Incest trucker admits abusing daughter
Germany

Incest trucker admits abusing daughter

A German truck driver who fathered seven children with his stepdaughter admitted in court on Wednesday to also sexually abusing his biological daughter over a number of years.

‘Spy’ PC at Swedish airport managed check in
Sweden

‘Spy’ PC at Swedish airport managed check in

A computer found hidden at Jönköping Airport in central Sweden in a case of suspected industrial espionage has been found to have been part of routine cooperation between the IT department and an airline.

Daimler revs up profit
Germany

Daimler revs up profit

German luxury carmaker Daimler raced back to profit last year after massive 2009 losses, and gave an upbeat outlook for 2011 on Wednesday.

Sweden climbs in competitiveness rankings
Sweden

Sweden climbs in competitiveness rankings

Sweden has ranked second in the World's Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report 2010-2011, falling behind Switzerland, but leaping ahead of Singapore and the US.

Jews still struggle to feel at home in Malmö
Sweden

Jews still struggle to feel at home in Malmö

A year after claims about an exodus of Jews from Malmö made global headlines, many Jewish residents still don't feel safe in southern Sweden, The Local's Karen Holst discovers.

Swedes claim team bronze at ski worlds
Sweden

Swedes claim team bronze at ski worlds

Sweden claimed the team bronze at the world ski championships in Germany on Wednesday, behind France and Austria.

Loud children no longer considered noise pollution
Germany

Loud children no longer considered noise pollution

The German government on Wednesday made it more difficult to file complaints about the sound of children playing in residential areas by altering noise pollution laws.

Teens arrested for brutal metro attack
Germany

Teens arrested for brutal metro attack

Four teenagers have been arrested for beating a man into a coma in a Berlin metro station. The attack has caused widespread outrage for its senselessness and brutality.

Swedish court hikes helicopter heist penalties
Sweden

Swedish court hikes helicopter heist penalties

Sweden's Svea Court of Appeal (Svea hovrätt) has announced that it has raised the penalties served on three of the key men behind the spectacular helicopter heist in Västberga in September 2009.

German-Turkish comedy looks at the lighter side of immigration
Germany

German-Turkish comedy looks at the lighter side of immigration

"Almanya," a Turkish-German film debuting at the Berlinale, has received rave reviews for its humorous and sensitive take on immigration and integration. The Local spoke with the sisters behind the movie about learning to live and laugh together.

Google creating internet institute in Berlin
Germany

Google creating internet institute in Berlin

Google has been the frequent target of Germany's data protection officials, but instead of retreating from the country, the US web giant is reportedly planning to create a leading internet research facility in Berlin.

Swedish hunters fail to fill wolf quota
Sweden

Swedish hunters fail to fill wolf quota

Sweden's wolf hunt, which has courted controversy with the EU Commission and animal rights campaigners, has come to a close with hunters failing to fill the quota, officials said on Wednesday.

Torrential rain clouds Germany’s future
Germany

Torrential rain clouds Germany’s future

Germany faces a soggy future of extreme rainfall and flooding in the coming decades caused by climate change, according to the country's leading meteorologists and disaster protection officials.

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Germany

Jens Weidmann: The low-profile chancellor advisor

Jens Weidmann, chosen Wednesday to head the German central bank, has been one of Chancellor Angela Merkel's closest aides for almost five years but remains almost unknown to the wider public.

Protesters arrested after Iraq expulsion demo
Sweden

Protesters arrested after Iraq expulsion demo

Swedish police have arrested 16 protesters outside the Swedish Migration Board's (Migrationsverket) asylum seeker detention centre in Kållered outside Gothenburg.

Merkel aide Weidmann to head Bundesbank
Germany

Merkel aide Weidmann to head Bundesbank

Jens Weidmann, a close aide to Chancellor Angela Merkel, was named Wednesday the next head of Germany's central bank following Axel Weber's surprise resignation last week.

‘Turkey and the EU need each other’: Bildt
Sweden

‘Turkey and the EU need each other’: Bildt

Granting membership to Turkey would strengthen the European Union (EU), Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt argued in his annual foreign policy statement to the Riksdag on Wednesday.

Guttenberg accused of plagiarizing PhD thesis
Germany

Guttenberg accused of plagiarizing PhD thesis

German Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Wednesday faced accusations he plagiarized parts of his doctoral thesis. But the minister said he had nothing to worry about.

Swedes in pact to split Russian leaders: report
Sweden

Swedes in pact to split Russian leaders: report

Sweden has participated in a foreign policy cooperation with the United States, Baltic and Nordic countries to drive a wedge between Russian leaders Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin, documents released by WikiLeaks show.

Daimler hires first woman board member
Germany

Daimler hires first woman board member

Daimler announced Tuesday that former high court judge Christine Hohmann-Dennhardt has become the German auto giant's first-ever woman board member.

Chemical accident sparks major rescue operation
Germany

Chemical accident sparks major rescue operation

A chemical accident at a transport company in northern Hesse spurred a large-scale rescue operation overnight. Some 15 people were hospitalized and surrounding buildings were evacuated, police said Wednesday.

Police detain 300 at atomic waste protest
Germany

Police detain 300 at atomic waste protest

Police in southern Germany detained some 300 anti-nuclear energy demonstrators overnight after they blocked a radioactive waste transport headed north to Lubmin. By Wednesday morning the five-car train was on its way, they said.

WestLB submits restructuring plan
Germany

WestLB submits restructuring plan

Troubled regional bank WestLB announced Wednesday that Germany's government had submitted a last-minute restructuring plan to the European Commission that included cutting a third of its assets by 2015.

Sweden to open secret files on Cold War’s end
Sweden

Sweden to open secret files on Cold War’s end

Sweden will on Thursday unseal classified diplomatic files dealing with the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said.

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Sweden

Drivers in court following Paris-Malmö taxi trip

Two taxi drivers from Paris have been charged with human trafficking for driving a group of Afghan asylum seekers from France to Sweden.

Sweden probes possible mad cow death
Sweden

Sweden probes possible mad cow death

A woman in her fifties from Värnamo in central Sweden died recently of the rare brain-debilitating disease Creutzfeldt-Jakob (CJD), Sveriges Radio (SR) reported on Tuesday.