Schalke sack Magath
Germany

Schalke sack Magath

Champions League quarter-finalists Schalke 04 sacked coach Felix Magath on Wednesday in an acrimonious split following a crisis meeting of the Ruhr Valley club's board.

Sweden delays data directive decision
Sweden

Sweden delays data directive decision

On Wednesday the Riksdag decided to postpone the vote on the controversial EU data retention directive, following a stay of proceedings called for by members of the opposition.

Swedish firms help staff leave Tokyo
Sweden

Swedish firms help staff leave Tokyo

Ikea and H&M are among a slew of Nordic firms who on Wednesday offered to help their Japanese employees to leave Tokyo and relocate further south due to growing fears of radiation from an earthquake hit nuclear plant.

Swedish house scuppers privatisation plans
Sweden

Swedish house scuppers privatisation plans

The Swedish Alliance coalition government has lost the right to sell off stakes in a slew of state-owned companies after a parliament decision on Wednesday afternoon.

WWI submarine found off Dutch coast
Germany

WWI submarine found off Dutch coast

A German submarine from World War I has been discovered off the north coast of the Netherlands, where it sank in 1917, and will become an official war grave, the Royal Dutch Navy said Wednesday.

Germans told to leave Tokyo and Bahrain
Germany

Germans told to leave Tokyo and Bahrain

Germany advised its citizens on Wednesday to leave the greater Tokyo region because of the crisis at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant. Meanwhile Germans were also told to leave the Gulf state of Bahrain as protests there became increasingly violent.

Crying baby gets mum booted off bus
Germany

Crying baby gets mum booted off bus

A young mother was asked to get off a bus in northern Germany on a cold day because elderly riders were reportedly annoyed by her infant daughter’s crying, forcing her to walk the rest of the way to her destination.

My Oddest Swedish Job: Rooftop Frozen Water Technician
Sweden

My Oddest Swedish Job: Rooftop Frozen Water Technician

Moving to Sweden often entails a career shift of one type or another. But as The Local's Ben Kersley discovers, some immigrants to Sweden find themselves on career detours that take them to rather unexpected places.

Exchanges in Stockholm give new perspectives
Sweden

Exchanges in Stockholm give new perspectives

Discovering a new country, getting unexpected academic insights and making new friends - exchange students at Stockholm University get a unique learning experience.

Thinking about Sweden’s nuclear future
Sweden

Thinking about Sweden’s nuclear future

Swedish nuclear safety expert Frigyes Reisch from the Royal Institute of Technology speaks with The Local's Gabriel Stein about how the situation in Japan may impact the nuclear energy development in Sweden.

Swedish government flouts English email ban
Sweden

Swedish government flouts English email ban

The Swedish government has failed to adhere to a decision by the country's Parliamentary Ombudsman banning the use of English in email addresses.

Italy’s Riccardo Muti wins prestigious Swedish opera prize
Sweden

Italy’s Riccardo Muti wins prestigious Swedish opera prize

Italian director Riccardo Muti was awarded the $1 million prize in memory of Sweden's legendary soprano Birgit Nilsson for 2011, the jury said Wednesday.

Latvian court allows march honouring Waffen SS forces
Germany

Latvian court allows march honouring Waffen SS forces

Hundreds of people met in the Latvian capital of Riga on Wednesday to remember World War II veterans who fought with Nazi Germany in the Waffen SS, after a court overturned a ban on the controversial annual gathering.

Swedish court: naked Muhammad pics legal
Sweden

Swedish court: naked Muhammad pics legal

A Swedish court has ruled that depicting the prophet Muhammad naked together with his nine-year-old wife naked is legal, freeing a local politician on charges of racial agitation.

Porsche to build Cajun mini SUV in Leipzig
Germany

Porsche to build Cajun mini SUV in Leipzig

Luxury carmaker Porsche announced on Wednesday it will build its new compact Cajun SUV in Leipzig, creating around 1,000 new jobs at its plant near the eastern German city.

Greens jump in the polls
Germany

Greens jump in the polls

The nuclear crisis in Japan has increased support in Germany for the environmentalist Green party, according to a new poll released Wednesday. The Greens have traditionally taken a strong anti-nuclear stance.

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Switzerland

Government bans live animal transport

Switzerland said on Friday that it was banning the transit of live horses and poultry destined for slaughter, in a move aimed at protecting animals.

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Switzerland

Swiss suspend nuclear plans after Japan quake

Switzerland on Monday suspended plans to replace its ageing nuclear power plants amid fears of a nuclear disaster in Japan, stressing that safety was an aboslute priority.

Japan crisis complicates Sweden’s nuclear waste storage plans
Sweden

Japan crisis complicates Sweden’s nuclear waste storage plans

In the thick of the Japanese nuclear crisis, Sweden is tackling the question of nuclear waste storage.

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Sweden

Embassy: no plans to evacuate Japan Swedes

Sweden has no plans in place to follow France and evacuate nationals from earthquake-hit Japan.

Swedish dairy product yields unwelcome condom surprise
Sweden

Swedish dairy product yields unwelcome condom surprise

A woman in western Sweden who drank two cups of soured milk has been unable to eat for days after a condom later slipped out of the package of the popular Swedish dairy product.

Geiger counters sell out amid atomic angst
Germany

Geiger counters sell out amid atomic angst

The nuclear crisis in Japan has apparently sparked German angst about radiation in faraway Europe. Geiger counters are sold out across Germany, a media report said Wednesday.

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Switzerland

Swiss Re: Japan nuclear plants ‘limited cost’

Reinsurance giant Swiss Re said Monday that damage to Japan's nuclear facilities in last week's devastating earthquake is unlikely have a significant impact on the property and casualty insurers.

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Switzerland

Lindt delight as posh chocs rebound

Swiss chocolate-maker Lindt and Spruengli said Tuesday its 2010 net profit soared 25 percent, as consumers regained their taste for fancy chocolates.
 

Bayern threw away Champions League victory, fumes van Gaal
Germany

Bayern threw away Champions League victory, fumes van Gaal

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal has admitted his side away threw victory in a late loss to Inter Milan that ended the Bavarians' Champions League campaign.

Volvo Group names insider as new CEO
Sweden

Volvo Group names insider as new CEO

Sweden's Volvo Group has appointed Olof Persson, current head of Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE), to take over as the heavy vehicle maker's new CEO following the departure of Leif Johansson.

Euro fund reportedly to cost Germany up to €25 billion
Germany

Euro fund reportedly to cost Germany up to €25 billion

Germany will contribute up to €25 billion to the European Stabilization Mechanism, the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Wednesday. The fund planned for 2013 aims to protect the euro from future financial crises.

Slain Swede’s husband in drug overdose
Sweden

Slain Swede’s husband in drug overdose

A British court ruled Tuesday that a businessman accused of ordering his Swedish wife's murder while on honeymoon in South Africa should be taken to hospital after taking an overdose.

Con man charged with US murder
Germany

Con man charged with US murder

A German con man who crisscrossed America using fake identities, including Rockefeller, was charged Tuesday with a 1985 murder, officials said.

Saab Automobile hires Aussie blogger who ‘saved’ the company
Sweden

Saab Automobile hires Aussie blogger who ‘saved’ the company

An Australian blogger with a passion for Saab cars who, in the words of Saab board chair Victor Muller "played a key role in saving Saab" has been rewarded with a job at the Swedish automaker.

MPs question legality of nuclear shutdown
Germany

MPs question legality of nuclear shutdown

The shutdown announced by the German government of seven of the nation's nuclear power plants might not be legal, several parliamentarians say. They argue the matter needs to be decided in the Bundestag.