Hamrén named coach as Swedish FA gets its man
Sweden

Hamrén named coach as Swedish FA gets its man

Erik Hamrén is to take over as new national team coach after the Swedish Football Association reached an agreement on Wednesday with his club, Norwegian champions Rosenborg.

What’s on in Sweden: November 6 – 12
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: November 6 – 12

What's on in Sweden: Selam African festival & gospel munificence in Stockholm; Cirque du Soleil and MJ Thriller in Gothenburg; Oumou Sangaré in Malmö/Lund.

GM U-turn on Opel stirs German fear and loathing
Germany

GM U-turn on Opel stirs German fear and loathing

General Motors' shock decision to back out of selling its Opel unit sparked a mix of fury and fear in Germany on Wednesday, as thousands of auto workers faced an uncertain future.

A day in the life of East Germany
Germany

A day in the life of East Germany

Daily life in Germany’s formerly communist eastern half has changed dramatically in the 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. David Sharp turns back the clock in Eisenhüttenstadt.

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

Questions from Brussels may threaten Saab sale

An emergency loan vital to completing the sale of Saab Automobile has been held up by questions from the European Commission, possibly jeopardizing the proposed deal.

Deutsche Bahn offers €20-ticket for Wall fall anniversary
Germany

Deutsche Bahn offers €20-ticket for Wall fall anniversary

Deutsche Bahn on Wednesday announced a special €20-ticket in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall – but they will only be available for a limited time.

Sweden hails Balkan border deal
Sweden

Sweden hails Balkan border deal

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Wednesday oversaw a deal aimed at resolving a divisive border dispute between Croatia and Slovenia.

Anglicans snub Swedish lesbian bishop
Sweden

Anglicans snub Swedish lesbian bishop

Anglican bishops from England and Northern Ireland have rebuffed invitations to attend the ordination of the openly gay Eva Brunne to be the next Bishop of Stockholm.

German media roundup: Kudos for Merkel’s ‘freedom’ speech
Germany

German media roundup: Kudos for Merkel’s ‘freedom’ speech

The Local’s German media roundup surveys the overwhelmingly positive response to Chancellor Angela Merkel's historic address to a joint session of the US Congress on Tuesday.

GE boss looks to Germany as role model
Germany

GE boss looks to Germany as role model

The head of US firm General Electric applauded German industry on Wednesday as an example for American businesses to follow, in a reversal of the usual direction of praise.

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

Saab suffers US and Swedish sales slump

Saab Automobile sales plummeted in the United States during the month of October, while sales of Volvo showed signs of improvement.

Police ask football leagues to foot the bill for hooliganism
Germany

Police ask football leagues to foot the bill for hooliganism

After the latest football violence left 29 police slightly injured in Rostock, the police union on Wednesday demanded Germany’s leagues pay up to €50 million a season to combat hooliganism.

Women awarded damages for nightclub make-out session
Sweden

Women awarded damages for nightclub make-out session

Two women who were told to stop kissing by a guard at a popular Stockholm night club have had their damage award for discrimination upheld by the Supreme Court.

How much bare skin can a bear bear in winter?
Germany

How much bare skin can a bear bear in winter?

Three stressed-out bears in the Leipzig zoo are shedding their fur, leaving them virtually naked as temperatures creep towards freezing, the zoo told The Local on Wednesday.

‘I won’t let my country be taken over by xenophobes’
Sweden

‘I won’t let my country be taken over by xenophobes’

Curiosity is the most effective weapon against xenophobia, writes journalist and head of think tank FORES Martin Ådahl, as a comment on the Sweden Democrats’ future role in Swedish politics.

Massive problems for Tele2 mobile customers
Sweden

Massive problems for Tele2 mobile customers

Millions of Swedes have had trouble using their mobile phones on Wednesday morning due to problems with the network of Swedish mobile operator Tele2.

Copycat jailed over BMW heiress sex-video blackmail plot
Germany

Copycat jailed over BMW heiress sex-video blackmail plot

A former motor mechanic was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison on Tuesday for trying to blackmail BMW heiress and Germany’s richest woman, Susanne Klatten, out of €800,000 over purported sex tapes.

Dad reports rabbit-munching eagle to police
Sweden

Dad reports rabbit-munching eagle to police

An insatiable eagle has been reported to the police after it attacked and killed a little girl's pet rabbit in a garden on the island of Väddö in the Stockholm archipelago.

Top military rep rules out troop increase in Afghanistan
Germany

Top military rep rules out troop increase in Afghanistan

Increasing the number of German troops in Afghanistan is not necessary, head of the DBwV German Military Association insisted on Wednesday.

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

Red-greens and centre- right in dead heat: poll

Support for Sweden’s two main political blocs is about equal, according to a new poll, which also shows the far-right Sweden Democrats with enough support to gain a seat in the Riksdag.

Man suffers life-threatening reaction to swine flu vaccine
Germany

Man suffers life-threatening reaction to swine flu vaccine

A 30-year-old in Düsseldorf has been the first German patient to suffer life-threatening health complications from a swine flu vaccination, daily Rheinische Post reported on Wednesday.

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

Annika Östberg ‘not ready’ for life out of prison: prosecutor

Annika Östberg, who was recently transferred from the United States to Sweden to serve out a lifetime prison sentence, isn’t yet ready to re-enter society, according to prosecutors.

GM abandons plans for Opel sale to Magna
Germany

GM abandons plans for Opel sale to Magna

US automakers General Motors on Tuesday scrapped an on-again, off-again plan to sell its big European division, Opel, which had triggered a political and diplomatic controversy.

Swedish intelligence agency hit by IT-attack
Sweden

Swedish intelligence agency hit by IT-attack

A cyber attack knocked out the website of a Swedish intelligence agency on Monday, just days after several Swedish media outlets and the police were hit by similar attacks.

Bordeaux derail Bayern’s Champions League campaign
Germany

Bordeaux derail Bayern’s Champions League campaign

Bordeaux's 2-0 win at FC Bayern Munich on Tuesday night put the French side into the knock-out stages of the Champions League and effectively scuppered the Bundesliga side's European campaign.