Deutsche Bank reportedly looking to axe 1,300 jobs
Germany

Deutsche Bank reportedly looking to axe 1,300 jobs

Deutsche Bank is planning to eliminate 1,300 jobs in Germany, daily Die Welt reported on Wednesday.

Number of German MPs with immigration background rises
Germany

Number of German MPs with immigration background rises

Germany’s newly elected parliament has 15 MPs with foreign roots – more than ever before, daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

Two helicopter suspects remanded in custody
Sweden

Two helicopter suspects remanded in custody

Two men suspected of involvement in last week's daring helicopter heist have been remanded in custody by a Stockholm court. A third man has been released, while the remand hearing for a fourth suspect was postponed until Thursday.

SAS shares soar on union deal rumours
Sweden

SAS shares soar on union deal rumours

The price of stock in Scandinavian airline SAS rose by 9 percent on Wednesday morning following news that the company was close to securing a deal with unions over lower wages and unsatisfactory employment conditions.

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Germany

Police break up child porn ring in Austria and Germany

Austrian police said Wednesday they had dismantled a huge child pornography ring in Germany and Austria, making a total of 22 arrests.

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Sweden

Swedes now spend more on fun than on food: study

Swedes spend more money on their recreation than they do on food, according to a new study.

Swedish parents emerge victorious in bid to name son ‘Q’
Sweden

Swedish parents emerge victorious in bid to name son ‘Q’

Overturning two previous rulings by lower courts, the Swedish Supreme Administrative Court has awarded two parents from central Sweden the right to name their son Q.

American filmmakers take a crack at Swedish Midsummer
Sweden

American filmmakers take a crack at Swedish Midsummer

As Swedish cinemas prepare for Friday's opening of the romantic comedy “Äntligen Midsommar” ('Finally Midsummer'), The Local spoke with Ian McCrudden and Schif Musarra about how a pair of American filmmakers ended up making this very Swedish movie.

Berlin court rules in favour of Muslim prayer in school
Germany

Berlin court rules in favour of Muslim prayer in school

Berlin school officials and parents are disappointed after an administrative court granted a Muslim high school student the right to pray in between lessons, daily Berliner Morgenpost reported on Wednesday.

Mats Sundin: ‘I’m retiring from pro hockey’
Sweden

Mats Sundin: ‘I’m retiring from pro hockey’

Swedish hockey great Mats Sundin announced his retirement from professional ice hockey at a hastily announced press conference in Stockholm on Wednesday.

Obama to ‘shut down’ Öresund Bridge
Sweden

Obama to ‘shut down’ Öresund Bridge

Even though US president Barack Obama isn't setting foot in Sweden, his planned visit to Copenhagen on Friday is expected to cause headaches for Malmö-area businesses and commuters.

Lufthansa computer glitch causes big delays
Germany

Lufthansa computer glitch causes big delays

A computer glitch on Wednesday caused widespread delays on German airline Lufthansa, forcing passengers to check in with handwritten tickets.

Ex-finance senator says Berlin is too dumb to become a great city
Germany

Ex-finance senator says Berlin is too dumb to become a great city

Berlin’s former finance senator Thilo Sarrazin has said the denizens of the German capital don't have the intellect to make it a great city, daily Bild reported on Wednesday.

Many Swedes still download illegally: poll
Sweden

Many Swedes still download illegally: poll

Six months after the introduction of Sweden's controversial anti-piracy law, 11 percent of Swedes continue to download copyrighted material.

Unemployment dips but economists warn of coming pain
Germany

Unemployment dips but economists warn of coming pain

Official figures released on Wednesday showed German unemployment fell to 8.0 percent of the workforce in September, but economists warned the worst is yet to come for the country's job market.

Germany mulls realities of first openly gay foreign minister
Germany

Germany mulls realities of first openly gay foreign minister

He had his public coming-out five years ago at Angela Merkel’s 50th birthday party and now Guido Westerwelle is in the frame to become Europe’s first openly gay foreign minister.

Ballack says national team focused on beating Russia in qualifier
Germany

Ballack says national team focused on beating Russia in qualifier

Germany captain Michael Ballack insists his team will give everything they have to beat Russia in Moscow on October 10 and earn themselves an automatic place at the 2010 World Cup.

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Sweden

School torched following Swedish teens’ failed hand gel tests

Two teens playing with alcohol-based hand sanitizer inadvertently burned down a school in Södertälje, south of Stockholm.

Deadly tsunami injures at least one German tourist
Germany

Deadly tsunami injures at least one German tourist

At least one German tourist has been injured in a tsunami that killed more than 100 on the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific, honorary consul Arne Schreiber told broadcaster WDR on Wednesday.

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Sweden

Growth hormones ‘could repair brain damage’: Swedish study

Brain damage due to alcohol abuse, previously considered irreversible, may by repairable with the help of growth hormones, Swedish researchers have learned.

Sweden looks to boost Afghanistan force
Sweden

Sweden looks to boost Afghanistan force

Sweden wants to send more troops to Afghanistan after an assessment by the Armed Forces concluded that the current force of 500 soldiers is too small.