Police in eastern Sweeen thought they had fallen victim to an early April Fool's joke when motorist Åke Andersson called to say he had run over a baby seal while driving home to Norrtälje.
Development Minister Dirk Niebel once demanded his ministry be abolished. But the former paratrooper is earning applause for plans to streamline Berlin's foreign aid apparatus - and condemnation for his equivocal stance on how much Germany spends on the world's poorest.
The controversial Body Worlds creator Gunther von Hagens is bringing a new anatomical exhibition to the Neunkirchen Zoo in the state of Saarland. The show features some of the world’s largest animals preserved in various states of dissection using his famed plastination process.
It’s hardly a well-guarded secret that Sweden’s heavily taxed electorate is fed up over government waste – both in terms of the staggering volume and hamfisted management. Recognizing this pent-up frustration, the Swedish Taxpayers Association has joined hands with the free-market think tank Timbro to appoint a special ombudsman to which citizens can report wasteful government spending. Inaugural Taxpayer Ombudsman Johan Ingerö lays out the case for SlösO (WasteO).
A German educational foundation for reading faced criticism on Thursday for allowing food company Nestlé to collect information on children via an online learning game. But the group claims it was unaware of the practice.
With a new book just published and another on the way, The Local's blogger Julie Lindahl is keeping productivity high and stress levels low.
Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin has blasted Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan over threats that he would consider ordering 100,000 Armenians to leave Turkey.
Israeli pharma group Teva on Thursday said it would buy generic drugmaker Ratiopharm, formerly owned by a German billionaire who killed himself, for €3.6 billion ($4.9 billion).
The Swedish government has announced that from August 1st it will no longer be permitted to favour prospective university students by virtue of their gender.
German industrial giant Siemens announced on Thursday a broad restructuring of its SIS information technology division that includes the elimination of 4,200 jobs worldwide.
House price inflation is not a problem for monetary policy and the market poses no current risks, the deputy-governor of Sweden's Riksbank, Lars E O Svensson said at a seminar on Thursday.
Swedish parliament rules providing for expenses paid educational trips up to a value of 50,000 kronor ($7,000) per annum have prompted three Social Democrat MPs to use the system to 'study tourism' at California's Disneyland.
The Leipzig Book Fair opened its doors to the public on Thursday, emphasising young publishers among 2,071 exhibitors from 39 countries.
The German baby food firm Hipp has found a recipe for growth even as the nation’s birth rate stays low and its population ages – feeding its products to elderly adults.
Swedish students have named Google, Ikea and the foreign ministry as their dream places of work, according to a new survey from Universum published on Thursday.
This Week's Highlights: Joan Baez arrives in Düsseldorf, Romeo and Juliet take a turn through Munich, and there's lots of music in Berlin.
A 31-year-old woman who is completely paralysed and has been on a respirator since she was six, has demanded the right to die in a letter to the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).
Opposition politicians attacked German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Thursday, saying he has made contradictory statements about his knowledge of the deadly Afghan air strike currently under review by a parliamentary commission.
Politicians from Germany’s coastal states on Thursday called on the government to help save the country's shipbuilding industry.
A cross-country skier crashed into an elk on Tuesday evening while out exercising by torchlight on Billingen Hill near Skövde in western Sweden.
Swedish construction firm Skanska has secured a $434 million contract to help build the commuter train station at the site of the World Trade Centre in New York.
After a man turned himself in earlier this week a second suspect has been arrested for a heist on a high-stakes German poker tournament that netted the thieves nearly a quarter of a million euros, authorities said late on Wednesday.
Colleen LaRose aka 'Jihad Jane' has pleaded not guilty to charges of masterminding a failed plot to kill Swedish artist Lars Vilks.