American opinion of Germany improves
Germany

American opinion of Germany improves

US President Barack Obama may be having difficulties at home, but a new poll shows he’s greatly improved German-American relations and even created a few new Germany fans in the United States.

Court rules anti-terror data storage illegal
Germany

Court rules anti-terror data storage illegal

In a victory for privacy advocates, Germany’s highest court on Tuesday knocked down an anti-terrorism law that allows authorities to store all phone and internet records of private citizens.

Portnoy’s Podcast: Ralph Martin, Hartz IV and naked sledding
Germany

Portnoy’s Podcast: Ralph Martin, Hartz IV and naked sledding

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

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Sweden

Krona hits 14-year high against pound

Tourists from Sweden are set to benefit this spring as the krona continues to strengthen against major global currencies.

Construction worker finds €100,000 hidden under old bathtub
Germany

Construction worker finds €100,000 hidden under old bathtub

A young construction worker in Munich has discovered €100,000 underneath a bathtub while renovating an apartment, police reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

AstraZeneca to slash 900 jobs in Lund

Anglo-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca has announced it is shutting down its research facility in Lund in southern Sweden as part of a package of global cutbacks.

Daimler teams up with Chinese carmaker BYD for electric auto
Germany

Daimler teams up with Chinese carmaker BYD for electric auto

Chinese auto maker BYD (Build Your Dreams) and German giant Daimler have signed a preliminary agreement to mass produce an electric car together, executives said at the Geneva motor show on Tuesday.

Teachers reject claim German schools are IT failures
Germany

Teachers reject claim German schools are IT failures

The national teachers’ association on Tuesday rejected claims by Microsoft that German schools were failing to offer students adequate computer training, telling The Local better libraries were needed instead.

Grieving mother denied sickness benefit
Sweden

Grieving mother denied sickness benefit

A Swedish court has ruled that 24-year-old Sofie Karlsson lost her right to sickness benefit by failing to register as unemployed the day after the cancer death of her infant son.

Porsche unveils ‘green’ supercar for petrol-heads
Germany

Porsche unveils ‘green’ supercar for petrol-heads

Porsche unveiled a futuristic hybrid supercar this week that it claims can hit 100km/h in just 3.2 seconds while emitting just a tiny fraction of the carbon put out by most sports cars.

The animal horror picture show
Sweden

The animal horror picture show

Occasionally, while driving along the motorway, we city dwellers stare with wonder at the lines of trees that fill the long gaps between petrol stations and wonder: What dangerous beasts lurk therein?

Opposition to end housekeeping tax relief
Sweden

Opposition to end housekeeping tax relief

The left-green opposition has confirmed that it plans to abolish the system of tax relief for household services that the government claims has generated 7,000 jobs.

‘SAS looking for a buyer’: CEO
Sweden

‘SAS looking for a buyer’: CEO

SAS Scandinavian Airlines would be better off sold or merged with another airline, the company's CEO, Mats Jansson, said on Tuesday.

Immigrants cleaning Swedish cities: report
Sweden

Immigrants cleaning Swedish cities: report

Immigrants workers make up 41 percent of Sweden's cleaners despite accounting for only 16 percent of the workforce. In the cities the numbers are even higher, a new report shows.

Win tickets to action-packed English-language theatre show
Sweden

Win tickets to action-packed English-language theatre show

Stockholm theatre group Improvisation and Co. is currently wowing Stockholm audiences with its ad hoc brand of thrilling on-stage action. The Local has tickets to the show.

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Sweden

Driver reported for kicking gay man off bus

The discrimination ombudsman (DO) has asked Stockholm local transport authority, SL, to adequately compensate a gay man after a bus driver ordered him to leave the bus.

GM to triple financial boost to Opel
Germany

GM to triple financial boost to Opel

US carmaker General Motors will pour substantially more money into its struggling German unit Opel than previously planned, the company announced on Tuesday.

Icy roads warning across Sweden
Sweden

Icy roads warning across Sweden

Tuesday morning commuters have been warned to exert extra caution on the roads as ice warnings are issued at several locations across Sweden.

Sweden plans 2,000 wind turbines
Sweden

Sweden plans 2,000 wind turbines

The Swedish government has announced plans for the construction of 2,000 wind turbines over the next ten years, writes enterprise minister Maud Olofsson in an opinion article in Dagens Nyheter on Tuesday.

Man regrets naming storm ‘Xynthia’
Germany

Man regrets naming storm ‘Xynthia’

The man who named the weekend's deadly Atlantic storm "Xynthia" after winning a competition said on Monday he was sorry the name would now always be linked to death and destruction.

MPs earning thousands from moonlighting
Germany

MPs earning thousands from moonlighting

Moonlighting members of the German parliament are earning thousands of euros from outside jobs, with MPs from the ruling centre-right coalition far outstripping those in the opposition parties, a report released late Monday revealed.

Tech fair CeBIT hopes new gadgets will woo back consumers
Germany

Tech fair CeBIT hopes new gadgets will woo back consumers

CeBIT, the world's biggest technology trade fair, opened to the public in Hannover on Tuesday, as the beleaguered IT sector sought to woo consumers with trendy gadgets to make life easier and more fun.

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Sweden

Swedish research finds new meningitis bacteria

A new bacteria thought to be a cause of meningitis has been found in ticks, new Swedish research shows.