Water cannons turned on Stuttgart 21 protestors
Germany

Water cannons turned on Stuttgart 21 protestors

Police turned water cannons and pepper spray on Stuttgart 21 protestors on Thursday in a dramatic escalation of tensions over the controversial rail construction project.

RAF’s Becker silent as murder trial opens
Germany

RAF’s Becker silent as murder trial opens

Former Baader-Meinhof gang member Verena Becker stubbornly kept her silence at the opening of her trial Thursday for her alleged role in murdering West Germany's top prosecutor during the far-left group's 1970s campaign of violence.

Central Gothenburg ‘castle’ put up for sale
Sweden

Central Gothenburg ‘castle’ put up for sale

A late-19th century castle with more than 3,000 square metres of living space located just a stone’s throw from central Gothenburg, is now on the market.

Mystery kangaroo put down after car collision
Germany

Mystery kangaroo put down after car collision

Veterinarians in Lower Saxony were forced to euthanise a kangaroo on Wednesday after the mystery animal bounced in front of a car and suffered a severe broken leg.

Jewelry thief dies in getaway car smash-up
Sweden

Jewelry thief dies in getaway car smash-up

A man who robbed a jewelry shop in western Sweden died after the gang's luxury getaway car smashed into a lamp post. Two of the man’s accomplices were also injured in the violent crash.

Global activists honoured with ‘Alternative Nobel’ prize
Sweden

Global activists honoured with ‘Alternative Nobel’ prize

Activists from Nepal, Brazilian and Nigerian environmentalists, and Israeli doctors have been awarded the 2010 Rights Livelihood awards, often called the "Alternative Nobel" prize, organisers announced on Thursday.

Driver ‘didn’t know grenades were illegal’
Germany

Driver ‘didn’t know grenades were illegal’

Dortmund police found two Bundeswehr practice hand-grenades Wednesday night in the car of a 30-year-old man who had been driving around with the explosives in his possession for several years.

Fraud trial captivates local Swedish community
Sweden

Fraud trial captivates local Swedish community

Disgruntled savers from a small Swedish community flooded into a Jönköping court on Thursday to follow the case of Habo Finans, an investment firm which folded taking the savings of almost 780 people with it.

More young Swedes living at home: survey
Sweden

More young Swedes living at home: survey

An increasing number of young Swedes continue to live with their parents after turning 18 compared with three years ago, a new survey has revealed.

What’s on in Germany: September 30 – October 6
Germany

What’s on in Germany: September 30 – October 6

This week's highlights: Classic cars cruise into Frankfurt, Beatles movies play in Hamburg, and Berlin celebrates German Unity Day.

Court affirms pregnancy can be an ‘illness’
Sweden

Court affirms pregnancy can be an ‘illness’

A landmark court ruling in which four women showed that Sweden’s National Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) discriminated against them by denying them sick benefits during their pregnancies has been upheld on appeal.

Jobless rate plunges towards 3m mark
Germany

Jobless rate plunges towards 3m mark

The number of unemployed people in Germany fell twice as fast as expected in September and is now poised to drop below the psychological barrier of 3 million, official data showed on Thursday.

German politicians slam Dutch pact with Geert Wilders’ far-right party
Germany

German politicians slam Dutch pact with Geert Wilders’ far-right party

German politicians on both sides of the spectrum have expressed deep unease over the Netherlands’ conservative parties' decisions to strike a tentative power deal with the far-right populist Geert Wilders.

What’s On in Sweden: October 1st – 7th
Sweden

What’s On in Sweden: October 1st – 7th

What’s on in Sweden: Madchester and Action Impro in Stockholm, Open Culture in Gothenburg and The Red Sparowes fly into to Malmö.

Celebrating the late blossoms of reunification
Germany

Celebrating the late blossoms of reunification

Just because most Germans are likely to mark the 20th anniversary of reunification this week with a shrug doesn’t mean there’s nothing to celebrate, writes The Local’s Marc Young.

Brandenburg still fighting off floodwaters
Germany

Brandenburg still fighting off floodwaters

Hundreds of rescue workers continued to fight flooding in eastern Germany on Thursday, stacking sandbags and urging thousands of residents to evacuate their homes in the state of Brandenburg.

Most Germans see Muslims as a burden
Germany

Most Germans see Muslims as a burden

More than half of Germans see Muslim immigrants as a drag on the country, a poll published Thursday has found.

Stockholm metro starts to roll after outage
Sweden

Stockholm metro starts to roll after outage

Stockholm’s metro system was back in operation around midday on Thursday after a seven hour power outage left an estimated 100,000 passengers stranded.

Popular new TV drama dubbed East German ‘Dallas’
Germany

Popular new TV drama dubbed East German ‘Dallas’

The first television series about everyday life in communist East Germany is creating a sensation 20 years after national unification, with the soap opera dubbed as entertaining as a Cold War "Dallas."

Sweden pays its last respects to the öre
Sweden

Sweden pays its last respects to the öre

The 50 öre coin took its final breath on Thursday and The Local's Peter Vinthagen Simpson has had a look at the life and times of Sweden's last remaining copper coin.

Steelworkers reach new wage agreement
Germany

Steelworkers reach new wage agreement

Some 85,000 steel industry workers in northwestern Germany will get a raise this autumn after their unions reached an agreement with employers on Thursday morning.

Becker trial to review Baader-Meinhof killing
Germany

Becker trial to review Baader-Meinhof killing

A trial starting on Thursday will dredge up the Baader-Meinhof gang's reign of terror three decades ago, a bloody period that shook West Germany's political system to its foundations.

‘Pirate Bay earned millions from advertising’
Sweden

‘Pirate Bay earned millions from advertising’

The Pirate Bay earned up to 35 million kronor ($5.2 million) in advertising revenue from the file sharing website, film companies maintained on the second day of the appeals court trial on Wednesday.

Bouncers remanded for cellar assaults
Sweden

Bouncers remanded for cellar assaults

Four nightclub bouncers in Gothenburg have been remanded into custody on suspicion of having committed multiple aggravated assaults involving handcuffs and batons.

Government faces Afghanistan vote defeat
Sweden

Government faces Afghanistan vote defeat

The minority Swedish government could suffer its first defeat in the new parliament after the centre-left opposition indicated on Wednesday that it may present a motion to demand the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.