Half-Scot McAllister elected Lower Saxony’s state premier
Germany

Half-Scot McAllister elected Lower Saxony’s state premier

The Lower Saxony state parliament made history on Thursday by electing conservative German-Scot David McAllister premier, making him the youngest-ever state leader and the first to hold British citizenship.

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

Court fines Greenpeace nuclear activists

A Swedish court on Thursday fined 29 Greenpeace activists who broke into a nuclear power plant earlier this month.

Dresden honours Egyptian ‘veil martyr’
Germany

Dresden honours Egyptian ‘veil martyr’

The city of Dresden on Thursday paid its respects to a pregnant Egyptian woman who was stabbed to death in a courtroom one year ago in a racially motivated crime that outraged the Muslim world.

HostelBookers’ Day Trips from Stockholm
Sweden

HostelBookers’ Day Trips from Stockholm

HostelBookers invites you to explore the beaten path outside Stockholm by taking day trips to Uppsala, Västerås and Drottningholm, writes Madeleine Wilson.

Firm puts sex.com domain up for grabs
Germany

Firm puts sex.com domain up for grabs

The world's "most valuable" Internet domain name, sex.com, went up for grabs on Thursday having fetched $12 million in 2006, a German firm handling the sale said.

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Sweden

Business startups climb in 2010

The number of business startups increased in Sweden by 17.6 percent in the first half of 2010 in comparison with the corresponding period of last year.

Baby boom as Swedes go forth and procreate
Sweden

Baby boom as Swedes go forth and procreate

The number of children born in Sweden in the first half of 2010 climbed by almost seven percent from the corresponding period of 2009, to 58,174, new figures show.

Military service comes to an end in Sweden
Sweden

Military service comes to an end in Sweden

Compulsory military service officially came to end in Sweden on Thursday after 109 years, setting the non-aligned nation on the path to developing a fully professional army.

Croc shock for Hessian cops
Germany

Croc shock for Hessian cops

German police were called to make an unusual arrest early on Thursday, seizing a crocodile peacefully going about its business on the streets of the small Hessian town of Groß-Rohrheim.

Elin and Tiger sign $750 million divorce
Sweden

Elin and Tiger sign $750 million divorce

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren have signed a divorce settlement worth $750 million to the Swedish wife of the disgraced golf star, according to a report in the UK tabloid newspaper The Sun.

What’s on in Germany: July 1 – 7
Germany

What’s on in Germany: July 1 – 7

This Week's Highlights: Fashion in Berlin, electronica in Hanau, and the Rhine goes up in flames.

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Sweden

Brothers indicted for Vilks arson attack

Two brothers suspected of setting fire to the home of the Swedish Muhammad cartoonist Lars Vilks were charged with arson on Thursday.

Football player murdered in Södertälje shooting
Sweden

Football player murdered in Södertälje shooting

Eddie Moussa, a player with Swedish second division football club Assyriska was one of the two men shot dead in a gambling club in Södertälje near Stockholm on Wednesday night, according to a statement on the club's webpage.

President ‘debacle’ casts shadow over Merkel
Germany

President ‘debacle’ casts shadow over Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was left licking her wounds Thursday after rebels in her coalition turned a routine presidential vote into a damaging debacle that left her bruised and weakened.

Riksbank raises repo rate to 0.5 percent
Sweden

Riksbank raises repo rate to 0.5 percent

Sweden's central bank, the Riksbank, has raised its key interest rate by 0.25 percentage points to 0.5 percent on Thursday, matching most analyst estimates.

Christian Wulff: From Merkel rival to youngest president
Germany

Christian Wulff: From Merkel rival to youngest president

Christian Wulff, who on Wednesday became Germany's youngest-ever president after a nail-biting election, has long been a potential rival to Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Coastal authorities practice for potential oil spills
Germany

Coastal authorities practice for potential oil spills

As the devastating oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico continues gush, German coastal authorities prepared to deal with a similar accident with a large-scale clean-up and rescue exercise this week.

Sweden’s wilds top tourism wish list
Sweden

Sweden’s wilds top tourism wish list

Kungsleden (The King's Trail), Astrid Lindgren's World, Stockholm Adventure and Åre ski resort are among the candidates nominated for the title of "Best experience in Sweden" which will be decided Eurovision-style at a gala in the autumn.

The damage control president
Germany

The damage control president

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to nominate Christian Wulff as president was an act of damage control. But his difficult election on Wednesday has ended up tarnishing both her beleaguered government and Germany’s new head of state.

Man held over library rape
Sweden

Man held over library rape

A man has been detained on suspicion of raping a seven-year-old girl in a toilet at the municipal library in Södertälje near Stockholm on Tuesday afternoon, according to information on a police website.

Tour bus crash injures 24
Germany

Tour bus crash injures 24

An autobahn accident between a tour bus and a trailer truck left 24 people injured in Bavaria overnight, authorities in the southern German state said on Thursday.

Söderling loses out to Nadal
Sweden

Söderling loses out to Nadal

Swedish tennis star Robin Söderling was unable to hold off the challenge of world number one Rafael Nadal in their Wimbledon quarter-final on Wednesday, losing 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-1.

Amazon begins selling groceries in Germany
Germany

Amazon begins selling groceries in Germany

Online retailer Amazon began selling food on its German website Thursday, offering some 35,000 different products including vegetables, meat, fish, baked goods, deli items and regional specialties.