GM pays €650 million to Opel for restructuring
Germany

GM pays €650 million to Opel for restructuring

The US automaker General Motors has paid €650 million to its European unit Opel/Vauxhall to cover engineering services amid a restructuring of the troubled division, GM said on Monday.

Swede slams English use for royal wedding bash
Sweden

Swede slams English use for royal wedding bash

A slogan chosen by the city of Stockholm to promote events related to the June 2010 wedding of Crown Princess Victoria has been reported to the Ombudsmen of Justice (Justitieombudsmännen – JO) for violating Sweden’s language laws.

Sweden’s minorities struggle with health
Sweden

Sweden’s minorities struggle with health

Sweden's minorities have more health problems than the population as a whole, according to a new study examining the respective health situations of the country's Jews, Romanies, Sweden Finns, Sami and Tornedalians.

Woman pulled from Haitian hotel alive thanks to text message
Germany

Woman pulled from Haitian hotel alive thanks to text message

A German woman has been freed from the rubble of a Port-au-Prince hotel four days after the devastating earthquake that plunged the city into chaos. Rescuers found her thanks to a mobile phone text she sent to her husband.

Berlin residents at highest risk for poverty
Germany

Berlin residents at highest risk for poverty

Nowhere in Germany are people more at risk of poverty than in the capital city of Berlin, a study released on Monday found.

McDonald’s worker fired for disparaging blog post
Sweden

McDonald’s worker fired for disparaging blog post

A workplace spat at a McDonald’s in central Sweden spilled over onto the internet last week, prompting an angry reaction from union representatives after the details of a worker’s sacking were detailed on Facebook.

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Sweden

Paedophile site reported for privacy violations

A website featuring personal information about Swedes convicted of sex crimes involving children has been reported to the police by Sweden's Data Inspection Board (Datainspektionen – DI).

Berlin police shoot wild boar after biting rampage in park
Germany

Berlin police shoot wild boar after biting rampage in park

A wild boar was shot and killed by a city marksman after it went on a biting rampage in a suburban area of Berlin, police told The Local on Monday.

Obama musical thrills ardent German fans
Germany

Obama musical thrills ardent German fans

US President Barack Obama – or at least his stage version – thrilled a Frankfurt audience Sunday with songs in a musical that opened far from the trenches of Washington politics in a land still charmed by his message of hope and change.

Swedish employers shun foreign grads: study
Sweden

Swedish employers shun foreign grads: study

The Swedish job market has become tougher for degree-holding immigrants in the last decade, a new report shows.

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Sweden

Teenage boy killed by train

A teenage boy has died after being hit by a commuter train north of Stockholm on Monday morning.

Trial of CDU slush fund figure Schreiber begins
Germany

Trial of CDU slush fund figure Schreiber begins

Arms dealer Karlheinz Schreiber went on trial in Augsburg on Monday for tax evasion, fraud and bribery. Extradited from Canada, he is a key figure in slush fund scandal involving Chancellor Merkel's Christian Democrats.

The Local’s guide to the Ruhr Valley’s year of culture
Germany

The Local’s guide to the Ruhr Valley’s year of culture

Long known as Germany's gritty industrial heartland, the Ruhr Valley is hoping to show a different side as one of Europe's cultural capitals this year. The Local takes a look at some of the highlights of RUHR.2010.

‘Das Weisse Band’ wins Golden Globe
Germany

‘Das Weisse Band’ wins Golden Globe

German film "Das Weisse Band" (The White Ribbon) took home its first award of the season, picking up the Golden Globe statuette Sunday night in Los Angeles.

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Sweden

Ecclestone prepares new cash bid for Saab

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone remains in the hunt to buy Saab from General Motors despite reports touting Dutch sportscar maker Spyker as the sole remaining bidder.

Catholics back Protestant criticism of Afghanistan war
Germany

Catholics back Protestant criticism of Afghanistan war

Germany’s Catholic bishops echoed Protestant criticism of the country's military presence in Afghanistan over the weekend, as Bundeswehr troops shot and killed an Afghan civilian.

Private pharmacies return to Sweden
Sweden

Private pharmacies return to Sweden

The first private pharmacy in Sweden since 1971 opened for business in Stockholm on Sunday following an inauguration by Swedish Health and Social Affairs minister Göran Hägglund.

Hunt for Russia’s famed Amber Room leads to Nazi bunker
Germany

Hunt for Russia’s famed Amber Room leads to Nazi bunker

The mystery of Russia's famed Amber Room, seized as the spoils of war by the Nazis, has puzzled historians and experts since it disappeared in 1945.

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Sweden

Swedes claim surprise double in Nordic skiing World Cup

Sweden picked up an unexpected pair of victories in the men’s and women’s Nordic skiing World Cup competition in Estonia on Sunday.

Israel and Germany hold historic meeting in Berlin
Germany

Israel and Germany hold historic meeting in Berlin

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a historic a historic joint cabinet meeting in Berlin with top ministers on Monday.

Thousands of drivers in Saab support road rally
Sweden

Thousands of drivers in Saab support road rally

More than 2,000 Saab drivers filled a several kilometre stretch of road in the Swedish automaker's home town on Sunday in a demonstration of support for the beloved brand in the face of a decision by owner General Motors (GM) to wind it down.