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Sweden

Saab chair apologises to employees

Saab chairman Victor Muller arrived in Trollhättan on Tuesday to brief employees on the cooperation with Chinese firm Pang Da and to apologise for the turbulence of recent weeks.

Drunk actor fell asleep on stage
Sweden

Drunk actor fell asleep on stage

When a performing arts group put on a show at a the Inkonst culture venue in central Malmö on Friday, one actor got so drunk that he fell asleep on stage.

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Switzerland

Swiss tech firm in $2.5 billion Toshiba deal

Toshiba and its Japanese partners plan to buy Swiss metering technology firm Landis+Gyr for 200 billion yen ($2.5 billion), local media said on Tuesday.

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Switzerland

Standard German banned from Zurich preschools

Voters have decided that toddlers at Zürich kindergartens will only learn Swiss German in future, instead of the standard language spoken in Germany.

 

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Switzerland

Qaddafi arrest warrants gain Swiss support

 

Switzerland is backing an initiative by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to arrest the Libyan leader on charges of crimes against humanity, according to media reports.

 

Swiss cheese gets EU protection
Switzerland

Swiss cheese gets EU protection

From the creamy raclette to gruyère cheeses, Switzerland is set to sign an agreement with the EU to protect the geographical origins of about 20 Swiss products. 

EU network: Sweden passive on ‘slave auction’
Sweden

EU network: Sweden passive on ‘slave auction’

The pan-European network of NGOs and research institutes has called on the Swedish government to use the opportunity of a "slave auction" held in Lund in April to "address the specific needs of victims of racism and racial hatred".

Plane crashes pose threat to nuclear plants
Germany

Plane crashes pose threat to nuclear plants

Germany's 17 nuclear power plants are generally considered safe, though four older reactors may close because they are exceptionally vulnerable to plane crashes, Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen said on Tuesday.

Bayern Munich dominate Bundesliga… for vegetarians
Germany

Bayern Munich dominate Bundesliga… for vegetarians

Bavarian football giants Bayern Munich have averted a title-free season by again being voted the best vegetarian-friendly club in the Bundesliga by animal rights group PETA.

Schäuble promises hard line on eurozone bailouts
Germany

Schäuble promises hard line on eurozone bailouts

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has promised members of parliament that strict conditions will be attached to any future bailout of eurozone members.

Nobel laureates in Stockholm climate ‘trial’
Sweden

Nobel laureates in Stockholm climate ‘trial’

Around 20 Nobel prize winners will preside over a mock courtroom in Stockholm on Tuesday, with the Planet Earth and humanity on opposing sides of the case, as part of a symposium to highlight global sustainability.

Exhibition shows everyday life as communism crumbled
Germany

Exhibition shows everyday life as communism crumbled

A new exhibition at the German Historical Museum (DHM) in Berlin offers insight into everyday life in East Germany and post-communist eastern Europe with never-before-seen photos. Curator Yara-Colette Lemke took The Local on a tour.

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Sweden

Cabbie sex offender remains at the wheel

A taxi-driver in Uppsala in central Sweden who was convicted of sexual harassment against a woman passenger last autumn can continue to drive his cab after appealing the verdict, despite two more reported offences.

Swedish teacher lands EU ‘tongue stories’ award
Sweden

Swedish teacher lands EU ‘tongue stories’ award

A elementary school teacher from Skövde in western Sweden is one 28 Europeans recognised by the EU in a competition to highlight language diversity.

Man’s body eaten by pet dogs
Germany

Man’s body eaten by pet dogs

Police in Cologne have found the remains of a 48-year-old man whose body was partially devoured by his two pet dogs after he died alone, media reported Tuesday.

Alcoholism linked to family drinking: study
Sweden

Alcoholism linked to family drinking: study

Having a relative with an alcohol problem increases the risk of an individual developing alcoholism, a new Swedish study published on Tuesday has shown.

Government in labour market policy retreat
Sweden

Government in labour market policy retreat

The Swedish government has announced changes to its unemployment policy to extend access to labour market training even for the long-term unemployed, bowing to broad criticism of existing regulations.

FDP calls for basic children’s income
Germany

FDP calls for basic children’s income

The pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) is stepping up its effort to revive flagging voter interest with an overhaul of Germany's social welfare net, suggesting a basic children’s income should replace all parenting and child payments.

Burglary rate surges
Germany

Burglary rate surges

Not known as a hotbed for burglary, Germany suffered a jump of nearly 7 percent in break-ins last year, according to crime statistics cited by daily Die Welt on Tuesday.

New cruel bear trap found in Swedish woods
Sweden

New cruel bear trap found in Swedish woods

Another attempt to kill bears by fooling them into eating a blood-soaked mattress, thus causing them to starve to death slowly due to constipation, has been uncovered in the north of Sweden.

Cologne apartment blaze leaves one dead, 17 hurt
Germany

Cologne apartment blaze leaves one dead, 17 hurt

A fire at an apartment building in Cologne’s Mülheim district overnight left one person dead and 17 others seriously injured.

OECD slams Sweden for using aid for embassies
Sweden

OECD slams Sweden for using aid for embassies

The OECD has criticised Sweden for using money from the development aid budget to finance embassy operations, in contravention of international regulations.

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Sweden

Passenger saves bus after driver collapse

Quick action by the head of a Canadian choir touring Sweden narrowly averted an accident when the driver of their tour bus suffered a heart attack at full speed, Swedish media reported Monday.

Shipbuilder HDW sinks Greek sub order
Germany

Shipbuilder HDW sinks Greek sub order

German shipbuilding group HDW has pulled out of a subcontractor deal to build two submarines at an Arab-owned shipyard in Greece.

Expat’s language essay wins her a trip to Brussels
Germany

Expat’s language essay wins her a trip to Brussels

A 24-year-old Italian-Canadian teacher living in Berlin was recently invited to Brussels to receive an EU award for language diversity. The Local went along for the ride.

SOS service under review after ambulance errors
Sweden

SOS service under review after ambulance errors

Sweden's emergency response service SOS Alarm has been put under review by the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).