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!

Police thrilled after ‘fantastic’ wedding day
Sweden

Police thrilled after ‘fantastic’ wedding day

Police, politicians and church leaders all remained caught up in the moment on Sunday after an emotional royal wedding day went off without a hitch.

‘Sheep’s Chill’ to end with warmer weather on the way
Germany

‘Sheep’s Chill’ to end with warmer weather on the way

This week will shake off the “Sheep’s Chill” weather pattern which dominated the weekend, and temperatures could climb to the mid-20s by the second half of the week.

ECB head blames Germany and France for debt crisis
Germany

ECB head blames Germany and France for debt crisis

European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet has blamed Germany and France for helping to pave the way to the current debt crisis in the eurozone by setting a poor fiscal example.

Gay pride heroine says march too superficial and commercial
Germany

Gay pride heroine says march too superficial and commercial

A philosopher and gender theorist rejected a prize for civil courage at Christopher Street Day parade in Berlin on Saturday, criticising the march as too superficial and commercial.

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Sweden

World’s press hails ‘fairytale romance’

Sweden’s royal wedding has made a major mark on media outlets around the world, although its impact has been greatly diminished by a boycott on the part of three leading international news agencies.

Israel blocks German minister’s Gaza visit
Germany

Israel blocks German minister’s Gaza visit

Germany’s Development Minister Dirk Niebel has harshly criticised the Israeli government after it refused him entry into the Gaza Strip at the weekend.

Gauck not intending to damage Merkel in presidential race
Germany

Gauck not intending to damage Merkel in presidential race

Presidential candidate Joachim Gauck says he will not allow himself to be used to damage Chancellor Angela Merkel, and after a one-on-one meeting with her candidate Christian Wulff, said he was qualified to do the job in his way.

‘I love you, Victoria’
Sweden

‘I love you, Victoria’

Guests at the royal wedding party danced into the early hours after Prince Daniel’s moving speech brought tears to the eyes of a radiant Crown Princess Victoria.

Candy Bomber plane makes crash landing
Germany

Candy Bomber plane makes crash landing

Seven people were injured on Saturday when a historic plane used in the Berlin Airlift made an emergency landing shortly after taking off for a pleasure tour around the city.

Eriksson rejects Brazilian fears over Drogba cast
Sweden

Eriksson rejects Brazilian fears over Drogba cast

Ivory Coast coach Sven Göran Eriksson has brushed aside Brazilian concerns over an arm cast worn by star striker Didier Drogba as the two sides prepare for Sunday's mouth-watering World Cup fixture.

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Sweden

News agencies boycott wedding over rights row

The world's top news agencies, AFP, AP and Reuters, declined to cover Sweden's royal wedding on Saturday after public broadcaster SVT refused to drop its price for video images of the event.