Less trouble and strife: Swedes and the single life
Sweden

Less trouble and strife: Swedes and the single life

Fed up of being cut off from the couples-only dinner party circuit, Swedish singles are fighting back. As The Local’s Christine Demsteader finds out, they are throwing their frozen meals-for-one aside to attend Sweden’s Biggest Singles Party.

SPD makes Steinmeier parliamentary leader
Germany

SPD makes Steinmeier parliamentary leader

After he failed to oust Angela Merkel from the Chancellery, Social Democratic MPs voted to make outgoing foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as the leader of the party's parliamentary group on Tuesday.

Westerwelle: Germany must stay in Afghanistan
Germany

Westerwelle: Germany must stay in Afghanistan

Guido Westerwelle, the man tipped to become Berlin's next foreign minister, said on Tuesday that Germany should stay the course in Afghanistan until security can be assured in the war-torn nation.

Knut slapped by new girlfriend
Germany

Knut slapped by new girlfriend

Just a few days after a brown bear suddenly killed its companion before terrified onlookers in Stralsund, Berlin’s favourite polar bear Knut had an altercation with his new female companion Gianna, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Tuesday.

Stinky German men ranked the world’s worst lovers
Germany

Stinky German men ranked the world’s worst lovers

German men have been rated the worst lovers by a British survey of 15,000 women from 20 countries. The reason? The unwashed Teutonic romeos smell.

Energy firms looking at huge nuclear windfall
Germany

Energy firms looking at huge nuclear windfall

With German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new government likely to extend or even roll back Germany’s phase-out of nuclear power, daily Der Tagesspiegel reported on Tuesday the country’s energy countries stand to make billions.

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Sweden

Swedish cross-dresser wins final battle to be named Madeleine

A male cross-dresser from Luleå in northern Sweden has won his legal struggle to go by the name Madeleine.

Police probe Serb ties to helicopter heist
Sweden

Police probe Serb ties to helicopter heist

Police in Serbia suspect the mastermind behind last week's brazen helicopter heist is a 40-year-old Bosnian Serb living in Belgrade known as the 'gangster king'.

UN body designates Swedish dialect a ‘threatened language’
Sweden

UN body designates Swedish dialect a ‘threatened language’

The Scanian ('Skånska') dialect of southern Sweden has landed on Unesco's list of threatened languages, much to the exasperation of Swedish linguists.

Spotify ties make Pirate Bay judge biased: court
Sweden

Spotify ties make Pirate Bay judge biased: court

A Swedish court ruled on Tuesday that a lay judge set to hear the next phase of the Pirate Bay trial is unsuitable for the job because he works for the Spotify digital music service.

Emden shipyard closes despite workers’ protests
Germany

Emden shipyard closes despite workers’ protests

The traditional seaport city of Emden was stunned on Tuesday, as its historical Nordseewerke shipyard remained closed a day after owner ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems (TKMS) sold it to wind farm maker Siag Schaaf Industrie.

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Sweden

Helicopter heist suspects – who they are

Here's a look at the six men currently being held on suspicions of involvement in last week's spectacular helicopter robbery of a Västberga cash depot, according to Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Making the SPD relevant through redundancy
Germany

Making the SPD relevant through redundancy

The Social Democrats suffered a resounding defeat in Sunday’s election. Lorenz Maroldt, editor-in-chief of Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel, believes the beleaguered centre-left party can now deal with the issues it has neglected for too long.

Elite Swedish soldiers blow up wrong house
Sweden

Elite Swedish soldiers blow up wrong house

A group of elite Swedish soldiers made a colossal error during a demolition exercise at the weekend when they blasted their way into the wrong house.

Berlin S-Bahn commuters to be reimbursed for train chaos
Germany

Berlin S-Bahn commuters to be reimbursed for train chaos

Berlin’s S-Bahn commuter train service will begin reimbursing regular customers on October 8 for the safety scandal that has crippled service since late July, the company told daily Berliner Morgenpost on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swede held in Pakistan ‘refuses to be released’: official

A 19-year-old Swedish woman is still being held in Islamabad after having declined several times to be released without her husband, Pakistani officials report.

Hertha reportedly considering hiring Matthäus as coach
Germany

Hertha reportedly considering hiring Matthäus as coach

Former Germany captain Lothar Matthäus has been linked to the vacant coaching role at the Bundesliga's bottom club Hertha Berlin, which sacked coach Lucien Favre on Monday evening.

Swedish banks’ bonus bonanza continues
Sweden

Swedish banks’ bonus bonanza continues

The four main Swedish banks, some of which have requested bailout money from shareholders and the state, are expected to dish out a whopping 5.4 billion kronor ($769 million) in employee bonuses for 2009, despite substantial credit losses.

‘Elk safari’ backs up A7 traffic
Germany

‘Elk safari’ backs up A7 traffic

Police closed the A7 motorway near the border of Hesse and Lower Saxony in both directions on Monday evening, causing massive traffic jams for what witnesses called a “elk safari.”

Russia’s ‘Hitler skull’ belonged to a woman
Germany

Russia’s ‘Hitler skull’ belonged to a woman

A skull fragment thought to come from Adolf Hitler is in fact that of an unidentified woman, according to a US study that has resurrected questions about the Nazi leader's death.

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Sweden

Popular kids become healthier adults: study

Children who are the most popular and powerful at school also enjoy better health in adult life compared to counterparts at the bottom end of the pecking order, said a Swedish study published Tuesday.

Bergman auction prices soar past estimates
Sweden

Bergman auction prices soar past estimates

Collectors and Ingmar Bergman fans proved willing to pay far more than expected for a range of the legendary filmmaker’s personal items auctioned off in Stockholm on Monday.

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Sweden

H&M picks France’s Sonia Rykiel to design special collection

Swedish clothing retailer H&M said on Monday that its winter and spring collections would include clothing and lingerie designed by French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel.