Heavy rain threatens Saxony with new flooding
Germany

Heavy rain threatens Saxony with new flooding

The eastern German state of Saxony faced the renewed threat of flooding on Monday, as heavy rains caused rivers in the region to swell for the second time in just over a week.

How Hamburg changed the Beatles
Germany

How Hamburg changed the Beatles

The Beatles might have hailed from Liverpool, but the band that changed the world got its big break in Hamburg. David Sharp traces the steps of the Fab Four fifty years later.

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Sweden

Girls more stressed in high school than boys

Stress related to school is most common among secondary school students in Sweden, Statistics Sweden (Statistiska centralbyrån) reported on Monday.

Air Berlin pilots threaten to strike as summer holidays wrap up
Germany

Air Berlin pilots threaten to strike as summer holidays wrap up

Air Berlin pilots will strike during the high-traffic holiday month of August if the airline does not meet their demands in an ongoing dispute over wages and benefits, pilots’ union Cockpit said on Monday.

Security beefed up for Sahlin due to threats
Sweden

Security beefed up for Sahlin due to threats

Security for Social Democratic leader Mona Sahlin has been tightened due to serious threats against her just over a month before elections, Swedish media reported on Monday.

Celtic sign Swedish defender Majstorovic
Sweden

Celtic sign Swedish defender Majstorovic

Scottish Premier League side Celtic on Monday announced the signing of Sweden defender Daniel Majstorovic on a free transfer from AEK Athens.

Assange: Swedish press freedoms ‘most proven’
Sweden

Assange: Swedish press freedoms ‘most proven’

Julian Assange, the Australian founder of whistleblower website WikiLeaks, has praised Swedish legislation protecting the freedom of the press but says that other countries, such as Iceland, are also working to improve their legal framework.

Pirate Bay’s Sunde launches micropay site
Sweden

Pirate Bay’s Sunde launches micropay site

One of the co-founders of file sharing site The Pirate Bay has launched a social micro-payment system called Flattr.

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Sweden

Housing in Sweden: useful links

Looking for somewhere to lay your weary head? The Local has put together a list of some of the most useful sites when searching for accommodation in Sweden:

Cities consider ban on ‘beer bike’ tours
Germany

Cities consider ban on ‘beer bike’ tours

Vehicles for city tours such as multi-person bikes offering free-flowing beer and electric Segway scooters are increasingly sparking the ire of both motorists and pedestrians in Germany, leading some cities to consider banning them.

Social Democrats propose ‘metro butlers’
Sweden

Social Democrats propose ‘metro butlers’

The Social Democrats have proposed introducing "metro butlers" to help passengers run errands, the party wrote in an opinion article published in Dagens Nyheter on Monday.

Thunderstorms spark blazes across North Sea island of Sylt
Germany

Thunderstorms spark blazes across North Sea island of Sylt

A stormy night sparked fires across Sylt overnight, forcing all nine of the North Sea island's fire brigades into action, a spokesperson said on Monday.

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Sweden

Drunk Swede rode 130 km/h above speed limit

A Swedish motorcycle rider stopped by Finnish police doing 233 kilometres/hour on the motorway has been held on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol and for seriously endangering the safety of road users.

No Angels singer admits to sex while HIV positive
Germany

No Angels singer admits to sex while HIV positive

No Angels pop star Nadja Benaissa on Monday confessed to a Darmstadt court that she had unprotected sex with three partners but failed to tell them she was HIV positive. She faces charges of causing bodily harm.

Economy revs up but Merkel still sputters
Germany

Economy revs up but Merkel still sputters

Roaring growth figures released last week showed Germany's economy is firing on all cylinders. But voters aren't giving Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition any credit for the robust recovery.

CDU plans minor tax reform as growth surges
Germany

CDU plans minor tax reform as growth surges

The surprisingly strong economic recovery in Germany has Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) planning small tax reforms worth some €500 million, a media report said on Monday.

House price climb cools off in July
Sweden

House price climb cools off in July

The increase in Swedish housing prices has ceased with prices in greater Stockholm falling by 4 percent over the past month, according to new figures from Mäklarstatistik which attributes the impact of the pending general election.

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Sweden

Amateur photographers aid police investigations

The police are receiving an increasing amount of help in their investigations from photographs and film captured by bystanders who either hand in their material or publish it on online first.

Alliance lead, far-right in parliament: poll
Sweden

Alliance lead, far-right in parliament: poll

With 35 days to go before Sweden votes in a general election the Alliance coalition retained its slim lead over the Red-Green opposition, a new poll from Sifo shows. The far-right Sweden Democrats would meanwhile claim seats in parliament.

German Martin Kaymer wins PGA golf championship
Germany

German Martin Kaymer wins PGA golf championship

Martin Kaymer beat American Bubba Watson on Sunday in a playoff at the 92nd PGA Championship to become the first German to win in the history of the tournament.

PROLOG: a different kind of language school
Germany

PROLOG: a different kind of language school

Looking for a place to improve your German? International House Berlin PROLOG loves to introduce its students to new languages and cultures.