Neo-Nazis make headway into town councils
Germany

Neo-Nazis make headway into town councils

The neo-Nazi NPD party is entering several German city parliaments for the first time after this weekend’s local elections, news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Monday.

Astronomers use supercomputer to resize massive black hole
Germany

Astronomers use supercomputer to resize massive black hole

A pair of pioneering astronomers revealed Tuesday how they used a supercomputer to show that a nearby black hole is vastly more massive than scientists ever imagined.

Sweden closer to banning film censorship
Sweden

Sweden closer to banning film censorship

After nearly 100 years, Sweden may finally be poised to shutter the agency charged with censoring films deemed unsuitable for adult audiences.

Qatar eyeing stake in Porsche
Germany

Qatar eyeing stake in Porsche

German luxury sportscar maker Porsche said Tuesday that the state of Qatar was negotiating with it as the exclusive candidate to buy a stake in the heavily-indebted company.

Sauerland Cell terrorists ready to confess
Germany

Sauerland Cell terrorists ready to confess

Members of the so-called Sauerland Cell, on trial for plotting to kill Americans in Germany, said in court Tuesday they are preparing to make confessions.

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Sweden

Detention hearing for teen murder suspects

Prosecutors want a Stockholm-area court to have two 16-year-olds suspected in the weekend murder of a teenage girl in Stureby south of the city remanded in custody.

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Sweden

Borg beats bailout drum following belt tightening in Riga

Swedish finance minister Anders Borg on Tuesday urged international lenders to open their coffers to Latvia after the country agreed to slash government spending.

Seventeen-hour Obama visit costs Saxony €13 million
Germany

Seventeen-hour Obama visit costs Saxony €13 million

US President Barack Obama's brief visit to Dresden last week cost the state of Saxony €13 million, the Sächsische Zeitung reported on Tuesday.

Arcandor goes bust
Germany

Arcandor goes bust

Retail and tourism giant Arcandor said on Tuesday it had filed for bankruptcy, putting around 43,000 jobs at risk in Germany after Berlin dismissed its request for emergency state aid.

‘Keep Swedish cows indoors’:  dairy farmers
Sweden

‘Keep Swedish cows indoors’: dairy farmers

An interest group representing Sweden’s dairy producers wants the country to scrap regulations stipulating that Swedish cows must graze outdoors.

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Sweden

Sweden’s extreme left ups violent attacks

Violent threats to democracy from groups on the far left escalated in the run-up to the European Parliament elections, according to the Swedish Security Police (Säpo).

Blogger Profile: Eating Out With Alannah Eames
Sweden

Blogger Profile: Eating Out With Alannah Eames

If you’re hungry, reading Alannah Eames’ blog might not be a wise idea. The journalist and hobby food critic’s thoughts on wining and dining in Stockholm (and beyond) will have your stomach grumbling and mouth watering within moments.

What’s on in Germany: June 11 – 17
Germany

What’s on in Germany: June 11 – 17

This Week's Highlights: Exberliner Magazine throws a birthday bash in Berlin and Düsseldorf celebrates Japan Day.

Schäuble wants direct EU elections to fight voter apathy
Germany

Schäuble wants direct EU elections to fight voter apathy

Interior Minister Wolfgang Schäuble has said he supports a direct election of European Union representatives after this weekend’s dismal voter turnout for the EU parliamentary election, daily Bild reported on Tuesday.

Jobless rate to hit 11 percent: agency
Sweden

Jobless rate to hit 11 percent: agency

Sweden’s unemployment rate is expected climb to 11.3 percent in 2010, according to the latest forecast from the National Public Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen).

Sweden’s political pirates signal internet’s election power
Sweden

Sweden’s political pirates signal internet’s election power

If tech-savvy campaigning helped power Barack Obama to the White House, the election of Sweden's Pirate Party in Europe signals that Internet and related privacy issues are political drivers for young voters.

The Local’s guide to Germany’s best beer gardens
Germany

The Local’s guide to Germany’s best beer gardens

What better way to welcome the Teutonic sun than with a cold brew and tasty sausage? The Local offers up a sampling of Germany's best beer gardens.

Soviet sub wreck found near Åland islands
Sweden

Soviet sub wreck found near Åland islands

The remains of a World War II-era Soviet submarine have been found by a team of Swedish divers near the Åland islands in the Baltic Sea.

German exports post historic plunge
Germany

German exports post historic plunge

German exports marked their biggest drop on record in April, officials said on Tuesday. But analysts expect the historic slump in Europe's biggest economy to ease in coming months.

Day care strikes called ahead of wage talks
Germany

Day care strikes called ahead of wage talks

Unions called public day care workers to another day of strikes on Tuesday ahead of renewed negotiations with state employers.

Chimp bites off Berlin zoo director’s finger
Germany

Chimp bites off Berlin zoo director’s finger

Berlin doctors have refused to give a prognosis on whether Berlin zoo director Bernhard Blaszkiewitz’ index finger had been successfully reattached after a chimpanzee bit it off on Monday.

Police break up protest against mass Vietnamese deportation
Germany

Police break up protest against mass Vietnamese deportation

Some 200 people protested Monday at a Berlin airport against a mass deportation of Vietnamese asylum-seekers from Germany and Poland.

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Sweden

Outrage over teens’ two-month detention without charges

Two months after five teenagers were placed in a remand centre in Umeå in northern Sweden, the attorney for one of the youths is speaking out about the prolonged detention.

Blast rips into elderly couple’s home
Sweden

Blast rips into elderly couple’s home

An explosion rocked the house of an elderly couple in Kävlinge in southwest Sweden early Tuesday morning.

Swedish navy hands suspected pirates to Kenya
Sweden

Swedish navy hands suspected pirates to Kenya

Swedish naval forces handed seven suspected Somali pirates over to Kenyan authorities on Monday, according to police.