Court spares pony Rolling Stones tattoo
Germany

Court spares pony Rolling Stones tattoo

Tattooing a pony with the famous Rolling Stones tongue logo would break animal protection laws, a Münster court said on Wednesday.

Extreme politics and Gus Van Sant in focus at Stockholm Film Festival
Sweden

Extreme politics and Gus Van Sant in focus at Stockholm Film Festival

The 21st Stockholm International Film Festival opens this week and The Local's Peter Vinthagen Simpson has had a look at some of the juiciest cinematic morsels on offer, taking more than a cursory glance at this year's twin themes – arthouse director Gus Van Sant, and the topic on everyone's lips – extreme politics.

Man admits to daughter’s ‘honour killing’ murder
Sweden

Man admits to daughter’s ‘honour killing’ murder

A man suspected of killing his 21-year-old daughter in Katrineholm in central Sweden admitted on Tuesday to murdering her in what his lawyer described as a possible honour killing.

Dortmund football hooligans given chance to work off stadium bans
Germany

Dortmund football hooligans given chance to work off stadium bans

German football club Borussia Dortmund (BVB) has started a unique new pilot project to “rehabilitate” young hooligans by offering them the chance to do community service and regain their right to enter the stadium as fans.

Father sparks classroom crucifix row in Bavaria
Germany

Father sparks classroom crucifix row in Bavaria

A Regensburg school’s decision to honour a father’s request to remove a crucifix from his child’s classroom has reportedly sparked outrage among Bavarian conservatives.

Wanted in Sweden: portly, older men with beards
Sweden

Wanted in Sweden: portly, older men with beards

Jolly and preferably large-bellied men looking for a chance to ride in a sleigh can now submit their applications for a job recently advertised by Sweden's main jobs agency.

Swedish woman in coma after botched breast op
Sweden

Swedish woman in coma after botched breast op

A Swedish woman who underwent breast enlargement surgery in Poland after booking with a medical tourism company remains in a coma three months after the operation.

Man charged with killing Swedish honeymooner
Sweden

Man charged with killing Swedish honeymooner

South African police on Wednesday charged a suspect with the murder of a Swedish honeymooner who was abducted and killed in Cape Town last week.

Taxpayer group slams Merkel’s pricey ads thanking Germans
Germany

Taxpayer group slams Merkel’s pricey ads thanking Germans

A group representing German taxpayers on Wednesday attacked Chancellor Angela Merkel over pricey newspaper adverts thanking citizens for overcoming the recession and calling on them to stick by the government.

Swedish government split on rural booze sales
Sweden

Swedish government split on rural booze sales

A government inquiry has proposed that farm stores in Sweden be allowed to sell both locally produced and imported alcoholic products, while critics argue that the state-owned Systembolaget retail monopoly is at risk.

Chlamydia ‘refuseniks’ face police round up
Sweden

Chlamydia ‘refuseniks’ face police round up

Eight people in northern Sweden who have refused to submit to a test for the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia could be forcibly collected by police, reported the local Norrländska Socialdemokraten (NSD) daily.

De Maizière warns of imminent terror attacks
Germany

De Maizière warns of imminent terror attacks

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière on Wednesday warned the government had indications Islamists were planning terrorist attacks in Germany later this month.

Toasting the best wurst ever
Germany

Toasting the best wurst ever

Two young German entrepreneurs are tackling an issue of national import – how to cook the perfect bratwurst.

Swedish coastguard aids blazing ferry
Sweden

Swedish coastguard aids blazing ferry

The Swedish coastguard came to the aid of a Danish ferry travelling from Oslo to Copenhagen on Wednesday after a fire broke out onboard.

Climate experts warn of extremely cold winters
Germany

Climate experts warn of extremely cold winters

The coming winters could be particularly cold in Germany and Northern Europe due to the impact of climate change, weather experts warned this week.

Court: biting head off live mouse ‘not a crime’
Sweden

Court: biting head off live mouse ‘not a crime’

A 23-year-old Swedish man has been acquitted of animal cruelty charges after a court ruled that biting the head off a live mouse was “repulsive, but not criminal”.

Politician demands more police in Muslim areas
Germany

Politician demands more police in Muslim areas

Lower Saxony’s Interior Minister Uwe Schünemann on Wednesday said more police were needed in predominately Muslim districts in Germany and Islamists should be banned from using mobile phones and computers to combat terrorism.

Sweden green lights ‘fingerprint time clocks’
Sweden

Sweden green lights ‘fingerprint time clocks’

Swedish employers have been authorised to use fingerprints to track worker’s job attendance following a review of the practice by the Data Inspection Board (Datainspektionen).

Labour Ministry defends raising retirement to 67
Germany

Labour Ministry defends raising retirement to 67

Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday defended the controversial decision to increase Germany's retirement age from 65 to 67 staring in 2012, saying the country had no alternative as society continued to age rapidly.

Sweden stops plane of deported Iraqis
Sweden

Sweden stops plane of deported Iraqis

A flight carrying deported Iraqi asylum seekers from Sweden back to Iraq has been cancelled following a request from the European Court of Human Rights that Sweden delay around 150 forced deportations.

Pinola gives Schweinsteiger apology for spitting at him
Germany

Pinola gives Schweinsteiger apology for spitting at him

Argentina midfielder Javier Pinola has apologised to Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger for spitting at him during a Bundesliga match.