Brüderle stays ‘sceptical’ about state aid for Opel
Germany

Brüderle stays ‘sceptical’ about state aid for Opel

German Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle said Tuesday he was still "sceptical" about a request for state loan guarantees for troubled automaker Opel.

Poor children losing hope early
Germany

Poor children losing hope early

A new study presented in Berlin on Tuesday showed that even young children’s future hopes are affected by poverty, with 20 percent of children in Germany reporting they feel disadvantaged.

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Sweden

Big surge in new business startups

The number of new businesses in Sweden increased 16.4 percent in the first five months of 2010, compared to the same period last year, new statistics have revealed.

Sweden eases Thailand travel warning
Sweden

Sweden eases Thailand travel warning

Sweden on Tuesday lifted its warning against all travel to protest-hit Bangkok, but continued to caution against trips to four provinces in southern Thailand.

A crisis of presidential proportions
Germany

A crisis of presidential proportions

Knowing Horst Köhler served Germany more as an administrator than a visionary tempers any sorrow over his surprise resignation, writes Der Tagesspiegel Editor-in-Chief Stephan-Andreas Casdorff.

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Sweden

Superbugs on the rise in Sweden

The number of cases of multiresistant superbugs in Sweden rose sharply last year, according to a new report.

Men cleared in record insider trading case
Sweden

Men cleared in record insider trading case

Two men at the centre of Sweden’s biggest ever insider trading case have been sentenced to two years in jail for tax crimes, but have been cleared on the main charges of insider trading.

Bars and restaurants pin profit hopes on World Cup
Germany

Bars and restaurants pin profit hopes on World Cup

The German hospitality industry has suffered due to a long winter and chilly spring this year, but hotel and restaurant owners hope the upcoming football World Cup will get customers off their couches and out spending again.

Unemployment drops as retail sales rebound
Germany

Unemployment drops as retail sales rebound

Official data on Tuesday showed German unemployment falling sharply and retail sales picking up, as Europe's biggest economy pushed on despite the eurozone financial crisis.

German media roundup: Köhler’s shocking departure
Germany

German media roundup: Köhler’s shocking departure

German President Horst Köhler on Monday stunned the nation by suddenly stepping down. Newspapers in The Local’s media roundup try to put the political earthquake in perspective.

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Sweden

Car registrations rise sharply in May

In May, 24,994 new passenger cars were registered in Sweden, according to industry organization Bil Sweden, an increase of 37.2 percent from last year.

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Sweden

Man drowns in central Stockholm sluice

A man in his forties is thought to have died after having been sucked into the lock at Slussen in central Stockholm on Tuesday morning.

Singapore’s flush research funding attracts German scientists
Germany

Singapore’s flush research funding attracts German scientists

Singapore’s big research and academic budgets are becoming increasingly popular with German scientists and students, who say their country simply can't compete.

Stockholm tops summer holiday wish list
Sweden

Stockholm tops summer holiday wish list

Stockholm is the city destination of choice for Swedes this summer, beating Gothenburg into second place while Gotland and the west coast are the most popular resort destinations, a new survey by rail operator SJ shows.

MPs deny activists on Gaza aid trip were armed
Germany

MPs deny activists on Gaza aid trip were armed

Two German parliamentarians and a former MP arrived safe in Berlin on Tuesday following an Israeli raid on a naval aid convoy for the Gaza Strip. All three politicians denied Israeli claims that those on board had been armed and provoked the violence.

Merkel begins search for new president
Germany

Merkel begins search for new president

The leaders of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right coalition gathered in Berlin on Tuesday to discuss potential candidates to replace German President Horst Köhler after his surprise resignation.

Flooding eases in the east
Germany

Flooding eases in the east

Flood waters in eastern Germany are easing after several tense days on high alert, officials there said on Tuesday.

Family minister suggests cut to parental benefits
Germany

Family minister suggests cut to parental benefits

German Family Minister Kristina Köhler has suggested cuts to Elterngeld, or parental benefits, by some €70 per month to help solve the government's budgetary woes, a media report said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrats to cut foreign aid for welfare

Sweden's small far-right Sweden Democrat (SD) party presented a shadow budget on Monday pledging lower taxes and higher benefits, to be financed by cutting international aid and refugee quotas.

Swedes in Israeli custody after aid convoy attack
Sweden

Swedes in Israeli custody after aid convoy attack

Swedish author Henning Mankell is one of eleven Swedes held in Israel Monday on landing in the port of Ashdod after their Gaza-bound aid flotilla was attacked by Israeli commandos, Sweden's foreign ministry said.

Ibrahimovic sale not ruled out by Barcelona
Sweden

Ibrahimovic sale not ruled out by Barcelona

Barcelona director general Joan Oliver declined to rule out the sale of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Monday, following controversial comments made by the striker's agent last week.