Steinbrück pooh-poohs US call for stimulus
Germany

Steinbrück pooh-poohs US call for stimulus

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück resisted on Monday a US call on governments worldwide to pump more taxpayer money into their faltering economies.

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Sweden

Swedish dads could lose out under EU plans

An EU proposal intended to improve rights to maternity leave could lead to Swedish fathers losing out, ministers have said.

Commerzbank pumps €4 billion into Dresdner
Germany

Commerzbank pumps €4 billion into Dresdner

Germany's second largest bank, Commerzbank, will pump €4 billion ($5 billion) into recently acquired Dresdner Bank, a spokesman said on Monday.

Cops end granny’s roundabout race
Germany

Cops end granny’s roundabout race

An 62-year-old Braunschweig driver was stopped after circling a roundabout more than 50 times to “break in” her new vehicle, police in the German state of Lower Saxony reported on Monday.

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Sweden

Investor boss gets big pay packet

The chief executive of Investor, the holding company of the Wallenberg family, received a pay packet worth 15.4 million kronor for 2008, despite the company posting a loss of 37 billion kronor.

First school for Muslim imams to open in Berlin
Germany

First school for Muslim imams to open in Berlin

Germany’s first private institute for the education of Muslim Imams will open soon in Berlin’s Karlshorst neighbourhood.

Doctor in baby death case released
Sweden

Doctor in baby death case released

A paediatrician arrested last week on suspicion of killing a baby has been released, according to a court service spokesperson.

Say brother, can you spare a billion?
Germany

Say brother, can you spare a billion?

In the latest dispatch of Portnoy’s Stammtisch, The Local’s column about life in Germany, Portnoy explains why carmaker Opel deserves to be bailed out – but other Teutonic firms don’t.

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Sweden

Ex-cop charged for ‘neglecting’ to return evidence

A former Gothenburg-area police officer was charged on Monday for having pilfered several pieces of police evidence and taking out a loan in another person’s name.

Lufthansa cabin crew back wage row strike
Germany

Lufthansa cabin crew back wage row strike

The majority of cabin personnel for German airline Lufthansa have voted to strike indefinitely in an ongoing wage dispute, their union announced on Monday.

Police arrest 19-year-old in Michelle murder case
Germany

Police arrest 19-year-old in Michelle murder case

A 19-year-old has been arrested after turning himself into police for the murder of 8-year-old Leipzig girl Michelle, the Leipziger Volkszeitung reported on Monday.

Sweden ‘anti-Semitic’ for tennis fan ban
Sweden

Sweden ‘anti-Semitic’ for tennis fan ban

Sweden has been accused of anti-Semitism in a leading Israeli newspaper, following the weekend's Davis Cup tennis match between Israel and Sweden, which was held behind closed doors in Malmö.

‘Swiss Gigolo’ jailed for blackmailing heiress
Germany

‘Swiss Gigolo’ jailed for blackmailing heiress

A smooth-talking con man known as the "Swiss Gigolo" was jailed for six years on Monday for blackmailing a string of super-rich lovers, including Germany's richest woman – BMW heiress Susanne Klatten.

Eating fish makes teenage boys smarter: Swedish study
Sweden

Eating fish makes teenage boys smarter: Swedish study

Teenage boys who eat fish at least once a week score higher on intelligence tests, according to a Swedish study.

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Sweden

Man with snake around his neck arrested in Malmö

Police in Malmö arrested a drunken man who was wandering around the city with a massive snake draped around his neck.

Dead infant found in Berlin clothing donation container
Germany

Dead infant found in Berlin clothing donation container

A German Red Cross worker found a dead baby in a Berlin clothing donation container on Monday morning, daily Berliner Zeitung reported.

England’s Pavey hopes to pave the way for AIK
Sweden

England’s Pavey hopes to pave the way for AIK

With play in Sweden’s top football league, the Allsvenskan, less than a month away, The Local’s Keith Moore hears from AIK’s English midfielder Kenny Pavey about how he ended up playing for one of Sweden's most notorious football clubs.

New car buyers allowed to reserve scrapping premium
Germany

New car buyers allowed to reserve scrapping premium

Those who buy new cars with long delivery times can still take advantage of Germany's auto “scrap premium,” or Abwrackprämie by reserving the subsidy before the alloted government funds run out, the Economy Ministry said on Monday.

Swedbank ditches shareholder dividends
Sweden

Swedbank ditches shareholder dividends

Swedbank has decided not to pay dividends to shareholders amidst ownership changes resulting in a state-owned credit agency become one of the bank’s major owners.

Metallica lead singer hospitalized in Stockholm
Sweden

Metallica lead singer hospitalized in Stockholm

The lead singer of Metallica was taken to hospital in Stockholm on Sunday with a suspected case of food poisoning, forcing the popular heavy metal to cancel the evening’s concert.

Conservatives attack Merkel’s leadership
Germany

Conservatives attack Merkel’s leadership

Sliding opinion poll ratings are putting German Chancellor Angela Merkel under growing pressure, as her senior conservative allies call for clearer leadership six months before a general election.

The best of Berlin in March
Germany

The best of Berlin in March

This month Exberliner, Berlin's leading English-language magazine, picks the best places to show off your Wii moves, hang out with the cool crowd in Mitte and play bingo with a twist.

Jung headed to Afghanistan
Germany

Jung headed to Afghanistan

Germany's defence minister will visit Uzbekistan on Monday before heading to Afghanistan where Berlin has one of the largest contingents in NATO-led operations, the ministry said.

‘Baby bonus’ would pay Swedish parents to have children
Sweden

‘Baby bonus’ would pay Swedish parents to have children

In an effort to boost Sweden’s birthrate, the Christian Democrats are considering a proposal that would pay families 10,000 kronor ($1,085) for every newborn child.

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Sweden

Sweden looks to toughen conditions for development aid

Dismay over the how several United Nations (UN) organizations have used development aid from Sweden has led the government to propose tougher conditions for allowing aid groups to receive Swedish funding.

Rescuers still searching for buried student
Germany

Rescuers still searching for buried student

Rescue workers continued their search overnight for a young man who was buried last week when Cologne’s historical archive collapsed, authorities said on Monday.

Sweden’s Davis Cup hopes dashed by Israel
Sweden

Sweden’s Davis Cup hopes dashed by Israel

Israel defeated Sweden 3-2 in a tight Davis Cup match at the weekend in Malmö, advancing to the quarter-finals for only the second time despite a nearly empty stadium and a hoards hostile demonstrators outside.