Somali pirates extradited to Germany
Germany

Somali pirates extradited to Germany

The Somali pirates who recently captured a Hamburg freight ship are being extradited to Germany for what is expected to be the first trial of such pirates from the collapsed African nation on German soil.

Thousands of apartments rented illegally
Sweden

Thousands of apartments rented illegally

Four of out ten apartments in Stockholm have been found to be rented on illegal contracts, a new survey from the three major public housing firms shows.

Bishop Mixa attacked from within Church for dismissing victims
Germany

Bishop Mixa attacked from within Church for dismissing victims

The Catholic school headmaster who first raised concerns about sex abuse in the Church in January has attacked the embattled Bishop Walter Mixa, accusing him of being too dismissive of his alleged victim’s claims.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Monster: Job vacancies at 7-month high

Swedish employers are taking on staff at the highest rate for seven months, according to the Monster Employment Index.

Daimler to ‘restructure’ Iran business ties
Germany

Daimler to ‘restructure’ Iran business ties

Automaker Daimler became the latest German corporate giant to give in to international pressure over its business ties with Iran on Wednesday, saying it would "restructure" its activities there.

Kitty the cat survives nine-shot attack
Sweden

Kitty the cat survives nine-shot attack

As if seeking to prove the verity of the old myth of a cat's nine lives, Kitty - a feline resident of Traneberg in western Sweden - is recovering after surviving nine shots to her head and torso.

Guttenberg boosts firepower in Afghanistan
Germany

Guttenberg boosts firepower in Afghanistan

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg used a surprise trip to Afghanistan Wednesday to announce he was stepping up the firepower of the German troops in the wake of the Good Friday ambush that claimed the lives of three soldiers.

Robberies raise prospect of retail cash ban
Sweden

Robberies raise prospect of retail cash ban

The head of the Swedish Work Environment Authority (Arbetsmiljöverket) has raised the prospect of a ban on cash in Sweden's retail stores to help tackle the growing problem of robbery.

Transport minister halts pricey street sign update
Germany

Transport minister halts pricey street sign update

Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer announced this week that he would put an end to the nationwide update of traffic signs, saving already broke cities and municipalities hundreds of millions of euros.

‘Catholics in Sweden must challenge Rome’
Sweden

‘Catholics in Sweden must challenge Rome’

The Catholic Church in Sweden must demand that the Vatican abolish celibacy for priests, allow women to be ordained, stop oppressing homosexuals and reverse its ban on contraception, argues Swedish Catholic and poet Marcus Birro.

Migration board launches online citizenship form
Sweden

Migration board launches online citizenship form

The Swedish Migration Board (Migrationsverket) has announced the launch of an online citizenship application service.

Williamson’s Holocaust trial to start Friday – without him
Germany

Williamson’s Holocaust trial to start Friday – without him

British bishop Richard Williamson is declining to face court in person when his trial for Holocaust-denial begins Friday, according to his lawyer, who has said he will represent the absent clergyman.

Hamburg tops table of highest income-earners
Germany

Hamburg tops table of highest income-earners

Hamburg is Germany’s highest-earning city with an average net income of €23,366 a year, a survey published Wednesday found.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Faked cerebral palsy netted millions in benefit

A 32-year-old man from Halmstad is suspected of having cheated his way to benefits of almost five million kronor ($700,000) from the Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) by pretending to be mentally disabled.

Bishop begs forgiveness for Catholic priest abuse
Sweden

Bishop begs forgiveness for Catholic priest abuse

The Catholic Church in Sweden has confirmed the receipt of two reports of child sexual abuse perpetrated by priests as Bishop Anders Aborelius asked for forgiveness on Tuesday.

Liechtenstein digs in heels against stolen bank data
Germany

Liechtenstein digs in heels against stolen bank data

The small tax haven of Liechtenstein is preparing to backpedal on an agreement with Germany to crack down on tax dodgers, and now plans to give no help if investigations are based on stolen data, a report said Wednesday.

Lars Ohly turns down royal wedding invite
Sweden

Lars Ohly turns down royal wedding invite

Left Party leader Lars Ohly has declined the invitation to attend Crown Princess Victoria's wedding to Daniel Westling on June 19th.

Police make biggest ever cocaine bust
Germany

Police make biggest ever cocaine bust

German police said Tuesday they had seized a record haul of 1.3 tonnes of cocaine with an estimated street value of €40 million and made seven arrests.

FDP tax plan gets broad thumbs up
Germany

FDP tax plan gets broad thumbs up

The Free Democrats' watered-down tax reform plans have been given a shot in the arm by their conservative coalition partners, who broadly welcomed the proposals on Wednesday.

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Serial killer’s lawyer given all clear

Claes Borgström, the lawyer who represented convicted serial killer Thomas Quick, has been told there will be no investigation into his conduct after reporting himself to the Swedish Bar Association (Advokatsamfundet).

https://www.thelocal.com/wp-content/themes/thelocal/assets/images/1x1-transparent.png
Sweden

Fake Swedish pilot convicted by Dutch court

41-year-old Swede Thomas Salme who flew for 13 years without a valid pilot's licence has been served with a small fine and banned from flying for one year after a conviction in a Dutch court.