Germans consider Merkel’s conservatives too conservative
Germany

Germans consider Merkel’s conservatives too conservative

A large number of Germans believe that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats are too conservative, a poll showed Friday. Meanwhile support for the environmentalist Greens has grown to record heights.

Neighbourhood beer proves better than a bake sale for charities
Germany

Neighbourhood beer proves better than a bake sale for charities

Berliners can now feel good about their hangovers. For every bottle of a new beer the capital’s denizens guzzle down, the profits will go to social initiatives in their own neighbourhoods. The Local met with the founder of Quartiermeister for a drink.

Alligator, ostrich and snails: Germans grill up exotic burgers in San Diego
Germany

Alligator, ostrich and snails: Germans grill up exotic burgers in San Diego

Most German restaurants abroad feature traditional dishes like Schnitzel and Sauerbraten, but two Bavarians in San Diego have taken a more daring turn, serving exotic burgers made from ostrich, kangaroo and alligator.

Schaeffler group announces new supervisory board
Germany

Schaeffler group announces new supervisory board

The German group Schaeffler, the dominant shareholder in auto parts group Continental, announced Friday a new supervisory board with members representing workers and investors in equal measure.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrats fear Islamic revolution

An Islamic revolution akin to the one that swept through Iran in 1979 could easily take place in Sweden, claims the second highest ranking member of the far-right Sweden Democrats.

Hamburg braces for fiery football derby
Germany

Hamburg braces for fiery football derby

The northern port city of Hamburg is bracing for a heated football derby pitting HSV against FC St Pauli this weekend. Joseph Corcos reports on a potentially violent rivalry packed with ideology.

Million voters undecided ahead of final TV debate
Sweden

Million voters undecided ahead of final TV debate

As Sweden's parliamentary party leaders prepare for the final televised debate on Sveriges Television (SVT) on Friday, up to 1.4 million voters are reported to remain undecided ahead of Sunday's election.

Oktoberfest starts 200th jubilee with historic party
Germany

Oktoberfest starts 200th jubilee with historic party

One day before the official start of Munich’s 200th anniversary Oktoberfest celebrations, a special historical area tapped its kegs on Friday, treating guests to a nostalgic taste of the famous Bavarian beer bash.

The Local’s guide to the 2010 Swedish elections
Sweden

The Local’s guide to the 2010 Swedish elections

Welcome to The Local's Guide to the 2010 Swedish Elections.

Has Angie lost that conservative feeling?
Germany

Has Angie lost that conservative feeling?

As Chancellor Angela Merkel fends off accusations her Christian Democrats have lost their conservative edge, Der Tagesspiegel’s Robert Birnbaum argues the party could probably use a new right-wing competitor.

‘False alarm’ over US embassy bomb scare
Sweden

‘False alarm’ over US embassy bomb scare

US ambassador to Sweden, Matthew Barzan, praised Swedish police for their professionalism in a statement confirming that the suspect package found at the embassy this morning was determined to pose no threat.

Swedish team targets addict relapse molecule
Sweden

Swedish team targets addict relapse molecule

People who have used cocaine are at a greater risk of becoming addicted even after long drug-free periods, researchers at Linköping University have discovered.

Man comes clean over elevator urine puddles
Sweden

Man comes clean over elevator urine puddles

A man has expressed remorse to his neighbours over his habit of peeing in the lift in a block of rental flats in Borås in western Sweden over a period of several years in 2000s, reported the local Borås Tidning daily.

Suffering along the path to suffrage in Sweden
Sweden

Suffering along the path to suffrage in Sweden

There’s nothing like an election to highlight an immigrant’s outsider status. But as Paul O’Mahony explains, the path to citizenship in Sweden isn’t without a bump or two, especially when the journey begins in June.

Dramatic election set to make Swedish history
Sweden

Dramatic election set to make Swedish history

With polls showing Swedish voters ready to re-elect a centre-right government for the first time in nearly a century and the far-right possibly holding the balance of power, Sweden's September 19th election has no shortage of drama, explains the AFP's Nina Larson.

Lundin Petroleum up after Norway oil find
Sweden

Lundin Petroleum up after Norway oil find

Swedish oil firm Lundin Petroleum climbed fast on the Stockholm stock exchange on Friday morning after announcing a "significant" find in the Norwegian North Sea.

Steinbrück chastises the ‘excesses’ of Germany’s rich
Germany

Steinbrück chastises the ‘excesses’ of Germany’s rich

Former Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück condemned the “excesses” of Germany’s privileged classes on Friday, blaming tax dodgers for helping to perpetuate social problems.

Thai students poisoned after mushroom meal
Sweden

Thai students poisoned after mushroom meal

Ten language students from Thailand have been admitted to Uppsala University Hospital with suspected mushroom poisoning after making a stew from the death cap mushroom.

Tempers flare in final party leader debate
Sweden

Tempers flare in final party leader debate

Mona Sahlin accused Fredrik Reinfeldt of spreading lies as the two traded jabs in a heated Thursday night debate pitting the leaders of Sweden’s seven Riksdag parties against each other just four days before election day.

Berlin denies planning Roma deportations
Germany

Berlin denies planning Roma deportations

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Friday repudiated statements by French President Nicolas Sarkozy that Germany is planning deportations of Roma people similar to the controversial programme in France.

President Wulff investigated for financial irregularities
Germany

President Wulff investigated for financial irregularities

Embattled Chancellor Angela Merkel has been dealt fresh blow this week as the German parliament said it was investigating President Christian Wulff over alleged financial irregularities before taking office.

Sweden’s Saab sold arms to Saudi Arabia: report
Sweden

Sweden’s Saab sold arms to Saudi Arabia: report

Swedish defence firms Saab Bofors Dynamics sold anti-tank missiles to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, according to Swedish media reports, despite previous denials by trade minister Eva Björling that combat materiel has been sold to the Saudis.

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Sweden

Gothenburg scientist ‘manipulated results’

A University of Gothenburg medical scientist has been accused of manipulating research findings in a number of studies, the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) announced Thursday.