Rösler vows to renew embattled FDP
Germany

Rösler vows to renew embattled FDP

Health Minister Philipp Rösler vowed to restore credibility to the embattled Free Democrats on Tuesday as he was anointed to lead his party and become the new deputy chancellor.

Riksbank rejects Swedish housing bubble fears
Sweden

Riksbank rejects Swedish housing bubble fears

Sweden's central bank does not believe the country is in the midst of a housing bubble, saying in a report published Tuesday that rapidly rising housing prices are due to natural developments in the market.

Art icon Tacheles shrinks after €1-million payout
Germany

Art icon Tacheles shrinks after €1-million payout

The hip artists' squat Tacheles is slimming down. The Berlin icon will be a quieter and more modest affair after half the occupants announced on Tuesday they had accepted €1 million to leave.

UN warns Sweden over record ozone layer loss
Sweden

UN warns Sweden over record ozone layer loss

Swedes are being warned against rushing to catch the spring sun, as the depletion of the ozone layer has reached unprecedented levels with the whole of Scandinavia in the risk zone.

Controversial German art exhibition opens in China
Germany

Controversial German art exhibition opens in China

As the exhibition "The Art of the Enlightenment" opens in Beijing, its German curators have come under fire for pandering to a repressive Chinese regime. But hope remains that the art will benefit and educate a Chinese people living through an "era of darkness."

Croation arrests connected to Daimler corruption probe
Germany

Croation arrests connected to Daimler corruption probe

Croatian police on Tuesday detained three people suspected of being involved into the alleged bribery of local officials by the German car maker Daimler, the interior ministry said.

Spammers love Germany, new study finds
Germany

Spammers love Germany, new study finds

One in every five harmful European internet bots has come from Germany, according to a study published Tuesday by security software firm Symantec.

Saab payment ‘glitches’ continue
Sweden

Saab payment ‘glitches’ continue

The Saab production lines stopped again Tuesday due to lack of material, with suppliers confirming that unpaid invoices lie behind the continuing problems.

US deserter denied asylum in Germany
Germany

US deserter denied asylum in Germany

Germany has denied asylum to Andre Shepherd, a former US soldier who deserted his unit in Iraq citing opposition to the war, a spokesman for the federal office for migration and refugees said on Tuesday.

Most young Swedes don’t use condoms: study
Sweden

Most young Swedes don’t use condoms: study

Only 30 percent of young Swedes use a condom during sex, according to a new study mapping out Swedish sexual habits presented Tuesday.

Swedish flamingoes massacred in frenzied anteater attack
Sweden

Swedish flamingoes massacred in frenzied anteater attack

A flock of ten flamingoes have met a brutal end at a zoo in Eskilstuna in eastern Sweden after a curious anteater broke into their compound and clawed them to death, leaving a further five birds nursing injuries.

Firefighters most trusted profession, faith in priests slides
Germany

Firefighters most trusted profession, faith in priests slides

Firefighters have topped a list of most trusted professions for the eleventh year running, while Catholic priests suffered a sharp drop in trust, a survey released Tuesday found.

The eBay diet
Germany

The eBay diet

In the latest installment of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy purges years of junk with a 30-day eBay program that works better than any diet.

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Switzerland

Expelling kids made easier in Zurich

Zurich city council has approved tougher measures for unruly school kids, allowing them to be expelled for up to three months.

Google ordered to cover up Swiss faces
Switzerland

Google ordered to cover up Swiss faces

A Swiss court on Monday ordered Internet giant Google to blur all images of people and vehicle plates on its Street View service, to comply with privacy laws.

Merkel blocks India-Iran oil payments
Germany

Merkel blocks India-Iran oil payments

Chancellor Angela Merkel has put a stop to plans that have irked Washington and Israel for India to channel oil payments to Iran through the German central bank, a press report said Tuesday.

Colon cleansing course fined for toilet shortage
Sweden

Colon cleansing course fined for toilet shortage

The arrangers of a Hawaiian colon cleansing course in northern Sweden that worked a little too well have been fined for not having enough toilets.

President of elite business school arrested
Germany

President of elite business school arrested

The president of the elite European Business School, Christopher Jahns, was arrested in Frankfurt on Monday under suspicion that he misused his position to benefit private firms he co-owns.

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Sweden

Murder pics posted on Sweden Democrat blog

A Sweden Democrat politician in Mönsterås in south-eastern Sweden published police photos of a raped and murdered 27-year-old woman in a blog post which used the words "negro rape".

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Sweden

Deported man claims police stole money

A Palestinian man who was deported from Sweden last year has filed a suit against Swedish police, claiming that the escorting officers have stolen 65,000 kronor ($10,000).

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Switzerland

Swiss police arrest couple for duping restaurants

A Swiss couple managed to eat and escape without paying at over 20 restaurants across the country.

 

E10 sales efforts fail to ease driver fears
Germany

E10 sales efforts fail to ease driver fears

The majority of German drivers continue to avoid the controversial E10 biofuel, despite increased efforts to educate the public about its safety, a media report said Tuesday.

New Berlin exhibition exposes police role in Holocaust
Germany

New Berlin exhibition exposes police role in Holocaust

A new exhibition at the German Historical Museum (DHM) in Berlin explores the role the police played in the Holocaust, with rare documents offering insight into how and why ordinary officers were complicit with the worst of the Nazi crimes.

Partner of over 40 years denied space in family grave
Sweden

Partner of over 40 years denied space in family grave

A woman who had lived with her partner for over 40 years has been denied a place in his family grave, as the local authority did not consider her to be part of the family.

Obama plans state dinner for Merkel
Germany

Obama plans state dinner for Merkel

US President Barack Obama will welcome German Chancellor Angela Merkel to a White House state dinner on June 7, and present her with America’s highest civilian award, the White House announced late Monday.

Spring weather beckons for Sweden
Sweden

Spring weather beckons for Sweden

Temperatures across Sweden are set to top 10 degrees Celsius all week, with highs of around 15 over the weekend in southern parts, as Swedes welcome in the spring.

Neo-Nazis infest tiny village of Jamel
Germany

Neo-Nazis infest tiny village of Jamel

Cries of “Sieg Heil” in the street, neo-Nazi rallies, far-right slogans on walls: welcome to Jamel, a tiny northeast German village locals say has been annexed by Nazi sympathizers.