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Sweden

Swedish business incubator Iqube closes its doors

A high-profile business incubator that many hoped would bring forward a new generation of Swedish entrepreneurs has shut its doors.

UK documents expose Thatcher’s virulent opposition to reunification
Germany

UK documents expose Thatcher’s virulent opposition to reunification

As the 20th anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall approaches, the British Foreign Office has released classified documents exposing the divisions between UK diplomats and Margaret Thatcher over her opposition to German reunification.

‘Dad, if you keep driving this fast, we will be the first!’
Germany

‘Dad, if you keep driving this fast, we will be the first!’

On the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Hungarian border, Gerhard Meyer recalls how a black market sports car helped him be the first East German to cross into West Germany just hours after officials made the announcement.

Dissident writers coming to Frankfurt Book Fair
Germany

Dissident writers coming to Frankfurt Book Fair

Frankfurt Book Fair organisers said Friday that two Chinese authors they had disinvited to a symposium after China threatened to boycott the event would attend after all – but not as official guests.

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Sweden

Danes propose tunnel to Sweden

Danish researchers have concluded that the nearly decade-old Öresund Bridge linking Sweden and Denmark is insufficient, proposing that a tunnel also be built between the two countries to facilitate the region’s growth.

Raising a glass at Germany’s autumn wine festivals
Germany

Raising a glass at Germany’s autumn wine festivals

This weekend marks the beginning of Weinfest season, when cities across Germany celebrate one of the country’s oldest industries, wine making. The Local highlights the best of the Bacchanalian bashes.

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Sweden

New figures show slowdown in Sweden’s rising unemployment

The pace of layoff announcements has leveled off, signaling a clear break with the country’s recent trend of rapidly increasing joblessness, according to the National Public Employment Agency (Arbetsförmedlingen).

Cranes opt for extended stay on Germany’s Baltic coast
Germany

Cranes opt for extended stay on Germany’s Baltic coast

Every autumn, thousands of cranes gather on Germany’s Baltic Sea to rest before continuing their winter migration. This year, birdwatchers in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are being treated to a premature arrival due to an early harvest.

Munich stays Germany’s priciest place to rent
Germany

Munich stays Germany’s priciest place to rent

Rents in Germany are on the rise, but there continues to be wide geographic disparity in the cost of a flat, according to a new survey. Unsurprisingly, Munich remains the country's priciest place to live.

Getting fit in fitful times
Sweden

Getting fit in fitful times

Financial markets implode, the flow of regular work slows to a trickle, and the only thing expanding is his waistline. Roger Choate explains how he unexpectedly came to wave his wilting wallet in the direction of a personal trainer.

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Sweden

Drunk driving suspect: I got plastered after stopping the car

A driver arrested in southern Sweden with a high concentration of alcohol in his blood has been cleared of any wrongdoing after convincing jurors that he first started drinking in the moments after he stopped his car, Metro reports.

Pokemon cards taken in sandbox knife heist
Sweden

Pokemon cards taken in sandbox knife heist

A nine-year-old girl was robbed at knifepoint by a group of young boys in a sandbox in Partille outside of Gothenburg in western Sweden. The booty: the girl’s collection of Pokemon cards.

Stockholm Q & A: Where can I find a good spa?
Sweden

Stockholm Q & A: Where can I find a good spa?

A reader wants to take his girlfriend to a spa in Stockholm for her birthday. But which one? Peter Vinthagen Simpson has the answer.

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Sweden

Hemtrevligt, Upplandsgatan 43

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Sweden

Swedish economy bounces back to growth

Sweden’s economy returned to growth in the second quarter, ending a year of contraction and indicating that the worst of the country’s recession may be over.

Germany is not Opel
Germany

Germany is not Opel

We are the people, we are the Pope – we are Opel. The motto printed on the fetching yellow t-shirts of Opel workers certainly has its charm. But it also shows the ridiculous importance Germans have attached to the fate of one struggling carmaker, argues Moritz Döbler from Berlin’s newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.

Man’s ferry flub sends wife, kids and dog plunging into river
Germany

Man’s ferry flub sends wife, kids and dog plunging into river

A man's family plummeted into the Main River in their car on Thursday evening after a misunderstanding caused his wife to back off of a ferry, police said on Friday.

‘Guantánamo Swede’ arrested in Pakistan
Sweden

‘Guantánamo Swede’ arrested in Pakistan

One of the three Swedish nationals arrested nearly two weeks ago in Pakistan is Mehdi Ghezali, a former terror suspect who was released from the United States’ Guantánamo Bay prison in 2004.

Berlin asks NATO partners to keep quiet on deadly bombing
Germany

Berlin asks NATO partners to keep quiet on deadly bombing

The German government has issued a round of formal diplomatic protests to fellow NATO countries, asking them to refrain from criticising a controversial air strike called by the Bundeswehr in Afghanistan last week.

Police chief’s emergency ignored by Säpo
Sweden

Police chief’s emergency ignored by Säpo

Swedish security service Säpo failed last week to respond to an emergency call from the Stockholm County police chief, Carin Götblad, prompting an internal investigation.

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Sweden

Peak nears for Sweden’s swine flu outbreak

Sweden's swine flu outbreak is expected to peak within the next two to three weeks, indicating that the disease has been less widespread than health authorities originally expected.

New measures to help speed up integration
Sweden

New measures to help speed up integration

The government has proposed a sweeping overhaul of Sweden’s system for supporting newly arrived immigrants in their search for a job in hopes of getting them established and working more quickly.

Opel workers fear layoffs by new owner Magna
Germany

Opel workers fear layoffs by new owner Magna

General Motors' decision to sell its European unit Opel to a Canadian firm backed by Russian finance raised concerns on Friday about the widespread layoffs.