How to shine at your Swedish job interview
Sweden

How to shine at your Swedish job interview

Sponsored article: Even getting a job interview can be an achievement, particularly if you're a foreigner in Sweden. In the first of a series of features on the Swedish job market, Nic Townsend looks at how you can make the most of your big chance.

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Jilted lover fly-posts pics of ex-boyfriend’s privates

An 18-year-old woman in northern Sweden has been charged with harassment after taping pictures of her ex-boyfriend's private parts on lampposts near his home.

Berlin forges deal over WWII expellee centre
Germany

Berlin forges deal over WWII expellee centre

A dispute over a memorial foundation for Germans driven from Eastern Europe after 1945 that has caused friction with Poland looked to be over Thursday after the main expellees' body and the government reached a compromise.

VW recalls thousands of vehicles in Brazil
Germany

VW recalls thousands of vehicles in Brazil

Volkswagen announced Thursday it was recalling 193,620 vehicles in Brazil because of a lubrication problem with the rear wheels that could cause them to seize or fall off.

Poisonous gas munitions to remain off Helgoland
Germany

Poisonous gas munitions to remain off Helgoland

Ninety tonnes of poisonous gas shells from World War II sunken off the coast of the North Sea island Helgoland will not be raised out of safety concerns, authorities in the state of Schleswig-Holstein said on Thursday.

Unions welcome teacher training overhaul
Sweden

Unions welcome teacher training overhaul

In a move welcomed by Sweden's teaching unions, the government has proposed a raft of sweeping changes to the country's teacher training system.

‘We killed Swedish soldiers’: Taliban
Sweden

‘We killed Swedish soldiers’: Taliban

The Taliban has claimed that it was behind the attack that killed two Swedish solders and their Afghan interpreter on Sunday.

Sweden arrests Auschwitz sign suspect
Sweden

Sweden arrests Auschwitz sign suspect

Police in Stockholm have arrested former neo-Nazi Anders Högström in connection with the theft of the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign from the Auschwitz death camp.

Skavsta rejects Ryanair ‘illegal closure’ claims
Sweden

Skavsta rejects Ryanair ‘illegal closure’ claims

A Ryanair flight coming into Stockholm Skavsta Airport on Wednesday evening was told that it could not land as the airport was closed, a move the Irish low-cost airline has declared 'illegal'.

The Local’s best bets for the Berlinale
Germany

The Local’s best bets for the Berlinale

With almost 400 films and countless other events accompanying this year’s Berlinale, choosing what to see can be a daunting task. Fortunately, The Local has sifted out a sampling of the festival’s most interesting offerings.

Merkel says EU will not abandon Greece
Germany

Merkel says EU will not abandon Greece

German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared on Thursday that the European Union would not "leave Greece on its own" with its deficit crisis ahead of an EU summit in Brussels.

A look back at the Berlinale’s 60-year history
Germany

A look back at the Berlinale’s 60-year history

Over the years the Berlin Film Festival has been a child of the Cold War, a propaganda tool for the Allies, and a frequent political battleground that reached far beyond cinema seats, writes AFP's Deborah Cole.

Meet the 2010 Berlin Film Festival jury
Germany

Meet the 2010 Berlin Film Festival jury

The Berlinale international jury, led this year by German director Werner Herzog, decides who leaves the film festival with the Golden Bear, Silver Bears and the Alfred Bauer Prize in the competition. Meet the members, who are often as quirky as the films they choose to honour.

The 60th anniversary Berlinale at a glance
Germany

The 60th anniversary Berlinale at a glance

Asian movies will take pride of place this week at the 60th Berlin Film Festival. But as AFP's Deborah Cole reports, new pictures by Roman Polanski and Martin Scorsese will also make their red-carpet premieres.

What’s on in Germany: February 11-17
Germany

What’s on in Germany: February 11-17

This Week's Highlights: A film festival in Berlin, Karneval in Cologne, and Warhol and pals go on view in Hamburg.

Karneval off to a chilly start
Germany

Karneval off to a chilly start

Tens of thousands of Jecken hit the streets in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate on Thursday morning to kick off several days of alcohol-fuelled Karneval celebrations ahead of Lent.

‘Parents should pay for their children’s crimes’
Sweden

‘Parents should pay for their children’s crimes’

The Swedish government has announced that from September 1st parents will be made financially responsible for crimes committed by their children.

Ramsauer rules out Deutsche Bahn privatisation
Germany

Ramsauer rules out Deutsche Bahn privatisation

German Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer said on Thursday that he had serious misgivings about government plans to privatise national rail provider Deutsche Bahn.

Riksbank mulls summer interest rate hike
Sweden

Riksbank mulls summer interest rate hike

The Swedish Riksbank on Thursday announced its decision to leave the benchmark interest (repo) rate unchanged at 0.25 percent.

Documents in Kunduz affair may have been destroyed
Germany

Documents in Kunduz affair may have been destroyed

Military documents detailing the events surrounding a deadly bombardment in Afghanistan now under investigation by the German parliament have reportedly been destroyed.

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AT&T picks Ericsson for 4G network

US telecoms giant AT&T has selected Sweden's Ericsson and France's Alcatel-Lucent as equipment suppliers for its next-generation, high-speed mobile phone network, the companies said on Wednesday.

Olympic skeleton team accused of cheating
Germany

Olympic skeleton team accused of cheating

The German skeleton team on Wednesday rejected cheating accusations from their Canadian rivals as a row erupted in the lead-up to the Winter Olympics.

Boris Becker announces new son ‘Amadeus’
Germany

Boris Becker announces new son ‘Amadeus’

German tennis legend Boris Becker has welcomed his fourth child into the world with new wife Lilly Kerssenberg, media reports confirmed on Thursday.

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Telia Sonera doles out billions on strong report

Swedish-Finnish telecom firm Telia Sonera has reported a profit after financial items of 6.98 billion kronor ($947 million) for the final quarter 2009, up from 6.58 billion in the corresponding period of 2008.

‘Auschwitz thief no priority’: Swedish police
Sweden

‘Auschwitz thief no priority’: Swedish police

Swedish police have now issued an arrest warrant for Anders Högström, the 35-year-old Swede suspected of being the mastermind behind the theft of the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign from the Auschwitz death camp.

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Sweden plays host to World Rally Champs

The World Rally Championships (WRC) returns to Sweden on Friday after a two-year long hiatus. Defending champion Sebastien Loeb says he is looking forward to racing in the snow ahead of the first rally of the 2010 championship.