Murderer of Egyptian ‘veil martyr’ gets life
Germany

Murderer of Egyptian ‘veil martyr’ gets life

A Russian-born German man was sentenced to life behind bars on Wednesday for the brutal murder of a pregnant headscarved Egyptian woman, a crime that sparked outrage in the Muslim world.

Michelin Guide gives 24 new stars to German restaurants
Germany

Michelin Guide gives 24 new stars to German restaurants

The world-renowned Michelin Guide awarded Germany’s top restaurants a raft of new honours on Wednesday, handing 23 establishments one star and adding a second star to another gourmet eatery.

Economy minister tells banks to increase lending
Germany

Economy minister tells banks to increase lending

New German Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle pressed banks Wednesday to increase lending to small- and medium-sized enterprises to support a recovery from the worst recession since World War II.

Enke hid depression for years before suicide
Germany

Enke hid depression for years before suicide

Germany was in shock on Wednesday after football player Robert Enke, who was set to represent his country at the 2010 World Cup, committed suicide by throwing himself under a train after suffering years of depression.

Geldof slams German foreign aid as ‘not enough’
Germany

Geldof slams German foreign aid as ‘not enough’

Irish singer and political activist Bob Geldof criticised the German government’s foreign aid plans on Wednesday, calling them inadequate after meeting with new Development Minister Dirk Niebel for almost an hour.

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Sweden

Teens sign up for jihad at Stockholm youth centre

Swedish taxpayers helped fund a youth recreation centre in the north Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby which served as a recruiting station for the Somalia-based Islamist group al-Shabaab.

Afghanistan must bridge credibility gap: Bildt
Sweden

Afghanistan must bridge credibility gap: Bildt

With Kabul's credibility in serious question, Swedish foreign minster Carl Bildt has called on Hamid Karzai to instigate widespread reforms during his second term as president of Afghanistan.

Merkel honours WWI dead in Paris
Germany

Merkel honours WWI dead in Paris

French and German leaders stood side by side to honour the fallen of World War I on Armistice Day for the first time on Wednesday, laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Thief accidentally steals circus lion
Germany

Thief accidentally steals circus lion

A truck thief unintentionally stole a circus lion in Wuppertal before crashing the vehicle and fleeing the scene, police in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia told The Local on Wednesday.

Five Swedish soldiers injured in Afghanistan
Sweden

Five Swedish soldiers injured in Afghanistan

Five Swedish soldiers have been injured in an explosion that also claimed the life of a local foreign language interpreter, the Swedish Armed Forces said in a statement on Wednesday.

Swedes scramble to join new online movie service
Sweden

Swedes scramble to join new online movie service

A new service for watching movies over the internet for free has attracted more than a quarter of a million Swedes since its launch two weeks ago.

Geely to sell one million Volvos a year: report
Sweden

Geely to sell one million Volvos a year: report

China’s Geely, the front runner to purchase Volvo Cars from Ford, wants to build a factory in China to help increase Volvo sales to one million vehicles, according to US media reports.

Swine flu vaccine delays irk health officials
Germany

Swine flu vaccine delays irk health officials

Criticism of delayed delivery of swine flu vaccinations continued to grown on Wednesday ahead of a so-called “vaccination summit” in Berlin.

Britspotting film festival hits Berlin
Germany

Britspotting film festival hits Berlin

The 10th annual Britspotting Film Festival will serve up a diverse programme of new British and Irish movies from November 13 to 18 in Berlin. Check out The Local’s guide to the cinematic highlights from those wilful, windy islands off Europe’s northern coast.

Speed demon Swede fined in Germany
Sweden

Speed demon Swede fined in Germany

A 33-year-old Swedish man has been fined €2,000 ($3,000) by police in Germany after he was caught speeding at more than double the legal limit while driving to the south of the country with his girlfriend in a BMW convertible.

Sweden calls summit over EU top jobs
Sweden

Sweden calls summit over EU top jobs

Sweden, which currently hold the rotating EU presidency, has called an extraordinary meeting in Brussels next week with the aim of presenting candidates for the new positions of president and foreign policy chief.

GM’s Henderson apologises for Opel U-turn
Germany

GM’s Henderson apologises for Opel U-turn

Fritz Henderson, the CEO of US carmaker General Motors, apologised late on Tuesday evening for how the company handled reversing its decision to sell its troubled German unit Opel.

Vattenfall to sell Swedish power grid: report
Sweden

Vattenfall to sell Swedish power grid: report

Swedish state-owned power company Vattenfall wants to sell its Swedish electricity network to bring in funds for investment in nuclear power in Britain, Sweden’s TV4 reports.

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Sweden

Police fire shots at suspected teen arsonists

Police in a Stockholm suburb responding to a suspected case of arson on Tuesday night fired shots at a car carrying three teenagers who tried to run the police officers down as they attempted to flee.

Karneval kicks off in Cologne
Germany

Karneval kicks off in Cologne

Germany’s traditional carnival season kicks off on Wednesday in Cologne, with some 70,000 revellers expected to turn up to party in costume.

Swedish swimmers shine while Phelps disappoints in Stockholm
Sweden

Swedish swimmers shine while Phelps disappoints in Stockholm

Swedish swimmer Stefan Nystrand set a new national record at the short-course World Cup in Stockholm on Tuesday, while American Olympic sensation Michael Phelps failed to live up to expectations.