Police and activists gear up for nuclear showdown
Germany

Police and activists gear up for nuclear showdown

German police and protesters geared up Monday for the final journey of a shipment of 123 tonnes of nuclear waste that drew a wave of angry protests during its much-delayed trip from France.

Sweden to probe US embassy surveillance
Sweden

Sweden to probe US embassy surveillance

A Swedish prosecutor announced plans on Monday to open a formal investigation into the legality of information gathering activities carried out by the US embassy in Stockholm.

Ericsson wins Danish 4G contract
Sweden

Ericsson wins Danish 4G contract

Swedish telecom firm Ericsson announced on Monday that it had claimed a contract to supply a a fourth-generation (4G) communications network to Danish operator TDC.

Adidas aims to outgrow Nike
Germany

Adidas aims to outgrow Nike

German sports apparel giant Adidas laid down a three-striped gauntlet to US archrival Nike on Monday, saying it aimed to outgrow the world number one over the next five years.

Woman sailor dies in Gorch Fock training accident
Germany

Woman sailor dies in Gorch Fock training accident

A 25-year-old woman cadet has been killed after a fall from the rigging of the German navy’s famous training ship, the Gorch Fock, officials said on Monday.

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Sweden

Sharp increase in tenant-owner evictions

An increasing number of tenant-owner occupiers are being evicted from their properties, with a 107 cases reported in 2010 to date.

Cutting to the chase in Solingen
Germany

Cutting to the chase in Solingen

The Local’s series Made in Germany presents the best the country has to offer, including the knives from Solingen’s Zwilling J.A. Henckels.

Allsvenskan 2010: the season in review
Sweden

Allsvenskan 2010: the season in review

As Malmö continues to celebrate its 16th SM Guld [Swedish championship gold medal], contributor Nic Townsend looks back at a season that ended quite differently than many observers of Swedens’ expected premier football league expected.

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Sweden

Snowstorms threaten Sweden’s east: agency

The Swedish Meteorological Agency (SMHI) has issued a class 2 warning after predicting several centimetres of snowfall will fall on parts of the country's east coast overnight.

‘Degenerate’ sculptures found beneath Berlin
Germany

‘Degenerate’ sculptures found beneath Berlin

Sculptures thought lost after the Nazis confiscated them for being “degenerate art” have been discovered right in front of Berlin's City Hall during excavation work for a new metro line.

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Sweden

Lithuanian rugby players angry after Sweden theft

Lithuania's rugby federation plans to report an incident of burglary during a match against Sweden to the International Rugby Board, claiming that their hosts had brushed the matter aside.

Westerwelle calls Gaza blockade ‘unacceptable’
Germany

Westerwelle calls Gaza blockade ‘unacceptable’

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Monday the blockade of the Gaza Strip only serves to strengthen extremists and urged Israel to allow exports from the impoverished territory.

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Sweden

Sweden looks to fight superbugs with ‘other people’s poop’

The Swedish medical community is increasingly turning to what many patients consider a rather unappealing antidote for battling resistant 'superbug' bacteria.

Train kills Jehovah’s Witness stabbing suspect
Germany

Train kills Jehovah’s Witness stabbing suspect

A fugitive 22-year-old believed to have stabbed another man to death at a Frankfurt centre for Jehovah’s Witnesses over the weekend has been killed by a train, police said on Monday.

Exporters shift back into top gear
Germany

Exporters shift back into top gear

The German export machine shifted back in top gear in September, official data showed on Monday, boosting further the country's hefty trade surplus despite the strong euro.

Police call for tips on Malmö shootings
Sweden

Police call for tips on Malmö shootings

Malmö police have declared that the investigation into spate of racist shootings in the city is "far from solved" despite the arrest of a 38-year-old man suspect on Saturday.

The longest last name in Germany? Ottovordemgentschenfelde
Germany

The longest last name in Germany? Ottovordemgentschenfelde

Filling out official paperwork is a “nightmare,” says Bernd Ottovordemgentschenfelde. According to a media report on Monday, the 45-year-old Rhineland resident has the longest last name in Germany.

Sweden’s Alshammar takes World Cup crown
Sweden

Sweden’s Alshammar takes World Cup crown

Sweden's Therese Alshammar of Sweden netted $100,000 (659,150 kronor) for topping swimming's overall World Cup standings on Sunday.

Sinkhole filled, but residents not allowed to return
Germany

Sinkhole filled, but residents not allowed to return

One week after an enormous sinkhole opened up in the Thuringia community of Schmalkalden, authorities said Monday that the hole had been filled, but the area remained too unstable for residents to return.

Political parties mull future leadership plans
Sweden

Political parties mull future leadership plans

Speculation is rife that a majority of the parties in Sweden's parliament, the Riksdag, may be mulling changes at the top following the general election in September as they contemplate their futures.

Police clear anti-nuclear blockade overnight
Germany

Police clear anti-nuclear blockade overnight

A train carrying over 100 tonnes of nuclear waste completed its journey to Germany, setting up a final showdown between police and protestors Monday before the dangerous cargo is deposited underground.

Enke’s suicide changed little in German sports, expert says
Germany

Enke’s suicide changed little in German sports, expert says

Germany goalkeeper Robert Enke’s tragic suicide has changed little in “brutal” professional football, a leading sports philosophy professor said, ahead of the anniversary of his death on Wednesday.

Ship to Gaza Swedes denied entry to Israel
Sweden

Ship to Gaza Swedes denied entry to Israel

Israel expelled a Swedish MP of Turkish origin who had been on a Gaza-bound aid ship intercepted in May by Israeli commandos, the interior ministry announced on Sunday.

Scandinavian living in Berlin
Germany

Scandinavian living in Berlin

The Danes have returned to Spandau near Berlin. This time, they are not negotiating political solutions, but conquering the waterfront with Scandinavian architecture and modern living.