Greens call for national Stuttgart 21 protests
Germany

Greens call for national Stuttgart 21 protests

Following Stuttgart 21 demonstrations that turned violent in Baden-Württemberg’s state capital, the environmentalist Green party on Friday called for nationwide protests against the controversial rail project.

Germany to advise South Korea on future reunification
Germany

Germany to advise South Korea on future reunification

Germany will advise South Korea on how to prepare for reunification with North Korea, should the Pyongyang communist regime collapse, the Interior Ministry announced on Friday.

Skarsgård pitches in for Stockholm football club
Sweden

Skarsgård pitches in for Stockholm football club

Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård has announced that he plans to auction memorabilia from HBO's vampire-themed True Blood and Hollywood thriller Straw Dogs in aid of his cash-strapped home town football club Hammarby.

An October guide to the Stockholm music scene
Sweden

An October guide to the Stockholm music scene

Contributor David Stavrou lays out some of the highlights awaiting Stockholm music lovers in October.

Hesse to improve nuclear reactor safety after doubts emerge
Germany

Hesse to improve nuclear reactor safety after doubts emerge

After doubts about the safety standards of an ageing nuclear reactor in the state of Hesse emerged this week, the state's government announced Friday the plant would get a safety overhaul.

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Sweden

Housing rent increases down in 2010

Housing rents in Sweden increased by an average 1.6 percent in 2010, down from a 3.3 percent rise in 2009 with an average two bedroom apartment costing an average of 5,644 kronor ($844) per month.

‘Don’t get cocky,’ IMF head warns Germany
Germany

‘Don’t get cocky,’ IMF head warns Germany

The head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, warned Germany on Friday not to get overconfident about its stellar rebound, saying he doubted the economy could continue to grow so strongly.

Sweden Democrats hold key to speaker vote
Sweden

Sweden Democrats hold key to speaker vote

The far-right Sweden Democrats stand to hold the balance of power on Monday in the election of a new Speaker of the Riksdag after the Social Democrats nominated a candidate.

BMW recalls more than 350,000 vehicles in US and UK
Germany

BMW recalls more than 350,000 vehicles in US and UK

German luxury automaker BMW said Friday it was recalling 350,800 BMW and Rolls-Royce vehicles worldwide owing to brake problems a spokesman stressed were "without danger."

Ikea assembles record-breaking profits
Sweden

Ikea assembles record-breaking profits

Swedish furniture giant Ikea finished off the most recent fiscal year with record-setting profits, according to media reports.

Swedish prince accepts foreign duty ultimatum
Sweden

Swedish prince accepts foreign duty ultimatum

Prince Carl Philip, second in line to the Swedish throne, has accepted the offer of a new employment contract from the Armed Forces, including an obligation serve overseas, reported the Expressen daily.

Media roundup: Can cold water quell hot tempers in Stuttgart?
Germany

Media roundup: Can cold water quell hot tempers in Stuttgart?

There is growing unease that protests in Stuttgart are spiralling out of control. How can students and elderly protesters become the targets of water cannons and pepper spray, papers in The Local's Media Roundup asked on Friday.

Date released for Nobel Literature Prize
Sweden

Date released for Nobel Literature Prize

The Swedish Academy said on Friday that the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature will be announced on Thursday, October 7th.

Passing the ‘man test’: elk hunting in Sweden
Sweden

Passing the ‘man test’: elk hunting in Sweden

Hunting elk in Sweden isn't for the faint of heart, explains London-native Keith Moore. Especially when it means sitting next to the rifle-toting father of your Swedish girlfriend.

‘If I got paid for every smile I’d be a rich man’
Germany

‘If I got paid for every smile I’d be a rich man’

The Local’s series "The New Berliners" explores the lives of immigrants from around the world in Germany’s capital. For the second installment, Julia Lipkins spoke with the musician Joe C. from the United States.

Left-wing violence feared for Unity Day
Germany

Left-wing violence feared for Unity Day

An intelligence chief warned on Friday that left-wing extremist violence could break out when the 20th anniversary of Germany’s reunification is celebrated this weekend in Bremen.

Brains behind Moderates’ success steps down
Sweden

Brains behind Moderates’ success steps down

Per Schlingmann, the Moderate party secretary largely credited as the mastermind behind the party’s two successful election campaigns, is leaving his post, to be replaced by Sofia Arkelsten.

Sweden raises terror alert
Sweden

Sweden raises terror alert

The Swedish Security Service (Säpo) has raised the terror alert in Sweden to "elevated" due to an increased threat level.

At least 116 injured in Stuttgart clash
Germany

At least 116 injured in Stuttgart clash

The first trees were felled in the disputed park at the centre of the Stuttgart 21 project early Friday morning as it emerged that at least 116 protestors were injured in the previous day’s clash with police.

5,000 Swedish women bear banned fake boobs
Sweden

5,000 Swedish women bear banned fake boobs

An estimated 5,000 Swedish women have French-made breast implants containing substandard silicone gel, according the Swedish Medical Products Agency (Läkemedelsverket).

Bin Laden personally ordered latest terror plot
Germany

Bin Laden personally ordered latest terror plot

Al-Qaida boss Osama bin Laden personally directed the plot uncovered by western intelligence this week to launch attacks on Germany and other European countries, a Friday media report said.

Photos show the Inner German border, then and now
Germany

Photos show the Inner German border, then and now

Nearly 30 years ago, a hobby photographer set out to photograph the entire border between East and West Germany. Six years ago he resumed the project, snapping the same places to show how strikingly times have changed.

Sweden’s Hanson breaks Ryder Cup code of silence
Sweden

Sweden’s Hanson breaks Ryder Cup code of silence

Swedish golfer Peter Hanson, set to play in his first Ryder Cup, ignored a gag order put in place by European team captain Colin Montgomerie and divulged details of internal discussions among the squad.