‘It will be cacophony or a huge success’
Germany

‘It will be cacophony or a huge success’

As Berlin’s annual transmediale festival exploring the relationship between culture and technology kicked off this week, The Local’s Ruth Michaelson chatted with participant and “open design” proponent Jay Cousins for an inside look.

Berlin to scale back anti-terrorism police
Germany

Berlin to scale back anti-terrorism police

The strengthened police presence at German transport hubs and public buildings owing to terrorism fears will be scaled back, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière said Tuesday.

Mercedes Benz relaunches hyper-luxury Maybach car in India
Germany

Mercedes Benz relaunches hyper-luxury Maybach car in India

German carmaker Mercedes Benz reintroduced its hyper-luxury Maybach car in India on Tuesday, pitching it at the country's growing number of super-rich.

ABB closes Egypt factories over unrest
Sweden

ABB closes Egypt factories over unrest

Swiss Swedish engineering giant ABB said on Tuesday that it had decided to temporarily shut factories in Egypt due to the continued unrest in the country.

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Sweden

Royal court mulls suing over King book review

Sweden's Royal Court has allowed its lawyers to scrutinise a book review of the biography on King Carl XVI Gustaf published in the Left Party's newspaper to see if there are grounds to pursue legal action.

Lena’s Eurovision song selection begins
Germany

Lena’s Eurovision song selection begins

Pop starlet Lena Meyer-Landrut kicked off her campaign to keep the Eurovision crown in German hands on Monday night, with the first of two televised showcases to pick a song for this years’ Song Contest.

Pirates allegedly shoot seaman on hijacked German ship
Germany

Pirates allegedly shoot seaman on hijacked German ship

An anti-piracy protection vessel has fired on a hijacked German ship during a botched rescue attempt, panicking Somali pirates on board who shot dead one of the crew, the ship owner said Tuesday.

Government warns against all travel to Egypt
Germany

Government warns against all travel to Egypt

The German government stepped up its travel advice for Egypt Tuesday, warning “strongly” against travel to any part of the country, which is in the grip of violent and chaotic anti-government protests.

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Sweden

Swedish schools run by convicted paedophile

A Swedish pedophile received permission to open three schools despite having a previous conviction for having sexual relations with a child, according to a television news report on Monday.

Immigrant kids prone to ‘special needs’ label
Sweden

Immigrant kids prone to ‘special needs’ label

Several government agencies have directed criticism at 30 Swedish municipalities for placing children at special schools based on erroneous grounds.

Sweden sacks ‘Super Ombudsman’
Sweden

Sweden sacks ‘Super Ombudsman’

The Swedish government has announced that the Equality Ombudsman (DO), Katri Linna, is to be reassigned, despite having four years remaining in her post.

Residents of former squat square up for forced eviction
Germany

Residents of former squat square up for forced eviction

Residents of a Berlin housing project at the coalface of the capital’s gentrification battles have vowed defiantly to lock themselves in and stay put when hundreds of police arrive early Wednesday morning to evict them.

Adjusted unemployment figures dip to record low for January
Germany

Adjusted unemployment figures dip to record low for January

German unemployment climbed last month in absolute terms, official data showed on Tuesday, but dipped to a record low when adjusted for seasonal factors, analysts said.

Foreign office on hand to aid stranded Swedes
Sweden

Foreign office on hand to aid stranded Swedes

Sweden's foreign ministry has set up a desk at Cairo airport to help Swedish travellers seeking to find a way home.

Student loans body reports 29 for fraud
Sweden

Student loans body reports 29 for fraud

Sweden's student loans body, CSN, has reported 29 people to the police on suspicion of committing serious fraud in connection with applications for studies at a UK university.

Train driver ignored two stop warnings before deadly crash
Germany

Train driver ignored two stop warnings before deadly crash

The driver of the freight train that collided with a passenger train over the weekend, killing 10, apparently ignored two stop signals just before the accident, a media report said Tuesday.

Child poverty increases in Sweden: report
Sweden

Child poverty increases in Sweden: report

Some 220,000 children were living in poverty in Sweden in 2008 and the figure is increasing, a new report from Save the Children Sweden (Rädda Barnen) shows.

Ski jumping for everyone
Germany

Ski jumping for everyone

Ski jumping can be thrilling to watch, but it’s not a sport most people imagine doing themselves. The Local’s Kristen Allen heads to Germany’s picturesque Thuringian Forest to strap on some fat skis and go flying – without fear of death.

Two soldiers dead, four injured in accident at training area
Germany

Two soldiers dead, four injured in accident at training area

Two Bundeswehr soldiers are dead and four injured after an accident at a training area in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate, authorities said late Monday.

No crime suspected over Swedish actor death
Sweden

No crime suspected over Swedish actor death

Swedish police have closed an investigation into the fire that claimed the lives of Swedish actors Per Oscarsson and Kia Östling, concluding that no crime had been committed.

Merkel urges Israel to resume peace talks
Germany

Merkel urges Israel to resume peace talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week urged Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu to seek a swift revival of peace talks with the Palestinians, citing regional unrest as cause for urgency.

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Sweden

Swedish police shoot dead suspected killer

Police in Eskilstuna in eastern Sweden on Tuesday morning shot dead a man suspected of killing his mother with a knife.