Wind storm wipes out Stockholm train service
Sweden

Wind storm wipes out Stockholm train service

Gusty winds brought train traffic to a standstill in Stockholm on Thursday afternoon, and also left thousands of Swedes without power in the south of the country.

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Sweden

Woman suspected of killing former teacher

A 20-year-old woman and a similarly-aged man suspected of killing their former high school teacher were remanded in custody by a court in eastern Sweden on Thursday.

Spyker can’t change its name to Saab
Sweden

Spyker can’t change its name to Saab

Swedish defence contractor Saab AB doesn't want Spyker Cars, owner of the similarly named Swedish automaker, to have Saab in its new name. Meanwhile, Saab assembly lines remain idle amid continued negotiations with suppliers.

Gothenburg cops cleared in bomb threat arrests
Sweden

Gothenburg cops cleared in bomb threat arrests

A preliminary investigation into the conduct of police who broke into the homes of two families in conjunction with a bomb threat against a Gothenburg shopping centre in November has been dropped.

Jack the Ripper was a German sailor, detective claims
Germany

Jack the Ripper was a German sailor, detective claims

Jack the Ripper was probably a German merchant seaman named Carl Feigenbaum. That’s the theory proposed by English former murder squad detective Trevor Marriott. He spoke to The Local.

Drifting hole in ozone layer set to expose Germans to skin damage
Germany

Drifting hole in ozone layer set to expose Germans to skin damage

The hole in the ozone layer above the Arctic is drifting, putting Germany and other parts of Central Europe at risk from harmful UV radiation in the coming weeks, experts say.

Growth forecast of 2.8 percent confirmed by top institutes
Germany

Growth forecast of 2.8 percent confirmed by top institutes

Germany will steam ahead in 2011, leaving most of its rivals trailing in its wake, the country's leading economic institutes predicted Thursday, publishing bullish forecasts for Europe's top economy.

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Sweden

Murder attempt grounds for dismissal: court

A man from Luleå in northern Sweden who was dismissed from his job after being convicted to five years in prison for attempted murder has lost a lawsuit filed against his previous employer.

EU aid for Portugal ‘sensible,’ Germany says
Germany

EU aid for Portugal ‘sensible,’ Germany says

Portugal's request for EU aid is a "sensible and necessary step," given the economic and financial situation of the debt-stricken country, German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Thursday.

Kids’ iPad gaming binge costs parents thousands
Sweden

Kids’ iPad gaming binge costs parents thousands

Two Swedish children who got carried away playing the Smurfs' Village game on their iPads during a recent road trip ended up billing their parents tens of thousands of kronor.

Death threats over Swede’s Jacko sculpture
Sweden

Death threats over Swede’s Jacko sculpture

Swedish artist Maria von Köhler has received death threats after the recent installation of a sculpture depicting Michael Jackson almost dropping his infant son out of the window at an East London recording studio.

Google invests €3.5 million in German solar energy plant
Germany

Google invests €3.5 million in German solar energy plant

Google has invested €3.5 million in a German photovoltaic park, marking the internet giant’s first venture into the renewable energy market outside the United States.

Swiss workers see wages stagnate
Switzerland

Swiss workers see wages stagnate

People working in Switzerland saw a real wage increase of just 0.1 percent in 2010 as pay rates marginally outpaced inflation, new figures from the Federal Statistical Office show.

Hochtief shares head down under due to Aussie subsidiary
Germany

Hochtief shares head down under due to Aussie subsidiary

Shares in the biggest German construction group, Hochtief, plunged in early trading Thursday after it warned of a negative impact on 2011 results from problems at its Australian unit, Leighton.

Catholics quit church in droves last year
Germany

Catholics quit church in droves last year

The number of Catholics quitting the church jumped 40 percent last year to 180,000 in the wake of persistent child sex abuse scandals, a media report said Thursday.

Frei and Streller retire from national team
Switzerland

Frei and Streller retire from national team

Switzerland’s all-time top scorer Alexander Frei and FC Basel teammate Marco Streller have quit the Swiss national team after tiring of repeated abuse from fans.

Arrest sparked wave of Gothenburg car fires
Sweden

Arrest sparked wave of Gothenburg car fires

Police in Gothenburg revealed on Wednesday that the torching of several cars in the suburb of Backa over the past few nights was in touched off due to a police action.

Man died due to doc’s poor Swedish skills
Sweden

Man died due to doc’s poor Swedish skills

A doctor's sub-par Swedish languages skills likely played a role in the death of a 66-year-old man in western Sweden, the country's health board has ruled.

What’s on in Germany: April 7 – 13
Germany

What’s on in Germany: April 7 – 13

This week's highlights: An Easter market in Hamburg, music videos as art in Cologne, and a festival of contemporary character design in Berlin.

Switzerland failing to aid immigrants: study
Switzerland

Switzerland failing to aid immigrants: study

Switzerland offers foreigners little protection against discrimination and counts among the worst countries in Europe for the integration of migrants, according to a recent study.

More tax for less: Germans fear for future
Germany

More tax for less: Germans fear for future

Most Germans fear gravely for the future of their cherished welfare state, believing they will pay more taxes yet receive fewer benefits in the coming decade, a major survey has found.

Centre Party leader under fire
Sweden

Centre Party leader under fire

The future of Centre Party leader Maud Olofsson was plunged into doubt again on Wednesday as party members renewed calls for a change.

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Sweden

Malmö court descends into mass brawl

A mass brawl broke out in Malmö district court on Wednesday after friends of the victim in an school assault case took the law into their own hands.

Strike grounds some Berlin Easyjet flights
Germany

Strike grounds some Berlin Easyjet flights

Flights out of Berlin’s Schönefeld airport by budget airline Easyjet were being cancelled Thursday morning after a limited warning strike by cabin staff.

US fuel stops Gripen Libya mission
Sweden

US fuel stops Gripen Libya mission

The Swedish JAS Gripen aircraft deployed in Sicily as part of NATO's Libya mission remained grounded on Thursday as the fuel available is suitable only for US navy aircraft.

The German doctor who holidays in an African hospital
Germany

The German doctor who holidays in an African hospital

One in 16 women in sub-Saharan Africa dies in childbirth. One in 13 babies is stillborn or dies within a week. For World Health Day, The Local's David Wroe meets a young German doctor who is making a difference.