Market watchdog Bafin probing UBS unit
Germany

Market watchdog Bafin probing UBS unit

Financial markets watchdog Bafin is investigating a subsidiary of Swiss bank UBS that German officials suspect may have helped clients avoid paying taxes, Bafin and the bank said Thursday.

Etsy gets made in Berlin
Germany

Etsy gets made in Berlin

It’s the virtual equivalent of a German flea market – without the hippies and stolen bikes. Etsy, the American social commerce website focused on handmade and vintage goods, is going international this week with a new headquarters in Berlin.

Munich voted Europe’s best airport
Germany

Munich voted Europe’s best airport

Munich Airport has been voted Europe’s best airport – and fourth best in the world – in a poll released Thursday of nearly 10 million travellers from more than 100 countries.

Green Technologies: Feed-in tariffs
Germany

Green Technologies: Feed-in tariffs

Germany has long been a leader in “green” technologies, but it’s facing growing competition from around the globe. In a special report for The Local, Sally McGrane examines the energy challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Green Technologies: Solar
Germany

Green Technologies: Solar

Germany has long been a leader in “green” technologies, but it’s facing growing competition from around the globe. In a special report for The Local, Sally McGrane examines the energy challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Green Technologies: Wind
Germany

Green Technologies: Wind

Germany has long been a leader in “green” technologies, but it’s facing growing competition from around the globe. In a special report for The Local, Sally McGrane examines the energy challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Green Technologies: Bio-energy
Germany

Green Technologies: Bio-energy

Germany has long been a leader in “green” technologies, but it’s facing growing global competition from around the globe. In a special report for The Local, Sally McGrane examines the energy challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Green Technologies: E-mobility
Germany

Green Technologies: E-mobility

Germany has long been a leader in “green” technologies, but it’s facing growing global competition from around the globe. In a special report for The Local, Sally McGrane examines the energy challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Court rejects backdated Hartz IV welfare increase
Germany

Court rejects backdated Hartz IV welfare increase

Welfare recipients hoping for a windfall from the current review of Hartz IV unemployment benefits are set for disappointment after Germany's highest court ruled Thursday that any hike should not be backdated.

Merkel discusses nuclear Iran with China’s Wen
Germany

Merkel discusses nuclear Iran with China’s Wen

German Chancellor Angela Merkel held telephone talks with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Thursday on Iran's nuclear programme and international climate policy, her office said.

Anti-piracy law has little effect on internet use
Sweden

Anti-piracy law has little effect on internet use

A year after the adoption of Sweden's IPRED anti-piracy legislation, new figures show that file sharing is growing in popularity, internet traffic has rebounded strongly, and only a small handful of cases have been brought before the courts.

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Sweden

Sweden seeks law change to nab spies

Justice minster Beatrice Ask has said she wants to make it easier to prosecute espionage suspects following allegations that a Swedish diplomat had fed sensitive EU documents to Russia.

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Sweden

Saab rehiring to meet production goals

Car maker Saab has indicated that is soon to begin reemploying people made reduntant last year as it ups the tempo on its production lines in Trollhättan in western Sweden.

Gloomy Easter weather to creep in from the west
Germany

Gloomy Easter weather to creep in from the west

Much of Germany will spend Easter under cloudy and rainy skies with only the eastern part of country likely to see much sun, the German Weather Service (DWD) forecast on Thursday.

Sweden bans fake boobs over explosion risk
Sweden

Sweden bans fake boobs over explosion risk

Sweden's Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket) has banned three brands of silicone breast implants due to the risk of bursting.

Local firms offer reward over car park killing
Sweden

Local firms offer reward over car park killing

A reward of 60,000 kronor ($8,500) has been offered by a group of Landskrona businesses in response to the brutal parking lot assault which led to the death of an elderly woman.

What’s on in Germany: April 1 – 7
Germany

What’s on in Germany: April 1 – 7

This Week's Highlights: Tchaikovsky glides across the ice in Frankfurt, Method Man takes the mic in Munich, and a new exhibition opens at Berlin's temporary modern art space.

Ibrahimovic double gives Barcelona upper hand
Sweden

Ibrahimovic double gives Barcelona upper hand

A brace of goals from Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic ensured that Barcelona are in control of their Champions League tie against Arsenal, despite a late comeback from the Gunners to draw the first leg.

Reinfeldt welcomes Turkish ambassador
Sweden

Reinfeldt welcomes Turkish ambassador

Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt welcomed Turkey's ambassador to Sweden, Zergün Korutürk, back to Stockholm on Thursday after her recall to Ankara following the Swedish parliament's recognition of the Armenian genocide.

Health experts call for candy tax
Sweden

Health experts call for candy tax

Health experts have called for a sugar tax as Swedes remain the highest global consumers of sweets, with almost 17 kilogrammes per person per annum, as well as an average 90 litres of soft drinks.

Child abuse reported at East German institutions
Germany

Child abuse reported at East German institutions

As the sex abuse scandal within Germany’s Catholic Church continues to unfold, former charges at East German children’s homes have come forward to allege there was also widespread abuse in the communist country's state-run institutions.

Von der Leyen tops poll for favourite politician
Germany

Von der Leyen tops poll for favourite politician

Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen has overtaken Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg as Germany’s favourite politician, according to a poll released this week.

Cracks still plaguing Holocaust memorial
Germany

Cracks still plaguing Holocaust memorial

As the fifth anniversary of the inauguration of Berlin's Holocaust memorial draws near, controversy dogs the site as a committee of experts looks into how to repair cracks spreading through the maze of concrete blocks.

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Sweden

Volvo Group faces Thai damages writ

Sweden's Volvo Group has been sued by a Thai truck dealer for 10.5 billion baht ($324 million) for allegedly unlawfully terminating two contract, a spokesperson said Wednesday.

The Local launches America’s News in British English
Germany

The Local launches America’s News in British English

With English-speakers worldwide seeing their own versions of the language eroded by a global standard, The Local is launching an ambitious new project to bring befuddled migrants all the latest news in the English that suits them best.

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Sweden

The Local launches America’s News in British English

With English-speakers worldwide seeing their own versions of the language eroded by a global standard, The Local is launching an ambitious new project to bring befuddled migrants all the latest news in the English that suits them best.