Germany marks 20 years since reunification treaty
Germany

Germany marks 20 years since reunification treaty

Germany on Tuesday marked the 20th anniversary of the signing of its reunification treaty amid recriminations that the former West Germany swallowed the communist East.

Royals in unwitting electoral bid
Sweden

Royals in unwitting electoral bid

Voters in Sweden's general election will be able to cast a vote for Princess Madeleine or Prince Daniel, thanks to a fringe party and a quirk in electoral law.

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Sweden

American photographer suspected of raping girl

An American photographer with a record of committing sex offences in the US has been arrested on suspicion of raping a 14-year-old girl in Stockholm.

Julian Assange applies for Swedish residency
Sweden

Julian Assange applies for Swedish residency

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has applied for a permit to work and reside in the country, a spokesperson for the Swedish Migration Board confirmed on Tuesday.

Man found guilty of bashing Israeli teen
Germany

Man found guilty of bashing Israeli teen

A 20-year-old cook was found guilty Tuesday of beating an Israeli teenager while yelling ''Jewish swine'' in the Saxony-Anhalt town of Laucha.

Catholics toughen rules on sex abuse prevention
Germany

Catholics toughen rules on sex abuse prevention

Germany's Catholic Church unveiled on Tuesday tougher guidelines on investigating and preventing child sex abuse that it hopes will stop a repeat of the hugely damaging scandals of this year.

Unemployment dips lower in August
Germany

Unemployment dips lower in August

Unemployment in Germany edged slightly lower in August to 3.188 million people, according to official figures released on Tuesday, as the rebounding economy continued to create jobs.

Foreign students camp out in housing protest
Sweden

Foreign students camp out in housing protest

Homeless students enrolled at Stockholm University are camping out in campus grounds after having exhausted all alternatives and to protest at the lack of accommodation offered them on arrival in Sweden.

Autumn to begin with no last gasp of summer
Germany

Autumn to begin with no last gasp of summer

Hopes for a late burst of summer as Germany heads into autumn are looking dim, with this week set to limp along with cloudy skies and high temperatures struggling to reach the 20s, the German Weather Service (DWD) said Tuesday.

askjohnaboutcollege.com makes applying to US colleges easier
Sweden

askjohnaboutcollege.com makes applying to US colleges easier

With more than 30 years of experience helping and advising high school students worldwide to apply to universities in the US, John Carpenter is eager to help teenagers make a successful transition into post-secondary education.

Playing the Saxon blues
Germany

Playing the Saxon blues

The Local’s series Made in Germany presents the best the country has to offer, including the world-class blues harmonicas from Seydel.

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Sweden

Sweden’s economy in good shape: report

Exports, domestic demand and strong public finances all indicate that Sweden's economy is in good shape, the country's financial management authority and the banks, said on Tuesday.

HQ appeals revoked banking license
Sweden

HQ appeals revoked banking license

HQ has appealed the decision to suspend the banking license for HQ Bank, which has forced it into liquidation and kept the bank closed on Tuesday.

3-year-old found hanged in double murder case
Germany

3-year-old found hanged in double murder case

Police have launched a massive manhunt after a three-year-old boy was found hanged and his mother beaten to death in their home in the Bavarian town of Rosenheim, media reported Tuesday.

Red-Greens present election manifesto
Sweden

Red-Greens present election manifesto

The centre-left coalition - the Social Democrats, the Green Party and the Left Party - presented their election manifesto on Tuesday, promising to cut taxes for pensioners, cheaper daycare, and incentives for employers to recruit young people.

German Media Roundup: Sarrazin’s radioactive immigration debate
Germany

German Media Roundup: Sarrazin’s radioactive immigration debate

Inflammatory comments on Muslims and race by Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin have caused widespread outrage in Germany. Newspapers in The Local’s media roundup on Tuesday explore the repercussions.

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Sweden

Danes call for election observers in Sweden

Representatives of the governing parties in Denmark have argued that freedom of speech is under threat in Sweden and have called for the instalment of election observers to ensure that democracy is upheld.

France weighs into German wage debate
Germany

France weighs into German wage debate

Eager to reap the benefits of higher German wages to boost its own economy, France this week threw its weight behind union demands for workers to get a bigger share of the profits of Germany’s economic boom.

WikiLeaks’ Assange interrogated by police
Sweden

WikiLeaks’ Assange interrogated by police

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been interviewed by police in Sweden regarding allegations of molestation, his lawyer confirmed on Tuesday.

Polls: Social Democrat support falls to new lows
Sweden

Polls: Social Democrat support falls to new lows

Three weeks before the election, the Social Democrats have registered their lowest level of support so far in a new poll from United Minds. Support fell to 27.3 percent in the survey, which was conducted on behalf of Aftonbladet.

Citizenship test proves a breeze for naturalised foreigners
Germany

Citizenship test proves a breeze for naturalised foreigners

An impressive 98 percent of immigrants taking Germany’s citizenship test pass on the first try, prompting the Interior Ministry to wonder whether the questions are too easy, media reported Tuesday.

EU warns against German financial transaction tax
Germany

EU warns against German financial transaction tax

The European Union has poured cold water on Germany’s call for a Europe-wide “financial transaction tax” – one of the government’s mechanisms to slash the budget deficit and curb short-term, speculative trading.

Swedish court sentences drunk captain to prison
Sweden

Swedish court sentences drunk captain to prison

The Ukrainian captain of a Dutch ship that ran aground this month near the southwestern Swedish port of Helsingborg was on Monday sentenced to one month in prison for "aggravated drunkenness at sea," news agency TT reported on Monday.

Söderling struggles out of US Open first round
Sweden

Söderling struggles out of US Open first round

Swedish fifth seed Robin Söderling struggled for nearly four hours in the first round of the US Open on Monday before defeating a 214th-ranked qualifier.

Sarrazin will be hard to sack, judge warns
Germany

Sarrazin will be hard to sack, judge warns

After Germany’s central bank stopped short of sacking board member Thilo Sarrazin over his incendiary remarks on race and immigration, a legal expert warned Tuesday it could be difficult to force him from his post at the Bundesbank.