Subsidize Viagra to ensure quality of life: Swedish court
Sweden

Subsidize Viagra to ensure quality of life: Swedish court

Arguing that having sex is essential to a reasonable quality of life, a Swedish court has ordered local authorities to subsidize a 30-year-man’s prescription for the potency drug Viagra.

Muslims pray for murdered Egyptian woman
Germany

Muslims pray for murdered Egyptian woman

Muslims across Germany prayed on Friday for a pregnant Egyptian woman murdered in Dresden last week, a killing that provoked outrage and anti-German sentiment in her home country.

How do I know whether my doctor is any good?
Sweden

How do I know whether my doctor is any good?

I’ve read about a number of horrible medical mistakes on The Local. How can I find out whether or not my doctor has been reported for malpractice? - Dianne, Stockholm

Nazi poison used in ex-lover’s murder bid
Sweden

Nazi poison used in ex-lover’s murder bid

A 32-year-old man from northern Sweden charged with trying to kill his ex-girlfriend four times had enough Zyklon B pesticide, once used in Nazi gas chambers, to kill 42,000 people.

German food producers sneaking fake ingredients into products
Germany

German food producers sneaking fake ingredients into products

Buyers beware: The Hamburg consumer protection agency reported Friday that an increasing number of food companies are substituting artificial ingredients to cut costs without informing customers.

Jehovah’s Witnesses gather across Germany
Germany

Jehovah’s Witnesses gather across Germany

Tens of thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses gathered on Friday at Berlin's Olympic Stadium and four other major German cities for an international congress, predicting the demise of the "current global system."

Zoo forced to rename primate called ‘Obama’
Germany

Zoo forced to rename primate called ‘Obama’

Facing accusations of racial insensitivity, the Dresden Zoo has been forced to rename a baby primate called ‘Obama,’ according to information obtained by The Local on Friday.

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Sweden

Swede charged for soliciting nude pics from pre-teen girls

An Uppsala University education student has been charged for requesting nude pictures over the internet from hundreds of underage girls across Sweden.

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Sweden

Swedish jobless rate continues to climb

Nearly a quarter of a million Swedes were registered as jobless at the end of June, an increase of nearly 75 percent compared with the same month last year.

Swedish town overrun by mosquitoes
Sweden

Swedish town overrun by mosquitoes

Residents of the sleepy farming district of Österfärnebo in eastern Sweden blame bureaucratic obstinacy for bringing plague-like swarms of mosquitoes to their village.

Swedish press in Britney Spears boycott
Sweden

Swedish press in Britney Spears boycott

Sweden’s four national newspapers plan to boycott Britney Spears' upcoming concert in Stockholm to protest what they see as unreasonable demands for the use of pictures taken at the concert.

Germany’s new hatred
Germany

Germany’s new hatred

A Muslim woman is stabbed to death in a Dresden courtroom and nobody seems to care. Der Tagesspiegel's Andrea Dernbach comments on Germany’s problematic relationship to Islam.

Tot hijacks forklift and causes oil spill
Germany

Tot hijacks forklift and causes oil spill

A four-year-old girl went on a joyride with a forklift in Winnenden, rolling it into a heating-oil tank and spilling some 500 litres of fuel into the sewer, police said Friday.

Infineon to get €725 mln capital injection from US investor
Germany

Infineon to get €725 mln capital injection from US investor

The troubled German computer chip maker Infineon said Friday it would make a major capital increase with the backing of the US investment fund Apollo.

Ground collapse forces home evacuation
Germany

Ground collapse forces home evacuation

A neighbourhood in the small city of Kamen in North Rhine-Westphalia had a fright when the threat of the ground collapsing beneath their homes forced an evacuation on Thursday evening.

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Sweden

EU backs Barroso for second term on Commission

European Union nations gave their official backing Thursday for Jose Manuel Barroso to serve a second five-year term as European Commission president, the EU's Swedish presidency said.

US food giant sues Swedish filmmaker
Sweden

US food giant sues Swedish filmmaker

A Swedish documentary filmmaker has been sued for defamation by US-based banana producer Dole Foods for a new film featuring a Los Angeles lawyer’s fight for Nicaraguan fruit workers.

High-speed train catches fire in Hannover station
Germany

High-speed train catches fire in Hannover station

An ICE train caught fire at the Hannover train station on Thursday evening, forcing Deutsche Bahn to bring some 350 passengers to safety.

Labour minister warns of future skilled worker shortage
Germany

Labour minister warns of future skilled worker shortage

German Labour Minister Olaf Scholz urged industries on Friday to open up more training and apprenticeship positions despite the current recession.

Nuke plant needs more checks after emergency
Germany

Nuke plant needs more checks after emergency

Suspected faulty fuel rods at an aging German nuclear power station prompted its Swedish operator to announce further checks on Thursday only days after a short circuit forced an emergency shutdown.

More safety concerns for Vattenfall reactor in Germany
Sweden

More safety concerns for Vattenfall reactor in Germany

Sweden’s Vattenfall suffered another setback on Thursday as the company announced it would carry out additional checks of suspected faulty fuel rods at a nuclear power station it operates in Germany.

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Sweden

Ericsson inks ‘game changing’ US deal

Sweden’s Ericsson has signed a contract with Sprint Nextel worth up to $5.0 billion to take over daily management of the US telecom group’s network, Ericsson announced on Thursday.