Brutal winter devastates German roadways
Germany

Brutal winter devastates German roadways

The extreme winter weather has damaged up to 40 percent of Germany’s roads, creating problems that will be extremely expensive for cities already struggling financially, technical inspection association TÜV reported on Friday.

40 millionth Ford rolls from production line
Germany

40 millionth Ford rolls from production line

The 40 millionth Ford “Made in Germany” rolled from the US carmaker’s plant in Cologne on Friday – some 85 years after starting production in the country.

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Sweden

Russian officer denies Swedish dumping report

The former commander of the Russian navy's Baltic fleet denied on Friday that Russia dumped radioactive and chemical waste into Swedish waters in the Baltic Sea in the early 1990s.

New data stokes fears of uncertain economic recovery
Germany

New data stokes fears of uncertain economic recovery

Fears that uncertain recovery in Europe's biggest economy could stall were stoked Friday when data showed that German industrial production suffered a sharp setback in December.

Green Party stumbles in new poll
Sweden

Green Party stumbles in new poll

The two political blocs have drawn to within three percentage points of each other in a new voter poll from Demoskop published in the Expressen newspaper on Friday.

Orthodontist refuses to treat teen named ‘Jihad’
Germany

Orthodontist refuses to treat teen named ‘Jihad’

An orthodontist in the state of Baden-Württemberg has reportedly turned a 16-year-old boy out of her practice because she was offended by his name – “Cihad,” an alternate spelling for “Jihad,” which she interpreted to mean “holy war.”

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Sweden

Swedes develop Huntington’s medicine

A Swedish biotechnology firm has developed a new medicine which provides hope for sufferers of Huntington's disease, according to a report in Göteborgs-Posten.

Portnoy’s Podcast: Roger Boyes, the Pinkelwurst and Guido
Germany

Portnoy’s Podcast: Roger Boyes, the Pinkelwurst and Guido

The Local is proud to present the second podcast of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, our regular column about life in Germany.

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Sweden

Appeals court confirms Stureby killing sentences

The Svea Court of Appeal has confirmed the sentences for the two teenagers convicted in the killing of 15-year-old Therese Johansson Rojo in the Stockholm suburb of Stureby last summer.

Bayern hopes for eighth straight win against Wolfsburg
Germany

Bayern hopes for eighth straight win against Wolfsburg

Bayern Munich are expected to be without French midfielder Franck Ribery when they hunt their eighth straight Bundesliga win against defending champions Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Swedish bishop off sick after office bashing
Sweden

Swedish bishop off sick after office bashing

Sven Thidevall, a Church of Sweden bishop in Växjö in southern Sweden, has been obliged to seek the solace of sick leave after an office quarrel ended in a bout of clerical fisticuffs.

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Sweden

Volvo optimistic as losses mount

Swedish truck maker Volvo said on Friday that it sees signs of recovery in the global economy, despite reporting widening losses in the fourth quarter of 2009.

China shows growing clout at Munich security conference
Germany

China shows growing clout at Munich security conference

In a further sign of Beijing's growing military clout around the globe, China's foreign minister will open this weekend's Munich Security Conference for the first time.

Christmas shopping stop for Jacob Zuma in Swedish grocery store
Sweden

Christmas shopping stop for Jacob Zuma in Swedish grocery store

The President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, became so enamoured with traditional Swedish advent candlesticks while attending the December climate summit that he took 15 of them home with him.

Saab dealers: we’ll help pay for Spyker deal
Sweden

Saab dealers: we’ll help pay for Spyker deal

Swedish Saab dealers have said they are willing to stump up millions of kronor to help Dutch sportscar maker Spyker secure its purchase of Saab Automobile.

Coalition defends first 100 days of governance
Germany

Coalition defends first 100 days of governance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her centre-right coalition on Thursday evening following widespread criticism that the government had bungled its first 100 days in power.

Public workers begin third day of strikes
Germany

Public workers begin third day of strikes

Public workers continued their third day of limited strikes on Friday, as employees in Frankfurt and Saarbrücken walked off their jobs in an ongoing labour dispute.

British airman killed in avalanche during training
Germany

British airman killed in avalanche during training

A British airman died Thursday after being hit by an avalanche while skiing in Germany as part of a training exercise, defence officials said.

Löw contract extension hits snag
Germany

Löw contract extension hits snag

Negotiations over Germany coach Joachim Löw's contract extension have been postponed until after the World Cup finals, the German Football Federation (DFB) announced on Thursday.

Swedes set sights on ten Vancouver medals
Sweden

Swedes set sights on ten Vancouver medals

Sweden has declared a target of ten medals at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Vancouver, despite a record haul of 14 in Turin four years ago.

Reinfeldt seeks answers on Russian dumping
Sweden

Reinfeldt seeks answers on Russian dumping

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has asked for an explanation from the previous Social Democrat government over Russia's release of toxic waste into Swedish waters in the Baltic Sea.

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Sweden

Woman seriously injured in rooftop snowfall

A 55-year-old woman was seriously injured by falling snow from the roof of a building in Blackeberg in Stockholm on Thursday. The cold snap has led to a record number of reports from worried pedestrians over hanging ice.