Brüderle slams US trade balance proposal
Germany

Brüderle slams US trade balance proposal

German Economy Minister Rainer Brüderle on Friday slammed a US proposal to regulate the trade balances of G20 nations as tantamount to abandoning free market principles.

Hamburg hosts worst dancer contest
Germany

Hamburg hosts worst dancer contest

Not everyone has the gift of rhythm and grace, but rarely has that fact been celebrated. A group of Hamburg hipsters plans to change that this weekend with what they call the Ugly Dance World Cup.

Officers charged for assaulting whistleblower
Sweden

Officers charged for assaulting whistleblower

Two police officers have been charged for assaulting a young man who used his mobile phone camera to film them roughing up two suspects in a Stockholm metro station.

Shah Rukh Khan brings Bollywood to Berlin
Germany

Shah Rukh Khan brings Bollywood to Berlin

Bollywood heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan spoke of his love for Berlin Friday as he presented his new film in the city, which hopes his huge pulling power will lure more Indian tourists to its attractions.

Swedish speedster stopped after ‘testing engine’ at nearly 200 km/h
Sweden

Swedish speedster stopped after ‘testing engine’ at nearly 200 km/h

A 26-year-old Swedish man was let off with a fine despite being clocked driving nearly 200 kilometres an hour.

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Sweden

Student filmed bullied youth’s suicide attempt

A school in Linköping in central Sweden has reported an incident to police that culminated in a student using his mobile phone to film the attempted suicide of another boy at the school.

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Sweden

Four Swedish women still held in child porn sting

Police in Sweden are still holding four of the 20 women arrested on Wednesday in a series of raids directed at a suspected child pornography network.

‘I was sure Berlin was a cold place’
Germany

‘I was sure Berlin was a cold place’

The Local’s series "The New Berliners" explores the lives of immigrants from around the world in Germany’s capital. For the fifth installment, Julia Lipkins spoke with Israeli dancer Maya Lipsker.

Swedish scientists map egg-sperm at conception
Sweden

Swedish scientists map egg-sperm at conception

Swedish researchers have for the first time mapped the 3D structure of a complete egg receptor that binds sperm at the beginning of fertilisation.

Quirky public auction finds new home for items lost on the metro
Germany

Quirky public auction finds new home for items lost on the metro

What do an electric blanket, a trumpet and cordless drill have in common? Left behind on Berlin’s metro, they all ended up at the transport authority’s regular auction visited by Ruth Michaelson.

Malmö gunman keeps city on edge
Sweden

Malmö gunman keeps city on edge

As Malmö police warn the immigrant residents to exercise caution after a spate of apparently random shootings, The Local's Peter Vinthagen Simpson talks to local leaders about fear, caution and how residents are reacting to the situation.

US students scramble for business German courses
Germany

US students scramble for business German courses

Business English has long been mandatory for would-be German managers, but lately more American students have been enrolling for business German to improve their own job prospects.

Businesses see ever brighter future
Germany

Businesses see ever brighter future

German business managers are surfing a wave of confidence, as a key survey released on Friday showed another surprise jump in October to the highest level since May 2007.

German freighter rams Dutch ferry
Germany

German freighter rams Dutch ferry

A German freighter rammed into a passenger ferry near Amsterdam on Friday, capsizing the boat and sending an unknown number of people on board into the water. The are still no reports of survivors.

Germany changes rare minerals strategy over China spat
Germany

Germany changes rare minerals strategy over China spat

Germany has unveiled a new strategy to help firms in Europe's top economy obtain vital minerals, amid concern that China is curbing exports of rare earths crucial for high-tech industries.

Profits at truckmaker Volvo beat expectations
Sweden

Profits at truckmaker Volvo beat expectations

Sweden's Volvo, the world number two for heavy goods vehicles, drove back into profit, announcing third-quarter profits of 2.81 billion kronor ($422 million) on Friday.

Ericsson shares jump on profits boost
Sweden

Ericsson shares jump on profits boost

Ericsson, the world's biggest mobile network maker, revealed surprisingly strong quarterly net profits on Friday but said it was still grappling with sector-wide component shortages.

Federer and Söderling advance in Stockholm
Sweden

Federer and Söderling advance in Stockholm

Roger Federer and home favourite Robin Söderling both qualified for the quarterfinals of the Stockholm Open with ease on Thursday, beating Taylor Dent and Benjamin Becker respectively.

Two more immigrant shootings in Malmö
Sweden

Two more immigrant shootings in Malmö

Malmö police have recruited the detective who played a decisive role in apprehending "Laser Man" gunman John Ausonius as a new double shooting has further raised fears of a repeat of 1991's racially-motivated attacks.

German firms donate $1.7 million to US election campaign
Germany

German firms donate $1.7 million to US election campaign

German companies have contributed some $1.7 million to candidates and parties running for the upcoming US midterm elections, with pharmaceutical company Bayer donating the most cash, a media report said on Friday.

Stuttgart 21 talks begin
Germany

Stuttgart 21 talks begin

Mediated talks between advocates and opponents of the controversial Stuttgart 21 rail project began on Friday, with the process scheduled to be aired live on the internet and public broadcasters.

Bayern aims for points, not performance
Germany

Bayern aims for points, not performance

With Dortmund bidding to consolidate their lead at the top of the Bundesliga against Hoffenheim on Sunday, Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal says points now take priority over performance.