Swiss MP threatens fire with fire over bank data
Germany

Swiss MP threatens fire with fire over bank data

A Swiss member of parliament alleged Saturday that top German public officials had secret bank accounts in Switzerland and threatened to out them if Germany bought stolen data on tax dodgers.

Werner Herzog: ‘I am not an eccentric’
Germany

Werner Herzog: ‘I am not an eccentric’

Legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog spoke with The Local’s Vera von Kreutzbruck as he began his role this week as jury President for the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.

Dresden forms human chain against neo-Nazis
Germany

Dresden forms human chain against neo-Nazis

Anti-Nazi demonstrators formed a human chain through Dresden Saturday afternoon in protest against right-wing extremists gathered to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the allied bombing of the city.

More shoddy building uncovered in Cologne
Germany

More shoddy building uncovered in Cologne

Fresh claims that shoddy work practices caused the collapse of the historical Cologne archive building emerged Saturday, including a report that construction firms were skimping on concrete.

Metal employers’ group slams wage claim
Germany

Metal employers’ group slams wage claim

The head of the leading metal industry employers’ group, Gesamtmetall, has hit back against union demands for a wage rise, warning any pay claim was irresponsible when 700,000 jobs were at risk.

Outrage at court ruling against traffic wardens
Sweden

Outrage at court ruling against traffic wardens

A court in Malmö in southern Sweden has ruled that traffic wardens must be prepared to take abuse as part of their daily work.

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Sweden

‘Streaming overtakes file sharing’: report

Although file sharing over the internet continues to grow in Sweden it is becoming dwarfed by online streaming of TV shows and films, according to a new report by the internet company Cisco.

Three dead in Danish tour bus crash
Germany

Three dead in Danish tour bus crash

Three people were killed and an unknown number seriously injured overnight when a Danish tourist bus crashed in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, police said Saturday.

Icicle gunned down in eastern Sweden
Sweden

Icicle gunned down in eastern Sweden

When pest control workers were asked to help remove a dangerously long icicle hanging from a building in Norrköping in eastern Sweden, they took the unusual step of shooting it down with a rifle.

Schäuble talks down chances of welfare boost
Germany

Schäuble talks down chances of welfare boost

Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble dampened expectations on Saturday of a rise in Hartz IV unemployment benefits as a feisty debate continued within the government over the future of Germany’s welfare system.

‘Bears most feared by Swedes’: report
Sweden

‘Bears most feared by Swedes’: report

Swedes are increasingly afraid of encountering wild animals in the countryside, particularly bears, according to a new report.

‘Metropolis’ restored to pride of place in Berlin
Germany

‘Metropolis’ restored to pride of place in Berlin

"Metropolis" triumphantly came home to Berlin on Friday as the silent classic was shown in full for the first time since 1927 following the sensational 2008 discovery of key scenes thought lost for ever.

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Sweden

Stockholm politician accused of election fraud

A leading candidate for the Moderate Party (Moderaterna) in Stockholm was forced to stand down on Friday when he admitted to cheating to secure a nomination for this year's general election.

How to lose a guy (or girl) for just €29.95
Germany

How to lose a guy (or girl) for just €29.95

Want to break up with your lover but haven't got the guts? Enter Bernd Dressler, head of the "Separation Agency" in Germany, who will calmly and efficiently do the dirty work for you. For a fee.