Fashion goes green in Berlin
Germany

Fashion goes green in Berlin

Berlin might not be able to compete with fashion centres like Paris, London and New York, but as Emma Duester reports, some at the city’s Fashion Week are hoping to make the industry a little bit greener.

Storm leaves two dead and several injured
Germany

Storm leaves two dead and several injured

A storm front hitting western Germany on Monday afternoon left two people dead and several injured as winds and thunderstorms followed a brutal heat wave.

Airbus reportedly slashes price to win US military tanker project
Germany

Airbus reportedly slashes price to win US military tanker project

European aerospace giant Airbus has cut its prices in a bid to win a fight with US rival Boeing for a $40-billion US Air Force tanker contract, a German business daily reported on Monday.

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Sweden

No charges over Swedish Afghanistan deaths

No Swedish soldiers will face charges over the shootings of two Swedish officers and an interpreter in Afghanistan in February.

Ballack’s agent brands national players ‘queers’
Germany

Ballack’s agent brands national players ‘queers’

Footballer Michael Ballack’s agent has sparked controversy by reportedly launching a bizarre homophobic attack on the German national team, branding unnamed players a “bunch of queers.”

Stockholm Spanish celebrate hard-fought win
Sweden

Stockholm Spanish celebrate hard-fought win

While the Stockholm supporters of the Netherlands and Spain gathered a mere stones throw from each other on Södermalm to watch the 2010 World Cup final, the football on offer could not have been further apart.

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Sweden

Sick people far more likely to die in heatwaves

Deaths among people with serious psychiatric illnesses such as dementia rise by 90 percent during extended heatwaves, according to a new Swedish report.

Europe’s oldest elephant dies at Stuttgart zoo
Germany

Europe’s oldest elephant dies at Stuttgart zoo

Stuttgart's Wilhelma zoo on Monday was mourning the death of Vilja, the oldest elephant in Europe, after the 61-year-old cow passed away this weekend.

Baltic algal blooms linked to nerve disease
Sweden

Baltic algal blooms linked to nerve disease

The seasonal outbreaks of blue-green algae in the Baltic Sea emit a nerve poison which can have a link to Alzheimer's, Parkínson's and Lou Gehrig's disease, Swedish researchers have claimed, according to a report in the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) daily on Monday.

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Sweden

Sports trainer jailed for sex attacks on boys

A sports trainer from Stockholm has been jailed for a string of sex attacks against boys. The trainer, 22, was convicted of crimes against 16 boys and was jailed for three years and six months.

Minister calls for internet code of conduct
Germany

Minister calls for internet code of conduct

Germany's consumer minister, who vowed to delete her Facebook account in protest at the networking site's privacy policies, called Monday for an Internet "honour code" to protect personal data.

As German as Özil and Boateng
Germany

As German as Özil and Boateng

Germany can be proud of its multicultural football team and how it's helping change the country's national identity, writes The Local's Marc Young. But sport alone won't be enough.

SEB sells German retail banking to Santander
Germany

SEB sells German retail banking to Santander

Swedish bank SEB said on Monday it had signed an agreement to sell its German retail banking business to Santander, the biggest Spanish bank, for €555 million ($698 million).

The final World Cup roundup
Germany

The final World Cup roundup

The Local’s World Cup blog offers an outsider’s perspective on German football as Die Mannschaft goes for third-place glory in South Africa. Don’t miss our final roundup!

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Sweden

Swedish bosses slate bonuses

Four out of five Swedish bosses say their companies’ bonus systems are faulty. Many complain that bonuses reward short-term gains rather than their firms’ long-term interests, according to a new survey.

Müller snares golden boot as top scorer
Germany

Müller snares golden boot as top scorer

Germany's 20-year-old midfielder Thomas Müller has captured the “gold boot” award as the top goal-scorer at the World Cup in South Africa. He was also recognised as “best young player.”

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Sweden

SEB sells German retail banking operation

Swedish bank SEB announced on Monday that it has signed a €555 million euros ($698 million) agreement to sell its German retail banking business to Spanish bank Santander.

TV news anchor Seibert to become Merkel’s spokesman
Germany

TV news anchor Seibert to become Merkel’s spokesman

Steffen Seibert, the popular television news anchor for ZDF set to become the new face of the centre-right coalition as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief spokesman, faces a baptism of fire, former colleagues and media experts have warned.

Brewers celebrate summer heat
Sweden

Brewers celebrate summer heat

Swedish breweries are happy over the recent heat wave and are hopeful that the warm summer weeks will compensate for poor sales in the spring.

Minister proposes ban on fighting dogs
Sweden

Minister proposes ban on fighting dogs

Sweden's local government minister Mats Odell has proposed a ban on fighting dogs, citing security concerns for those living in large apartment buildings.

Paul the prophetic octopus retires with perfect record
Germany

Paul the prophetic octopus retires with perfect record

Salty soothsayer Paul, the "psychic" octopus, finished the World Cup with a flawless record as Spain's 1-0 win over the Netherlands in Sunday's final leaves him with eight perfect predictions.

Police probe Deutsche Bahn over horror heat
Germany

Police probe Deutsche Bahn over horror heat

Federal police are investigating rail operator Deutsche Bahn for a weekend incident in which the failure of air-conditioning sent temperatures on a train soaring to 50 degrees Celsius and left nine people in the hospital.

Sunday heat record proves lull before storm
Sweden

Sunday heat record proves lull before storm

The weekend saw record temperatures across much of Sweden with Saturday's high beaten on Sunday by the 35 degrees recorded in Målilla in southern Sweden, before thunder and rain gave welcome respite on Sunday evening.