Man tries to kill wife and himself in motorway crash
Germany

Man tries to kill wife and himself in motorway crash

A man deliberately caused an accident while driving along a motorway in an attempt to kill his wife and himself on New Year's Day. Only extremely lucky circumstances meant they both walked away unharmed, police said.

CSU and SPD ridicule Westerwelle
Germany

CSU and SPD ridicule Westerwelle

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has attracted scorn from rival parties for his apparent threat to boycott the Afghanistan NATO conference in London late January.

New wave of tax relief comes into force
Germany

New wave of tax relief comes into force

The New Year ushered in a tax relief package in Germany worth several billion euros, the first realisation of a campaign pledge made by Chancellor Angela Merkel's new government.

Iran interferes with German news satellite
Germany

Iran interferes with German news satellite

The German state foreign broadcasting network Deutsche Welle (DW) was the target of a deliberate jamming signal originating in Iran, according to a report in news magazine Der Spiegel.

Left party calls Hartz IV a ‘poverty machine’
Germany

Left party calls Hartz IV a ‘poverty machine’

The fifth anniversary of the introduction of the social welfare reforms known as Hartz IV is no cause for celebration, Left party vice-chairman Klaus Ernst said Saturday. The Federal Labour Agency also admitted there was room for improvement.

Swedish small businesses on the rise
Sweden

Swedish small businesses on the rise

The recovery of the Swedish economy is also evident in the creation of new companies. Although the number of new firms dropped significantly in 2009 as a whole, the final months of the year showed signs of improvement.

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

Drastic funding cuts for independent schools

The Swedish National Agency for Education's (Skolverket) new method for calculating funding for independent high schools (friskolor) means that the institutions risk losing millions of kronor every year.

Söderling trumps Federer and takes on Nadal
Sweden

Söderling trumps Federer and takes on Nadal

Swedish tennis star Robin Söderling made the final at the Capitala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi by beating world number one Roger Federer 6-7 (8/10), 7-6 (7/1), 6-2 in his semi-final on Friday.

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

Search continues for 4-year-old Maryam

Despite a massive search, a four-year-old girl who disappeared on New Year's Eve in Malmö in southern Sweden is still missing. Her mother claims she was kidnapped by two men and was being taken to her father, who lives abroad.

German ski-jumpers disappoint at home
Germany

German ski-jumpers disappoint at home

Austrian Gregor Schlierenzauer, the defending World Cup champion, won the second leg of the Four Hills ski jump event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria on Friday. Germany's top-placed finish was Pascal Bodmer in 16th.

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

No suspects in attack against Malmö mosque

As of New Year's Eve evening, police had no suspects for an attack against a mosque in Malmö earlier in the day when shots had been fired through the window of the building.