Merkel: Germany ‘strong’ enough to cope with financial crisis
Germany

Merkel: Germany ‘strong’ enough to cope with financial crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that the long-term consequences of the global financial crisis were uncertain but that she was confident the "strong" German economy would survive.

Malmö nightclub tips: Saturday, Oct 11
Sweden

Malmö nightclub tips: Saturday, Oct 11

Discover the night-time jewels of the city in the south with the aid of recommendations from The Local in association with entertainment guide Djungeltrumman.

Cologne terrorist suspects released on lack of evidence
Germany

Cologne terrorist suspects released on lack of evidence

Two men arrested last month at the Cologne-Bonn airport under suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks have been released due to lack of evidence, the Bonn state prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday.

Bringing Berlin’s BMWs to bed
Germany

Bringing Berlin’s BMWs to bed

In a Berlin district where luxury cars are routinely torched by anarchists, a developer has patented an idea that allows the rich and comfortable to make sure their cars are kept in the same style.

Path clear for Seehofer to become next Bavarian premier
Germany

Path clear for Seehofer to become next Bavarian premier

German Agriculture Minister Horst Seehofer appears set to become the next premier of Bavaria after two challengers from his Christian Social Union (CSU) party abandoned their ambitions for the post.

Malmö nightclub tips: Friday, Oct 10
Sweden

Malmö nightclub tips: Friday, Oct 10

Get your Malmö club compass pointing in the right direction with night life pathfinders Djungeltrumman.

Swedish firm joins battle for online music market
Sweden

Swedish firm joins battle for online music market

Innovative Swedish music-streaming site Spotify confirmed on Tuesday a series of major music licensing deals to coincide with the launch of its new international site.

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Sweden

Swedes vulnerable to financial crisis effects

The state collections agency, Kronofogden, is warning that average Swedes are highly exposed to the negative effects of the current financial crisis.

Oktoberfest revellers shun beer for condoms
Germany

Oktoberfest revellers shun beer for condoms

Cold and clammy weather at this year’s Oktoberfest might have put some visitors off beer, but it also apparently encouraged people to cuddle up for warmth – and buy more condoms.

Hypo Real Estate boss Funke resigns
Germany

Hypo Real Estate boss Funke resigns

The head of the troubled German mortgage lender Hypo Real Estate, Georg Funke, has resigned, the fourth biggest German bank said in a statement.

Bayern guarantees Klinsmann’s job until end of season
Germany

Bayern guarantees Klinsmann’s job until end of season

FC Bayern Munich’s embattled coach Jürgen Klinsmann has been guaranteed a job until the end of the current season by club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Nobel physics award split three ways
Sweden

Nobel physics award split three ways

Two researchers from Japan and an American colleague have been awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize for Physics.

Swedish bankruptcies skyrocket
Sweden

Swedish bankruptcies skyrocket

September was a tough month for businesses in Sweden, with bankruptcies up 20 percent from the same month last year.

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Sweden

Madrid crash hits SAS bookings

Scandinavia airline SAS said on Tuesday it expected a fatal crash involving daughter company Spanair to cost the firm an estimated 500 million kronor ($69.6 million).

German cabinet backs new Afghanistan mandate
Germany

German cabinet backs new Afghanistan mandate

The German cabinet decided on Tuesday that German Bundeswehr troops will remain in Afghanistan for the next 14 months instead of 12 months as originally planned.

Criminal charges for ICA meat labelling scandal
Sweden

Criminal charges for ICA meat labelling scandal

Public prosecutor Solveig Sörlien has filed formal charges against an ICA grocery store in the Stockholm suburb of Nacka for relabeling outdated packages of mince meat and putting them back on store shelves.

Opel closing two factories temporarily
Germany

Opel closing two factories temporarily

German carmaker Opel has announced a temporary work suspension following a drastic reduction in demand, German daily Bild reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Physician to lose licence after oral sex with patient

A 44-year-old doctor in Stockholm is to have his licence revoked after performing oral sex on a male patient, medical newspaper Dagens Medicin reports.

Malmö man dies following overnight shooting
Sweden

Malmö man dies following overnight shooting

A 26-year-old man died in the early hours of Tuesday morning after being shot in the Slottsstaden district of Malmö.

Industrial federation says crisis creates credit problems
Germany

Industrial federation says crisis creates credit problems

The international financial crisis will now make credit conditions tougher for German companies, the head of the national industrial federation BDI said on Tuesday in a press interview.

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Germany

Germany at odds with Italy on European bailout fund

The leaders of Germany and Italy pledged coordinated European action late on Monday to contend with the global financial crisis but remained divided on Rome’s call for a European bailout fund.

Poll gain for Moderates amid financial crisis
Sweden

Poll gain for Moderates amid financial crisis

According to a new poll, support for the Moderate Party is rising, something the party attributes to its success in dealing with the global financial crisis.

Regional train collision injures one in Berlin
Germany

Regional train collision injures one in Berlin

Two regional trains collided in Berlin late on Monday evening, leaving one person injured according to the city fire department.

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Sweden

Doctors mistake woman’s ovary for her appendix

A Swedish woman was supposed to have her appendix removed, but when the operation was completed she discovered surgeons had instead removed one of her ovaries and a Fallopian tube.