Introducing the Christian Democrats
Sweden

Introducing the Christian Democrats

The Christian Democrats (Kristdemokraterrna - KD) are one of the three smaller parties which make up the centre-right Alliance coalition that has been in government since 2006, having polled 6.6 percent in the 2006 general election.

Coach: Ibrahimovic to make start for AC Milan
Sweden

Coach: Ibrahimovic to make start for AC Milan

AC Milan coach confirmed on Friday that Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will make his first start for the team on Saturday after he was traded to the team from Barcelona.

Suspect: double murder was ‘impulse thing’
Sweden

Suspect: double murder was ‘impulse thing’

The 24-year-old suspect of a double murder of a couple outside Båstad in 2007 described parts of the scuffle that led to their deaths an "impulse thing" in a hearing on Friday.

Momus speaks: ‘Berlin is potentially a very provincial city’
Germany

Momus speaks: ‘Berlin is potentially a very provincial city’

Following a seminar organised by Exberliner magazine as part of Berlin's Music Week, The Local's Ruth Michaelson caught up with the thinking man's musician Momus to discuss the growing influence of expats on the city's creative scene.

Summery respite in store for weekend
Germany

Summery respite in store for weekend

The cool and rainy start to autumn will take a short break over the weekend, with sunny skies and late-summer temperatures expected, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Friday.

General Motors slammed in Saab sale exposé
Sweden

General Motors slammed in Saab sale exposé

Jöran Hägglund, state secretary to enterprise minister Maud Olofsson and the Swedish government's representative at the heart of the deal to sell Saab, has published a book exposing the battle to save the troubled firm.

Crematorium probe exposes harvesting corpses for gold teeth
Germany

Crematorium probe exposes harvesting corpses for gold teeth

An investigation of crematorium employees in Hamburg accused of harvesting gold teeth and jewellery from customer corpses has uncovered a sensitive topic that the majority of German morticians refuse to address publicly, a funeral industry newspaper reported on Friday.

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Sweden

‘Establish state brothels’: Christian Democrat

A local Christian Democratic politician has called for Sweden to open government-controlled brothels, drawing a sharp rebuke from her party colleagues.

VW sales growth slows as global demand softens
Germany

VW sales growth slows as global demand softens

Sales growth by Europe's biggest automaker, Volkswagen, eased slightly in August as global car markets soften, VW figures released on Friday showed.

Danish nationalist rallies for Sweden Democrats
Sweden

Danish nationalist rallies for Sweden Democrats

Pia Kjærsgaard, the leader for the Danish People's Party (Dansk Folkeparti - DF) has accepted an invitation from the far-right Sweden Democrats to take part in an election rally in Högänäs in southern Sweden on Saturday.

Tubby German smokers avoid marriage and kids, EU figures show
Germany

Tubby German smokers avoid marriage and kids, EU figures show

An average German is likely to be a fat, childless, unmarried smoker, according to 2010 European Union demographic statistics released this week.

Swedes perform poorly in charitable giving survey
Sweden

Swedes perform poorly in charitable giving survey

Sweden came in 45th place among 153 countries in a survey measuring charitable behaviour around the world, tied with neighbouring Finland, as well as Lebanon, Zambia, and Ghana.

The Best of Berlin in September
Germany

The Best of Berlin in September

Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, in September goes the distance at the Marathon, finds creative wood furniture, and joins the cult of multiculti broadcasting.

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Sweden

Drunk driver claims group sex made her flee

A woman who is facing charges of aggravated drink driving has claimed that she felt forced to flee a summer get-together with friends when the host announced that group sex would be following the coffee.

Deutsche Bank reportedly to unveil €9-billion rights issue
Germany

Deutsche Bank reportedly to unveil €9-billion rights issue

Deutsche Bank is set to raise up to €9 billion through a rights issue to bolster its capital as global banking regulators finalise tough new rules for the industry, a report said Friday.

Conservative wants German language enshrined in constitution
Germany

Conservative wants German language enshrined in constitution

As the debate about immigration and integration rages on in Germany, conservative Bavarian politician Alexander Dobrindt said on Friday that the country must protect the German language in its constitution.

Health Ministry plans threaten 20,000 jobs, hospital group claims
Germany

Health Ministry plans threaten 20,000 jobs, hospital group claims

The German hospital association (DKG) on Friday accused Health Minister Philipp Rösler of endangering his countrymen and some 20,000 hospital jobs with his plans to cut costs in the health industry.

Introducing the Centre Party
Sweden

Introducing the Centre Party

The Centre Party is one of the three smaller parties which make up the centre-right Alliance coalition that has been in government since 2006, having polled 7.9 percent in the 2006 general election.

Sarrazin steps down
Germany

Sarrazin steps down

Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin resigned late on Thursday after causing weeks of uproar with inflammatory comments on immigrants and Jews.

Swedish MMA star Malik Mawlayi’s history of violence
Sweden

Swedish MMA star Malik Mawlayi’s history of violence

From a childhood spent in war torn Afghanistan to the rough and tumble world of mixed martial arts (MMA), Sweden's Malik Mawlayi has learned how to deal with the fighting, explains James Goyder.

Poll lead continues for Alliance parties
Sweden

Poll lead continues for Alliance parties

The centre-right Alliance extended its lead over the opposition in a poll released on Friday, while the nationalist Sweden Democrats saw their support climb to 6 percent.

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Sweden

Swedish man found dead in Bangkok

A 45-year-old Swedish businessman has been found dead in Bangkok, Thailand, according to media reports.

Three helicopter heist suspects released
Sweden

Three helicopter heist suspects released

Three of the men charged for their role in the helicopter-aided robbery of a Stockholm-area cash depot last September were released today by Södertörn district court.