Teen killer promised bloodbath on internet
Germany

Teen killer promised bloodbath on internet

The teenage gunman who murdered 15 people in southwestern Germany announced his intention to create a bloodbath just hours beforehand in an internet chatroom, a state official said on Thursday.

Reinfeldt calls SEB pay raises ‘indulgent’
Sweden

Reinfeldt calls SEB pay raises ‘indulgent’

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has joined Social Democratic leader Mona Sahlin in lashing out against the SEB banking group over a decision to hike executive pay.

German media roundup: Could Winnenden have been prevented?
Germany

German media roundup: Could Winnenden have been prevented?

Could the Winnenden massacre have been prevented? With the nation still in shock, German newspapers in The Local’s media roundup engage in some soul-searching following the bloody school rampage in Baden-Württemberg.

What’s on in Sweden: March 13 – 19
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: March 13 – 19

What's on in Sweden: St.Patrick's Day parade and Tabaimo in Stockholm; James Hill in Gothenburg; Flamenco Fusion and lonely hearts club in Malmö.

School shooting threat was ‘a joke’
Sweden

School shooting threat was ‘a joke’

The threat of a massacre at a school in southern Sweden was only a joke, according to the boy who confessed to posting it on the internet.

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 14

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Malmö club and concert tips: Friday, March 13

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Psychologist sees Germany at greater risk for school shootings
Germany

Psychologist sees Germany at greater risk for school shootings

Is Germany at greater risk for school massacres such as Winnenden? Psychologist Jens Hoffmann from Darmstadt University discusses how the latest tragedy has revived memories of Erfurt and Columbine.

Kretschmer shot at other teenagers with air pistols before
Germany

Kretschmer shot at other teenagers with air pistols before

The dead gunman from Winnenden, Tim Kretschmer, had shot other teenagers before with his collection of air guns, alienating those who tried to befriend him, according to German media reports.

Economist guru Krugman says Germany failing in financial crisis
Germany

Economist guru Krugman says Germany failing in financial crisis

Nobel laureate for economics Paul Krugman has slammed the German government for what he says is a far too conservative response to the world economic crisis.

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Saturday, March 14

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Gothenburg club and concert tips: Friday, March 13

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

VW races to overtake GM and Toyota
Germany

VW races to overtake GM and Toyota

Carmaker Volkswagen is hoping record profits will help it overtake loss-stricken US giant General Motors and Japan's Toyota within nine years, its management revealed on Thursday.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Saturday, March 14

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

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Sweden

Stockholm club and concert tips: Friday, March 13

The Djungeltrumman club editor's tips.

Swedish hairdresser bitten by disgruntled client
Sweden

Swedish hairdresser bitten by disgruntled client

A hairdresser in Jönköping in central Sweden was admitted to hospital with bite wounds on Wednesday after incurring the wrath of a client, according to the Aftonbladet newspaper.

Criminal gangs show no signs of leaving Sweden
Sweden

Criminal gangs show no signs of leaving Sweden

More than a year after a bomb ripped through the home of a prosecutor, Sweden carries on its struggle to curb the spread of criminal gangs, AFP’s Nina Larson reports.

Daniel Westling takes Victoria Day bow
Sweden

Daniel Westling takes Victoria Day bow

Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria celebrated her name-day at the royal palace in Stockholm on Thursday. Her husband to be, Daniel Westling, was in attendance for the first time.

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Sweden

Volvo Cars freezes salaries to avoid redundancies

Swedish car maker Volvo Cars announced on Thursday a freeze on salaries of all employees and slash executive pay in an attempt to avoid further redundancies.

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Sweden

Gambling baron sentenced to 14 years

Rade Kotur, the infamous Swedish gangster known as in the Swedish press as “Spelkungen” (The Gambling King), was sentenced to 14-years-in prison by the Gothenburg District Court on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: March 12 – 18
Germany

What’s on in Germany: March 12 – 18

This Week's Highlights: Classic cars roll into Stuttgart, a St. Patrick's Day parade marches through Munich, and Annett Louisan graces the stage in Hamburg.

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Sweden

Birthplace matters in Swedish job market

Foreign-born graduates of Swedish universities have less chance of finding a job that equates to their qualifications than their Sweden-born counterparts. Those that do find work are often over qualified and have to work harder to find it.

Archaeology office lets 7,000-year-old boats rot away
Germany

Archaeology office lets 7,000-year-old boats rot away

A pair of stone-age boats, thought to be the oldest in Europe, have been allowed to rot in a partially collapsed shed while the northern German regional archaeology authorities stood by broke and helpless, it emerged this week.

US soldier killed by train in Bavaria
Germany

US soldier killed by train in Bavaria

A US Army soldier died after being hit by a train near Weiden in the German state of Bavaria, military officials announced on Thursday.

GM says Opel buyer would get patents
Germany

GM says Opel buyer would get patents

General Motors has assured the patents of its Opel and Vauxhall units would be part of any deal should they be sold.

Authorities seek school massacre motive
Germany

Authorities seek school massacre motive

Authorities said they had found the first indications for the motive behind one of the worst school massacres in Germany’s history on Thursday, a day after a teen gunman murdered 15 people in the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Saab announces Trollhättan layoffs
Sweden

Saab announces Trollhättan layoffs

Saab Automobile has given notice to 750 employees that their jobs at the company’s Trollhättan facilities in central Sweden may be cut.

Teen held over school shooting threat
Sweden

Teen held over school shooting threat

Swedish police have taken a 17-year-old boy in for questioning after he posted an internet threat to carry out a school shooting in Lund in the south of the country.

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Sweden

Police instructor suspended for sexually-charged role play

An instructor at a police academy in Stockholm has been suspended after having used degrading sexual innuendos in the training of female police cadets.

Künast wants Greens to commit to ‘traffic-light’ coalition
Germany

Künast wants Greens to commit to ‘traffic-light’ coalition

Renate Künast, the Greens' lead candidate for this September's general election, wants her party to commit to a so-called ‘traffic-light’ coalition with the Social and Free Democrats.

Berlin spends €200,000 on campaign against grumpiness
Germany

Berlin spends €200,000 on campaign against grumpiness

The Berlin city government has appointed 4,000 civil servants, police officers and train drivers as "good mood ambassadors" in an €200,000 effort to rid perceptions that the German capital is a gruff and ill-tempered place.

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Sweden

Employers shun foreign-born grads

Job market conditions for foreign-born university graduates in Sweden are worse than for those born in the country, a new report shows.

Zlatan scoreless as Inter falls from Champions League
Sweden

Zlatan scoreless as Inter falls from Champions League

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Inter Milan, the current champions and leaders of Italy’s top football league, crashed out of the Champions League on Wednesday night with a 2-0 loss to Manchester United.