The Local's journalists bring you the latest updates as Sweden copes with the uncertainty following Sunday's elections and the parties plot their strategies in creating a new government.
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Wednesday the country should be proud of what it had achieved since reunification 20 years ago, dubbing the progress of the former communist east an "economic miracle."
Germany will pump another €2.08 billion ($2.79 billion) into the troubled bank Hypo Real Estate, the financial market stabilisation fund SoFFin said Wednesday in a statement.
Germany's 50 million members of statutory health insurance schemes will pay more for their health coverage after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cabinet approved sweeping changes to the system on Wednesday.
Sweden's governing Alliance coalition has preliminarily increased its number of seats in the Riksdag to 173, two short of an overall majority, as the recount of advance and overseas ballots continued on Wednesday afternoon.
Spanish firefighters saved a 23-year-old German tourist from being buried alive on a Tenerife beach on Wednesday after a tunnel he built in the sand collapsed.
A faulty tracking transmitter operated into a she-bear found dead in Älvdalen in central Sweden, has been confirmed as the cause of death - the first known case of its kind, according to preservationists.
Sweden's GDP continued its strong development in many areas in the second quarter, rising 4.6 percent in seasonally adjusted figures compared to the same quarter last year, Statistics Sweden (SCB) reported on Wednesday.
Bill and Tom Kaulitz, the 21-year-old twin brothers who lead German rock band Tokio Hotel, are moving to America, a media report said on Wednesday.
The shipping industry has been slammed in a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report which showed that more than half of the cruises ships sailing in the Baltic dump their sewage directly into the sea.
Members of several Swedish political parties are calling for a restructuring of the Riksdag to minimize the influence of the far-right Sweden Democrats.
The Sweden Democrats hold the balance of power in 30 of Sweden's 290 municipal councils, the anti-racist magazine Expo revealed on Wednesday in a compilation of election results.
Microbrewery Sigtuna Brygghus near Arlanda airport has brewed Sweden's strongest beer ever with 18.5 percent alcohol content.
Limping forward after their worst election result since World War I, Sweden’s Social Democrats find themselves forced to look for a new identify, writes the AFPs Marc Preel.
Shares in Germany's biggest bank, Deutsche Bank, plunged in early trade on Wednesday after it issued a profit warning.
The man who allegedly hanged his three-year-old son and beat the mother to death last month has been found dead, police in the Bavarian city of Rosenheim said on Wednesday.
A leading Turkish scholar has likened elements of the latest German debate on integration to racist 19th century notions of “primitive” immigrants who breed uncontrollably.
Local Sweden Democrat candidate Marie-Louise Enderleit has called for the execution of the party's opponents by firing squad.
German engineering giant Siemens has agreed to protect the jobs of 128,000 domestic employees indefinitely, a media report said on Wednesday.
Dogs have long been used to rescue people lost in the wilderness and as guides for blind, but now man's best friend is also helping boost the performance of pupils in German classrooms.
Fewer than 300 votes separate the centre-right Alliance from an outright majority in the Riksdag as electoral officials feverishly tally advance and overseas ballots.
Development Minister Dirk Niebel has demanded that Europe ditch its hefty agriculture subsidies and open its markets to the world’s poorest farmers in an effort to boost the fortunes of developing nations.
A recent spike in the number of asylum seekers coming to Sweden has forced the Migration Board (Migrationsverket) to convert a campground on Sweden’s west coast into temporary housing for would-be refugees.
French midfielder Franck Ribery is expected to be out for at least four weeks with an ankle injury and to miss Bayern Munich's next two Champions League games, it was revealed on Wednesday.
In a tectonic shift in Germany’s political landscape, the environmentalist Greens have equalled the main opposition party, the Social Democrats, with an approval rating of 24 percent in the latest major opinion poll.
Swedish researchers have discovered a simple way for people to determine if they are at risk for cardiovascular disease, claiming it’s more reliable than BMI (Body Mass Index).