Terror cell member jailed
Germany

Terror cell member jailed

A 25-year-old German-Syrian dual national was sentenced to four years and nine months imprisonment by a German court Monday for belonging to an Al-Qaida-linked terror cell active in Pakistan.

Germany’s civilized killjoys
Germany

Germany’s civilized killjoys

Are Germans right to criticize the joyous reaction to the killing of Osama bin Laden? Der Tagesspiegel’s Moritz Schuller detects a misplaced whiff of condescension.

More EU citizens join the ranks of Stockholm’s homeless
Sweden

More EU citizens join the ranks of Stockholm’s homeless

On Europe Day, May 9th, many will no doubt celebrate the increased mobility of EU citizens, but open borders and bureaucracy have also resulted in rising numbers of homeless EU citizens in Stockholm, The Local's Geoff Mortimore discovers.

Dortmund star Sahin poached by Real Madrid
Germany

Dortmund star Sahin poached by Real Madrid

Nuri Sahin, the young midfielder who helped steer Borussia Dortmund to the Bundesliga title this year, has been signed on a six-year contract to Real Madrid for an estimated €10 million transfer fee.

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Sweden

Sweden sets sights on Mexico exports

Sweden's trade minister Ewa Björling has identified Mexico as a promising destination for Swedish exports.

Immigration surge halts population exodus
Germany

Immigration surge halts population exodus

Germany registered a net gain of 128,000 immigrants last year, the largest increase since 2004. Poland, Romania and Bulgaria were the most common countries of origin, followed by the United States and Turkey.

Baltic fish stocks in mystery decline
Sweden

Baltic fish stocks in mystery decline

Anglers have reported a dramatic decline in the fish population in Hanö Bay of the east coast of southern Sweden, leaving the authorities baffled as to the underlying cause.

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Sweden

New arrests as high court reviews ‘honour’ killing

The parents of a man convicted of a so-called honour killing in Högsby, southern Sweden in 2005, have been arrested following a decision by the Supreme Court to review the case.

Yusuf/Cat Stevens live in Stockholm: a review
Sweden

Yusuf/Cat Stevens live in Stockholm: a review

Yusuf Islam, perhaps better known as Cat Stevens, opened his new European tour in Stockholm at the weekend. Contributor Oliver Gee was there to see whether or not fans felt the artist lived up to their expectations.

VW hikes MAN stake, eyes Scania merger
Germany

VW hikes MAN stake, eyes Scania merger

Europe's biggest automaker, Volkswagen, unveiled on Monday plans to advance towards a merger of truck makers MAN and Scania by increasing its holding in MAN to more than 30 percent.

Schröder demands help for infertile couples
Germany

Schröder demands help for infertile couples

Family Minister Kristina Schröder said on Monday she would try to make life easier for German couples who cannot have children naturally, with stronger financial backing for IVF treatment and easier adoptions.

Hunters bait bears with bloodied bedding for constipation death
Sweden

Hunters bait bears with bloodied bedding for constipation death

Police in Norrbotten in northern Sweden are investigating an attempt to kill bears by fooling them into eating a blood-soaked mattress, causing a slow death by starvation due to constipation.

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Switzerland

Obama made bin Laden a martyr – Swiss minister

Swiss Defence Minister Ueli Maurer has criticised President Barack Obama's announcement of Osama bin Laden's killing, claiming in a press interview on Sunday that it raised the Al-Qaeda leader's status.

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Switzerland

Art dealer’s treasure trove goes to auction

 

Works by many of the world's greatest modern and impressionist artists will be sold at auction in June with the closure of the gallery of late Swiss art trader Ernst Beyeler.

 

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Switzerland

Defense Minister: Swiss training in militant camps

 

The Swiss government has said a number of Swiss people train in Islamic militant camps abroad.

 

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Switzerland

Brigitte Bardot’s ex commits suicide

Gunter Sachs, a German-born photographer and playboy has killed himself at age 78 in Switzerland.

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Switzerland

Swiss count cost of street littering

 

Cleaning the streets from cigarette butts, free newspapers and empty bottles is costing the Swiss millions of francs.

 

Germany begins first census in decades
Germany

Germany begins first census in decades

Germany on Monday began its first official census since the country reunified in 1990, with privacy advocates complaining the questions are excessively intrusive.

Kids’ team suspended after parents attack ref
Sweden

Kids’ team suspended after parents attack ref

A entire team of eight-year-old footballers in Malmö in southern Sweden has been suspended from competition after several parents chased a teenage referee around the pitch to register their disgust over a decision.

Lena faces uphill battle to defend Eurovision title
Germany

Lena faces uphill battle to defend Eurovision title

As Düsseldorf prepares to host this year's Eurovision Song Contest this week, Germany's teen singing sensation Lena Meyer-Landrut is hoping to defend her title. But few are expecting her to cruise to victory this time.

Säpo investigates Reinfeldt threat
Sweden

Säpo investigates Reinfeldt threat

Sweden's Security Service has confirmed that it is investigating a threat made against Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and the leader of the Social Democrats Håkan Juholt.

Stockholm illustrates growing wealth divide
Sweden

Stockholm illustrates growing wealth divide

The divide between Sweden's wealthiest and poorest areas is increasing, according to new statistics, which also reveal that nearly all of the 100 wealthiest areas can be found in Stockholm.

German man drowns after falling into Swedish lake
Germany

German man drowns after falling into Swedish lake

A German man with a cramp died on Sunday following a freak accident on a lake in western Sweden.

Exports and imports hit record sums
Germany

Exports and imports hit record sums

A pick up in global trade saw Germany post record exports and imports in March, official data showed Monday, while its trade surplus climbed more than 11 percent on a yearly basis to €18.9 billion.

Hospital infections kill 30,000 a year
Germany

Hospital infections kill 30,000 a year

Up to 30,000 people die in Germany each year from hospital infections – double the number previously expected – three medical groups have found.

Taxi killer nabbed after 36 hours on the run
Germany

Taxi killer nabbed after 36 hours on the run

The man known as the Bodensee taxi murderer, who escaped a secure psychiatric hospital on Saturday, has been caught after about 36 hours on the run.

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Sweden

Building of new student flats grinds to a halt

The number of newly-built student apartments completed in 2010 fell sharply compared to the year before, amounting to only about one tenth of the number of units completed in 2009.

‘Being gay is a sin’: Swedish Salvation Army
Sweden

‘Being gay is a sin’: Swedish Salvation Army

Leading members of the Salvation Army in Sweden told an undercover journalist that “homosexual sex is a sin” and offered to ask God to help "free" the reporter from the condition.

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Sweden

German man dead after falling into Swedish lake

A German man with a cramp died on Sunday following a freak accident on a lake in western Sweden.