How to follow the Royal Wedding
Sweden

How to follow the Royal Wedding

Want to follow events in Stockholm on Crown Princess Victoria's wedding day? The Local's got it covered.

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!

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Sweden

Green Party favours selling parts of Vattenfall

Green Party spokesman Peter Eriksson believes that state power company Vattenfall is a major problem and is willing to sell off parts of the company.

Porsche rakes in cash and US consumer awards
Germany

Porsche rakes in cash and US consumer awards

German sports car maker Porsche received top US consumer ratings on Friday as it reported a jump in sales and retained its status as a leading profit-machine in the global auto industry.

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Sweden

Wedding chocolates ‘made with child labour’

The official royal wedding chocolate were made with the help of child labour, according to a Sveriges Radio (SR) report.

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Sweden

Tick-borne disease cases reported in Sweden

Nine cases of tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) have been reported to the Institute for Infectious Disease Control (Smittskyddinstitutet, SMI) so far this summer, with forecasts for the season dependent on the weather.

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Sweden

Forecasters uncertain over wedding weather

Forecasters are unable to agree on how the royal wedding day will develop with several meteorological services promising dry overcast while others expecting rain, while all agree that temperatures will be around 15-17 degrees Celsius.

Serbia sink 10-man Germany as cards fly
Germany

Serbia sink 10-man Germany as cards fly

Serbia downed 10-man Germany 1-0 in Port Elizabeth on Friday, after Miroslav Klose was sent off early in a World Cup match rife with yellow cards.

Royal wedding festivities begin in earnest
Sweden

Royal wedding festivities begin in earnest

Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Friday opened the more ceremonial state proceedings of the impending royal wedding on Friday, when he hosted a government reception at Stockholm City Hall.

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Sweden

Sweden defends dictator invites

The Swedish foreign ministry has defended the invitation of representatives for several of the world's most severe dictatorships to Saturday's royal wedding, arguing that it is accepted to protocol to invite the entire diplomatic core to ceremonial state occasions.

Urban bats: Berlin’s other nightlife
Germany

Urban bats: Berlin’s other nightlife

Bats are among Germany's most endangered animals, but Berlin is home to more of the furry flying mammals than any other central European city. The Local’s Kristen Allen gets face to fangs with the nocturnal beasts to investigate.

The Local’s urban bat watching tips
Germany

The Local’s urban bat watching tips

While bats are particularly plentiful in Berlin, curious folks around the country can also catch a glimpse of the nocturnal hunters with a little patience and these tips gathered by The Local.

The Local’s tips for bat conservation
Germany

The Local’s tips for bat conservation

There are many simple things that residents can do to help protect the endangered bat population in Germany. The Local has compiled the most important tips.

Modern Swedes face up to the monarchy paradox
Sweden

Modern Swedes face up to the monarchy paradox

As republicans sharpen their rhetorical weapons, Peter Vinthagen Simpson ponders why the self-proclaimed most modern country in the world is suffering a bout of introspection over its royal family, long accepted as just part of the national furniture.

One-third of Germans allowed to watch World Cup at work
Germany

One-third of Germans allowed to watch World Cup at work

The German football team’s second World Cup match takes place during working hours on Friday, but according to a new poll, not all of the country’s employers will allow workers to watch the game on the job.

The Best of Berlin in June
Germany

The Best of Berlin in June

Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, in June heads to a hipster Kreuz-Kölln flea market, goes upmarket in Mitte, and crashes in a jailhouse bed.

Metal thieves disrupt train traffic between Berlin and Hannover
Germany

Metal thieves disrupt train traffic between Berlin and Hannover

Metal thieves disrupted rail traffic between Berlin and Hannover on Friday, stripping some several hundred metres of aerial contact lines and forcing national railway provider Deutsche Bahn to reroute trains.

Bollywood actor pulls out of controversial Hitler film
Germany

Bollywood actor pulls out of controversial Hitler film

The lead actor in Bollywood's proposed film on Adolf Hitler that has drawn protests from Jewish groups and condemnation from historians said he has withdrawn from the project.

Wulff calls on coalition to back candidacy
Germany

Wulff calls on coalition to back candidacy

As Germany's presidential vote draws near, conservative candidate Christian Wulff on Friday called for more cooperation within the ruling centre-right coalition, saying a failure to elect him would send the wrong signal to the public.

Nuclear vote condemned as activists face trial
Sweden

Nuclear vote condemned as activists face trial

Environmental group Greenpeace described a decision by the Swedish parliament to approve the construction of new nuclear reactors, as 27 activists were tried for illegal trespass at the Forsmark plant north of Stockholm this week.

‘Sheep’s Chill’ weather pattern to create dreary weekend
Germany

‘Sheep’s Chill’ weather pattern to create dreary weekend

An early summer weather pattern known as Schafskälte, or “Sheep’s Chill," is expected to herd chilly polar air into the country over the weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Friday.

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Sweden

Lagerbäck retains hope after Greek tragedy

Nigeria coach Lars Lagerbäck remained hopeful of progressing to second round despite losing 2-1 to Greece in their group b match. The Swede called for more dialogue with referees after the Super Eagles were left ruing the cost of a sending off.

Löw preps team for tough fight against Serbia
Germany

Löw preps team for tough fight against Serbia

Germany coach Joachim Löw has compared Serbia, his young team's rivals here on Friday, to a boxer who has taken a first punch and is poised to fight back after their loss to Ghana.

Police out in force for royal wedding
Sweden

Police out in force for royal wedding

Some 2,000 police officers are set to patrol the streets of Stockholm in the coming days, with around 15 heads of state attending the marriage of Crown Princess Victoria and commoner Daniel Westling.