Nordström proposed as new Vattenfall boss
Sweden

Nordström proposed as new Vattenfall boss

Former post office head Lars G Nordström has been proposed as the new Vattenfall head, when the company elects its third chairman in as many years.

German soldiers admit to shooting Afghans
Germany

German soldiers admit to shooting Afghans

The German military on Friday admitted its soldiers in Afghanistan deliberately shot several people during a violent protest outside their base in the northern town of Taloqan.

23 women charged after child porn sting
Sweden

23 women charged after child porn sting

A Swedish prosecutor filed charges Friday against 24 people for possessing and distributing child pornography, in a case that has drawn widespread attention as all but one of the defendants are women.

VW slashes US car prices to gain market share
Germany

VW slashes US car prices to gain market share

Volkswagen has slashed prices of some of its more popular car models in an attempt to gain ground in the American market, with a Jetta on sale for less than €13,000 ($18,400) and a Passat available for €15,000 ($21,240).

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Sweden

Immigrant students get ‘Negro’ Swedish lesson

A class of immigrant students in southern Sweden was given a Swedish grammar lesson using the Swedish word for Negro.

Masked robbers target Stockholm auction house
Sweden

Masked robbers target Stockholm auction house

Prestigious auction house Stockholms Auktionsverk in central Stockholm was robbed around midday on Friday when two masked robbers ran in and ordering the shocked customers to lie down on the floor.

Wild weather forecast for weekend
Germany

Wild weather forecast for weekend

Extreme weather producing thunder, squalls and hail storms is expected to make for an unusual weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Friday.

Swedish woman mounts Everest
Sweden

Swedish woman mounts Everest

Swedish adventurer and free-diving champion Annelie Pompe became reached Mount Everest's fabled 8,848 metre summit on Friday, but failed in her quest to become the first Swedish woman to do so without bottled oxygen..

Taxi driver killer confesses 15 years later
Germany

Taxi driver killer confesses 15 years later

The violent death of a taxi driver killed 15 years ago has finally been solved after the man who killed him went to the police and confessed.

Women more likely to manage small companies
Germany

Women more likely to manage small companies

Women have better career chances in smaller German companies than large corporations, with a fifth of mid-sized firms being led by a female CEO, according to a new survey released on Friday.

Border region fears Danish border checks will hit commerce
Germany

Border region fears Danish border checks will hit commerce

Germans living in the region near Denmark fear the thriving cross-border trade and traffic will be significantly affected by the re-imposition of border controls recently announced by the Danish authorities.

‘Cab controversy’ colours Green leadership battle
Sweden

‘Cab controversy’ colours Green leadership battle

Revelations that the Green Party's Mikaela Valtersson spent thousands of taxpayers' kronor on taxi rides rather than taking public transportation have raised questions about her leadership potential, as the party convenes its conference to decide who will lead the party.

Fake missionary betrayed by lack of Bible
Switzerland

Fake missionary betrayed by lack of Bible

A drug smuggler disguised as a missionary has been caught by Swiss airport authorities who asked to see his Bible.

 

Planking fever hits Switzerland
Switzerland

Planking fever hits Switzerland

A Swiss newspaper has said it has received hundreds of photos from readers practicing “planking” in Switzerland and wonders if it is the latest trend in the country.

 

Swiss canton voters could ban the burqa
Switzerland

Swiss canton voters could ban the burqa

A petition in Canton Ticino could force a referendum on prohibiting women from wearing burqas in public, a first for the country.

 

Merkel praises Obama’s Mideast speech
Germany

Merkel praises Obama’s Mideast speech

German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed on Friday a speech by US President Barack Obama calling for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal based on 1967 borders, calling it "very important."

Two Libyan diplomats expelled from Sweden
Sweden

Two Libyan diplomats expelled from Sweden

Sweden has expelled two diplomats working at the Libyan embassy in Stockholm, confirming that Libya no longer has any diplomatic ties with Sweden.

Swedish roller girls cruising for a bruising
Sweden

Swedish roller girls cruising for a bruising

Written off by many as an American fad from the 1960s, roller derby is enjoying a renaissance in Sweden, where camaraderie and image are just as important as inflicting maximum pain on your opponent, The Local's Geoff Mortimore discovers.

Power grid going increasingly nuclear-free
Germany

Power grid going increasingly nuclear-free

German electricity will be largely nuclear-free from this weekend, when a power plant is taken off-line for maintenance leaving just four of the country's 17 nuclear generators operating.

Bremen election due to cement strong Green, weak FDP positions
Germany

Bremen election due to cement strong Green, weak FDP positions

Bremen’s state election on Sunday is expected to confirm what opinion polls say is happening throughout Germany - the Greens are on the rise, the Free Democrats in the dumps.

Insurers face crackdown for rejecting people
Germany

Insurers face crackdown for rejecting people

German officials have given an ultimatum to statutory health insurers: Treat former customers of a now-bankrupt insurance company fairly or they will face a legal crackdown.

Swedish man accused of sex with sheep
Sweden

Swedish man accused of sex with sheep

A Swedish man in his fifties who was allegedly caught having sex with a sheep near Alingsås in western Sweden denies being guilty of animal cruelty.

Cartoon bear victim of ‘refugee-porn’: Vilks
Sweden

Cartoon bear victim of ‘refugee-porn’: Vilks

The media storm surrounding the special edition of Swedish children’s cartoon Bamse, aimed at helping asylum seeking children, could have ‘xenophobic undercurrents’, according to controversial artist Lars Vilks.

The best of Berlin’s 24-hour bars
Germany

The best of Berlin’s 24-hour bars

Despite Berlin’s reputed round-the-clock nightlife, all of the capital’s bars close at some point, right? Well, not quite. Exberliner magazine’s Jacob Heinze discovered four real 24-hour drinking joints.

Reinfeldt and Pinera sign ‘green tech’ agreements
Sweden

Reinfeldt and Pinera sign ‘green tech’ agreements

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera signed cooperation agreements on mining, forestry and “green technologies” on Thursday.