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!

Swedish site offers online photo check up
Sweden

Swedish site offers online photo check up

A new Swedish website offers an answer to those who want to know if someone is using their social media images permission.

Summer highs bathe Sweden in sunshine
Sweden

Summer highs bathe Sweden in sunshine

Tuesday is set to be the warmest day of the year so far in Sweden with temperatures in excess of 27 degrees Celsius across most of a sun-drenched country.

Teen scores World Cup glory with Lego films
Germany

Teen scores World Cup glory with Lego films

An enterprising German teenager has scored global fame by making painstaking videos re-enacting World Cup matches with Lego. Joshua Keane caught up with Fabian Moritz.

Berlin aims to end big pharma’s price monopoly
Germany

Berlin aims to end big pharma’s price monopoly

Germany's government moved on Tuesday to break drug makers' grip on prices with a bill aimed at saving the creaking health care system about €2 billion a year.

Opposition demands overhauled citizenship laws as naturalisations drop
Germany

Opposition demands overhauled citizenship laws as naturalisations drop

New government statistics showed this week that fewer immigrants are becoming German citizens, spurring opposition politicians to call for reforms to a system they say impedes naturalisation when the country urgently needs to buoy its shrinking population.

Pew ‘poop’ stains declared cultural artefact
Sweden

Pew ‘poop’ stains declared cultural artefact

Custodians of Eriksbergs Gamla Kyrka in Western Sweden have been surprised to learn that the stains on the church pews are not from bat faeces but in fact form part of the fabric of ecclesiastical cultural heritage, according to a report in the local Borås Tidning daily.

Half of Germans want the Deutsche mark back
Germany

Half of Germans want the Deutsche mark back

Eleven years after the introduction of the euro every second German still longs for the return of the Deutsche mark, according to a new poll published on Tuesday.

Cleopatra death caused by drugs not asp bite, historian claims
Germany

Cleopatra death caused by drugs not asp bite, historian claims

According to legend, iconic Egyptian queen Cleopatra killed herself with an asp bite, but a team of German historians now believe she used a deadly drug cocktail of opium and hemlock instead.

Swedish SMS text championships kick off
Sweden

Swedish SMS text championships kick off

Sweden's nimble-fingered youth gather in Borlänge in central Sweden on Thursday to kick start the heats for the national SMS text-message championships, which culminates in a Stockholm final on August 14th.

Beyond Oktoberfest: A guide to German beer and wine festivals
Germany

Beyond Oktoberfest: A guide to German beer and wine festivals

Everyone knows Oktoberfest, but Germany has plenty of other great beer and wine festivals. The website hostelbookers.com tells you where to get your drink on and lay your boozy head.

Ex-police chief sex trial attracts intense interest
Sweden

Ex-police chief sex trial attracts intense interest

The sex crimes trial against former police chief Göran Lindberg has opened on Tueday morning amid intense media interest. Lindberg faces 23 counts of rape, pimping and buying sex.

Ambulance speedster recovers licence
Sweden

Ambulance speedster recovers licence

Jonny Forsberg from Årjäng in central Sweden, who lost his driving licence when he sped up to allow an ambulance to pass, has now regained the right to drive for the time being after he retracted his confession.

Earthquake shakes Rhine-Main region overnight
Germany

Earthquake shakes Rhine-Main region overnight

An earthquake shook the Rhine-Main metropolitan area early on Tuesday morning, startling many residents who called police to report the disturbance.

Man loses finger at McDonald’s drive-thru
Sweden

Man loses finger at McDonald’s drive-thru

A guest at a McDonald's restaurant in Mora in central Sweden had part of his finger severed when the hatch at the drive-thru counter was closed on him on Sunday evening.

Gauck turns to The Left for votes ahead of election
Germany

Gauck turns to The Left for votes ahead of election

One day ahead of Germany's presidential election, candidate Joachim Gauck on Tuesday went hunting for votes with a visit to the socialist Left party parliamentary group despite previous attempts to distance himself from its politics.

Bundeswehr protects soldiers from harassment with anonymity
Germany

Bundeswehr protects soldiers from harassment with anonymity

Bundeswehr soldiers who serve on foreign deployments and their families experience so much harassment in Germany that the military has taken to blurring their faces in press photos, a media report said on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Swedes pay less tax than the Danes

Danes pay the highest level of tax in the EU, measured as a tax-to-GDP ratio of 48.2 percent, pushing Sweden into second place with an overall tax take of 47.1 percent, new figures from Eurostat show.

Germany uses foreign torture intel, report says
Germany

Germany uses foreign torture intel, report says

Germany, along with Britain and France, uses foreign intelligence obtained through torture in the fight against terrorism, a new report from Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

Söderling survives to set up Nadal clash
Sweden

Söderling survives to set up Nadal clash

Swedish sixth seed Robin Söderling overcame ninth seed David Ferrer in an epic five sets battle on Monday to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

Volvo recalls 77,000 trucks
Sweden

Volvo recalls 77,000 trucks

Swedish truck-maker Volvo announced on Monday plans to recall 77,000 trucks in North America due to the risk of rust in the steering mechanism which in rare cases could cause drivers to lose control of the vehicle.