Opposition MPs seek halt to expensive Stuttgart rail project
Germany

Opposition MPs seek halt to expensive Stuttgart rail project

German opposition lawmakers filed a motion in parliament Tuesday for work to stop on a huge rail project that they believe makes little sense and will go billions of euros over budget.

Ex-official: East German teen athletes doped
Germany

Ex-official: East German teen athletes doped

Teenage athletes were subjected to doping under communist East Germany's vast programme of steroid abuse, a leading former sports official has admitted in his new book.

Unpopular waterfront development plans still afloat in Berlin
Germany

Unpopular waterfront development plans still afloat in Berlin

Plans to develop desirable property along Berlin’s Spree River into a quarter for media companies has run into stiff opposition from residents fearing the city is selling out its unique spaces. Melanie Sevcenko reports.

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Sweden

Suspicious note sent to Swedish mission in Israel

An envelope containing white powder was sent to the Swedish embassy in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, according to Israeli police.

Ryanair dispute heads to Swedish Supreme Court
Sweden

Ryanair dispute heads to Swedish Supreme Court

A couple from Linköping in central Sweden who were marooned in Brussels after Ryanair cancelled their flight home will have their case heard by Sweden’s highest court.

Rape suspected among children at weight-loss camp
Germany

Rape suspected among children at weight-loss camp

German state prosecutors are investigating reports of rape and sexual abuse among children who were spending several weeks at a weight-loss clinic on the posh North Sea island of Sylt, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Investor confidence droops for fifth consecutive month
Germany

Investor confidence droops for fifth consecutive month

German investor confidence plunged this month to depths not seen since February 2009 on fears that Europe's biggest economy is facing stiff headwinds, the ZEW research institute said Tuesday.

Man charged over million kronor ATM withdrawal
Sweden

Man charged over million kronor ATM withdrawal

A man from Borås in western Sweden has been charged with fraud after taking advantage of a technical fault to withdraw 1.6 million kronor ($224,000) from a cash machine, despite having only a couple of thousand kronor in savings.

FDP backs fast-tracked citizenship to spur integration
Germany

FDP backs fast-tracked citizenship to spur integration

The Free Democrats (FDP), Chancellor Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partners, reportedly want to speed the path to German citizenship for well-integrated immigrants, cutting the naturalisation process from eight to four years.

Parties struggle to entice first time voters
Sweden

Parties struggle to entice first time voters

With record numbers of first time Swedish voters heading to the polls on September 19th, politicians continue to struggle to reach both young Swedes and their parents, explains the AFP’s Rita Devlin Marier.

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Sweden

Election Q&A: the Green Party

Green Party MP Bodil Ceballos answers some questions from The Local about the party's stance on a few key issues.

Bundeswehr soldier injured in bridge attack
Germany

Bundeswehr soldier injured in bridge attack

A German soldier was injured in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz in an attack by the Taliban on Tuesday, military authorities have confirmed.

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Sweden

Election Q&A: the Moderate Party

The Moderate Party's Anders Borg, finance minister; Tobias Billström, immigration minister; and Riksdag foreign affairs committee head Göran Lennmarker answer some questions from The Local about the party's stance on a few key issues.

George Clooney says sorry over Jämtland snub
Sweden

George Clooney says sorry over Jämtland snub

Hollywood actor George Clooney has apologised to the city of Östersund in Jämtland in western Sweden for not crediting the area in his latest film, The American, parts of which were filmed there.

Sweden’s priciest flat for sale: 80 million kronor
Sweden

Sweden’s priciest flat for sale: 80 million kronor

Sweden's most expensive flat is now for sale, brokered by celebrity real estate agent Fredrik Eklund for a listing price of 80 million kronor ($11.18 million).

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Sweden

Four of ten prepared to vote tactically: survey

Four out of ten Swedish voters could consider switching party allegiances and instead vote for a party which risks missing the threshold for parliamentary seats, according to a new Sifo survey.

Guttenberg slams ‘porn chic’ of female pop stars
Germany

Guttenberg slams ‘porn chic’ of female pop stars

Stephanie zu Guttenberg, the wife of German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, on Tuesday attacked the sexed-up, porn-influenced style of pop stars such as Lady Gaga and Rihanna and their potentially harmful influence on children.

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Sweden

Introducing the Pirate Party

The Pirate Party competed in the 2006 general election, polling 0.63 percent of the votes but became the the third largest party in terms of membership by May 2009.

Swedish court hears landmark S&M case
Sweden

Swedish court hears landmark S&M case

A 32-year-old man charged with assault after having violent sex with a teenager appeared in a Malmö courtroom on Monday in a case testing how much sexual violence is legally permitted in Sweden between consenting partners.

Werder gunning for debutant Spurs
Germany

Werder gunning for debutant Spurs

Werder Bremen will be looking to spoil Tottenham Hotspur's Champions League debut on Tuesday, as both sides try to make do without key injured players.

Mummified baby found in cellar
Germany

Mummified baby found in cellar

A woman in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate has found the mummified body of a baby in her cellar, police said on Tuesday.

Sarrazin refuses to leave SPD despite pressure
Germany

Sarrazin refuses to leave SPD despite pressure

Outgoing Bundesbank board member Thilo Sarrazin on Tuesday said he would not willingly leave the centre-left Social Democrats despite their misgivings over his controversial comments on race and immigration.

Left Party employs stripper at election party
Sweden

Left Party employs stripper at election party

Left Party supporters were treated to a female stripper at an open meeting in Järna near Stockholm over the weekend, causing several members of the crowd to storm out in disgust.

China’s Geely outlines ambitious Volvo plans
Sweden

China’s Geely outlines ambitious Volvo plans

The head of Chinese automotive firm Geely has presented ambitious plans for the future of Volvo Cars, aiming to double global sales by promoting the brand in China.

Alliance increases lead: poll
Sweden

Alliance increases lead: poll

The Alliance coalition has increased its lead ahead of the Red-Greens, with 51.1 to 41.8 percent, according to a new opinion poll from Skop.