The streets of Neukölln: Has integration failed?
Germany

The streets of Neukölln: Has integration failed?

Thilo Sarrazin’s controversial book has sparked a heated debate about immigration. But what’s it really like on the streets of Germany’s integration flash points? David Wroe and Ruth Michaelson report from Berlin’s Neukölln district.

Luftwaffe grounds Eurofighter after ejector seat glitch
Germany

Luftwaffe grounds Eurofighter after ejector seat glitch

Germany has grounded all 55 of its Eurofighter combat aircraft indefinitely because of an ejector seat problem, following a fatal accident in Spain, a Defence Ministry spokesman said.

Truckmakers probed for alleged UK price-fixing
Germany

Truckmakers probed for alleged UK price-fixing

A British watchdog said Thursday it had launched a probe into alleged price-fixing by major European truckmakers, including German giants Daimler and MAN.

Sleepless Swede charged for dousing smoking neighbour
Sweden

Sleepless Swede charged for dousing smoking neighbour

An 83-year-old man from Sölvesborg in southern Sweden is facing charges after he extinguished his neighbour’s cigarette with a bucket of water.

No break from early autumn chill
Germany

No break from early autumn chill

A low-pressure system over Norway and Sweden will continue to cause cool and unsettled weather in Germany until next week, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Thursday.

English play tackles depression head-on
Sweden

English play tackles depression head-on

In her short life, Sarah Kane wrote five plays and the screenplay for a short film before she committed suicide at the age of 28 in 1999. An international group of Stockholm thespians will stage her last play, 4:48 Psychosis, in English, for nine performances over the next two weeks, writes Vivian Tse.

Dissident Chinese author says persistence beat travel ban
Germany

Dissident Chinese author says persistence beat travel ban

Chinese dissident author Liao Yiwu, in Berlin after Chinese authorities allowed him to travel abroad, said Thursday his sheer determination allowed him to beat the ban.

Ex-Gitmo inmates arrive
Germany

Ex-Gitmo inmates arrive

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Thursday two former inmates at the US prison camp in Guantanamo have arrived in Germany after spending nearly nine years in the terrorist detention centre.

Munich brothel cries foul over Oktoberfest taxi driver bribes
Germany

Munich brothel cries foul over Oktoberfest taxi driver bribes

Upscale Munich brothel Pascha complained this week that its competitors are stifling business during the lucrative Oktoberfest season by paying taxi drivers large sums to bring customers to their establishments instead.

Anti-piracy law test case sent to EU court
Sweden

Anti-piracy law test case sent to EU court

The first case tried since the passage of Sweden's anti-file sharing law (Ipred) in April 2009 is heading for the EU Court of Justice after a ruling by the Supreme Court.

Spain’s ACS launches bid for Hochtief
Germany

Spain’s ACS launches bid for Hochtief

Spanish construction giant ACS Group announced Thursday a €2.76-billion all-share takeover bid to take full control of German rival Hochtief to create a major world player.

Swedes urged to stop work in immigrant demo
Sweden

Swedes urged to stop work in immigrant demo

Swedish blogger and author Damon Rasti has called on all Swedes with immigrant backgrounds to take a five minute break from their work at 2pm on Thursday to underline the importance of all Swedes in the society.

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Sweden

Election Q&A: the Social Democratic Party

Social Democratic Party Secretary Ibrahim Baylan answers some questions from The Local about the party's stance on a few key issues.

SAS picks Swede to take over as new CEO
Sweden

SAS picks Swede to take over as new CEO

Swedish insurance executive Rickard Gustafson, current head of Codan/Trygg-Hansa, has been named the new chief executive of SAS, the Scandinavian airline announced on Thursday.

What’s On in Sweden: September 17th – 23rd
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: September 17th – 23rd

What's on in Sweden: Old Skool Hip Hop in Stockholm, Killer Queen in Gothenburg and Dubstep steps into Malmö.

‘Ditch Bonn,’ agency tells Defence Ministry
Germany

‘Ditch Bonn,’ agency tells Defence Ministry

As politicians debate Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg’s plans to streamline the Bundeswehr, a new paper from the Federal Labour Agency (BA) has made the controversial suggestion to move his ministry from Bonn to Berlin.

Maid in Sweden: clean home, dirty money?
Sweden

Maid in Sweden: clean home, dirty money?

Few would argue with the merits of a clean house, yet Swedes don't seem ready to sweep the issue of hiring domestic help under the rug. And as Paul O'Mahony discovers, controversial tax breaks are only part of the story.

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Sweden

Sweden’s unemployment rate drops to 7.4 percent

Sweden's unemployment rate dropped to 7.4 percent in August from 8 percent the previous month, Statistics Sweden announced on Thursday, ahead of general elections on Sunday focussing on the economy and jobs.

Säpo to probe beating of Centre Party MP
Sweden

Säpo to probe beating of Centre Party MP

Fredrick Federley, a Centre Party MP, was beaten and robbed outside his Stockholm apartment on Wednesday night. The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) has taken over the investigation.

‘Superjumbo’ pays Stockholm Arlanda a visit
Sweden

‘Superjumbo’ pays Stockholm Arlanda a visit

The world's largest aircraft - the Airbus A380 - paid an inaugural visit to Stockholm Arlanda Airport on Wednesday.

Sweden’s welfare state has endured centre-right rule: experts
Sweden

Sweden’s welfare state has endured centre-right rule: experts

As Sweden's centre-right government hopes to win another four years in power, fears that conservative rule would cripple Sweden's welfare state appear to be unfounded, the AFP's Nina Larson explains.

Election outcomes – the lowdown
Sweden

Election outcomes – the lowdown

With four days to go before Swedes go to the polls in what promises to be an historic election for one of Europe's oldest democracies, The Local's Peter Vinthagen Simpson has had a look at the possible outcomes.

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Sweden

How to vote in the Swedish elections

Voting may not seem that complicated, but doing so in a different country can be. The Local has thus endeavoured to help any first-time voters by covering some of the basics about how to vote in Sweden.

What’s on in Germany: September 16 – 22
Germany

What’s on in Germany: September 16 – 22

This week's highlights: Kate Nash plays Munich, Berlin celebrates children, and a festival of culture dances into Düsseldorf.

Cold War ‘Checkpoint Bravo’ up for sale
Germany

Cold War ‘Checkpoint Bravo’ up for sale

A piece of Cold War history was due to go on sale in Germany on Thursday as Checkpoint Bravo, a major former crossing point between communist East Germany and West Berlin, goes under the hammer.

Jesuits planning compensation for sex abuse victims
Germany

Jesuits planning compensation for sex abuse victims

The Jesuit order wants to offer victims of sexual abuse by their Catholic priests compensation of around €5,000, a spokesperson said on Thursday.

Social Democrats regain lead in new poll
Sweden

Social Democrats regain lead in new poll

The Social Democrats have clawed back the lead as the election nears, according to a new poll. But despite the gains, the Alliance coalition retains its commanding lead with four days to go to election day.

Winnenden shooter’s father faces court
Germany

Winnenden shooter’s father faces court

The trial of the father of Tim Kretschmer, the teen who shot dead 15 people and himself in Winnenden last year, started Thursday in Stuttgart. He faces charges of violating weapons laws by leaving the gun used in the massacre unlocked in his bedroom.

Late goals secure Bayern win against Roma
Germany

Late goals secure Bayern win against Roma

German national team stars Thomas Müller and Miroslav Klose netted late goals to seal Bayern Munich's 2-0 win over Roma in their Champions League group stage encounter on Wednesday.

Bayern Munich takes legal action against UEFA corruption claims
Germany

Bayern Munich takes legal action against UEFA corruption claims

Bayern Munich said late Wednesday they have started legal action against a senior member of European football's governing body UEFA over unsubstantiated allegations of corruption made in German magazine Stern.

Left leader makes on-air wedding proposal
Sweden

Left leader makes on-air wedding proposal

Left Party leader Lars Ohly took the opportunity of a televised party leader debate to propose to his long-term girlfriend, Åsa, who accepted the offer.

Ibrahimovic in TV tiff after Milan win
Sweden

Ibrahimovic in TV tiff after Milan win

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice as his new club AC Milan dispatched Auxerre in their European Champions League clash on Wednesday.