Nazi camp guard Demjanjuk to stand trial
Germany

Nazi camp guard Demjanjuk to stand trial

A German court said on Monday that 89-year-old former death camp guard John Demjanjuk will be tried for "complicity to murder" 27,900 people, in what could be one of the last cases of its kind.

Schlager fans party away Hamburg’s grey skies
Germany

Schlager fans party away Hamburg’s grey skies

Schlager, Germany’s own particular brand of schmaltzy pop music, faces plenty of public ridicule. But as Jeff Kavanagh reports, that doesn’t stop thousands from celebrating its cheesy, good-time vibes each year in Hamburg.

‘I don’t know of a cow named Merkel’
Germany

‘I don’t know of a cow named Merkel’

The Dresden Zoo renamed a primate they had called “Obama” in response to charges of racial insensitivity by the Initiative for Black Germans (ISD) last week. The Local spoke with the group’s director about why the zoo’s response still isn’t good enough.

Initiative launches €400-billion African solar power project
Germany

Initiative launches €400-billion African solar power project

Twelve companies on Monday launched a €400-billion ($560-billion) German-led initiative to set up huge solar farms in Africa and the Middle East to produce energy for Europe.

Poster exhibition portrays glory days of ‘progg’
Sweden

Poster exhibition portrays glory days of ‘progg’

The Local's Lydia Parafianowicz chats with Swedish musician Håkan Agnsäter, who has loaned out his auspicious poster collection to the Nordic Museum in Stockholm.

Spies, lies and Swedish ties
Sweden

Spies, lies and Swedish ties

The Local's Laura Xiao meets Stockholm-based novelist Jeremy Duns to catch up on the recent publication of the first part of a thrilling new Cold War trilogy.

Dam nears breaking point in central Sweden
Sweden

Dam nears breaking point in central Sweden

Rescue services and volunteers are working hand over fist to stem the growing risk of a dam breaking in Säter in central Sweden as water levels continue to rise in the wake of weekend downpours.

Dutch using German scrapping bonus to scam insurers
Germany

Dutch using German scrapping bonus to scam insurers

Fraudulent claims on scrap cars from Germany have gleaned millions of euros in the Netherlands, and some of the vehicles are coming from the popular Abwrackprämie, or car scrapping premium, Dutch paper De Telegraaf reported on Monday.

Belgian and Chinese interest muddies race for Opel
Germany

Belgian and Chinese interest muddies race for Opel

Speculation swirled around the troubled German automaker Opel on Monday, with conflicting news about an offer by Beijing-based auto group BAIC and a new overture by Belgium-based investor RHJ International.

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Sweden

Couple dubbed racists in son’s health records

A woman has reported a hospital in western Sweden to national authorities after discovering she and her husband had been described as racists in their son's medical records.

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Sweden

Breakthrough in Malmö skimming scandal

The number of credit cards hijacked at petrol stations in Malmö continues to grow, but investigators believe they are on the verge of a breakthrough in the case.

Low IQ does not kill: Swedish study
Sweden

Low IQ does not kill: Swedish study

Previous research has shown a connection between low intelligence and increased risk of premature death. But a new Swedish study reveals that the connection becomes non-existent when individual lifestyle factors are taken into account, reported Upsala Nya Tidning newspaper.

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Sweden

Father of four held wife and kids captive

A father of four is Uppsala is suspected of keeping his children, currently between the ages of 16 and 22, home from school their entire lives. The children and the man's wife are also alleged to have been illegally imprisoned in their home, reported Upsala Nya Tidning (UNT) newspaper.

Chef blows off hands dabbling in ‘molecular gastronomy’
Germany

Chef blows off hands dabbling in ‘molecular gastronomy’

An experimental German chef accidentally blew off both his hands attempting to concoct a "molecular gastronomy" dish with liquid nitrogen, a newspaper report said on Monday.

German-Pakistani jailed for eight years for al Qaida ties
Germany

German-Pakistani jailed for eight years for al Qaida ties

A German-Pakistani man believed to be a member of al Qaida was sentenced to eight years in prison on Monday for financially supporting the Islamist terrorist network.

Alcohol abuse on the rise for Swedish women
Sweden

Alcohol abuse on the rise for Swedish women

Alcohol abuse among Swedish women is on the rise, with women over the age of 65 accounting for the most dramatic increase, according to new figures.

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Sweden

Wave of reported gunfire in Halmstad

Police suspect a local, criminal gang of being behind a recent wave of gunfire in Halmstad in southwestern Sweden. On Sunday night, a young man was shot at in what was the fifth gunshot-related incident in a week.

Germans taking fewer sick days to keep jobs
Germany

Germans taking fewer sick days to keep jobs

German workers are taking fewer sick days than ever because they are afraid of losing their jobs, daily Die Welt reported on Monday.

Ohly declares royal residence ‘a scandal’
Sweden

Ohly declares royal residence ‘a scandal’

Left Party leader Lars Ohly has spoken out against the Swedish government's decision to turn Haga Palace in Stockholm into a royal residence following Crown Princess Victoria's wedding to Daniel Westling next year.

Germany fears Chinese offer for Opel
Germany

Germany fears Chinese offer for Opel

Germany fears a "dangerous dependence" on China if Beijing-based firm BAIC is allowed to take over troubled General Motors subsidiary Opel, according to a government report cited by the media on Monday.

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Sweden

Ericsson pours funds into South Korea

Swedish phone network giant Ericsson has announced plans to invest $1.5 billion in South Korea over the next five years.

Minister says children don’t get equal chances in schools
Germany

Minister says children don’t get equal chances in schools

Children in Germany do not get equal opportunities for success in education, German Family Minister Ursula von der Leyen told daily Bild on Monday, adding that the current system relies too much on family support.

Looping plane collides with family in car
Germany

Looping plane collides with family in car

A spectacular collision between a low-flying sport airplane and a car left five people injured in Bavaria on Sunday, saved from death by what police called “a few guardian angels.”

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Sweden

Swedish hospitals fail to report patient injuries

County authorities systematically disregard the legal requirement to report patient injuries to the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen), according to a review carried out by the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper. Only around 1 percent of cases are reported.

Ahmadinejad slams Germany for woman’s courtroom slaying
Germany

Ahmadinejad slams Germany for woman’s courtroom slaying

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has blamed Germany for the murder of a pregnant Egyptian woman in a Dresden courtroom, state media reported late Sunday.