Gold prices still going strong, commodities experts say in Berlin
Germany

Gold prices still going strong, commodities experts say in Berlin

The price of gold has had an extraordinary run over recent years, and for happy industry professionals holding their annual powwow in Germany, the party is set to continue.

Merkel still hoards after East German upbringing, she says
Germany

Merkel still hoards after East German upbringing, she says

Twenty years after German unification, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday she has found some habits of her communist East German upbringing hard to break, such as stockpiling consumer goods.

Green Party: No agreement with Reinfeldt
Sweden

Green Party: No agreement with Reinfeldt

The Green Party confirmed in a press conference on Monday that no agreement has been reached over a coalition with a Fredrik Reinfeldt-led government, revealing that Alliance coalition leaders appeared "split" on the issue.

Becker didn’t kill Buback, former RAF members say
Germany

Becker didn’t kill Buback, former RAF members say

Just days ahead of the trial against former Red Army Faction (RAF) member Verena Becker for killing a federal prosecutor 33 years ago, former members of the far-left West German militant group stepped forward on Monday, saying someone else pulled the trigger.

Bayern extends van Gaal’s contract despite poor season start
Germany

Bayern extends van Gaal’s contract despite poor season start

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal on Monday extended his contract with the German giants by one year through to June 30, 2012.

Rape suspect confesses to 1,000 sex offences
Germany

Rape suspect confesses to 1,000 sex offences

An alleged serial rapist admitted before a Düsseldorf court on Monday to having committed more than 1,000 sex offences over two decades, usually luring his victims by faking a disability.

‘Your apathy elected the Sweden Democrats’
Sweden

‘Your apathy elected the Sweden Democrats’

US-born contributor Naomi Olofsson wonders why supposedly immigrant-friendly Swedes who never bothered to help immigrants adjust to life in Sweden seem so outraged at the success of the far-right Sweden Democrats.

‘Naked’ body scanner unveiled at Hamburg Airport
Germany

‘Naked’ body scanner unveiled at Hamburg Airport

A six-month test run of the controversial ‘naked’ body scanner began at the Hamburg Airport on Monday. While the Interior Minister hailed the security measure as “a victory for safety,” concerns about passenger privacy continue.

Schäuble ramps up threat against big deficits
Germany

Schäuble ramps up threat against big deficits

Talks on toughening budget rules to prevent a new European debt crisis heated up Monday as Germany called for the hammer to drop on countries that repeatedly run excessive deficits.

Military staff reject foreign duty ultimatum
Sweden

Military staff reject foreign duty ultimatum

Over 600 of the 16,000 people employed by the Swedish Armed Forces have rejected signing a new employment contract which includes a obligation to serve overseas when required.

Conservatives approve end to conscription
Germany

Conservatives approve end to conscription

The road is clear for conscription to be suspended after Angela Merkel’s conservatives agreed to the measure in an effort to modernize the Bundeswehr as a smaller, more professional force, officials announced Monday.

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Sweden

Student unions hit hard as membership drops

Student unions at Sweden's universities have been hit hard financially since compulsory membership was abolished on July 1st despite more than a billion kronor of support from universities.

Vengeful ex behind bomb hoax: report
Sweden

Vengeful ex behind bomb hoax: report

The source of a hoax bomb threat to Canadian police which forced a Pakistan-bound plane to make an emergency landing at Stockholm Arlanda Airport at the weekend, was an angry ex-girlfriend, according to a Swedish media report.

Man says Ladies Night ‘not all right’
Sweden

Man says Ladies Night ‘not all right’

Ladies Night, a popular cabaret show which has just celebrated its fifth year in Sweden, has been reported to the Discrimination Ombudsman (Diskriminerings ombudsman - DO) by a man denied tickets on the grounds of his gender.

Germany’s hearts fear: Is the welfare system too harsh?
Germany

Germany’s hearts fear: Is the welfare system too harsh?

Heartless or sensible? The government’s announcement of a meagre €5-per-month rise in long-term unemployment benefits touches the core of Germany's identity as a welfare state, according to papers in The Local's German Media Roundup on Monday.

Swedish filmmaker shot in Afghanistan
Sweden

Swedish filmmaker shot in Afghanistan

Swedish documentary filmmaker Pål Hollender fled Afghanistan on Sunday night to seek medical treatment in Dubai after he was shot in the arm while filming a new documentary in the country.

Public peeing OK if no one is offended: Swedish court
Sweden

Public peeing OK if no one is offended: Swedish court

A Swedish man charged with public urination has been acquitted by a Stockholm court, opening the door for thousands of others to avoid fines for heeding the call of nature in public.

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Sweden

Ten face trial in teen pimping scandal

The trial of ten men 10 men suspected of having sold a mentally handicapped 14-year-old girl for sex opened in Malmö district court on Monday.

Arlanda bomb suspect remains in Sweden
Sweden

Arlanda bomb suspect remains in Sweden

The 28-year-old man who was on Saturday a suspect in a bomb threat at Stockholm Arlanda Airport remains in Sweden after having been refused carriage on a flight to Pakistan, despite the case being closed.

Relatives of Polish bus crash victims arriving in Germany
Germany

Relatives of Polish bus crash victims arriving in Germany

Nearly 100 relatives of victims of a Polish tourist bus crash that killed 13 people were due in Germany Monday, many not knowing if their loved ones were alive or dead, an embassy spokeswoman said.

Poll places Steinbrück as possible Chancellor
Germany

Poll places Steinbrück as possible Chancellor

Former Finance Minister and Social Democratic heavyweight Peer Steinbrück has warned his party against lurching to the left in a speech that could position him as the party’s next candidate for Chancellor.

Publisher Metro launches in three new French cities
Sweden

Publisher Metro launches in three new French cities

Swedish media company Metro International has launched in three new French cities and will boost distribution in Paris starting next month.

Spyker confirms talks with BMW over Saab deal
Sweden

Spyker confirms talks with BMW over Saab deal

Spyker Cars, the Dutch automaker that owns Sweden's Saab, confirmed on Monday that it was in talks with Germany's BMW, noting speculation about a "possible supply relationship."

German tourists killed in freak ferry accident at Genoa harbour
Germany

German tourists killed in freak ferry accident at Genoa harbour

Two young German tourists died in northern Italy Sunday after their car plunged into the sea while they were driving off a ferry at Genoa, northern Italy, port authorities said.

Government under fire for €5 Hartz IV increase
Germany

Government under fire for €5 Hartz IV increase

Opposition parties and welfare advocates gathered their forces on Monday to launch a major attack on the government’s modest €5-a-month rise in long-term unemployment payments.

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Sweden

Man arrested after attacking victim with axe

A 50-year-old man was arrested early Monday morning after attacking a man with an axe in the back of the head in central Örebro.