Former Red Army Faction member Becker indicted
Germany

Former Red Army Faction member Becker indicted

Federal prosecutors said Thursday they had indicted Verena Becker, a former member of the far-left West German militant group the Red Army Faction, for complicity in a murder that took place more than 33 years ago.

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Sweden

Three dead in Malmö ‘family drama’

Three people - a man, a woman and a child - have been found dead in a Malmö apartment shortly after police received a report from the scene of a man who intended to harm himself.

Green Technologies: Can Germany keep its edge?
Germany

Green Technologies: Can Germany keep its edge?

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.

Baby hatches turn 10 amid calls for closure
Germany

Baby hatches turn 10 amid calls for closure

The first of Germany’s baby hatches, which allow mothers to give up their children anonymously, celebrated its 10th anniversary on Thursday amid continued debate over ethical questions they raise.

David Hasselhoff eyeing musical blitzkrieg on Germany
Germany

David Hasselhoff eyeing musical blitzkrieg on Germany

Forever associated with a fleeting pop hit he scored in the euphoria surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall, the US actor and singer David Hasselhoff is hoping an appearance in German television will reignite his musical career.

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Sweden

Hennes & Mauritz reports profits hike

Swedish clothing retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) has reported a lift in profits for the first fiscal quarter to 5.05 billion kronor ($690 million) as the firm confirmed plans to continue its global expansion.

Bundesbank reportedly wary of Greece bailout
Germany

Bundesbank reportedly wary of Greece bailout

Germany's central bank is wary of aid for Greece as envisaged by the European Union and International Monetary Fund, according to an internal note revealed Thursday by a press report.

Wrong man exposed over car park killing
Sweden

Wrong man exposed over car park killing

A storm of comments and accusations circulating on the internet in the wake of revelations over the 23-year-old suspect in the Landskrona car park killing has afflicted a man in Denmark who has no connection to the case.

Escaped cobra found dead
Germany

Escaped cobra found dead

A three-week search in North Rhine-Westphalia for an escaped cobra has ended in the death of the venomous snake and costs of more than €100,000.

Hitler may have tried stealing the Shroud of Turin
Germany

Hitler may have tried stealing the Shroud of Turin

New research shows that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler may have tried to steal the famous Shroud of Turin, but was thwarted by the Vatican, an Italian media report said this week.

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Sweden

Three cases of rare meat allergy at Stockholm hospital

Three people have been diagnosed with rare red meat allergies at a Stockholm hospital over the past six months, as the extremely rare condition gains increasing attention among researchers.

Germans smoking less, but still drinking copiously
Germany

Germans smoking less, but still drinking copiously

Fewer ciggies but another beer or two? Germans are smoking less but still drinking plenty of alcohol, according a report published by the DHS centre for addiction studies this week.

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Sweden

Retail union calls off strike action

The threat of strike action at Swedish retailers has been retracted after the union and employer groups concluded a new collective agreement.

Man U’s Fergie petulant after Bayern beating
Germany

Man U’s Fergie petulant after Bayern beating

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson had a bad case of sour grapes after Bayern Munich turfed his side out of the Champions League, saying the Bavarians had played like “typical Germans” to secure their advance.

‘Bones’ in serial killer trial were wood and glue
Sweden

‘Bones’ in serial killer trial were wood and glue

A forensic examination has shown that charred bones used as evidence against convicted serial killer Thomas Quick were in fact pieces of wood and glue mixed with other synthetic materials.

What’s On in Sweden: April 9th – 15th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: April 9th – 15th

What’s on in Sweden: Russian burlesque in Stockholm, Johnny Cash tribute in Gothenburg and Rough Aunties in Malmö.

TeliaSonera approves government bonus ban
Sweden

TeliaSonera approves government bonus ban

Swedish-Finnish telecom firm TeliaSonera voted at its AGM on Wednesday to ban bonuses for senior staff after a proposal from the Swedish state's representative.

Neo-Nazis increase online social network activity for new recruits
Germany

Neo-Nazis increase online social network activity for new recruits

Right-wing extremists are increasing their activity on online social networks to reach young people, the Lower Saxony state intelligence service warned on Thursday.

Lufthansa pilots call off planned strike
Germany

Lufthansa pilots call off planned strike

Pilots for Europe’s largest airline Lufthansa have called of their threat to strike following an agreement on negotiation guidelines between their union Cockpit and the carrier.

Old WWII bomb shuts down Berlin’s Tegel airport
Germany

Old WWII bomb shuts down Berlin’s Tegel airport

Berlin's main international airport Tegel had to briefly halt operations for an hour after a World War II-era bomb was discovered on a building site, officials said.

Saab-Spyker chief wants new retro Saab 92
Sweden

Saab-Spyker chief wants new retro Saab 92

Saab Automobile's new chairperson, Victor Muller, wants the Swedish firm to prioritize the development of a new version of the classic Saab 92 in a retro design mirroring similar moves by Fiat, with its 500, and the Volkswagen Beetle.

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Sweden

Dawit Isaak held in ‘harsh’ Eritrean jail

Swedish-Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak is being held in a tough high-security prison near the Eritrean capital, according to a former guard at the jail quoted in a Swedish newspaper on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Brazil opens fighter jet tender inquiry

An inquiry has been opened by the Brazilian prosecutor after claims that the preference for the French Rafale over the Swedish Gripen NG and US F/A-18 in a multi-billion dollar military tender were against "economic principles".