Mercedes signs Rosberg for F1 team
Germany

Mercedes signs Rosberg for F1 team

German Formula One driver Nico Rosberg on Monday confirmed he will race for the new team Mercedes Grand Prix team next season.

MAN chief executive resigns amid woes
Germany

MAN chief executive resigns amid woes

German engineering group MAN, struggling from the downturn and reeling from a bribery scandal, announced the resignation on Monday of its chief executive with immediate effect.

Söderling upends Nadal in London ATP finals
Sweden

Söderling upends Nadal in London ATP finals

Swedish tennis star Robin Söderling claimed a two set victory over world number two Rafael Nadal at the ATP World Tour Finals in London on Monday.

November in Sweden: Shoes at the door for dinner party season
Sweden

November in Sweden: Shoes at the door for dinner party season

The Year in Sweden - November: Journalist Kim Loughran sketches a month by month account of the country he has called home ever since his accidental migration in 1966.

Making it in Germany: a purveyor of delightful Yankee desserts
Germany

Making it in Germany: a purveyor of delightful Yankee desserts

The Local's series "Making it in Germany" presents Dawn Nelson, an American entrepreneur bringing quality cupcakes to Berlin.

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Sweden

Swedish tax agency extends court battle over one krona dispute

One krona ($0.15) is apparently all it takes to get the ever-watchful Swedish tax authorities to set their lawyers in action, as the agency has opted to launch an appeal following a lower court ruling over a disputed payment.

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Sweden

Sweden confirms 15 swine flu deaths

Sweden's disease control authorities report that three women and eleven men have died from the swine flu since August. The fifteenth victim, a 3-year-old boy who died at the weekend, was not included in the report.

Antique car dealer finds Hitler’s Mercedes
Germany

Antique car dealer finds Hitler’s Mercedes

A Düsseldorf antique car dealer working on behalf of a Russian billionaire told The Local on Monday he has located a Mercedes limousine belonging to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler after a painstaking two-month search.

Police locate synagogue vandal suspect in Dresden
Germany

Police locate synagogue vandal suspect in Dresden

Dresden police announced on Monday that they have found a suspect in the defacement of a synagogue that took place two days ahead of the 71st anniversary of the Nazi Kristallnacht pogrom this month.

Berlin to send observers to 9/11 trials
Germany

Berlin to send observers to 9/11 trials

Germany will send observers to the trials of the five men suspected of plotting the September 11 terrorist attacks to ensure they are not sentenced to death on the basis of evidence provided by Berlin, a spokesman said on Monday.

Swedish concern over Cocaine energy drink
Sweden

Swedish concern over Cocaine energy drink

The Swedish Consumer Agency (Konsumentverket) has wasted no time in condemning the planned launch of a new energy drink marketed by a company from Helsingborg and trading under the name Cocaine.

Teen convicted for killing 16-year-old girl
Sweden

Teen convicted for killing 16-year-old girl

A 17-year-old boy is to serve three years in secure juvenile care after being convicted for the murder of a teenage girl near Borås in western Sweden last summer.

Tokio Hotel singer Bill laments lame love life
Germany

Tokio Hotel singer Bill laments lame love life

Bill Kaulitz, the androgynous lead singer of German pop band Tokio Hotel, told Berlin’s BZ tabloid on Monday that his love life was a major disappointment even though he was idolised by teen girls around the world.

Hospital pays damages for removing woman’s healthy breast
Germany

Hospital pays damages for removing woman’s healthy breast

A woman engaged in a protracted legal battle with a Böblingen hospital has withdrawn her lawsuit after reaching a settlement for having her breast unnecessarily removed, her lawyer said on Monday.

Spotify launches Symbian mobile app
Sweden

Spotify launches Symbian mobile app

Swedish online music service Spotify announced on Monday that it has launched an application for mobile phones running the Symbian operating system.

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Sweden

One in five kids in Malmö live in poverty: report

The southern Swedish city of Malmö has more children living in families with a low standard of living than in any other municipality in Sweden, new statistics show.

McDonald’s to turn logo green in Germany for environment
Germany

McDonald’s to turn logo green in Germany for environment

McDonald's in Germany has decided to colour it its famous logo sporting the golden arches green out of respect for the environment, a senior executive said on Monday.

Ikea profits since 2000: 200 billion kronor
Sweden

Ikea profits since 2000: 200 billion kronor

Swedish home furnishings giant Ikea has raked in more than 200 billion kronor ($29 billion) in profits since the turn of the century, according to a new report.

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Sweden

Woman found strangled in Stockholm flat

Police believe a woman in her thirties found dead in an apartment in west Stockholm on Sunday morning was murdered.

Berlin plans ‘integration contract’ for immigrants
Germany

Berlin plans ‘integration contract’ for immigrants

The government is planning to institute "integration contracts" for immigrants to encourage them to become contributing members of the country’s society, Germany’s integration commissioner announced on Monday.

Lawyers explain Pakistan trip by ‘Guantánamo Swede’
Sweden

Lawyers explain Pakistan trip by ‘Guantánamo Swede’

Lawyers representing a former Swedish terror suspect who spent time in the United States’ Guantánamo Bay prison, claim their client was not traveling to any trouble spots when he was arrested in Pakistan in August.

Junkie holds up cash machine locations with needle
Germany

Junkie holds up cash machine locations with needle

Police in the Hessian city of Darmstadt are searching for a man who held up two cash machine customers with a hypodermic needle and demanded money for drugs on Sunday.

Law professors defend TV news editor in press freedom row
Germany

Law professors defend TV news editor in press freedom row

A row over press freedom in Germany deepened over the weekend as 35 prominent constitutional law professors wrote an open letter to defend the editor of a TV channel under political pressure to step down.

Kiessling puts Bayer Leverkusen back on top
Germany

Kiessling puts Bayer Leverkusen back on top

Germany striker Steffan Kiessling sent Bayer Leverkusen back to the top of the Bundesliga on Sunday with a first-half equaliser which sealed a 1-1 draw at Bayern Munich.