Going with Germany’s bureaucratic flow
Germany

Going with Germany’s bureaucratic flow

In the latest installment of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy explains how he learned to cope with the country’s bleating bureaucrats.

Malmö mystery man ‘sounds Dutch’: linguist
Sweden

Malmö mystery man ‘sounds Dutch’: linguist

A man in southern Sweden who has called on the public to help him rediscover his identity probably has either Dutch or Flemish as his native language, a prominent forensic linguist has told The Local.

Prosecutors pursue charges against Holocaust denying Catholic bishop
Germany

Prosecutors pursue charges against Holocaust denying Catholic bishop

Prosecutors in the Bavarian city of Regensburg have submitted a request to press charges against the controversial Catholic bishop Richard Williamson for inciting hatred by denying the Holocaust.

Saab sales continue to crash in Europe
Sweden

Saab sales continue to crash in Europe

Sales figures for Saab Automobile continue to disappoint, dipping 61.7 percent in September compared with the year before. Meanwhile, Volvo’s car sales jumped 8.1 percent.

Berlin school offers German-language guarantee in immigrant heavy district
Germany

Berlin school offers German-language guarantee in immigrant heavy district

An elementary school in Berlin’s multicultural Wedding district has announced it will offer a class with a “German guarantee” to keep the overwhelmingly immigrant student body from deterring enrollment.

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Sweden

Teacher who paid for sex with minor ‘can’t be fired’

Being found guilty of paying for group sex with a minor is not sufficient grounds for education officials in Stockholm to fire a teacher who has refused to quit following his conviction.

Tidy wilderness rule blocks vultures’ return to German Alps
Germany

Tidy wilderness rule blocks vultures’ return to German Alps

Vulture sightings in the Alps are becoming more common some 150 years after they were wiped out of the area, but experts say an EU policy keeping the hillsides clear of animal carcasses deprives them of enough food to repopulate.

Swedish study finds body temperature best taken from behind
Sweden

Swedish study finds body temperature best taken from behind

A Swedish study has shown that inserting a thermometer into a patient’s mouth or ear is not the most reliable way to determine whether or not someone has a fever.

Dole drops Bananas!* lawsuit
Sweden

Dole drops Bananas!* lawsuit

Dole Foods was withdrawn its lawsuit against Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten over a documentary film which the company claimed contained falsehoods which harmed the US food giant.

Berlin’s ‘Festival of Lights’ begins
Germany

Berlin’s ‘Festival of Lights’ begins

Berlin’s fifth annual “Festival of Lights” kicked off on Wednesday night featuring more than 50 illuminated city landmarks, which will be accompanied by events and firework displays over the next 10 days.

German economy seen rebounding next year
Germany

German economy seen rebounding next year

Germany is poised to bounce back to positive growth next year, the country's main economic institutes said Thursday, a major turnaround for Europe's top economy after its worst recession in 60 years.

Winter storm warning issued for east Germany
Germany

Winter storm warning issued for east Germany

The German Weather Service (DWD) on Thursday issued a winter storm warning for the Erzgebirge mountain range in the eastern state of Saxony, predicting up to 15 centimetres of snow above 400 metres by evening.

Siemens snaps up solar energy firm
Germany

Siemens snaps up solar energy firm

German conglomerate Siemens on Thursday announced the purchase of Solel Solar Systems, a maker of panels used in power plants harnessing the sun's rays to generate electricity.

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Sweden

Sweden to probe housing discrimination

Sweden’s Equality Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen – DO) plans to launch a nationwide investigation into discrimination in Sweden’s housing market.

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Sweden

Hazardous roads in Sweden as ice arrives

A number of motorists were left needing hospital treatment on Thursday morning as icy road conditions caused accidents across Sweden.

What’s on in Germany: October 15 – 21
Germany

What’s on in Germany: October 15 – 21

This week's highlights: After 60 years a museum reopens in Berlin, Nick Cave reads from his new novel in Hamburg, and Frankfurt holds its annual book fair.

Intelligence agency warns of Iranian spies
Germany

Intelligence agency warns of Iranian spies

Germany’s domestic intelligence service on Thursday warned those critical of Iran's regime to be aware of threats and intimidation from the country’s secret police.

Win fails to help Sweden fulfill World Cup dream
Sweden

Win fails to help Sweden fulfill World Cup dream

Despite a 4-1 drubbing of Albania on Wednesday night, Sweden’s slim hopes of continuing their World Cup journey came to an end as Malta failed to take points from Portugal.

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Sweden

Two Swedes convicted for selling illegal porn

Two porn peddlers from northwestern Sweden have been convicted for selling pornographic films with exceedingly violent content.

What’s on in Sweden: October 16 – 22
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: October 16 – 22

What's on in Sweden: Championship rugby & Massive Attack (UK) in Stockholm/Uppsala; Chocolate festival & avant garde dance in Gothenburg; Rahael Saadiq (US) in Malmö/Lund.

Ballack disappointed in booing fans after Finland draw
Germany

Ballack disappointed in booing fans after Finland draw

Captain Michael Ballack slammed Germany's fans after his side endured a barrage of boos during their disappointing 1-1 draw with Finland on Wednesday evening.

Berlin brothel offers green discounts to beat the crisis
Germany

Berlin brothel offers green discounts to beat the crisis

Stung by the economic crisis, a brothel in Berlin has leapt on the "green" bandwagon and is offering discounts to clients who can prove they arrived by public transport or bicycle - with some success.

Sweden’s Princess Madeleine in underwear ‘bomb’ scare
Sweden

Sweden’s Princess Madeleine in underwear ‘bomb’ scare

A mysterious package addressed to Sweden’s Princess Madeleine at the World Childhood Foundation in New York prompted a response from the police’s bomb squad on Tuesday.