Adler set to keep goal at World Cup
Germany

Adler set to keep goal at World Cup

Rene Adler is set to be Germany's first choice goalie at this summer's World Cup in South Africa, the national side's goalkeeping coach said on Monday.

Obama might remove US nukes from Germany
Germany

Obama might remove US nukes from Germany

US President Barack Obama is reportedly planning to reduce his country’s sizable nuclear weapons arsenal, which could lead to the elimination of the few remaning bombs still stored in Germany.

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Sweden

‘Sweden is a tax paradise’: Ikea adviser

A leading figure behind both Ikea and Tetra Pak's decisions to move their headquarter beyond Sweden's borders has said Sweden is making major strides on the road to becoming a more business-friendly nation.

Böhmer calls for Germany to recognise foreign credentials
Germany

Böhmer calls for Germany to recognise foreign credentials

About 28 percent of people collecting Hartz IV welfare benefits in Germany are immigrants – a situation integration commissioner Maria Böhmer wants to change by recognising foreign qualifications to give newcomers a better chance at finding work.

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Sweden

Obese drunk driver: ‘I’m too fat for jail’

A 60-year-old man convicted of drunk driving in northern Sweden has applied to the government for a pardon on the grounds that he is too fat to go to jail.

Faulty hip implants force hospital to redo 200 surgeries
Germany

Faulty hip implants force hospital to redo 200 surgeries

More than 200 people who had artificial hip replacements at a Freiburg clinic will have to go under the knife once again due to faulty implants, the RkK regional hospital association reported on Monday.

One quarter of Germans fine with microchip skin implant
Germany

One quarter of Germans fine with microchip skin implant

It sounds like something from a creepy science-fiction film, but a poll published on Monday showed one in four Germans would be happy to have a microchip implanted in their body if they derived concrete benefits from it.

Seduced by sans serif
Germany

Seduced by sans serif

If you’ve ever been titillated by typeface or fascinated by fonts, then Rebecca F. Miller doesn’t have to spell out the allure of Berlin’s quirky Letter Museum.

Supermarket roof caves in under weight of snow
Sweden

Supermarket roof caves in under weight of snow

A roof collapse at an Ica Maxi supermarket in Kristinehamn in western Sweden has left staff and customers in shock but miraculously no one is reported to have been injured.

Merck snaps up Millipore for $7.2 billion
Germany

Merck snaps up Millipore for $7.2 billion

Merck KGaA on Monday hailed its takeover of Millipore, a US biotechnology firm, with the German pharmaceutical giant's chief executive Karl-Ludwig Kley saying he felt like he had won a gold medal.

Blogger profile: Billy Lansdowne
Sweden

Blogger profile: Billy Lansdowne

Billy Lansdowne, former football player and one of Sweden's most popular pundits, speaks to The Local's Peter Vinthagen Simpson about the state of the game and the launch of his new blog, Billy's Boot Room.

Swedes back pensioner king to carry on
Sweden

Swedes back pensioner king to carry on

A majority of Swedes are in favour of King Carl XVI Gustaf remaining on the throne despite reaching the pension age in 2011.

Minister warns of growing might of Google, Facebook and Apple
Germany

Minister warns of growing might of Google, Facebook and Apple

German Consumer Minister Ilse Aigner on Monday warned of the growing power of internet companies like Google and Apple, as CeBit, the world’s biggest high-tech trade fair, prepared to kick off in Hannover.

Record student intake at Swedish universities
Sweden

Record student intake at Swedish universities

Almost 300,000 students signed up for courses at Swedish universities in 2009 - the highest number ever, according to new statistics published on Monday.

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Sweden

Sweden’s GDP growth at post-war low

Sweden's GDP declined by 1.5 percent in the fourth quarter, making 2009 the worst year for growth since World War Two, according to a new report from Statistics Sweden (SCB).

Merkel rules out German aid for Greece
Germany

Merkel rules out German aid for Greece

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday evening dismissed talk of a German rescue plan to help Greece weather its massive debt crisis, as Athens braces for a tough EU audit on its ailing public finances.

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Sweden

Swedish baby escapes unscathed from snow burial

Neo Nordstedt, a six-month-old Swedish baby, awoke from his slumber on Friday to find that he, and his pram, had been completely buried under snow falling from a three-storey building.

Cities ask for help paying for new public workers’ wage hike
Germany

Cities ask for help paying for new public workers’ wage hike

German communities asked for financial support on Monday, saying they could not afford to back up their weekend agreement with public workers’ union Verdi to increase wages by 2.3 percent over the next two years.

Violent storm ‘Xynthia’ cuts deadly path
Germany

Violent storm ‘Xynthia’ cuts deadly path

The vicious Atlantic storm “Xynthia” ravaged Germany overnight, killing at least six and injuring dozens. National rail provider Deutsche Bahn said on Monday morning that commuter traffic was “relatively stable” after wind downed countless trees.

Swedes missing after Chile earthquake
Sweden

Swedes missing after Chile earthquake

More than 100 Swedes are reported to be missing after the massive earthquake that hit Chile on Saturday. The foreign ministry has received unconfirmed reports of one Swede among the dead, the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper reports.

Bayern Munich back on top of Bundesliga
Germany

Bayern Munich back on top of Bundesliga

German giants Bayern Munich this weekend went top of the Bundesliga for the first time since winning the title in 2008 - back where they belong, trainer Louis van Gaal said.

Deadly snow storm heading for Sweden
Sweden

Deadly snow storm heading for Sweden

Storm Xynthia, which has claimed several lives in Portugal, Spain and France, will hit southern areas of Sweden on Monday.

Olsson claims new cross-country bronze
Sweden

Olsson claims new cross-country bronze

Johan Olsson claimed Sweden's 11th medal of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic games when fortune favoured him in the battle for the bronze in the men's 50 kilometre cross-country classic.

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Sweden

Thieves open fire in Södertälje supermarket

Police are searching for four armed robbers who opened fire with a hand gun and a rifle during a supermarket robbery on Saturday in Södertälje, 30 kilometres south of Stockholm.