Paper uses Sweden Democrat ad money to fight racism
Sweden

Paper uses Sweden Democrat ad money to fight racism

The left-leaning Aftonbladet newspaper is running campaign advertisements for the far-right Sweden Democrats, but has decided to send the proceeds to a group dedicated to fighting racism.

Obama remembers Holocaust victims
Germany

Obama remembers Holocaust victims

US President Barack Obama on Friday condemned the "ignorant and hateful" rhetoric of those who deny the Holocaust, as he toured a former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald.

Violets, Pirates and Newropeans look for attention in EU vote
Germany

Violets, Pirates and Newropeans look for attention in EU vote

Voters in Germany will be faced with a mind-boggling 32 political parties when they head to the polls this Sunday for the European elections. The Local has picked out few of the most colourful contenders.

Second video from German terrorist turns up online
Germany

Second video from German terrorist turns up online

A second video from German Islamist extremist Eric Breininger shows a direct connection between al Qaida and the Uzbekistan-based terrorist group the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), daily Die Welt reported on Friday.

Sören Wibe: The economics of a eurosceptic
Sweden

Sören Wibe: The economics of a eurosceptic

As a university economics professor, Sören Wibe may not seem like a likely candidate running in the EU Parliament elections.

Super Söderling digs deep to reach Paris final
Sweden

Super Söderling digs deep to reach Paris final

Swedish tennis star Robin Söderling scored a dramatic five set victory over Fernando Gonzalez on Friday to advance to the final of the French Open.

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Sweden

Outrage over Swedish ‘negro’ neighbourhood

An association working for Africans' rights has reacted with fury to a decision by a state agency to preserve the name of a neighbourhood called Negern ('the negro') in the western Swedish town of Karlstad.

More artificial reefs planned in the North and Baltic seas
Germany

More artificial reefs planned in the North and Baltic seas

After successfully constructing artificial coral reefs six years ago, researchers in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern said this week they are planning to add more in the North and Baltic Sea while exploring different economic and tourism possibilities.

Greenhouse ‘skyscrapers’ could blunt urban food crunch
Sweden

Greenhouse ‘skyscrapers’ could blunt urban food crunch

Vertical greenhouses currently under development by a Swedish company may soon allow city dwellers to grow organic produce in many land-scarce urban areas, the company said on Friday.

Germany gets tough on online plagiarism
Germany

Germany gets tough on online plagiarism

The internet has made stealing content easy, but more German businesses and individuals are starting to wage war against growing online plagiarism.

Bundesbank sees economy shrinking 6.2 percent in 2009
Germany

Bundesbank sees economy shrinking 6.2 percent in 2009

The Bundesbank said on Friday it expects Europe's biggest economy to contract by a massive 6.2 percent in 2009.

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Sweden

Economic crisis tops Sweden’s EU presidency agenda

Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Minister of Finance Anders Borg outline Sweden's priorities for the upcoming EU presidency.

Sweden’s footballers seek to defuse Danish dynamite
Sweden

Sweden’s footballers seek to defuse Danish dynamite

Ahead of Saturday’s key World Cup Qualifier between Sweden and Denmark much of the talk has been about Sweden’s star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. While recognising his ability, both teams have made it clear that Sweden are more than a one man team.

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Germany

Police shoot Great Dane that attacked 4-year-old

Police in Unterhaching shot and killed a Great Dane this week after it attacked and injured a 4-year-old girl, authorities said on Friday.

Getting baroque with Barack in Dresden
Germany

Getting baroque with Barack in Dresden

Barack Obama is spending a few precious hours in Dresden on Friday. Mark Belcher explores the parts of the rebuilt baroque gem the US president probably won’t see.

EU approves Volvo loan guarantees
Sweden

EU approves Volvo loan guarantees

The European Commission has approved the Swedish government’s request for loan guarantees for Volvo cars.

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Sweden

H&M family stock portfolio ‘larger than Swedish state’s’

The family which owns clothing giant Hennes & Mauritz is now on a par with the Swedish state as the largest shareholder on the Stockholm stock exchange.

The Greens’ Cramer: ‘We’re the only really European party’
Germany

The Greens’ Cramer: ‘We’re the only really European party’

Voters across the European Union head to the polls this week to elect a new European Parliament. In the third of a series of interviews with German MEPs, The Local spoke with Michael Cramer from the Green party.

Obama meets with Merkel in Dresden
Germany

Obama meets with Merkel in Dresden

US President Barack Obama on Friday started solemn two-day mission of World War II remembrance in the eastern German city of Dresden, where he held talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Painted chicks lead to abuse charge for Swedish magician
Sweden

Painted chicks lead to abuse charge for Swedish magician

A Stockholm magician has been charged with animal cruelty for painting several baby chickens as part of a show at a trendy night club last year.

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Sweden

Convicted paedophile accused of new abuse

A 43-year-old convicted paedophile has been arrested on suspicions that he molested a little girl while on temporary leave from court-ordered psychiatric care.

Pirate Party poll gains continue
Sweden

Pirate Party poll gains continue

The Pirate Party continues to gain ground in Swedish opinion polls ahead of Sunday’s EU-parliamentary elections.

Day care strikes continue despite new date for wage talks
Germany

Day care strikes continue despite new date for wage talks

Striking public day care workers chose to continue putting pressure on state employers Friday for better wages and working conditions despite agreeing on a new date for negotiations.

Bundeswehr ambushed in Afghanistan
Germany

Bundeswehr ambushed in Afghanistan

German soldiers were ambushed by insurgents on Thursday in Afghanistan but managed to escape unscathed, Bundeswehr operations command said on Friday.