‘We’ve lost credibility in the Security Council’
Germany

‘We’ve lost credibility in the Security Council’

Did Germany abandon its closest allies by abstaining from a UN resolution to impose a no-fly zone over Libya? The Local discussed the potential implications with Dr. Henning Riecke of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP).

Vattenfall chair goes over CEO pay scandal
Sweden

Vattenfall chair goes over CEO pay scandal

Lars Westerberg, the chair of the board of Swedish state-owned energy firm Vattenfall, is to be replaced after revelations concerning extra remuneration to the outgoing CEO.

Merkel: Libyan reaction to UN ‘encouraging’
Germany

Merkel: Libyan reaction to UN ‘encouraging’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Friday that reports Libya is reacting to a United Nations resolution were "encouraging" after Tripoli declared a ceasefire in its battle against rebels. But Berlin denied it had isolated itself diplomatically.

Addicts in treatment suspected of giving children hard drugs
Germany

Addicts in treatment suspected of giving children hard drugs

Several Bremen parents undergoing methadone replacement treatment for drug addiction are suspected of giving their small children hard drugs such as cocaine, heroin and sedatives, the city’s health and social welfare department said Friday.

Warmer, dryer weather expected for the weekend
Germany

Warmer, dryer weather expected for the weekend

Sunshine will return to a soggy Germany again over the weekend, when temperatures will also inch up to slightly more tolerable levels, the Geman Weather Service (DWD) reported Friday.

Snowfalls put Swedish spring on ice
Sweden

Snowfalls put Swedish spring on ice

A weather front of snow has swept in across Sweden on Friday causing a slew of traffic accidents, while falling ice forced a closure of the Öresund bridge.

Hamburg mulling harbour gondola line
Germany

Hamburg mulling harbour gondola line

Hamburg is in the process of approving an ambitious gondola line that would extend some 5.2 kilometres across the northern German city's harbour by 2013, a media report said Friday.

Swedish ‘have an affair’ ad sets complaint record
Sweden

Swedish ‘have an affair’ ad sets complaint record

An ad campaign by a Swedish dating site urging people to cheat on their spouses has shattered the record for consumer complaints, the country's advertising watchdog said Friday.

Sweden open for NATO request on Libya: Bildt
Sweden

Sweden open for NATO request on Libya: Bildt

Sweden's foreign minister Carl Bildt has welcomed the UN Security Council decision to authorise a no-fly zone and air attacks on civil war-torn Libya.

Human egg gives sperm a ‘navigation system’
Germany

Human egg gives sperm a ‘navigation system’

Men might disdain female directions while driving, but when it comes to human reproduction a woman’s egg offers key navigation help to sperm. German scientists have discovered how hormones guide sperm to their destination.

Air Berlin books loss on volcano ash and strikes
Germany

Air Berlin books loss on volcano ash and strikes

Germany's second biggest airline, Air Berlin, plunged into loss last year owing to poor weather, the Icelandic volcano and strikes. The carrier also faces significant challenges in the current year.

Swedish police seize musical deadly weapon
Sweden

Swedish police seize musical deadly weapon

When police raided a home in Luleå in northern Sweden last November they discovered a small arsenal of weapons, including a shot-gun built into a guitar.

Malmö mayor in new ‘anti-Semitism’ row
Sweden

Malmö mayor in new ‘anti-Semitism’ row

The conflict between the US-based Wiesenthal Center and Malmö mayor Ilmar Reepalu has taken another acrimonious turn after he was accused of anti-Semitism and echoing "conspiracy theories against Jews in the 1930s".

Japanese band launches charity concert series in Stockholm
Sweden

Japanese band launches charity concert series in Stockholm

A Japanese rock group in Sweden when their homeland was struck by disaster has organised a series of charity concerts across Europe to raise money for earthquake and tsunami relief.

DJ Danny looks to make Swedes ‘shake booty’
Sweden

DJ Danny looks to make Swedes ‘shake booty’

Award winning UK comedian and air guitar specialist Danny Robins, also known by his alter-ego DJ Danny, talks to contributor Anita Badejo about his plans to get Swedish audiences to take off all their clothes during his upcoming tour.

Opel reportedly to cut 1,200 jobs in Bochum
Germany

Opel reportedly to cut 1,200 jobs in Bochum

Incoming Opel boss Karl-Friedrich Stracke is planning to slash some 1,200 jobs at the troubled German carmaker’s Bochum plant on the traditional labourers holiday May 1, a media report said Friday.

Swedish insurance that speaks your language
Sweden

Swedish insurance that speaks your language

It’s easy to spend more than necessary on insurance - particularly if all the blurb is in Swedish. But now there’s a way to get Swedish insurance tailored for expatriates in a language that you understand - while saving money at the same time.

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Sweden

Court strips licence of sex offender doc

A Swedish appeals court has revoked the licence of a Stockholm-area doctor who has previously been convicted of child sex offences and has admitted to substance abuse problems.

‘Win your own funeral’ contest legal, court rules
Germany

‘Win your own funeral’ contest legal, court rules

A Bavarian radio station was not in violation of the law when it ran a “win your own funeral” advertisement, a court ruled this week.

Muslims forming charity system for kindergartens and care homes
Germany

Muslims forming charity system for kindergartens and care homes

Muslims in Germany want to form their own charity to support retirement homes and kindergartens nationwide, leader of the Central Council of Muslims (ZMD) said Friday.

Swedes working overtime at record levels
Sweden

Swedes working overtime at record levels

As the economy continues to heat up, Swedes are working more overtime than ever before, with extra hours clocked in some sectors shooting up by more than 30 percent.

Germany calls Libyan no-fly zone ‘risky’
Germany

Germany calls Libyan no-fly zone ‘risky’

No German troops will take part in any military intervention in Libya as there are "considerable risks and dangers," Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Friday, after Berlin abstained in a UN vote to impose a no-fly zone.

Sweden to evacuate citizens from Japan
Sweden

Sweden to evacuate citizens from Japan

The Swedish foreign ministry has offered to fly Swedes and other Scandinavians wishing to leave Japan out of the country via Bangkok.