Competition: win tickets to political satire In the Loop
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Competition: win tickets to political satire In the Loop

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Chipping away at Berlin Wall souvenir myths
Germany

Chipping away at Berlin Wall souvenir myths

The shelves of Berlin's souvenir shops are filled with small, spray-painted pieces of concrete mounted in Plexiglas. But are they real chunks of the Wall or just a scam for tourists? Ben Knight investigates.

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Sweden

Officer warned for forcing conscripts to drop their pants

Swedish military commanders have come under fire for punishing a group of conscripts by forcing them to pull down their pants and crawl in the grass.

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Sweden

Three dead following head-on collision

Two people died at the scene of a head-on collision between two cars on a main road in Dalarna in central Sweden on Monday afternoon.

CDU and SPD form Thuringia state coalition
Germany

CDU and SPD form Thuringia state coalition

The conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have agreed to form a coalition state government in Thuringia after seven weeks of post-election wrangling, the two sides announced on Monday.

Audi car sales set to overtake Mercedes
Germany

Audi car sales set to overtake Mercedes

German carmaker Audi is set to sell more vehicles worldwide than luxury rival Mercedes for the first time ever next year, according a new study released on Monday.

Pirate Bay appeal pushed back to next summer
Sweden

Pirate Bay appeal pushed back to next summer

An appeal launched by the four men found guilty in the Pirate Bay trial is unlikely to be heard until next summer, a Swedish appeals court announced on Monday.

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Sweden

Most Swedes fail to prep for higher interest rates

Only one in ten mortgage holders in Sweden is taking special measures to prepare for any upcoming interest rate hike, a new study shows.

Al-Qaida gaining ground for new recruits in Germany
Germany

Al-Qaida gaining ground for new recruits in Germany

At least 30 new terrorist recruits have travelled to Pakistan from Germany for training since the beginning of the year, The Washington Post reported on Monday.

Making it in Germany: An American fashion aficionado
Germany

Making it in Germany: An American fashion aficionado

The Local's series "Making it in Germany" presents Bruce Darnell, an American choreographer and model best known as an entertainment show judge on German television alongside Heidi Klum and Dieter Bohlen.

Armed robbers hit Michelin-rated eatery
Sweden

Armed robbers hit Michelin-rated eatery

Armed robbers broke into the Michelin-rated Sjömagasinet in Gothenburg in western Sweden on Sunday night, tying up the maître d' and making off with tens of thousands of kronor.

State officials warn of poisonous Turkish pears
Germany

State officials warn of poisonous Turkish pears

The state Consumer Protection Ministry in Baden-Württemberg on Monday issued a warning for pears imported from Turkey after they were found to contain dangerous amounts of the banned insecticide amitraz.

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Sweden

ABB forecasts profits of one billion dollars

Swedish-Swiss engineering group ABB expects third quarter net profits to hit one billion dollars, the company announced on Monday.

German vintners report ‘small but fine’ grape harvest
Germany

German vintners report ‘small but fine’ grape harvest

German vintners are reporting that while this year’s harvest is significantly smaller than average, it yielded grapes of the highest quality.

Islam ‘Sweden’s biggest threat’: far-right leader
Sweden

Islam ‘Sweden’s biggest threat’: far-right leader

An article by the leader of the far-right Sweden Democrats claiming that Islam is the biggest threat to Sweden since World War II is tantamount to hate speech, according to legal experts.

GM reportedly mulling options if Opel deal fails
Germany

GM reportedly mulling options if Opel deal fails

US automaker General Motors has an alternative restructuring plan up its sleeve if the EU blocks the planned sale of its German unit Opel, the Wall Street Journal Europe reported on Monday.

Experts warn of data misuse after student site hacking
Germany

Experts warn of data misuse after student site hacking

Peter Schaar, the German government's commissioner for data privacy, on Monday warned young internet users of putting their personal information online after hackers stole sensitive data from student SchülerVZ recently.

Deutsche Bahn considers alcohol ban on trains
Germany

Deutsche Bahn considers alcohol ban on trains

National rail provider Deutsche Bahn is considering an alcohol ban on trains with certain regional transport associations, daily Bild reported on Monday.

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Sweden

Encouraging results for Swedish HIV vaccine

A Swedish HIV vaccine, Hivis, has shown the best preliminary results the world has seen so far, according to experts.

East Germans nostalgic for sex as it was before the Wall fell
Germany

East Germans nostalgic for sex as it was before the Wall fell

Curiosity for the West German sex trade boomed among East Germans after the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, but now there is a growing nostalgia among these same people for sex the way it was behind the Iron Curtain.

Eriksson contacted for Sweden job: report
Sweden

Eriksson contacted for Sweden job: report

Sven-Göran Eriksson has been contacted by the Swedish Football Federation about taking over as coach of Sweden’s national side, the Expressen newspaper reports.

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Sweden

Ikea founders mull sale of Habitat furniture chain

The family of Ingvar Kamprad, the Swedish billionaire founder of the Ikea discount furniture chain, is thinking about ditching the high-end Habitat furniture and design chain.