Ski season starts early on the Zugspitze
Germany

Ski season starts early on the Zugspitze

Some 1,500 skiers and snowboarders defied the climate change doomsayers to usher in the new season on Germany's highest mountain on Saturday, where over a metre of snow has already fallen.

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Germany

The political agenda of Germany’s new government

Germany's new governing coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on Saturday the main points of a common programme.

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Germany

The main players in Merkel’s new cabinet

Germany's new centre-right coalition will be sworn in on Wednesday, with Chancellor Angela Merkel at its head for a second four-year term. The Local introduces the main players in her cabinet.

Clocks go back amid rising winter-time discontent
Germany

Clocks go back amid rising winter-time discontent

The clocks will be turned back one hour in the night from Saturday to Sunday, with more and more young people baffled about the purpose and annoyed by the consequences of daylight savings time. The Free Democrats have even made it a political issue.

Audi to invest massively in German plants
Germany

Audi to invest massively in German plants

The Volkswagen subsidiary Audi is set to invest €1.9 billion in its own factories, it was announced Saturday. The move is part of a crisis-defying trend among Germany's luxury car brands.

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Sweden

Söderling keeps home title hopes alive at Stockholm Open

Top seed Robin Söderling becomes the last Swede standing after defeating Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the Stockholm Open quarter-finals on Friday. Joachim Johansson was unable to fend off the challenge from Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci in his quarter-final draw.

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Sweden

Ping pong prisoner’s pricey claim for injured pinky

A prisoner serving time in Gävle jail has received a pay out of 18,300 kronor ($2,700) in compensation, after injuring his little finger during a game of table tennis.

Coalition unveils agenda with tax relief
Germany

Coalition unveils agenda with tax relief

Germany's newly elected government unveiled its plans for the next four years on Saturday, spearheaded by €24 billion of tax cuts despite the country's mammoth debt mountain.

Stubborn doctors told to get swine flu vaccine
Germany

Stubborn doctors told to get swine flu vaccine

The chairman of Germany's official vaccination committee (STIKO) has told doctors to have themselves immunised against the H1-N1 virus whatever their personal opinions on the vaccine, it emerged Saturday.

Electrolux phases out production home and abroad
Sweden

Electrolux phases out production home and abroad

Swedish appliance maker Electrolux is considering plans to phase out production at one of its factories in Motala in central Sweden. The company has also announced the closure of a plant in Spain which employs 450 people.

Bergman’s island home to become arts centre
Sweden

Bergman’s island home to become arts centre

A Norwegian businessman has bought the home of the late Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman on the remote island of Fårö and plans to turn the property into an arts centre.

Writer Guillou admits KGB connection
Sweden

Writer Guillou admits KGB connection

Prominent Swedish author and journalist Jan Guillou had liaisons spanning five years with the Soviet intelligence service in the 1960s. Guillou maintains he was trying to reveal how the KGB was operating in Sweden.

Former prisoner to re-enact Stasi jail time
Germany

Former prisoner to re-enact Stasi jail time

A former prisoner of East Germany's fearsome secret police will return to one of its jail cells in a reenactment of the communist regime's oppression 20 years after the Berlin Wall fell.

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Sweden

Further deaths linked to swine flu vaccine

Health investigators are under more pressure as two elderly women are reported to have died, days after receiving the swine flu vaccine. It brings the total number of deaths linked to the vaccine in Sweden to four.