Future of Berlin’s cricket community in jeopardy
Germany

Future of Berlin’s cricket community in jeopardy

Safety concerns have prompted Berlin officials to remove the city’s only cricket pitch, in use for more than six decades beginning with British troops. But cricketers suspect ulterior motives and argue it’s a “death blow” for a sport that promotes multiculturalism and integration.

Saab debts top ‘several hundred million’
Sweden

Saab debts top ‘several hundred million’

As production at Swedish carmaker Saab remains on hold due to unpaid bills, a trade association representing auto industry suppliers has claimed that the firm's debts exceed several hundred million kronor.

Train drivers to strike Thursday, Friday
Germany

Train drivers to strike Thursday, Friday

Commuters face major disruptions on Thursday and Friday with train drivers from five large private rail operators set to strike.

Man guilty of ‘ruthless’ Gothenburg killing: court
Sweden

Man guilty of ‘ruthless’ Gothenburg killing: court

The 23-year-old man accused of murdering Elin Krantz in September last year was found guilty by the Gothenburg District Court on Wednesday. Before sentencing he will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

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Sweden

Swedish language under threat in Finland: report

The Council of Europe thinks Swedish as an official language in Finland is under threat, according to Finnish broadcasting association YLE.

Labour market divides Swedish budget debate
Sweden

Labour market divides Swedish budget debate

Sweden's finance minister Anders Borg emphasised falling unemployment figures in the budget debate in the Riksdag on Wednesday, while the Social Democrats argued that Sweden was suffering from "mass unemployment".

Arcandor’s Middelhoff gears up for trial
Germany

Arcandor’s Middelhoff gears up for trial

The former chairman of the bankrupt retail giant Arcandor, Thomas Middelhoff, has lashed out at his accusers as he prepares to fend off their claim for €175 million in damages.

Germany expels five Libyan diplomats
Germany

Germany expels five Libyan diplomats

The German foreign ministry said Wednesday that five Libyan diplomats were being expelled because of "pressure" being exerted on Libyans living in Germany.

Demjanjuk’s SS identity card was forged, his lawyer says
Germany

Demjanjuk’s SS identity card was forged, his lawyer says

The lawyer of alleged Nazi camp guard John Demjanjuk called Wednesday for his German trial to be scrapped after new FBI documents emerged calling into question a vital piece of evidence.

Deutsche Bank plans restructuring to dodge US regulations
Germany

Deutsche Bank plans restructuring to dodge US regulations

Germany's biggest bank, Deutsche Bank, plans to restructure its US operations to sidestep new regulations that could have forced it to raise billions in new capital, a report said Wednesday.

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Sweden

Child rights group slams Sweden on sex crimes

The Swedish government and responsible authorities ‘ignore’ child sex tourism offences, according to child rights organisation Ecpat.

The Swiss: long-lived, generous and foreign
Switzerland

The Swiss: long-lived, generous and foreign

The Swiss are more likely to live long lives, are more generous with their time and money and are more likely to be foreign-born than people in other countries.

Airport worker fired for filming women on the toilet
Germany

Airport worker fired for filming women on the toilet

A Frankfurt Airport employee has been fired after being caught secretly filming women in the public toilets, a media report said Wednesday.

School board defends tattooed teacher deemed ‘too cool’ for school
Sweden

School board defends tattooed teacher deemed ‘too cool’ for school

The school board in Skövde in western Sweden has backed local teacher Sam Aalto after he was criticised by a local politician, who argued that his surfeit tattoos and spiky hair set a bad example to students.

Man attacked girlfriend with samurai sword
Sweden

Man attacked girlfriend with samurai sword

A man has been arrested in the proximity of his home in Hörnefors in northern Sweden on Wednesday morning on suspicion of having seriously injured his girlfriend with a samurai sword.

Swedish green-burial firm to turn frozen corpses in compost
Sweden

Swedish green-burial firm to turn frozen corpses in compost

A posthumous bath in liquid nitrogen pioneered by an eco-minded Swedish entrepreneur may be the key to the world's first completely ecological burial alternative, the Local’s Karen Holst discovers.

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Switzerland

Switzerland sees big rise in asylum requests

Applications for asylum in Switzerland rose 18.1 percent in the first quarter of 2011, official figures have shown.

Swiss passenger numbers soar
Switzerland

Swiss passenger numbers soar

Swiss International Air Lines saw passenger numbers rise nearly six percent in the first quarter of the year, the airline said on Tuesday.

 

Clean energy can be cheap, minister says
Germany

Clean energy can be cheap, minister says

Electricity prices will rise only slightly under the government’s plan to hasten the shift to renewable energy, Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen has said in an effort to bolster his case for green power.

Cyberbullying website sparks growing outrage
Germany

Cyberbullying website sparks growing outrage

A website enabling teenagers to post insults and racist comments about their peers has prompted an outcry in Germany after 20 youths beat another teen senseless over remarks made on its forums.

Sweden projects budget surplus build-up
Sweden

Sweden projects budget surplus build-up

The Swedish government forecasts the country will reach a budget surplus by the end of 2011, according to projections in the spring budget bill, presented Wednesday by finance minister Anders Borg.

Guttenberg escapes Bundestag probe
Germany

Guttenberg escapes Bundestag probe

The Bundestag will not pursue a complaint for breach of copyright against Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, a spokesman said Wednesday in the first piece of good news for the former defence minister mired in a plagiarism scandal.

Court frees doc accused of kissing patient
Sweden

Court frees doc accused of kissing patient

A doctor from northern Sweden facing sexual molestation charges for forcibly kissing a female patient has been acquitted by a local district court.

Man died after calls for ambulance ignored
Sweden

Man died after calls for ambulance ignored

A 23-year-old man from Stockholm died after emergency help line operators opted not to send an ambulance, despite the man's repeated calls for help.

Socialist politician accused of stealing toilet paper
Germany

Socialist politician accused of stealing toilet paper

A young politician from the socialist Left party has been busted stealing 200 rolls of toilet paper from a city hall in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, media reported Wednesday.