Swedish MPs back filmmaker’s battle with US food giant
Sweden

Swedish MPs back filmmaker’s battle with US food giant

Several members of Sweden’s parliament expressed their support on Thursday for a Swedish-made documentary film that is the target of a lawsuit by Dole Foods.

Berlin mulls increasing troops in Afghanistan
Germany

Berlin mulls increasing troops in Afghanistan

The German government is considering increasing the upper limit of its troop contingent in Afghanistan to 7,000, public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk reported on Thursday.

eBay eliminates nearly half of its German staff
Germany

eBay eliminates nearly half of its German staff

Internet auction website eBay announced on Thursday it was eliminating 400 of its 1,000 jobs in Germany due to restructuring its European customer service operations.

Swedish grocers’ earnings outstrip CEOs
Sweden

Swedish grocers’ earnings outstrip CEOs

The most successful franchisees of the Swedish grocery store chain ICA are coining in more remuneration than many CEOs of large companies listed on the Swedish stock market.

Schoolchildren give away almost €15,000 found on the street
Germany

Schoolchildren give away almost €15,000 found on the street

Four Frankfurt children found €15,000 in an old brown envelope on their way to school and then passed it out to all of their friends this week, a police spokesman told The Local on Thursday.

Third helicopter suspect remanded into custody
Sweden

Third helicopter suspect remanded into custody

A 36-year-old man arrested in connection with the helicopter heist robbery in Västberga last week has been remanded into custody by a Stockholm court.

Train retraces East German route to freedom
Germany

Train retraces East German route to freedom

A historic train left Prague for Germany on Thursday to retrace a trip taken by thousands of freedom-hungry East Germans who fled their communist country just before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.

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Sweden

Sweden and the US pit their wits for homeland security

The Swedish and US agencies of homeland security are meeting in Stockholm on Thursday to discuss "preparedness and resiliency against a broad spectrum of threats."

Dieter Bohlen officially ruled an artist by Kassel court
Germany

Dieter Bohlen officially ruled an artist by Kassel court

Dieter Bohlen, a hectoring jury member on Germany’s version of Pop Idol, is officially an artist, according to a ruling by the Federal Social Court in Kassel on Thursday.

Hand gel faulted for fouling up Swedish bus service
Sweden

Hand gel faulted for fouling up Swedish bus service

Bus service in Östersund in northern Sweden has been disrupted due to an increase in the number of drivers using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Luke Perry: from 90s teen hearthrob to Swedish film star
Sweden

Luke Perry: from 90s teen hearthrob to Swedish film star

Former Beverly Hills 90210 star Luke Perry bares all in the new Swedish romantic comedy “Äntligen Midsommar” (‘Finally Midsummer’). The Local recently caught up with the American actor to hear what he thought about getting naked with Swedish women.

High court upholds Bavaria’s porous smoking ban
Germany

High court upholds Bavaria’s porous smoking ban

Germany’s high court in Karlsruhe on Thursday ruled that Bavaria’s looser implementation of its smoking ban is constitutional.

SPD chooses coalition with CDU in Thuringia
Germany

SPD chooses coalition with CDU in Thuringia

One month after an election in the eastern German state of Thuringia, the centre-left Social Democrats have decided to shun a left-wing alliance in favour of a coalition with the conservative Christian Democrats.

Borg warns of pump priming debt mountain
Sweden

Borg warns of pump priming debt mountain

Sweden's finance minister Anders Borg warned EU leaders on Thursday that states cannot keep throwing good money after bad and called for a discussion to supervise the easing of expansionary fiscal policy.

What’s on in Germany: October 1 – 7
Germany

What’s on in Germany: October 1 – 7

This Week's Highlights: A celebration of TV towers in Frankfurt, a film festival in Hamburg, and giants march through Berlin in celebration of Germany's reunification.

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Sweden

Parish councillor jailed for raping grandchildren

A Church of Sweden parish councillor from Stockholm has been sentenced to four years imprisonment for the repeated rape of his grandchildren.

What’s on in Sweden: October 2 – 8
Sweden

What’s on in Sweden: October 2 – 8

What's on in Sweden: International poetry festival & American football in Stockholm; International art biennial & World music festival in Gothenburg; Kings of Convenience (NO) in Malmö/Lund

Aldi price hike gives hope to dairy farmers
Germany

Aldi price hike gives hope to dairy farmers

Discount grocery chain Aldi has decided to raise its price for butter, giving hope to struggling German dairy farmers ahead of their meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel, foodstuffs magazine Lebensmittelzeitung reported on Wednesday.

Drunk woman run over by train survives tucked between tracks
Germany

Drunk woman run over by train survives tucked between tracks

A highly intoxicated woman walked away unscathed after she was run over by a train in Kaufering, Bavarian police reported late on Wednesday.

One-fifth of Swedish military conscripts ‘fear for their lives’
Sweden

One-fifth of Swedish military conscripts ‘fear for their lives’

One in five Swedish conscripts feared for their life while they were carrying out their compulsory military duty, a new study shows.

Woman refuses ‘Sweden’s smallest benefit payment’
Sweden

Woman refuses ‘Sweden’s smallest benefit payment’

A pensioner from western Sweden may have received the smallest benefit payment ever paid out by the country’s social insurance agency (Försäkringskassan).

Terror threats fail to derail the party at Oktoberfest
Germany

Terror threats fail to derail the party at Oktoberfest

Revellers at Munich's epic beer bash Oktoberfest aren't letting terrorist threats spoil this year's party, reports AFP's Ryland James.

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Sweden

Teen dead following train engine electrocution

A teenage boy died on Wednesday evening after being electrocuted when he climbed up on the engine of a train in Uddevalla in western Sweden.

Frustrated Bayern held to a draw by Juventus
Germany

Frustrated Bayern held to a draw by Juventus

Bayern Munich were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Group A rivals Juventus on Wednesday, which left the German giants frustrated and likely without their injured winger Arjen Robben.