Gerolsteiner scraps cycling team amid doping scandals
Germany

Gerolsteiner scraps cycling team amid doping scandals

German cycling team Gerolsteiner have withdrawn from all racing with immediate effect after the failed drugs test of Austrian rider Bernhard Kohl.

German Media Roundup: Berlin’s bank rescue bonanza
Germany

German Media Roundup: Berlin’s bank rescue bonanza

Germany has coughed up €480 billion for a bank rescue package that is grudgingly accepted as a lesser evil than impending global financial chaos by newspaper editorials in The Local’s media roundup.

Indian minister’s son suspected of raping German girl in Goa
Germany

Indian minister’s son suspected of raping German girl in Goa

Police in the Indian resort state of Goa are hunting the son of the local education minister on suspicion of raping a 14-year-old German girl and sending her lewd text messages, they said Tuesday.

Feminist boycott demand ‘a storm in a D cup’: Ryanair
Sweden

Feminist boycott demand ‘a storm in a D cup’: Ryanair

Budget airline Ryanair went on the attack on Thursday, mocking Swedish feminist politician Birgitta Ohlsson’s call for a boycott of the airline because of its allegedly sexist advertising practices.

Abba’s Björn beats the taxman
Sweden

Abba’s Björn beats the taxman

ABBA star Björn Ulvaeus has emerged victorious from a protracted battle with the Swedish Tax Agency (Skatteverket) over alleged tax evasion.

Socialists nominate TV cop Sodann for German presidency
Germany

Socialists nominate TV cop Sodann for German presidency

Germany’s hard-line socialist Left party on Tuesday named Peter Sodann, a former star of television police drama Tatort, as their candidate for the May 2009 presidential election.

Alicia’s father jailed over Cambodia abduction
Sweden

Alicia’s father jailed over Cambodia abduction

The father of Alicia Elfversson, the six year-old Swedish girl who he abducted and took to Cambodia, has been sentenced to one and a half years in prison by a district court in Gothenburg.

German women don’t want to cook your dinner
Germany

German women don’t want to cook your dinner

Perhaps it should come as no surprise in a country where politicians debate implementing a "stove premium" for women staying home to raise the kids, but German women are apparently tired of men asking them what’s for dinner.

Stockholm weekend going out guide: Friday, Oct 17
Sweden

Stockholm weekend going out guide: Friday, Oct 17

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

Swedish feminist demands Ryanair boycott
Sweden

Swedish feminist demands Ryanair boycott

Birgitta Ohlsson, one of Sweden’s most prominent feminist politicians, has called for a consumer boycott of Ryanair in response to the discount airline’s attitudes about an ad deemed sexist by a Swedish advertising trade group.

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Sweden

Sweden to set up new bank crisis fund

Sweden's Financial Markets Minister Mats Odell said on Tuesday the government was planning to unveil plans for a new fund to help bail out banks in the event of a financial emergency.

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Sweden

Investor suffers ‘torturous’ third quarter

Swedish investment giant Investor expressed optimism for the future on Tuesday despite suffering massive third quarter losses.

German economy ‘on the brink of recession’
Germany

German economy ‘on the brink of recession’

Germany’s economy is teetering “on the brink of recession,” according to the autumn forecast of the country’s leading economic institutes published on Tuesday.

Daimler slashes 3,500 jobs in North America
Germany

Daimler slashes 3,500 jobs in North America

The German auto and truck maker Daimler said on Tuesday it would cut 3,500 jobs in the United States and Canada in the face of slumping demand.

Schürrer gets life sentence for murdering Swedish kids
Germany

Schürrer gets life sentence for murdering Swedish kids

Christine Schürrer, the German woman found guilty of murdering two children in Arboga, Sweden has been sentenced to life in prison.

Drunk truck driver stops at police station for directions
Germany

Drunk truck driver stops at police station for directions

An intoxicated truck driver stopped by a Kaltenkirchen police station to ask for directions after he lost his way, but left the station without his driver’s license, police in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein reported on Tuesday.

Stagnation in your Swedish town? Blame Florida
Sweden

Stagnation in your Swedish town? Blame Florida

Which comes first: urban creativity or sound economic growth? Nima Sanandaji aims to separate the chickens from the eggs as he examines the influence on Swedish policy-makers of US urban theorist Richard Florida.

Arboga murderer gets life in prison
Sweden

Arboga murderer gets life in prison

Christine Schürrer, the German woman found guilty of murdering two children in Arboga, has been sentenced to life in prison.

Winter survival kit – Plan B: Bring a bottle
Sweden

Winter survival kit – Plan B: Bring a bottle

As autumn slowly turns to winter and the credit crunch makes it trickier to escape for a few days in the sun, wine expert Mark Majzner weighs up the alternatives.

Franco used Nazi Enigma machines in Spanish civil war
Germany

Franco used Nazi Enigma machines in Spanish civil war

General Francisco Franco's Nationalist forces reportedly used Enigma machines, the device Germany's Nazis used to encrypt top-secret messages during World War II, in their battle against Republicans during Spain's civil war.

Swedish shares continue to climb
Sweden

Swedish shares continue to climb

Following Monday’s upward trend, the Stockholm stock exchange had climbed more than 5 percent in the first ten minutes of trading on Tuesday.

Man and dog fall from Berlin autobahn bridge
Germany

Man and dog fall from Berlin autobahn bridge

Berlin police are searching for witnesses after a man and his dog fell from a Charlottenburg district bridge on Monday, daily Die Welt reported on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Charges filed after psychiatric patient’s heroin death

Manslaughter charges have been filed against a 34-year-old man from Borås who helped a woman commit suicide by giving her an overdose of heroin.

Famed Frankfurt book fair feels financial crisis
Germany

Famed Frankfurt book fair feels financial crisis

The world’s largest book fair will open Tuesday evening in Germany under the cloud of a world financial meltdown that its celebrity invitation list of writers and politicians cannot dispel.

Swedish research bolsters protein-Alzheimer’s link
Sweden

Swedish research bolsters protein-Alzheimer’s link

The presence of a certain protein can help protect the elderly from developing Alzheimer’s, according to a group of Swedish researchers at Uppsala University.

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Sweden

Poison pies sold in Sweden

A batch of Chinese-made chocolate pies which likely contained the poisonous chemical melamin was delivered to a wholesaler in Stockholm.