Merkel demands Qaddafi step down immediately
Germany

Merkel demands Qaddafi step down immediately

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday demanded Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi step down immediately, as his forces continued to advance on rebel-held parts of the North African nation.

Libyan embassy ‘doesn’t represent anything’: Bildt
Sweden

Libyan embassy ‘doesn’t represent anything’: Bildt

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said Friday he no longer considered the Libya's embassy in Stockholm a legitimate representative of the Libyan people.

Dead foetus found at Stockholm metro station
Sweden

Dead foetus found at Stockholm metro station

A dead foetus was found on the platform of a metro station in southern Stockholm on Friday, according to police.

Union says no railway strikes till Tuesday
Germany

Union says no railway strikes till Tuesday

Train drivers’ union GDL on Friday calmed the fears of German rail travellers, promising not to stage further strikes until Tuesday – giving employers a four day window to make a new offer in the ongoing labour dispute.

Man swallows €145 to avoid being robbed
Germany

Man swallows €145 to avoid being robbed

A man in Erfurt swallowed €145 in cash after an acquaintance demanded he give him his welfare benefit to settle an outstanding debt, daily Bild reported Friday.

Subway plans massive Sweden expansion
Sweden

Subway plans massive Sweden expansion

US sandwich chain Subway, recently crowned the largest restaurant chain in the world, is planning an extensive expansion in Sweden, the firm has confirmed.

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Sweden

Man charged for Swedish woman’s ‘ruthless’ killing

A 23-year-old man was charged for the rape and murder of a 27-year-old woman he allegedly attacked after the two stepped off a Gothenburg tram one evening in September.

Hydrangeas go missing as ‘cannabis scenesters’ experiment with flowers
Germany

Hydrangeas go missing as ‘cannabis scenesters’ experiment with flowers

An increasing number of eastern German gardeners are complaining of missing hydrangea plants, which can apparently be smoked, a media report said Friday.

Swedish papers size up Håkan Juholt
Sweden

Swedish papers size up Håkan Juholt

While much remains unknown about the man tipped to be the saviour of the crisis-laden Social Democrats, most Swedish newspapers were in agreement that the choice of Håkan Juholt represents a shift to the left for the party, although they differed on what that shift means for the party's future.

Poll points to possible left-wing coalition in Saxony-Anhalt
Germany

Poll points to possible left-wing coalition in Saxony-Anhalt

With just over a week until a state election in Saxony-Anhalt, the centre-left Social Democrats are tied in an opinion poll with the socialist Left party – potentially opening the way for an alliance that could topple the current grand coalition.

Swedish elk starve after long harsh winter
Sweden

Swedish elk starve after long harsh winter

Five elk calves have been found starved to death in Värmland in central Sweden recently, with experts fearing that the drawn out harsh winter may claim further victims.

Cartoon strip mocks Hitler and hipsters
Germany

Cartoon strip mocks Hitler and hipsters

Can a cartoon about Hitler be funny or is it just in bad taste? Exberliner magazine spoke with the creators of a strip poking fun at both hipsters and the most-hated man of the 20th century.

Sweden’s Saab secures major arms deal
Sweden

Sweden’s Saab secures major arms deal

Swedish defence firm Saab has received an order for ammunition worth more than a billion kronor, according to a company statement on Friday.

Berlin pledges support to devastated Japan
Germany

Berlin pledges support to devastated Japan

Germany pledged its support to Japan on Friday after the island nation suffered a devastating earthquake followed by a tsunami that left hundreds dead and missing.

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Sweden

Sweden mulls ‘good Samaritan’ law

To decline to come to the assistance of another person whose life may be in danger could lead to a prison sentence, according to recommendations in a report to be presented to the Swedish government on Friday.

American-born rapper set to make Melodifestivalen history
Sweden

American-born rapper set to make Melodifestivalen history

As Sweden gears up for the finals of the 2011 Melodifestivalen song contest on Saturday, The Local's David Landes catches up with Swingfly, a Brooklyn-born rapper who is in the process of rewriting the rules for the Super Bowl of Swedish pop music.

UK-based comedy troupe set to make its Swedish debut
Sweden

UK-based comedy troupe set to make its Swedish debut

The world-renowned comedic theatre troupe Spymonkey is coming to Sweden, bringing its unique brand of black humour to Scandinavia audiences for the first time, The Local's Anita Badejo discovers.

Public sector wage dispute ends
Germany

Public sector wage dispute ends

The five-week wage dispute between public employees and Germany’s state employers ended late on Thursday evening with an agreement to increase salaries for some 600,000 workers.

UK suspect ‘financier’ behind Stockholm bomb
Sweden

UK suspect ‘financier’ behind Stockholm bomb

The man who is being held in Glasgow on suspicion of being an accomplice in a suicide bombing in Stockholm in December is thought to have been the financier behind the failed attack, according to the Glasgow Herald daily.

Karolinska named among world’s top universities
Sweden

Karolinska named among world’s top universities

Stockholm's Karolinska Institute and Lund University are among six Swedish universities named in a world top 200 list published on Thursday.

Traffic lights giving way to roundabouts
Germany

Traffic lights giving way to roundabouts

The long wait at the many unnecessary traffic lights in Germany may soon be over. Communities nationwide are exploring the use of alternative traffic control systems, such as roundabouts and zebra stripes, to resolve the traffic light's growing issues of expense and safety.

Academy for undertakers offers ‘recession-proof’ job training
Germany

Academy for undertakers offers ‘recession-proof’ job training

German trainee undertakers are being put through their paces at Europe's only "funeral school" in Münnerstadt - anything but a dying business in the fast-ageing continent.

Sweden’s Vasa warship set for make over
Sweden

Sweden’s Vasa warship set for make over

The 17th century royal warship Vasa, one of Stockholm and Sweden's most popular visitor attractions, began a major refurbishment on Thursday to arrest corrosion.