Uproar over planned destruction of urban ‘green lung’
Sweden

Uproar over planned destruction of urban ‘green lung’

Residents living in Kvarteret Plankan in the Södermalm district of Stockholm are in uproar over plans to build a large apartment block in the centre of their courtyard.

New Swedish bank crisis law in two years
Sweden

New Swedish bank crisis law in two years

Sweden's Minister for Financial Market Mats Odell said on Tuesday that new rules to clarify how and when the Swedish government can take control of a domestic bank in financial trouble should come into effect in 2010.

Stockholm weekend going out guide: Saturday, Oct 4
Sweden

Stockholm weekend going out guide: Saturday, Oct 4

The Local teams up with Djungeltrumman to help point you in the right direction if you're planning a night out in Stockholm this Saturday.

Lovesick Düsseldorf peacock does €2,900 in damage to car
Germany

Lovesick Düsseldorf peacock does €2,900 in damage to car

The escapades of a Düsseldorf farmer's lovesick peacock will cost him €2,900 in damages after the creature mistook a neighbour's car for a competing suitor and attacked it in a fit of rage, the county court ruled on Tuesday.

‘Quinta’ bringing stormy weather
Germany

‘Quinta’ bringing stormy weather

October will get off to a stormy start on Wednesday, as the low pressure system ‘Quinta’ brings unsettled weather to much of Germany that could possibly spoil the start to the long holiday weekend.

Stockholm weekend going out guide: Friday, Oct 3
Sweden

Stockholm weekend going out guide: Friday, Oct 3

The Local helps fulfil all your Stockholm nightlife needs this Friday in cooperation with the ever-reliable entertainment gurus at Djungeltrumman.

Germany celebrates Elvis’ time as a soldier in Hesse
Germany

Germany celebrates Elvis’ time as a soldier in Hesse

Germany is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Elvis Presley's time in the country with music and exhibitions in the three cities he graced during his two year stint with the US Army.

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Sweden

South African police free kidnapped Swede

Police in South Africa rescued a Swedish national from Nigerian kidnappers who had lured the man to the country using an investment scam.

Paintings for the proletariat
Germany

Paintings for the proletariat

With the world’s financial markets currently giving capitalism a bad name, David Wroe dons his Che Guevara t-shirt and heads to a new Berlin exhibition showing forgotten East German art.

Borg: US financial institutions ‘reckless’
Sweden

Borg: US financial institutions ‘reckless’

Anders Borg, Sweden’s Minister of Finance, has slammed the culture of “greed” exemplified by US financial institutions and its role in precipitating the current financial crisis.

Merkel says US bailout needed to restore market confidence
Germany

Merkel says US bailout needed to restore market confidence

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that she expected a stalled US financial rescue package to be passed by lawmakers this week, as it is needed to bring "new confidence" to the markets.

Witness in hate crime documentary beaten in Mügeln
Germany

Witness in hate crime documentary beaten in Mügeln

A German man who recently appeared in a documentary about a 2007 hate crime was injured in an attack that may be related to his testimony in the film, police said on Tuesday in Leipzig.

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Sweden

H&M growth falls below expectations

Despite reporting higher third quarter profits, Swedish clothing chain H&M shares dropped due to slower-than-expected growth.

EU critic to run for European Parliament
Sweden

EU critic to run for European Parliament

Social Democratic Party Secretary and EU-critic Marita Ulvskog on Tuesday announced her plans to run for a spot in the European Parliament in the upcoming 2009 elections.

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Sweden

Proposal to shield car companies from industrial spies

A Riksdag member from Arjeplog in northern Sweden is proposing a new bill which may restrict one of Sweden’s most cherished rights in order to protect the auto industry from industrial espionage.

German unemployment falls to 16-year low
Germany

German unemployment falls to 16-year low

The German job market is proving resilient despite turbulence on the global financial market, as figures released on Tuesday showed unemployment in Europe’s largest economy sank to its lowest level in 16 years in September.

CSU party head Erwin Huber steps down
Germany

CSU party head Erwin Huber steps down

Erwin Huber, head of Bavaria’s Christian Social Union, announced on Tuesday he was stepping down after the conservative party's disappointing performance in a state election this weekend.

New staff cuts from Volvo Trucks
Sweden

New staff cuts from Volvo Trucks

Volvo Trucks announced plans on Monday to lay off 1,000 factory workers in Sweden and 400 in Belgium due to declining demand for trucks in the European market and the rising cost of raw materials.

‘Fru Gårman’ gets ready to cross Swedish streets
Sweden

‘Fru Gårman’ gets ready to cross Swedish streets

The Swedish Road Administration (Vägverket) on Monday revealed the final design for its new, more gender-sensitive pedestrian crossing signs.

Bayern worry about form ahead of Lyon Champions League clash
Germany

Bayern worry about form ahead of Lyon Champions League clash

While French champions Lyon might have injury concerns about Brazilian captain Juninho ahead of Tuesday's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich, the Germans have plenty of worries of their own.

Bomb scare closes Berlin Tegel airport
Germany

Bomb scare closes Berlin Tegel airport

An unclaimed suitcase caused a security emergency that closed off a portion of Berlin’s Tegel airport on Tuesday morning.

German tourists back home after desert ordeal
Germany

German tourists back home after desert ordeal

Five Germans who spent 10 days as hostages along with 14 others returned to Berlin from Egypt on Tuesday a day after their liberation, the German Foreign Ministry said.

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Sweden

Malmö struggles to correct 17 million kronor computer error

Officials in Malmo are trying to figure out how to recoup around 17 million kronor ($2.5 million) in economic support the city mistakenly paid to 1,800 families.

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Sweden

Ten years following major opium bust

The prime suspects in an opium bust in which Swedish officials last spring seized nearly 100 kilograms of the drug have been sentenced to ten years in prison.