Bildt: ‘No sensations’ in big US leak
Sweden

Bildt: ‘No sensations’ in big US leak

Sweden’s foreign minister, Carl Bildt, has said the contents of top-secret American documents about the war in Afghanistan are "not sensational."

Sahlin makes first visit to Afghanistan
Sweden

Sahlin makes first visit to Afghanistan

Social Democratic leader Mona Sahlin is visiting Afghanistan for the first time. During her trip, she will visit Swedes in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

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Sweden

Mum of 11 seeks alcohol smuggling jail pardon

A mother of 11 children sentenced to prison for alcohol smuggling and the illegal sale of alcohol is seeking a pardon to avoid jail time.

Duisburg police relieved of Love Parade investigation
Germany

Duisburg police relieved of Love Parade investigation

The Duisburg police have been stripped of the job of investigating the Love Parade tragedy in which 19 people were killed amid concerns they are conflicted because of their role in patrolling the disastrous event, authorities announced Monday.

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Sweden

Taxes on tourists ‘illogical’

A tourist who takes a guided wildlife tour in Sweden pays four times as much tax on his or her ticket as a tourist who visits a zoo. Illogical, says an organization promoting eco-tourism in Sweden.

Love Parade organiser owns fitness chain McFit
Germany

Love Parade organiser owns fitness chain McFit

Love Parade organiser Rainer Schaller, who also owns the fitness chain McFit, said the event would not be held again following the deaths of 19 party-goers at the weekend. The Local has more details on the little-known, self-made businessman.

Rwandan man arrested on genocide charge
Germany

Rwandan man arrested on genocide charge

A Rwandan man was arrested near Frankfurt on Monday on suspicion of ordering and co-ordinating the massacre of 3,730 Tutsi people in the 1994 genocide in the African nation, police announced.

Pirate Bay co-founder banned from running site
Sweden

Pirate Bay co-founder banned from running site

One of the co-founders of The Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde, has been banned by Stockholm district court from continuing to run the filesharing site.

Illegal pesticides found on German produce
Germany

Illegal pesticides found on German produce

Illegal pesticides have been found on German-grown berries sold in the nation’s supermarkets, environmental protection organisation Greenpeace said on Monday.

US fed up with Germany’s war effort, files show
Germany

US fed up with Germany’s war effort, files show

The German government has denied that the 92,000 documents published Monday by the whistle-blower website Wikileaks reveal US frustration with the Bundeswehr’s lack of progress in Afghanistan.

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Sweden

School refuses to enroll student with Arabic name

A 13-year-old female student has submitted a complaint to the Discrimination Ombudsman (Diskrimineringsombudsmannen, DO), charging that a school refused to enroll her because of her Arabic-sounding name.

German media roundup: Event organisers damned
Germany

German media roundup: Event organisers damned

If Love Parade organisers and Duisburg city politicians hoped to placate German media by vowing a full investigation into how 19 people died at the event on Saturday, they sorely misjudged the mood of the nation.

Sweden’s Enquist wins Austrian literature prize
Sweden

Sweden’s Enquist wins Austrian literature prize

Sweden's Per Olov Enquist, a prolific writer of historical novels and one of the country's most famous authors, was awarded Austria's State Prize for European Literature late on Sunday.

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Sweden

Long waits for funerals cause freezer shortage

Sweden has the longest waiting periods in the world from death to burial, resulting in a major space shortage at crematoriums. As a result, a crematorium has been forced to expand the freezers to make more room for the dead.

Mayor refuses to resign over festival planning
Germany

Mayor refuses to resign over festival planning

The mayor of Duisburg refused to step down on Monday despite pressure over the Love Parade disaster that left 19 people dead.

Remembering the Love Parade victims
Germany

Remembering the Love Parade victims

They came from all over Germany and from as far as Australia, Bosnia and China, each pursuing their own adventure. Fourteen young Germans and seven foreigners died in the hellish crush at the Love Parade in Duisburg on July 24.

Leaving fitness to fate
Germany

Leaving fitness to fate

In the latest installment of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy discovers fitness in the Fatherland isn’t an easy endeavour.

Minister to ban NPD members from running child care facilities
Germany

Minister to ban NPD members from running child care facilities

Politicians in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania hope that a new proposal will prevent private child care centres from being run by neo-Nazis or members of the far-right NPD party, a media report said on Monday.

Pride kicks off with distinct electoral theme
Sweden

Pride kicks off with distinct electoral theme

Stockholm's Pride Festival kicks off on Monday with a distinct emphasis on the upcoming autumn election, including a party leader debate on Friday.

Summer retail clearance sales officially begin
Germany

Summer retail clearance sales officially begin

German retailers began their annual summer clearance sale on Monday, offering deep discounts of up to 80 percent on warm weather items as they prepare to stock up for the autumn shopping season.

Love Parade was cleared for only 250,000 guests
Germany

Love Parade was cleared for only 250,000 guests

The German techno festival where 19 people died in a stampede on Saturday had authorisation for only 250,000 revellers instead of the 1.4 million who organisers said attended, a media report said late on Sunday.

Larsson loses 1st WTA final to Chakvetadze
Sweden

Larsson loses 1st WTA final to Chakvetadze

Sweden's Johanna Larsson lost in straight sets to former world number six Anna Chakvetadze at the Slovenia Open tennis final on Sunday.

Pettersson captures Canadian Open PGA title
Sweden

Pettersson captures Canadian Open PGA title

Sweden's Carl "Big Dog" Pettersson captured the PGA's Canadian Open golf title on Sunday in Toronto, firing six birdies in eight holes to overtake American Dean Wilson for a one-stroke triumph.