Merkel says states ready to help Opel
Germany

Merkel says states ready to help Opel

Four German states with Opel factories are ready to provide financial assistance to US auto giant General Motors, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday after meeting regional officials.

UK’s Clegg charms Berlin with German skills
Germany

UK’s Clegg charms Berlin with German skills

Nick Clegg, Britain's new deputy prime minister, has already made history with his meteoric career, but on Thursday he notched up another feat for an English politician: speaking German to the Germans.

John E. Woods: Bringing German literature to the world
Germany

John E. Woods: Bringing German literature to the world

Prize-winning translator John E. Woods has brought great German literature to English speakers for more than 30 years. The Local's series "Making it in Germany" sat down with him to discuss what he calls a dangerous and lonely task.

Swedes are exercising more
Sweden

Swedes are exercising more

Swedes are taking more exercise than ever, according to a new survey. Some 46 percent of the population exercise more than twice a week, compared to 38 percent ten years ago.

Supermarket cashier wrongly fired for taking deposit slips
Germany

Supermarket cashier wrongly fired for taking deposit slips

A federal labour court in Erfurt ruled on Thursday that a former cashier for the Kaiser’s supermarket chain was unjustly fired for allegedly taking €1.30 in bottle deposits after 31 years on the job.

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Sweden

Stricter requirements for SMS loans

Sweden's government has proposed placing tighter requirements on SMS-loan companies to carry out credit checks. However, proposals for interest rate caps or prohibitions on overnight loan payments have been rejected.

Neighbourhood feud ends in bloody weed-whacker attack
Germany

Neighbourhood feud ends in bloody weed-whacker attack

A 20-year feud between two neighbours in the German state of Hesse revved up this week, ending in bloodshed when one of the elderly men attacked the other with a weed whacker, police reported on Thursday.

Second Swede sought over Auschwitz theft
Sweden

Second Swede sought over Auschwitz theft

Polish authorities want to question a second Swede, millionaire Lars-Göran Wahlström, about the theft of the "Arbeit macht frei" sign at the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Sweden’s popular Crown Princess
Sweden

Sweden’s popular Crown Princess

She was not born to be queen, but Crown Princess Victoria has become a popular heir to the throne. Juan Navas, who has worked closely with her, explains what she is really like.

German Jews sending aid ship to Gaza Strip
Germany

German Jews sending aid ship to Gaza Strip

German Jews are preparing to send a ship loaded with humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip at the end of July despite an Israeli blockade, a representative of the initiative said Thursday.

Where to watch World Cup matches in Germany
Germany

Where to watch World Cup matches in Germany

Want to know where to catch all the action for the 2010 World Cup? Check out The Local’s list of places in Germany to watch the football and submit your own suggestions.

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Sweden

Sweden tops EU development aid list

Sweden spends more per capita on development aid than all other EU countries, according to a new report which has slammed the failure of some member states for not doing enough to live up to spending goals.

Sell more state-owned companies: party
Sweden

Sell more state-owned companies: party

The Christian Democrats believe the government should continue selling off state-owned companies.

Ten percent of schoolchildren think the sun rises in the North
Germany

Ten percent of schoolchildren think the sun rises in the North

Every tenth German schoolchild expects the sun to rise in the North, according to a study published on Thursday revealing widespread ignorance about nature among the country’s youth.

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Sweden

Small rise in inflation in May

Consumer prices in Sweden rose by 0.2 percent in May, according to new figures from Statistics Sweden. Inflation was 1.2 percent, compared with 1 percent in April.

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Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: June 11th – June 17th

What’s on in Sweden: Cookin' Koreans in Stockholm, Thoughtful Brits in Gothenburg, KISS plays Malmö plus Magnus Betnér, in English, in Linköping.

What’s on in Germany: June 10 – 16
Germany

What’s on in Germany: June 10 – 16

This Week's Highlights: Giant sand sculptures in Berlin, Dr. Jane Goodall in Munich and Japanese ballet in Hamburg.

Opposition retain lead in major poll
Sweden

Opposition retain lead in major poll

The "red-green" coalition enjoys the support of 50.2 percent of the electorate, according to a major new survey from Statistics Sweden (SCB).

Storm causes flooding and fires from lightning
Germany

Storm causes flooding and fires from lightning

The states of Hesse, Thuringia and Rhineland-Palatinate reported heavy damages on Thursday after a series of severe thunderstorms caused house fires, and flooded streets and cellars overnight.

States agree to reform TV licence fees
Germany

States agree to reform TV licence fees

Germany’s state premiers have agreed to overhaul the country’s hated GEZ broadcasting licence fees and institute a per-household charge for public television and radio.

Gretchen Parlato: more than just a jazz singer
Sweden

Gretchen Parlato: more than just a jazz singer

Jazz singer Gretchen Parlato's first concert in Sweden is special for a number of reasons, least of all because her maternal grandfather was Swedish.

Employers’ group supports watching World Cup at work
Germany

Employers’ group supports watching World Cup at work

Germany’s bosses should allow their workers to watch daytime World Cup games on the job, head of the BDA national employers' association Dieter Hundt said on Thursday.

Merkel ‘strongly welcomes’ Iran sanctions
Germany

Merkel ‘strongly welcomes’ Iran sanctions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said late on Wednesday that she "strongly welcomed" a decision by the UN Security Council to impose a fourth round of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme.

Legendary Beckenbauer backs Germany for semi-finals
Germany

Legendary Beckenbauer backs Germany for semi-finals

Football legend Franz Beckenbauer has backed Germany's young side to reach at least the semi-finals in their bid to win a fourth World Cup title.

Five detained after Malmö shootings
Sweden

Five detained after Malmö shootings

Five men have been held after two shootings in central Malmö on Wednesday leaving three people injured, one seriously.

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Sweden

Birthday ‘prank’ sends police on runaround

Police in Norrköping in eastern Sweden were sent on a wild goose chase on Wednesday after masked men were reported to have dragged a taxi driver from his car and sped off in an incident later revealed to be a birthday prank.

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Sweden

Sweden deports Iraqis despite UN criticism

Sweden deported 56 Iraqis to Baghdad on Wednesday in the face of stern criticism from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).