rules at G20

German Chancellor Angela Merkel headed to the G20 summit in the United States on Thursday determined to demand stricter regulations for the global financial markets.

Goalkeeper risks ban after sly goalpost move
Sweden

Goalkeeper risks ban after sly goalpost move

IFK Gothenburg's Danish goalkeeper Kim Christensen has been reported to the Swedish Football Association's disciplinary board after being caught moving the goalposts in a top flight football match against Örebro on Wednesday.

Swedish nurse suffers burns after hand gel rub
Sweden

Swedish nurse suffers burns after hand gel rub

A nurse at an eldercare home in Norrbotten in northern Sweden was left with burns to her left hand as residual traces of an alcohol-based hand disinfectant caught fire while pushing a trolley.

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Sweden

Swedish teen girls arrested for pimping

Two teenage girls have been arrested for aggravated pimping. They are suspected on having sold a girl to several men in Malmö in southern Sweden, according to the Metro newspaper.

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Sweden

H&M set to expand as profits climb

Swedish cut-price fashion clothing group H&M bucked the economic gloom on Thursday, reporting a four percent hike in third quarter profits and announcing an expansion of its chain of stores.

What’s on in Germany: September 24-30
Germany

What’s on in Germany: September 24-30

This Week's Highlights: Tori Amos plays Munich, Arto Lindsay leads a parade through Berlin, and sculptures from the Mao era arrive in Frankfurt.

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Sweden

Helicopter robbery – how it happened

The Swedish police have been roundly criticised for their slow response to the audacious helicopter robbery of a cash depot in Västberga south of Stockholm on Wednesday.

US warns of travel to Germany after terrorist threat video
Germany

US warns of travel to Germany after terrorist threat video

The United States has warned its citizens to be alert when travelling to Germany, after the terror network al-Qaida threatened attacks timed to coincide the election on Sunday.

Experts deny reported spike in police phone surveillance
Germany

Experts deny reported spike in police phone surveillance

Legal experts denied on Thursday reports that said telephone surveillance has increased disproportionately in Germany.

Hunt continues for helicopter robbers
Sweden

Hunt continues for helicopter robbers

Swedish police continue to hunt for suspects and faced criticism following the well-orchestrated, helicopter-aided theft at a cash depot in Västberga south of Stockholm on Wednesday.

Rich Germans voting Green on local level
Germany

Rich Germans voting Green on local level

While wealthy German cities are still voting conservative on a national level, a new trend of voting for the environmentalist Green party is growing at the municipal level.

Swedish town ditches ‘negro’ neighbourhood
Sweden

Swedish town ditches ‘negro’ neighbourhood

The city of Karlstad in western Sweden should no longer have a neighbourhood called Negern (‘the negro’), the town council decided on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Sweden set for stricter teacher credentials

The Swedish government has plans to toughen up on the credentials required for the country's school teachers.