Star architect Chipperfield hands over keys to Berlin museum
Germany

Star architect Chipperfield hands over keys to Berlin museum

British star architect David Chipperfield unveiled Berlin's Neues Museum (New Museum) Thursday after a more than decade-long restoration to repair bomb damage dating from World War II.

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö
Sweden

Club and concert tips: Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö

Shake off that Seasonal Affective Disorder with a night out in the bright lights of Sweden's best nightclubs.

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Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Saturday, March 7

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Baltic shadow over Sweden’s banks

Sweden's banks, especially SEB and Swedbank, are basically solid but are badly exposed to the troubled Baltic economies, Moody's ratings agency said on Thursday.

ECB cuts rates to 1.50 percent
Germany

ECB cuts rates to 1.50 percent

The European Central Bank on Thursday cut its main interest rate by 50 basis points to 1.50 percent, as the troubled global economy forced it to lower its growth 2009 forecast for the eurzone.

SPD politician’s office searched for child porn
Germany

SPD politician’s office searched for child porn

Police searched Social Democrat (SPD) parliamentarian Jörg Tauss’ Berlin office on Thursday on suspicion of child pornography.

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Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, March 6

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, March 7

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, March 6

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, March 7

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Swedish autoparts maker goes bankrupt
Sweden

Swedish autoparts maker goes bankrupt

Swedish autoparts supplier Plastal, which provides parts to both Volvo and Saab, announced on Thursday it had filed for bankruptcy.

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Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, March 6

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Baffled Germans get new bureaucracy helpline
Germany

Baffled Germans get new bureaucracy helpline

Millions of Germans confused by their country’s often bewildering bureaucracy will soon have help from public authorities through a new hotline – 115 – broadcaster ARD reported on Thursday.

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Sweden

Probe into Malmö police racism reopened

Prosecutors in Malmö have decided to reopen an investigation into racist remarks made by police officers during disturbances in the city’s Rosengård neighbourhood in December.

Man dies after jump from burning building
Sweden

Man dies after jump from burning building

One person died from injuries sustained when he leapt from the eighth floor of a burning building outside of Stockholm on Thursday.

Siemens looks abroad to tap new interest in nuclear power
Germany

Siemens looks abroad to tap new interest in nuclear power

Siemens has become the latest German firm to up its game and tap into the renewed interest in nuclear power being seen all across the world - but not in the company's own backyard.

Klum says she’s not too fat
Germany

Klum says she’s not too fat

German supermodel Heidi Klum Thursday rejected criticism from those who say her figure isn’t right for the catwalk, saying she has never been the dieting type.

Borg blasts state bonus hikes
Sweden

Borg blasts state bonus hikes

Finance minister Anders Borg on Thursday admonished the boards of Sweden’s state-owned companies for "grave infractions" in awarding executive bonuses, and promised that the government would review current guidelines.

What are your favourite words in Swedish? (Part 2)
Sweden

What are your favourite words in Swedish? (Part 2)

In the second part of a series on the best words in Swedish, The Local's regular panelists dissect everything from bacon rind to the common breast wart.

What’s on in Germany: March 5 – 11
Germany

What’s on in Germany: March 5 – 11

This Week's Highlights: 1970s photorealism on display in Berlin, David Byrne takes the stage in Düsseldorf, and Frankfurt celebrates Bauhaus.

Cheerleaders gather in Bremen for national championship
Germany

Cheerleaders gather in Bremen for national championship

With the 19th annual German Cheerleading Championships set to begin this weekend in Bremen, the country’s 40 best squads are aiming to gyrate and tumble their way to victory.

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Sweden

Bildt bodyguard sues over airport outburst

The Swedish Police Union is suing the state for hundreds of thousands of kronor after one of its members, a female bodyguard, was assigned to desk duty for screaming obscenities and making a security guard cry while working for Foreign Minister Carl Bildt.

What’s on in Sweden: March 6 – 12
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: March 6 – 12

What's on in Sweden: Documentary film festival and Junot Diaz in Stockholm; Sci-fi convention in Gothenburg; Danko Jones in Malmö

Gas stations to ban spirits to fight youth binge drinking
Germany

Gas stations to ban spirits to fight youth binge drinking

The environmentalist Greens and addiction specialists are pushing for new regulations to prevent binge drinking after youth alcohol poisoning incidents reached an all-time high last year.

Terminal reopens after smoke scare
Sweden

Terminal reopens after smoke scare

Terminal 2 at Arlanda Airport was reopened at lunch time on Thursday after being evacuated at 9.30am when the smell of smoke was detected in the foreign departures terminal.

CeBIT keeps high-tech fun despite economic gloom
Germany

CeBIT keeps high-tech fun despite economic gloom

AFP's Deborah Cole heads to Hannover to check out intelligent champagne bottles, "green" USB sticks made of corn, an understanding alarm clock and plenty of other fun and futuristic gadgets at the world's biggest high-tech fair CeBIT.

Outrage over politican’s high-priced home rental
Sweden

Outrage over politican’s high-priced home rental

A Social Democratic politician and former Swedish reality TV star has sparked a backlash over plans to charge what many characterized as exorbitant fees for the rental of two separate properties.

Search begins for two missing in collapse
Germany

Search begins for two missing in collapse

Rescue workers have managed to clear and secure much of the accident site of the Cologne archive collapse, allowing search efforts for two missing people to begin sooner than expected, authorities said on Thursday.

Mannichl says he’s the victim of media ‘hate campaign’
Germany

Mannichl says he’s the victim of media ‘hate campaign’

Passau police chief Alois Mannichl, victim of an alleged neo-Nazi stabbing last year, on Thursday accused the German media of turning him into a suspect after his assailant escaped capture.

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Sweden

Public bailouts cause Sweden’s deficit to swell

Sweden’s National Debt Office (Riksgälden) said on Wednesday it expects the country’s budget deficit to balloon to 135 billion kronor ($14.7 billion) in 2009, just one year after posting a 135 billion kronor surplus.

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Crews remove Davis Cup paving stone threat

Road crews in Malmö have succeeded in removing piles of paving stones which police said would stop them from providing security for Sweden’s upcoming Davis Cup tennis match against Israel in Malmö.

Leverkusen turfs Bayern out of cup
Germany

Leverkusen turfs Bayern out of cup

Bayern Munich's desperate domestic form continued on Wednesday as the defending German Cup holders were eliminated from the competition as the equally out-of-form Bayer Leverkusen beat them 4-2 in a quarter-final clash.