Repairing run-down buildings one Lego at a time
Germany

Repairing run-down buildings one Lego at a time

The colourful plastic toy bricks you may have noticed patching up buildings around Europe recently have nothing to do with municipal budget cuts. Shannon Smith examines a Berlin-based artist’s quirky open-air installations.

Swedish secret agent’s 15th century castle up for auction
Sweden

Swedish secret agent’s 15th century castle up for auction

A 15th century castle in southern Sweden belonging to a man who once supplied secret Russian technology to the Swedish military, is set to go up for auction in November.

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Sweden

TeliaSonera’s Baltic acquisitions move forward

TeliaSonera has yet to take over full control of Lithuania’s TEO LT as planned, the Nordic telecommunications operator said on Tuesday, but it has acquired nearly all of Estonia's Eesti Telekom.

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Sweden

Man held for setting ex-wife on fire

A 51-year-old man has been remanded into custody after setting fire to his ex-wife in Gävle in eastern Sweden.

Young Germans launch Europe’s first ‘personalised’ newspaper
Germany

Young Germans launch Europe’s first ‘personalised’ newspaper

Two young German entrepreneurs presented what they described as a Europe-wide first on Tuesday: a newspaper tailored to readers' individual wishes and delivered to their door before 8:00 am.

Bundesbank’s Sarrazin stripped of duties for xenophobic comments
Germany

Bundesbank’s Sarrazin stripped of duties for xenophobic comments

Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin was stripped of some of his responsibilities on Tuesday in a symbolic protest of anti-immigrant comments he made last month.

Germany facing bumpy economic recovery
Germany

Germany facing bumpy economic recovery

Germany's economic recovery following the worst recession in 60 years looks to be gradual and bumpy, a closely-watched confidence survey suggested on Tuesday.

Most criminals avoiding jail in Germany
Germany

Most criminals avoiding jail in Germany

New statistics show that 70 percent of convicted criminals in Germany never see the inside of a jail. While appearing excessively lenient, a top criminologist told The Local on Tuesday that decreasing crime rates prove the country's penal system is effective.

Anna Anka conjures bygone era of Bad Girls and Mad Men
Sweden

Anna Anka conjures bygone era of Bad Girls and Mad Men

An outspoken Hollywood housewife prompts The Local's Jeanne Rudbeck to weigh up her options: stay a wage slave to the grave or get back to bitchin' in the kitchen.

New German coalition aiming to cut solar energy subsidies
Germany

New German coalition aiming to cut solar energy subsidies

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s new centre-right coalition could slash subsidies to the country’s already beleaguered solar energy manufacturers, business daily Handelsblatt reported on Tuesday.

Court overturns ruling in audio book piracy case
Sweden

Court overturns ruling in audio book piracy case

Swedish broadband provider ePhone is not obligated to hand over customer information to five book publishers, according to a decision by the Svea Court of Appeal which overturns a lower court ruling.

Activists win ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’
Sweden

Activists win ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’

A Congolese environmentalist, an Australian doctor and a peace worker from New Zealand have been announced as the joint winners of the Swedish Right Livelihood Prize. The prize is an annual award honouring those who work to improve the planet and the lives of others

Frankfurt Book Fair walks tightrope between Chinese officials and dissidents
Germany

Frankfurt Book Fair walks tightrope between Chinese officials and dissidents

The Frankfurt Book Fair opened Tuesday with the welcome mat laid out for guest of honour China, but the German hosts also made clear freedom of expression was more an opportunity than a threat to its Chinese guests.

Hip diaper bag a must for the discerning dad
Sweden

Hip diaper bag a must for the discerning dad

Nothing says 'cool dad' like a dashing nappy bag, writes Joel Sherwood, who finds his street cred only slightly hampered by a hasty online purchase.

Snow causes massive A20 pileup near Lübeck
Germany

Snow causes massive A20 pileup near Lübeck

Snow caused a massive 18-car pileup on the A20 motorway east of Lübeck on Tuesday morning, as the first wintry weather of the season hit broad swaths of Germany.

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Sweden

Profits up at Sweden’s Investor

Swedish investment group Investor turned a profit in the third quarter, the company reported on Tuesday, capitalizing on global financial markets’ decreased volatility.

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Sweden

Housing prices surge despite money worries

Housing prices in Sweden have regained their momentum after last autumn's tumble despite concerns over interest rate developments and rising unemployment.

Proud mum Klum ecstatic about new baby girl Lou Sulola
Germany

Proud mum Klum ecstatic about new baby girl Lou Sulola

German supermodel Heidi Klum has broken her silence over the birth of her fourth child, confirming that the little girl’s name is Lou Sulola Samuel.

Turkish leader says kids need Islamic holiday off
Germany

Turkish leader says kids need Islamic holiday off

The leader of the Turkish Community in Germany (TGD) Kenan Kolat said Tuesday that non-Muslim schoolchildren should be allowed out of school for an important Islamic religious holiday.

Anger as deportees held in solitary confinement
Sweden

Anger as deportees held in solitary confinement

Sweden continues to isolate asylum seekers awaiting deportation in remand centres, despite continued criticism from torture committees at the United Nations and the Council of Europe.

Missing German hiker found dead in Australian bush
Germany

Missing German hiker found dead in Australian bush

Australian police Tuesday said they had found the body of a man in rugged bushland in an area where they had been searching for a missing 24-year-old German hiker.

Tech glitch darkens Swedish websites
Sweden

Tech glitch darkens Swedish websites

A maintenance error blocked access to hundreds of thousands of Swedish websites for about 30 minutes on Monday night.

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Sweden

Swede arrested in Bulgaria on Interpol warrant

A 40-year-old Swedish man has been arrested in Bulgaria on suspicions of money laundering and drug crimes.