ThyssenKrupp ship joint venture runs aground
Germany

ThyssenKrupp ship joint venture runs aground

German steel group ThyssenKrupp said on Friday that talks to create a broad joint venture with Abu Dhabi MAR had broken down, a setback for the German company's plans to reduce debt.

Justice minister demands EU probe Danish border controls
Germany

Justice minister demands EU probe Danish border controls

German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger has sharply criticised Denmark’s decision to reintroduce border controls and demanded EU officials take action against the Scandinavian country.

Greens call for action on ‘toxic’ dildos
Germany

Greens call for action on ‘toxic’ dildos

The environmentalist Greens have a new worry for the German people on top of nuclear power and GM food: the toxic dangers inherent in dildos, vibrators, butt plugs and other sex toys.

June figures dip in strong auto market
Sweden

June figures dip in strong auto market

In June there were 27,485 new cars registered in Sweden, a drop by 2.8 percent compared to the same month last year, according to industry organisation Bil Sweden, representing manufacturers and importers of cars, trucks and buses.

Women’s World Cup sees record television audience
Germany

Women’s World Cup sees record television audience

The Women's World Cup is proving popular in football-mad Germany as nearly 20 million viewers tuned in to watch the host team beat Nigeria and set a new television record.

Leipzig Zoo unveils new home for Heidi the cross-eyed opossum
Germany

Leipzig Zoo unveils new home for Heidi the cross-eyed opossum

The jungle enclosure Gondwanaland at Leipzig Zoo opened Friday with crowds packing in to see its star attraction, Heidi the cross-eyed opossum.

Government loses sick pay vote by slim margin
Sweden

Government loses sick pay vote by slim margin

The Swedish government suffered another setback in the Riksdag on Friday, when the Sweden Democrats voted with the centre-left opposition to force through its proposal by a single vote.

‘Hot-saucing’ couple to pay damages to their kids
Sweden

‘Hot-saucing’ couple to pay damages to their kids

A couple in Norrtälje, north of Stockholm, was sentenced to pay damages to their kids after forcing them to swallow Tabasco sauce as punishment for telling lies.

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Switzerland

Police recapture escaped rapist-murderer

Swiss police said Friday they had captured a convicted murderer and rapist who eluded his guards while out for a walk, after the man asked a restaurant to inform the police of his whereabouts.

Swedish star Larsson in Premiership switch
Sweden

Swedish star Larsson in Premiership switch

Swedish football player Sebastian Larsson linked up with manager Steve Bruce for the second time in his career after joining English Premier League side Sunderland on a free transfer on Friday.

The South rises again – in eastern Germany
Germany

The South rises again – in eastern Germany

As America marks the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the US Civil War this year, German history buffs have been re-enacting the bloody battles between the Union and Confederacy. Caitlan Carroll reports.

Sweden’s top children’s playgrounds
Sweden

Sweden’s top children’s playgrounds

With the summer sun in the ascendancy, it’s time to lather on the sunscreen, pack a picnic, and head out to explore some of the 50,000 playgrounds on offer across Sweden. The Local’s Karen Holst tips some of the country’s best.

Munich to enforce dedicated bike parking
Germany

Munich to enforce dedicated bike parking

With footpaths increasingly clogged with chained-up bicycles, the city of Munich is set to mandate bike parking spaces be installed at newly constructed buildings. It's a positive step, but cyclists around Germany deserve even more, one expert says.

Swedish ships take up arms to combat pirates
Sweden

Swedish ships take up arms to combat pirates

Swedish commercial shipping firm Wallenius has employed armed security staff to police its fleet to help combat the risk posed by pirates in the Gulf of Aden.

UBS expects ex-Bundesbank chief Weber to be next chairman
Switzerland

UBS expects ex-Bundesbank chief Weber to be next chairman

Swiss banking giant UBS said on Friday it intends to appoint former German central bank chief Axel Weber as its next chairman, saying that he will be nominated to the board in 2012 and take the post in 2013.

Christian Democrats uphold sex change sterilization demand
Sweden

Christian Democrats uphold sex change sterilization demand

The Christian Democrats on Thursday voted to retain the demand for sterilization for those choosing to undergo a sex change, arguing that if "a woman becomes a man, she should not be able to become pregnant as a woman".

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Switzerland

Super-rich foreigners face higher taxes

The Swiss government has decided to make wealthy foreigners pay more taxes, but refused to scrap lumpsum tax deals aimed at attracting the rich to the Alpine nation.

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Switzerland

Swiss increasingly shopping over the border

About 70 percent of Swiss consumers have shopped across the country's borders in the last year to save money, according to a new study.

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Switzerland

One in three work-related accidents involves a foreigner

One out of three work-related accidents in Switzerland involved a foreign worker last year, according to newly released figures.

Colorado to honour Forsberg by retiring shirt
Sweden

Colorado to honour Forsberg by retiring shirt

The Colorado Avalanche, the final career port of call for Swedish hockey legend Peter Forsberg, are to honour their former star by making him only the fourth player to have their number retired.

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France

Morrison cult thrives after forty years at Pere-Lachaise

It will be 40 years on Sunday since Jim Morrison was found dead in a bathtub in his Paris apartment, but a visit to his grave finds the cult of the lizard king as alive as ever.

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France

Strauss-Kahn case ‘collapsing’

Ex-IMF chief and French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn was to return to court Friday for a surprise hearing after a report that the shocking sexual assault case against him is collapsing.

Former Bundesbank boss Weber to lead UBS
Germany

Former Bundesbank boss Weber to lead UBS

Swiss banking giant UBS said Friday it is planning for former German central bank chief Axel Weber to take over as its next chairman, saying that he will be nominated to the board in 2012 before taking over the top post in 2013.

Friedrich warns of political violence
Germany

Friedrich warns of political violence

German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich warned on Friday that both right and left-wing extremists pose a growing threat to the nation’s security, even though political violence actually decreased last year.

Super computer to improve Swedish weather forecasts
Sweden

Super computer to improve Swedish weather forecasts

The Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI) has deployed the help of a new super computer to help it predict the weather with more accuracy, after the agency received scathing criticism from the government earlier this year.

Council targets rowdy revellers with lollipops
Sweden

Council targets rowdy revellers with lollipops

Free candy is to be handed out to encourage calm summer nights in the Swedish city of Karlstad, with 10,000 lollipops distributed to revellers in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday.

Swedish armed forces suffer new recruit exodus
Sweden

Swedish armed forces suffer new recruit exodus

Of the 300 recruits to the Swedish military that started their initial training in April 20 percent have left due to “physical reasons”, according to a report in Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

Merkel pressing Olympic bid with letter, Africa visit
Germany

Merkel pressing Olympic bid with letter, Africa visit

German chancellor Angela Merkel has written a personal letter urging International Olympic Committee (IOC) members to award the 2018 Winter Olympics to Munich.

Germany beats Nigeria, heads to quarter-finals
Germany

Germany beats Nigeria, heads to quarter-finals

Germany joined France in the quarter-finals of the women's World Cup from Group A after the hosts and defending champions spluttered to a 1-0 win over Nigeria on Thursday.