Scruffy Berlin looks to future in high finance
Germany

Scruffy Berlin looks to future in high finance

Most people wouldn’t consider the scruffy German capital an innovative financial centre, but as Michael Dumiak reports, some serious business is going down not far from Berlin’s once-infamous Zoo train station.

Woman ‘not a suspect’ in Pakistan terror probe
Sweden

Woman ‘not a suspect’ in Pakistan terror probe

A Swedish woman arrested in Pakistan three weeks ago, along with her child and two other Swedes, is not a terror suspect, a source close to the Pakistani authorities said on Thursday.

Teen runs amok in Ansbach school attack
Germany

Teen runs amok in Ansbach school attack

An 18-year-old went on a rampage with an axe and Molotov cocktails at a school in Ansbach in southern Germany on Thursday, injuring nine of his fellow students.

Dairy farmers flood fields with milk to protest of low prices
Germany

Dairy farmers flood fields with milk to protest of low prices

Angry dairy farmers poured more than 100,000 litres of milk on streets and fields across Germany on Thursday to protest market prices they say are too low.

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Sweden

Immigration increases foreign trade: study

Increased immigration to Sweden in recent years has helped boost the country’s foreign trade, a new study shows.

Abandoned Nazi autobahn listed as historic monument in Bavaria
Germany

Abandoned Nazi autobahn listed as historic monument in Bavaria

"Route 46," an abandoned stretch of the Third Reich's planned national motorway has just been placed under a preservation thanks to the lobbying of a Bavarian nature protection official.

Six officers remove raging bride from dry cleaner’s store
Germany

Six officers remove raging bride from dry cleaner’s store

A bride-to-be in the Lower Saxony city of Osnabrück went berserk in a dry cleaner’s shop upon discovering her wedding dress had been stolen, police confirmed on Thursday.

English emerging as Sweden’s language of laughs
Sweden

English emerging as Sweden’s language of laughs

English-language comedy has established a firm foothold in Sweden, writes Ben Kersley, with even local comedians increasingly trying their hand at being funny in a tongue they speak with enviable fluency.

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Sweden

Finalists named for Astrid Lindgren children’s literature award

Nearly 170 authors and organizations from the world of children’s literature were named on Thursday as finalists for the world’s largest prize in the genre, named for the late Swedish author Astrid Lindgren.

What’s on in Germany: September 17 – 23
Germany

What’s on in Germany: September 17 – 23

This Week's Highlights: A culture festival fills Düsseldorf's old town, Dinosaur Jr. plays Frankfurt, and a Vincent Van Gogh painting arrives in Cologne.

Demand slump fails to dent Ikea’s earnings
Sweden

Demand slump fails to dent Ikea’s earnings

Swedish furniture maker Ikea took in a record €21.5 billion ($30.1 billion) in earnings so far this year, the company said on Thursday, despite weaker demand.

Plans to censor Oktoberfest debauchery spark press protest
Germany

Plans to censor Oktoberfest debauchery spark press protest

Attempts to restrict filming and photographing scenes of drunken debauchery at Munich's Oktoberfest this year has provoked accusations organisers of the beer bash are impinging freedom of the press.

Emergency phone at site of Munich S-Bahn beating was broken
Germany

Emergency phone at site of Munich S-Bahn beating was broken

The emergency telephone at the Munich S-Bahn stop where a man was beaten to death over the weekend has been broken for the past five years, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Thursday.

Astrid Lindgren’s lasting literary legacy
Sweden

Astrid Lindgren’s lasting literary legacy

In children’s literature, late Swedish author Astrid Lindgren continues to be synonymous with the highest standards in writing, imagination and imagery, not only because of her books, but also for an award that helps foster excellence in a new generation of children’s authors, The Local’s Lyida Parafianowicz discovered.

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Sweden

‘Social media key to election success’: survey

Social media are set to dominate the general election campaign in Sweden in 2010. Facebook, Twitter, You Tube and blogs will all play their part, according to a new survey of local politicians.

Hollywood wife lays in to Swedish men
Sweden

Hollywood wife lays in to Swedish men

The Swedish-born wife of Las Vegas crooner Paul Anka has called Swedish men "tragic" for their "nappy changing" and "equality nonsense". LA housewife Anna Anka argues that she could be a role model for Swedish women to follow.

Steinmeier calls for further probe of Afghan election results
Germany

Steinmeier calls for further probe of Afghan election results

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has said that Afghanistan's elections results must be carefully checked because of fraud accusations.

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Sweden

Women’s refuges to gain from new research funds

The Swedish government has announced the allocation of 200 million kronor ($29 million) over ten years to support research into non-profit civil society groups such as women's refuges.

Turkish court finds Marco guilty
Germany

Turkish court finds Marco guilty

The family and lawyer of Marco Weiss have reacted angrily to the Turkish court sentence handed to the 19-year-old for sexually abusing a British girl while on vacation in Turkey in 2007.

Ibrahimovic shines in Inter stalemate
Sweden

Ibrahimovic shines in Inter stalemate

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic produced his best performance yet in a Barcelona shirt as the champions were held to a 0-0 draw by Inter Milan in the Champions League Group F opener on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Bosnian Serbs hail war criminal’s release

The Bosnian Serb Prime Minister Milorad Dodik praised the decision of the UN war crimes court to grant early release to Biljana Plavsic, a convicted was criminal serving time in a Swedish prison.

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Sweden

Canada clears Ericsson’s bid for Nortel

The Canadian government will not stand in the way of Swedish firm Ericsson's $1.13 billion deal to buy a slice of Nortel's mobile telephone division, Industry Minister Tony Clement confirmed on Wednesday.

World’s first language festival begins in Bremen
Germany

World’s first language festival begins in Bremen

The world’s first ever “festival of languages” opens in Bremen this Thursday, with events across the city, from the university to the local parliament.