Germany tops world for shrinking wages
Germany

Germany tops world for shrinking wages

Worker's pay packets over the past decade have shrunk more in Germany than any other industrialised country, a report released Wednesday has found.

Court rules against pet visitation rights
Germany

Court rules against pet visitation rights

Germans who have legally separated do not have the right to visit the pets they shared with their spouses, a court said Wednesday, rejecting the complaint of a dejected wife.

Düsseldorf accused of using ‘trickery’ to win Eurovision
Germany

Düsseldorf accused of using ‘trickery’ to win Eurovision

The city of Düsseldorf may have made false promises in its winning bid to host the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, according to a paper from the rival city of Hannover on Wednesday.

Rail operator was ‘unprepared’ for winter
Sweden

Rail operator was ‘unprepared’ for winter

Swedish national rail operator SJ admitted on Wednesday that it was inadequately prepared to deal with the winter weather which swept through Sweden in recent weeks.

Sweden attack shows more needed to combat extremism: UK PM
Sweden

Sweden attack shows more needed to combat extremism: UK PM

UK Prime Minister David Cameron admitted on Wednesday that his country has not invested enough in fighting domestic Islamic extremism and vowed to do more in light of reports that a Swedish suicide bomber lived and studied northwest of London.

Portnoy’s Podcast: Getting ‘local’ with Exberliner’s Maurice Frank
Germany

Portnoy’s Podcast: Getting ‘local’ with Exberliner’s Maurice Frank

The Local is proud to present the podcast of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, our regular column about life in Germany.

More crimes tied to Örebro rape suspect
Sweden

More crimes tied to Örebro rape suspect

A 24-year-old man currently in detention for sexually assaulting 10 women in Örebro is suspected of four additional crimes.

Sweden gets closer to Golden Globe glory
Sweden

Sweden gets closer to Golden Globe glory

Swedish-Danish co-production In a Better World (Hämnden) starring Beck actor Mikael Persbrandt has won a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Wednesday.

Carnegie trio cleared of price fixing
Sweden

Carnegie trio cleared of price fixing

Three former traders at investment bank Carnegie have been acquitted by Stockholm District Court on charges of illegal price manipulation.

placeholder image
Sweden

Teacher quits after airing of racist remarks

A teacher in Landskrona in southern Sweden who made racist comments to students two years ago has resigned.

‘Terrorism is a battle of minds, not of bombs’
Sweden

‘Terrorism is a battle of minds, not of bombs’

As Sweden struggles to come to grips with the suicide bomb attack that shook central Stockholm on Saturday, Sweden-based Bangladeshi journalist Tasneem Khalil argues that the defence of freedom involves raising questions rather than throwing bombs in retaliation.

Islamic extremism ‘a threat’ to Sweden: Säpo
Sweden

Islamic extremism ‘a threat’ to Sweden: Säpo

Violent Islamic extremism is a threat to Sweden that shouldn't be underestimated, a report published on Wednesday by Swedish security service Säpo has found.

Snow pile for sale on eBay
Germany

Snow pile for sale on eBay

As the snow keeps falling in Germany, an enterprising man in the state of Saxony has decided to auction off a huge pile of the white stuff on eBay. But the winning bidder will have to arrange their own delivery.

Nuclear waste transport crosses French border
Germany

Nuclear waste transport crosses French border

Five weeks after massive protests stalled the delivery of radioactive waste from France to Germany’s controversial Gorleben facility, another convoy began a similar trip on Wednesday. It is expected to cross the border sometime after noon.

Britta Persson: Sweden’s next global pop sensation?
Sweden

Britta Persson: Sweden’s next global pop sensation?

Swedish singer-songwriter Britta Persson is hardly a newcomer, but following the success of her latest album, she may soon find her name added to the growing list of Swedish music exports, contributor Russell Parton explains.

The debate over Swedish troops in Afghanistan
Sweden

The debate over Swedish troops in Afghanistan

As the Riksdag prepares to vote on Sweden's military mission in Afghanistan, contributor David Stavrou examines how the distant conflict became such an important foreign policy issue--even before being mentioned in a warning sent by the Stockholm suicide bomber.

Deutsche Bank goes Vegas with top casino
Germany

Deutsche Bank goes Vegas with top casino

The often-heard grumble that banks gamble with money has taken on a new meaning with Germany’s Deutsche Bank investing €3 billion in a massive Las Vegas casino due to open Wednesday.

Riksbank raises interest rate by 0.25 percent
Sweden

Riksbank raises interest rate by 0.25 percent

Sweden’s central bank, the Riksbank, once again hiked the country’s benchmark interest rate, the repo rate, by 0.25 percent on Wednesday, bringing the interest rate up to 1.25 percent.

Assange remains in prison on bail challenge
Sweden

Assange remains in prison on bail challenge

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains in a London prison even after a British court decided to grant him bail on charges of rape and molestation after Swedish prosecutors challenged the ruling.

Swedish police probe bomber’s accomplices
Sweden

Swedish police probe bomber’s accomplices

Swedish investigators are continuing their hunt for possible accomplices of a suicide bomber who narrowly missed causing serious damage in Stockholm on Saturday afternoon as police boosted their presence in the city.

Merkel vows not to ‘abandon’ euro nations
Germany

Merkel vows not to ‘abandon’ euro nations

German Chancellor Angela Merkel moved Wednesday to silence fears of a eurozone break-up, saying that although some members faced tough challenges, Europe's paymaster would not desert them.

Unloved euro considered too valuable to ditch
Germany

Unloved euro considered too valuable to ditch

The crisis rattling the euro has shaken Germans' confidence in the currency but despite the grumbling, the advantages for the world's number two exporter far outweigh the downsides, analysts and politicians say.

Electrolux closes Canada plant, cuts 1,300 jobs
Sweden

Electrolux closes Canada plant, cuts 1,300 jobs

Swedish household appliance maker Electrolux announced on Tuesday that it will close an appliance manufacturing plant in Canada, cutting about 1,300 jobs.

Leipzig Zoo named best in Germany, runner-up in Europe
Germany

Leipzig Zoo named best in Germany, runner-up in Europe

The Leipzig Zoo has been named the best in Germany and the second-best facility in Europe, according to new rankings to be released this week.