Obama meeting will be Svanberg’s toughest test
Sweden

Obama meeting will be Svanberg’s toughest test

When Carl-Henric Svanberg meets President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday, BP's Swedish chairman faces the toughest challenge of a glittering career, writes James Savage.

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Sweden

Tax agency cracks down on cash register cheats

Starting at the half-year mark, the National Tax Agency (Skatteverket) will take a hard line to stop small businesses from cheating through their cash registers.

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!

Berlin and Paris plan new fiscal rules for EU, G20
Germany

Berlin and Paris plan new fiscal rules for EU, G20

France and Germany will table joint proposals at a European Union summit this week to withhold voting rights from countries that break the bloc's fiscal rules, the leaders of the two countries said on Monday.

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Sweden

Lewd cop blogger loses job

A police officer in southern Sweden who had blogged indecent and sexist stories from his day job has lost his job.

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Sweden

HQ shares spike after approval of fund sale

Swedish investment firm Öresund has been has been authorized by the Financial Supervisory Authority (Finansinspektionen - FI) to buy its investment fund operation HQ Fonder.

Siemens planning massive new Munich headquarters
Germany

Siemens planning massive new Munich headquarters

In the wake of major corporate restructuring, German engineering conglomerate Siemens is planning a new Munich headquarters that the industrial giant hopes will revitalise its image as well as an entire city block.

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Sweden

Labour market shows green shoots of recovery

Unemployment in Sweden in May amounted to 8.5 percent of the workforce with 395,000 registered job-seekers, according to new Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen) figures, which indicate that young people are not as badly off as claimed.

Getting toddlers to like bikes
Germany

Getting toddlers to like bikes

The Local’s series “Made in Germany” presents the best the country has to offer, including the innovative toddler training bikes by Kokua.

‘Royal wedding boosts republican cause’: MP
Sweden

‘Royal wedding boosts republican cause’: MP

As the royal wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling nears, the Swedish Republican Association (Republikanska Föreningen - RepF) has invited representatives from Republican associations across the EU to Stockholm, claiming that focus on the wedding has boosted their cause.

Embattled coalition faces calls for fresh elections
Germany

Embattled coalition faces calls for fresh elections

Is Chancellor Angela Merkel’s embattled centre-right coalition on the ropes? German opposition politicians on Monday demanded early elections, but the government is hoping to stay the course.

Man moons and throws puppy at Hells Angels bikers
Germany

Man moons and throws puppy at Hells Angels bikers

A young man in Bavaria who reportedly forgot to take his medication taunted a group of Hells Angels at their clubhouse over the weekend by dropping his pants, throwing a puppy at the bikers, and then making his getaway in a stolen front loader.

Cities desperate as €15-billion budgetary shortfall looms
Germany

Cities desperate as €15-billion budgetary shortfall looms

German cities and municipalities face a budgetary shortfall of €15 billion this year and have run out of ways to cut costs, they said on Monday.

Activists arrested after nuclear plant breach
Sweden

Activists arrested after nuclear plant breach

Police have arrested 50 Greenpeace activists who broke into Forsmark nuclear power plant in eastern Sweden on Monday, demanding that parliament vote against the building of new nuclear facilities.

Mixa returns to bishop’s palace quarters in ‘defiance’
Germany

Mixa returns to bishop’s palace quarters in ‘defiance’

Controversial former Augsburg bishop Walter Mixa has returned to live at the bishop’s palace despite his resignation over alleged child abuse and misuse of church funds, a media report said on Monday.

Crowd breaks world record for ballet class in Hannover
Germany

Crowd breaks world record for ballet class in Hannover

More than 1,050 dance enthusiasts gathered in central Hannover on Sunday to break the record for world’s largest ballet class, complete with live musical accompaniment.

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Sweden

Man detained over Malmö woman murder

A man in his fifties has been detained on suspicion of the murder or manslaughter of a women in their home in central Malmö on Sunday afternoon.

Suspect arrested in taxi murder and rape case
Germany

Suspect arrested in taxi murder and rape case

Baden-Württemberg police confirmed early on Monday that they have arrested a man suspected of raping one woman taxi driver before stabbing another to death last week.

Convicts choose prison over electronic tag
Sweden

Convicts choose prison over electronic tag

Every fourth convicted criminal offered the choice of prison or wearing an electronic tagging device in 2009 opted to go to jail, with the tag associated with stringent regulations and social isolation.

Karlsson runner-up in US Open warm up
Sweden

Karlsson runner-up in US Open warm up

Swedish golfer Robert Karlsson came second behind England's Lee Westwood in a dramatic playoff at the St. Jude Classic on Sunday, giving himself a boost days before the start of the US Open championship at Pebble Beach.