Jewish leaders urge Germans to remember Nazi pogrom
Germany

Jewish leaders urge Germans to remember Nazi pogrom

German Jewish leaders urged the country Monday to remember November 9 as not only the date the Berlin Wall fell, but also as the anniversary of the Nazi Kristallnacht pogrom in 1938.

Government approves €8.5-bln fiscal package
Germany

Government approves €8.5-bln fiscal package

The German government on Monday adopted a package of fiscal measures worth €8.5 billion ($12.7 billion) including tax cuts and benefits aimed at underpinning economic growth.

Online sperm donor sows seeds of debate
Sweden

Online sperm donor sows seeds of debate

A 26-year-old man from Gothenburg, "used but in good condition", has had his advert removed from an auction site after offering his sexual services to lesbian women wishing to become pregnant.

Pot smoking can damage young brains: study
Sweden

Pot smoking can damage young brains: study

Smoking marijuana is more harmful for young people than previously believed, according to a Swedish study.

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Sweden

500,000 more swine flu vaccine doses on the way

County health authorities in Sweden are set to receive half a million more doses of the swine flu vaccine on Tuesday.

Walking the Berlin Wall then and now
Germany

Walking the Berlin Wall then and now

Twenty years after the fall of the Wall, how much has Berlin changed? The Local walks the length of the Cold War barrier to look at five significant locations then and now.

Violent attacks mar Djurgården win
Sweden

Violent attacks mar Djurgården win

Djurgården football club is facing hefty fines after fans attacked players from the opposing team following the Stockholm team’s thrilling Sunday night victory to avoid relegation.

Boy found guilty of murdering sister
Sweden

Boy found guilty of murdering sister

A 15-year-old boy has been found guilty by Ystad district court of murdering his 19-year-old sister on a farm outside Sjöbo in southern Sweden.

Germany celebrates the fall of the Berlin Wall
Germany

Germany celebrates the fall of the Berlin Wall

More than 100,000 people celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Monday evening, as world leaders gathered in the German capital for emotional commemorations marking the spread of freedom across Europe.

Borg ‘more optimistic’ about Swedish economy
Sweden

Borg ‘more optimistic’ about Swedish economy

The Swedish economy is set to return to growth next year, but unemployment will remain high, according to a new forecast from finance minister Anders Borg.

‘A panicked border guard using his gun was our biggest worry’
Germany

‘A panicked border guard using his gun was our biggest worry’

The fall of the Berlin Wall sparked celebration, but also chaos in both halves of the city. David Wroe speaks with former West Berlin Mayor Walter Momper about how dicey November 9, 1989 really was.

‘The way it went for us in 1989 is not the way it always goes’
Germany

‘The way it went for us in 1989 is not the way it always goes’

The scars caused by the Berlin Wall are slowly healing. Anna Croall speaks with Pastor Manfred Fischer, whose Chapel of Reconciliation was built in the German capital’s former death strip.

Products from former East Germany dazzle in quality test
Germany

Products from former East Germany dazzle in quality test

Products from former East German states have “recaptured” their place on supermarket shelves, according to a quality test by the latest edition of Frankfurt-based consumer magazine Öko-Test.

BMW and Audi report October sales spike in China
Germany

BMW and Audi report October sales spike in China

The German rival car makers BMW and Audi said on Monday that sales rose in October, with a particular leap in the Chinese market.

‘It’s not the fart that kills…’
Sweden

‘It’s not the fart that kills…’

As a bilingual video has the internet public in stitches, The Local's Elizabeth Dacey-Fondelius catches up with the men behind the merging of comedy and the Swedish language.

The Brandenburg Gate
Germany

The Brandenburg Gate

Now the symbol of German reunification, the Brandenburg Gate is among Berlin's most famous sights. Images of revellers atop the Wall in 1989 evoke strong memories even 20 years later.

Glienicke Bridge
Germany

Glienicke Bridge

The Glienicke Bridge crossing near Potsdam gained its mysterious image with the 1961 exchange of a Russian agent for famous US pilot Francis Gary Powers. The checkpoint kept the name “Bridge of Spies” after two more spy exchanges in the 1980s.

Scientists pinpoint genetic changes due to childhood trauma
Germany

Scientists pinpoint genetic changes due to childhood trauma

Extreme stress and trauma in childhood can change a person’s genes, making them more susceptible to depression and other disorders, a new study published by the Max Planck Institute for Psychology in Munich has revealed.

Friedrichstrasse Station
Germany

Friedrichstrasse Station

The train station at Friedrichstrasse was one of only two checkpoints for foreign visitors to Berlin, and home to the "Palace of Tears" - a pavilion nicknamed after from the many sad goodbyes said there. After the wall came down, this "palace" became a disco, but is currently being redeveloped into a museum.

Bornholmer Strasse Checkpoint
Germany

Bornholmer Strasse Checkpoint

The Bornholmer Strasse checkpoint was active throughout the division of Berlin as the city's northernmost crossing point. On November 9, 1989, its guards were the first breach the Wall and let East Germans cross into the West.

Checkpoint Charlie
Germany

Checkpoint Charlie

Few locations came to symbolise divided Berlin like the Allied border crossing Checkpoint Charlie. Despite its important role in the Cold War years, nothing of the original structure remains in place and the downtown site is now overrun by the tourist trade.

Man dead after falling from cliff in fog
Germany

Man dead after falling from cliff in fog

A 35-year-old man is dead after falling from a cliff in the Swabian mountains, police reported from the state of Baden-Württemberg on Monday.

Sweden completes pharmacy sell-off
Sweden

Sweden completes pharmacy sell-off

Sweden has secured buyers for some 465 pharmacies up for sale as part of the demonopolization of the country's retail drug market.

Seven-year-old boy found on sidewalk with alcohol poisoning
Germany

Seven-year-old boy found on sidewalk with alcohol poisoning

A seven-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was found on a Berlin sidewalk with extreme alcohol poisoning, the police reported on Monday.

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Sweden

Gothenburg haunted by mystery rapist

Police in Gothenburg are on the hunt for a perpetrator suspected in a number of rapes and as many as thirty attempted sexual assaults in recent weeks.

Masked mob attacks train full of football fans
Germany

Masked mob attacks train full of football fans

A group of up to 30 masked people at a station near Braunschweig attacked a regional train full of football fans with bats, hammers and stones over the weekend, police reported on Monday.

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Sweden

Sweden slammed for UN rights failures

Sweden has come in for harsh criticism from the country's United Nations association and 15 other organizations for failing to abide by a number of UN conventions.

Clinton uses Wall fête to speak against extremism
Germany

Clinton uses Wall fête to speak against extremism

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Sunday night used the anniversary of the Berlin Wall's fall as a rallying cry for a reinvigorated US-European push to free those oppressed by religious extremism.

Sweden’s first lesbian bishop consecrated in Uppsala
Sweden

Sweden’s first lesbian bishop consecrated in Uppsala

The Church of Sweden on Sunday ordained a female pastor as the country's first openly homosexual bishop, just weeks after approving gay marriages.

Trading magic for the beauty of being ordinary
Germany

Trading magic for the beauty of being ordinary

Forget the magic of history and Helmut Kohl’s illusory “blossoming landscapes” – 20 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall eastern Germany has become a beautifully ordinary place, writes The Local’s Marc Young.