Ballack kicks Germany to the next round
Germany

Ballack kicks Germany to the next round

Germany fought their way through to the quarterfinals of the Euro 2008 on Monday night after a laboured 1-0 victory over co-hosts Austria.

Top cop: don’t park fancy ride in Kreuzberg
Germany

Top cop: don’t park fancy ride in Kreuzberg

Berlin police chief Dieter Glietsch has sparked a storm of criticism by warning the owners of fancy cars not to park overnight in the city's Kreuzberg district after a rash of auto arson.

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Sweden

Malmö firefighters demand police escorts

Firefighters in Malmö in southern Sweden are demanding police escorts on calls. The firefighters have had enough of threats and violence in some of the city's rougher areas.

So you want to become a German citizen?
Germany

So you want to become a German citizen?

What is the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia? Why was Willy Brandt kneeling before a memorial in Poland in 1970? You'd better know the answers if you want to become a German citizen, writes AFP's Arnaud Bouvier.

Midsummer holiday ‘could be a washout’
Sweden

Midsummer holiday ‘could be a washout’

Midsummer Day is just five days away and already most Swedes are anxiously checking out the weather prognosis. And it isn't good so far. It is rainy.

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Germany

Germany’s ProSiebenSat1 sells unit to Sweden’s TV4

German media group ProSiebenSat1 is to sell Scandinavian pay TV unit C More to the Swedish company TV4, ProSieben said Monday.

Winning at the art of losing
Germany

Winning at the art of losing

The Local is proud to publish My Dear Krauts, a regular column dissecting German society by Roger Boyes, the Berlin correspondent for British daily The Times.

Dublin rejects Steinmeier’s plan to leave Ireland behind
Germany

Dublin rejects Steinmeier’s plan to leave Ireland behind

The Irish government has rejected German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s suggestion that the EU continue its integration process without Ireland after voters failed to approve the Lisbon Treaty on Friday.

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Sweden

Swedish rape stats rise

The number of reported rapes in Sweden has risen sharply in the last ten years, according to a new survey by Brå, the Swedish national council for crime prevention.

Berlin students protest repeat exam after cheating scandal
Germany

Berlin students protest repeat exam after cheating scandal

Despite a large protest staged by students on Monday, the Berlin school administration is standing by its decision to force 28,000 students to retake their mathematics final after a massive cheating scandal was uncovered.

Swedes enter match of Russian roulette
Sweden

Swedes enter match of Russian roulette

Sweden may have taken a huge hit to their morale with the last minute defeat by Spain in their Euro 2008 Group D clash but they will be buoyed by the fact all they need out of their final match with Russia on Wednesday is a point.

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Sweden

Swedish petrol hits record high

The cost of Swedish petrol has gone up to over 14 kronor per liter since the leading petrol companies raised prices on Monday.

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Sweden

Female Swedish ‘spy’ officer off the hook

There is to be no indictment against a female officer suspected of having leaked secret NATO and United Nations documents to her Serbian lover whilst on duty in Kosovo.

Pressure on Germans to avoid another ‘Cordoba’
Germany

Pressure on Germans to avoid another ‘Cordoba’

Germany must avoid defeat against Austria on Monday night to make it to the next round of the Euro 2008, but the tournament's Alpine co-hosts are hoping repeat a cherished World Cup upset thirty years ago in Cordoba.

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Sweden

Swedes see net worth slashed

Swedish households have become 400 billion kronor ($66 billion) poorer in the year's first three months.

Bed company fined for misleading Midsummer ads
Sweden

Bed company fined for misleading Midsummer ads

The Swedish Consumer Agency is demanding a 300,000 kronor ($49,474) fine from a Swedish bedding company whose advertising slogan promises "your money back if it rains on Midsummer Day".

German insurer reports spike in youth ‘coma boozing’ cases
Germany

German insurer reports spike in youth ‘coma boozing’ cases

Heavy drinking known as “coma boozing” among youth in Germany is becoming more of a problem for public health care insurers, the regional daily Frankfurter Rundschau reported on Monday.

Three killed in Regensburg plane crash
Germany

Three killed in Regensburg plane crash

A plane crash in near Regensburg in the German state of Bavaria left three dead on Sunday afternoon.

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Sweden

Sweden’s TV4 buys Nordic Canal+

Sweden's TV4 group is set to buy television company C More Entertainment from Germany's ProSiebenSat 1.

Turkish-Germans celebrate Turkey’s quarterfinals entry
Germany

Turkish-Germans celebrate Turkey’s quarterfinals entry

Thousands of Turkish football fans across Germany celebrated their team’s entry into the Euro 2008 quarterfinals after a thrilling 3-2 victory over the Czech Republic on Sunday evening.

German transporters foresee 10 percent price hike
Germany

German transporters foresee 10 percent price hike

The head of the German association of hauliers warned in an interview to run Monday that they would have to raise their fees by 10 percent over the next six months to cope with rising fuel prices.

Swedish jazz star dies in diving accident
Sweden

Swedish jazz star dies in diving accident

Swedish jazz star Esbjörn Svensson was killed at the weekend in a scuba diving accident off Stockhom, his manager said on Monday. He was 44.