Germany crush Aussies in World Cup opener
Germany

Germany crush Aussies in World Cup opener

Three-time champions Germany fired off a warning to World Cup challengers with a comprehensive 4-0 dismantling of Australia in their opening Group D match in Durban Sunday.

The weekend World Cup roundup
Germany

The weekend 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 weekend roundup!

Bookies cash in on royal wedding
Sweden

Bookies cash in on royal wedding

With the royal wedding less than a week away, bookmakers in Sweden are taking bets on everything from Crown Princess Victoria’s honeymoon destination to the likely profession of her eventual first-born child with Daniel Westling.

Police hunt man who raped one taxi driver, killed another
Germany

Police hunt man who raped one taxi driver, killed another

Police in southern Germany are hunting a man who attacked and raped one woman taxi driver before stabbing another to death.

Furry hopefuls line up at Babelsberg animal casting day
Germany

Furry hopefuls line up at Babelsberg animal casting day

Nearly 200 proud pet owners took their charges to a mass television and film casting session at Babelsberg in Potsdam at the weekend – hoping their furry friend might be turned into a star.

Couples flock to tie knot on drop-in wedding day
Sweden

Couples flock to tie knot on drop-in wedding day

An estimated 200 couples took the opportunity to get hitched at a popular Stockholm park’s first ever drop-in wedding day on Saturday.

Post plans to downgrade jobs and sell offices to reduce costs
Germany

Post plans to downgrade jobs and sell offices to reduce costs

Deutsche Post is preparing to implement a massive savings programme from late summer, including the sale of a number of post offices, consolidation of package and letter delivery services – and downgrading jobs to reduce wages.

Guttenberg considers resignation
Germany

Guttenberg considers resignation

Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg is thinking about resigning after the Chancellery failed to tell him about an investigation it instigated into evidence he presented over a fatal attack in Afghanistan.

Sweden welcomes army of wind turbines
Sweden

Sweden welcomes army of wind turbines

A colossal wind power project under construction in the far north of Sweden is expected on completion to generate energy equivalent to the output of two nuclear reactors, writes AFP's Marc Preel.

Profile: BP’s ‘invisible’ Swedish chairman
Sweden

Profile: BP’s ‘invisible’ Swedish chairman

When Carl-Henric Svanberg jettisoned telecoms giant Ericsson for British Petroleum last year, he could not in his worst nightmares have forecast the severity of the spotlight in which he now finds himself, writes AFP's Odile Duperry.

New medicines watchdog head says nine of ten drugs pointless
Germany

New medicines watchdog head says nine of ten drugs pointless

The next head of Germany’s medicines assessment body says up to nine in ten drugs currently being prescribed and sold in the country are pointless and should no longer be paid for by the public health system.

Police injured in Berlin anti-budget demo
Germany

Police injured in Berlin anti-budget demo

An attempted manslaughter investigation has been launched after two police officers were seriously injured by a homemade shrapnel grenade during a demonstration against the government savings package in Berlin on Saturday.

Government pulls ahead in poll
Sweden

Government pulls ahead in poll

Sweden's Moderates have overtaken the Social Democrats as the country's largest party, according to a new Sifo poll which shows the government coalition nosing ahead of the opposition.