Dresden awaits Obama as Berlin feels slighted
Germany

Dresden awaits Obama as Berlin feels slighted

As Dresden residents prepared to celebrate Barack Obama’s visit to the eastern city on Thursday evening, the German government tried to dispel the impression it had been snubbed by the popular US president.

Free falling from Berlin’s highest building
Germany

Free falling from Berlin’s highest building

If facing aggressive traffic on a bike (with no helmet, of course) and shouting vagrants don’t pump enough urban adrenaline into the veins of angsty Berliners, now they can jump off the city’s tallest building. The Local’s Kristen Allen survived the 100-metre plunge.

Good sex makes you better at your job: study
Sweden

Good sex makes you better at your job: study

A new Swedish study shows that a healthy emotional and sexual relationship can significantly reduce stress at work.

World tour of ABBA artifacts planned as museum project stalls
Sweden

World tour of ABBA artifacts planned as museum project stalls

ABBA fans will likely have to wait at least another two years before a museum opens in Stockholm dedicated to the superstars of Swedish pop, but in the mean time the exhibition of ABBA artifacts may be coming to a city near you.

Merkel honours Polish freedom struggle and Tiananmen victims
Germany

Merkel honours Polish freedom struggle and Tiananmen victims

German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid homage Thursday to the victims of China's Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989 at a ceremony marking the Polish election that ended Warsaw's communist regime 20 years ago.

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Sweden

Security police arrest ‘refugee spy’

Security police (Säkerhetspolisen - Säpo) in Stockholm have arrested a Swedish citizen suspected of spying on refugees coming to Sweden from an undisclosed country.

German death toll on Air France flight hits 28
Germany

German death toll on Air France flight hits 28

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Thursday said 28 German residents – two more than previously thought – died in the ill-fated Air France flight that crashed into the Atlantic this week.

What’s on in Germany: June 5 – 10
Germany

What’s on in Germany: June 5 – 10

This Week's Highlights: Thirty-three Roman Signer films take over the walls of a Hamburg art museum, Fischerspooner hits Frankfurt, and a design festival spruces up in Berlin.

Germany ranks among top countries for foreign investment
Germany

Germany ranks among top countries for foreign investment

Germany remains a favourite destination for international investors despite the global economic crisis, according to a new survey by professional services firm Ernst & Young.

FDP’s Alexandra Thein: ‘The EU should get its priorities straight’
Germany

FDP’s Alexandra Thein: ‘The EU should get its priorities straight’

Voters across the European Union head to the polls this week to elect a new European Parliament. In the second of a series of interviews with German candidates, The Local spoke with Alexandra Thein from the Free Democrats.

Reporter fired over Hells Angels contacts
Sweden

Reporter fired over Hells Angels contacts

The Expressen newspaper has sacked its US correspondent following revelations that he had close contact with the former leader of the Hells Angels motorcycle gang in Sweden, Thomas Möller.

Labour Agency reportedly orders ‘spying’ on welfare fraudsters
Germany

Labour Agency reportedly orders ‘spying’ on welfare fraudsters

Welfare recipient advocats are warning of what they call “Stasi methods” at the Federal Labour Agency (BA) to catch people claiming fraudulent benefits, according to German media reports on Thursday.

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Sweden

Latvia fears prompt rollercoaster ride for Swedish bank shares

Share prices of Sweden’s leading banks recovered somewhat on Thursday after major drops on Wednesday in the wake of fears that Latvia may devalue its currency.

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Sweden

Computers stolen from Social Democrats’ HQ

Burglars made off with some 20 computers during a raid on the Social Democratic party's headquarters in central Stockholm on Wednesday night.

Fury over ailing man’s botched deportation
Sweden

Fury over ailing man’s botched deportation

Swedish migration authorities have come in for scathing criticism following a decision to deport a man so ill with Parkinson’s disease that his home country of Nigeria refused to grant him entry.

Cocaine-soaked tablecloths found by Munich airport customs
Germany

Cocaine-soaked tablecloths found by Munich airport customs

Three tablecloths that had been soaked and dried in a liquid-cocaine solution have been discovered in the Munich Airport, customs officials reported on Thursday.

What’s on in Sweden: June 5 – 11
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: June 5 – 11

What's on in Sweden: Lewis Black and Early Music Festival in Stockholm; Beer festival & World Cup football in Gothenburg; Buju Banton & Mandela exhibition in Malmö.

Berlin slams French deficit rules proposal
Germany

Berlin slams French deficit rules proposal

Germany rejects any changes to EU rules on national deficits, a deputy minister said in comments published Thursday after France called for spending limits to be relaxed due to the financial crisis.

Day care strikes continue with no new offer from employers
Germany

Day care strikes continue with no new offer from employers

Public day care workers continued their strike across the country on Thursday in an ongoing wage and health care dispute with state employers.

Young Swedish workers reject collective wage deals: study
Sweden

Young Swedish workers reject collective wage deals: study

Eight of ten young workers in Sweden favour negotiating their pay individually rather than having their wages set by a central agreement, a new study shows.

Hundreds of DNA leads to Rosa Luxemburg’s identity reported
Germany

Hundreds of DNA leads to Rosa Luxemburg’s identity reported

Head of forensic medicine at Berlin’s Charité hospital Michael Tsokos said Thursday he has gotten hundreds of leads on DNA samples which he hopes will help confirm the identity of 90-year-old corpse he believes is murdered communist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg.

Arcandor future looks grim
Germany

Arcandor future looks grim

The future of stricken German retailer Arcandor and its 50,000 employees looked bleak this week after the European Commission said it would take a dim view of any state aid.

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Sweden

Infant taken from foster home

A ten-month-old baby was taken from a foster home outside of Eskilstuna in central Sweden on Wednesday afternoon.

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Sweden

Sweden to review EU battle groups during presidency

During its upcoming presidency of the European Union, Sweden plans to study the role of the EU’s yet-to-be-deployed military battle groups, Sweden’s ambassador to France said on Wednesday.