Bank robber shot by Swedish police
Sweden

Bank robber shot by Swedish police

A 19-year-old man suspected of robbing a branch of Swedbank in Huddinge in southern Stockholm on Wednesday and taking a woman hostage, was shot and wounded by police after suspicions emerged that he was carrying explosives.

Berlin shares EU concerns about French Roma deportations
Germany

Berlin shares EU concerns about French Roma deportations

Germany said Thursday that it fully supported European Commission concerns about French treatment of Roma but said that the EU justice commissioner could have been "more measured" in her comments.

GlobalFoundries to make Dresden chip factory Europe’s largest
Germany

GlobalFoundries to make Dresden chip factory Europe’s largest

Semi-conductor manufacturer GlobalFoundries on Wednesday laid the cornerstone for an expansion to its chip factory in the eastern German city of Dresden that will make it the largest such facility in Europe and the company’s most important location.

Gas could threaten nuclear waste depot
Germany

Gas could threaten nuclear waste depot

The former geological surveyor for the controversial nuclear waste depot Gorleben warned Wednesday that there could be dangerous gas deposits lurking beneath the old salt dome caverns.

Sweden spawns egg and sperm donor website
Sweden

Sweden spawns egg and sperm donor website

Long waiting times for the childless and unfavourable Swedish reproductive laws has spurred the opening of a new online business: a private egg and sperm donor social networking site that can arrange surrogacies.

Merkel calls for global financial market tax
Germany

Merkel calls for global financial market tax

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday renewed her call for a tax on international financial markets, insisting she would not give up the fight despite hefty opposition from her global partners

Sweden stands alone on car phone free-for-all
Sweden

Sweden stands alone on car phone free-for-all

Sweden is the only country in Europe which still allows car drivers to talk on their phones without using a handsfree; a situation which is dangerous and has to change, according to the Swedish Automobile Association (Motormannen).

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Sweden

Election Q&A: the Liberal Party

Liberal Party senior political advisor Therese Wallqvister and Riksdag secretariat foreign and defence policy political secretary Cindy Sturesson answer some questions from The Local about the party's stance on a few key issues.

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Sweden

Election Q&A: the Left Party

Left Party international secretary Stefan Kudryk answers some questions from The Local about the party's stance on a few key issues.

Corpse found in trunk after police chase ends with suicide
Germany

Corpse found in trunk after police chase ends with suicide

Police discovered a woman’s corpse in the trunk of man’s car on Wednesday, after he shot himself in the head while trying to flee the scene of another shooting in the Hessian town of Wellerode near Kassel.

Antidepressants prevent suicide: Swedish study
Sweden

Antidepressants prevent suicide: Swedish study

Swedish researchers have concluded that antidepressant medication helps to save sufferers from depression from suicide, according to a new report published in the medical journal Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.

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Sweden

Ten charged in Malmö teen pimping scandal

Charges were filed on Wednesday in Malmö against 10 men suspected of having sold a mentally handicapped 14-year-old girl for sex.

Tax agency staff set to face fraud charges
Sweden

Tax agency staff set to face fraud charges

An administrator at the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) and three other people are expected to be charged for their involvement in a fraud scandal.

Cheryl Jones Fur – An American voice in Swedish politics
Sweden

Cheryl Jones Fur – An American voice in Swedish politics

Parliamentary candidate, Cheryl Jones Fur, talks to Peter Vinthagen Simpson about her climate commitment; why as an American she likes the diversity of Swedish politics; and how to tackle the integration debate head on.

Alliance touts strong economy in election bid
Sweden

Alliance touts strong economy in election bid

From speeches to press conferences, Sweden's ruling centre-right coalition has tirelessly pumped forth the country's sound economic performance in its re-election bid ahead of Sunday's election, writes AFP's Marc Preel.

Deutsche Telekom CEO faces bribery probe
Germany

Deutsche Telekom CEO faces bribery probe

The Bonn state prosecutor’s office is investigating Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann and seven others on suspicion of bribery in Macedonia and Montenegro.

Schröder suggests elderly take part in public service
Germany

Schröder suggests elderly take part in public service

With military reforms set to end both conscription and its alternative Zivildienst public service, Family Minister Kristina Schröder said Wednesday that Germany should harness the power of its ageing population to fill the volunteer gap.

Ex-HQ Bank manager reported to police
Sweden

Ex-HQ Bank manager reported to police

HQ Bank’s previous parent company, publicly listed HQ AB, has reported a former manager to the police for what it sees as partial responsibility for the bank’s collapse.

Labour Ministry wants to ditch ‘Hartz IV’ for easier welfare benefits name
Germany

Labour Ministry wants to ditch ‘Hartz IV’ for easier welfare benefits name

The Labour Ministry said Wednesday it wants to abolish the term that describes welfare benefits, Hartz IV, from general German usage in favour of one that can be more easily understood.

Swedish entrepreneur launches first Social Exchange: Introducing Social Networking 2.0
Sweden

Swedish entrepreneur launches first Social Exchange: Introducing Social Networking 2.0

Swedish internet visionary and serial entrepreneur Johan Staël von Holstein is back, this time with MyCube, which he calls 'the social exchange,' where privacy, ownership and control are the foundations that enable more valuable and meaningful online interactions.

Swedish national library verifies child porn mags
Sweden

Swedish national library verifies child porn mags

Sweden’s National Library has determined it has 21 magazines featuring child pornography following an investigation carried out with help from the National Criminal Police (Rikskriminalpolisen).

No extra health insurance fees for 2011, Rösler says
Germany

No extra health insurance fees for 2011, Rösler says

Germany’s statutory health insurers may not have to tack on extra fees for customers in 2011 after all, Health Minister Philipp Rösler said Wednesday, explaining that the government’s financial reform plan would make up for an expected health fund deficit.

Sweden preps for filming of Hollywood’s ‘Tattoo’
Sweden

Sweden preps for filming of Hollywood’s ‘Tattoo’

Several locations in Sweden are bracing for a Hollywood invasion this autumn, with filming of the English-language version of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" set to start within weeks.

Werder fight back to earn draw against Spurs
Germany

Werder fight back to earn draw against Spurs

Werder Bremen fought back to clinch a 2-2 draw against Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League opener on Tuesday night.

Steady poll lead continues for Alliance
Sweden

Steady poll lead continues for Alliance

The centre-right Alliance’s steady poll lead continues, with a new voter survey published on Wednesday giving them support of 49.8 percent of the voters. Support for the far-right Sweden Democrats also reached new highs.