Löw defends picking Leverkusen’s Adler as number one for World Cup
Germany

Löw defends picking Leverkusen’s Adler as number one for World Cup

Germany's national football coach Joachim Löw insisted on Wednesday Rene Adler remains his first-choice goalkeeper going into the World Cup despite growing criticism of Bayer Leverkusen's goalie.

The Hedonist List: enjoy Stockholm in style this month
Sweden

The Hedonist List: enjoy Stockholm in style this month

The Local has partnered with A Hedonist's Guide To..., a luxury city guide series for travellers who value both style and substance when it comes to soaking up a city. Every month it will be bringing readers of The Local its picks of the best places to sleep, eat, drink, party and see in Stockholm. It is also doing the same for Berlin on TheLocal.de.

The Hedonist List: enjoy Berlin in style this month
Germany

The Hedonist List: enjoy Berlin in style this month

The Local has partnered with A Hedonist's Guide To..., a luxury city guide series for travellers who value both style and substance when it comes to soaking up a city. Every month it will be bringing readers of The Local its picks of the best places to sleep, eat, drink, party and see in Berlin. It is also doing the same for Stockholm on TheLocal.se.

Record highs expected
Germany

Record highs expected

Widespread sunshine combined with warm Mediterranean air moving into Germany have meteorologists expecting record highs in the coming days, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Wednesday.

Belgian author scoops Astrid Lindgren prize
Sweden

Belgian author scoops Astrid Lindgren prize

Belgian writer and illustrator Kitty Crowther has won the 2010 Astrid Lidgren Memorial Award for children's literature, a prize named after the Swedish creator of Pippi Longstocking.

Erdogan urges Germany to allow dual citizenship
Germany

Erdogan urges Germany to allow dual citizenship

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday urged Germany, where some three million people of Turkish origin live, to loosen its rules for dual citizenship.

Court rules linking gas to oil prices illegal
Germany

Court rules linking gas to oil prices illegal

Natural gas customers in Germany may be in for some price relief after a court ruled Wednesday that energy companies could not link prices to fluctuations in the price of oil.

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Sweden

Gay-hate imam to speak at Swedish conference

An organisation for young Muslims in Sweden has outraged the country's largest gay rights group by inviting an imam in favour of executing homosexuals to speak at its April conference.

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Sweden

Swedish prisoner warned over ‘fart attacks’

An inmate at Malmö prison has been warned over his persistent flatulence, with staff suspecting that the prisoner deployed the malodorous method to voice his discontent towards the system, the Metro newspaper reports.

Axel Springer merges eastern holdings with Swiss group
Germany

Axel Springer merges eastern holdings with Swiss group

German media group Axel Springer announced on Wednesday it would merge its Eastern European operations with those of Switzerland's Ringier to create one of the region's biggest print and digital publishers.

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Sweden

Bear cubs put down after poacher attack

Three bear cubs have been put down outside of Rättvik in central Sweden after their mother was mortally injured by hunters. Two men have been arrested on suspicion of poaching.

Playing Europe’s bad cop
Germany

Playing Europe’s bad cop

Ahead of an EU summit this week, Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken a hard line on financial aid for Greece. The Local’s Marc Young explains why the euro needs someone other than Germany to play Europe’s bad cop.

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Sweden

Controversial bonus windfall for Nordea heads

Capital Markets, the investment banking arm of Nordic finance giant Nordea, has awarded record bonuses for 2009 to staff and senior managers despite criticism from its major shareholder the Swedish state.

Ask performs public retreat on prostitution
Sweden

Ask performs public retreat on prostitution

Sweden's justice minister Beatrice Ask has bowed to mounting criticism and performed a public u-turn on her suggestion that colour-coded envelopes be sent to suspected sex-buyers.

Trust in Catholic Church plummets amid abuse scandal
Germany

Trust in Catholic Church plummets amid abuse scandal

Trust in the Catholic Church has taken a heavy blow, a poll released Wednesday revealed, with barely one in six Germans saying they had confidence in the Church in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal.

Minister says Hartz IV unfairly penalises teen summer jobs
Germany

Minister says Hartz IV unfairly penalises teen summer jobs

Children of unemployed parents should be able to take holiday jobs without the additional income affecting their family’s Hartz IV welfare payments under a move to fix an “incomprehensible” flaw in the system, Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle said Wednesday.

Poker heist haul still a mystery despite arrests
Germany

Poker heist haul still a mystery despite arrests

Despite having five suspects in custody over the recent spectacular poker heist in Berlin, police have recovered just €4,000 of the estimated €242,000 stolen, authorities said Tuesday.

Reinfeldt streets ahead of Sahlin in new poll
Sweden

Reinfeldt streets ahead of Sahlin in new poll

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has a huge lead over Social Democrat Party leader Mona Sahlin, a new survey of voter confidence by Novus Opinion shows.

Daimler to settle bribery claims with €134 million in fines
Germany

Daimler to settle bribery claims with €134 million in fines

Daimler will pay some €134 million in fines to settle US allegations that the German automaker habitually bribed foreign officials, a source close to the case told the news agency AFP on Tuesday.

Geely closes in on Volvo takeover
Sweden

Geely closes in on Volvo takeover

Chinese Geely representatives will arrive in Sweden over the weekend to complete the $1.8 billion purchase of Volvo Cars from Ford, on either Sunday or Monday, according to the Financial Times.

King deployed to back Brazil fighter bid
Sweden

King deployed to back Brazil fighter bid

Sweden's defence minister Sten Tolgfors was joined in Brazil on Tuesday by Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia as Brazil decides on a fighter jet tender that has a Swedish plane in the running.

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Sweden

Terminally ill man takes his own life

A 70-year-old Swedish man suffering from Lou Gehrig's Disease, or ALS, has taken his own life after demanding the right to assisted suicide in a letter to the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) on Monday.

Merkel pushes IMF plan for Greece
Germany

Merkel pushes IMF plan for Greece

Germany and France are hatching a plan to spread the burden of helping cash-strapped Greece by having the International Monetary Fund provide emergency financial help to the ailing country, media reported Wednesday.