US ambassador seeks to soothe WikiLeaks damage
Germany

US ambassador seeks to soothe WikiLeaks damage

The US ambassador to Berlin, Philip Murphy, sought Wednesday to stem the diplomatic damage from awkward cables on WikiLeaks, calling Germany's maligned Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle "a friend."

Deutsche Bahn to sell German Arriva assets to Italian consortium
Germany

Deutsche Bahn to sell German Arriva assets to Italian consortium

State-owned German railway Deutsche Bahn said Wednesday that it would sell German assets belonging to its British subsidiary Arriva to a consortium led by the Italian Ferrovie dello Stato.

Two Swedes jailed for plotting Somalia attacks
Sweden

Two Swedes jailed for plotting Somalia attacks

Two Swedish citizens of Somali origin, members of the Islamist movement al-Shabaab, were sentenced by a Swedish court on Wednesday to four years in jail for "planning terrorist crimes" in Somalia.

AB Volvo CEO to resign next summer
Sweden

AB Volvo CEO to resign next summer

After almost 14 years as president and CEO of AB Volvo, Leif Johansson announced his intention on Wednesday to resign in conjunction with his 60th birthday next summer.

Coen brothers film ‘True Grit’ to open Berlinale
Germany

Coen brothers film ‘True Grit’ to open Berlinale

The Oscar-winning fraternal duo Joel and Ethan Coen are to open the 61st Berlin International Film Festival next year with their remake of the classic John Wayne western “True Grit,” organisers announced Wednesday.

Stolen silver treasure recovered on Gotland
Sweden

Stolen silver treasure recovered on Gotland

An old silver treasure dating back to the Viking Age that was stolen on Gotland a year ago was recovered on Wednesday.

Assange rape claims not part of WikiLeaks: lawyer
Sweden

Assange rape claims not part of WikiLeaks: lawyer

Sexual assault claims brought against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have nothing to do with his website and he should say so, the lawyer for the two Swedish women whose claims led to his arrest said on Wednesday.

Hacker attacks reported to Swedish police
Sweden

Hacker attacks reported to Swedish police

Swedish IT experts confirmed on Wednesday that a new brand of hacker attack disabled websites for both the Swedish prosecutor's office as well as the lawyer representing the women at the centre of rape allegations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Strong output heralds record growth
Germany

Strong output heralds record growth

A strong month of German industrial activity in October erased a decline in September and underpinned prospects for record national economic growth in 2010, official data showed on Wednesday.

Juncker blasts Berlin for ‘un-European’ behaviour
Germany

Juncker blasts Berlin for ‘un-European’ behaviour

Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg prime minister and Eurogroup chairman, launched a blistering attack on Germany on Wednesday, calling its flat rejection of proposals for eurozone bonds "un-European."

Moderates largest party in Sweden: survey
Sweden

Moderates largest party in Sweden: survey

Sweden's ruling Moderate Party have overtaken the Social Democrats, which for decades dominated the country's political scene, as the party that enjoys the highest level of support, according to a new survey released on Wednesday.

Top human rights lawyer to defend Assange
Sweden

Top human rights lawyer to defend Assange

High-profile human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson will represent beleaguered WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in his extradition fight from Britain to Sweden, the lawyer's office announced on Wednesday.

The day the music died
Germany

The day the music died

Still looking for that special Christmas gift? Two Berliners have compiled a loving – and often humorous – tribute to famous dead musicians in a novel pocket-sized calendar.

Unique winter offer at Stockholm and Malmö Marriott properties!
Sweden

Unique winter offer at Stockholm and Malmö Marriott properties!

The Courtyard by Marriott Stockholm and Renaissance Malmö hotel are offering readers of The Local a special winter package that will give you the chance to enjoy these two great Swedish cities for shopping, culture or just relaxation.

Geothermal plant likely cause of earthquakes
Germany

Geothermal plant likely cause of earthquakes

A geothermal power plant is “very likely” the cause of several small earthquakes near the Rhineland-Palatinate city of Landau, a state report revealed Wednesday.

Bildt denies US contact on Assange extradition
Sweden

Bildt denies US contact on Assange extradition

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt denied on Wednesday that there have been contacts between Swedish and US authorities on the possible extradition of beleaguered WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange.

Swedish group The Ark disbands after 20 years
Sweden

Swedish group The Ark disbands after 20 years

Swedish glam rockers The Ark shocked their fans by announcing that they will disband after 20 years together at the end of their summer tour next year.

‘Some middle-aged men choose a Harley, I chose a nose clip’
Sweden

‘Some middle-aged men choose a Harley, I chose a nose clip’

UK transplant and film director Dylan Williams talks to The Local's Peter Vinthagen Simpson about how making Men Who Swim (Män som simmar) -- a film described as "Spinal Tap in trunks" -- helped him deal with the challenges of integration, fatherhood and middle-aged physical decline.

O, Cannabis Tree! Police find decorated plant during bust
Germany

O, Cannabis Tree! Police find decorated plant during bust

Hippies enjoy celebrating Christmas too, police in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate said on Wednesday after they were stunned to find a two-metre marijuana plant decked out in twinkling lights during a drug bust.

No new signs of looming terror attack, Berlin interior minister says
Germany

No new signs of looming terror attack, Berlin interior minister says

Three weeks after Germany went on high alert over terrorism fears, Berlin's state interior minister, Ehrhart Körting, acknowledged Wednesday there were no fresh indications of planned attacks.

Pilots strike at airlines Germania, Tuifly
Germany

Pilots strike at airlines Germania, Tuifly

Pilots from the airlines Germania and Tuifly walked off the job Wednesday morning, affecting flights around the country.

US praised Swedes’ work in file sharing fight
Sweden

US praised Swedes’ work in file sharing fight

The United States and Sweden have worked closely with one another to combat illegal file sharing, documents released by WikiLeaks reveal.

Opposition calls for all-day schools
Germany

Opposition calls for all-day schools

Opposition politicians called for all-day schools to become the standard in Germany on Wednesday, as debate raged about Germany’s latest mediocre performance in the international PISA tests.

Werder hammer lacklustre Inter but exit Champions League
Germany

Werder hammer lacklustre Inter but exit Champions League

Werder Bremen enjoyed a rare - but alas meaningless - 3-0 win over Champions League holders Inter Milan on Tuesday as the Italians progressed while Bremen bowed out of Europe.

Slain Swedish bride’s husband arrested
Sweden

Slain Swedish bride’s husband arrested

A British businessman has been arrested at the request of South African authorities on suspicion of conspiring to have his Swedish bride murdered while on honeymoon, police said Wednesday.

Hackers disable Swedish prosecutor’s website
Sweden

Hackers disable Swedish prosecutor’s website

The website of the Swedish prosecutor's office pursuing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange came under cyber attack on Tuesday in the latest salvo in a campaign by online supporters who have also struck PayPal and the Swiss Post Office bank.

Gripen purchase by Brazil ‘unlikely’: analysts
Sweden

Gripen purchase by Brazil ‘unlikely’: analysts

The likelihood that Brazil will purchase Swedish-made Saab Gripen fighter jets to modernise its air force diminished significantly following recent comments by the outgoing Brazilian president, analysts believe.