Modernist painter Sigmar Polke dead at 69
Germany

Modernist painter Sigmar Polke dead at 69

One of Germany's most important painters, the modernist Sigmar Polke, died overnight aged 69 after a long battle with cancer, his art dealer Erhard Klein said on Friday.

Lahm plays captain, but Schweinsteiger becomes boss
Germany

Lahm plays captain, but Schweinsteiger becomes boss

Germany coach Joachim Löw may have selected Philipp Lahm as skipper for the World Cup in place of the injured Michael Ballack, but the real 'boss' of the German team is arguably Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The daily World Cup roundup
Germany

The daily World Cup roundup

The Local’s World Cup blog offers an outsider’s perspective on German football as Die Mannschaft goes for glory in South Africa. Don’t miss our daily roundup!

Severe storms to subside for pleasant weekend
Germany

Severe storms to subside for pleasant weekend

After two nights of severe thunder storms and flooding across parts of the country, the German Weather Service (DWD) on Friday forecast calmer, milder conditions for the weekend.

Christian paper rejects LGBT youth camp ad
Sweden

Christian paper rejects LGBT youth camp ad

Christian newspaper Dagen has rejected an ad for a camp for gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Christian youth.

Summer Rail Destinations: Stockholm
Sweden

Summer Rail Destinations: Stockholm

The antiquity of Gamla Stan, the forests of Djurgården, the cliffs of Södermalm and of course the surrounding blue sea: all these elements combine to help make Stockholm one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

Teachers to get training in forced marriage prevention
Germany

Teachers to get training in forced marriage prevention

German teachers are to get guidelines on handling the issue of forced marriages with their pupils, the government said Friday following a spate cases in recent months.

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Sweden

Immigrant employment rates vary by region

Employment rates between local- and foreign-born workers differ by more than 30 percentage points in some areas of Sweden, according to a report from Statistics Sweden (Statistiska centralbyrån, SCB) based on data from 2008.

Bundesbank hikes 2010 growth forecast
Germany

Bundesbank hikes 2010 growth forecast

The Bundesbank boosted its growth forecast for Germany on Friday for this year, as Europe's biggest economy cashes in on the gradual global recovery.

Forecast: Royal wedding wet and cold
Sweden

Forecast: Royal wedding wet and cold

Next week's Royal Wedding could be a wet and chilly affair, if early weather forecasts are to be believed.

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Sweden

Ikea in US recall after baby strangles

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has recalled 3.4 million blinds sold in the United States and Canada after a 18-month-old baby nearly died after being strangled by a cord, the company said on Friday.

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Sweden

Swedes set to hike holiday spend

Swedes plan to increase the the money they lavish on annual holidays, as they did in 2009, a new report from Scandinavian bank Nordea shows.

Sweden is best – it’s official
Sweden

Sweden is best – it’s official

Sweden is simply the best. And don't take our word for it - this is the conclusion of a whole range of global rankings, write Bo Ekman and James Wine from the Tällberg Foundation.

Strangers to marry at alternate ‘royal’ wedding
Sweden

Strangers to marry at alternate ‘royal’ wedding

A Malmö-based art network has decided to join in the royal wedding fun and organise their own mass wedding under the theme "kinda cheaper, not as good" and with a twist - he hopefuls will not know whom they will marry until the day.

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Sweden

Middle-aged men dominate election lists

The majority of candidates running for the parliamentary election in the fall are middle-aged men, according to a survey from Sveriges Radio's (SR) news service Ekot.

Mutti Merkel fed up with coalition bickering
Germany

Mutti Merkel fed up with coalition bickering

The normally staid world of German politics has been enlivened recently by some colourful name-calling within Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition. But now she has had enough.

Luxury goods market set to rebound
Germany

Luxury goods market set to rebound

Luxury goods producers are slowly recovering from the global financial crisis, with four percent growth expected for 2010, according to analysis published in Munich on Friday.

The American who keeps Stockholm swinging
Sweden

The American who keeps Stockholm swinging

Andy Fite is bringing jazz to new audiences in Stockholm. Lysanne Sizoo has met him.

Alisar crowned ‘Germany’s next Topmodel’
Germany

Alisar crowned ‘Germany’s next Topmodel’

A shy 21-year-old called Alisar took home the title on Heidi Klum’s show “Germany’s Next Topmodel” Thursday evening in Cologne, winning the chance to grace the cover of German Cosmopolitan and modelling contracts worth €400,000.

Obama summons Svanberg over oil spill
Sweden

Obama summons Svanberg over oil spill

US president Barrack Obama has called BP's Swedish chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg to a meeting at the White House to discuss the Mexican Gulf oil catastrophe.

‘Traffic light’ coalition talks fail in Rhineland
Germany

‘Traffic light’ coalition talks fail in Rhineland

Talks to form a “traffic light coalition” of Social Democrats, Greens and Free Democrats in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) broke down early on Friday morning, leaving the future of the country’s most populous state uncertain a month after voters went to the polls.

Sarrazin says Germany ‘dumber’ through immigration
Germany

Sarrazin says Germany ‘dumber’ through immigration

Controversial Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin made further anti-immigrant comments this week, alleging that Germany is getting “dumber” because of its foreign population.

Bollywood takes on Hitler film
Germany

Bollywood takes on Hitler film

The Bollywood film industry, famous for its lip-synched singing, exuberant dancing and wet sari scenes, is set to stray into unfamiliar dark territory with a film on Adolf Hitler.

Pastor disciplined over village rape case
Sweden

Pastor disciplined over village rape case

The Church of Sweden pastor who welcomed a 15-year-old convicted rapist to the end of term celebrations in a high profile incident in Bjästa in northern Sweden, has been issued with a written caution by the diocese of Harnösand.

Prosecutor to investigate oil firm accusations
Sweden

Prosecutor to investigate oil firm accusations

A Swedish prosecutor has indicated that there will be an investigation into claims made in a report that Swedish company Lundin Oil was involved in war crimes in Sudan during the time that Foreign Minister Carl Bildt sat on the board.