Steinmeier fears impact of chilly US-Russia ties
Germany

Steinmeier fears impact of chilly US-Russia ties

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned on Wednesday that the frigid state of US-Russian ties could aggravate a range of world crises after high-level talks on Iran's disputed nuclear program were axed.

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Sweden

Sweden welcomes EU telecoms vote

Sweden’s EU parliamentary delegation is rejoicing following a decision by the body to toss out a proposal that would have banned file sharers from the internet and forced internet service providers to filter content in the hunt for pirated material.

Ghana rallies to help Sweden
Sweden

Ghana rallies to help Sweden

People in Africa are reaching out to help the less fortunate citizens of faraway Sweden, writes David Bartal.

Bavarian dentist retrieves unpaid work from patient’s mouth
Germany

Bavarian dentist retrieves unpaid work from patient’s mouth

A disgruntled dentist in the Bavarian town of Neu-Ulm is under investigation for assault and theft after forcibly retrieving unpaid dental work from the mouth of his patient.

Germany doubles police instructors in Afghanistan
Germany

Germany doubles police instructors in Afghanistan

Germany will double its contribution to an EU police training mission in Afghanistan, the cabinet in Berlin announced on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Sweden ‘well-equipped for downturn’: Riksbank

Swedish central bank chief Stefan Ingves has said the country is financially strong and well prepared for the challenges posed by a global economic downturn.

Teacher in the clear after feeding kids cat food
Sweden

Teacher in the clear after feeding kids cat food

A local council in western Sweden has withdrawn its written warning against a pre-school teacher who encouraged children in her class to eat cat food earlier this year.

Foreign students’ complaints flood Swedish education agency
Sweden

Foreign students’ complaints flood Swedish education agency

Complaints from foreign students who’ve been rejected from Swedish universities have left the National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket) struggling to keep up.

Unfulfilled Aachen john demands hooker refund
Germany

Unfulfilled Aachen john demands hooker refund

An Aachen man who failed to reach orgasm during his €30 ($44) session with a prostitute has accused her of unfairly taking his money, according to a bemused police report on Wednesday.

First Siemens bribery scandal trial starts in Nuremberg
Germany

First Siemens bribery scandal trial starts in Nuremberg

A damaging bribery scandal at German conglomerate Siemens came to court in Nuremberg for the first time on Wednesday as a former board member went on trial charged with breach of trust.

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Sweden

Blue tongue outbreak spreads south

Sweden’s outbreak of blue tongue disease continues to spread as animals in the Småland region of south central Sweden and neighbouring Skåne county to the south have now been diagnosed with the condition.

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Sweden

Swedish researchers uncover addiction’s genetic roots

Researchers in Gothenburg studying the connection between alcoholism and the hormone ghrelin have found that a single genetic cause may lie behind several forms of dependency.

China asks German dairies for powdered milk
Germany

China asks German dairies for powdered milk

China has started making inquires at German dairies for powdered milk in the wake of a deadly food safety scandal, daily newspaper Die Welt reported on Wednesday.

Brangelina arrives for three-month stay in Berlin
Germany

Brangelina arrives for three-month stay in Berlin

Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have arrived in Berlin for a three-month stay while Pitt stars in Quentin Tarantino's “Inglorious Basterds,” which begins production in mid-October.

Military ordered to pay for using iconic wartime image
Sweden

Military ordered to pay for using iconic wartime image

The longstanding dispute over who owns the rights to a famous image from Sweden’s war-time propaganda campaigns is over.

German business confidence drops again
Germany

German business confidence drops again

German business confidence dropped for the fourth straight month in September, the key Ifo index showed on Wednesday, as the biggest European economy was gripped by the international financial crisis.

Iron found to be a threat to Vasa’s future
Sweden

Iron found to be a threat to Vasa’s future

Fresh research has shed light on what exactly is breaking down the wooden hull of the centuries old Vasa war ship housed in one of Stockholm’s most popular museums.

Veronica Maggio – Sweden’s new soul sister
Sweden

Veronica Maggio – Sweden’s new soul sister

Sweden’s newest music sensation, Veronica Maggio, talks to The Local’s Jennifer Heape about nerves, female solidarity and exploring her darker side.

Tiefensee says aid to former communist east ‘urgent’
Germany

Tiefensee says aid to former communist east ‘urgent’

Eighteen years after German reunification, the eastern states still depend on financial support from the federal government, Transportation Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee told broadcaster ZDF on Wednesday morning.

Swedes express increased job market pessimism
Sweden

Swedes express increased job market pessimism

Nearly two of three Swedes believe that unemployment is on the rise, according to a new survey.

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Sweden

Riksbank to get more dollars from US Fed

The Riksbank announced on Wednesday that it was entering into a $10 billion reciprocal currency arrangement with the Federal Reserve Bank in the United States.

Knut’s surrogate father Dörflein had cancer
Germany

Knut’s surrogate father Dörflein had cancer

An autopsy has shown Berlin's famous zookeeper Thomas Dörflein died of a heart attack, but Germany daily Bild reported Wednesday that Knut’s surrogate father was also suffering from cancer.

Steinmeier says Russia hindering talks on Iran
Germany

Steinmeier says Russia hindering talks on Iran

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Tuesday that Russia’s apparent cancellation of a ministerial meeting of six major powers on Iran’s nuclear program would make it “difficult” to bring pressure on Tehran.