Man arrested over Rinkeby riots
Sweden

Man arrested over Rinkeby riots

A man in his twenties has been arrested on suspicion of rioting after Tuesday night’s serious disturbances in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby. Police are now examining footage from security cameras and expect to make further arrests.

Germany rejects state guarantees for Opel
Germany

Germany rejects state guarantees for Opel

The German government has turned down a request from General Motors for €1.1 billion ($1.3 billion) in state loan guarantees for its Opel unit, Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle said Wednesday.

Thousands of students take to streets in protest
Germany

Thousands of students take to streets in protest

Tens of thousands of German students took part in nationwide protests on Wednesday to demand more support for the country’s beleaguered educational system.

Injured Ballack leaves Chelsea
Germany

Injured Ballack leaves Chelsea

Michael Ballack, the injured captain of Germany's national football team, announced on Wednesday he will leave the English club Chelsea FC after failing to agree on a contract extension.

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Sweden

Unemployment to peak in 2010: jobs agency

Sweden's unemployment rate will peak this year at 9.1 percent, and fall in 2011 to around 8.7 percent, the Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen) projects in a new report.

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Sweden

Swedish bosses enjoy long holidays: report

Swedish business leaders enjoyed an average of 22 days holiday last year, two days less than their Dutch counterparts and almost double the leave taken by US bosses, a new survey by consultancy firm Grant Thornton shows.

Immigrant children disadvantaged in German schools
Germany

Immigrant children disadvantaged in German schools

Young people from immigrant backgrounds suffer severe disadvantages at German schools, according to a study released on Wednesday.

Riots must be brought under control: Reinfeldt
Sweden

Riots must be brought under control: Reinfeldt

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt cautioned that the riots that blighted the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby on Monday and Tuesday needed to be brought quickly under control.

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Sweden

Students choosing wrong courses: report

While an increasing number of upper secondary (gymnasium) schools are competing for a declining number of students, many students are choosing the wrong schools or programs, a new report shows. Large numbers are opting to switch courses after starting their studies.

Merkel and Sarkozy push financial market reforms
Germany

Merkel and Sarkozy push financial market reforms

France and Germany on Wednesday called for a European ban on certain high-risk financial market instruments such as naked short selling in a joint appeal that came amid tensions over the eurozone debt crises.

Moderates overtake Social Democrats: poll
Sweden

Moderates overtake Social Democrats: poll

The Moderate Party is the largest party in Sweden, overtaking the Social Democrats, a new voter poll by Novus Opinion shows on Wednesday.

Swedes think Daniel will do good job: poll
Sweden

Swedes think Daniel will do good job: poll

Seven out of 10 Swedes believe that Daniel Westling will do a 'good job' as a prince of Sweden, following his marriage next week to Crown Princess Victoria.

Little interest in military service – warning
Sweden

Little interest in military service – warning

A lack of volunteers could lead to severe manpower shortages in Sweden's armed services, an organization representing conscripts has warned.

Design festival taxies for takeoff at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport
Germany

Design festival taxies for takeoff at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport

With Berlin’s DMY design festival set to start on Wednesday, The Local took a sneak peak of what’s on offer.

Voters favour Gauck for president
Germany

Voters favour Gauck for president

Dark horse opposition candidate for president Joachim Gauck has more support among ordinary voters than frontrunner Christian Wulff, a poll published Wednesday found.

Rhineland inches towards traffic light coalition
Germany

Rhineland inches towards traffic light coalition

Germany’s most-populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), is finally moving towards a “traffic light coalition” of Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats, with leaders announcing that alliance talks were progressing well Wednesday.

Police put dent in neo-Nazi websites
Germany

Police put dent in neo-Nazi websites

The number of illegal German neo-Nazi homepages on the internet has fallen in the past year, delivering authorities their first victory in combating right-wing extremism on the web, media reported Wednesday.

Storm warnings issued as mercury climbs
Germany

Storm warnings issued as mercury climbs

Germany’s weather bureau has issued thunderstorm warnings for parts of the country, with Wednesday's warm weather forecast to give way to heavy rain, hail and squalls on Thursday.

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Sweden

Fires and rioting in Stockholm suburb

Rioting was reported in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby on Tuesday night as 50-60 youths pelted police with stones and set alight to a building.

Swedish Radio honours US murderer
Sweden

Swedish Radio honours US murderer

Annika Östberg, the Swede who spent 28 years in a US prison after being convicted of murder, was named as one of the hosts of the quintessentially Swedish talk radio show "Summer" by Sveriges Radio (SR) on Tuesday.

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Sweden

UNHCR warns Sweden over Iraq deportations

Sweden was one of four European states warned by by the UN refugee agency on Tuesday over plans to deport Iraqi refugees to Baghdad, underlining the continued nationwide security threats.