Liseberg funfair accident caused by broken drive shaft
Sweden

Liseberg funfair accident caused by broken drive shaft

The accident at the Liseberg amusement park in Gothenburg last week was caused by a broken drive shaft, investigators have announced.

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Germany

Merkel backs EU ‘associate’ status for Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday said during a visit to Kiev that Ukraine should become an "associate member" of the European Union, warning that full membership was not on the agenda.

Representing Germany’s US Democrats in Denver
Germany

Representing Germany’s US Democrats in Denver

On the eve of presumptive US presidential nominee Barack Obama's highly-anticipated speech in Berlin on July 24, Democrats Abroad delegate, Shari Temple, tells The Local what's important to American voters living in Germany and why Germans are so fascinated with Obama.

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Sweden

Kenyan activists urge Lundin to delay drilling

Kenyan activists on Monday called for Swedish oil firm Lundin Petroleum to hold off its plans to search for oil and natural gas in the north-west Lake Turkana basin due to health concerns.

Germany sees growth slowing dramatically
Germany

Germany sees growth slowing dramatically

The German Finance Ministry said on Monday it expects the world’s third largest economy to cool considerable after growth in the second quarter slowed dramatically.

Swedish fashion taking the world by storm
Sweden

Swedish fashion taking the world by storm

Richie Rankin reveals why hot labels and cutting-edge design have helped Stockholm become the new Milan in global fashion.

Borås loses out in Uefa burger battle
Sweden

Borås loses out in Uefa burger battle

Swedish fast food restaurant chain Max has decided to follow the will of the people and refuse to close during the U21 European Championships 2009. Uefa will now move the matches from Borås to another venue.

Oktoberfest tent spots already booked up
Germany

Oktoberfest tent spots already booked up

Nine weeks before Munich's famed Oktoberfest is to begin, German media is reporting that the famous beer tents are already booked solid.

Coffee machine milk ‘like washing powder’
Sweden

Coffee machine milk ‘like washing powder’

The milk used in many of Sweden's coffee vending-machine's constitutes false marketing and could be used to wash your clothes, a consumer association claims.

Daylight robbery in central Stockholm
Sweden

Daylight robbery in central Stockholm

A security transport was robbed in central Stockholm around midday on Monday. The perpetrators made off in a foreign-registered BMW.

Leipzig University puts 4th century bible online
Germany

Leipzig University puts 4th century bible online

One of the world's oldest Bibles, the Codex Sinaiticus, discovered in Egypt in the 19th century, is to be made available online this week, the Leipzig University library said on Monday.

Thieves steal excavator and mow down German bank for ATM
Germany

Thieves steal excavator and mow down German bank for ATM

Thieves in Rheinau in the German state of Baden-Württemberg broke into a bank and stole a cash machine using an excavator they took from a nearby construction site, police reported Monday.

Pernilla Hellgren ‘was not supposed to die’
Sweden

Pernilla Hellgren ‘was not supposed to die’

Murder suspect Anders Eklund admitted in court today that he raped 31-year-old Pernilla Hellgren in Falun in 2000 before killing her. Eklund has previously admitted to killing both Pernilla Hellgren and 10-year-old Engla Juncosa Höglund.

Protestors released after German army induction ceremony scuffle
Germany

Protestors released after German army induction ceremony scuffle

Seven German demonstrators who were arrested in Berlin on Sunday during the first-ever swearing in ceremony for new Bundeswehr recruits in front of the Reichstag parliament building have been released, police said on Monday.

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Sweden

Journalist union accuses EU over press subsidy secrecy

The Swedish union of journalists has accused the EU Commission of colluding with media firm Bonniers against the system of press subsidies. Margot Wallström is also criticized for proposals that would further classify the EU Commission's routines.

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Sweden

Tough US newspaper market makes for big losses at Metro

Metro International, publisher of free newspapers, announced on Monday a net loss of €1.95 million ($3.1 million) in the second quarter due to difficult market conditions, notably in the United States.

MEND rebels in Niger Delta to help free kidnapped Germans
Germany

MEND rebels in Niger Delta to help free kidnapped Germans

The most prominent armed group in the restive Niger Delta, MEND, promised Monday to assist in the release of two German construction workers seized earlier this month by unknown gunmen.

Russian billionaire Mordashov boosts stake in travel group TUI
Germany

Russian billionaire Mordashov boosts stake in travel group TUI

Russian billionaire Alexei Mordashov has increased his stake in Germany's TUI, one of the leading European travel and shipping groups, to 15.03 percent, a statement to the stock market said on Monday.

Olympic ice-kings Germany look for summer glory in Beijing
Germany

Olympic ice-kings Germany look for summer glory in Beijing

Germany may have topped the medal table at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games, but they face a challenge to excel in the sweltering heat of Beijing next month in their traditional disciplines.

After 57 years, Wolfgang Wagner bows out in Bayreuth
Germany

After 57 years, Wolfgang Wagner bows out in Bayreuth

The Richard Wagner bicentenary is still five years off and the Bayreuth Festival’s 100th edition even further along in 2011, but this year’s events on the fabled Green Hill in Germany will make history for another reason.

Jogger reports possible bear in Hesse
Germany

Jogger reports possible bear in Hesse

Hesse police have reported another bear sighting in Lahn-Dill county, after the first sighting this month turned out to be a circus llama.

Record 1.6 mln partyers heat up Love Parade
Germany

Record 1.6 mln partyers heat up Love Parade

A record 1.6 million people took part in the Love Parade in Dortmund over the weekend, partying into Sunday morning at the world’s largest techno party, police reported.

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Sweden

Swedish study explores passive smoking and children

The effects on children of passive smoking varies depending on when the exposure occurs, according to a new study from the Karolinska Institutet.

Bust nets ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ accomplice
Sweden

Bust nets ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ accomplice

Swedish police reported on Sunday that Clark Olofsson, one of Sweden’s most notorious career criminals, was among six suspects arrested in a massive narcotics raid over the weekend.

Deranged man tried to enter Sahlin’s home
Sweden

Deranged man tried to enter Sahlin’s home

A man carrying a bag with a hammer and a knife was detained by police as he tried to enter the yard of Social Democratic Party leader Mona Sahlin on Sunday.