Passengers guaranteed refunds for late trains
Germany

Passengers guaranteed refunds for late trains

Passengers forced to wait for delayed trains in Germany must now be compensated after the Bundestag, or the lower house of parliament, passed new legislation on Friday.

Restlessly civil in Germany
Germany

Restlessly civil in Germany

The economy is tanking, people are losing their jobs, but is Germany really on the brink of widespread civil unrest? The Local’s Marc Young explains why you won’t see riots in central Berlin or Munich this summer.

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Germany

Lufthansa looking for deals amid the crisis

Lufthansa boss Wolfgang Mayrhuber suggested Friday his airline should use the global economic crisis as an opportunity to reinforce its position in Europe.

German business sentiment surprises with big rise
Germany

German business sentiment surprises with big rise

Business confidence in Germany has risen from record lows, a key index showed Friday, offering a small ray of hope following a week of dire forecasts for Europe's biggest economy.

Worker at US Embassy in Berlin commits suicide
Germany

Worker at US Embassy in Berlin commits suicide

A German working at the US Embassy in Berlin died on the premises in the centre of the capital Friday in an apparent suicide, American officials said in a statement.

Neo-Nazi party leader guilty in racism case
Germany

Neo-Nazi party leader guilty in racism case

Head of the neo-Nazi NPD party Udo Voigt was sentenced on Friday to a suspended sentence of seven months for incitement of hatred and slander in a racial discrimination trial.

Stockholm taxis to double as ambulances
Sweden

Stockholm taxis to double as ambulances

Stockholm taxis are to be deployed to respond to emergency calls and drivers trained to treat cardiac arrest using defibrillators, medical and taxi officials said on Friday.

Swedish council draws blood to track alcohol use
Sweden

Swedish council draws blood to track alcohol use

Sundsvall council in northern Sweden is demanding liver tests from prospective employees to ensure sound alcohol habits.

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Sweden

Thirsty Swede jailed over snot attack

A Swede has been jailed for attacking a cashier at a branch of a state monopoly alcohol retailer, Systembolaget, on the Baltic island of Öland.

Taliban influence in Pakistan worries Berlin
Germany

Taliban influence in Pakistan worries Berlin

Germany said Friday it was worried by the mounting influence of the Taliban in Pakistan and urged Islamabad to deal "firmly" with Islamist militants in the country.

Kids abandoned in Italy head home with grandparents
Germany

Kids abandoned in Italy head home with grandparents

Three young children abandoned by a German couple in Italy will return home with their grandparents on Friday. Police have released their mother after she was found with her fugitive boyfriend this week.

Warm weekend forecast for Sweden
Sweden

Warm weekend forecast for Sweden

This weekend will provide Swedes with a glimpse of summer with sunny weather and warm temperatures in many parts of the country, according to Sweden's meteorological agency (SMHI).

Tillich hails Putin’s soft spot for Saxony
Germany

Tillich hails Putin’s soft spot for Saxony

Saxon premier Stanislaw Tillich has praised Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s soft spot for Saxony – where he once served as a Soviet spy – saying it could benefit the economy of the eastern German state.

Berlin doctors remove 18-kilo bone tumour
Germany

Berlin doctors remove 18-kilo bone tumour

A Saudi Arabian woman now weighs just 37 kilogrammes (81 pounds) after doctors in Berlin removed an 18-kilogramme (40-pound) bone tumour from her pelvis, the hospital said on Friday.

Västervik: Building boats for half a millennium
Sweden

Västervik: Building boats for half a millennium

The beautiful coastal town of Västervik once built warships for King Gustav I. These days luxury yachts are more in evidence, writes Jennifer Heape.

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Sweden

SEB files for state funds as profits collapse

Swedish bank SEB said on Friday that it would seek to join the state-backed guarantee programme after reporting a 44 percent decline in net profits for the first quarter.

Police step up hunt for missing baby corpse
Sweden

Police step up hunt for missing baby corpse

Police confirm that they have received a wealth of tips and information about the dead baby that went missing from a Stockholm church mortuary prior to burial this week.

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Sweden

Losses at Volvo as demand hits the skids

Swedish truck maker AB Volvo reported mounting losses for the first quarter on Friday as demand collapsed in the wake of the financial crisis.

Parental leave eased to keep Germans working
Germany

Parental leave eased to keep Germans working

German Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen has made parental leave benefits more flexible during the recession so that new families don’t have to fear leaving the workforce in a cutthroat job market, daily Bild reported on Friday.

What’s on in Sweden: April 24 – 30
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: April 24 – 30

What's on in Sweden: International dance day & Salif Keita in Stockholm; English speaking theatre in Gothenburg; Depeche Mode tribute in Malmö

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Sweden

Sweden spied on CIA ‘terror flights’: report

The government led by former Prime Minister Göran Persson knew that Sweden was used as a transit destination for clandestine CIA flights transporting suspected terrorists, according to a report in the Expressen newspaper on Friday.

Bees stressed out by spring flower glut
Germany

Bees stressed out by spring flower glut

A record-breaking warm and sunny spring means that Germany is enjoying a veritable explosion of blooms this April, but the country’s bee colonies are struggling to keep up, daily Bild reported on Friday.

Intact runestone found in church car park
Sweden

Intact runestone found in church car park

A rock previously used to demarcate a parking area outside a church north of Stockholm is in fact a 1,000-year-old runestone, it has been discovered.

Hitler painting auction draws hefty sum
Germany

Hitler painting auction draws hefty sum

A series of watercolours by Adolf Hitler were sold at a British auction house on Thursday for more than €100,000.

Court rules Nazi death camp guard Demjanjuk fit for trial
Germany

Court rules Nazi death camp guard Demjanjuk fit for trial

The Department of Justice Thursday called on a US court to lift a stay of deportation against a former Nazi camp guard wanted for trial in Germany, arguing the 89-year-old was fit enough to travel.

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Sweden

Bouncer arrested over Gamla Stan shooting

A second person has been detained in connection with the shooting earlier this week of a Swedish aristocrat and his girlfriend in Gamla Stan in central Stockholm.