Hypo Real Estate boss quits abruptly
Germany

Hypo Real Estate boss quits abruptly

The head of nationalized bank Hypo Real Estate resigned abruptly on Thursday because of differences of opinion with the government’s bank rescue fund.

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Sweden

Cops fined over racist remarks

Two police officers have each been docked five days' wages for racist slurs made during disturbances in Malmö's Rosengård district in December 2008.

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Sweden

Electrolux makes bid for Daewoo

Swedish white goods firm Electrolux has lodged a bid to takeover South Korea's Daewoo Electronics, a spokesperson for the firm said on Wednesday.

Digging into the great dachshund decline
Germany

Digging into the great dachshund decline

Is Germany’s emblematic dog breed, the dachshund, dying out? With breeding statistics showing steady decline, The Local's Kristen Allen gets ankle-deep in wiggling wiener dogs at a champion show to investigate.

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Sweden

Swedish officers ‘executed’ in Afghanistan

The attack which left two Swedish officers and their Afghan interpreter dead in February has been described as a "pure execution" in an Armed Forces reported on the incident published on Thursday.

Lesbian Holocaust memorial plan upsets historians
Germany

Lesbian Holocaust memorial plan upsets historians

Holocaust scholars on Thursday attacked a bid to include images of kissing lesbians in a monument dedicated to the thousands of homosexuals persecuted by the Nazis, saying it distorted history.

Långholmen wins opt-out on ‘Swedish player’ rule
Sweden

Långholmen wins opt-out on ‘Swedish player’ rule

In a decision with some parallels to the landmark Bosman ruling, the Swedish Football Association has granted The Local's partner football club Långholmen FC a temporary dispensation from regulations requiring a quota of Sweden-bred players in match day squads.

Email drags Merkel into Kunduz affair
Germany

Email drags Merkel into Kunduz affair

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office was told within hours of the Kunduz air strike that civilians had been killed, despite the government’s insistence for days afterwards that only Taliban fighters had died, a report said Thursday.

Care workers reach long-awaited minimum wage deal
Germany

Care workers reach long-awaited minimum wage deal

Hundreds of thousands of people who care for the sick and elderly will soon be paid a minimum wage of at least €7.50 per hour, under a deal announced Thursday.

Westerwelle to kick off Gay Games in Cologne this summer
Germany

Westerwelle to kick off Gay Games in Cologne this summer

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has agreed to be the official patron of the eighth annual Gay Games in Cologne this summer, the organisation reported on Thursday.

Sweden tops IT economy ranking
Sweden

Sweden tops IT economy ranking

Sweden has the world's most hooked-up economy, according to a new report from the World Economic Ranking (WEF).

Berlin’s ‘historic gem’ shines with new light
Germany

Berlin’s ‘historic gem’ shines with new light

Berlin’s oldest church, the 800-year-old Nikolaikirche, reopened to great fanfare this week after two years' reconstruction work returned it to its former glory.

Merkel to push for ‘last resort’ aid for Greece
Germany

Merkel to push for ‘last resort’ aid for Greece

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she will push at Thursday and Friday's EU summit for International Monetary Fund aid to Greece and bilateral loans from eurozone members, but only as a "last resort."

Taxi drivers blockade Stockholm airport
Sweden

Taxi drivers blockade Stockholm airport

Independent taxi drivers have blocked road routes in and out of Stockholm's main Arlanda airport in protest against new taxi system regulations introduced by the Civil Aviation Authority (Luftfartsverket - LFV).

What’s On in Sweden: March 26th – April 1st
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: March 26th – April 1st

What’s on in Sweden: Eek A Mouse in Stockholm, Swollen Members in Gothenburg and naked performance art in Malmö.

Cologne ‘sex tax’ eyed by other cities
Germany

Cologne ‘sex tax’ eyed by other cities

A tax on prostitution that is earning Cologne hundreds of thousands of euros a year is gaining favour elsewhere in Germany, with other big cities also considering a levy on sex work.

What’s on in Germany: March 25 – 31
Germany

What’s on in Germany: March 25 – 31

This Week's Highlights: Baby Dee in Berlin, a spring fair in Frankfurt, and ex-Depeche Mode member Alan Wilder brings his Recoil project to Munich.

King calls on Brazil to plump for Swedish jet
Sweden

King calls on Brazil to plump for Swedish jet

Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf called on Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to make a final push for Swedish aircraft to win out over French and US rivals as pressure mounts over the destination of the multi-billion-dollar deal.

Consumer sentiment steadies after five-month plunge
Germany

Consumer sentiment steadies after five-month plunge

German consumer sentiment has stabilised after a five-month slide, helped by government efforts to limit the damage from the global economic crisis on employment, the GfK research group said Thursday.

Scientists discover new human species in Siberia
Germany

Scientists discover new human species in Siberia

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig say they have discovered a previously unknown type of human after tests on a 30,000-year-old finger bone found in Siberia.

FDP: ‘Foolish’ traffic sign changes must end
Germany

FDP: ‘Foolish’ traffic sign changes must end

Patrick Döring, transportation expert for Germany's Free Democrats, said Thursday that nationwide changes to traffic signs put through the last government should be stopped because they are too expensive and some traffic violations can no longer be fined.

Robben takes Bayern Munich to German Cup final
Germany

Robben takes Bayern Munich to German Cup final

Dutch winger Arjen Robben produced a wonder goal in extra-time to seal Bayern Munich's 1-0 win over Schalke on Wednesday in their German Cup semi-final to set up a final against holders Werder Bremen.

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Sweden

Sweden plans Afghanistan orphanages

The Swedish government has announced plans to build homes in Afghanistan where unaccompanied children seeking asylum in Sweden can be sent.

Turkish ambassador returns to Sweden
Sweden

Turkish ambassador returns to Sweden

Turkey has announced that its ambassador will return to Sweden, despite a vote by parliament in Stockholm to recognize as genocide the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks, the foreign minister said on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Spyker announces Saab jobs boost

Swedish carmaker Saab aims to expand production sixfold over the next two years, and outlined plans to increase its workforce by 500, the firm's new owners, Spyker Cars, said on Wednesday.