Merkel tells Germans to unite to beat crisis
Germany

Merkel tells Germans to unite to beat crisis

Chancellor Angela Merkel told Germans they will need to join together in order to tackle the challenges facing their country in 2009.

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Sweden

Bildt calls for Gaza borders to open

Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt has called for an immediate ceasefire and full humanitarian access to under-siege Gaza after a meeting with EU foreign ministers in Paris on Tuesday.

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Sweden

Car thieves in the drink as thin ice halts joyride

Two car thieves took an enforced dip in freezing waters as thin ice put an end to their joyride on a frozen lake in central Sweden.

Riksbank chief forecasts dire 2009
Sweden

Riksbank chief forecasts dire 2009

The global financial crisis is set to continue to affect the Swedish economy in 2009, despite a sting of measures to counter falling productivity and rising unemployment Riksbank chief Stefan Ingves said on Wednesday.

Neo-Nazi NPD faces power struggle
Germany

Neo-Nazi NPD faces power struggle

The German neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) appears headed for an internal power struggle to oust long-term leader Udo Voigt.

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Sweden

Police hire protection in Malmö suburb

The police have contracted a security firm to help with the surveillance and protection of the police station in the Malmö suburb of Rosengård.

Man dies in Stockholm shooting
Sweden

Man dies in Stockholm shooting

One man died and another was seriously injured in a shooting in central Stockholm on Wednesday morning.

Tom Cruise ‘deeply moved’ by playing would-be Hitler assassin
Germany

Tom Cruise ‘deeply moved’ by playing would-be Hitler assassin

US actor Tom Cruise was "deeply moved" by playing the would-be assassin of Adolf Hitler in the movie "Valkyrie," he said in an interview with a German celebrity magazine this week.

Steinbrück warns against ‘growth bubble’
Germany

Steinbrück warns against ‘growth bubble’

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück has warned that cutting interest rates too low in an effort to counter the global recession could create a what he called dangerous "growth bubble."

2008: The year in review
Sweden

2008: The year in review

As 2008 draws to a close, The Local takes a look back at some of the stories that caught our attention over the last twelve months.