Remains of billionaire Flick found in Hungary
Germany

Remains of billionaire Flick found in Hungary

The remains of German billionaire Friedrich Karl Flick, which were stolen a year ago, have been recovered in Hungary, the police announced on Monday.

Opening the door to holiday torture
Germany

Opening the door to holiday torture

In the latest installment of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy cracks open the tiny door to Advent calendar torture.

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Sweden

Muslim dentist loses discrimination suit

A Muslim woman from Kista north of Stockholm who was denied a job as a dentist after refusing to wear short-sleeved work clothes for religious reasons has lost her discrimination case against the Swedish Public Dental Service (Folktandvården).

MAN loses another executive as fines loom
Germany

MAN loses another executive as fines loom

German engineering firm MAN lost its third top executive in over a week on Monday, as millions in fines for corruption offences loomed.

One in ten Germans on the dole
Germany

One in ten Germans on the dole

Nearly every tenth German was on the dole in 2007, the Federal Statistics Office (Destatis) reported on Monday. In some big cities like Berlin the number on welfare was almost double that figure.

Stretcher-bound Nazi guard Demjanjuk tried
Germany

Stretcher-bound Nazi guard Demjanjuk tried

Medical staff brought 89-year-old John Demjanjuk into a Munich court on a stretcher on Monday to face charges that he herded tens of thousands of Jews to their death in a Nazi gas chamber in World War II.

Stockholm suffers nearly sunless November
Sweden

Stockholm suffers nearly sunless November

The month of November was one of the gloomiest on record in Stockholm, meteorologists said on Monday, as the Swedish capital registered only 17.5 hours of sunlight for the entire month.

Wintry weather on the way
Germany

Wintry weather on the way

After mild temperatures for much of November, chilly weather will make an appearance just in time for the official beginning of meteorological winter, the German Weather Service reported on Monday.

Sweden and the art of standing in line
Sweden

Sweden and the art of standing in line

Grab a ticket, wait your turn, then pounce. Paddy Kelly examines the vicissitudes and intricacies of queuing in Sweden.

Last gasp petition for Bavarian smoking ban edges to referendum
Germany

Last gasp petition for Bavarian smoking ban edges to referendum

With just three days left for people to sign a petition for a referendum to strengthen Bavaria’s porous smoking ban, organisers told The Local on Monday that they have collected more than 80 percent of the required signatures.

Peter Doherty angers Germans by mixing up national anthem
Germany

Peter Doherty angers Germans by mixing up national anthem

British rocker Peter Doherty was hauled off stage at a weekend music festival in Germany after he began signing the disused first verse of the national anthem associated with the Nazis.

Swedish town crowns Hong Kong man Santa of the Year
Sweden

Swedish town crowns Hong Kong man Santa of the Year

A Hong Kong man’s porridge eating skills helped him claim victory at the 2009 Santa Games in Gällivare in northern Sweden on Sunday.

Westerwelle threatens Iran with new sanctions
Germany

Westerwelle threatens Iran with new sanctions

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Monday that Iran would face new international sanctions if it builds more uranium enrichment plants.

Berlin re-evaluates deadly Kunduz air strike
Germany

Berlin re-evaluates deadly Kunduz air strike

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Monday said Berlin would re-evaluate a controversial NATO air strike in Afghanistan that left scores of civilians dead and led to the resignation of his predecessor.

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Sweden

Councils pay out billions to cash-strapped Swedes

Social assistance payments to Swedes struggling to make ends meet jumped by 19 percent during the third quarter, new statistics show.

Bildt blasts ‘prejudice’ of Swiss minaret ban
Sweden

Bildt blasts ‘prejudice’ of Swiss minaret ban

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt on Monday slammed Switzerland's referendum to ban the construction of minarets on mosques in the Alpine country.

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Sweden

China climate leadership crucial: Reinfeldt

China must play a prominent role in the global fight against climate change, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said on Monday after a China-EU summit.

Woods backs wife: ‘Elin acted courageously’
Sweden

Woods backs wife: ‘Elin acted courageously’

Tiger Woods has played down rumours about his love life and praised the actions of his Swedish wife after the golfer was involved in a Florida car crash that remains shrouded in mystery.

Swiss minaret ban sparks heated German debate
Germany

Swiss minaret ban sparks heated German debate

The Swiss vote on Sunday to ban mosques with minarets has spurred heated debate in neighbouring Germany, where the Muslim population's plans to build houses of worship has created controversy in the past.

Leverkusen on top after Kiessling treble
Germany

Leverkusen on top after Kiessling treble

A hat trick from German international striker Stefan Kiessling sent unbeaten Leverkusen to the top of the Bundesliga on Sunday after blitzing hapless Stuttgart 4-0.

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Sweden

Sexual attacks continue to plague Borås

The wave of sex crimes in Borås in western Sweden continued over the weekend, despite the detention of a 12- and 13-year-old boy suspected of attempted rape.

Illness delays joint Israeli-German cabinet talks
Germany

Illness delays joint Israeli-German cabinet talks

A joint meeting in Berlin of the German and Israeli cabinets planned for Monday has been postponed because Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a viral infection, his office said on Sunday.

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Sweden

Swedish officials in last ditch Saab rescue plea

A Swedish government representative is due to land shortly in Detroit to provide input to the General Motors (GM) board ahead of a Tuesday meeting where it is expected to decide the fate of Saab Automobile.

Police narrowly miss Aachen fugitive
Germany

Police narrowly miss Aachen fugitive

Police said on Monday they narrowly missed nabbing escaped convict Peter Paul Michalski in Mülheim an der Ruhr early, but called on the dangerous criminal to give himself up before someone is harmed.

Zlatan’s heroics lead Barcelona past Madrid
Sweden

Zlatan’s heroics lead Barcelona past Madrid

Swedish star footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic may have strengthened his chances of being named European footballer of the year after shooting Barcelona to a 1-0 win over Real Madrid.