Ex-GDR officials gripe of persecution 20 years on
Germany

Ex-GDR officials gripe of persecution 20 years on

There’s no question East Germany persecuted its citizens, but have the communist regime’s henchmen been wronged since reunification? David Wroe investigates.

Malmö gets sucked in to world of comics
Sweden

Malmö gets sucked in to world of comics

The Local's Charlotte Webb sits down with World of Comics festival co-ordinator, Caroline Lund, to talk masks and multiculturalism in Malmö.

Study finds babies cry in German
Germany

Study finds babies cry in German

German scientists have found newborns cry in their mother tongue, signalling that they begin learning the sounds of language while still in the womb.

As the Wall fell: ‘We were looking for cracks in the façade’
Germany

As the Wall fell: ‘We were looking for cracks in the façade’

As a public affairs officer for the US Embassy in East Berlin just before the Berlin Wall fell, Peter Claussen had a unique view of life in the German Democratic Republic. The Local spoke with him about how he remembers the historic time.

GM Europe boss quits in disgust
Germany

GM Europe boss quits in disgust

General Motors Europe head Carl-Peter Forster is quitting in disgust at GM's decision to hang on to its European unit Opel/Vauxhall, an inside source said on Friday.

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Sweden

Who should I call to learn more about the swine flu vaccine?

With the swine flu vaccine now available to the general public in Sweden, a growing number of questions have come up regarding who should receive the vaccine and where to get vaccinated.

Social Democrats slam Nord Stream approval
Sweden

Social Democrats slam Nord Stream approval

Sweden’s decision to allow the Russian-led Nord Stream gas pipeline to pass through its territorial waters has prompted a scathing response from the political opposition.

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Sweden

Three arrested for Viking treasure theft

Three men, including the board member of an auction house, have been arrested on Gotland in connection with the plunder of hundreds of Viking-era silver artifacts from the Baltic Sea island, Sveriges Radio reports.

One dose is enough: Swedish health officials
Sweden

One dose is enough: Swedish health officials

Swedish health authorities have determined that one dose of vaccine is sufficient to provide adequate protection against the swine flu for healthy people over 13-years-old, including pregnant women.

Reinfeldt reclaims top spot in Sweden power rankings
Sweden

Reinfeldt reclaims top spot in Sweden power rankings

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt can once again lay claim to the title of Sweden’s most power person, having nudged his own finance minister Anders Borg from the top spot in a new ranking released on Thursday.

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Sweden

Fury over three-year-old’s retouched school photo

The father of a three-year-old girl from northern Sweden is outraged that school photographers have retouched his daughter’s school picture for the second year in a row.

Reinfeldt warns India of climate change dangers
Sweden

Reinfeldt warns India of climate change dangers

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Friday cautioned India about the impact of climate change if upcoming UN climate talks fail to produce a new agreement to reduce emissions.

Federal prosecutors to probe deadly NATO air strike in Afghanistan
Germany

Federal prosecutors to probe deadly NATO air strike in Afghanistan

German federal prosecutors are taking over the investigation into the deadly NATO air strike in Afghanistan ordered by Bundeswehr Col. Georg Klein, authorities said on Friday.

Mittal snaps up troubled fashion house Escada
Germany

Mittal snaps up troubled fashion house Escada

The insolvent German fashion group Escada has been sold to Megha Mittal, daughter-in-law of Indian steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, the firm said without providing financial details.

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Sweden

Sweden to pay more asylum seekers to leave

Sweden has decided to expand a programme which gives unsuccessful asylum seekers money to voluntarily return to their homelands, at the same time as the number of refugee applications continues to drop.

Mother of eight jailed for smothering baby boy in cellar
Germany

Mother of eight jailed for smothering baby boy in cellar

A regional Berlin court on Friday sentenced a 42-year-old woman to eight years in prison for manslaughter after she admitted to smothering her newborn infant.

Merkel opted for sauna and beer as Wall fell
Germany

Merkel opted for sauna and beer as Wall fell

As thousands of East Germans surged past the Berlin Wall to taste freedom for the first time 20 years ago, Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the sauna and had a beer.

Geothermal drilling taps violent geyser in Wiesbaden city centre
Germany

Geothermal drilling taps violent geyser in Wiesbaden city centre

Construction workers drilling for a geothermal heat source in the traditional spa town of Wiesbaden created a violent geyser that caused flooding contained only by early Friday morning, Hessian authorities said.

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Sweden

Sweden breaks trend of rising bankruptcy figures

The number of Swedish companies filing for bankruptcy has dropped for the first time since June 2008, new figures show, although many companies continue to struggle.

Swedish toddlers set to receive swine flu vaccine
Sweden

Swedish toddlers set to receive swine flu vaccine

The swine flu vaccine will soon be available to all children younger than three-years-old, according to Swedish health authorities.

Taking her first gasp during East Germany’s last
Germany

Taking her first gasp during East Germany’s last

Two minutes have bestowed a title on Sarah Klier for life. She came into the world on October 2, 1990 in Leipzig – two minutes before midnight – making her the last child born in communist East Germany.

Clinton to attend Wall anniversary ceremonies
Germany

Clinton to attend Wall anniversary ceremonies

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Thursday she will attend ceremonies in Berlin next week to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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Sweden

Rape acquittals because girl ‘not helpless enough’

Four men charged with gang-raping a 17-year-old girl have been acquitted by a Swedish court because prosecutors were unable to prove that the girl was in a helpless state at the time of the incident.