Terry seals England win over Germany
Germany

Terry seals England win over Germany

England captain John Terry's header six minutes from time sealed a 2-1 win over Germany in Wednesday's friendly at Berlin's Olympic Stadium as Fabio Capello's weakened team beat the Euro 2008 runners-up.

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, Nov. 22
Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, Nov. 22

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, Nov. 21
Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, Nov. 21

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, Nov. 22
Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, Nov. 22

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, Nov. 21
Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, Nov. 21

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Germany

Hesse dissolves parliament for early election after SPD rebellion

The German state of Hesse dissolved its parliament on Wednesday to make way for new elections after a spectacular rebellion among embattled Social Democrats kept them from forming a ruling coalition.

Arctic storm bringing widespread snow Friday
Germany

Arctic storm bringing widespread snow Friday

A stormy Arctic cold front is expected to sweep across Germany over the weekend, bringing snow, frost and below-freezing temperatures from north to south by Friday, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Wednesday.

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Germany

Berlin says EU planning €130-billion stimulus

The European Commission is planning a €130-billion ($163-billion) economic stimulus programme, a spokeswoman for the German Economy Ministry said on Wednesday.

Millions promised for Vasa preservation research
Sweden

Millions promised for Vasa preservation research

The Swedish Research Council (Vetenskaprådet) announced plans on Wednesday for a multi-million kronor research project aimed at learning more about how to best preserve the centuries old Vasa war ship, one of Sweden’s most popular tourist destinations.

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Sweden

BBC statement to SVT regarding 2005 Niger reports

The following is the full statement issued to Sveriges Television (SVT) by the BBC in response to questions about the latter's reporting on the 2005 food crisis in Africa.

Berlin beefs up security for England football friendly
Germany

Berlin beefs up security for England football friendly

Thousands of football fans are expected in Berlin on Wednesday to watch Germany take on England in a friendly. But with some 700 hooligans expected in the German capital, police will be out in full force to insure the match stays peaceful.

SVT criticizes BBC Africa report
Sweden

SVT criticizes BBC Africa report

A documentary broadcast on Swedish public television on Tuesday called into question the reputation of Britain’s public broadcaster, the BBC, for filing misleading and inaccurate reports about the severity of a food shortage in Niger in 2005.

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, Nov. 22
Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, Nov. 22

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, Nov 21
Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, Nov 21

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Sweden to enter talks with banks

Sweden's government is to meet with representatives of the country's major banks on Thursday in a bid to understand the banks' refusal to join a state-sponsored lending guarantee scheme.

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Sweden

Chihuahua pup sparks feud with Playboy bunny

Bonnie the Chihuahua has found herself at the centre of divorce wranglings between Swedish-speaking Playboy Playmate Ida Ljungqvist and her estranged husband Joshua R. Lang, reports MSNBC.

BASF suspends work and cuts profit target
Germany

BASF suspends work and cuts profit target

The world's biggest chemical company, BASF, said Wednesday it would cut global output and suspend operations at 80 plants, affecting 20,000 workers and dropping its 2008 operating profit target. Shares in the company plunged in mid-day trading on the Frankfurt stock exchange as a result.

World Toilet Day and the perilous poo platform
Germany

World Toilet Day and the perilous poo platform

In the latest dispatch of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy tackles the touchy subject of the German loo shelf on World Toilet Day.

Sahlin sets Christmas cooperation deadline
Sweden

Sahlin sets Christmas cooperation deadline

Social Democrat leader Mona Sahlin has said a decision will be reached by Christmas as to whether the main parties of the opposition will run for election in 2010 on a joint electoral platform.

Sweden sees wave of squatter evictions
Sweden

Sweden sees wave of squatter evictions

Police on Tuesday removed a group of young people from a building in Malmö in the latest in a series of squatter evictions in the south of the country. Protesters in Malmö and Lund have also taken to the streets to demonstrate against housing shortages.

Joyous court climax for Madonna of Orgasm Church
Sweden

Joyous court climax for Madonna of Orgasm Church

The Madonna of Orgasm Church (Orgasmens Madonnas kyrka) took an important step toward official recognition in Sweden last week when a court ruled it had the right to be registered as a faith community.

SolarWorld makes €1-billion Opel bid
Germany

SolarWorld makes €1-billion Opel bid

German solar energy company SolarWorld has prepared an offer for the four German auto factories owned by Opel, a division of US giant General Motors, worth €1 billion ($1.26 billion).

Germans call their mothers more
Germany

Germans call their mothers more

Germans call their their mothers more often than people in most other countries, according to a new poll by research institute Emnid, which found that almost one-third talk to Mutti every single day.

How hard is Swedish to learn?
Sweden

How hard is Swedish to learn?

Learning Swedish can be a tricky business for even the most nimble-tongued of linguists. This week we get the views of our readers’ panel on how best to deal with the intimidating dots and circles.

German kayaker survives rapids accident in New Zealand
Germany

German kayaker survives rapids accident in New Zealand

German tourist Julia Jahn from Bavaria kept telling herself she was too young to die as she struggled for five hours to keep her head above water after her kayak became trapped in a New Zealand river.

Court rules big breasts not a health problem for insurance
Germany

Court rules big breasts not a health problem for insurance

Having extremely large breasts is not an illness and an operation to reduce their size is therefore not covered by German state health insurance, a court said Wednesday.

Thousands of Rwandans protest official’s extradition to France
Germany

Thousands of Rwandans protest official’s extradition to France

Tens of thousands of Rwandans gathered in the capital Kigali Wednesday to protest Germany's upcoming transfer of a senior official arrested in Frankfurt to France.

The Grinch who stole Weihnachten
Germany

The Grinch who stole Weihnachten

Will the Grinch steal Christmas this year? According to a survey published by Stern magazine on Wednesday, Germans are planning on spending less on gifts because of the global financial crisis and the fear of recession.

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Sweden

Scania to open production facility in Iraq

Truck and bus maker Scania announced on Wednesday that it has signed an agreement with the government of Iraq to open an assembly plant in the country in 2009.

Record number of foreign students stay in Germany
Germany

Record number of foreign students stay in Germany

More foreign students than ever before are staying in Germany after they complete their studies, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

Party politics threaten German crisis response
Germany

Party politics threaten German crisis response

As Germany comes under pressure to do more to jumpstart the world's third biggest economy, party politics is rearing its ugly head and undermining Berlin's efforts to weather a sharp global slowdown.

Historical preservation honours to be awarded in Leipzig
Germany

Historical preservation honours to be awarded in Leipzig

The highest German prizes for historical preservation will be awarded in Leipzig on Wednesday, honouring institutions and individuals for their work to save the country’s jewels from the past.

‘Do more to encourage talented students’: Moderates
Sweden

‘Do more to encourage talented students’: Moderates

Schools need to do a better job of encouraging and taking responsibility for talented students, according to Moderate Party working group.

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Sweden

Man detained for triple-stabbing

A 32-year-old man from Motala in central Sweden has been remanded in custody on three counts of attempted murder after stabbing his ex-girlfriend, her mother, and her mother’s friend on Saturday.