Jobless rate drops unexpectedly in March
Germany

Jobless rate drops unexpectedly in March

The Federal Labour Agency said Wednesday the number of people out of work in Germany dropped unexpectedly to 8.5 percent in March, as Europe's top economy continued its gradual recovery.

Stockholm defends city housing sell-offs
Sweden

Stockholm defends city housing sell-offs

Stockholm city council has defended its policy of privatising municipal-owned housing, which has come under fire after a couple of recent apartment sales led to windfalls for their new tenant-owners.

German CIA rendition victim sentenced to jail for assault
Germany

German CIA rendition victim sentenced to jail for assault

Khaled el-Masri, a Lebanese-born German citizen mistakenly abducted and tortured by people working for the CIA, has been sentenced to two years in jail for attacking the mayor of a Bavarian city.

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Sweden

Car park assault victim dies

A 78-year-old woman has died as a result of injuries sustained when she was assaulted in a Landskrona parking lot on Monday.

Historic steam locomotives gather for Easter train festival
Germany

Historic steam locomotives gather for Easter train festival

More than 200 historic trains from various eras will be travelling the rails along scenic routes in southwestern Germany over the Easter holiday, in what organisers are calling the biggest gathering of steam locomotives in more than 30 years.

Brett Macdonald: An international education
Germany

Brett Macdonald: An international education

The Local's series "Making it in Germany" presents Brett Macdonald, a Canadian teacher at an international school in Munich.

Boy taken into care after village rape case
Sweden

Boy taken into care after village rape case

The boy convicted of raping two girls in Bjästa near Örnsköldsvik in northern Sweden will be taken into municipal care on his release from youth custody.

A piece of chocolate a day keeps the doctor away
Germany

A piece of chocolate a day keeps the doctor away

German scientists have discovered that a small piece of chocolate daily can greatly reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, but warned in a study released this week that moderation is key.

Germany backs bank tax for financial crisis fund
Germany

Germany backs bank tax for financial crisis fund

The German government on Wednesday backed a new tax on banks for a fund which could be used for bailouts in the event of another financial crisis, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said.

Government pledges boost for big families
Sweden

Government pledges boost for big families

The Alliance government has earmarked hundreds of millions of kronor for a hike in child benefits for families with several children, as well as investment in summer jobs for Sweden's youth.

State premier Rüttgers promises folk song revival for re-election
Germany

State premier Rüttgers promises folk song revival for re-election

North Rhine-Westphalia's premier Jürgen Rüttgers has reportedly promised he will spearhead efforts for the advancement of German folk music if he is re-elected in May.

Bishop Mixa accused of abusing children
Germany

Bishop Mixa accused of abusing children

Five people have accused Germany's controversial Catholic Bishop Walter Mixa of physically abusing them while they were at a children’s home north of Munich in the 1970s and 1980s.

What’s On in Sweden: April 2nd – 8th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: April 2nd – 8th

What’s on in Sweden: Sweden is dancing this week with tap dance in Stockholm, Bolivian Caporales in Gothenburg and tango in Malmö.

Germany’s Turks don’t need Papa Erdoğan or Mutti Merkel
Germany

Germany’s Turks don’t need Papa Erdoğan or Mutti Merkel

The current debate about Turkish schools in Germany exposes how politicians in both Berlin and Ankara like to treat German Turks as if they were children caught in a nasty custody battle, writes Deniz Baspinar from Zeit Online.

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Sweden

Swede dies in Bali volcano accident

A Swedish tourist has died after falling 150 metres into the crater of an active volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali.

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Sweden

Ericsson lands major Indian contract

An already successful week for Swedish telecom giant Ericsson got better on Wednesday as it followed up two major China deals with a $1.3 billion contract to upgrade Bharti Airtel's mobile network in India.

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Sweden

Swedish diplomat was Russian source: Ex-spy

A former Russian spy commander, Sergei Tretyakov, has accused a Swedish diplomat of having handed classified documents over to the Russian secret service following his recruitment at the end of the 1990s.

Shorter Bundeswehr conscription to cost Defence Ministry millions
Germany

Shorter Bundeswehr conscription to cost Defence Ministry millions

The German government’s planned reduction of compulsory military service from nine to six months will end up costing the Defence Ministry an extra €26 million annually, according to a media report on Wednesday.

Geely sets Volvo sights on Chinese luxury market
Sweden

Geely sets Volvo sights on Chinese luxury market

Geely aims to use Volvo to crack China's fast-growing luxury car market by using its access to the Swedish firm's cutting-edge technology to vault into global contention, analysts say.

Insurance agent tops list of unpopular jobs
Germany

Insurance agent tops list of unpopular jobs

The least popular professions in Germany are insurance agent followed by career politician, according to a survey released this week.

Bayern stun United in final minute
Germany

Bayern stun United in final minute

Bayern Munich stunned Manchester United 2-1 in their Champions League quarter-final first leg Tuesday night, with an injury-time goal by Ivica Olić evoking memories of their famous clash in 1999.

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Sweden

Arsenal need trophies to match Barcelona: Ibrahimovic

Sweden and Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has warned Arsenal ahead of their Champion's League clash in London that it is trophies that count in football and not plaudits for playing beautiful football.

SAS losses widen in 2010
Sweden

SAS losses widen in 2010

SAS Scandinavian airlines' losses continued to widen in January and February, the company said Tuesday as it prepares for a new €510 million rights issue to bolster its ailing finances.