Scientists find ‘oldest’ dog remains
Germany

Scientists find ‘oldest’ dog remains

German scientists have found that fragments of a dog's skull and teeth discovered in a cave in Switzerland date back more than 14,000 years in what could be the oldest known remains of man's best friend.

Brüderle says Germany to sell Commerzbank stake in three years
Germany

Brüderle says Germany to sell Commerzbank stake in three years

Germany hopes to sells its multi-billion-euro stake in Commerzbank "within three years at the latest," Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle said on Monday.

The Local launches new mobile site
Germany

The Local launches new mobile site

Want to stay informed about what's going on in Germany while on the move? Check out The Local's new mobile edition, allowing you to read our news, features and analysis easily on your phone.

Hungry berry pickers shoot birds for food
Sweden

Hungry berry pickers shoot birds for food

A number of Vietnamese berry pickers in Särna in central Sweden have begun shooting small birds with catapults and arrows as their situation becomes increasingly precarious, local newspaper Dalarnas Tidningar reports.

The Local launches new mobile site
Sweden

The Local launches new mobile site

Today The Local launches a new mobile edition, allowing you to read news in English from Sweden even more easily on your phone.

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Sweden

Three naked German women found in woods

A search party was called off in southern Sweden on Sunday as three naked German women lost in the woods eventually managed to relocate their holiday home without the aid of a police helicopter or sniffer dogs.

Pirate Bay co-founder appeals court ‘gagging’
Sweden

Pirate Bay co-founder appeals court ‘gagging’

Peter Sunde, one of the co-founders of The Pirate Bay, has appealed a ruling by Stockholm District Court banning him from continuing to run the popular file sharing site.

Sauerland won’t jump, but will be pushed
Germany

Sauerland won’t jump, but will be pushed

Duisburg’s embattled Mayor Adolf Sauerland is planning to have himself voted out by the city council – rather than resigning – over the Love Parade tragedy that left 21 people dead.

Class-skipping pupils targeted by new bill
Sweden

Class-skipping pupils targeted by new bill

Minister for Education Jan Björklund has presented a legislative proposal that would enable truancy to be displayed in the grade reports of all school goers.

Politicians at odds over unemployment reforms
Germany

Politicians at odds over unemployment reforms

Germany’s ruling centre-right coalition, along with the opposition and social organisations, began bickering on Monday over proposed reforms to the country’s Hartz IV unemployment benefits that could lead to increased payments.

Justice minister moots tougher telemarketing law
Germany

Justice minister moots tougher telemarketing law

Telemarketing firms are flouting a law against making unwanted sales calls, prompting Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger to announce Monday she was considering toughening the rules.

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Sweden

Ryanair won’t drop card fees despite law

Budget airline Ryanair has said it has no plans to stop charging fees for bank card payments, despite a new Swedish law intended to ban the practice.

China’s Geely completes Volvo purchase
Sweden

China’s Geely completes Volvo purchase

Geely Holdings formally completed its deal to buy Sweden's Volvo Cars from US auto giant Ford at a ceremony in London on Monday, the Chinese firm has confirmed.

Grey skies and sultry weather ahead
Germany

Grey skies and sultry weather ahead

A grey – though not cold – week ahead will bring some storms and showers along with cooler nights and daytime temperatures in the low to mid-20s, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported Monday.

Accused deny helicopter heist as trial opens
Sweden

Accused deny helicopter heist as trial opens

The ten men suspected of involvement in a spectacular cash depot heist have denied all charges as their high-profile trial opened amid huge media and public interest in Stockholm on Monday.

End of vacation traffic fills train to 200 percent capacity
Germany

End of vacation traffic fills train to 200 percent capacity

More than 120 Deutsche Bahn passengers were forced to disembark from a train in Osnabrück on Sunday that was filled to up to double its capacity and could not go on, the national rail provider said.

Merkel blasts economy minister’s plan to recruit skilled migrants
Germany

Merkel blasts economy minister’s plan to recruit skilled migrants

Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Federal Employment Agency on Monday rejected an Economy Ministry proposal to accelerate recruitment for skilled migrants, saying Germany should focus on its own potential instead.

Royal couple return home from honeymoon
Sweden

Royal couple return home from honeymoon

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel have returned home after their six week long honeymoon, arriving at Stockholm's Bromma airport on Sunday evening.

German women take home U-20 World Cup
Germany

German women take home U-20 World Cup

Germany’s under-20 women’s football team took home the FIFA World Cup on Sunday for the second time after a 2:0 victory over Nigeria in Bielefeld that completed an undefeated tournament.

Green flies high to grab last gasp Swedish medal
Sweden

Green flies high to grab last gasp Swedish medal

Swedish high-jumper Emma Green showed that there is life in Swedish athletics by beating her personal best to clinch a silver medal at the European Championships in Barcelona on Sunday.

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Sweden

Sweden plans Afghan mission extension

Sweden's governing Alliance coalition wants to extend the mandate of Swedish forces in Afghanistan and is prepared to increase the military budget if the situation demands it.