Van Gaal picked to replace sacked Klinsmann at Bayern Munich
Germany

Van Gaal picked to replace sacked Klinsmann at Bayern Munich

German giants Bayern Munich confirmed on Wednesday that Dutch coach Louis van Gaal will take over as head coach on July 1 having signed a two-year contract to replace the fired Jürgen Klinsmann.

US Army to consolidate soldiers at Grafenwöhr base
Germany

US Army to consolidate soldiers at Grafenwöhr base

The US Army on Wednesday announced it would consolidate military personnel at its Grafenwöhr base in Bavaria at the expense of facilities in Schweinfurt, Wiesbaden, Bamberg and Kaiserslautern.

Simon Rattle to head Berlin Philharmonic until 2018
Germany

Simon Rattle to head Berlin Philharmonic until 2018

Britain's Simon Rattle said Wednesday that he would remain the chief conductor of the world-renowned Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra until 2018

What’s on in Sweden: May 15 – 21
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: May 15 – 21

What's on in Sweden: Canadian improv theatre and Morrissey in Stockholm; Funk veterans and Basketball Festival in Gothenburg; Brandy in Malmö

Goebbels swastika tapestry sparks row
Germany

Goebbels swastika tapestry sparks row

Oldenburg police revealed on Wednesday that a tapestry once belonging to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels has sparked an ownership dispute after being allegedly smuggled out of East Germany stashed in the boot of a car in the 1980s.

Schaeffler considering axeing 4,500 jobs
Germany

Schaeffler considering axeing 4,500 jobs

Ailing German auto parts maker Schaeffler warned on Wednesday it may have to cut up to 4,500 jobs as sales plunged by a third amid the crisis in the automobile sector.

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Sweden

Local government facing massive deficits

Despite a projected budget deficit of 3 billion kronor ($379 million) for 2009, Sweden’s county and local governments shouldn’t expect any more money from the state.

Bavarian tops list of best loved German dialects
Germany

Bavarian tops list of best loved German dialects

The Bavarian dialect is Germany’s best-loved accent, according to a new poll from monthly magazine Daheim in Deutschland.

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Sweden

Job cuts key to Swedish auto sector survival: experts

The path to survival for Sweden’s auto industry is cutting jobs and focusing on niche products, experts said on Wednesday.

Hungry ravens kill fourteen calves in central Sweden
Sweden

Hungry ravens kill fourteen calves in central Sweden

An aggressive conspiracy of ravens is wreaking havoc on farmers in central Sweden, having killed more than a dozen animals in the last 3 months.

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Sweden

Liberals: Sweden must join NATO

The Swedish Liberal Party has demanded that Sweden become a full member of NATO and argues that an open debate over the issue is needed.

Demjanjuk deemed fit enough for prison
Germany

Demjanjuk deemed fit enough for prison

John Demjanjuk, an 89-year-old deported from the US is fit to stay in jail as he awaits charges he helped herd thousands of Jews into the gas chambers, the German prison holding him said Wednesday.

Ernman takes Sweden to Eurovision finals
Sweden

Ernman takes Sweden to Eurovision finals

Swedish opera star Malena Ernman took another step toward solidifying her pop-music credentials on Tuesday night by sailing through the first semifinal of the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest.

Marching to America’s tune in Saarland
Germany

Marching to America’s tune in Saarland

Saarland might be known for its affinity for French culture, but as Rhea Wessel reports, this summer the state will become Germany’s hotspot for American music.

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Sweden

‘Psychotic’ art student charged for fake suicide

Swedish art student Anna Odell has been charged by prosecutors in Stockholm for a faked suicide attempt she acted out as a part of a final art project.

Berlin approves ‘bad bank’ for toxic assets to boost economy
Germany

Berlin approves ‘bad bank’ for toxic assets to boost economy

Germany's cabinet agreed on a "bad bank" scheme on Wednesday to clean up toxic assets from banks' balance sheets, a key plank of Berlin's bid to turn around Europe's biggest economy.

Severe storm leaves knee-deep hail
Germany

Severe storm leaves knee-deep hail

A severe storm in the German state of Baden-Württemberg created what police called “winter conditions” on Wednesday, with hail up to 50-centimetres deep in some places.

Sweden’s Lövkvist pedals to front of Giro d’Italia pack
Sweden

Sweden’s Lövkvist pedals to front of Giro d’Italia pack

Swedish cyclist Thomas Lövkvist took the lead in the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday, becoming the first Swede in 26 years to don the pink leader’s jersey in the Italian cycling classic.

Daycare workers to strike nationwide Friday
Germany

Daycare workers to strike nationwide Friday

Daycare workers will likely strike nationwide on Friday in an ongoing wage dispute, forcing parents to scramble for alternative child care.

Adam Tensta: Sweden’s great hip-hop hope
Sweden

Adam Tensta: Sweden’s great hip-hop hope

Sweden's rising hip-hop star Adam Tensta talks to The Local's Majsan Boström about bright musical prospects, growing up in a tough Stockholm neighbourhood, and recording in the same studio as boyhood idol Michael Jackson.

Wolfsburg stays on top as Bayern and Hertha keep pace
Germany

Wolfsburg stays on top as Bayern and Hertha keep pace

Wolfsburg's strikers Edin Dzeko and Grafite both netted in the German league leader's 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday while title rivals Hertha Berlin and Bayern Munich also picked up wins.

SPD claws to highest poll rating this year
Germany

SPD claws to highest poll rating this year

The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) reached their highest approval rating this year in an opinion poll released by weekly magazine Stern on Wednesday.

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Germany

Holocaust denier jailed in Australia

A Holocaust revisionist was sentenced to three months in prison in Australia Wednesday for defying court orders to stop publishing anti-Semitic material on the internet.

Health insurance sold patient data illegally
Germany

Health insurance sold patient data illegally

Public health insurance companies may have sold personal patient information to private insurers, German federal commissioner for data protection Peter Schaar told daily Bild on Wednesday.

US investor Ripplewood looking into Opel purchase
Germany

US investor Ripplewood looking into Opel purchase

US investment fund Ripplewood is interested in Opel, the German unit of struggling General Motors for which Berlin is trying to find a buyer, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Language-learning bonus ‘unfair’ to struggling immigrants

A proposal to offer performance-related bonuses to immigrants who complete state-funded language courses within one year has raised concerns from both students and teachers.

Arrest in Christmas casino shooting
Sweden

Arrest in Christmas casino shooting

A 23-year-old man wanted by police since December for firing shots at the entrance of Casino Cosmopol in Stockholm was arrested on Monday.

Swede convicted in US on terror charges
Sweden

Swede convicted in US on terror charges

A Swedish man of Lebanese origin charged with planning to set up an Al Qaeda training camp in the United States was convicted by a New York court on Tuesday, according to prosecutors.