Soaring with eagles and frolicking with seals
Sweden

Soaring with eagles and frolicking with seals

If you want to see Sweden's maritime nature eye-to-eye, there's no better place to do it than Västervik.

Merkel talks tough on aid for Greece
Germany

Merkel talks tough on aid for Greece

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed Friday that aid to Greece was not automatic and depended on Athens producing a credible savings plan and proof that eurozone stability was on the line.

Losses from failed bank are tough luck, court rules
Germany

Losses from failed bank are tough luck, court rules

Angry German investors seeking compensation for worthless securities from the insolvent US bank Lehman Brothers have had their case knocked back by a Hamburg court, which told them the loss was their “own fault.”

Sweden extends Thailand travel warning
Sweden

Sweden extends Thailand travel warning

The Swedish foreign ministry (Utrikesdepartementet - UD) has warned against any "unnecessary travel" to Thailand's capital Bangkok in light of the deteriorating security situation.

Stockholm universities top student wish list
Sweden

Stockholm universities top student wish list

Stockholm universities are among the top choices for students this autumn, with medicine, law and economics the most popular fields of study, according to a new report from the Swedish Agency for Higher Education Services (Verket för högskoleservice - VHS).

Driver obeys car navigation literally, promptly crashes
Germany

Driver obeys car navigation literally, promptly crashes

A Bavarian man was given a persuasive lesson in the fallibility of technology Thursday night when he crashed into another car and injured an 11-year-old boy after obeying his car navigation device's command to turn around on a divided autobahn.

Of mice and Portnoy
Germany

Of mice and Portnoy

In the latest installment of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy lauds the enduring genius of the country's very own cartoon mouse children's show.

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Sweden

Three men jailed after rabbit torture trial

A Swedish court jailed three men on Friday for torturing two rabbits in Stockholm last year. The court served the three men with prison terms ranging from two to four months, while a fourth man was fined.

Business confidence hits two-year high
Germany

Business confidence hits two-year high

Business confidence in Germany rose sharply to a near two-year high in April, the closely watched Ifo index showed Friday, in another sign of recovery in Europe's top economy.

How the French Revolution gave Sweden its royals
Sweden

How the French Revolution gave Sweden its royals

The French Revolution was bad news for France's royal family, but Sweden's 200-year-old Bernadotte dynasty would not have existed without it, explains The Local's royal correspondent Juan Navas.

Sugary children’s drink voted year’s worst advertising lie
Germany

Sugary children’s drink voted year’s worst advertising lie

German food industry watchdog Foodwatch on Thursday awarded the manufacturers of the ultra-sweet children’s beverage “Monte Drink” with their unflattering “Golden Cream Puff” award for most brazen advertising lie of the year.

Catholics ready for Church exodus, poll finds
Germany

Catholics ready for Church exodus, poll finds

Nearly a quarter of Germany’s 25 million Catholics are considering turning their backs on their Church in the wake of the child abuse scandals, a survey published Friday found.

Rival blocs tackle one million floating voters
Sweden

Rival blocs tackle one million floating voters

Almost a fifth of the Swedish electorate could envisage switching sides in the September general election, a new survey by Sifo shows.

Lufthansa offers iPhone loser free flight for German pub crawl
Germany

Lufthansa offers iPhone loser free flight for German pub crawl

Gray Powell, the Apple employee who blew a hole in the technology firm’s product security by losing a top-secret iPhone prototype after a session on German beer, has been offered a chance to drown his sorrows by airline Lufthansa.

Editor resigns over ‘racist’ press subsidy
Sweden

Editor resigns over ‘racist’ press subsidy

Martin Ahlquist, editor-in-chief of Swedish news weekly Fokus, has resigned his post on the Press Subsidies Council (Presstödsnämnden) after a decision to award state funds to an extreme-right newspaper.

Volvo stock responds to positive report
Sweden

Volvo stock responds to positive report

Swedish truck maker Volvo AB topped the list of winners as the Stockholm stock exchange opened for business on Friday after reporting positive interim figures.

FDP gears up for fresh tax cut battle
Germany

FDP gears up for fresh tax cut battle

The pro-business Free Democrats are planning to use their party conference Saturday to trumpet their new tax plan, even as senior members of their conservative coalition partners, the Christian Democrats, attack the proposals.

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Sweden

Ericsson reports profits slump

Swedish telecom firm Ericsson has reported a 30 percent slump in net profits for the first quarter 2010, after weak sales development.

Catholics relieved by Mixa’s resignation
Germany

Catholics relieved by Mixa’s resignation

As Germany’s 25 million Catholics await word on whether the Vatican has accepted embattled Bishop Walter Mixa’s resignation, senior Church members on Friday expressed relief over – and respect for – Mixa’s decision to step down.

Bayern eye treble championship dream
Germany

Bayern eye treble championship dream

After their Champions League success midweek, Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal plans to keep the treble dream alive when they return to Bundesliga action at Mönchengladbach on Saturday.

New EU rules open Sweden’s airspace
Sweden

New EU rules open Sweden’s airspace

Flights are now permitted across the whole of Sweden, with new rules in place for flights in the EU-wide risk zone two. This means that Stockholm-Arlanda, Bromma and Malmö remained open overnight.

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Sweden

Students seek expansion of volcano help site

A pair of Swedish students are hoping their website launched to organize people left stranded by the Iceland volcano flight chaos will become a permanent fixture to help victims of natural disasters.

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Sweden

Swedish prisoners sign up for lullabies project

Malmö city library and the Swedish prisons service have launched a project to encourage imprisoned fathers to record bedtime stories which can be played to their children during the time they are locked up.