The daily World Cup roundup
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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!

New Berlin airport to open seven months late
Germany

New Berlin airport to open seven months late

Berlin’s new international airport will open seven months late, Mayor Klaus Wowereit announced on Friday.

Eriksson backs England ahead of  Germany clash
Sweden

Eriksson backs England ahead of Germany clash

As the World Cup nears the end of the group stages England have received the backing of a former manager, Sven-Göran Eriksson, ahead of their second round clash with old rivals Germany.

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Sweden

Metro sells Greek business due to crisis

Swedish free newspaper publisher, Metro International has announced the sale of its Greek arm due to the parlous economic situation in the country, which has hit advertising revenues.

Bunkers trade NATO nukes for art
Germany

Bunkers trade NATO nukes for art

Some of the world’s most prominent modern artists have been brought together in a unique exhibition at complex of Cold War bunkers outside Koblenz. Michael Woodhead reports.

Court rules euthanasia with patient consent ok
Germany

Court rules euthanasia with patient consent ok

Germany's Federal Court of Justice on Friday overturned the conviction of a lawyer who advised the family of a comatose elderly woman to cut off her feeding tube in a landmark euthanasia case.

Gabriel backs Obama’s economic policy attack
Germany

Gabriel backs Obama’s economic policy attack

As Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Canada for a G20 summit, Sigmar Gabriel, the head of Germany’s centre-left opposition Social Democrats, on Friday backed US criticism that her government’s proposed austerity measures posed a threat to the global economy.

Nazi-era pavilion sparks row ahead of Venice Biennale
Germany

Nazi-era pavilion sparks row ahead of Venice Biennale

A row between architects and artists has broken out over whether Germany’s Nazi-era pavilion at the Venice Biennale should be torn down or not.

Ballack returns to Bayer Leverkusen
Germany

Ballack returns to Bayer Leverkusen

Former Germany captain and Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack is poised to sign a two-year contract with his old team Bayer Leverkusen in a 15-million-euro deal, the club confirmed on Friday.

Lufthansa ends lengthy pilot labour dispute
Germany

Lufthansa ends lengthy pilot labour dispute

German airline Lufthansa ended a long-running dispute with its pilots late on Thursday with an agreement that included a wage freeze, both parties announced.

Rüttgers announces 2011 retirement from politics
Germany

Rüttgers announces 2011 retirement from politics

Some six weeks after his party’s defeat in North Rhine-Westphalia's election, conservative state premier Jürgen Rüttgers announced late on Thursday that he will leave politics in early 2011.

McDonald’s to sell Hoeneß bratwurst burger
Germany

McDonald’s to sell Hoeneß bratwurst burger

Uli Hoeneß, German footballing legend and club president of FC Bayern Munich, has teamed up with US fast food chain McDonald’s to sell bratwurst, the company announced on Friday.

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Sweden

Stockholm loses Midsummer power

Many Stockholm residents started their Midsummer's Eve celebrations without power as up to 70,000 customers of energy utility Fortum suffered a power cut during the night and Friday morning.

Art missing since 1945 returns to Prussian palace
Germany

Art missing since 1945 returns to Prussian palace

A treasure trove of 17th and 18th century paintings went on show on Thursday in a Prussian palace outside Berlin that was their pre-war home before going missing in 1945.

‘Economy travel prepared me for marathon match’
Sweden

‘Economy travel prepared me for marathon match’

Mohamed Lahyani, the umpire overseeing the longest-ever tennis match and which finally came to a close at 70-68 in the final set on Thursday, has said that economy travel was adequate preparation for sitting in his Wimbledon chair.

Söderling cruises into Wimbledon third round
Sweden

Söderling cruises into Wimbledon third round

Swedish tennis star Robin Söderling secured a place in the third round at Wimbledon on Thursday with a straightforward 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 win over Spain's Marcel Granollers.