Wikileaks interview: ‘We are changing the game’
Germany

Wikileaks interview: ‘We are changing the game’

This week, the shadowy organisation Wikileaks caused a sensation – and a scandal – by publishing 92,000 classified US documents on the Afghanistan war. Berliner Daniel Schmitt is one of just two public faces to this mysterious group of former hackers. He spoke to The Local.

Retail sales drop for June as consumers remain cautious
Germany

Retail sales drop for June as consumers remain cautious

German retail sales fell by 0.9 percent in June from the previous month, according to provisional figures published Friday by the National Statistics Office (Destatis), following a sharp rise the previous month.

Summer heat to return for weekend
Germany

Summer heat to return for weekend

Warm summer weather will return to the country just in time for the weekend and stay until the work week begins again, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Friday.

Poo smears, swastikas breach inmate rights
Germany

Poo smears, swastikas breach inmate rights

Prisoners have a right to protection against offensive symbols such as neo-Nazi graffiti and gross breaches of hygiene such as excrement smeared on their cell walls, Germany's constitutional court ruled Friday.

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Sweden

Government urges commission on Roma

A truth commission is one of the proposals the Delegation for Romani Affairs delivered to cabinet minister Nyamko Sabuni on Friday.

Audi looks to China for sales records as price war brews
Germany

Audi looks to China for sales records as price war brews

German luxury car maker Audi, owned by Volkswagen, said Friday it was aiming for record sales this year with help from China where a price war might be brewing with rivals BMW and Daimler.

Sweden’s Dreyer named security body police chief
Sweden

Sweden’s Dreyer named security body police chief

The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), a European security body, has named Sweden's Knut Dreyer as the new head of its police unit (SPMU), the organisation announced on Friday.

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Sweden

102-year-old seeks to ditch legal guardian

A 102-year-old woman in Halmstad in southwestern Sweden wants to get rid of the legal guardian that the municipality arranged for her against her will when it mistakenly assumed she had no living relatives.

Top cop jailed for sex crimes
Sweden

Top cop jailed for sex crimes

A former principal of Sweden's police training college and chief constable of Uppsala County has been jailed for six and a half years for crimes including aggravated rape, pimping and paying for sex.

Ahoy! A shipload of weekend fun in Hamburg ahead
Germany

Ahoy! A shipload of weekend fun in Hamburg ahead

Half a million maritime enthusiasts are expected at Hamburg’s harbour this weekend to see a display of grand proportions – six giant ocean liners carving up the water against the background of a blue light festival.

Geely gets second green light for Volvo purchase
Sweden

Geely gets second green light for Volvo purchase

A second Chinese government body had approved China's Zhejiang Geely Automobile's plan to buy Swedish automaker Volvo from Ford, the company announced on Thursday.

Conservatives blast Westerwelle over Turkey EU bid
Germany

Conservatives blast Westerwelle over Turkey EU bid

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has angered conservatives in his own government coalition this week by keeping open the possibility of full European Union membership for Turkey.

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Sweden

Sweden reports 3.7% GDP growth in Q2

Sweden's gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 3.7 percent in the second quarter compared with the same period last year, Statistics Sweden (Statistiska centralbyrån, SCB) reported on Friday.

Mankell’s bag returned – with women’s clothes
Sweden

Mankell’s bag returned – with women’s clothes

Swedish novelist Henning Mankell has had his bag returned to him by Israeli authorities after it was seized when troops raided the Ship to Gaza convoy on which he was travelling. But most of his possessions are missing from the bag, and have been replaced with women’s clothes.

Chaos reigns in central Sweden after heavy rain
Sweden

Chaos reigns in central Sweden after heavy rain

Central Sweden was hammered by heavy rainfall on Thursday, with emergency calls overwhelming rescue services on flooded roads and properties. Several traffic accidents occurred, but no injuries were reported.

Germany wins double-gold at European championships
Germany

Germany wins double-gold at European championships

Germany scored double-gold Thursday night at the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona, taking first place in both the women’s 100 metres sprint and the javelin throw.

Train breaks down from Stockholm to Malmö
Sweden

Train breaks down from Stockholm to Malmö

A high-speed X2000 train from Stockholm to Malmö experienced an engine breakdown on Thursday afternoon outside Skebokvarn in Södermanland southwest of Stockholm.

Skilled migrants urgently needed, says minister
Germany

Skilled migrants urgently needed, says minister

With Germany industry facing a looming skills shortage, Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle revealed on Friday he was planning a major recruitment drive to attract skilled migrants.

Mayor’s own party turns against him
Germany

Mayor’s own party turns against him

Embattled Duisburg Mayor Adolf Sauerland faced demands to resign from his own conservative party on Friday over the Love Parade tragedy that left 21 people dead.

Century-old steamers inspire awe and nostalgia
Sweden

Century-old steamers inspire awe and nostalgia

AFP's Francois Campredon savours a bygone era on vintage Stockholm steamer S/S Storskär, which is over 100 years old, as it cruises through the archipelago and the Baltic Sea for an annual summer steamship parade.

Ibrahimović confirms he will stay at Barcelona
Sweden

Ibrahimović confirms he will stay at Barcelona

Barcelona's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimović quashed rumours on Thursday that he is leaving football club FC Barcelona, saying that he will remain at the club.