Swedish relief as Czechs sign Lisbon Treaty
Sweden

Swedish relief as Czechs sign Lisbon Treaty

The Swedish EU presidency can begin its hunt for a new EU Council president after Czech President Vaclav Klaus put pen to paper on Tuesday to make his country the last in the union to sign the Lisbon Treaty.

Merkel offers thanks but presses US on climate
Germany

Merkel offers thanks but presses US on climate

German Chancellor Angela Merkel used a historic address to the US Congress on Tuesday to issue a heartfelt plea to combat climate change, likening the problem to a second Berlin Wall.

The Year of the Rodent: Allsvenskan 2009
Sweden

The Year of the Rodent: Allsvenskan 2009

As the SM Guld [Swedish championship gold medal] makes its way to Solna, Nic Townsend looks back at another eventful season in Sweden’s premier football competition.

The lonely American: speaking with a US defector to East Germany
Germany

The lonely American: speaking with a US defector to East Germany

As thousands of people celebrated the opening of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, Victor Grossman feared he might be arrested. Brett Neely meets the American defector who fled to communist East Germany after deserting from the US Army.

Missing medieval church tower cross goes unnoticed for days
Germany

Missing medieval church tower cross goes unnoticed for days

Thieves have stolen the valuable crest of a medieval church steeple in Göttingen – though no one noticed for up to nine days, police in Lower Saxony reported on Tuesday.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Ex-moderate Muslim to form ‘anti-Zionist’ party in Sweden

A once moderate Muslim spokesperson who last year came out as an Islamist radical has announced plans to start a political party uniting all of Sweden’s anti-Zionists.

Eastern German economy grows faster than expected
Germany

Eastern German economy grows faster than expected

Germany's formerly communist eastern states need just 10 more years to match the economic output of the poorest western states, according to a new study released by the IW economic institute in Cologne on Tuesday.

Agency pulls job ad seeking Swedes who like to get naked
Sweden

Agency pulls job ad seeking Swedes who like to get naked

A Swedish job advertisement seeking candidates who aren't afraid to get naked and are practiced in the art of making out in bars has been pulled due to concerns from the National Public Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen).

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Reinfeldt targets US and China in climate message

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Tuesday put pressure on both the United States and China to do more to fight climate change ahead of a UN-sponsored summit on the issue set to take place in Copenhagen in December.

Benefits agency guilty of gender discrimination
Sweden

Benefits agency guilty of gender discrimination

Four women who were denied sick benefits during their pregnancies have won a landmark discrimination case against Sweden’s National Social Insurance agency (Försäkringskassan).

Small general stores making comeback in rural Germany
Germany

Small general stores making comeback in rural Germany

Small general stores are making a comeback in German villages because residents are no longer willing to drive long distances to remote supermarkets, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Tuesday.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Swedish airline to be sold for one krona

The owners of Swedish budget airline Skyways have announced plans to sell the carrier for one krona ($0.14) amid continuing economic problems.

Swedish politician dies of swine flu
Sweden

Swedish politician dies of swine flu

Liberal Party politician Jan-Erik Brohede has died of a swine flu-related illness at the age of 48, newspaper Nerikes Allehanda reports.

Obese man dies after refusing zoo X-ray
Germany

Obese man dies after refusing zoo X-ray

An obese man is dead after he refused to have an X-ray taken in a machine for zoo animals because he was too large for one at a Hamburg hospital, daily Bild reported on Tuesday.

BMW slams into Q3 earnings wall
Germany

BMW slams into Q3 earnings wall

German luxury car maker BMW on Tuesday posted dismal third quarter figures and warned there was no guarantee of a recovery in the coming months despite strong growth in China.

Guttenberg says Taliban waging ‘war’ against German troops
Germany

Guttenberg says Taliban waging ‘war’ against German troops

Breaking a long-standing semantic taboo in Berlin, German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg said on Tuesday that Taliban forces are waging a "war" against the international community.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Swedish zoo puts down new born lion cubs

Three lion cubs born last week at Borås Zoo have been put to sleep after their mother refused to rear them.

German fighter jet intercepts Russians in Baltic airspace
Germany

German fighter jet intercepts Russians in Baltic airspace

A German Luftwaffe fighter jet recently intercepted a Russian military aircraft threatening the airspace of NATO's Baltic members, the Rheinische Post daily reported on Tuesday.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

No penalty for man who filmed naked children

A 29-year-old counselor caught secretly filming naked children at a Swedish summer camp won’t be punished for his crimes.

Truckers ram blood donor van injuring six
Germany

Truckers ram blood donor van injuring six

Six people were injured on Monday night in a dramatic accident involving a semi-truck from Lithuania and a blood donor van from the German Red Cross on the A5 motorway near Gießen in Hesse.

Obama welcomes Reinfeldt for White House visit
Sweden

Obama welcomes Reinfeldt for White House visit

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt met with Barack Obama on Monday to discuss how to reach what the US President called an "important deal" at the upcoming Copenhagen conference on climate change.

Merkel to deliver historic speech to US Congress
Germany

Merkel to deliver historic speech to US Congress

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will deliver a major speech to the US Congress on Tuesday, nearly two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall and as the transatlantic alliance faces new challenges such as Afghanistan and climate change.