Lufthansa to offer internet on most flights
Germany

Lufthansa to offer internet on most flights

Germany's leading airline Lufthansa said Tuesday that it will offer internet access on nearly its entire network by the end of next year, beginning with some flights to North America.

Mediator Geißler backs Stuttgart 21 rail project
Germany

Mediator Geißler backs Stuttgart 21 rail project

Heiner Geißler, chief mediator for talks on the controversial rail project Stuttgart 21, delivered his verdict on Tuesday evening, saying there would be no referendum and the expensive revamp of the train station should go forward with a few improvements.

Assange in new Swedish arrest warrant appeal
Sweden

Assange in new Swedish arrest warrant appeal

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Tuesday appealed to Sweden's Supreme Court to overturn a ruling he should be detained for questioning on allegations of rape, the high court said.

Swedish train services halted across country
Sweden

Swedish train services halted across country

Train service in eastern Sweden's Östergötland came to a grinding halt on Tuesday due to downed electrical wires in two separate places between Nörrköping and Mjölby.

‘This is more damaging to Wikileaks’
Germany

‘This is more damaging to Wikileaks’

Will the latest Wikileaks documents damage German-US relations? Henning Riecke from the German Council on Foreign Relations told The Local the titillating diplomatic gossip could end up hurting the internet platform more than transatlantic ties.

Babyeaucracy – paperwork for payouts
Germany

Babyeaucracy – paperwork for payouts

Giving birth while living abroad can be a daunting prospect. The seventh installment of The Local's series Motherhood in the Fatherland follows expectant mum Sabine Devins as she handles the cultural quirks of having a baby in Germany.

‘Google should clear Swedish data’: agency
Sweden

‘Google should clear Swedish data’: agency

Sweden's IT privacy watchdog has recommended Google remove data that it inadvertently captured from wireless networks in Sweden while it was taking photos for its Street View service.

Traditional snowball fight turns into giant melee in Leipzig
Germany

Traditional snowball fight turns into giant melee in Leipzig

A traditional snowball fight turned into a violent melee involving more than 500 people in the eastern German city of Leipzig, police said Tuesday, with fireworks, bottles and stones thrown into the mix.

Teaching boost urged for multicultural kids
Sweden

Teaching boost urged for multicultural kids

Multilingual students at Sweden's preschools and schools are falling behind due to an inability of teachers to address their needs, the Swedish Schools Inspectorate (Skolinspektionen) announced on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Passing grade for Swedish jobs policy

Even as unemployment in Sweden hovers around eight percent, a recent government study found no major faults with the country's current labour market policies.

Unemployment nudges lower
Germany

Unemployment nudges lower

Unemployment in Germany fell again in November, official data showed Tuesday, but by less than expected as the strong recovery in Europe's biggest economy slowed.

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Sweden

Mother of three ‘knew suspected killer’

A woman who was shot in a suburb of Gothenburg in western Sweden on Saturday night, and died of her injuries on Tuesday, was acquainted with the man wanted by police, the prosecutor has confirmed.

Sweden braces for record freeze
Sweden

Sweden braces for record freeze

Stockholm is forecast to experience its coldest seasonal temperatures for over 100 years this week as winter weather takes hold of the country, according to the Swedish Meteorological Institute (SMHI).

Stomach bug outbreak prompts criminal probe
Sweden

Stomach bug outbreak prompts criminal probe

As authorities work to find out how an intestinal parasite made its way into the municipal water supply in Östersund in northern Sweden, a local prosecutor has launched a probe into possible criminal negligence.

ABB agrees to buy US Baldor Group
Sweden

ABB agrees to buy US Baldor Group

Swedish-Swiss engineering firm ABB announced on Tuesday that it had agreed to takeover Baldor Electric Company of the US in a $4.2 billion deal.

Couple gunned down in Cologne street shooting
Germany

Couple gunned down in Cologne street shooting

A woman and a man are dead after being gunned down on a Cologne street on Monday evening. The shooter has yet to be apprehended.

Regulators approve takeover bid for Hochtief
Germany

Regulators approve takeover bid for Hochtief

Spanish construction giant ACS was free Tuesday to launch formally a bid to take control of rival Hochtief and create one of the world's biggest building firms after receiving German regulatory approval.

Germany draws ‘difficult’ group for women’s World Cup
Germany

Germany draws ‘difficult’ group for women’s World Cup

Defending champion Germany will face Canada, Nigeria and France in the group stage when it hosts the 2011 women's football World Cup starting in June.

Wikileaks shock waves continue to reverberate
Germany

Wikileaks shock waves continue to reverberate

Embarrassingly frank appraisals of German politicians by US diplomats continued to create shockwaves on Tuesday, with a top Free Democratic politician questioning whether trust lost between foreign officials could ever be regained.

Accidents and delays rise as weather worsens
Germany

Accidents and delays rise as weather worsens

The number of road accidents rose into the thousands overnight Tuesday, as snow and ice continued to cause traffic chaos in Germany, particularly in the south and southwest of the country.

Swedish chef wins UK curry prize
Sweden

Swedish chef wins UK curry prize

Mohammed Razaul Karim, the head chef and owner of the prize-winning Indian Garden in Stockholm, has gained international recognition for the quality of his curries.

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Sweden

Earthquake rocks northern Sweden

An earthquake hit Härnösand in northern Sweden on Monday evening.

Wulff demands peace engagement from Israel
Germany

Wulff demands peace engagement from Israel

German President Christian Wulff demanded during a visit to Israel on Monday night that the Jewish state show “constructive engagement” on peace negotiations with its Palestinian neighbours.