Archbishop Zollitsch says Catholic Church ‘failed’ in abuse scandal
Germany

Archbishop Zollitsch says Catholic Church ‘failed’ in abuse scandal

Robert Zollitsch, Germany's most senior Roman Catholic bishop, said on Monday the Church had "failed" in its response to victims of sexual abuse by its priests.

Metal workers to strike
Germany

Metal workers to strike

German metalworkers will stage limited strikes this week to agitate for sharp wage hikes after a stalemate in negotiations with employers, the IG Metall trade union said Monday.

De Maizière calls for more tolerance towards immigrants
Germany

De Maizière calls for more tolerance towards immigrants

Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Monday said German society needed to be more tolerant and accepting of immigrants. Meanwhile SPD boss Sigmar Gabriel suggested getting tough with foreigners unwilling to integrate.

One dead, three injured in house explosion
Germany

One dead, three injured in house explosion

An explosion in a family home in Bergneustadt reduced the structure to rubble, killing one man and seriously injuring another on Monday. Two other men survived the accident with minor injuries.

Summer to make late cameo appearance
Germany

Summer to make late cameo appearance

Germany is set for a few fleeting days "Indian summer" this week, as a high pressure system brings balmy and dry weather, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Monday.

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Sweden

Political stalemate looms as far-right wins seats

Sweden's political future remained unclear on Monday after the nationalist Sweden Democrats entered parliament for the first time and deprived the ruling coalition of an outright majority by just three seats.

Moderates and Greens call for time
Sweden

Moderates and Greens call for time

The Moderate and Green parties both held press conferences on Monday afternoon calling for time to enable the election results to be completed, with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt promising an orderly process to a new Alliance government.

Hamburg football derby leaves 26 hurt
Germany

Hamburg football derby leaves 26 hurt

Police detained 55 people and placed 13 under arrest on Sunday after a Bundesliga derby in northern Germany turned violent, injuring 26 people, including eight police officers, the authorities said Monday.

Ikea to expand in Asia as sales keep growing
Sweden

Ikea to expand in Asia as sales keep growing

Swedish furniture giant Ikea is looking to expand further in Asia in the coming year, according to CEO Mikael Ohlsson, who added that the company’s sales continue to climb.

Barfing Oktoberfest drunks face taxi cleanup fees
Germany

Barfing Oktoberfest drunks face taxi cleanup fees

Revellers who drunkenly vomit in taxis must cough up the cleanup costs, according to an Oktoberfest-related court decision published by a Munich district court on Monday.

Volkswagen patriarch Piech plans succession
Germany

Volkswagen patriarch Piech plans succession

Auto magnate Ferdinand Piech, head of German car giant Volkswagen and its luxury brand Porsche, will shift his holdings to foundations to ensure a smooth transition after his death, a press report said Monday.

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Sweden

Sweden’s Folksam in deal for part of Kaupthing

A consortium that includes Swedish insurance group Folksam said on Monday that will pay nearly $900 million to buy the Danish investment banking business of failed Iceland bank Kaupthing.

Politicians call for ‘geotagging’ laws ahead of data summit
Germany

Politicians call for ‘geotagging’ laws ahead of data summit

German politicians on Monday called for comprehensive data protection regulations ahead of a summit in Berlin on handling hot-button issues such as geotagging and the controversial online mapping service Google Street View.

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Sweden

Election marks ‘end of an era’: Swedish press

With the far-right Sweden Democrats headed to the Riksdag for the first time and the traditional dominance of the Social Democrats apparently broken for good, the Swedish press on Monday reflected on the consequences of a new political era.

Söderling win keeps Sweden in Davis Cup
Sweden

Söderling win keeps Sweden in Davis Cup

Sweden has retained its place in the Davis Cup after Robin Söderling defeated Italy's Simone Bolelli in straight sets in Lidköping on Sunday.

Åkesson waits for party invites to cooperate
Sweden

Åkesson waits for party invites to cooperate

One day after its history entry into parliament, the Sweden Democrats now await an invitation to join a coalition with the other parties. However, so far no parties have contacted leader Jimmie Åkesson.

HRE bonus payments a ‘scandal,’ taxpayers’ group says
Germany

HRE bonus payments a ‘scandal,’ taxpayers’ group says

Germany’s taxpayers’ association (BdSt) on Monday attacked generous bonus payments for bankers at the nationalised Hypo Real Estate bank, calling them a “scandal.”

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Sweden

Alliance loses majority as far-right wins seats

Sweden's ruling Alliance coalition won the most votes, but fell short of a majority in Sunday's general election as the Sweden Democrats entered parliament for the first time.

Custody motive probed in Lörrach rampage
Germany

Custody motive probed in Lörrach rampage

Police on Monday were investigating a possible child custody dispute as the motive behind a bloody rampage by a woman in the southwestern German town of Lörrach that left four people dead.

Slumping Bremen aim to come back against Hannover
Germany

Slumping Bremen aim to come back against Hannover

Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf will demand both a win and a huge improvement from his lacklustre side at Hannover on Tuesday in the Bundesliga after their weekend slump to Mainz.

Live Blog: election night in Sweden
Sweden

Live Blog: election night in Sweden

The Local's correspondents bring you all the latest news from the Swedish election, live from the main parties' headquarters in Stockholm. See the drama unfold live here.

Reinfeldt calls victory, vows to shun far-right
Sweden

Reinfeldt calls victory, vows to shun far-right

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt declared victory as near-final election results on Sunday showed his ruling Alliance coalition had the most votes in a hung parliament, where the Sweden Democrats could play kingmaker.

Sahlin admits defeat in ‘very bad’ election
Sweden

Sahlin admits defeat in ‘very bad’ election

Social Democratic leader Mona Sahlin admitted her party had a dismal election, spoiling her bid to become Sweden’s first female prime minister, but vowed to fight the far-right, which entered parliament for the first time.

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Sweden

Sweden Democrats vow not to cause problems

Sweden Democratic leader Jimmie Åkesson promised to not cause problems as near final results showed it could be a kingmaker in a hung parliament.