Guttenberg moots trust to save Opel
Germany

Guttenberg moots trust to save Opel

German Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on Thursday said he could imagine using a government-backed trust to help save embattled carmaker Opel.

Survey says German consumers aren’t that green
Germany

Survey says German consumers aren’t that green

Germans like to consider themselves part of a global green vanguard, but a new survey puts them in the middle of the pack when it comes to personal environment impact. Their biggest vices? Driving cars and drinking bottled water.

Swedish neo-Nazi makes Berlin new base
Germany

Swedish neo-Nazi makes Berlin new base

A prominent Swedish right-wing extremist with ties to German neo-Nazis is relocating to Berlin, the Continent Europe Foundation (KES) announced on Thursday.

What’s on in Germany: May 14 – 20
Germany

What’s on in Germany: May 14 – 20

This Week's Highlights: Cuban film in Frankfurt, open-air concerts in Berlin, and Hannover goes car free.

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Sweden

Swedish neo-Nazi to set up shop in Berlin

Top German politicians have protested after it emerged that a prominent Swedish right-wing extremist with ties to German neo-Nazis is relocating to Berlin.

Riksdag approves tougher prison sentences for murder
Sweden

Riksdag approves tougher prison sentences for murder

The Riksdag on Thursday endorsed changes to Sweden’s sentencing rules which toughen the country’s penalties for murder and other serious crimes.

Recession blows hole in German budget
Germany

Recession blows hole in German budget

The recession has blown a €316 billion hole in Germany's budget for the next four years, new government forecasts showed Thursday.

Reality TV show with borrowed babies causes outcry
Germany

Reality TV show with borrowed babies causes outcry

A new reality television show due to be launched in June, in which teenagers will be filmed looking after babies "donated" for the programme, sparked outrage in Germany on Thursday.

Swedish court rules Texas Hold’em a ‘game of skill’
Sweden

Swedish court rules Texas Hold’em a ‘game of skill’

A Swedish appeals court on Thursday sharply reduced the sentences for four men convicted for arranging an illegal poker tournament, a ruling which experts believe may open the door to more competition for Sweden’s state-owned gambling monopoly.

Lost Metropolis film scenes headed back to Germany
Germany

Lost Metropolis film scenes headed back to Germany

Lost scenes from German-Austrian director Fritz Lang's legendary 1927 silent film "Metropolis" discovered in Argentina last year will be sent to Wiesbaden for restoration, officials from the two countries announced this week.

Fried potato with ‘face of Jesus Christ’ for sale on eBay
Sweden

Fried potato with ‘face of Jesus Christ’ for sale on eBay

A restaurant in southern Sweden has put a potato up for auction after staff discovered what they believed to be the face of Jesus Christ in a spud that "hopped out of the frying pan" earlier this week.

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Sweden

Teen girls convicted for ‘torture-like’ assault

A court in Malmö convicted two 15-year-old girls from southern Sweden for the “torture-like” beating of another 13-year-old girl in a dispute over insulting text and internet chat messages.

English language movies in Germany: May 14 – 20
Germany

English language movies in Germany: May 14 – 20

Find the latest English-language movies in Germany with The Local's cinema listings. New this week is the action comedy “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” with Ben Stiller.

MPs rush new gun law but back down from paintball ban
Germany

MPs rush new gun law but back down from paintball ban

Germany’s grand coalition government wants to rush a new gun control law through parliament, but has apparently ditched unpopular plans to ban paintball.

Berlin tightens rules on late-term abortions
Germany

Berlin tightens rules on late-term abortions

After years of debate, the German parliament voted late on Wednesday to require women seeking late-term abortions to delay the procedure by three days and have an official consultation with a doctor.

Man loses €23,000 in cash during convertible test drive
Germany

Man loses €23,000 in cash during convertible test drive

A man test driving a new Audi convertible on Wednesday lost €23,000 – with which he’d planned to purchase the vehicle – because it blew away when he simply put it on the backseat.

Stone Age ‘Venus’ sets scientific hearts aflutter
Germany

Stone Age ‘Venus’ sets scientific hearts aflutter

She’s just six centimetres tall, with breasts that make Dolly Parton look flat-chested – and, at more than 35,000 years of age, she could be the oldest piece of figurative art in the world.

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Sweden

Volvo Cars turns to Belgium for loan help

Following a breakdown in talks between Volvo Cars and the Swedish government over loan guarantees, the automaker now plans to ask authorities in Belgium for help securing a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Outrage over licence fee demand for CCTV
Sweden

Outrage over licence fee demand for CCTV

Swedish business owners are up in arms over a recent push by the country’s television licencing bureau to collect fees from companies using surveillance cameras.

Stuttgart beats Schalke to stay in title race
Germany

Stuttgart beats Schalke to stay in title race

Stuttgart remains in the Bundesliga title race after Romanian striker Ciprian Marica scored the winner in a 2-1 win at Schalke to stay two points behind leaders Wolfsburg with two games left on Wednesday night.

Fewer Swedes file sharing: study
Sweden

Fewer Swedes file sharing: study

Fewer Swedes are engaged in illegal file sharing over the internet, according to a new study.

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Sweden

No insurance for new mother who ‘didn’t lose weight fast enough’

A 26-year-old new mother from Stockholm has been refused a new policy from an insurance company who told her she was still too fat for coverage.

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Sweden

Still no charges for US-held Swede in Iraq

Sweden’s foreign ministry is still waiting for details about the charges against a 40-year-old Swedish citizen who has been held by American authorities in Iraq for nearly one year.