Sauerland cell plotted 9/11 sized attacks
Germany

Sauerland cell plotted 9/11 sized attacks

Four suspected Islamic militants accused of plotting attacks on US citizens in Germany aimed for bloodshed on the scale of the 9/11 attacks, prosecutors said as their trial opened here Wednesday.

Agencies often monitor workers’ net habits
Sweden

Agencies often monitor workers’ net habits

A majority of Sweden’s public sector employers monitor their workers’ internet surfing habits, a new survey shows.

Transforming Sweden through social media
Sweden

Transforming Sweden through social media

On paper, Sweden became transparent in 1776 with the enactment of freedom of information and freedom of speech laws. About 70 countries have freedom of information laws in use today. On the web, we’re just about getting our feet wet, writes Sweden.se editor Rikard Lagerberg.

Germany plunges into deep recession
Germany

Germany plunges into deep recession

Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted an economic summit at the Chancellery on Wednesday, as the goverment admitted Europe's largest economy shrank dramatically n the first three months of the year.

British fascinated by Nazi ‘super cows’
Germany

British fascinated by Nazi ‘super cows’

Supposed Nazi “super cows” once favoured by Hermann Göring are creating a stampede of attention in Britain this week.

Bunking down in Berlin’s best hostels
Germany

Bunking down in Berlin’s best hostels

The venerable youth hostel – invented a century ago in Germany – has come along way from the dumpy dorms and lumpy bunk beds of yore. Shannon Smith takes a look at some of Berlin’s best cheap sleeps.

No Angels HIV-positive star Nadja allowed to stay in band
Germany

No Angels HIV-positive star Nadja allowed to stay in band

Nadja Benaissa, singer in the popular German girl band No Angels, will be allowed to stay with the band despite being arrested on suspicion of infecting a lover with HIV, tabloid BZ reported on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Pastor to sue dating site over release of rude comments

A Christian dating website which released details about a Swedish pastor’s offensive comments has been accused of violated the country’s data privacy laws.

VW profits crash
Germany

VW profits crash

Europe's biggest carmaker Volkswagen has hit the skids this year with "extremely weak" economic conditions slashing profits and sending sales down sharply, results showed Wednesday.

English language movies in Germany: April 23-29
Germany

English language movies in Germany: April 23-29

Find the latest English-language movies in Germany with The Local's cinema guide.

Prison for prosecutor bomb attack
Sweden

Prison for prosecutor bomb attack

Two men suspected of planting a bomb which exploded on the front steps of prosecutor Barbro Jönsson’s home were found guilty on Wednesday and each sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

Clothing makers mulling bigger sizes to fit tubbier Teutons
Germany

Clothing makers mulling bigger sizes to fit tubbier Teutons

A new clothing industry study revealed this week that Germans are getting taller and wider – by so much that many companies plan to adjust their sizing to accommodate “heftier” bodies.

More layoffs at Volvo Group
Sweden

More layoffs at Volvo Group

Volvo Group announced on Wednesday it was cutting an additional 1,543 jobs in Sweden, with most redundancies coming at the group’s Volvo Truck division.

German parents abandon three young kids in Italy
Germany

German parents abandon three young kids in Italy

Italian authorities patrolled border crossings, train stations and airports Wednesday in a frantic international search for a German couple who abandoned their children at a restaurant at the weekend.

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Sweden

Swedish artist sees statue cut down to size

Southern Swedish artist Nils Rickard was shocked to find that his 20 kilo stone sculpture of the male reproductive organ had been broken in two when he went to collect it from an exhibition at a Kristianstad hotel.

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Sweden

Electrolux results better than expected despite loss

Swedish white goods maker Electrolux announced further losses on Wednesday, adding it saw little chance of improvement in the foreseeable future.

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Sweden

Uproar over rumoured NY consulate closure

Reports that Sweden plans to close down its consulate-general in New York City have sparked an outpouring of concern from business leaders and New York-based Swedes.

Research shows Neanderthals suffered painful, yet simple childbirth
Germany

Research shows Neanderthals suffered painful, yet simple childbirth

New findings by a German-American team of researchers show that Neanderthal childbirth may have been just as difficult – if more primitive – than in humans.

T-Mobile baffled by massive service outage
Germany

T-Mobile baffled by massive service outage

T-Mobile customers are able to use their telephones again after a nationwide network outage on Tuesday evening, but parent company Deutsche Telekom said the cause of the problem remained a mystery.

Union calls on state help for ailing Arcandor
Germany

Union calls on state help for ailing Arcandor

Public workers’ union Verdi has encouraged the German government to provide aid for ailing retail and travel company Arcandor, which runs household names like the Karstadt department stores and Thomas Cook travel agency, the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

Couple wounded in Gamla Stan shooting
Sweden

Couple wounded in Gamla Stan shooting

Two people were shot and seriously injured in Stockholm’s historic Gamla Stan district Tuesday evening.

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Sweden

Swedish terror suspect worked for Al-Qaeda: prosecutors

As the trial of a Swedish citizen facing terror charges began in New York on Tuesday, prosecutors argued that the man planned to set up an Al-Qaeda terrorist training camp in the United States.

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Sweden

Reinfeldt: ‘Turkey belongs to Europe’

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt expressed his support on Tuesday for Turkey’s EU membership, emphasizing that a settlement in Cyprus would aid the process.