Brake problem sparks BMW motorcycle recall
Germany

Brake problem sparks BMW motorcycle recall

German luxury automaker BMW on Tuesday launched a global recall of 122,000 motorcycles owing to front brake problems.

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Sweden

Vacancies increase in first quarter

After seven straight quarters of a steady decline in the number of available jobs, the demand for labour has increased in the first quarter.

Merkel tells Club Med not to expect cash transfers
Germany

Merkel tells Club Med not to expect cash transfers

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that the European Union must be about more than just a system for transferring wealth from richer members to their struggling partners.

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Sweden

Gothenburg man arrested over Somali terror plot

A man has been arrested in Gothenburg on suspicion of planning terror attacks in Somalia, the Swedish Security Service (Säpo) has said.

Investor confidence falters but eurozone locomotive chugs on
Germany

Investor confidence falters but eurozone locomotive chugs on

German investor confidence has fallen, a key survey showed Tuesday, but Europe's biggest economy should chug along a little longer as EU leaders try to get the crisis-hit eurozone back on track.

Ballack lawyer targets Boateng
Germany

Ballack lawyer targets Boateng

A lawyer for Chelsea star Michael Ballack said he intends lodging a complaint against Portsmouth's Kevin-Prince Boateng for the "intentional" tackle which ended the Germany captain's World Cup hopes.

Pirate Party safe haven as Pirate Bay sails again
Sweden

Pirate Party safe haven as Pirate Bay sails again

Swedish file sharing website The Pirate Bay is up and running again hours after an indictment in a Hamburg court persuaded its German ISP to pull the plug, having found a new home with its anti-copyright brethren, the Pirate Party.

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Sweden

Police criticised after teen forced to strip

Police officers at a station in southern Sweden have been criticised by the Chancellor of Justice (Justitiekanslern, JK) after they forced a 16-year-old girl to strip naked.

Schäuble warns Britain over hedge fund rules
Germany

Schäuble warns Britain over hedge fund rules

Germany and its European partners warned Britain's new finance minister on Tuesday that if he wants to make his way in Brussels he will have to accept greater hedge fund regulation.

Porsche driver abducts child after dandelion attack
Germany

Porsche driver abducts child after dandelion attack

A 47-year-old man is under investigation for abducting a young boy and hauling him to a police station for throwing dandelions at his Porsche, Lower Saxony police reported on Tuesday.

Two die in lift crash at Swedish mine
Sweden

Two die in lift crash at Swedish mine

Two people have been killed after a lift crashed down a shaft at a mine in Malmberget in northern Sweden at lunchtime on Tuesday.

German media roundup: Ballack’s football tragedy
Germany

German media roundup: Ballack’s football tragedy

German football fans are in shock after hearing captain Michael Ballack’s injury will keep him from playing in this summer’s World Cup. Newspapers in The Local’s media roundup try to put things in perspective.

Rain likely until holiday weekend
Germany

Rain likely until holiday weekend

The unusually cool and soggy weather that has plagued Germany in recent weeks is likely to continue until the upcoming holiday weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Tuesday.

Fine line between genius and insanity: study
Sweden

Fine line between genius and insanity: study

The distinction between psychological illness and creative thinking is wafer thin, new Swedish research confirms, arguing that there is a feasible explanation for why the age-old myth of genius bordering on insanity could in fact be true.

Chinese hurl ‘Nazi’ epithets at German Expo pavilion in Shanghai
Germany

Chinese hurl ‘Nazi’ epithets at German Expo pavilion in Shanghai

Long waits at Germany’s Expo 2010 pavilion in Shanghai reportedly have Chinese guests brawling and hurling “Nazi” insults.

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Sweden

Vilks arson suspects remanded into custody

Two brothers suspected of targeting controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks' home have been remanded into custody for attempted arson.

Pirate Bay down as hosts bow to German court
Sweden

Pirate Bay down as hosts bow to German court

Swedish file sharing website The Pirate Bay was out of service for a couple of hours on Tuesday morning after its German ISP bowed to Hollywood pressure to cut off its internet service.

Coalition agrees on future of compulsory community service
Germany

Coalition agrees on future of compulsory community service

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition has agreed on the future of compulsory community service for young men who opt out of military conscription, a media report said on Tuesday.

Kidnapped German girls rescued in Yemen
Germany

Kidnapped German girls rescued in Yemen

Saudi security forces have freed two German girls kidnapped with their brother and parents in Yemen last year in an apparent cross-border military operation, the interior ministry said Tuesday.

Former MP Tauss faces court on child porn charges
Germany

Former MP Tauss faces court on child porn charges

Former Social Democratic parliamentarian Jörg Tauss will face a Karlsruhe district court on Tuesday on suspicion of possession and distribution of child pornography.

Westling claims kidney illness ‘not hereditary’
Sweden

Westling claims kidney illness ‘not hereditary’

Daniel Westling, the future husband of Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria, has insisted that he is in great shape ahead of the couple's June wedding, arguing that his kidney illness is not hereditary.

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Sweden

Hockey star Bäckström in multi-million dollar deal

Swedish hockey player Nicklas Bäckström has signed a 10-year $67 million contract with his NHL team, the Washington Capitals, after completing the best season of his career.

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Sweden

Court rejects ISP appeal in anti-piracy case

Swedish-Finnish telecom giant TeliaSonera has been instructed by the appeals court to hand over the names and addresses of people behind a file sharing website in a landmark anti-piracy law ruling.