Lehmann set for Arsenal return, eyes title
Germany

Lehmann set for Arsenal return, eyes title

Ex-Germany goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has said he aims to help Arsenal win the Premier League title as he looks set to come out of retirement to help ease the north London club's injury crisis.

Neo-Nazi candidate probed for web bomb tips
Germany

Neo-Nazi candidate probed for web bomb tips

The main candidate for the neo-Nazi NPD party in Saxony-Anhalt's election this Sunday is being investigated by police for allegedly posting bomb-making tips on the internet.

Japan blasts reignite Swedish nuke debate
Sweden

Japan blasts reignite Swedish nuke debate

The accidents at Japanese power plants have put the question of nuclear power back on the political agenda in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe.

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Sweden

Radiation fears prompt Volvo shut down in Japan

Sweden's Volvo Group, the world's second biggest truckmaker, said Tuesday it was halting the operations of its Japanese subsidiary UD Trucks until next Monday amid growing fears of radiation from damaged nuclear plants.

BMW boosts sales outlook for 2011
Germany

BMW boosts sales outlook for 2011

German luxury automaker BMW raised Tuesday its 2011 outlook and said it now expects to sell significantly more than 1.5 million vehicles for the year.

Wiesenthal Center slams Sweden for ‘Jewish tax’
Sweden

Wiesenthal Center slams Sweden for ‘Jewish tax’

US-based Jewish rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center on Tuesday criticised Sweden for not doing enough to protect the Jewish community in Malmö following a string of crimes against Jews in the southern Swedish town.

Budget row could prompt new North Rhine-Westphalia vote
Germany

Budget row could prompt new North Rhine-Westphalia vote

The highest court in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) ruled on Tuesday that the 2010 supplementary budget put forth by the governing centre-left coalition is unconstitutional. The decision could trigger new elections as early as July.

‘Have an affair’ bus ads anger Swedish commuters
Sweden

‘Have an affair’ bus ads anger Swedish commuters

A new Swedish website which challenges individuals to dabble in infidelity in order to help them cope with dull, lifeless relationships has been reported to the advertising ombudsman.

Lufthansa diverts Tokyo flights to Nagoya, Osaka
Germany

Lufthansa diverts Tokyo flights to Nagoya, Osaka

German airline Lufthansa said Tuesday it was diverting all Tokyo-bound flights to other Japanese cities through at least Sunday.

Löw extends Germany contract to 2014
Germany

Löw extends Germany contract to 2014

Joachim Löw on Tuesday extended his contract with the German Football Federation (DFB) to coach Germany to the 2014 World Cup, ruling him out of the running for a job opening at Bayern Munich.

Investor confidence hit by Japanese crisis
Germany

Investor confidence hit by Japanese crisis

German investor confidence has been hit by an expected interest rate hike and Japan's natural disaster and nuclear crisis, the closely followed ZEW survey indicated on Tuesday.

Study ties birth month to longevity
Germany

Study ties birth month to longevity

A person’s lifespan depends on the month they were born, according to a new study by the University of Greifswald. November babies live on average nine months longer than those born in May, it found.

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Sweden

Säpo warns Swedish imam over internet threat

Swedish security service Säpo have expressed concerns about the safety of a Swedish imam who was recently hired by the Church of Sweden to work with teenagers at a Stockholm youth centre.

Germany shutting down seven nuclear reactors
Germany

Germany shutting down seven nuclear reactors

Germany announced Tuesday it would temporary shut down the oldest seven of its 17 nuclear reactors pending a safety review in light of Japan's atomic emergency.

German media roundup: Merkel’s nuclear U-turn
Germany

German media roundup: Merkel’s nuclear U-turn

Nuclear disaster in Japan has caused Chancellor Merkel to do a sudden about-face and suspend the extension of the lifespans of Germany's atomic power plants. Newspapers in The Local’s media roundup on Tuesday assess the implications.

London 2012: 500 days to go
Sweden

London 2012: 500 days to go

Next year's Olympic Games in London will be an occasion to remind ourselves of our humanity, writes Andrew Mitchell, British Ambassador to Sweden and FCO Director for the London 2012 Games.

German reactors not quake-proof, experts say
Germany

German reactors not quake-proof, experts say

As Japan on Tuesday struggled to contain a nuclear meltdown following an earthquake and tsunami, experts said the danger to Germany’s atomic power plants by such seismic events was widely underestimated.

Quake-hit Japan eyes Swedish homes
Sweden

Quake-hit Japan eyes Swedish homes

Västerbotten county in northern Sweden has received a request from Tokyo to examine the possibilities for the supply of simple Swedish wooden homes and shelters to earthquake and tsunami hit areas of Japan.

‘Renationalise Sweden’s schools’: minister
Sweden

‘Renationalise Sweden’s schools’: minister

Sweden's minister for education and the head of an influential teachers' union have called for a new centralised school system in Sweden.

Facebook confession traps Swedish rapist
Sweden

Facebook confession traps Swedish rapist

A Swedish man has been convicted of rape after expressing his regret on Facebook.

Sweden extends Japan travel warning
Sweden

Sweden extends Japan travel warning

Following the detection of heightened levels of radiation in Tokyo and surrounding areas, the Swedish foreign ministry has extended its warning against non-essential travel to Japan.

Calls go out to reinstate Gorch Fock commander
Germany

Calls go out to reinstate Gorch Fock commander

After an investigation largely cleared the commander of the naval training ship Gorch Fock of wrongdoing, calls are going out to put him back at the helm. He had been dismissed by former Defence Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg.

THW team ends rescue operation in Japan
Germany

THW team ends rescue operation in Japan

The German emergency relief agency, the Technisches Hilfswerk (THW), has ended its search-and-rescue operation in Japan following Friday's earthquake and tsunami. A spokesman said there is almost no chance of finding more survivors.

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Sweden

Stockholm bomb suspect appears in UK court

A 30-year-old man arrested in Glasgow in connection with a suicide bombing in Stockholm in December appeared in a British court on Monday charged with terrorism offences.

More than 100,000 protest nuclear power
Germany

More than 100,000 protest nuclear power

Organisers of anti-nuclear demonstrations in Germany said Monday that more than 100,000 people had turned out to call for the closing of the country's nuclear power stations after the disaster in Japan.

Milan appeals Zlatan suspension
Sweden

Milan appeals Zlatan suspension

Serie A leaders AC Milan's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was ruled out on Monday of their crucial derby with Inter Milan as he was handed a three match suspension for his red card in last weekend's match with Bari.